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Subject: Good Book
Date Posted: 3/15/2012 6:54 PM ET
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I just read this book and was really surprised.  It was very good.  I just put it on my bookshelf and there are only 4 copies in the system.

 

 

Bone Dry (Blanco County Texas, Bk 2)
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Bone Dry - Blanco County Texas, Bk 2
Author: Ben Rehder
 
The opening of deer season always brings a Texas-sized wave of excitement to sleepy Blanco County, but this year, game warden John Marlin is finding mysteries as thick as ticks on a whitetail's rump. First, there are reports of a blonde bombshell who's been raising Cain with hunters, scaring away wildlife and trashing vehicles. Then, the... more »re's the tragic discovery of a local man shot to death and left in his deer blind. Further muddying the watering holes are the schemes of a recently relocated East Coast wiseguy now called Sal Mameli, who along with his son Vinnie-a wannabe gangster with more muscles than brains-has been trying to corner the area's lucrative brush-clearing market. And finally, a feisty old rancher has disappeared, leaving behind a trail of blood and enough questions to keep both John Marlin and the local sheriff chasing their tails for some time to come.

Just as he did in his Edgar Award-nominated novel Buck Fever, Ben Rehder serves up a generous helping of murder, mystery and down-home humor in a place where the sun is hot, the beer is cold, and 'most every neck is good and red.

 

 

Subject: Another good book
Date Posted: 4/10/2012 11:03 PM ET
Member Since: 7/23/2008
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I just read a good one myself. Horns by Joe Hill. It was so much fun I couldn't put it down. About a guy who wakes up from a drunk with horns growing out of his head. He tries to remember what happened the night before while testing his new powers in trying to find out who killed his girlfriend, of which he was suspected. This book is not on my shelf. I passed it on.
Date Posted: 5/9/2012 6:12 PM ET
Member Since: 4/5/2011
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My current "goodie" is 

The Sweet By and By
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The Sweet By and By
Author: Todd Johnson
 
"I want you to know something if you don't already. Life is choosing whom and what you love. Everything else follows . . ." — Among the longleaf pines and family farms of eastern North Carolina, days seem to pass without incident for Margaret Clayton and Bernice Stokes until they discover each other in a friendship that will take them on the most important journey of their lives. Margaret, droll and whip smart, has a will of iron that never fails her even when her body does, while Bernice, an avid country-music fan, is rarely lucid. Irreverent and brazen at every turn, they make a formidable pair at the home where they live, breaking all the rules and ultimately changing the lives of those around them. Lorraine, their churchgoing, God-questioning nurse, both protects and provokes them while they are under her watchful eye, as her daughter, April, bright and ambitious, determinedly makes her way through medical school. Rounding out the group of unlikely and often outrageous friends is Rhonda, the Bud-swilling beautician who does the ladies' hair on her day off and whose sassy talk hides a vulnerable heart, one that finally opens to love.

Weaving this tightly knit and compelling novel in alternating chapters, each woman gets to tell her story her own way, as all five learn to reconcile troubled pasts, find forgiveness, choose hope, and relish the joy of life. Rich with irresistible characters whose uniquely musical voices overflow the pages, The Sweet By and By is a testament to the truth that the most vibrant lives are not necessarily the most visible ones.

 

Date Posted: 5/24/2012 11:06 PM ET
Member Since: 8/7/2005
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My latest great read -- Loved it!!

 

 

Once Upon a Day
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Once Upon a Day
Author: Lisa Tucker
 
Dorothea's father, like all good parents, wanted to keep his children safe. But unlike other parents, Charles O'Brien believed the only way to do so was to leave everything behind, including his very successful life. In a rocky, desolate corner of New Mexico, on a thirty-five acre estate he called the "Sanctuary," Charles raised the children in complete isolation, with books and encyclopedias, records and a grand piano, but no television, computer, radio, or even a newspaper. Now, Dorothea, at twenty-three, is leaving this place for the first time, in search of her missing brother - and venturing into the world.

Dorothea's search will turn into an odyssey of discovery, leading to the truth of her family's past and the terrifying day that changed her father forever. But Dorothea's journey will also introduce her to an unusual cast of characters, including a homeless girl from Missouri who becomes a jazz singer and a doctor turned cabdriver who has suffered his own losses. Together, they have a chance to make a discovery of a different kind: that though a heart can be broken by the tragic events of a day, a day can also bring a new chance at love and a deeper understanding of life's infinite possibilities.
 

 

Date Posted: 5/26/2012 10:41 PM ET
Member Since: 2/19/2009
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I recently read A Grown-Up KInd of Pretty by Joshilyn Jackson -- VERY GOOD - great characters - had humor, mystery & romance all packed into it. I highly recommend!

Date Posted: 5/30/2012 11:28 AM ET
Member Since: 1/18/2012
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Hi Ladies...If you are looking for more books to read in the Chick Lit/ Romance area, check out my bookshelf.  I really enjoyed Tall Pine Polka by Lorn Landvik and and Ann Granger's A word after Dying.

Date Posted: 6/5/2012 3:00 PM ET
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I just read Iron Lace and Rising Tides by Emilie Richards.  They are each over 400 pages.....I loved them!

 

Happy reading!