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Subject: It's March - What Are You Reading?
Date Posted: 3/1/2011 1:06 AM ET
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My March 2011 reading list:

Finished -

  1. "UNDER THE WIRE" by Cindy Gerard (Bodyguards #5) (A++) Manny Ortega is a man without a country and he has one woman to thank for it. She was his first and only true love and when she left, she took more than his heart - she took his life as he knew it. Hardened and honed sharp as a knife by years as a special forces soldier and police detective, Manny is ready for a fresh start at his friend Ethan Garrett's security firm. But the past isn't ready to let him go. Lily Campora never imagined what would happen to Manny after she walked away from him that night in the sultry Nicaraguan heat - or how he'd hated her for it every day since. Seventeen years later, Lily knows everything and she must put her fear of Manny's rage aside to beg for his help. His forgiveness may be too much to hope for. Thrust into action on a mission that will transport them to a country rife with political turmoil and civil unrest, Manny and Lily must find a way to work together. And now, amidst the dangerous beauty of a landscape reminiscent of Manny's homeland, passion will ignite once more.
  2. "OTHERWISE ENGAGED" by Suzanne Brockmann (Sunrise Key #3) (A) It was the chance Molly Cassidy had been waiting for and she wasn't letting it slip away. She'd unexpectedly inherited the Kirk Estate and was determined to restore the historic house as one of Sunrise Key's finest bed-and-breakfasts. Of all the obstacles she faced, the biggest challenge was the man determined to buy the roof from over her head. Sexy billionaire Preston Seaholm owned the biggest resort in the little Florida community. But Molly knew well that the best things in life couldn't be bought or sold. She had come to Sunrise Key with a dream, her ten-year-old son and no intention of falling for a thrill-seeking adventurer. But from the moment they met, when he risked his own neck to save hers, Pres Seaholm proved he wasn't the man Molly thought he was. Now, with something even more precious on the line, was she too late to recognize that he was the man she'd given up ever finding?
  3. "ANGEL'S REST" by Emily March (Eternity Springs #1) (A+++) Gabriel Callahan has lost everything that mattered. All he wants is solitude on an isolated mountain estate. Instead, he gets a neighbor. Vibrant, no-nonsense Nic Sullivan is Eternity Springs' veterinarian and she has an uncanny plan to lure this talented architect back to the world of the living. First with a dog, next with a renovation project and finally, with a night of passion that ends with a surprise. Now a man still raw from tragedy must face the biggest struggle of his heart. Can he forgive himself and believe in the power of second chances? Dare he trust in the promise of a future and a brand-new family here in Eternity Springs?
  4. Bestselling Author Collection - "PART OF THE BARGAIN" by Linda Lael Miller (A+) To heal wounds left by a broken marriage and the death of her beloved stepson, Libby Kincaid returned to the ranch where she grew up. But instead of the solace she craved, she found Jess Barlowe - sexy, alluring...and mad as hell. For years Jess had been her constant opponent and now malicious rumors tarnishing her reputation seemed only to enrage him further. But soon these adversarial sparks ignited into a fire of passion and Jess wouldn't stop until he made her his bride. Unfortunately, Libby knew all too well that being married to a man was no guarantee of his trust...or his love. "TO WED AND PROTECT" by Carla Cassidy (A+) Luke married Abby to protect her and her children from a dangerous man - even if it cost him his life.
  5. "LIP SERVICE" by Susan Mallery (Lone Star Sisters #2)  (A+) Skye Titan's wealthy father thinks he can still dictate his daughter's choice in men. Now widowed and a single mother, Skye isn't the yes-girl she once was. Especially since the love of her life is back in Texas after eight long years. She won't like the answers to the questions he's asking. About why she left him at the altar. And about her eight-year-old daughter. Former Navy SEAL Mitch Cassidy comes home to find nearly everything different. His wounds from battle has changed the way people treat him. His cattle ranch is suddenly organic. But time hasn't touched his desire for Skye - or the sting of her betrayal. Forget lip service. He's asking that luscious mouth of hers to reveal the truth. But, will Mitch be able to put the past aside to help Skye get out from under her father's thumb...and help himself recover from a broken heart?
  6. "BODY HEAT" by Brenda Novak (Hired Guns #2) (A++) Twelve people have been shot at point-blank range and left to rot in the desert sun. It's Sophia St. Claire's job to do something about it. She's Bordertown, Arizona's new chief of police - and she's out of her depth. Help arrives in the form of Department 6 hired gun Roderick Guerrero. As far as Sophia's concerned, his involvement only makes things worse. Maybe he's managed to turn his life around. And maybe he's a good investigator. But as the bastard son of a wealthy local rancher, he has a history he can't get past. A history that includes her. Rod refuses to leave town until the killer is caught. He's not worried about the danger posed by some vigilante. It's Sophia who threatens him. Because he's used to risking his life - but his heart is another story.
  7. "TEXAS! CHASE" by Sandra Brown (Texas! #2) (A+) Chase Tyler has been the object of Marcie Johns's desire since grade school. But when it came time to settle down, the handsome, laconic cowboy chose another woman for his bride. Life was good for Chase - until things took an abrupt and tragic turn. Ravaged by grief, Chase has become a lost and embittered soul, a man without purpose, compassion or hope. Then fate intercedes, reuniting Chase and Marcie, who was an unwitting player in Chase's unfathomable family tragedy. Guilt weighs heavily on Marcie, but she's also convinced that only the strength of her love can pull Chase back from the abyss. She's willing to risk everything on a daring plan to rescue his business, save his life and bring them together at last.
  8. "NOWHERE TO RUN" by Suzanne Brockman - "NOT WITHOUT RISK" (A) It began as a day's pleasure cruise on the crystal-clear waters of the Gulf of Mexico. But then Emily Marshall stumbled into a deadly maze of drug smuggling and murder and discovered that the only person who could help her was the man who had once torn her heart to shreds. A sudden and passionate interlude showed Jim Keegan the truth he'd been hiding from for so long. Now he knew exactly what he lost when he walked away from Emily and what he would lose forever if he couldn't save her. "A MAN TO DIE FOR" (A+) Carrie Brooks left her home, her job, her very existence, to run away with a murder suspect, a man whose only prior introduction to her was as her kidnapper. She has no reason at all to trust him. After all, he's the enemy - isn't he? Felipe Salazar's been in disguise for so long, he's not even sure who he is anymore. But he knows two things: he's innocent. And he's waited all his life for someone like Carrie.
  9. "HERO AT LARGE" by Janet Evanovich (A) He cooks a pot holder in the spaghetti sauce and needs lessons on making Jello. Still, single mom and ice skating coach Chris Nelson is committed to keeping her sexy, scruffy, new "house husband" around. After all, she did break his arm...and his toe...and she can't just turn him out into the cold. It seemed like luck when this gorgeous stranger first stopped to help Chris with her car, but suddenly her peaceful life turns topsy-turvy as tender, long-suffering Ken Callahan enlists the sympathies of her 7-year-old daughter and her meddlesome Aunt Edna. And even Chris can't deny the excitement his magnetic blue-black eyes spark deep within her...But who is he? 
  10. "NIGHT GAME" by Christine Feehan (Ghostwalkers #3) (A++) Gator Fontenot of the Special Forces paranormal squad can't refuse an urgent request to save the elusive Iris "Flame" Johnson, a victim of the same horrific experiments that warped Gator. Now unleashed, she's a red-haired weapon of unimaginable destructive powers, a walking time bomb bent on revenge in the sultry bayous of New Orleans and hunted by a shadowy assassin. It's Gator's job to reel Flame in. But can two people haunted by violent betrayals trust the passion that soon ignites between them? Or is one of them just playing another seductive and deadly night game?
  11. "RECKLESS" by Selena Montgomery (Faraday Trilogy #1) (A++) Always in control...independent, stunning and smart, Kell Jameson has the life she's always dreamed about. A partner at a tony Atlanta law firm that represents famous - if guilty - clients, she's far from her days as a lonely orphan in rural Georgia. But one frantic call will bring her back to the place she's spent years trying to escape. The head of her childhood orphanage has been accused of murder and Kell is her only hope for freedom.  From the first moment Kell meets Sheriff Luke Calder, tempers and attraction flare. Ruggedly handsome and a stickler for law and order, Luke finds kell compelling. Unfortunately, she represents her prime suspect. Forced to work together, they dig deep into the town's scandals...but Kell has a secret of her own. She trust Luke enough to fall in love - but does she trust him enough to reveal the reckless past she's worked so hard to keep hidden?
  12. "EVERYONE DIES" by Michael McGarrity (Kevin Kerney #8) (A) Santa Fe police chief Kevin Kerney is called to the crime scene of a prominent attorney gunned down by an unknown assailant. With few clues and no motive for the killing, Kerney directs his detectives to delve into the victim's personal and professional life. But the killer's work has just begun. A second victim with ties to the criminal justice system is found with her throat slit along with a warning: EVERYONE DIES. Next on the madman's list: Kerney, his wife and their unborn son.
  13. "CHRISTMAS IN CEDAR COVE" by Debbie Macomber (Cedar Cove #11) (A) First, drop in at 5-B Poppy Lane, where you'll get a chance to visit with Helen Shelton, her grandaughter Ruth and Ruth's husband, Paul. They'll offer you a cup of mulled cider and the story of how they met - and they'll share Helen's breathtaking adventures during the Second World War. Then drive out to Grace and Cliff Harding's place. They have a small horse ranch not far from Cedar Cove. Mary Jo Wyse and her little girl, Noelle, will be there, too. Join them in reliving their memories of the Chritmas Mary Jo came to Cedar Cove, pregnant and alone and had her baby in the Hardings' stable (well, actually the apartment above it). That's the night firefighter Mack McAfee began to fall for Mary Jo and the idea of a family - with her.
  14. "A CREED IN STONE CREEK" by Linda Lael Miller (Creed Men Trilogy #1) (A) When single attorney Steven Creed becomes guardian of an orphaned five-year-old boy, he trades his big-city law firm for a ranch near his McKettrick kin in the close-knit community of Stone Creek, Arizona. Taking care of little Matt and fixing up his run-down ranch house with its old barn loosens something tightly wound inside him. But when Steven takes on the pro bono defene of a local teen, he meet his match in the opposing cousel - beautiful, by-the-book county prosecutor Melissa O'Ballivan. It'll take one grieving little boy, a sweet adopted dog and a woman who never expected to win any man's heart to make this Creed in Stone Creek know he' s truly found home.
  15. "NEXT TO DIE" by Marliss Melton (Navy SEALs #4) (A) Penny Price dreads the sound of her ringing phone. She's convinced that the person barraging her with threatening calls is a man who got away with murder - her father's. Armed with evidence but branded a target, Penny's only salvation is the playboy next door - Navy SEAL Lieutenant Commander Joe Montgomery. The sole survivor of the worst disaster in SEAL history, Joe has been drowning his guilt in a potent mix of alcohol and isolation. Penny refuses to indulge his behavior and a tentative friendship begins, charged with desire. But as her father's killer sets his sights on Penny, all bets are off. The killer will do anything to protect his identity and Joe fears Penny is next to die.
  16. "AND CALL ME IN THE MORNING" by Willa Okati (A++) Eli and Zane. Colleagues at work and close friends, though on the surface it's an unexpected friendship between an odd couple. While Zane took the "high school to college to med school" track, medicine is Eli's second career and the best choice he ever made. He has work that he loves, an extended second family of colleagues and friends and Zane. So why does everyone make such a big deal about the pair of them? Yes, they spend a lot of time together. It doesn't mean they're a real couple. When teased about it one too many time by their colleagues, Zane challenges Eli to set the record straight with a kiss to prove there's absolutely no chemistry between them. Neither expected a spark to ignite between them. More than a spark. Desire. Passion. Zane wants to try getting up close and personal again to see if it was a one-time fluke or something more. Eli thinks he's too old to jump the fence now, but he can't say no to Zane and he doesn't want to. Truth be told, Eli's not so sure they can set the record straight after all.
  17. "WILL OF STEEL/RELUCTANT FATHER" by Diana Palmer - "WILL OF STEEL" (C) Police Chief Theodore Graves - a man as rugged as the land. Only one woman has ever dared to challenge him and sparks fly as this feisty beauty comes up against his will of steel."RELUCTANT FATHER" (B) Once shy, the now famous writer has returned home and to the man who had cruelly pushed her away. But could their rekindled passion melt his heart of ice?
  18. "WIFE FOR HIRE" by Janet Evanovich (A)  Hank Mallone spotted trouble when she sat down and said she'd marry him! Maggie Toone was a tempting firecracker who'd make his life delightful hell if he let her pretend to be his wife in order to improve his rogue's reputation. Would his harebrained scheme to get a bank loan for his business backfire once Maggie arrived in his small Vermont town and let the gossips take a look? Maggie never expected her employer to be drop-dead handsome, or to affect her like a belt of bourbon on her empty stomach, but she was too intrigued by his offer to say no... and too eager to escape a life that made her feel trapped. The deal was strictly business, both agreed... until Hank turned out to be every fantasy she'd ever had, and Maggie was so bright, funny, and downright irresistible that Hank fell head over heels in love! While the town watched, Hank wooed his wife with a charm that had never failed him yet. Could he make her dreams real by proving she belonged in his arms?
  19. "STRAIGHT FROM THE HIP" by Susan Mallery (Lone Star Sisters #3) (A+) Izzy has always been the fearless Titan sister. But when an oil rig blows up leaving her barely able to see, her sisters find themselves as concerned by her emotional withdrawal as by the possibility that the explosion was no accident. Are the mind games their long-lost brother Garth has been playing turning physical? Or is someone else out to get them? When her sisters enroll her in a survivor training camp, Izzy is not happy. Nick, her instructor, is determined that she won't be left in the dark, in more ways than one. But if he tells her the terrible truth behind why he's helping her, he'll never see her again. Unless they're both willing to take the biggest risk of all.
  20. "HOT ON HER HEELS" by Susan Mallery (Lone Star Sisters #4) (A++) Dana Birch vowed never to put herself at the mercy of a powerful man. She became a deputy so that she could take care of herself and protect those she loves. Especially her best friends, the Titan sisters. Twenty years ago Garth Duncan swore revenge on Jed Titan for abandoning Garth and his mother. Now he's back to fulfill that promise, even if Jed's daughters get caught in the crosshairs. All that stands between him and his goal is Dana, her gun and a growing passion that can't be denied.
  21. "FIRST COMES TWINS" by Helen Brenna (Mirabelle Island) (A) Photojournalist Noah Bennett has been running from himself forever. Covering war zones around the world has kept him away from his mistakes and, more important, from Sophie Rousseau, his high school sweetheart. But he's never forgotten her. He's returned to idyllic Mirabelle Island to heal, to finish his latest book...and to face Sophie again. Months after Noah escaped the island for college, Sophie married his older brother. Now a widow with teenage twins, Sophie will do whatever it takes to speed Noah's recovery and get him off her island. Before the only man she ever loved breaks her heart again.
  22. "THE BROTHER RETURNS" by Jeannine Watt (Home on the Ranch (A+) Ten years ago Brett Bishop made a bad mistake...and paid the price. Now he's finally come back to the Nevada ranching land he loves. He's not asking forgiveness, only the chance to see his little girl - the child his brother is raising as his own. That's all he wants. Except that's not all he gets when the new teacher moves to town. As if Claire Flynn didn't have enough on her hands with a school full of unruly kids, now she can't seem to leave him alone. But Brett won't let Claire help him reclaim a place in his family. And he doesn't deserve the special place she's carving out for him in her heart.
  23. "EXTREME EXPOSURE" by Pamela Clare (I-Team #1) (A+++) It's been years since her child's father dumped her and since then Kara McMillan has kept men at bay - although every day she aches more for a lover's touch. But to get that the hard-boiled journalist must become vulnerable - a feeling she vowed never to have again. With his dangerous good looks, charm and power, Senator Reece Sheridan could have just about any woman he sets his piercing eyes on. But he's intrigued by only one. This Kara, this gutsy investigative reporter, has a sensuality that arouses him to no end. If she's a firebrand in print, he guesses, she must be just as fiery in bed. But this is no fling. A sudden political scandal - and attempts on Kara's life - could very well drive them apart. Or maybe, just maybe, adversity could draw them into a bond even more intense than their steamy sexual embraces.
  24. "TEXAS! SAGE" by Sandra Brown (Texas! #3) (A+) This had to be the worst night of Sage Tyler's life. First her finace jilts her. Then she has to fly home with Harlan Boyd, the arrogant, drop-dead gorgeous stranger who overheard every word of the humiliating episode - and enjoyed it! All Sage wants is for this sexy, no-account drifter to keep his distance - and keep her broken engagement a secret. But Harlan Boyd has desires of his own. She was the most beautiful, exciting, unpredictable woman Harlan had ever met and he could barely keep his hands off her. Yet he tried to stay away, tried to remember that Sage Tyler needed a man who'd convince her of her worth, not a man who'd be moving on. Then Sage's family business, the Tyler Drilling Company, came under threat of ruin and Sage and Harlan suddenly found themselves fighting side by side to save it...in quarters too close to keep passion at bay. Can spoiled, headstrong Sage find love with a man who seems so easy to get and so hard to keep?
  25. "MARRYING DAISY BELLAMY" by Susan Wiggs (Lakeshore Chronicles #8) (A+) Daisy Bellamy has struggled for years to choose between two men - one honorable and steady, one wild and untethered. And then, one fateful day, the decision is made for her. Now busy with a thriving business on Willow Lake, Daisy knows she should be happy with the life she's chosen for herself and her son. But she still aches for the one thing she can't have. Until the man once lost to her reappears, resurrected by a promise of love. And now the choice Daisy thought was behind her is the hardest one she'll ever face.
  26. "SWINGTIME" by Desiree Holt (unabridged Audible) (B) Lanie Burrell had heard about group sex, but how would she handle being thrust into the middle of a hot Saturday night party? Lanie Burrell was shocked to discover the reason Cody Hawkins was the only other neighbor on their private little cul de sac. He needed the privacy for the swinging parties he hosted featuring the kind of uninhibited group sex she'd read about in the erotic books she reviewed. At the moment those books were the most exciting part of her sex life. Then Cody invited her to one of his parties and she found a wildness within herself she hadn't known existed. And an attraction between herself and Cody that exploded like a big bomb on a short fuse.
  27. "MAVERICK" by Lora Leigh (Elite Ops #2) (A++) Micah Sloane knows almost everything there is to know about Risa Clay, including the vicious betrayal she endured years ago and the distrust she's harbored ever since. The only way for the Elite Ops agent to uncover and assassin - and banish the ghosts of his own dark past - is to use Risa as bait. But nothing has prepared him for her disarming blend of innocence and snesuality or for his overwhelming need to protect her. Risa has spent eight years rebuilding her life. And now, to save it, she must pose as Micah's lover and draw a killer into the open. It's a risky plan - especially with a man as powerfully seductive as Micah. But, as their charade becomes reality, Risa realizes the greatest danger may lie in losing her heart forever.
  28. "MOTHER WARRIORS: A NATION OF PARENTS HEALING AUTISM AGAINST ALL ODDS" by Jenny McCarthy (A) When Jenny McCarthy's son, Evan, was diagnosed with autism, she refused to give in without a fight. With determination and resolve, she set out on an arduous journey to help save her son and ultimately healed him through an intense combination of behavioral therapy, diet, supplements and other biomedical interventions. Jenny is not alone. With patience and courage and unparalleled strength, thousands of families have made incredible strides in the fight against autism. Mother Warriors shares their heartfelt and deeply personal stories of navigating through the many autism therapies to heal their children, as well as Jenny's own journey as an autism advocate and mother.
  29. "RESTLESS HEART" by Emma Lang (B) Sam Carver had the kind of body that turned a woman's head and the kind of eyes that had seen more than his share of trouble. But he couldn't get enough of the mysterious, ethereal beauty who had showed up in his little Wyoming town, working at the Blue Plate, keeping to herself. He knew Angeline Hunter was running scared, pursued by a fanatic who threatened her life. But no matter what it took, Sam would convince his angel to put her trust in him, to put the painful past behind her and learn just how pleasurable the present could be.
  30. "SWEETWATER CREEK" by Anne Rivers Siddon (unabridged Audio CD) (A+) At twelve, Emily Parmenter is left mostly to herself after her mother disappears and her beloved older brother dies. Emily has built a life around the faded plantation where her remote father and hunter-obsessed brothers raise hunting spaniels. It is a meager, masculine world, but to Emily it has magic. And then comes Lulu Foxworth, troubled daughter of a truly grand plantation, who has run away from her hectic Charleston debutante season. Where Emily's father sees Lulu as an entree to society, Emily is threatened and mystified. Lulu has a powerful enchantment of her own and this, along with the dark, crippling secret she brings with her, will inevitably blow Emily's world apart and let the real one in - but at a terrible price.
  31. "LAVENDER MORNING" by Jude Deveraux (Edilean #1) (A++) Joycelyn Minton was only five years old when her mother died. After her handyman father remarried, Joce never felt lonelier - until she met Edilean Harcourt. Sixty years Joce's senior, Miss Edi was a kindred soul who understood her like no one else ever had. When Edilean passes away, she leaves all her worldly possessions to Joce - including an eighteenth-century house and a letter with clues to a decades-old mystery. The letter also reveals that Miss Edi has found the perfect man for Joce - a handsome young lawyer - and that a new life awaits her in Edilean, a small Virginia town. Curious to seek out her new destiny, Jocelyn moves to the tight-knit village and does indeed meet a man with his own hidden past. And as she pieces together the puzzle left by Miss Edi, shocking surprises about Joce's family's history - and her future - come to light.
  32. "A WEEK FROM SUNDAY" by Dorothy Garlock (B) Adrianna Moore has just had a double shock: the death of her father and the discovery that he had left his entire estate to his lawyer. A duplicitous social climber, the attorney promises to give her back her inheritance...if she agrees to marry him a week from Sunday. Repulsed by his proposal and desperate to escape, Adrianna knows there's only one thing she can do - run! But in the pouring rain, her car collides with a truck driven by Quinn Baxter. A lumberjack and bar owner, this rugged giant of a man can make a whole new life possible for her...if she accepts the bargain he offers. Will it be enough to free her from the clutches of an enemy who has vowed to possess her at any cost?
  33. "THE SACRIFICE" by Beverly Lewis (Abram's Daughters #3) (A) Life in Gobbler's Knob was all Leah Ebersol ever wanted until older sister Sadie abandoned faith and family, leaving Leah to believe the worst, that Sadie - and her own beloved Jonas - had betrayed her. Loyal neighbor Smithy Gid patiently bides his time and Leah finds herself on the verge of accepting his courting invitation. But when tragedy once more befalls the Ebersols, Leah must again choose between her own happiness and her family.
  34. "NIGHT TALES: NIGHT SHIFT/NIGHT SHADOW" by Nora Roberts (Night Tales #1) "Night Shift" (A) Her voice was like hot whiskey, smooth and potent, but it was her contradictions that fascinated Detective Boyd Fletcher - the vulnerability beneath her self-sufficient facade. Radio announcer Cilla O'Roarke was being threatened and it was Boyd's job to protect her. But though she protested his intrusion into her life, anundeniable attraction sizzled between them...and anything could happen on the night shift. "Night Shadow" (A-) He walked the night, a shadow among shadows. They called him Nemesis and he was everywhere. But the night he saved Deborah O'Roarke from an attacker he rediscovered the sweet ache of longing. As Gage Guthrie he coudl woo her. But the idealistic prosecutor abhorred his vigilante approach to crime fighting. So how could he reveal he was the phantom who lurked in the night shadow?
  35. "HEART OF GOLD" by Tami Hoag (Rainbow Chasers #1) (A) Elegantly handsome Shane Callan was trouble - Dirty Harry in disguise - and not quite civilized underneath! But Faith Kincaid was stuck with him. Her decision to appear as a witness in a bribery trial had placed her in peril so great, Shane had been assigned to protect her. He wanted her to be guilty - he'd be safe then - but he knew she wasn't and he found her innocence irresistible. Faith had no business loving a fierce, dangerous heartbreaker, but she needed to know how it felt to have a man want her as much as Shane did. Lonely, haunted by demons, he'd spent too much time on the dark side, undercover in a world of betrayal. Faith was his shot at sanctuary, his anchor in an unseen storm that threatened to overwhelm them both. But Shane had always lived in shadows, unwilling to share the risks that came with his job. Could Faith make him see that their two hearts shared one destiny, that he was the end of her rainbow - and she'd dare anything to have him?

Currently Reading -

  1. "Without Due Process" by J.A. Jance (J.P. Beaumont #10)
  2. "Second Glance" by Jodi Picoult

Currently Listening To -    

  1. "Glory in Death" by J.D. Robb (In Death Series #2) (unabridged Audio CD)

To Be Read - Alphabetically by Author not reading order 

  1. "Here to Stay" by Catherine Anderson (A Harrigan Family Novel #4)
  2. "Pieces of My Sister's Life" by Elizabeth Joy Arnold
  3. "Wish You Well" by David Baldacci (abridged Audio CD)
  4. "A Lion Called Christian" by Anthony Bourke and John Rendall
  5. "Body Work" by Fiona Brand
  6. "Next Comes Love" by Helen Brenna (Mirabelle Island)
  7. "Tempting Evil" by Allison Brennan (Prison Break #2)
  8. "Breaking the Rules" by Suzanna Brockmann (Troubleshooters #16)
  9. "Tough Customer" by Sandra Brown (unabridged Audio CD)
  10. "Where There's Smoke" by Sandra Brown (abridged Audio CD)
  11. "Heaven is for Real" by Todd Burpo
  12. "Queen of Babble" by Meg Cabot
  13. "Comanche Trail" by Will Camp (Tony Hillerman's Frontier #7)
  14. "Sarah - Women of Genesis" by Orson Scott Card
  15. "Blue Skies" by Robin Carr
  16. "The Good, the Bad and the Sexy" by Emily Carmichael
  17. "The Bay at Midnight" by Diane Chamberlain
  18. "Running Blind" by Lee Child (Jack Reacher #4)
  19. "Shadows From the Past" by Ashley Dawn 
  20. "Mystic Horseman" by Kathleen Eagle
  21. "The Stylist" by Cai Emmons
  22. "Battle Cry" by Ken Englade (Tony Hillerman's Frontier - People of the Plains Saga #4)
  23. "Full Speed" by Janet Evanovich & Charlotte Hughes (Max Holt #3)
  24. "Desert Hearts" by Marjorie Farrell
  25. "Conspiracy Game" by Christine Feehan (Ghostwalkers #4)
  26. "Dark Desire" by Christine Feehan (Carpathians (Dark) #2)
  27. "Lowcountry Summer" by Dorothea Benton Frank (Lowcountry Tale) (unabridged Audible)
  28. "A Girl Named Summer" by Julie Garwood
  29. "Ghost Night" by Heather Graham (Bone Island #2)
  30. "The Seance" by Heather Graham
  31. "The Summons" by John Grisham (unabridged Audio CD)
  32. "Sarah" by Marek Halter (The Cannan Trilogy #1) (abridged Audio CD)
  33. "Between Sisters" by Kristin Hannah
  34. "Loving Frank" Nancy Horan
  35. "24 Hours" by Greg Iles (abridged Audio Cassette)
  36. "Shiver" by Lisa Jackson (Ali Reynolds #6) (unabridged Audio CD)
  37. "Fatal Error" by J.A. Jance (unabridged Audible)
  38. "Fire and Ice" by J.A. Jance (Joanna Brady #13 & J.P. Beaumont #19)
  39. "Kiss of the Bees" by J.A. Jance (Brandon Walker #2)
  40. "A Stranger's Game" by Joan Johnston (unabridged Audio CD)
  41. "Home to Holly Springs" by Jan Karon (Father Tim #1)
  42. "Too Hot to Handle" by Robin Kaye
  43. "A Thousand Tomorrows" by Karen Kingsbury
  44. "A Big Little Life: A Memoir of a Joyful Dog" by Dean Koontz
  45. "In Too Deep" Jayne Anne Krentz (Arcane Society #10) (unabridged Audible)
  46. "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" by Stieg Larrson (Millennium #1) (Audio MP3)
  47. "XXX Marks the Spot" by Kathleen Lawless
  48. "Home on the Ranch" by Allison Leigh (Home on the Ranch - Men of the Double-C Ranch #6)
  49. "Heat Seeker" by Lora Leigh (Elite Ops #3)
  50. "Where the Heart Is" by Billie Letts
  51. "The Prodigal" by Beverly Lewis (Abram's daughters #4)
  52. "Too Hot to Handle" by Elizabeth Lowell
  53. "You Slay Me" by Katie MacAlister
  54. "Accidentally Yours" by Susan Mallery
  55. "The Best of Friends" by Susan Mallery (unabridged Audio CD)
  56. "Someone Like You" by Susan Mallery
  57. "The Sparkling One" by Susan Mallery (Marcelli Family #1)
  58. "Hummingbird Lake" by Emily March (Eternity Springs #2)
  59. "Body Check" by Deirdre Martin
  60. "The Christmas Clock" by Kat Martin
  61. "Tin Angel" by Kat Martin
  62. "Flat-Out Sexy" by Erin McCarthy
  63. "Slow Kill" by Michael McGarrity (Kevin Kerney #9)
  64. "Don't Let Go" by Marliss Melton (Navy SEALs #5)
  65. "At Home in Stone Creek" by Linda Lael Miller (Stone Creek)
  66. "Taming Charlotte" by Linda Lael Miller (Quade #2)
  67. "Deception" by Selena Montgomery (Faraday Trilogy #2)
  68. "Remember Me" by Laura Moore (Redwood Trilogy #1)
  69. "365 Nights: A Memoir of Intimacy" by Charla Muller with Betsy Thorpe
  70. "Kiss the Moon" by Carla Neggers
  71. "Killer Heat" by Brenda Novak (Hired Guns #3)
  72. "Battle Scars" Meghan O'Brien
  73. "This Heart of Mine" by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
  74. "Sing Me Home" by Jodi Picoult
  75. "Midnight Cactus" by Bella Pollen
  76. "The Perfect Poison" by Amanda Quick (Arcane Society #6)
  77. "Becca's Baby" by Tara Taylor Quinn (Shelter Valley #1)
  78. "Dog On It" by Spencer Quinn (A Chet and Bernie Mystery)
  79. "Welcome to Last Chance" by Hope Ramsay (Last Chance #1)
  80. "To Mother With Love" by Cheryl Reavis, Robyn Carr, Linda Howard
  81. "Rescue Me" by Christy Reece (Last Chance Rescue Trilogy #1)
  82. "Christ the Lord: The Road to Cana" by Anne Rice (Christ the Lord #2)
  83. "Merrick" by Anne Rice (Vampire Chronicles #7)
  84. "Pandora"  by Anne Rice  (the new Vampire Chronicles)
  85. "Fox River" by Emilie Richards
  86. "Possession in Death" by J.D. Robb (In Death Series) (unabridged Audio CD)
  87. "Treachery in Death" by J.D. Robb (In Death Series)
  88. "Get a Clue" by Jill Shalvis
  89. "White Heat" by Jill Shalvis
  90. "Lover's Bite" by Maggie Shayne (Wings in the Night #14)
  91. "Beautiful Boy" by David Sheff
  92. "A Little Trouble With the Facts" by Nina Siegal
  93. "Xin Loi, Vietnam: Thirty-one Months of War: a Soldier's Memoir" by Al Sever
  94. "Safe Haven" by Nicholas Sparks (unabridged Audible)
  95. "Hot Flash Club Holidays" by Nancy Thayer (Hot Flash Club #3)
  96. "Hot Flash Club Strikes Again" by Nancy Thayer (Hot Flash Club #2)
  97. "Rewriting Monday" by Jodi Thomas
  98. "The Irish Devil" by Diane Whiteside (Devil #1)
  99. "Blood Orchid" by Stuart Wood (Holly Barker #3)
  100. "Orchard Beach" by Stuart Wood (Holly Barker #1)
  101. "Orchid Blues" by Stuart Wood (Holly Barker #2)
  102. "A Slice of Heaven" by Sherryl Woods (Sweet Magnolias #2)
  103. "A Chesapeake Shores Christmas" by Sherryl Woods (Chesapeake Shores #4)


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Here's my TBR list for March---in no particular order, but as the mood hits. 

Everything to Gain by Barbara Taylor Bradford

The Lion's Game by Nelson DeMille --- Just finished this really good book early this morning!! I couldn't believe I was reading a novel written several years ago that seemed like it could have been written this week. Nelson DeMille's The Lion's Game is about a Libyan terrorist who comes to the United States to avenge the death of his family killed in an American-lead bombing attack on Libya in 1986 [which actually happened]. As I read the book and listened to the bombing of Libya taking place Sunday, it made chills run all over me. A really good, although quite long [almost 1000 pages] have-to read.

Hidden Talents by Jayne Ann Krentz

The Night Before by Lisa Jackson -- after that

Flight Lessons by Patricia Gaffney --- Excellent book about relationships, one woman's journey to heal an old family betrayal and where it brings her.

On Tall Pine Lake by Dorothy Garlock --- Garlock is a wonderful author. You really get to know her characters. There's a little more mystery is this one than in some of her others.

The Mercy Rule by John Lescroart

Seven Up by Janet Evanovich --- reading, too

The Sum of All Fears by Tom Clancy

A Time to Die by Beverly Barton

Murder in Foggy Bottom by Margaret Truman --- Margaret Truman really knew how to right a tense mystery. Very topical, even for today with all the threats of terrorism

While My Sister Sleeps by Barbara Delinsky ---  waiting in the wings

Nightwalker by Heather Graham --- A good paranormal mystery, Heather Graham is always a great writer.

Gravity by Tess Gerritsen

Grand Jury by Philip Friedman --- still reading

Dark Waters by Sharon Sala --- An easy read, good mystery with a couple twists.

Such Devoted Sisters by Eileen Goudge

Blue Smoke and Murder by Elizabeth Lowell  -- Another really good mystery in the St. Kilda Consulting series. Always a page-turner.

Watermelon by Marian Keyes

Redemption by Jill McGown --- My first book by McGown, and while it's an older book, I really enjoyed it. I like her writing style, similar to Elizabeth George in that her main characters are a British police inspector and police sergeant [woman]. Not really a 'cozy', but not as intense as some mysteries. I'll definitely be looking for more of her books.

In the Frame by Dick Francis

The Golden Gate by Alistair MacLean ---  Took me awhile to get into this one, it's a little dated as far as the technology goes [1976 published date], but proved to be an enjoyable read. I've seen some of the movies made from MacLean's books, especially The Guns of Navarone and Where Eagles Dare. Maybe it takes the big screen to do his books justice.

A Suitable Vengenance by Elizabeth George

Killjoy by Julie Garwood

Moonlight Becomes You by Mary Higgins Clark

Eleventh Hour by Catherine Coulter --- Part of Coulter's FBI series. This one wasn't as intense as some of the other books in this series. Still a good read, but some of the others were better.

Fat Tuesday by Sandra Brown

Stone Kiss by Faye Kellerman

A Palm for Mrs. Pollifax by Dorothy Gillman -- A quick little cozy mystery in the Mrs. Pollifax series. Mrs. Pollifax is a senior citizen who has always wanted to be a spy and gets her chance to work for the CIA. I had to post this book as unpostable because the last few pages have some sort of stain on them. Sorry, but that's the way I got it from another PBS member. {It would help if ALL members read and followed the rules about posting acceptable books.}

Dead Even by Mariah Stewart --- up next

The Last White Knight by Tami Hoag

Shooting at Loons by Margaret Maron --- 3rd in the Judge Deborah Knott series. Set in North Carolina [where I live] I really enjoy all the references to places I know and the people are just like ones I see everyday. Quick read with a good mystery.

To Die For by Linda Howard -- I LOVED this book!  First time reading Howard's books and I was thoroughly engrossed. It's witty, good character development and a "who-done-it" thrown in. I've got some more of Howard's books, can't wait to get to them.

New authors this month:     Linda Howard       Alistair MacLean       Jill McGown      Philip Friedman    



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 Finished 

  • What is Left the Daughter by Howard Norman
  • The Man in the Woods by Scott Spencer
  • Where Did You Sleep Last Night by Danzy Senna
  • Bad Marie by Marcy Dermansky

Currently Reading

  • Annabel by Kathleen Winter

Listening to

  • Daughter of Fortune by Isabel Allende


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Finished in March:

  • Cut Short by Leigh Russell

Currently reading:

  • The Victoria Vanishes by Christopher Fowler
  • Dust by Martha Grimes (audio download)
  • Holy Terror in the Hebrides by Jeanne M. Dams
  • Last Argument of Kings by Joe Abercrombie

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Just finished The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins Trilogy (in record time!) and loved it! 

Now reading Twenty Times a Lady by Karyn Bosnak



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Currently reading The Janus Stone by Elly Griffiths. Second book in the Ruth Galloway series.

Currently listening to The Neon Rain by James Lee Burke.

On my Kindle, I'm reading a YA book, Septimus Heap, Book One: Magyk Free by Angie Sage. Comparable to the Harry Potter series.

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Getting ready for the Royal Wedding with "William and Harry -- Behind the Palace Walls" by Katie Nicholl.

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I am reading The Great Stink by Clare Clark.  Her books always grab me.  It is not that I 'love' them, but that they are compelling in their authenticity.  I think this is one of those that I will learn entirely too much about the sewers of London, but not be sorry for having read the book. 

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Reading

  1. The Ancestor's Tale by Richard Dawins
  2. Lucy's Legacy by Donald Johanson
  3. Why People Believe Weird Things by Michael Shermer
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Finished:

Some Girls: My Life in a Harem

Mary Bloody Mary

3:16

Remember Me?

A Short History of Charleston

The 100 Most Important Bible Verses for Women

 



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I am reading Fragile by Lisa Unger.  So far, so good.

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Finished The Forgotten Garden today. LOVED it! Great story, and I loved the writing. I really liked the time-jumps in this one and trying to piece together the big mystery of Nell's past. It kept me guessing until the very end. It will likely be my fave book of March, but the month is still young so we'll see.

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I'm also trying to learn a bit more about the Royal Family before the big wedding, by reading The Queen's Story by Marcus Kiggell and Denys Blakeway.  I'm just up to her 1953 coronation, and am surprisingly engaged in the story.  Was worried it would be dull read, but it's not at all. 

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I'm reading Jane Eyre on my Kindle.

I'm listening to My Reading Life by Pat Conroy in the car.

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I'm currently reading The Count of Monte Cristo by Dumas, Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice and Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry

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Finished in March so far:

Brothers by Da Chen 

From Fields of Gold by Alexandra Ripley.

Currently reading "Abundance:  A novel of Marie Antoinette" by Sera Jeter Naslund - liking it so far. 

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Just finished "The Travellers" by Ann Swinfen -- fabulous book!

About to finish "All God's Children" by Thomas Eidson. Historical fiction about a Quaker woman in 1890's Kansas who harbors a black man pursued by a lynch mob and then further angers the town by sheltering a Chinese family. Unique and wonderful read.

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Bookbag: Zeitoun ~Dave Eggers: story about a devout Muslim father who stays in New Orleans as Hurricane Katrina strikes and destroys the city. I am 1/2 way through this and totally engaged whenever I pick it up,will probably be my nonfiction pick for March!

Amnesia Nights~Quinton Skinner: This is mystery,regret,memoryloss journal, and high stakes intrigue rolled into one,sure pays off to browse in the obscure section of the library.This will probably be my best Fiction pick for March.

Check out my listing in Hidden Gems:whats your best read of the month

Bedside: The Yacoubian Building ~ Alaa Al Aswany: Intriguing story about the occupants in an apartment building in Cairo. Reading for a prospective World Lit group.

purse: A Version of the Truth~Jennifer Kaufman & Karen Mack: Lighthearted and sometimes not story of a woman changing her life despite some educational shortcomings. Fun read.

Between commercials: The Foriegner~Francie Lin: For some reason this is taking me forever./ A.D, Pompeii~ Rebecca East: time travel & slavery +natural disaster=how much fun can you have in one book?

Restroom: started : Good Faith~Jane Smiley: Always Love her! /East of Eden~John Steinbeck: Great old classic,taking me forever!

Up Next: don't know but lots of ideas!!



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March 2011--Finished so far:

  1. Cut Short by Leigh Russell
  2. Last Argument of Kings by Joe Abercrombie
  3. Holy Terror in the Hebrides by Jeanne M. Dams
  4. The Victoria Vanishes by Christopher Fowler
  5. Dust by Martha Grimes (audio)
  6. Miss Zukas in Death's Shadow by Jo Dereske
  7. Silver Borne by Patricia Briggs
  8. Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey
  9. To Fetch a Thief by Spencer Quinn (audio)

Current Reads:

  • A Red Herring Without Mustard by Alan Bradley (audio)
  • Shroud of Dishonor by Maureen Ash
  • Rolling Thunder by Chris Grabenstein
  • No Colder Place by S.J. Rozan

 

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Subject: The Affair at Cloud Bay by Douglas Terrel
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This book must be privately published because I can't locate it here.  But you can buy it on Amazon.

This is an amazingly good book.  It is so vividly written that sometimes I think I saw the movie, and then I remember it was just a book.

My husband, who is not much of a reader is engrossed in the book now, and he also thinks it is great. 

I guess it would be considered an adventure novel, or perhaps an adventure mystery.  Or maybe an historical novel.  

Much of it is situated in the Alaskan wilderness.   It follows the life of a Chinese man who was taken to Alaska as slave labor and who has unbelievable survival skills.  

It also follows the life of an abused and neglected American child, who grows up deranged due to the abuse.  He becomes a POW in Japan.  

He eventually ends up in Alaska, bringing with him an unconcealed hate of all orientals, and damage everywhere he goes.

http://www.amazon.com/Affair-at-Cloud-Bay/dp/1456564048/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1300574233&sr=1-1

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Finishing up Compassion: A Conversation Between the Dalai Lama and Paul Ekman, PhD.

Moving on to The Imperfectionists by Tom Rachman, which is a novel about the downfall of the newspaper business, and was recommended on PBS. I've been looking forward to it.

The next few have been staring at me from my bedside: I have The Same Kind of Different as Me, a true story of a very welathy man befriending a slave;  Carmen Bin Laden's memoir about living inside the Bin Laden family; and The Appetite for Reduction cookbook by Isa Chandra Moskowitz.

I'd better get off the computer and tackle some of these.

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I just finished The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton which I enjoyed.  I'm now starting The Red Tent by Anita Diamant.  I've had this book on my shelf for a couple of years and have read many references to it. 

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Ginny,    this one sounds great!   The Affair at Cloud Bay by Douglas Terrel  unfortunately I can't order one more thing at Amazon for a while!

I am reading Distant Thunder by FM Parker for a HF reading challenge.  One of the best Civil War novels I have ever read.  He writes about the Union Navy fighting its way up the Mississippi to occupy New Orleans.  First time I have found one that discusses the navel battles.  Then I will need to read five more of these types for the challenge.  The main character, Luke Coldiron is the main in two or three more.  Just this side of western romance novel.   Loving them.

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FinishedThe Bat Scientists - Mary Kay Carson. Juv. NF.  She is an excellent author of non-fiction for kids.  Just wish Carlsbad Caverns had also been on their list of bat caves.

 

A Cousin's Promise and A Cousin's Prayer (Audio Books) Books 1 &2 in Daughters of Lancaster County trilogy by Wanda Brunstetter.

The Siege, Book 4 in the Legends of Ga'Hoole series by Kathryn Lasky. (Audio Book)

The Storekeeper's Daughter by Wanda Brunstetter.  (Audio Book) Book 1 in trilogy

The Accidental Billionaires by Ben Mezrich (Audio Book).  Also saw movie Social Network which was based on the book.

Half Brother by Kenneth Oppel.

The Ape House by Sara Gruen.

Currently ReadingExtraordinary by Nancy Werlin.

Forever Young by William Noonan (Audio Book)

Moon over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool (Newbery winner 2011)

Little Princes by Conor Grennan

The Shattering Book 5 in Legends of Ga'Hoole by Kathryn Lasky (Audio Book)

Twisted by Laurie Halse Anderson

As a Youth Services Librarian, I am always reading children's books.  I try to squeeze in some Adult Titles as I can.

"So many books, so little time."

 

Geri

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"Deed So"  by Katherine A Russell

This book, by FAR, is my most FAVORITE book I have read in a LONG time! It is not listed on our site yet???  I am going to post my review I wrote about this book because this book is SO good it is one you don't want to miss!  I could NOT put this book down! I got it as an ARC, and am really glad I did!  This book IS available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Borders!!  Enjoy it!!!!

Deed So by Katharine A Russell 

In ‘Deed So’, meaning ‘we know the truth’, written by talented author Katharine A Russell, writes a very beautifully captivating, descriptive, and very hard to put down book about a young, innocent, twelve year old girl, named Haddie, with whom you will fall in love with, and almost feel as if you are her as she goes through life in the 1960’s.  Haddie is far more mature for her age of twelve by the life experiences she lives through in her short life so far, in Wicomo Corners, Maryland, the town she wants so much to get grown up so she can move out of.  She has dreams and they don’t fit in her town.  With it being the 1960’s, with such turbulent times going on around her, she is living through history-making moments and does not know it.  All Haddie knows is that a lot of things do not seem to be fair, nor does justice seem to fit in, in many different situations.  She has witnessed a murder, of which she ends up having to testify to in court regarding what she saw.  What she saw was racism, and that is when she learns so much more about it; that it exists.  She knew some things were not fair, but it was after certain things happened that she really learned what it was.  Haddie was brought up not having a clue that racism existed.  Black people were her friends, and her neighbors, and this was encouraged.  She knew no different until unfair things started happening to them.  It was not until she matured and saw the way daily life was occurring around her, the way bad things kept happening, that she learned this was racism.  During the trial, as she had to testify, she learned lawyers aren’t always cut and dry, that she couldn’t say the things she wanted to say and the things she said were twisted around.  She learned lawyers often have an agenda of their own, regardless of the truth.  This trial brought protestors to town from all over the country, protesting, sometimes dangerously so, and there had been fires deliberately set throughout the town as well, at this same time.  She lost a boy whom she secretly has a crush on, to the Marines, as the Vietnam War was going on.  She also learned that people who she thought were her friends may not be, and they may have secrets she has no comprehension of.  Haddie goes through so much more than any teenager has gone through since those turbulent 1960’s.  There is so much more to Haddie’s life and how the rest of this story unfolds.  You can’t help but to love this character and to feel like her as she goes through life.  I loved this book very much I did not want it to end.  I slowly devoured every word of it.  This book is a must read, and should be a ‘must read’ for teenagers today.  Most teenagers today have no idea what the Civil Rights Movement is, or was, or what it was like to live through the history making moments of that time which was right outside Haddies’ front door.  Many thanks go this more than talented author for writing such a book that pulls you in to where you feel like the main character, Haddie, as the story of her life takes place.

Laurie

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