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Abandoned Prayers: The Shocking True Story of Obsession, Murder and Little Boy Blue
Review Date: 7/1/2005
Helpful Score: 3


The author, Gregg Olsen delivers with this one! Well written, researched and crafted, Olsen weaves a tale that will pull the reader into a world (thank God) most of us will never see. I don't want to give away any surprises but I will say that in the end I began to wonder if its possible that some people are born without a soul much less a conscience. Go ahead, buy it and read it, I highly recommend it, but be prepared this Amish tale aint about quilts and growing corn.


Across Time And Death: A Mother's Search For Her Past Life Children
Across Time And Death: A Mother's Search For Her Past Life Children
Author: Jenny Cockell
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 7/2/2005
Helpful Score: 2


This is one of the most convincing reincarnation cases I've come across in a long time. Jenny Cockell not only had memories of a past life, she actually found her children -- now all grown up -- from that life. This story was featured on a number of U.S. TV programs when the book first came out, featuring both Jenny and the children from that life. Her still-living children, being devout Roman Catholics, do not believe in reincarnation per se, but went on record as saying that somehow, their mother "speaks through" Jenny, and they verified details of her memories.


Acts of Love (Large Print)
Acts of Love (Large Print)
Author: Judith Michael
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 4.5/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 9/16/2005


This is a large print edition ....Lucas Cameron is a very successful New York City theater director. Growing up with his grandmother, the renowned actress Constance Bernhardt, he was instilled with a deep love and insightful understanding of the stage. While working on a new play, he learns that Constance has died, and he returns to her villa in Italy to settle her affairs. There he discovers letters written to Constance by her friend and acting protege, Jessica Fontaine, which he starts reading one quiet evening to amuse himself. Captivated by the young woman's outlook on life, he continues to read, discovering that her career is abruptly ended when she suffered grave physical injuries in a train accident and leads a new and very secluded life on an island off the coast of Seattle. Deeply affected by her letters, Lucas realizes that he wants to meet this woman and discover why she has isolated herself not only from the acting arena but apparently from the world in general. Michael's (Tangled Web, LJ 11/15/94) novel tells a gently felt story with a surprising amount of suspense. Although probably set to be hyped by its publisher as "woman's fiction," this is really a thought-provoking character study of two very complicated individuals trying to come to grips with each other and the choices they have made in their lives. A sure winner for Michaels fans and a wonderful choice to introduce new readers to her work.


The Akhenaten Adventure (Children of the Lamp, Bk 1)
The Akhenaten Adventure (Children of the Lamp, Bk 1)
Author: P. B. Kerr
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 4.2/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 4/28/2007


John and Philippa Gaunt, two twelve-year-old not-very-identical twins, live a privileged life on the Upper East of Manhattan with their wealthy parents and two curiously-mannered Rottweilers named Alan and Neil. The twins realize there's something amiss with their world when a string of strange things begin to happen after their wisdom teeth are extracted--they dream the same dreams, become stronger, their zits clear up, and wishes wished in their presence inexplicably come true. And, when their estranged Uncle Nimrod asks them to come to England for the summer during one such shared dream, the discovery of their destiny is set in motion.


John and Phillippa discover that they are descended from a long line of Djinn, have great inherent powers. They must call on these powers a lot sooner than they anticipated, though, because the ancient Egyptian pharaoh Akhenaten is not as dead as history has so far declared and his legion of seventy magical djinn could tip the balance of power in the magical realm and affect the whole world order.


All He Ever Wanted
All He Ever Wanted
Author: Anita Shreve
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 4/10/2007
Helpful Score: 3


Etna Bliss has just moved to the New England town where her uncle teaches college when her life is transformed in a single stroke. She is dining in a hotel downtown when a fire forces her to escape to the snowy streets outside. She is glimpsed standing under a streetlight, by a man who was dining in the same room... a man who is so overwhelmed by the sight of her that he rebuilds his life around a single goal: to marry Etna Bliss. The man is Nicholas Van Tassel, and this is his account of how two lives were changed from that tumultuous night forward. It is a story of love, jealousy, obsession and loss. But it is no ordinary tale of obsession... it is a story about different kinds of love, and different ideas of what love is.

This is another well-written novel by Anita Shreve, with great character development. This would make a great book for a reading group discussion!


All that Lives: A Novel of the Bell Witch
All that Lives: A Novel of the Bell Witch
Author: Melissa Sanders-Self
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 3.2/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 9/16/2005
Helpful Score: 3


Once again the story of the Bell Witch of Adams, Tennessee, is told in fictional form, here in the words of the person most tormented by it. Betsy Bell, the "darling daughter" of tobacco farmer John and his wife, Lucy, is turning 13 when the disturbances begin. Nighttime noises--of tapping and animal sounds--interrupt the family's sleep, then Betsy becomes the object of slaps, pinpricks, and hair pulling, often losing consciousness. Undeterred by visits from the clergy or the gathering of neighbors and strangers to witness these events, the spirit takes voice, mocking preachers, making predictions, and promising to kill John Bell. Seeming both malignant and benign, the spirit saves Betsy's younger brother's life, helps cure Lucy of pleurisy, reports about her absent older sons, and makes a final warning to Betsy.


All Things Bright and Beautiful
All Things Bright and Beautiful
Author: James Herriot
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 4.3/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 12/1/2006


The kind of book that makes an evening seem a little warmer and your pet a bit more important."


All Together in One Place
All Together in One Place
Author: Jane Kirkpatrick
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 7/1/2005


In April 1852, Mazy Bacon's husband, Jeremy, sells their farm, buys a wagon and some cattle, announces that they are heading West, and invites her mother along for the ride. A shocked Mazy has no choice but to follow and hope God will hear her pleas to return home. As the small family journeys westward and joins a wagon train heading for the Oregon Territory, the strengths and weaknesses of each person are dragged glaringly into the spotlight, with Mazy emerging as one of the most faithful. The wagon train may get attacked by every Western clich? known--cholera, savages, bad water, etc.--but the beauty of this books lies in the strength of the female characters. Unfortunately, though, Kirkpatrick (A Burden Shared) leaves several plot points hanging while she wraps others up a little too easily. Westerns by Brock Thoene and Stepehn Bly will be more in demand by avid readers


Amish Women: Lives  and Stories
Amish Women: Lives and Stories
Author: Louise Stoltzfus
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 11/15/2005
Helpful Score: 1


If you like anything to do with reading about the Amish you'll enjoy this book ...VERY IMFORMATIVE !!!


And One Rode West (Camerons Saga: Civil War Trilogy, Bk 3)
And One Rode West (Camerons Saga: Civil War Trilogy, Bk 3)
Author: Heather Graham
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 6/29/2005


The third volume in Graham's ( And One Wore Gray , which has 635,000 copies in print) saga of the Cameron clan focuses on sister Christa in post-Civil War Virginia. Desperately attempting to save her family home from Northerners exploiting their victory, Christa convinces Yankee Colonel Jeremy McCauley, her sister-in-law's brother, to marry her. When McCauley is posted West with the cavalry, Christa joins him, managing to continue to smell of roses even as she confronts tarantulas, buffalo stampedes and capture by Comanches. Her Southern pride battles her lust for the handsome Northerner she has married. Indeed, lust seems to be all that holds this couple together. Rough verbal and physical treatment of Christa seems de rigueur for Jeremy--unable to decide from moment to moment whether to display his passion via anger or seduction. Writes Christa in her journal: "He is fascinating to me, and I am compelled by him nearly as much as I am infuriated." The action unfolds fairly predictably until an 11th-hour twist makes this tale a bit more exciting and its ending less certain.


Andy (Ellie's People, Bk 6)
Andy (Ellie's People, Bk 6)
Author: Mary Christner Borntrager
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 4/21/2006


In "Andy" you'll learn about the trials of Ellie's youngest brother as he struggles to be accepted. During the Depression years many drifters stop for a bite to eat at the Maust farm. And with Andy always hearing the exciting tales of the many drifters, he is attracted to the thought of a care-free life. As he grows older he has trouble with his weight, and is teased quite a bit. Then he leaves home. Will the life of an Amish drifter be as adventurous as he thinks?


The Angel Experiment (Maximum Ride, Bk 1)
The Angel Experiment (Maximum Ride, Bk 1)
Author: James Patterson
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 8/30/2006


A group of genetically enhanced kids who can fly and have other unique talents are on the run from part-human, part-wolf predators called Erasers in this exciting SF thriller that's not wholly original but is still a compelling read. Max, 14, and her adopted familyFang and Iggy, both 13, Nudge, 11, Gazzy, 8, and Angel, 6were all created as experiments in a lab called the School. Jeb, a sympathetic scientist, helped them escape and, since then, they've been living on their own. The Erasers have orders to kill them so the world will never find out they exist. Max's old childhood friend, Ari, now an Eraser leader, tracks them down, kidnaps Angel, and transports her back to the School to live like a lab rat again. The youngsters are forced to use their special talents to rescue her as they attempt to learn about their pasts and their destinies. The novel ends with the promise that this journey will continue in the sequel. As with Patterson's adult mystery thrillers, in-depth characterization is secondary to the fast-moving plot.


The Angel Experiment (Maximum Ride, Bk 1)
The Angel Experiment (Maximum Ride, Bk 1)
Author: James Patterson
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 8/30/2006


A group of genetically enhanced kids who can fly and have other unique talents are on the run from part-human, part-wolf predators called Erasers in this exciting SF thriller that's not wholly original but is still a compelling read. Max, 14, and her adopted familyFang and Iggy, both 13, Nudge, 11, Gazzy, 8, and Angel, 6were all created as experiments in a lab called the School. Jeb, a sympathetic scientist, helped them escape and, since then, they've been living on their own. The Erasers have orders to kill them so the world will never find out they exist. Max's old childhood friend, Ari, now an Eraser leader, tracks them down, kidnaps Angel, and transports her back to the School to live like a lab rat again. The youngsters are forced to use their special talents to rescue her as they attempt to learn about their pasts and their destinies. The novel ends with the promise that this journey will continue in the sequel. As with Patterson's adult mystery thrillers, in-depth characterization is secondary to the fast-moving plot.


Angel Falls
Angel Falls
Author: Kristin Hannah
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 12/5/2006
Helpful Score: 4


Set amid the splendor of Washington State's North Cascade mountain range, Hannah's latest (after On Mystic Lake) borrows elements from soap opera, the silver screen and fairy tales to make a simple statement about the complications of love. Dr. Liam Campbell is devastated when his beloved wife, Mikaela, mother of two, suffers a horse-jumping injury that leaves her in a coma. His confusion escalates when he learns the identity of Mikaela's first husband: world-famous movie star Julian True. The biggest shock: True's is the only name she responds to. Liam senses that his Sleeping Beauty needs love to wake her up, but whose? Given the depth of his feelings for her, will he be brave enough to summon True for help, and so risk losing Mikaela forever in order to save her life? Scenes reminiscent of Kramer vs. Kramer occur where Liam tries to be mom to their nine-year-old son; the suds world takes over when Mikaela finally wakes, but with retrograde amnesia, thinking she's still married to True and with no memory of Liam; and It's a Wonderful Life brings the curtain down. In keeping with the popular convention of giving voice to spirituality, the novel employs religious overtones, which will please some readers while leaving others feeling molested by an angel.


The Angels Trilogy
The Angels Trilogy
Author: Lurlene McDaniel
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4.5/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 10/24/2005


Leah is not happy about being stuck in the hospital for the holidays while her mother is thousands of miles away on a honeymoon with husband number five. Until she meets her hospital roommate, Rebekah, and her big family. Cynical 16-year-old Leah has never known people like this before. From Rebekahs handsome brother, Ethan, who can barely look Leah in the eye, to her kind older sister, Charity, the Amish family captivates Leah with its simple, loving ways. When Leah receives frightening information about her condition, her new friends show her that miracles can happen. And that sometimes angels appear in the most unexpected places.


Annie (Ellie's People)
Annie (Ellie's People)
Author: Mary Christner Borntrager
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 4/21/2006


Nine-year-old Annie is a poor country girl who is left in the care of an Amish family while her mother pursues her drunken father. Dad is imprisoned, and Mom dies of a fever, giving Borntrager the opportunity to relate the customs, vocabulary, and lifestyle of her native sect as Annie is assimilated into the Troyer family. The central conflict concerns Lucy Troyer's growing jealousy of the attention and special consideration shown to her friend. The emotions are convincing enough, and some of the supporting cast, particularly the parents, are multidimensional. Sophisticated urbanites may scoff at the traditional path that teenage Annie trods--into the carriage of eligible Leon Troyer--but many communities will embrace the clear values and quotes from Scripture.


Anniversary: A Love Story
Anniversary: A Love Story
Author: Michael Adamse
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4.8/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 9/16/2005


While on vacation in Florida I picked up an autographed copy and could not put this book down. I cried and I cried, it is just a wonderful yet realistic love story. Real life experiences with a real marriage commitment. I am recommending it to all my friends. I think it is a perfect book to share with anyone who is married and wants to stay married!!!!!!


Another Homecoming (Kyle Adams, Bk 1)
Another Homecoming (Kyle Adams, Bk 1)
Author: T. Davis Bunn, Janette Oke
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 7/1/2005


The world is at war. A young man bravely kisses his weeping bride goodbye at the train station, leaving her all alone. Then the dreaded telegram, and a decision that nearly tears her apart-

A little girl grows into womanhood, unaware of the forces that swirl around her past and her future.


The Arraignment
The Arraignment
Author: Steve Martini
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 4/9/2006
Helpful Score: 1


When Paul Madriani's old friend, flamboyant criminal-defense lawyer Nick Rush, is gunned down on the streets of San Diego along with a client, Madriani sets out to find the killer. He follows the trail through shady real-estate dealings, cross-border smuggling, political corruption, and a nasty fight between Rush's ex and his young trophy wife over a hefty life-insurance policy. Eventually the case leads Madriani to the Yucatan Peninsula near Cancún, where the last third of the book takes place--a dandy locale for skullduggery, even if it does make you suspect that the author thought up the plot while vacationing there.


Assault and Pepper (Pennsylvania Dutch Mystery with Recipes, Bk 13)
Assault and Pepper (Pennsylvania Dutch Mystery with Recipes, Bk 13)
Author: Tamar Myers
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 4/10/2007


Her latest - her writing has gotten better and better through the series and this was an enjoyable read (with a surprise ending!).


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