A classic story of spellbinding suspense and intrigue that takes you behind the scenes of the world's most lucrative and dangerous business: diamonds. The "vivid, sophisticated, action-filled"(LA Times)story "crackles...defies you to put it down"(Detroit Free Press). A real page turner.
The victim of a hit-and-run accident, Lizzy Mitchell is left by the driver in the middle of the median, hurt and adrift. Later Lizzie comes to see the accident as indicative of her life up to that point. Raised by her uncle Mike, a Maine priest, Lizzy grows up surrounded by his devotion to ministry. But at age nine, her comfortable world crumbles when her uncle is accused of molestation. Lizzy, now a high-school counselor, is still trying to make sense of what happened to her uncle. Wood's characters, similar to those in Mary Lawson's Crow Lake (2002), show refreshing depth and complexity as they each grapple with the irrefutable power of the past. This emotional story is filled with crisp, rich details that linger in the memory much like the Moxie soda that Lizzy recalls from her Maine summers. Wood's stirring domestic drama is full of surprises as it explores the weighty themes of religion, perceived innocence, and the corrosive quality of best intentions. Misha Stone
"As comforting as a mug of chamomile tea on a rainy Sunday" NYTimes Book Review
"Charming...readers would do well to fall into the nearest easy chair and savor the story." USA Today
"Delightfully quirky...chock-full of engaging, oddball characters and unexpected plot twists." People Book of the Week
Reviewer: A reader (from Amazon.com)
This one hits all the dilemmas of an African-American woman in middle management in corporate America - developing white friendships, being torn in those friendships when race becomes a factor, the fine-line definitions of sexual harassment, trying to help and hire other African-Americans, trying to support other African-Americans who have "made it" and may have forgotten how to help others, develpong romantic relationships with men with lesser educational backgrounds, trying to understand the African-American male preference for the white women, dealing with how much power one doesn't have in the final analysis - it's all there. A great book!
A young Southern woman marries into an aristocratic Boston family and spends her summers at a vacation community on the Maine coast. Siddons excels at describing characters and places. She tells a multigenerational story, exploring her characters' ties to their family and friends.
This series has Texan heiress Abby Rose as its "detective." Abby is not living off her inheritance, though -- she has started a detective agency specializing in adoption searches (she was herself adopted -- see first book in the series) and wants to help other people in her situation. She lives modestly (drives a Camry) and her boyfriend is a Houston Police Department homicide detective. She has a twin sister with whom she gets along very well and an aunt who is her polar opposite.
The plot in this book involves a 19 year old basketball star who is looking for his birth family. Abby gets a call from the woman who had been the person who had found the baby abandoned on her doorstep 19 years ago. But before she can speak to this rather odd woman again, the woman is murdered (not giving anything away, this is the first ten pages). Abby is convinced that this is related to the adoption search but her boyfriend isn't so sure. Still, he agrees to let her pursue the adoption search as long as she doesn't interfere in the police investigation.
The key seems to be discovering who the parents were and how did the baby end up on this woman's doorstep -- she wasn't an obvious choice.
I read this book in one day and particularly enjoyed the good plotting and likable "detective." I look forward to reading more in this series.
An uncensored, unvarnished,gut-wrenching tale of one soldier's seven years in Vietnam, an aspect of the war most of the military and media never saw. Alan Cornett joined the Phoenix Program, wearing an enemy uniform, roaned the deadly Central Highlands, capturing high-ranking Viet Cong officers in hot firefights and ambushes.
This absorbing family saga follows the life of its central character, Joanna Bennett, from girlhood to adulthood. The novel is altogether satisfying on two levels. First, the setting is extraordinarily vivid and crucial to the action. Joanne lives on a small island off the coast of Maine, the daughter of a lobsterman and sister to 5 brothers struggling to earn a living in that same increasingly difficult way. The ocean in all its moods, the ever-present wind, the wheeling seagulls--these and other natural elements permeate the story. "High Tide at Noon" satisfies on a second level by making the reader care about the characters and what happens to them. Joanna's life as a young girl seems idyllic on the surface, but two men (one of whom she marries) bring plenty of trouble her way in due course. We also get to know the rest of her family, following them, as well, through the ups and downs of their lives--always with the sea and the disappearing lobster catches as background.
A very popular (NY Times bestseller) funny romance between two very youthful sixty-somethings whose families have carried on a feud for generations. Love and sexual attraction conquers family objections.