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Abu Ghraib
Abu Ghraib
Author: Michael E. Cannon Jr.
Book Type: Paperback
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Review Date: 11/27/2007


Subtitled Reflections in the Looking Glass

Author Michael E. Cannon, Jr. served in the military service for over 22 years. He is an ordained minister of the Presbyterian Church in America.

From the back cover of the book:
Michael Cannon takes the reader through a forensic analysis of the prisioner abuse at Abu Ghraib. He gives America an opportunity to explore her own soul through the drama of the 800th MP Brigade that played so prominently in the news throughout Operation Iraqi Freedom. Cannon draws from investigative reports and the experience of the Brigade chaplain to explain the character of the 800th MP Brigade, the media coverage, the interpersonal conflicts, and the leadership crisis. They will all be laid on the reader's examination table. Like exhibits presented in a trial, the reader will weigh each dimension of the Amercan tragedy that Abu Ghraib and develop a more empathetic and holistic understanding of what happened and why. This book recasts the image of the 800h MP Brigade from a national tragedy to a prophetic symbol of America's moral crisis. It demonstrates that the soldiers of the 800th are no different than any other American. It also proves that Americans have been misled, not by mysterious figures in Washington, but by our own criteria for understanding the world in which we live.


An Affair Most Wicked
An Affair Most Wicked
Author: Julianne MacLean
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 4/2/2007


Clara comes to London to escape scandal and find a husband and respectability. But she stumbles into the wrong party and meets the scaandal-ridden Marquess of Rawdon. The attraction between them is inense and while her younger sister urges caution her older sister urges her to risk it all for love. Exciting.


And the Angels Laughed: 101 Anecedotes and Devotionals
And the Angels Laughed: 101 Anecedotes and Devotionals
Author: Barbara Eubanks
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 8/14/2008


Laughter, joy, and inspiration--that's what awaits the reader of Barbara Eubanks' second book. Barbara Eubanks finds humor in unusual places. As a pastor's wife, she spends much time in church-related events. Her keen sense of humor doesn't allow malapropisms, incongruent happenings, and absurd events to escape her collection of church-related anecdotes. Eubanks blends this humor beautifully with devotions, drawing readers closer to the Lord. Not only does the seasoned Christian receive a blessing from And the Angels Laughed, but it also proves an ideal gift book for those needing a humor nudge to get them into God's Word.


And Then He Kissed Her (Girl-Bachelor, Bk 1)
And Then He Kissed Her (Girl-Bachelor, Bk 1)
Author: Laura Lee Guhrke
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 6/21/2007
Helpful Score: 4


Wonderful book. She's so proper and he's so improper. She's his secretary and keeps him on schedule and all his affairs in order, even consoling his dismissed mistresses. Then he, a publisher, won't even read much less publish her book. She takes her work elsewhere and then he realizes what he had and goes after her. An excellent book. The characters aren't predictable, but have real human emotions.


Babel Tower
Babel Tower
Author: A. S. Byatt
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 3.4/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 11/13/2007


Please note that the book type is listed as Hardcover. However, ISBN-10 is a large-size soft cover.

Excellently written book.


Before the Dawn
Before the Dawn
Author: Carol Warburton
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4.2/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 12/2/2007


This book is truly an inspirational book. It gives the story of Clarissa Yeager who leaves her home in Massachusetts in 1855 by marrying a man she did not love in order to escape a man who was attempting to force his attentions on her. They travel across the country to the Pacific Northwest to Oregon. There her husband abandons her while she is pregnant and leaves her with no money and the only protection of neighbors miles away. Clarissa takes a heroic stand to save her homestead for herself and her unborn child and by doing so she discovers she must do more than just face an uncertain future. She must battle the demons of days past. The premature birth of her baby during a mountain rainstorm jeopardizes the lives of her and the baby but she discovers the kindness and love of neighbors and a gentle man who is also battling his own ghosts of the past. This story shows how courage, love, faith in God, and kindness of friends overcomes the most overwhelming of challenges for survival when all seems lost.


Bewitched
Bewitched
Author: Sandra Schwab
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
  • Currently 3.4/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 1/28/2009
Helpful Score: 4


The book description gives you the gist of the story. I found the story line to be great fun laced with romance and mystery. Sandra Schwab is a writer to watch for. Her characters are well developed, the story moves at a pace that is just fast enough to not drag, and there is enough mystery to keep you turning the pages.


Bluestocking Bride
Bluestocking Bride
Author: Elizabeth Thornton
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
  • Currently 3.4/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 4/2/2007


I enjoy Elizabeth Thornton and this is one of her best.


The Bride Hunt
The Bride Hunt
Author: Margo Maguire
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 4/2/2007
Helpful Score: 1


Lady Isabel has all the qualities to make her an excellent choice for a bride. But just as she is read to choose a groom her father's castle is invaded by wild Scottish brigands. Then she finds she's been carried away to be given as a slave to a Scottish chieftain. But the battle-scarred Anvari is attracted to her fierce spirit of survival and becomes her champion. Fast paced, adventure, with and sensual.


Charming the Prince (Fairy Tale, Bk 1)
Charming the Prince (Fairy Tale, Bk 1)
Author: Teresa Medeiros
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 8/17/2010


Much has been said about this book but there are a few things I can add. This is a wonderful book! It will get to you on all emotional levels--humor, romance, tenderness, betrayal, and even a couple of villains. Both our hero and heroine have lost people in their childhoods that they counted on for love and protection. This has made them the people they are as adults and has determined how they will treat each other and others around them. What I really liked is that they are both strong people and people that I can respect. The story is well crafted, the characters have depth, and it moves at a rapid pace that will just beg you to not put it down.


Check Mate (Family Secrets)
Check Mate (Family Secrets)
Author: Beverly Barton
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 8/2/2009


Last of well written series by different authors. Books in order are
Enemy Mind, by Maggie Shayne
Pyramid of Lies, by Anne Marie Winston
The Player, by Evelyn Vaughn
The Bluewater Affair, by Cindy Gerard
Her Beautiful Assassin, by Virginia Kantra
A Verdict of Love, by Jenna Mills
The Billionaire Drifter, by Beverly Bird
Fever, by Linda Winstead Jones
Blind Attraction, by Myrna Mackenzie
The Parker Project, by Joan Elliott Pickart
The Insider, by Ingrid Weaver
Check Mate, by Beverly Barton


Cloudcastle
Cloudcastle
Author: Nan Ryan
Book Type: Paperback
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Review Date: 4/2/2007


Wonderful read. Excellent character development.


The Complete Kama Sutra : The First Unabridged Modern Translation of the Classic Indian Text
Review Date: 5/25/2008


This book is listed as a hardcover according to the automatic response to the ISBN number. However, it is a large sized (9 x 6) soft cover.


Crown Of Fire (The Thistle and the Cross)
Crown Of Fire (The Thistle and the Cross)
Author: Craig Parshall, Janet Parshall
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4.2/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 1/24/2016


I really enjoyed this book. It is a historical novel that is set in Scotland and England following the reign of Henry VIII. During this time there is a struggle for who will rule England and Scotland and the Catholic church attempting to retake control of the church. Also the printing presses are at work and Protestants are translating parts of the Bible into common English language and preachers are preaching from the the Bible The Catholic church leaders joined with the Scottish and English rulers begin a persecution of these people. All this sets the backdrop for the life of Ransom Mackenzie, a printer's son who is being educated by the historical character John Knox. The book is well written and moves at a rapid pace following Ransom's life from a young boy to adulthood. This was the first book by Craig and Janet Parshall that I've read but I'll be looking for more.


Crystal Gardens (Ladies of Lantern Street, Bk 1)
Crystal Gardens (Ladies of Lantern Street, Bk 1)
Author: Amanda Quick
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 6/28/2012


Another of Amanda Quick's historical paranormal books. Once again she pulls the reader in and makes you want to get right down to helping her solve the mystery. She follows her usual formula of a struggling middle class woman, innocent about men but intelligent and curious about everything around her. In this case our lady has a paranormal ability to see peoples auras and to also control their auras. She's a member of a Victorian era detective agency that works hires ladies with paranormal ability to work as ladies companions to help members of a family determine when they are being taken advantage of. She's ran afoul of a couple of people who did not want to be found out and has escaped to the country for a while and to spend time writing chapters of a serial novel. There she meets a titled gentleman who comes from a family with paranormal abilities who has inherited an estate that has been owned and occupied by an uncle who experimented with plants. It is rumored that the place has gold from the times of the Romans stored there. Well, I want tell the whole story. Just know that Amanda keeps the plot moving along at her usual place and the sparks flying between our heroes.


The Earl's Forbidden Ward (Harlequin Historical, No 986)
The Earl's Forbidden Ward (Harlequin Historical, No 986)
Author: Bronwyn Scott
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 11/13/2010


Tessa's father recently passed away in St. Petersburg where he was serving as a diplomat. The circumstances were rather suspicious. The house was ransacked and Tessa thought she was being followed. She and her younger sisters return to England and are almost immediately approached by a Russian diplomat she had been acquainted while living in St. Petersburg. He'd not paid a great deal of attention to her there but soon appears to be courting her in London.

Peyton, the Earl of Dursley, is a cool, tightly controlled, handsome with no time for courtship or interest in women other than those he choses for an occasional liaison. Then he's asked by a high ranking official in the Home Office to pretend to be guardian to Tessa and her sisters in order to attempt to find a list her father had made of people that business people who would be willing to help overthrow the Czar. That's where our story really takes off. Tessa wants no part of a guardian and shows her strong independent spirit and Peyton for the first time in his life is attracted to a woman. A beautiful, strong willed woman, a lot like himself. When Tessa's house in London is ransacked a trust begins to form and so begins a romance. All the while the Russians are coming.

While the books is rather predictable (I guessed within the first few pages where the list was hidden), and some of it improbable it is rather a quick read and holds the attention.


Eyes of a Stranger
Eyes of a Stranger
Author: Carol Warburton
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.1/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 12/5/2007


The year is 1907, and Matthew Cameron has questions no one in his small Mormon settlement can answer. But answers come fast and furious when a man who looks eerily like Matthew saves him from a deadly attack.
Rafael, the rescuer, may be charming, but he is also a ruthless exploiter. When Matthew refuses to cross a moral line, Rafael begins to destroy all that Matthew holds dear.
Angry and alone--armed only with his unfailing belief in God--Matthew struggles to start a new life. Faced with a disturbing past, along with bitter racism in his new community, Matthew is surprised to find his sole defender is a beautiful, spirited young woman. Against the wishes of everyone around them, Matthew and Sabra begin to fall in love.
When Sabra's life is jeopardized, Matthew must make some final choices: between love and hate, between right and wrong, and between life and death. Carol Warburton, master of LDS historical fiction, delivers a sweeping novel of suspense, adventure, and romance that is sure to keep readers riveted to the end of this unforgettable story.


Holy Terror in the Hebrides  (Dorothy Martin, Bk 3)
Holy Terror in the Hebrides (Dorothy Martin, Bk 3)
Author: Jeanne M. Dams
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.3/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 4/18/2007


In this, the third Dorothy Martin mystery, she meets up with a group of Christians touring the Isle of Iona off the coast of Scotland. Naturally, a suspicious death occurs and it is up to Dorothy to help the police. Dorothy is reminiscent of Ms. Marple and just as delightful to read. Loved her, love the story--even with the Christian bashing.


The House of Closed Doors
The House of Closed Doors
Author: Jane Steen
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4.5/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 10/14/2017


This is a very well written book. Nell has been a very sheltered girl all her life. The year she turns 17 her family is visited by cousins fron back east and when the older male cousin begins to flirt wit her and touch her behind the backs of the others she is flattered. The fact that he is hiding it from the others seems to add to the provocativeness of what is happening. Then just before the visitors leave he goes much further and she does not realize what has happened. Nell is innocent but when finds she is pregnant then her mother and stepfather must be told. Her stepfather puts her in a poorhouse where he is on the board of governors with the understanding that the child will be adopted by others. But when the little girl is born and Nell must nurse it until it can be weaned she wants to keep it. Then a mueder is discovered to have happened at the farm and Nell finds out the murderer is her stepfather. This book iMovies at a fast pace, the details bring the reader right into the setting, and keeps the reader guessing. I really must read the next two books to see where Nell goes with her life as an independent, intelligent lady at a time when women are expected to be dependent on the men in their lives.


The House of Shadowed Roses
The House of Shadowed Roses
Author: Carol Warburton
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.3/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 12/1/2007


I'm surprised Carol Warburton is not more widely known. I truly enjoyed this, the first of her books that I've read. Her characters are strong, honorable, and well done. This as a truly gothic mystery. Right touch of romance and suspense.
Heather Peyton was thrilled when the Ashleys hired her as a companion and brought her to their Cornwall estate. Young, penniless, alone in the world, she was eager to call someplace home. And when Heather saw the magnificent rose-strewn grounds of Rosemerryn, she knew she had at last found a haven. Perched upon the jagged rocks overlooking the violent sea, Rosemerryn almost seemed a part of the fearsome cliffs. Though the strong-willed elderly aunt didn't want a companion, they soon become adversaries. Soon Heather learned that danger as well as beauty lurked in Rosemerryn--in ghosts long dead, in mysterie yet unsolved, and even in the arms of Geoffrey Ashley, the enigmatic master of Rosemerryn!


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