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Act of Will
Act of Will
Author: Barbara Taylor Bradford
Book Type: Unbound
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
 31
Review Date: 5/22/2009
Helpful Score: 1


This author's approach to the issue of this book is to do something out of the act of love, from the heart, with no regrets. The basic of this book is to set out to have a strong willingness to accomplish something important no matter what the cercumstances. Christina wanted to become a landscape artist, but her mother was terribly ill from working so hard as a nurse trying to put Christina through art school, so Christina decided after graduation to become a garment designer instead, but envolving her painting into her designs, and to repay her mother all that she had done for her. Audra had disaproved because she wanted to help her daughter without being repayed, but later reconsidered her feelings for her daughter's decision. Christina became a famous garment designer. Christina's daughter didn't want to be a garment designer to carry on her mother's dream. She wanted to become a landscape artist and just paint landscapes like her mother did and her grandfather. There was compromise between mother and daughter, and Christina let her daugher go to art college and when Kyle was ready to to carry on the business when she was ready. The story was very impressive and a re read for sure. The author's mood to this story was sad, hurt, happy, and the story was moving. The aspects the author emphasize are set out what your heart tells you to do and make the very best of it. The conclusion the author makes is live life to the best of your ability, set out what your intentions in life are and be happy.


Atkins Best Recipes
Atkins Best Recipes
Author: Wendy Kallen, Philippe Feret, Cynthia DePersio, Grady Best, Tracy Seaman
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.1/5 Stars.
 5
Review Date: 9/14/2006


From appetizers, soups, and salads, to satisfying breakfasts, vegetarian entrees, sweets, and more--Atkins great-tasting, easy-to-make recipes help you feel great, lose weight, and keep it off!


The Atkins Essentials: A Two Week Program to Jump-Start Your Low Carb Lifestyle
Review Date: 9/13/2006


Atkins Made Easier!

Millions of people around the world have already discovered the Atkins Nutritional Approach and the remarkable benefits of controlling carbohydrates. Now it's even easier to join the revolution, lose weight, and get healthy the proven Atkins way!

With less of the underlying science and more practical information, The Atkins Essentials gets to the meat of the most popular and effective weight control program ever, providing the basic skills necessary to enable you to lose and keep losing unwanted body fat -- and to keep it off forever!

Providing clear, concise answers to your questions and concerns, The Atkins Essentials is ideal for anyone seeking a healthier lifestyle. For those new to Atkins, it is a quick and effective way to get started -- and for those already on the program, it offers indispensable tips on eating out, stocking your pantry, and more.

Simply put, it is Atkins made easy, with:

The ABCs of doing Atkins


An effective two-week launch into weight-losing mode


Personal modifications to slow or speed weight loss


Helpful listings of acceptable and unacceptable foods and


Fourteen days' worth of delicious, controlled carb eating ...
And Much More!

So get ready to look great and feel great the Atkins way -- it's easier than ever before!


Atkins for Life: The Complete Controlled Carb Program for Permanent Weight Loss and Good Health
Review Date: 9/13/2006


Whether you've lost weight by doing Atkins and want to make your success permanent or you're new to Atkins and are concerned about your health and controlling your weight, Atkins for Life is for you. Filled with advice and tips on navigating the everyday challenges that can come with eating low carb in a high carb world, the book provides a simple and straightforward lifetime program that anyone can follow. With Atkins for Life, finding your goal weight and staying there has never been so easy!

Dig In And Discover:
-200 menu plans-that adds up to more than six months of menus! With Net carb counts of 45, 60, 80, and 100 grams, anyone can succeed on the plan.
-125 recipes including tasty breakfasts, fabulous lunches, delicious dinners, and smart snacks.
-How to create special holiday meals and enjoy a variety of ethnic cuisine...the low carb way!
-Success stories with before and after photos and time-tested tips from those who've been there and won their battle with excess pounds.
-Self-tests to help you meet and stay with your goals.

A low carbohydrate diet can indeed lead to significant and sustained weight loss." -from a Duke University study

"Obesity experts are now finding it hard to ignore...his diet does just what he has claimed."
--The New York Times Magazine


Atonement
Atonement
Author: Ian McEwan
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.
 886
Review Date: 1/21/2010


The story is told of her life changing mistake as a young girl who dreams of being a writer in upper-middle-class interwar England, the effects on herself, family and friends, and her own effort to achieve atonement over the coming century, which leads to an exploration on the nature of writing itself.
The novel bears the name of its primary theme. Throughout the work, the reader can see the characters search for atonement. "I gave them happiness, but I was not so self-serving as to let them forgive me," Briony says at the end of the novel. Briony recognizes her sin (i.e., wrongfully accusing Robbie and ruining his and Cecilia's chance at a life together) and attempts to atone for it through writing her novel. She does not grant herself forgiveness; rather, she attempts to earn atonement through giving Robbie and Cecilia a life together in her writing...
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atonement_(novel)

The movie Atonement didn't follow the book exactly, but the book did detail all that really happened.


Black Lightning
Black Lightning
Author: John Saul
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.
 151
Review Date: 11/14/2009
Helpful Score: 1


For five years Seattle was seized in the terrifying grip of a monster as black as evil itself. A sadistic serial killer methodically lured his victims to grisly deaths in order to satisfy a twisted passion for life, leaving a trail of mutilated bodies across the nation.

For five years journalist Anne Jeffers stuck to this gruesome story like a shadow through the killer's capture, trial and appeal doggedly keeping the wheels of justice churning toward the electric chair, despite the prisoner's reasoned claims of innocence.

Then came the day of execution. The police and the public, especially Anne, thought the five-year nightmare was over.

But it was just beginning...

Someone or something is murdering again, mirroring a sociopath's lurid desire to hold life in the palms of his hands. Despite mounting doubts, Anne Jeffers is determined to prove that the guilty man was indeed executed. Yet what she finds is a sinister, powerful force that defies even death. Now pure evil has taken a new form, and it longs for Anne....

In Black Lightning, John Saul strikes with a novel as electrifying as a jagged bolt from a pitch-dark sky, proving once again that he is a genius at both nail-biting suspense and the spine-tingling macabre...http://www.johnsaul.com/

This story was an edge off your seat fasinating story. A story I will read again and again.


Blindsighted
Blindsighted
Author: Karin Slaughter
Book Type: Audio Cassette
  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.
 10
Review Date: 5/9/2009


Synopsis--The sleepy town of Heartsdale is jolted into panic when Sara Linton, pediatrician and medical examiner, finds Sibyl Adams, a young college professor, horribly murdered in the local diner. Police chief Jeffrey Tolliver then finds a second victim crucified and recognises the work of a serial killer.

I thought this was a very good Audio book, and found it easy to listen to and hard to put down. Karin Slaughter is a very good author and Judith Ivey was a very good storyteller. Judith Ivey kept me intriqued with her voice that changed with each character. I would have rather had a unabridged book instead. I felt I was missing most of the story, however the story was still good.


Blood and Chocolate
Blood and Chocolate
Author: Annette Curtis Klause
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
 257
Review Date: 3/25/2010


Vivian and her clan are loups-garoux, werewolf kind. She absolutely loves the feel of being a midnight creature, hunting and running under the moon. But in Maryland, where they dwell, is becoming too taxing for the health of the pack. Humans are everywhere, and when you have the Five, Astrid; the backstabber, and no leader, its very dangerous. Vivian ends up connecting to an open-minded artist named Aiden, and he loves her dearly, till she shows what she truly is. She is duality at its finest, but he cannot accept the fact and breaks up with her. Treachery, lust, love, and knowing oneself are themes in this book. The clincher and message is sometimes you cannot be with someone who cannot accept all of you. But chance comes along when the brooding and strong Gabriel becomes leader, he's obnoxious, but he proves to Vivian that her tale is close to his. He wants her. Maybe she'll realize that her need to feel accepted resides in the person she fears and despises most.

I love this book! The complexity of the themes had my heart racing. Vivian is the perfect semblance of beauty, strength, and sensuality. Blood and Chocolate impresses me because Vivian makes werewolves seem so tangible. And that being so in touch with their primal needs and actions resides, though repressed, in all of us.


Breath of Scandal
Breath of Scandal
Author: Sandra Brown
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
 247
Review Date: 2/14/2009
Helpful Score: 2


This books I couldn't put it down, and stayed up late reading it. This was a sitting on the edge of your seat kind of story. I gave this book a 5 star and this author is a very good writer.


Cold Mountain
Cold Mountain
Author: Charles Frazier
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
 256
Review Date: 10/21/2009


A Civil War Soldier deserts after the battle of Peterborough, when the Union blew up explosives in a tunnel. The story covers the harrowing events leading up to his return to his village.

This story was a good historical story, but I found it boring, dull, and depressing. It took me a whole month just to read it! I just had a hard time keeping my interest going on this story. I have the movie of this story and I have seen it, but didn't pay that much attention to it. I thought I would read the story to feel me in on confused parts of the movie, but it was too hard to keep focus on this type of wording in this book. Just not my style of wording and had trouble trying to understand it. The wording was all hick slang.

What I did get out of the story was that Ada had Inman's baby out of wedlock, a girl. I asume that Inman had died in that battle with the young boy on Cold Mountain before Ada found Inman. Ada and Inman didn't get married because he died, which I found disturbing. I think he should have survived.

You know I think the movie left that child out completely, but I am going to see that movie again and pay attention.


Convenient Disposal (Posadas County, Bk 12)
Convenient Disposal (Posadas County, Bk 12)
Author: Steven F. Havill
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
 25
Review Date: 11/1/2006


EVIDENCE TO THE CONTRARY

Posadas County, New mexico, undersheriff Estelle Teyes-Cuzman is called to the scene of a possible domestic violence. The victim is a teenage girl, beaten into a coma and stabbed in the ear with a hatpin. Earlier, the girl was involved in a rivalry over a boy--but the shocking brutality of the crime indicates this was something beyond feuding middle-school girls. Suspicion falls on the girl's father, who has a history of taking his anger out on his family. But when Reyes-Guzman, looking for witnesses, goes to question neighbor Kevin Zeigler, the county manager, she disciovers him missing.

Having learned coincidences are usually anything but, the undersheriff, with the help of retired boss Bill Gastner, works to connect the two cases, supecting Ziegler is either the perpetrator...or another victim. The answers head her into troubling territory, where the secrets that make up the darker side of a small community are too often revealed in blood...

"Mystery fans who haven't yet made the trip to Posadas County, consider yourselves deprived." Kirkus Reviews


The Cradle Will Fall
The Cradle Will Fall
Author: Mary Higgins Clark
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
 207
Review Date: 10/19/2006


A very good read. Just love how the words were so smooth to read. A very relaxing book to read. Mary Higgins Clark is one of my favorite authors.


Crooked Little Heart
Crooked Little Heart
Author: Anne Lamott
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 3.2/5 Stars.
 22
Review Date: 9/13/2006


At 13, Rosie plays a gangly, pigeon-toed second fiddle to her juicy, sexy friend Simone. The two are junior tennis champs who often cart home trophies. But driven by the gnawing fear that she's a loser, Rosie starts to cheat. Meantime, boy-crazy Simone dabbles in off-court disaster. Up in the bleachers a weird loner named Luther obsessively follows Rosie's games, while at home her mother wrestles her own demons.


A Cry in the Night
A Cry in the Night
Author: Mary Higgins Clark
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.
 99
Review Date: 2/12/2007


When Jenny MacPartland meets the man of her dreams while working in a New York art gallery, she's ecstatic. Painter Erich Krueger -- whose exquisite landscapes are making him a huge success -- is handsome, sensitive...and utterly in love with her. They marry quickly and Jenny plans a loving home on Erich's vast Minnesota farm. But lonely days and eerie nights strain her nerves to the breaking point and test her sanity. Caught in a whirlpool of shattering events, Jenny soon unearths a past more terrifying than she dares imagine...tragic secrets that threaten her marriage, her children, her life.


The Cutter Incident : How America's First Polio Vaccine Led to the Growing Vaccine Crisis
Review Date: 3/23/2009
Helpful Score: 1


great story on how the polio vaccine was made and how it caused deaths, paralysis, lawsuits and shortages of all vaccines through the years, due to lawsuits. A must read for any polio survivor and anyone who is interested in the history of polio.


Danger Down Under (Nancy Drew/Hardy Boys Supermystery, No 22)
Danger Down Under (Nancy Drew/Hardy Boys Supermystery, No 22)
Author: Carolyn Keene
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
 3
Review Date: 9/12/2006


Nancy Drew joins the Hardy Boys, Frank and Joe, in the outback of Australia to help an Aboriginal friend when tribal artifacts start to disappear. In hot pursuit of the villains, their party runs into poisonous snakes and gunshots--with the trio directly in the line of fire!


Dark Angel (Casteel, Bk 2)
Dark Angel (Casteel, Bk 2)
Author: V. C. Andrews
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
 15
Review Date: 9/12/2006


At last, Heaven would find the happiness she longed for...free from the scorn and contempt of her past!
In her grandmother's fine, rich Boston house, Heaven Leigh Casteel dreamed of a wonderful new life of new friends, the best schools, beautiful clothes and most important, love. The pearls of culture, wisdom and breeding would now be hers. Soon she would make the Casteel name respectable, find her brothers and sisters, and have a family again.

But even in the world of the wealthy, there were strange forebodings, secrets best forgotten. And as Heaven reached out for love, she was slowly ensnared in a sinister web of cruel deceits and hidden passions!


Darkness
Darkness
Author: John Saul
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.
 142
Review Date: 11/27/2009
Helpful Score: 1


The Andersons left the town at the edge of the swamp long ago, never meaning to return. There was something not quite right about the vast cruel lowlands of Villejeune...something murky, menacing, hostile...an influence too malevolent to be natural. But the Andersons' dream of a new life in Atlanta faded away with Ted's lost job and sixteen-year-old Kelly's emotional problems. Now, hoping a change of scenery might help their troubled daughter put her life back together, Ted and Mary Anderson have decided to come home. Home to Villejeune.

But something waits for them.

Something evil.

Far from the prying eyes of civilization, beyond the reach of human law, a mysterious unknowable society lives by its own rules. They have their own customs, their own ceremonies and blood ritesâdark rituals of altars and infants, of candle, spirit and knife. Now the Andersons' return has completed a circle of destiny begun long ago. Now they must face a deadly drama of unholy ceremony and secret horror, of ancient greed preying upon young life, of unutterable depravity. For, like the other children of Villejeuneâchildren without mercy, without tearsâKelly Anderson is about to be drawn into a darkness so terrible it spares no life, no soul...http://www.johnsaul.com/

This was a excellent story.


Deadly Care (Joanna Blalock, Bk 3)
Deadly Care (Joanna Blalock, Bk 3)
Author: Leonard S. Goldberg
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
 14
Review Date: 6/30/2009


This story was a suspenceful thriller and I just couldn't put down the book. It was a fast read for me and I thought about the story throughout the day, everyday while I was read this book. That's how good this story was. I am looking forward to reading the other stories by Leonard S. Goldburg.


Dear John
Dear John
Author: Nicholas Sparks
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
 493
Review Date: 1/29/2010
Helpful Score: 1


An angry rebel, John dropped out of school and enlisted in the Army, not knowing what else to do with his life--until he meets the girl of his dreams, Savannah. Their mutual attraction quickly grows into the kind of love that leaves Savannah waiting for John to finish his tour of duty, and John wanting to settle down with the woman who has captured his heart. But 9/11 changes everything. John feels it is his duty to re-enlist. And sadly, the long separation finds Savannah falling in love with someone else. "Dear John," the letter read...and with those two words, a heart was broken and two lives were changed forever. Returning home, John must come to grips with the fact that Savannah, now married, is still his true loveâand face the hardest decision of his life...http://www.nicholassparks.com/LearnMore.asp?BookID=12

This was an excellent story about love, friendship, heartache, and sacrifice. I couldn't put this book down it was so good. I felt so sorry for John Tyree and the decisions that he had to face.


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