Linda M. (wildlifemom) - Reviews

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The Adventurer (Highland Heroes, Bk 2)
The Adventurer (Highland Heroes, Bk 2)
Author: Jaclyn Reding
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
 15
Review Date: 12/1/2006


Hoping to have 'an adventure' in her life before her parents chose a husband for her, Isabella Drayton is given a mysterious crystal and charged to return it to its rightful owner, but told she much 'chose between them.' Utterly baffled with no clues as to who the owner is, her return ship home is boarded by pirates and she's turned over to Calum Mackay, the legendary Adventurer, raider of British prison ships. Mackay's goal is to set free as many Jacobite prisoners as possible, while searching for his foster father among them. Recognizing the crystal as his family heirloom, but by legend not allowed to obtain it through force, Mackay needs to find a way to ensure Isabella returns it. Twists and turns leaves the readers in suspense, while Colum becomes a prisoner himself--of the heart.


Alone (D. D. Warren, Bk 1)
Alone (D. D. Warren, Bk 1)
Author: Lisa Gardner
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
 653
Review Date: 8/28/2006
Helpful Score: 1


Great psychological thriller! A SWAT officer on scene kills an abusive husband who is ready to shoot his wife, who's holding their four year old son. Now the dead man's parents are suing him, claiming he murdered their son, and that the wife, who was abducted by a pedophile as a young girl and still has 'issues', was abusing the child. With his world turned upside down, and secrets of his own, Officer Dodge needs answers and absolution, as killing in the line of duty isn't as justifyable as he'd imagined.


Any Small Thing Can Save You : A Bestiary
Any Small Thing Can Save You : A Bestiary
Author: Christine Adam
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 4.5/5 Stars.
 1
Review Date: 2/4/2007


Small, quick read stories with major emotional impact! Each one features some sort of animal tie in, but all encompass universal truths in our every day lives.


Around the Next Corner
Around the Next Corner
Author: Elizabeth Wrenn
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
 37
Review Date: 1/7/2007
Helpful Score: 6


Middle aged, Deena Munger is underappreciated in her roles as wife and mother, almost invisible to her family,and wondering when she disappeared and how it happened. In loving and doing for her family, she has somehow lost herself.

Stunning her family, she volunteers to raise a puppy for K-9 Eyes, and her life is turned upside down by the rambunctious puppy. The family cat, and the entire rest of the family, want nothing to do with the puppy. Gradually, with the needs of the puppy pushing her forward, Deena discovers life hasn't passed her by, it's just taken some unexpected turns.

Any woman who's struggled to find rarely worn pantyhose that still fits, who stares at mounds of laundry, or whose husband is more involved in his job than their marriage will recognize parts of herself in Deena. You'll laugh, shake your head, and maybe even realize that the turns in life can be positive.


Bad Boys in Kilts: Bottoms Up / On Tap / Night Watch (Chisholm Brothers, Bk 1)
Review Date: 3/19/2007
Helpful Score: 2


Separate stories about 3 modern day Scottish brothers and the women they come to love. First one was a bit slow, second picked up, and third one downright erotic! Good read.


Black Rose (In the Garden, Bk 2)
Black Rose (In the Garden, Bk 2)
Author: Nora Roberts
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.
 1496
Review Date: 3/15/2006


Book two of the IN THE GARDEN series keeps readers wondering how the Harper's and extended family memembers are going to deal with an escalating ghost problem. The romance, as always, is in Nora Robert's superb style.


Blind Man's Bluff: The Untold Story of American Submarine Espionage
Review Date: 8/8/2006
Helpful Score: 1


US Submarine espionage historical documentary of post WWII archives.


Blue Dahlia (In the Garden, Bk 1)
Blue Dahlia (In the Garden, Bk 1)
Author: Nora Roberts
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.
 160
Review Date: 3/15/2006
Helpful Score: 1


The Harper family increases in size by a 'stray' pregnant distant cousin and a newly hired "Yankee" manager, both starting new lives over. Their integration into the Harper home is complicated by a ghost who seems to love children but dislikes men. When the ghost becomes more volatile, everyone's lives are affected. Book One of the IN THE GARDEN SERIES. Great romance.


Bolitar's Game: Back Spin / The Final Detail / Darkest Fear (Myron Bolitar)
Review Date: 6/25/2007
Helpful Score: 2


Three classic Myron Bolitar novels in one book. Back Spin has him investigating the missing son of a super star golfer. The Final Detail has Esperanza as the prime suspect in the murder of one of their clients. Darkest Fear faces an emotionally shattering case--involving an ailing 13 year old boy he never knew he'd fathered.


Bread Machine Magic: 139 Exciting New Recipes Created Especially for Use in All Types of Bread Machines
Review Date: 7/24/2006
Helpful Score: 2


Excellent recipes for all types of things you can make in a bread machine.


Butterfly Soup
Butterfly Soup
Author: Nancy Pinard
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
  • Currently 3.4/5 Stars.
 12
Review Date: 12/4/2006
Helpful Score: 3


Rose Forrester was too old to be spying on her teenage heartthrob. But Rob MacIntyre's return to their hometown had turned her world upside down. Once the town's golden boy, she'd been amazed he'd even noticed her then--well, more than noticed....and she's doing penance still.

Now she has a husband, with secrets of his own, and a teenage daughter struggling to find herself. Even the new family dog has prior baggage. As secrets begin to unfold, Rose realizes she has to tell some hard truths that could destroy everything.


The Chocolate Cat Caper (Chocoholic, Bk 1)
The Chocolate Cat Caper (Chocoholic, Bk 1)
Author: JoAnna Carl
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
 252
Review Date: 11/11/2006


Divorcee Lee McKinney is living with and working for her Aunt Nettie, owner of TenHuis Chocolade, in a small Michigan town as she re-groups her life. Lee delivers chocolates to high-power, disliked by many defense attorney Clementine Ripley for a fund raiser, including ones shaped like Ripley's champion cat. Some of the chocolates turn out to be lethally laced with cyanide, and Lee and Nettie become suspects in Ripley's death. But Ripley had other people in her life who may have wanted her dead and Lee is determined to find her killer. With a little help from Yonkers, the cat, she mixes all the right ingredients in this Chocolate Mystery!


Code Name: Baby (Code Name, Bk 3)
Code Name: Baby (Code Name, Bk 3)
Author: Christina Skye
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
 336
Review Date: 2/15/2006


Futuristic medical accomplishments in todays settings inside a love story.


Cold Harbour (Dougal Munro and Jack Carter, Bk 2)
Cold Harbour (Dougal Munro and Jack Carter, Bk 2)
Author: Jack Higgins
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.
 5
Review Date: 8/8/2006


Novel of covert OSS SOE combined force secret operation in occupied France. Lots of action, intrigue.


Review Date: 7/24/2006
Helpful Score: 1


Cultural cooking at it's best.


Daddy's Little Girl
Daddy's Little Girl
Author: Mary Higgins Clark
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 10/10/2006


Ellie was 7 when her 15 year old sister, Andrea, was murdered. Her testimony put weathly, 19 year old socialite Rob Westerfield in prison. Twenty two years later, he's out and using his family money and influence in an attempt to get a new trial to exonerate him. He's accused a developmentally disabled former classmate of Andrea's of the crime. Now an investigative reporter with her own guilt over the situation, Ellie is determined to prove Westerfield always was guilty. Her research puts her life in danger, as she gets closer to a confrontation with the true desperate killer.

Written in first person, I didn't enjoy this one as I have most of her other books, and felt the ending a bit abrupt.


Dance of the Gods (Circle, Bk 2)
Dance of the Gods (Circle, Bk 2)
Author: Nora Roberts
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 12/11/2006


Book two of her Circle Trilogy finds the members of the Circle of Six dealing with the vampire hoards as they train for the upcoming war to take place in Geall in three months. Hoyt and Glenna have wed, and their combined magic is strong, as will be tested against the evil forces of Lilith. Larkin, Blair, Moira and even Cian train daily for battles to come. Preparing to go through the Dance of the Gods (the standing stones) back to Geall from modern day Ireland brings up a major problem: the gods do not allow demons within the Dance. So how will they get Cian, a vampire himself, back to Geall? Woven throughout the story is the burgeoning lovestory between Larkin and Blair. She who's never been truly loved, needs to accept she can have love and still remain who and what she is, but Larkin must face a choice between his world and hers. And the war looms just weeks away....


A Dance Through Time (MacLeods, Bk 1)
A Dance Through Time (MacLeods, Bk 1)
Author: Lynn Kurland
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
  • Currently 4.2/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 11/20/2006
Helpful Score: 3


Elizabeth, 'sort of engaged,' can't find the man of her dreams in modern NYC, but can hear his voice calling her. She hopes that writing a romance novel will put her fantasies to good use. With a fascinating research book in her lap, she falls asleep while reading about Highland Laird James MacLeod and wakes up in Scotland, 1311. James has very definate ideas about where women place in his world, until Elizabeth goes straight for his heart.


The Dangerous Protector (Puffin Harbor, Bk 2)
The Dangerous Protector (Puffin Harbor, Bk 2)
Author: Janet Chapman
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.
 140
Review Date: 2/22/2007


Assistant Attorney General Willow Foster is as committed to protecting Maine's lobster industry as she is to avoiding falling in love. Maine transplant, Scotsman and pub owner Duncan Ross, has her hometown betting on if she'll marry him. As Willow hunts for eco-terrorists, she finds herself caught up in a simultaneous battle with Duncan for her heart.


Devil in a Kilt (MacKenzie, Bk 1)
Devil in a Kilt (MacKenzie, Bk 1)
Author: Sue-Ellen Welfonder
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 12/14/2005


Good Highland Romance, one of a number of same type by same author


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