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16 Lighthouse Road (Cedar Cove, Bk 1)
16 Lighthouse Road (Cedar Cove, Bk 1)
Author: Debbie Macomber
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.
 569
Review Date: 4/1/2007
Helpful Score: 2


A book you won't want to put down. Cecilia, Olivia, Grace, Justine, Charlotte and all the others in the book become people you care about and want to find out how their stories end.


44 Cranberry Point (Cedar Cove, Bk 4)
44 Cranberry Point (Cedar Cove, Bk 4)
Author: Debbie Macomber
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.
 502
Review Date: 5/22/2007


A little romance, a little mystery, an easy read. A continuation of the lives of the people of Cedar Cove.


Absolute Power
Absolute Power
Author: David Baldacci
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
 35
Review Date: 4/7/2007


The security system is state of the art. The carpeting costs a thousand dollars a square foot. It's the perfect place for a lover's tryst between a rich man's trophy wife and the most powerful man in the world. But someone is watching. And when the lovemaking turns deadly, someone will know the truth...


After All These Years
After All These Years
Author: Susan Isaacs
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.
 86
Review Date: 2/29/2008


As usual, Susan Isaacs writes a terrific novel. She really develops her characters and tells a page-turning story that you don't want to put down. You can feel Rosie's confusion, sense of betrayal, anger and untimately, her need for vindication. You can't help cheering her on as she works to prove she didn't kill her rat of an ex-husband.


All Through the Night (Holiday Classics)
All Through the Night (Holiday Classics)
Author: Mary Higgins Clark
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.
 151
Review Date: 3/24/2008


A sweet book by Mary Higgins Clark. An easy read, but the characters are likable, well most of them anyway, and good triumphs in the end.


The Attorney (Paul Madriani, Bk 5)
The Attorney (Paul Madriani, Bk 5)
Author: Steve Martini
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
 139
Review Date: 10/21/2007


I love anything Steve Martini writes and his character Paul Madriani really is an appealing guy. His coutroom dramas are realistic, why not since Martini was a lawyer, and he always has enough twists and turns in his plots to keep you guessing about the outcome. This one is no exception...and abducted granddaughter, a drug-using daughter, a man-hating woman bent on calling the shots and murder to boot. You'll love it!!


The Beach House
The Beach House
Author: James Patterson, Peter De Jonge
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
 751
Review Date: 3/25/2007


Jack Mullen is a driven student of the law. His brother Peter is a servant of the rich, parking cars of the Hampton's elite--and perhaps satisfying their more intimate needs as well. Then Peter's body is found on the beach.


The Beach House
The Beach House
Author: Mary Alice Monroe
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
 224
Review Date: 12/7/2008
Helpful Score: 1


This is my first time reading Mary Alice Monroe's work and I love it.

A story of mother-daughter relationships and how sometimes it takes a lot of work to restore those that have been broken. Carreta Rutledge has been asked to come back to the beach house owned by her mother to spend some time with her mother. While she has many happy memories of summers spent there, the intervening years have strained her relationship with her mother. But now Carreta is at loose ends, she's lost her high-powered job in Chicago, her boyfriend has seemingly double-crossed her and she's just plain mad!! So she heads to the beach of South Carolina and the one place she always loved...perfect except for the prospect of having to spend time with her mother, who she has not been on the best of terms with for the last several years.

The summer grows on her, as she tends to the loggerhead turtles who have come home to nest, re-establishes an old love-affair and comes to terms with her mother and brother.

A warm and caring book that makes you feel good when you've finished it, because you know relationships can be restored with love and hard work.


The Bear and the Dragon (Jack Ryan, Bk 9)
The Bear and the Dragon (Jack Ryan, Bk 9)
Author: Tom Clancy
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
 94
Review Date: 4/8/2007


President Jack Ryan faces a world crisis unlike any he has ever known.


Big Stone Gap (Big Stone Gap, Bk 1)
Big Stone Gap (Big Stone Gap, Bk 1)
Author: Adriana Trigiani
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
 463
Review Date: 4/19/2009
Helpful Score: 3


My first Adriana Trigiani book and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The peole were true-to-life, very much like Southerners act, speak and think....with both the good and bad traits presented.

Set in 1978 in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, Big Stone Gap is a typical coal-mining town. The people are dependant on the coal mines for their living, even as they deny that the mines are responsible for the Black Lung and other related diseases that take their menfolk. Ave Marie Mulligan, the town pharmacist and self-proclaimed spinster, discovers she's not who she always thought she was when her mother dies and Ave Marie discovers a letter her mother wrote to her before her death. That letter starts her on a journey of self-discovery, for herself and the ones she holds dear.

For a book that will make you stop and question your own life-goals, follow Ave Marie as she learns who she really is and finds that sometimes you have to lose your old self before you can find who you really are.


Bitter Sweet
Bitter Sweet
Author: LaVyrle Spencer
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
 123
Review Date: 4/13/2007
Helpful Score: 2


LaVyrle Spencer never fails to keep the reader wanting more. A really wonderful story.


Blood Test (Alex Delaware, Bk 2)
Blood Test (Alex Delaware, Bk 2)
Author: Jonathan Kellerman
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
 79
Review Date: 3/24/2008
Helpful Score: 1


I love Jonathan Kellerman's novels about Dr. Alex Delaware. In this book Alex is trying to find a young boy who has been taken out of the hospital, by his parents, where he has been being treated for cancer, and they have all disappeared. The search takes him into areas where drugs, sex and dreams are for sale and people are not what they seem. This is a must read for Kellerman fans.


Bloodstream
Bloodstream
Author: Tess Gerritsen
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
 296
Review Date: 8/17/2007


This is the first novel I've read by Tess Gerritsen and it definitely won't be the last. A friend had recommended her books to me and she is as good as I had been told. A real page-turner, you won't want to put it down.

Lapped by the gentle waters of Locust Lake, the resort town of Tranquility, Maine, seems like the perfect spot for Dr. Claire Elliot to shelter her adolescent son, Noah, from the distractions of the big city and the lingering memory of his father's death. But with the first snap of winter comes the shocking news that puts her practice on the line; a teenage boy under her care has committed an appalling act of violence. And as Claire and all of Tranquility soon discover, it is just the start of a chain of lethal outbursts among the town's teenagers.


The Bourne Ultimatum (Bourne, Bk 3)
The Bourne Ultimatum (Bourne, Bk 3)
Author: Robert Ludlum
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
 325
Review Date: 4/11/2007


At a small-town carnival two men, each mysteriously summoned by telegram, witness a bizarre killing. The telegrams are signed Jason Bourne. Only they know Bourne's true idenity and understand the telegram is really a message from Bourne's mortal enemy, Carlos, known also as the Jackal, the world's deadliest and most elusive terrorist.


Bygones
Bygones
Author: LaVyrle Spencer
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
 101
Review Date: 5/19/2007
Helpful Score: 1


LaVyrle Spencer at her best, writing about contemporary lives and all the turmoils families go through.....After a bitter divorce, Bess and Michael Curran have nothing left to say to each other. Their children are their only bond. When their daughter Lisa brings them together unexpectedly at a dinner party, they must face each other again. And when Lisa makes a shocking announcement, they must ammend their past mistakes and make a new beginning...


Captive Splendors
Captive Splendors
Author: Fern Michaels
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.
 27
Review Date: 3/25/2007
Helpful Score: 2


Crushed by the cruelty of a man she thought she loved, Wren is running from a horror no woman should ever endure. Desperate to escape the nightmare of London, she seeks sanctuary aboard the Sea Siren, captained by the notorious rouge Caleb van der Rhys.


The Cardinal of the Kremlin (Jack Ryan, Bk 3)
The Cardinal of the Kremlin (Jack Ryan, Bk 3)
Author: Tom Clancy
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
 261
Review Date: 4/19/2009


A typical Tom Clancy book with LOTS of technical information that went way over my head, but the plot was so intense the reader forgets about all that and get hooked into the story line. And, as always with any Clancy book, there are several storylines going on at the same time. How are they all going to fit together? But somehow they do and the plot grows and grows until the reader is so caught up that the pages just turn themselves.

Once again Jack Ryan finds himself in the middle of a Russian-United States conflict, this time involving lasers and missile defense systems, spies and counter-spies. Set during the time-period following the Russian invasion of Afghanistan, one of the sub-plots revolves around an Afghan rebel fighter, nicknamed 'The Archer', who is determined to kill as many Russians as he can. Throw in a couple of nerdy American laser genuises, one in the military, who are working on the American laser program and the Russian spies who are sent to keep an eye on them and relay back to Russia what they are doing and most important of all the highly-placed Russian military man, 'The Cardinal' who has, in fact, been working for the Americans for over 30 years. To say things get a little tense would be an understatement. Read it for yourself. This is one you won't want to put down until the last page is turned.


Carolina Isle (Edenton, Bk 2)
Carolina Isle (Edenton, Bk 2)
Author: Jude Deveraux
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
 308
Review Date: 8/28/2007
Helpful Score: 2


A very light read, a book to take along when you're sitting in the doctor's office, etc. Not one of Jude Deveraux's best. But it does have it's moments and some funny [?] circumstances.


The Carpenter's Lady (New Edition)
The Carpenter's Lady (New Edition)
Author: Barbara Delinsky
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
 90
Review Date: 3/27/2007
Helpful Score: 1


This is one of Barbara Delinsky's earlier novels. A very good read however.


The Cat Who Had 14 Tales (The Cat Who...)
The Cat Who Had 14 Tales (The Cat Who...)
Author: Lilian Jackson Braun
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.
 126
Review Date: 12/26/2007


14 short stories about very smart cats who try their best to get their 'PEOPLE' to tune in to their wave-lengths. Sometimes their 'people' understand, most often not, but the cats don't let that deter them from solving crimes, and taking care of other problems. By the same author who made KoKo, Yum-Yum and Quillern so popular in "The Cat Who...." books.


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