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Keeping the Moon
Keeping the Moon
Author: Sarah Dessen
Genres: Children's Books, Teen & Young Adult
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
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It's a short but enjoyable read with unique characters.


Meant to Be Mine (Porter Family, Bk 2)
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Basically two people make their fair share of mistakes and have to learn to forgive and move on so that they can learn to trust again. Toss in a heated romance and a precocious little girl and you have the makings for a good read. I enjoyed watching Ty and Celia overcome those mistakes and find true love. Full review at my website.


Civilization - And Its Part in My Downfall
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Canada meets Hollywood - it's not a pretty sight.


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She actually gives good advice you can read on the back cover, rather than having to buy the book!


Head Em Off Tumbleweeds
Head Em Off Tumbleweeds
Author: Tom K. Ryan
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
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I gave this book to my granddaughter. She really enjoyed it.


Star Trek
Star Trek
Author: James Blish
Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Book Type: Paperback
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Good book, I enjoyed it very much. It gave me an opportunity to read the adventures of the original series in short story form.


Girls to the Rescue: Tales of Clever, Courageous Girls from Around the World (Girls to the Rescue, Bk 1)
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Nice 10 minute stories about clever girls in different situations and different places around the world. My 6 year old loves to listen to these kind of stories.


Accidents of Nature
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LOVED this book. Wonderful book to make you think about being human, human rights, human commonalities and differences, human connections. Loved the perspectives from the main characters, it was extremely touching, easy to relate to, and thought-provoking.


Convenient Proposal to the Lady (Hadley's Hellions, Bk 3) (Harlequin Historical, No 1321)
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Very good book. Ben is one of four friends who came together while at school. Each of them had issues that made them outcasts with their peers, so they banded together. Ben's difficulty was that he was born the illegitimate son of a viscount. He suffered from jeers and taunts throughout his childhood and longer, and also watched as his mother was treated even worse. Fortunately, he was acknowledged by his father and received the benefits of a good education. The treatment he received has made him extremely cautious about his own behavior, and he has matured into a thoughtful and honorable man. When he overhears a plot to ruin a young lady's reputation, he takes action to warn her of the danger.

Alyssa is an independent and stubborn young woman. Thanks to the bullying behavior of her father and brother, she has no intention of marrying and putting herself under the control of yet another man. She is a talented artist and intends to set up her own household with inherited funds, if she can just convince her father. Ben's sudden appearance and the tale he tells startles her, and she is hesitant to believe him. But the truth is soon obvious, and Alyssa decides to take action of her own. She's a bit naïve about the prospect of succeeding, but determined to have her way.

I really enjoyed the development of their relationship. From the moment they met, the attraction between them was strong. Though he could have simply warned her and left, Ben feels compelled to stay nearby and watch over her. Their morning meetings so that he could reassure himself of her safety quickly turned into a burgeoning friendship. He is amazed by her talent, and truly impressed by her wit and intelligence, while Alyssa is drawn to his kindness and honesty in his conversations with her. When her plans for revenge against those who plotted her ruin go wrong, Ben comes to her rescue and gets caught in a compromising position with her. Alyssa is horrified that his chivalry forces him to propose, and she is adamant in her refusal, not wanting to ruin his life. She has no confidence in her ability to be the kind of wife he needs.

Her stubbornness backfires on her, and her father's actions are especially cruel and inhumane. When Ben discovers what is happening, his reaction is immediate. I loved seeing him take charge. His attraction to Alyssa and his appreciation of her mind and talents convince him that a marriage between them can work. Alyssa is the one who needs to be convinced, and it isn't easy. The attraction she feels for him scares her, and she fears that giving in to it will lead her to lose her sense of who she is and what she wants to do. I loved that Ben promises her that there will be no intimacy until she wants it, even though resisting his attraction to her is a monumental task.

His patience and care for Alyssa is evident as he accompanies her on her travels. I loved seeing him earn her trust as he strives to keep his word. His efforts prove to be worth it when Alyssa is finally ready to give in to the steadily growing desire he inspires. However, neither is quite ready to give voice to their feelings, as their fears run deep. It takes a threat to Ben's career for them to realize what they have together. I loved her big moment at the end, when it is her turn to come to Ben's rescue.

There were some marvelous scenes showing Ben's determination to do whatever he could to ensure Alyssa's happiness. My favorite is the one in the lawyer's office, as Ben states his desire that Alyssa have full and sole control over her inheritance. The lawyer's reaction is priceless.

The underlying theme of how women were treated during this time was very well done. The nasty bet placed by Denbry only emphasized how helpless most women were against people like him. Alyssa's father and brother were another example of what they had to endure, with no true way to escape. There was also a theme of reputation, how important it was, and how fragile it could be. Denbry's method of revenge was truly devious and difficult to counter. Ben also had to deal with his own feelings about his past, especially after a surprise revelation by his mother. I loved his scenes with his father, and the changes in Ben that it showed.

I loved seeing the other Hellions and their wives. Their respect and support of Ben was great. I especially liked the way that Ben was able to enlist the ladies' help to make Alyssa more comfortable in a situation she dreaded. It was moving to see the way that they all banded together to deal with the threat against Ben.


The Dry (Aaron Falk, Bk 1)
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Wow! This is a fantastic read if you are a mystery lover (though tragic and heart wrenching, too). If real life and a need for sleep had not interfered, I would have just read this straight through. I did not want to put it down and could not wait to pick it up again. There are two mysteries (and other secrets) playing out in this sad, desperate little town-one in the present and one 20 years in the past. No, you won't figure it all out. I love a book that surprises me and a mystery that lives up to being a mystery. I will be looking for the next book I can read by this author as fast as I can!


The Wicked Ways of a True Hero (Royce Lie Detectors, Bk 3)
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This is the final part of a trilogy that is one part funny, one part mystery and one part paranormal. OK, I was happy with everything except the paranormal.

Daniel is a womanizing, drinking, gambling bachelor who is forced to mend his ways when his mother and sister decide to come to London for the Season. They bring along the mother's goddaughter, who is also looking for a husband.

Daniel and the goddaughter, Corisande Abbott, have an unfortunate past history. Daniel helped Mr. Abbott snatch Corie from the arms of her lover and return her to her father's home, without ever asking a question of Corie. She now hates Daniel.

There was lots of humor but I thought some of the humor went flat when Daniel had so many 'itches in his britches' when he lied. Suddenly, Daniel became a counterfeit detector midway through the book. This story did not read like a complete novel but episodic snatches put together.

To be fair, I have not read the previous novels and that may have something to do with my dissatisfaction. 3.5 stars

Royce Lie Detectors
1. Truly Yours (2007)
2. The Scandalous Life of a True Lady (2008)
** 3. The Wicked Ways of a True Hero (2009)


Sapphire Skies
Sapphire Skies
Author: Belinda Alexandra
Genre: Literature & Fiction
Book Type: Paperback
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Amazing story, heartbreaking but historical


Safe With Me: A psychological thriller so tense it will take your breath away
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Anna happens to see an accident happen. A young man was knocked off his motorcycle by a car that was speeding. Anna does what she can while waiting on an ambulance. The young man (Liam) reminds her so much of her brother. And the woman that hit him ... Anna knows immediately who she is even though its been 13 years since she has seen her.

That seems to be the trigger for all kinds of things. Working as a letter carrier, she can't seem to get all her deliveries done every day, so she starts taking whatever she doesn't deliver home with her. She lives a very solitaire life, and only interacts with the old lady next door, who she has known for many years.

She sort of invites herself into Liam's life. He lives with his grandmother, so Anna volunteers to help her with housework.... wants to help take care of Liam .... she even suggests that she move in to help them.

Meanwhile, Carla, the lady who hit Liam, has been coming around ... and Anna absolutely will have none of that. This is "her" family .... and Anna wants Carla to pay for her sins and what she did to Anna's family.

But who is more dangerous? Anna ... Carla ....? And while Anna is sneaking into Liam's house to spy .... who's the lady sneaking into Anna's house? All the principal players have secrets .... and everything out of their mouths are lies.

The book bounces back and forth from today to 13 years ago and back to the present. This is a roller coaster of a psychological thriller. It's enough to cause you to doubt your own sanity. The ending came out of nowhere .. and was quite a surprise.

I have read all this author's books and they have all been riveting and engaging, full of twists and turns. Highly recommend this one to anyone who likes psychological thrillers.

Many thanks to the author / Bookouture / Netgalley for the digital copy of SAFE WITH ME. Opinions expressed here are unbiased and entirely my own.


Twelve Dead Men (Those Jensen Boys!)
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These books are getting to be just boring! It's just the same old thing again and again, the stories just aren't very good anymore and it's just fight fight fight so much and not much story


The Battle for God: A History of Fundamentalism
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Certainly a different view of fundamentalism than I usually read.


Marco Polo: From Venice to Xanadu (Audio CD) (Abridged)
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Absolutely riveting. This is a great way to learn about Marco Polo.


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Originally written in the 1920s, published in French in 1957.


The Grendel Affair (SPI Files, Bk 1)
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Lisa Shearin is a wonderful author and this new series does not disappoint. Her characters are immediately likable and believable. This is the first in a new series and it's got great action, funny moments and colorful scenery. She has a way with weaving her plots and relationships into an amazing fabric and as always has come away with something great. I'm really looking forward to reading more in this series and seeing what she comes up with next.


What America's Teachers Wish Parents Knew
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A wide range of teachers (pre-K to 12) with a wide range of opinions. Most pretty profound, not mere one-liners. I think I'd disagree with about a quarter of them.


Adam
Adam
Author: Ted Dekker
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
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A pretty good supernatural book.


Before We Were Yours: A Novel
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A well-written story based on tragic real life events, this heart-wrenching novel left me in a book hangover for days. The author takes you to the edge, then puts just enough hope in to keep the reader from despair. A story that needed to be told, with implications for generations. I really liked the present day end of the tale, with the added romance and intertwining of the two main stories. I didn't want to stop reading until I found out what happened to them all.
Recommend to readers who like southern fiction with difficult subjects, like poverty, child abuse, human trafficking, political corruption, and alcoholism.
4.5 stars

(An e-book was provided by NetGalley and the publisher. All opinions are my own.)


Loner's Lady (Harlequin Historicals, No 806)
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This is a different spin on the lone traveler arriving at a woman's farm. Ellen O'Brian knows she is married; her husband walked away one day and has been missing for a couple of years. This has left Ellen with sole responsibility for her farm. Jess Flint arrives at the O'Brian farm and talks her into hiring him as a handyman until she recovers from her broken leg. However, Jess is looking for something.

There are lots of twists to this story and I don't want to ruin the surprises. I'll just mention what I thought odd about the book. First, Ellen moved too much (sometimes into odd places) for having a broken leg. Second, the romance between Ellen and Jess was strained because Ellen was serious about her vows (good for her).

***SPOILER ALERT *** Ladies of the community started to shun Ellen, and then it all disappeared without sufficient explanation.

Finally, the secondary romance should have been left out or moved along at a faster pace. People their age pussy-footing around at such a snail's pace seemed strange.


The Lock Artist
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Book Description
"I was the Miracle Boy, once upon a time. Later on, the Milford Mute. The Golden Boy. The Young Ghost. The Kid. The Boxman. The Lock Artist. That was all me.
But you can call me Mike."
Marked by tragedy, traumatized at the age of eight, Michael, now eighteen, is no ordinary young man. Besides not uttering a single word in ten years, he discovers the one thing he can somehow do better than anyone else. Whether it's a locked door without a key, a padlock with no combination, or even an eight-hundred pound safe ... he can open them all.
It's an unforgivable talent. A talent that will make young Michael a hot commodity with the wrong people and, whether he likes it or not, push him ever close to a life of crime. Until he finally sees his chance to escape, and with one desperate gamble risks everything to come back home to the only person he ever loved, and to unlock the secret that has kept him silent for so long.

My Review
This standalone crime fiction was a fascinating story which switched between different time periods. I listened to the audio and it held my interest all the way through to the end. The narrator, MacLeod Andrews, did an excellent job reading the book aloud. I never read Steve Hamilton before but I found this book to be well-written. I look forward to reading more of his books in the near future. I especially enjoyed the relationship between Michael and Amelia and how they communicated without Michael speaking. I would highly recommend this book to those who love crime fiction with a hint of romance.


A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian
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This is a cautionary tale for anyone with an elderly male relative seeking a wife from another country. Two years after the death of his wife, Nikolai Mayevskyj, an 84-year old British resident and refugee from Ukraine, finds Valentina, a 36-year old Ukrainian with a young son. The relationship evolves from marriage to subsequent contentious divorce proceedings; meanwhile, Nikolai's daughters, previously estranged from each other, are reconciled through their shared hatred of the common enemy, Valentina, who is attempting to wrest control of Nikolai's meager fortune (surprise, surprise). The younger sister, Nadia, is also made aware of their family history through conversations with her sister and her father during the course of the novel, which includes Stalin's reign and the German invasion during World War II. Nikolai is writing a book entitled A Short History Of Tractors In Ukrainian (yawn), which is excerpted throughout the book. There are mildly humorous incidents and some heartbreakingly violent episodes between Valentina and Nikolai. The end of the book brings resolution and family restoration.


A Short History of Tractors in Ukranian
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This is a cautionary tale for anyone with an elderly male relative seeking a wife from another country. Two years after the death of his wife, Nikolai Mayevskyj, an 84-year old British resident and refugee from Ukraine, finds Valentina, a 36-year old Ukrainian with a young son. The relationship evolves from marriage to subsequent contentious divorce proceedings; meanwhile, Nikolai's daughters, previously estranged from each other, are reconciled through their shared hatred of the common enemy, Valentina, who is attempting to wrest control of Nikolai's meager fortune (surprise, surprise). The younger sister, Nadia, is also made aware of their family history through conversations with her sister and her father during the course of the novel, which includes Stalin's reign and the German invasion during World War II. Nikolai is writing a book entitled A Short History Of Tractors In Ukrainian (yawn), which is excerpted throughout the book. There are mildly humorous incidents and some heartbreakingly violent episodes between Valentina and Nikolai. The end of the book brings resolution and family restoration.


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