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A Mind of Her Own


Louisa is a wife and mother of three children when her life takes a turn. After being hit on the head, she gets amnesia and thinks she's single and a famous writer named Jazz Sweet. With the help of her family, she has to remember her past. I thought this book was good, and had an interesting storyline. I wish the book had been a bit longer as I would have liked to seen more of the changes after Louisa remembered her past and how it affected her family and her life.


Only Beloved (Survivors' Club, Bk 7)
Only Beloved (Survivors' Club, Bk 7)
Author: Mary Balogh
Genre: Romance
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
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Not my favorite in the series by a long shot, but I'm glad to have finally found out the true nature of George's background. Still, his relationship with Dora was too staid for my taste. I wanted a passionate romance for the couple who missed out on so much earlier in life. Even though they told themselves their marriage was more for companionship, more of everything physical would have been entirely appropriate. I feel rather let down. 3.5 stars.


Cover Me (Elite Force, Bk 1)
Cover Me (Elite Force, Bk 1)
Author: Catherine Mann
Genre: Romance
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
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great read


Back to the Bedroom
Back to the Bedroom
Author: Janet Evanovich
Genre: Romance
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
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For months he'd thought of her as the Mystery Woman, draped in a black velvet cloak, with outrageous red curls, flawless skin, and carrying a large, odd case-- but the night David Dodd saw a helicopter drop a chunk of metal through the roof of his lovely neighbor's bedroom, he got to meet the formidable and delightful Katherine Finn at last! Rescuing damsels and fixing roofs was dangerous work, he told her, and at the very least he deserved a kiss-- didn't he? Kate couldn't argue with Dave's logic, but how could she, the driven concert musician with more commitments than hours in the day, be falling head over heels for a likeable cuddler who seemed to be drifting through life? No one had ever made her feel as cherished or desirable, and she'd never had so much fun, but even though her eccentric boarder, Elsie, assured her that where Kate was concerned Dave had plenty of ambition, could she really love a guy who was just smart, sexy, and rich?


The Trouble with Cowgirls (Welcome to Ramblewood, Bk 7) (Harlequin American Romance, No 1600)
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Good second chance romance. Lane and Lucy had known each other as teenagers, when she used to spend summers with her cousin on the ranch. They had been in love and planning to marry after she finished school. Then she returned to Italy without a word, and he never heard from her again. Now she's back at the ranch, along with her daughter, and has been given the job that he wanted.

I have to say right off that I didn't like Lucy's cousin Nicolino. He displayed the worst kind of nepotism by giving Lucy a job that she really wasn't qualified for. And the way he treated Lane was inexcusable. Lane had been trained for the barn manager job by the previous manager and to find out that he'd been skunked out of the job the way he did was awful. He was rightfully angry and I wouldn't have blamed him if he had done his best to undermine Lucy. But he really was a good man and couldn't do that to her.

Lucy had come back to the ranch for a new start in life. Her ex-husband had died deeply in debt, leaving Lucy and her daughter Carina virtually penniless. When her cousin offered her the job, she was happy to take it, though she never expected Lane to be there. Finding out that he had expected the job to be his added to the stress she was already under. She struggled to give Carina the attention she needed while also doing her job.

It was obvious to both of them that the old feelings were still there, but working together made doing anything about it unwise. Plus, neither one really wanted to risk their hearts again. Having to work together gave them a chance to get to know each other again, which put a strain on their determination to keep apart. Lane was pretty quick to admit to himself that he still cared. That caring showed itself in the way that he was covering parts of her job because he could see how overwhelmed she was. He also got involved with Lucy's daughter, helping her to adjust to the changes in her life. Spending time with both Lucy and Carina made him long to make it more. Lucy also knew that she still cared for Lane, but there were things from her past that he didn't know and she was afraid of his reaction if he found out. I liked the realism of what happened when he did, and that they dealt in a pretty reasonable way. The ending was really sweet. I liked Lane's big moment with Lucy and later how he made Carina a big part of it also.


The Clothes They Stood Up In / The Lady in the Van
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What a wonderful, entertaining book.
I loved both stories in this book.....of course, after seeing the movie THE LADY IN THE VAN, who wouldn!'t love the book?
And the book and movie pretty much followed along the same.
Great, quick read, with a lesson to be learned about life, in each story.


Inspector French's Greatest Case (Inspector French, Bk 1)
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A very detailed (and I mean very) account of how Inspector French tracks down the culprits in the murder of a clerk during a robbery in a diamond brokerage. The writing is easy to follow although you really have to be interested in police procedurals to enjoy it. Not much action except for French following clues via ships, busses, trams, and trains as he interviews everyone he comes across.


All I Really Need to Know I Learned from Watching Star Trek
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Don't get your expectations to high! Overindulgent and struggling attempts at humor left me wondering why I was violating one of my personal reading rules, and continued to read "All I Really Need to Know I Learned from Watching Star Trek" after I evaluated it as horrible. I guess I was looking for the way out of an impossible situation. I did manage to find one redeeming characteristic. The book was short and I only wasted a few total hours of my life to read. Star trek fans will be hard pressed to 'discover' anything within the pages - there is very little depth, especially from someone who supposedly lived and breathed Star Trek. If you're not a Star Trek fan, you will be left wondering what you just read.


See the Ocean
See the Ocean
Author: Estelle Condra
Genre: Children's Books
Book Type: Hardcover
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There are different ways of seeing, knowing, describing and understanding. What a wonderful way to introduce young children to these ideas. A great read aloud book with beautiful illustrations.


Annapolis
Annapolis
Author: William Martin
Genre: Literature & Fiction
Book Type: Paperback
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A good read if you are interested in Naval history, or the Annapolis area, but it copies the style of Michener without the depth. I found the tie in from the past to the present, a descendant writing a novel about the family as they work for ownership of the family home, tedious.


Girl on the Golden Coin: A Novel of Frances Stuart
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Well written book about a time period that I was not as familiar with. It was a very enjoyable read.


Rafferty Street
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Rafferty Street is a marvelous glimpse of times past and Lee Lynch is the marvelous writer who can capture it.


100 People Who Are Screwing Up America
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This book depressed me so, and made me so angry while listening to it, I could not finish it. Please somebody take it off my bookshelf. Conservatives will love this book.


The Carrier: A Zailer and Waterhouse Mystery (A Zailer & Waterhouse Mystery)
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What would you do if you knew an innocent person was going to go to jail? Most people would search for the truth and do whatever it takes to free the innocent. Is Tim innocent? Everyone around him believes he is but who are they protecting? Are they really all innocent?

I really did not care for this book. I was able to get through it but the thought process from the characters were all over the place. The book frustrated me. I did not care for the characters.

This book is the eighth in the Culver Valley Crime series.

Culver Valley Crime
1. Little Face (2006)
2. Hurting Distance (2007) aka The Truth-Teller's Lie
3. The Point of Rescue (2008) aka The Wrong Mother
4. The Other Half Lives (2009) aka The Dead Lie Down
5. A Room Swept White (2010) aka The Cradle in the Grave
6. Lasting Damage (2011) aka The Other Woman's House
7. Kind of Cruel (2012)
8. The Carrier (2013)
9. The Telling Error (2014) aka Woman with a Secret
10. The Narrow Bed (2016)


True Detectives: The Inside Stories of Today's Top Private Investigators
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This was a different book and I really liked it. It is stories of today's top private investigators. Each chapter is a different PI and his client. However, maybe a couple of chapters later it will pick up the same PI and go on with his case. A different format than most detective books. It made it so interesting because if you liked the case you were anxious to get to the next chapter to see what happens. As I say, I really liked the book and if you are into this genre you will like it also.


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"The Promise of A Pencil" by Adam Braun lives up to its subtitle, "How an Ordinary Person Can Create Extraordinary Change." The real life experiences of a fresh out of college student on a Wall Street fast-track who discovered how truly listening to the answer of a simply question 'What do you want most in the world?' can change your thinking and your life, which has led him to found Pencils of Promise, an organization responsible for the foundation of over 250 schools throughout Africa, Asia, and Latin America.

One of the common struggles for many people who 'want to make a difference' is there are hundreds if not thousands of books giving advice. "The Promise of A Pencil" delivers where most self-help, business strategy books often struggle - providing real, practical advice on how to transform our thinking and our world. Not simply a repackaging of aged ideals, but a fresh, social era, connected perspective that builds on traditional thinking. Adam Braun shares each tidbit of wisdom, for that is truly what it is, with real world emotions and stories of the experiences that created each 'ah-ha' moment.

An easy read - parents, I HIGHLY recommend "The Promise of A Pencil" for high school students heading to college and college students preparing to head into 'the real world', or anyone wanting to change the world and unsure where to start. And if you can't get your kids interested, tell them that if they have bought a Justin Bieber ticket, they have supported Pencils of Promise. Read it, it's explained there.


The Doctor's Private Visit (Kimani Romance, No 171)
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I enjoy this book. Tibe was a player until he met Capri. MEN feel they can any women until he meet his challenge. You cant treat an independent women like you treat, hoes and ratchets. Capri stand her ground on how she want to be treat as a women. She left her city to get away from thristy men and end up renting a place from one.


Committee
Committee
Author: Terry E. Hill
Genre: Literature & Fiction
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
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Beautiful people, heartless social climbers, out-of-check political aspirations, secret societies and magic = The American voting system. The fun here is the beautiful people and the nasty things they do. The heart can still be found in those fortunate enough to enjoy true love, so naturally danger abounds. No matter what your politics, you will recognize these up and comers. But it's the voodoo, that Hill do, so well.

An advanced copy of this book was provided for an honest review.


More Than a Stranger (Sealed with a Kiss, Bk 1)
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Thought it was a unique story and loved the characters.


The Jewel of St. Petersburg
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No one can bring you to a place and time as well as Kate Furnivall. She has the remarkable ability to transport you into the character's world and thoughts and is one of the best authors I have ever read. This is one book out of a triad, each of which reads equally well as a stand alone book, but having read one of the books you will want to dive into the others as well. Get a cup of tea and a comfy pillow and plenty of time before you start, because once you start the book, it is tough to put down. I hope you enjoy my favorite historical fiction author as much as I have.


A Ghost of a Clue
A Ghost of a Clue
Author: Debra Doggett
Genre: Romance
Book Type: Paperback
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Cute little novella. Girl inherits aged aunt's cottage in a small town determined to make a go at her artistic career. And she sees dead people. Hot skeptic science teacher catches her eye. There begins the fun. Good read.


Never Marry A Warlock: Omnibus Edition
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Vegas, warlocks and witches, betrayal, and a witch you cheer on as she goes through her "Eat, Pray, Love" journey.


Love Easy
Love Easy
Author: Roe Valentine
Genre: Romance
Book Type: Paperback
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This was a kick in the pants kind of book. Great historical romance. The sexual tension was high strung, and throw in Chicago speakeasies, news men, and mobster, and you got a great read.


A Misbegotten Match (Regency Romance)
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Another very good Regency by Rita Boucher. A short book, but not a lightweight, in which two damaged people find love together.


Leonard: My Fifty-Year Friendship with a Remarkable Man
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As an examination of a half-century of friendship, this book is as much about William Shatner as it is about Leonard Nimoy. But the excesses that Shatner is known for in his acting are considerably muted here, replaced by his apparently genuine emotion and regard for Leonard.

He does still swagger, a bit. There is some one-upsmanship, a few gossipy tidbits--Nimoy's falling out with Roddenberry, for example--and many well-known anecdotes, like the bicycle story and Nichelle Nichols' MLK conversation, recycled from countless convention appearances. But he is also often refreshing and surprisingly perceptive, while the more cerebral and deliberate Nimoy is sometimes seen as obtuse and petty. Mostly the two men just seem remarkably human: working actors, husbands and fathers, each changed forever and yet not changed at all by fame and fortune and Star Trek.

There is too much repetition, and the chronology is sometimes confusing. At its best, though, Shatner's unique voice is very clear. This is a thoughtful, intimate, and touching look at the enduring personal and professional friendship between these two very similar men. I don't usually read celebrity bios or memoirs, but as a long-time Star Trek fan I'm really glad I picked up this one.


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