Wednesday, November 30, 2011

The First rule of 10

The First rule of Ten By Gay Hendricks, Tinker Lindsay
Are you tired of formulaic mysteries? I know I was, until I read the First Rule of Ten. You have never met an ex-detective like Tenzing Norbu. Raised as a Tibetan monk, he came to the U.S. as a teenager, promptly ran away and ended up as an LAPD cop. Now he is on his own as a private investigator. Helped by his old partner Bill, his favorite computer hacker, and his cat Tank, he is embarking on a new life. What a wonderful new way to look at life and mysteries. I have never known a Tibetan monk and certainly never listened to the dialogue inside his head but this is a unique new perspective. Looking for the truth in cults, almond orchards and pig farms, following Ten, as he likes to be called, through the twists and turns of the mystery was something I will never forget. I find myself panting for the next in the "Rules of Ten". My appetite whetted by the nibble I read at the end of this volume.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

The Guardian 9

The Guardian Duke by Jamie Carie
Gabriel Ravenwood, Duke of St.Easton is young, vibrant, wealthy and brilliant. What could possibly be missing? Alexandria Featherstone Lady of Holy Island Northumberland is young, beautiful and feels very alone. Her parents have been away most of her young life in pursuit of mysteries. She has been left feeling a bit unloved, maybe unlovable. Her parents have been gone for over a year, they have been presumed dead and the King has appointed the Duke of St. Easton as her guardian. Young Alex is convinced her parents are not dead, but in trouble and in need of her help. Gabriel is stricken with deafness and a suprising condition that allows him to see sound. We follow them both on a cat and mouse game as Alex searches for her parents and eludes the grasp of the Duke. Gabriel is falling in love with his ward, sight unseen, and is frantic to find her. We are left wanting to read the next volume of this story, on pins and needles for the next installment.

ISBN# 978-1-4336-7322-1

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Something New..Review 8

Something New by Dianne Christner
Lil is a conservative Mennonite with dreams of being a head chef, Fletch is the son of liberal Mennonite
missionaries who never wantsto be like them. They both think they know what they want, but neither is ready for where God takes them. From pig farms to fancy Italian restaurants but things don't stop there. You will be surprised where then end up..and so are they! A fun read with nice people you would like to know better.
ISBN# 978-1-61626-232-7

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Sarah's Christmas Miracle..Review 7

Sarah's Christmas Miracle by Mary Ellis
I love the Amish fiction. Sarah Beachy has a job she loves at an english bed and breakfast, a boyfriend who wants to marry and a family who loves her dearly.  So why is she not content? Her english boss has two children who may not be home for Christmas and her own brother hasw been gone for 5 years to his life in the english world. She worries that she could have children some day who would leave and break her heart too. This is a wonderful story about what she discovers about life and herself.

Saturday, November 12, 2011 6

Space by Emily Sue Harvey
A moving story, tough to read, of how a family coped or didn't cope with the descent into drugs and all that goes with them. Faith, the miracle child, ached for, yearned for, turns her back on all that she has been raised to believe and lies, steals, from her parents and her family. She even loses her own child. We see how her mother tries to find a way to pull her out of her private hell. If you have ever had a friend or family member lost to drugs, this will be hard to read, but valuable in that it gives you a glimpse into the mind of an addict, and a peek at a way out.
eISBN: 978-1-611-88020-5

The Irish 5

The Irish Healer by Nancy Herriman
I took a glimpse into the minds and hearts of a young Irish woman, a healer falsely accused of murder and a London Physician, not healed after the death of his wife. They both must face their own demons as well as the very real and ravenous demon cholera. Both are searching for a way back to their faith and to a peace that has eluded them for too long. An unflinching look at life in those hard times.I was fortunate enough to be able to read an advance copy. This is a book you should read.It will truely make you grateful for the lives we live today.
ISBN# 978-1-926034-78-9

Friday, November 11, 2011

A Life of Joy..Review 4

A Life of Joy by Amy Clipston
What a joy to read more about the life of Lindsey and Jessica,Two young adult women, four years down the road after the death of their parents. Lindsey chose to stay in Bird-in-Hand with her Aunt Rebecca and Uncle Daniel, while Jessica returned to the "English" life with their parents friends. The two sisters butt heads over their very different life choices. The many Amish recipes made my mouth water! I can't wait to read more about the famlies and return for a visit to Bird-in-Hand.
ISBN # 978-0-310-31996-2

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Enduring 3

Enduring Light by Carla Kelly
This is an LDS (Mormon) inspirational Fiction.
Julia and Paul look forward to a long life together. Neither could guess at all the twists, turns and hardships life will throw their way! An inspiring read, even for a non-LDS reader like myself. Well worth the time.
ISBN 978-1-59955-984-1

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Unto These Hills..Review 2

Unto These Hills
 by Emily Sue Harvey
Just as Tony and Maria, Romeo and Juliet, Sunny and Daniel are star crossed lovers, destined to be together, but ripped apart. Serene faithful Sunny is slowly sapped of her joy and faith. Daniel is raised faithless, never trusting in anyone by a cold, faithless mother, abandoned too early. In a "Mill Hill Village" seemingly serene and joyful, undercurrents of deception, selfishness, and betrayal  weave a choking web that conspires to steal the serenity and celebration out of so many lives. You will find yourself drawn into their world, rooting for these two, if anyone, to find the way home to each other.
isbn 978-1-61188-026-7

Monday, November 7, 2011

My first review

A Winter Discovery by Michael Baron is a lovely story that tugs at the heartstrings, as do all good holiday stories. The little boy, his long dead mother, Dad and Sister all play their parts as he discovers his very own joy of Christmas. The "not melting" snowflakes come throughout until you realise the meaning in the end. A throughly enjoyable nibble of the sweetnessof the holidays.

isbn 978-1-61188-028-1

I guess I'm going to shoot for 100 books in a year first!