Saturday, December 7, 2013

#64 The True Gift, a Christmas Story by Patricia MacLachlan




Lily and Liam go to their grandparents' farm every Christmas vacation.  They look forward to it all year. But this year there is something different. A wonderful story about selfless love and doing the right thing because it is the right thing. Destined to be a Christmas Classic. A great story for school age Children and up. As a grandma, I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Friday, October 18, 2013

#63 Burn for Burn by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian


Mary, Lillia and Kat, they all had scores to settle. Senior year was going to be a time to get even.

Mary wanted Reeve to pay. She wanted him to see her and watch his jaw drop when he realized what she looked like now. She wanted him to be humiliated.

Kat wanted Rennie to finally NOT get everything she wanted. To finally feel like she was the butt of everyone's jokes. Finally pay for all the lies she spread.

Lillia wants Alex to pay for what he did to her sister. To think, she once thought he might be interested in her. She thought they were friends at least. How could he?

Was High School ever like this?

No one would ever suspect that these three would work together, even know each other? This could work.

A strong story of hurt, revenge and more. I won't spoil it, but you will want to read it in one setting! It will keep you wanting to know what happens, right up to the end.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

#62 The Picture Maker by Penina Spinka

The picture maker was young, barely a maiden when she was stolen from her people. Would she ever return to the land of her birth? The story follows her as she travels through the lands and lives of many different peoples. Just as Jean Auel gave us sight into the lives of ancient people in her "Clan of the Cave Bear" series, Penina Spinka lets us look inside the society's of the Inuit, the Norse and the First Nations of the North American Continent. My heart ached for the young girl, torn from her home, as she strove to remain strong and true to her parents teachings. I rejoiced with her as she escaped her slavery, worried as she wandered, and ached again as she grieved for her lost child. Not a new book, but one well worth reading.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

#61 The Sweetwater Trail By N.L. Campbell

Felicity Sinclair was spoiled, although she didn't know it. Used to having the best of everything and now she was marrying the best as well, Edmund Ormond, soon to be a senator. Well at least if she could fit into her wedding dress...but the tasty morsels call to her...and she usually gives in. If that were only the least of her trials. Soon her family is beset by scandal, her marriage canceled, her family disgraced. Her mother unhinged burns down their house and herself. So Felicity and her father head west with her crotchety Aunt Agnes and Uncle Gerald. Felicity could never imagine the terrors that await her on the trail. She grows into a woman, without even realizing it was happening. Will God see her through everything? Is there a happy future for her? I won't spoil it for you. A wonderful tale of grit and determination, warts and all, a story based on the true history of the Oregon Trail.
  ASIN: B00BF33CQ0

Monday, July 8, 2013

#60 The Longings of Wayward Girls by Karen Brown

Sadie grew up differently, her mother often "sick" or "too tired" to drag herself out of bed. in 1979 a young girl that looked startlingly like her disappeared. She had a fairly normal childhood otherwise, playing for long hours with her friends, until the day her mother left permanently.
In present day, 2002, Sadie is a Mom herself. Her husband loves her, her children need her, but after the loss of her baby girl, perfect, but stillborn, she feels disconnected from her life. She meets up with a man from her past, a boy that featured in many of her girlish fantasies, now grown and just as enticing. The story bounces back and forth between the girl and woman as we learn more about the dark places in hidden corners of her mind. She finds some surprising and painful connections to her mother. The last person she ever wanted to be like. A darkly interesting tale.
ASIN: B00A287KI0

Saturday, July 6, 2013

#59 Far Far Away by Tom McNeal

"A strange and fateful tale of a boy a girl and a ghost" That pretty much sums it up, but it is oh so much more!
Jeremy just wants to be normal, have friends, live a boring, everyday life. It was bad enough that he could hear a ghost, specifically, the ghost of one of the brothers Grimm. Yes, the fairy tale Grimm. Add to all of that the fact that his father was a recluse, they owned a bookstore with only 2 books, he was the perfect target. Ginger was one of the "cool girls", you know the type, popular, pretty, top of the list.  What could she possibly have in common with Jeremy? And how could both of the connect to poor shy Frank Bailey? A complex, funny, dark story fittingly filled with fairy tales!

#58 The Undertaker's Apprentice (West Palm 1) by Joss Cordero

Zach takes great care and pride in his holiday decorating, he wants them all to look festive. The fact that they are all corpses, well that made it even more important to him, that they look perfect.
Mr Fiorello, the Funeral Home director, doesn't understand, and fires him.  But Zach isn't trying to desecrate the dead, he is worshiping them in his own way.
This is a wonderfully creepy, macabre story, with twists and turns and hold your breath moments! I am looking forward to my next peek into Zachs, weird, warped mind. If you like the darker stories and bizarre minds, this is absolutely a story for you!

#57 Small Town Witch by Kristen S. Walker

Rosamunde is a witch, so is her mother. It's no so unusual, at least not in Madrone, a gold rush town where faeriekin abound. Rosa, as her friends know her and her sister Akasha go to Crowther Private Academy, the Jr. and Sr. High School for magikin, few humans, even witches or scorcerers go there. In Rosa's class there were only 5 humans.
Her family gets along very well, almost never arguing, or fighting about anything. Even her friends think they are exceptionally nice to each other. Rosa is at that age where she should start dating, but really, she's never wanted to. Just the thought of dating makes her blush. She slowly starts to realize that there IS something odd about her family. I won't spoil the story, but what she finds is a real shocker! A great book to start a series, good for middle school and up,some mention of LGBT issues, but not the main focus of the story. I can't wait to read more about Rosa and her friends.

Saturday, June 22, 2013

#56 Homespun Bride by Jillian Hart

Noelle had lost a lot, her sight, her parents, her fiance. No longer wanting to marry "Damaged Goods", as he put it, he called off the wedding and moved on. Noelle was stuck, in her Aunts home, in her spinster status. She was trying to be grateful for everything she did have.

Her Aunt Henrietta was struggling to control the new horse her Uncle had bought.
It is a losing struggle, in a wagon, barreling wildly down the road, horribly like another runaway, another wagon, that cost her everything. This just can't be happening again!

Rescued at the last minute by a man who's voice sounds familiar. Noelle finds herself wishing she could turn back the clock, to a time when she was deliriously happy, as Thad McKaslin's girl, waiting to be his wife. Before he left her, without a word and disappeared.

Follow along their struggles to make sense of their feelings and their Faith, what little they have left. I won't spoil the story for you, as you will want to turn each page yourself, at your own pace.  A thoroughly enjoyable story.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

#55 The Rockin' Chair by Steven Manchester

Alice was drifting...farther away every day. John held on to what she had been and tried to ease her days as the confusion stole away the woman he loved and had loved for so many years. It was time for the grandchildren to come home.
As the time grew short, his pain was overwhelming. Then at her funeral he felt her poke...insistent, and he knew. John set out to heal the wounds of his family. They may all be broken, his fault as much as any of theirs, but he would set them on the road to healing, and heal himself in the process.  This is a story that is painful to read at times, with pain raw and real, but also with Joy, forgiveness and redemption. A journey well worth being undertaken.
 ISBN-13: 978-1611880670

Monday, June 10, 2013

#54 Untimed by Andy Gavin

Charlie knows exactly when his Dad and Aunt Sophie will appear. Two weeks in October and Two weeks in January. Well at least he's does well in school. It would be nice if he had friends. But nothing he has read or studied has prepared him for the discovery that he is a time traveler! At least, that's what he thinks at first. He soon discovers that a lot of what he has studied is useful.
History suffers, as does Charlie and Yvaine, a fellow time traveler bounce around history and do a pretty good job of mucking it up! So they set out to make things right. The ride is one you will never forget! Dad and Aunt Sophie are involved too. It all stacks up to a fast moving story that will keep you reading right up until the end!

#53 The Biscuit Witch by Deborah Smith

What a delightful book! A richly detailed, laugh-out-loud-fun book full of  wonderful descriptive phrases that will tickle your funny bone, entice your nose and warm your heart! Tallulah Mac Bride, the Biscuit Witch, had a scary childhood, a scared adolescence, and a tough first few years of young motherhood. Things had just gotten worse, a lot worse. She is on the run, with her daughter Eve, from a powerful, influential man. This book will tug your heartstrings and make you laugh until you risk spraining your fondant. (trust me, when you read it, this will make sense to you) I will tell you very little, because I want you to enjoy the story as it unfolds as much as I did!

Saturday, June 8, 2013

#52 Angels Watching Over Me by Michael Phillips

Katies life as a pampered, plantation owners daughter was all she had ever known.  Mayme starts out the story.  Her life has been very different. A young Slave girl, she had seen a harder, crueler life.
Both their lives were about to change forever.
First the war came, Katies' Father and Brothers went to it. Her mother had to step into unfamiliar roles to keep the plantation running. Eventually, Katie had to start picking up new tasks too. Eventually, the War came to her.
How these two girls, so different, end up together, working together to save what they have fought for, is an exciting story of bravery, friendship and faith. You will be holding your breath throughout the book as you experience it all along with them.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

#51 Three Lives of Tomomi Ishikawa by Benjamin Constable

This is a book different from any one you may have read before. Suicide, a quest, a strange friendship, all these intertwine into a curiously compelling story. Ben Constable and Tomomi Ishikawa are friends. They enjoy hanging out together, talking, but just friends. Then one day Tomomi slides a note under Ben's door. A strange blend of a suicide note and the beginnings of a treasure hunt. Follow along with Ben as he mourns his friend and finally decides to follow the clues to see where they lead, and maybe figure out why his friend killed herself. From Paris to New York and back again, Ben follows the clues, but begins to suspect that things are not what they seem. I won't spoil the end but you certainly aren't expecting it.
ISBN-13: 978-1451667264

Friday, May 24, 2013

# 50 Billy and the Monster Who Ate All the Easter Eggs by David Chuka

Billy and his Monster get into some more trouble, even when they are trying hard to be good. Grandma Chocalicious will not be happy when they eat the chocolate Easter Eggs! Even though they waited until Easter Morning (Sort of). Another Billy and Monster book with fun illustrations and even farts! Your early school age kid will find it hilarious!

# 49 If You See a Doctor by David Chuka

This fun little book  combines illustration, photographs and rhyme into a "what do you want to be when you grow up?" book. Simple, good for early school age or some preschoolers. I think my 4 year old Granddaughter would really enjoy it.

#48 Awkward Owl by Shawnda Blake

Awkward Owl was really, really awkward! The more he thought about it, the more awkward he became.  A little girl finds him (after he crashed into a tree, back-side-up and bottom-side-first) she doesn't call him awkward, she just wants to be sure he's OK. A good story about how not to make fun or bully, but to help!
My 11 year old Granddaughter liked it and I think younger kids would too. Sweet illustrations. A nice little book.

#47 Billy and Monster's New Neighbor Has a Secret by David Chuka

Billy and his Monster have an encounter with a new neighbor. Misunderstandings ensue, but things get straightened out. A great book for younger school age kids. Complete with farts and burps to delight any seven year old! Even my 11 year old Granddaughter thought it was pretty funny. Cute illustrations and a fun story.

#46 Grateful Me! By Cherrie Dejolde Bautista

What a fun rhyming book for school age kids! Bright illustrations, and lots of affirmations to guide youngsters on how to be grateful for what they have. My 11 yr old Granddaughter really liked it and even asked for her own copy! Anything that can teach about being thankful and encourage reading is tops in my book!

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

#45 The Scoop on Breasts BY Dr. Ted Eisenberg, Joyce K. Eisenburg

If you've ever thought about Breast Surgery, or had friends who had breast surgery and there were questions you just couldn't bring yourself to ask....this is the book for you! Funny, clear, no "Doctor Speak" here! Just great, plain spoken information. Everything from why to how to how long. Filled with stories, anecdotes, and chock full of facts. Having been under the knife myself, I even found information about my type of surgery that I didn't know. Take the mystery out of Boob Jobs of all kinds.
A great, fun, informative read.

#44 True by Erin McCarthy

Rory was a good girl, a Geek if you will, smarty, logical, An "A" student college girl who hadn't planned on getting drunk, but her roommates insisted she needed to get out after struggling through 6 hours of Hemingway, that made about as much sense to her as ancient Greek!  Not understanding her studies was NOT a comfortable feeling for her!  But there she was, drunk, sitting alone with a guy she hardly knew while her roommates were off in the bedrooms having sex with their boyfriends. But this guy wasn't completely horrible, besides, he might be desperate enough to kiss her.
She really wants to kiss somebody and try to figure out what the big deal was. She's never dated, never had a boyfriend, was a virgin goes without saying. How she ended up with two flirty hot girls as roommates and friends she really isn't sure, but she's enjoying her college time with them.
Things get out of hand and Rory ends up almost getting raped, being rescued by one of the boyfriends and having to admit to her roommates that she's a virgin.
So starts a roller coaster ride to self discovery, relationships, love and pain and understanding.
 This is a tale that rings true and it is great to see this young woman find her strength. You will enjoy following along, with all the ups and downs!

Sunday, May 19, 2013

#43 Odd Apocalypse by Dean Koontz

Once again we pick up Odd and his traveling companions, Annamaria, the enigmatic pregnant one,  Raphael the golden retriever, and Boo, the ghost dog as they embark on another task that they were meant to perform. Odd feels the pull and Annamarie assures him, this is where they are meant to be.
This time around it will be about time itself. Nicolai Tesla makes an appearance. This is perhaps one of Odd's strangest adventures as he meets creatures that are not ghosts, but not human either. I won't spoil the story for you, but be prepared to be surprised and intrigued! Perhaps a bit darker than the previous Odd Thomas Books, but still able to make you laugh out loud and still raise goose pimples on your arms and the hairs on the back of your neck!

Monday, May 6, 2013

#42 FINS book one of the FINS trilogy by Ashley L. Knight

Morgandy was on her way to visit her Mother. It should be quite a change from her Idaho ranch home with her dad to sunny Florida! She knew nothing about Vero Beach except the warning the senile old lady on the plane gave her to watch out for the "Merpeople" there. Right, merpeople. Her Mom meets her at the airport and the surprises start immediately..her Mom is remarried! The surprises keep coming when they arrive at her mom's home. They are RICH, really rich!  Huge house, on the water, huge pool, amazing amenities.
Then she finds our she is a "halfling" half merperson herself! She meets a man she has been dreaming of for years and is plunged into a world of danger and unknown power. Little does she know, what lies in sore for her and the merpeople she is just beginning to know. Prejudice and Politics will bring her to a place she could have never imagined! I won't spoil the story, but suffice it to say this is a richly detailed world you will not want to leave! I can't wait to read the other books in the trilogy.

#41 Montana Wife by Jillian Hart

Her husband was dead. Rayna Ludgrin found herself unexpectedly alone.  How was she going to survive and raise her two young sons? She discovers something shocking when she goes through her husbands papers...her ranch and everything on it are measured to the hilt! Men come out of the woodwork trying various schemes to steal her corp in the field waiting to be harvested, her land and her virtue!
Her neighbor Daniel Lindsay offers a hand up and a way out. He wants her land, but will marry her and provide for her sons to get it, so both of them will benefit. Rayna agrees, but can this marriage of necessity ever become anything else? Will they always be just friends?
A fun and easy read with many ups and downs on the path to their future. Great for when you need a quick distraction from our modern world of electronics and complicated lives!
ISBN# 0-373-29334-8

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

#40 Fugitive by Shirlee McCoy

Laney was trying to move forward. two and a half years after losing her husband she was trying to tie up the loose ends and move forward. She needed to do that with the house she grew up in too. But there were no good memories there.
 But now at the cabin she was feeling the loss of her late husband. When someone is there! In the middle of the woods..who? Logan?! Her foster brother she hadn't seen for years? Who had been tried and convicted of drug trafficking. Here? Now? Hurt and in a prison orange jumpsuit?
That's how the roller coaster ride starts. Follow along with Laney and Logan as they try to untangle all of the twisted threads that will answer the questions they both have about how they got to where they are now and how they can mover forward toward the future. Action, intrigue, it's all there! This is a story that will hold your attention right down to the last page. Surprises abound!  I found myself will too!

#39 Fireflies by P.S. Bartlett

Ennis was holding a small still bird, until a breeze ruffled his hair and it flew away. He was six years old and his life was about to change. His mother tended to baby him as he was nearly lost at birth, small and not breathing for what felt like the longest time. His Da was a doctor, his brothers and sisters growing healthy and strong. Theirs is a happy family. His sister Teagan was the first to notice that he was changing, starting to be able to do things no person should be able to do. What follows is a charming, riveting story of hidden secrets, dangers, and families. Of lives changed and lives saved. Of Angels and spirits and human frailties.
This is a story that reaches back to Ireland and forward to a future full of possibilities. You will find yourself caught up in it's spell, like being surrounded by fireflies to delight and entrance you.
ISBN-13: 978-0615754284

Saturday, April 27, 2013

#38 A Corner of White: The Colors of Madeline Book One by Jaclyn Moriarty

Two worlds, the Kingdom of Cello and Our World. Very different but linked by a crack in a parking meter and a sculpture made of cement and a broken TV.  Madeline in one world and Cody in the other. Both have problems...really BIG problems. A crazy Mom, a missing Dad, Color attacks, fickle friends..but somehow, through it all, they manage to help each other. What defines "Friendship"? Madeline and Cody do a fair job of showing us what is really at the core of a friendship, and how friends really care about each other, even if they can't meet face to face. A wonderful blend of fantasy and pain that is oh too real.
ISBN-13: 978-0545397360

#37 The Blue Door (book 3 or the Quilt Trilogy) by Ann Rinaldi

An interesting look into the ends of the era of Slavery from the perspective of a young girl, searching for acceptance and truth, both from her southern family and her northern relatives. She finds herself hiding from a man who has sworn to kill her, and working hard for the first time in her life in a northern fabric mill owned by her great-grandfather.Action, family ties, truth and strength all figure in this book about putting together the pieces of a torn and raveling family quilt. Amanda receives a challenge from her grandmother "Can you keep silent for two weeks?" she is angry and defiant but rises to take the bait and thus begins her journey of self discovery.
ISBN# 0-590-46051-X

#36 Fifty Shades Freed: Book Three of the Fifty Shades Trilogy by E.L. James

Anastasia and Christian are working out how to live as a married couple. Christian still struggles with the fear that Ana will leave him, and Ana with the fear that she can never convince Christian of his own worthiness of her love and her commitment to him.She must deal with her own fear of loss in a very unexpected way! Lots of intrigue and more danger than in the first two books, a bit less of the whips and chains, mild B and D, but still enough sex to be interesting. We find out more about Christian's early years as he slowly explores his past. The end gives us a peek into the future and a look back at the past for a different perspective on the beginning. A fitting end to the trilogy.

Saturday, April 20, 2013

#21 the Cat Whisperer by Mieshelle Nagelschneider (out of order, I know)

This is a book every cat owner should have. Not only does it explain cat behavior, that to most of us is inexplicable, but gives step by step instructions on how to change it! For so many cat owners the things our cats do are so far outside of our ability to explain why they do what they do. It is really wonderful to have an explanation for problem behaviors. Even more wonderful is finding out a way to change that problem behavior. This is an indispensable reference book for any cat owner! Even better,this is a book to read before you get a cat! That way you won't be making any mistakes you will need to fix later.


#35 Full Moon over Madeline Island by Jay Gilbertson

Once again we check in with Eve and Rocky, Ruby and Helen and all the rest of the Madeline Island crew.
Just want to say to our author, "I am so glad your editor saved this book from the fire! I was crushed when I thought it had been lost! (Cute how you worked the previous books and your pumpkin oil in too!)
The apron business is flourishing,Toad Hollow maternity home is moving forward and everyone is up to their old tricks! Eve ends up in the drink, they become famous on the radio and the "Duck" just keeps rolling and floating along.
I always enjoy a visit to Madeline to check in on all my friends, and you will feel the same way about these characters once you know them. Another Duck race in on the horizon with of course, hilarious results.
OK Jay, I'm ready and waiting for the next book!!

#34 The Tomato Patch: The Amish of Ephrata

This little novella takes us into the Amish community of Epherata once again. We see how they deal with jealousy, pride, family and even a little courting!
Priscilla Smucker loves her garden. She enjoys working with the earth to bring forth vegetables to nourish her family and community.
Susie Byler also grows tomatoes and makes sure EVERYONE knows that HER tomatoes are the best! Not exactly the normal feelings for a young Amish girl. I guess drama follows all young women, even in an Amish community. A fun glimpse inside their world to see how teen drama is dealt with in their world.
ISBN-13: 978-1478313786

#33 Odd Interlude: A Special Odd Thomas Adventure by Dean Koontz

What a joy to spend some time with one of my favorite characters! Odd Thomas falls into a particularly interesting and strange rabbit hole when he enters Harmony, an odd little town on the coast, with Annamaria, a strange young woman, Raphael a golden retriever and Boo a white German Shepherd who happens to be a ghost. If you are familiar with Odd Thomas, none of this sounds strange to you, if you are not familiar with him, well, you should be.
Odd and crew end up in a town where a malevolent force controls the population, shifting from one to another in an instant. Included is a closed military base, an alien force, artificial intelligence and Odd's own strange talents. I won't spoil the story for you, but suffice it to say, it is another wonderfully "Odd" tale. Not to be missed! Odd Thomas is a wonderful, lighter side of Dean Koontz. Very seldom will you read a story that can give you goosebumps and have you laughing out loud in an empty house!

Friday, April 12, 2013

#32 Fifty Shades Darker: (Book Two of the Fifty Shades Trilogy) E L James

We continue the journey of Ana and Christian. More becomes clear as to why Christian is like he is and Ana learns what she can handle and what she can't. Ana starts her new job and works to loosen Christian's iron grip on her life. Christian attempts to learn to trust. I won't spoil it for you, but things come to a head with "Mrs. Robinson"! Charlie Tango (the helicopter) features heavily in the ending of this installment. Again, the end will leave you wanting to read the final book! I can't wait to start it myself. Worth the time, a bit more mystery in this one.

ISBN-13: 978-0345803498

#31 Fifty Shades of Grey: (Book One of the Fifty Shades Trilogy) By E L James

I waited awhile to read this book because Of all the frenzy surrounding this trilogy.
That being said, I really liked the format of the book (I listened to it as an audio Book) My Favorite character is Ana's Subconscious. That got your attention, huh? For those of you who like hard core novels..this is not the series for you. Yes there is sex, somewhat graphic, definitely not for kids, but not the whips and chains that it was hyped to be. Mild B + D only. This is actually a love story between a young virgin college girl, and a multibillionaire Business owner. It has lots of twists and turns that keep your attention. So if a little soft kinks interest you, this is a fun read, and well worth the time. I wouldn't read it if you don't plan to read the whole series, the end will leave you dying to start the second book!

ASIN: B007J4T2G8

#30 The Spark by Kristine Barnett

Light it!
Jake is a remarkable child who might have never been able to help anyone or pursue his passion had it not been for an insightful, creative, dedicated woman. His Mom. This family's life definitely held to one of my family motto's "If nothing else, Life is never boring!" Having had a brilliant father who was still defending his patents for chemical compounds well into his late 60's, yet never could tell his right from his left or which way was North, or do math in his head. I understand a very tiny piece of how Jake's mind works. As I learned with my learning challenges, and my daughters central auditory processing disorder, sometimes, you just have to keep trying different things, until you find something that makes sense to you. It doesn't matter if the method you use to learn doesn't make sense to anyone else, as long as it makes sense to you. This is a great book for anyone with a child who learns differently.


Friday, April 5, 2013

#29 Love Water Memory by Jennie Shortridge

Lucie Walker....who is that? Even Lucie doesn't know. She comes to consciousnesses knee deep in San Francisco bay, with no idea who she is or why she is there. She ends up in the psych ward, and on the news...which is how she was found by her fiance Grady. Slowly, she begins to realize that she is not the same Lucie who left Grady a week before. She isn't sure she would want to be that Lucie! Controlling, distant, maybe even unfriendly... Follow along as she slowly uncovers her past, old memories that can effect the rest of her life. Others think some memories are too hard, too horrible to be remembered at all. A fascinating peek inside a human mind. Don't start reading this one will be up all night reading!
ISBN# 978-1-4516-8403-4

Sunday, March 31, 2013

#28 In His Image by James Beauseigneur

This is the first book in the "Christ Clone Trilogy" Which immediately tells you it will be unlike any book you may have read before. Science has moved forward to the point that a man has created a clone of Jesus Christ! The steps are well thought out, the science plausible. Christopher Goodman could be the re-creation of Jesus? Covering many parts of the globe, many sides of politics around the world. This book will make you think hard about what you believe and what could be possible. For Sci-fi buffs, conspiracy theorists, the religiously devout, all will find something to think about. Everything centers around the Mideast. As this first book draws to a close, Christopher is beginning to show his supernatural powers.
I find it fitting that I finished this book on Easter Sunday.

#27 Sierra's Homecoming By Linda Lael Miller

Sierra Mc Kettrick is coming a home she has never seen, to meet a Mother she has never known, with a Son who could die any day. Wow, what a way to start a story. Part of the McKettrick Women series, Sierra and her Son Liam will be connected to the McKettrick family in ways they could never have imagined! Haunted teapots and picture albums, struggles to stay alive and live with sorrow. Not to mention steaming encounters with Men that are all wrong for the McKetterick Women....or are they? You will be enthralled with Sierra and her 1919 ancestor Hannah, as their stories intertwine. This tasty book will make you want to splurge and devour it in one setting. I know I did!

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

#26 A Shimmer of Angels By Lisa M. Basso

Reyna is crazy, no really, like nuthouse crazy....she sees Angels! Fresh out of the crazy house, after three years of treatment, in and out of the SS Crazy! Now she's seeing them again! She can't tell anyone, or she'll go right back in. So, she gets a job, goes to school and discovers they are real! As those around her start to die, she has to find out what seeing those guys with wings means..if she's going to save her friends and herself!
As if just being a teenager who's Mom had died wasn't stress enough, now she has to worry about everyone at her school! Doesn't every girl want a drop dead good looking guy? Reyna and two, but it's not all fun and games.
Great story, will keep you on the edge of your seat!

#25 A child Called "IT" by Dave Pelzert

Wow...this is one tough book to read. The first person account of a boy's descent into a hell you can't even imagine. Not in your worst nightmares could you ever conceive of the horrific abuses that rained down on this child for years, and years. Until he had nothing left but a will to survive. The fact that he did, and went on to become a loving father himself, is beyond miraculous. So many people who likely knew something was wrong, and did nothing, and even those who did something unwittingly made things worse. This is a book every teacher, daycare worker, clergy person, coach, anyone who has contact with children, should read!
ISBN# 1-55874-366-9

Saturday, March 16, 2013

#24 The Elephant of Surprise by Brent Hartinger

Russel has two really great friends, Min and Gunther.Each is very individual, but they accept each other for just who they are. Russel is gay, Gunther is a brainy geek (sort of) and Min is well, just Min!
They are dealing with their lives full at the moment with the "Elephant of Surprise"! Is it a good thing? or a bad thing? Or maybe it's both.  A great story of love, lost love, found love and all of life in between.
Part of a Series (The Russel Middlebrook Series) But is a good stand alone story as well. These are kids you want to be friends with, you want them to be happy and you hurt for them when they hurt.

#23 The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins

Wow! Katness, Peeta,  Gale..What paths they end up in unexpected places. I really enjoyed the ability to keep going through all three books. Once you start, you will never want to stop! Katness, the somewhat unwilling, not too disciplined face of rebellion. Peeta, the sweet, strong boy next door. Gale the teasing, handsome "buddy". Follow them all to places you never expected them to be. Acting in ways you may never have expected them to act (certainly no one in the story did). Absolutely has what it takes to become a classic. I won't spoil it for you with details beyond that, but, trust me, this is one book you need to read!

Thursday, March 7, 2013

#22 Home's Promise by Mildred Colvin

It had been a rough trip across the prairie for Rachel Morgan and her family, as well as the others that traveled with them. It seemed everyone has lost someone. But now, here they were in Oregon territory, starting new lives. Her friend Katie was getting married to Jason Barnette.
Rachel had her eye on Tommy Donovan, Katie's brother, but he only looked at her like a sister. Whay couldn't he see her as more than a friend?
As we follow these families along, they all have their struggles, and joys. They each look to the Lord to guide them as they make the choices that will determine their life's paths.
You will be drawn into their lives, hoping they make the right choices, waiting to see how it all turns out.
Will Rachel lose Tommy to the new gal in town that everyone seems so taken with? Will Rachel end up with their new neighbor Neil?
A wonderful story. Perfect for a cosy winter read.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

#20 Farriers' Lane by Anne Perry

Charlotte and Thomas Pitt are out to the theater, what starts as a pleasant enough night, ends in murder. A judge, involved in a sensational case, 5 years ago, that involves an actresses brother started everything and seems to refuse to go away. Mr. Justice Stafford has been poisoned! Thomas and his wife, as well as her network of relatives and friends, does their best to ferret out the truth. There are many turns and twists, with a few romances along the way. If you are a fan of Victorian mystery's, this is right up your Alley! I always enjoy a visit to Thomas and Charlotte Pitt's world.
ISBN # 0-449-21961-5

Friday, February 22, 2013

#19 Amazing Quinoa by Vesela Tabakova

This is a good little starter cookbook if you are just beginning to use quinoa. Some good basic information about the grain, and a number of good, simple recipes. Lots of salads, some soups, a number of breakfast dishes. No pictures, but all in all a good little basic book.

#18 Beyond the Storm:Quilts of Love series by Carolyn Zane

Abigal thought she had it all. A great business, her "Doo Drop-In" Hair Salon, friends and a comfy life. She was single, but liked it that way. The town of Rawston was just like thousands of other Midwestern towns.
Everything rolling along just the same as it had for many many years. Young folks getting married, the annual "Rawston Quilt-O-Rama" was coming up soon. Yup, everything was status quo. Well soon things would a very big way, when a F5 tornado comes to town and suddenly everything changes. Many people die, others lose everything, but strangely, people start to move closer to God. Despite the horror, the sorrow and pain, people begin to see what things, and people, are really important.
As the survivors gather fabric scraps from the debris, a quilt begins to emerge, a quilt built of stories, connections and family.
A wonderful christian based story about when bad things happen to good people.
ISBN# 978-1-4267-4597-3

Thursday, February 21, 2013

#17 Noah's Petting Zoo by Idan Hadari

A cute, well illustrated children's book, in rhyme, that follows young Andrew as he tries to save a historic building named "Noah" from being demolished. We watch as he goes up the chain of command to finally speak to the Mayor on behalf of his friend. When the Mayor agrees that he could save Noah, but only if Andrew can find a useful purpose for the old building. So Andrew comes up with an idea that all his friends support.

#16 The Righteous and Very Real Housewives of Utah County By Miguel Santana

Wow! What a stunner, complete with recipes at the beginning of each chapter. If you thought the Housewives of Orange County were complicated, scheming, over sexed...they have nothing on these ladies. Revenge, vengeance, power and position, all are in the mix as we delve into this extended family and friends. A very convoluted tale, worthy of Jackie Collins. If reality shows are your forte, you will be sure to relish this collection of stories. Each intertwined and affecting the others.


#15 Las Vegas Bandits: Winds of Change by Jim Cartwright

We once again find Sam and his friends getting into trouble as young men in Las Vegas. He wakes up after a 21st birthday party with a very large, very real tattoo!!! A wonderful story of young Gay (and  straight) men coming of age, taking on responsibilities, and finding out where their paths will take them. His friend Travis is on the outs with his sister over her boyfriend, Richie and Alex are still figuring out what they want to do. From Circus Circus to Caeser's Palace they get into scrapes and find a new path toward each of their individual futures. Sam comes out to his friends and some family, gets his own place and looks at his future life. He finds himself in a job he had never even considered. Sort of an end of an era for this group of guys.
I very much enjoyed tagging along.
ISBN# 978-1481173018