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 change..in 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

#14 The Happy Gift by Lizzy Anne Reid

Sally was so excited about her Birthday! She could hardly keep from bouncing thinking about all the presents she was going to get. Her Mom was baking cupcakes, and soon it would be time for her party! At the party she gets lots of presents, but her friend Todd gives her a strange one...something that didn't come from a store, something he made himself. Sally is puzzled at first..what weird kind of present doesn't come from a store? Something happens later that makes it clear and Sally learns an important lesson about presents, sometimes the biggest, most expensive presents aren't the ones that make you happy.
A great lesson for kids in our "bigger, Better, Super Size" society".


Friday, February 15, 2013

#13 Paper Roses by Amanda Cabot

Sarah Dobbs has had tragedy in her life, but she has hopes for a better tomorrow. She has taken her sister Thea and traveled west to be a bride for Austin Canfield, a cattle rancher. What she doesn't know is that Austin is dead, murdered by some unknown person, for some unknown reason. His brother Clay is on his way to meet them.
Clay has suffered as well. His wife and child dead, his father an invalid, now his brother dead as well. He is a hard and bitter man, vowing to give up his medical career forever, having been unable to save any of the ones he loved.
Follow this intricate story as their lives intertwine, they both grow and change, and the surprise ending will leave you breathless! A wonderful story of God's purpose, letting go and trusting God, and all that trust can bring.
ISBN# 978-1-4412-0364-9

Monday, February 11, 2013

#12 Facing Redemption by Kimberly McKay

John Mikale has a secret that haunts him, gives him nightmares and tears at his soul. In his youth, he had done something horrible. He is happily married and expecting his first child with his wife Andie.
Chastity was missing her mother who had recently died, All alone in Venice, taking an art class, she was filled with anticipation for the impending visit of her boyfriend Timothy. But all is not beauty and excitement..she still has to decide what to do with the letter from her father, a man she has never known, who's family made her childhood, fragmented and unsettled, forcing her and her mother to move frequently, never being able to put down roots.
These two stories connect and intertwine as God has a hand in the future of both.
A great story about faith and adversity.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

#11 Mo the Talking Dog by Michelle Booth

An interesting book about an abused puppy, genetic engineering, bullies, friendship and a solitary elderly neighbor. It talks about what a "Family" is (including dear friends), about doing the right thing. Set in the English Countryside.
A good chapter book for school age kids with an interest in science and animals.
ISBN# 978-1481826457

#10 Pippy's Wish by Maddie Ryan

Pippy is a Jr. High Angel-in-training. Full of high spirits, inventions and ideas that seem to keep her perpetually in trouble! Now she may not graduate to High School unless she can pass a test and prove she can focus and learn the truth behind the saying "Be careful what you wish for".
Follow along with Pippy and find out what she learns and is it enough?
A good book for school age kids. I know my Grandchildren will enjoy it!
ISBN# 978-1-62622-965-5

Saturday, February 9, 2013

#9 The Life of Pi

The Life of Pi by Yann Martel

Piscine Molitor Patel, named after a French swimming pool, grew up in a Zoo in India. One would think that would be enough to make him unique, but there is more, much more.
He survives the sinking of a ship that killed his entire family and most of the zoo animals, he lived for 227 days in the company of a bengal tiger named Richard Parker, discovers a carnivorous island populated by meerkats. Eventually he lands in Mexico. Sounds insane? Pure fiction? Read the book, then you decide. A beautiful, terrible story, a glimpse inside the mind of a truly unique person, richly detailed, you will have difficulty putting it down.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

#8 Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl

Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia & Margaret Strohl

Ethan Wate is having nightmares. Nightmares that smell of lemons and rosemary and a girl he doesn't know.
Lena Duchannes is living a nightmare. A nightmare that will only end on her 16th birthday. The question is will she still be there after? If she is....who or what will she be?
Ethan's mother was an outsider, he and his father will never be outsiders, no matter what. Lena always will be.
Can love conquer all? Is it enough? What is really happening in Gatlin?
A wonderful, exciting, tender story that really makes you feel each new moment in the relationship between these two "cursed" lovers. Be prepared for twists and turns that will surprise you and delight you!  a YA story for all ages who remember young love!