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A Timeless Romance Anthology: Old West Collection
If you like love stories with real heroes and heroines, you couldn't do much better than this pleasing collection of well-written novellas set in the ...more
May 07, 2014
May 08, 2014
The Man from Shenandoah
What a writer! Her dialogue and description is so authentic, I felt as if I'd time traveled to the old west the whole time I was reading. True, much o ...more
Nov 16, 2009
Nov 13, 2009
America's Great Game: The CIA's Secret Arabists and the Shaping of the Modern Middle East
Loved this book because it put my dad's work in the Middle East into much clearer context. Besides, how often does your father get quoted and acknowle ...more
not set
Feb 06, 2014
All the Light We Cannot See
A blind girl in Paris, whose father is the locksmith for the Museum of Natural History and is responsible for squirreling away a large diamond for saf ...more
Aug 30, 2014
Jul 24, 2014
Daisy (The Newport Ladies Book Club)
This was the second in The Newport Ladies Book Club series and it didn't disappoint. Though penned by a different author, "Daisy," like "Olivia" befor ...more
Aug 22, 2012
Aug 26, 2012
The Silence of the Lambs  (Hannibal Lecter, #2)
The Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris contains one line that says it all about suspense novels . . . and harks back to my idea about the connectio ...more
Jul 05, 2012
Jul 05, 2012
If you think you have a complete picture of the events and people involved in the awful tragedy that took place at Columbine High School almost 12 yea ...more
not set
Feb 01, 2011
Anne of Avonlea (Anne of Green Gables, #2)
I enjoyed this as much as the first in the series. While Anne is now older and not nearly so humorous a character (after all, as a schoolma'am she mus ...more
Jul 2011
Jun 28, 2011
Reunion: A Novella
Reunion is beautifully written, with some passages reading almost like poetry. That may seem strange for a novella focused on the events of World War ...more
May 21, 2011
May 16, 2011
Daughters of Jared
Two things stood out in this novel, besides the fact that it was well written.

First, the author certainly knows Meso-American culture and history. Hav
May 18, 2012
May 15, 2012
The Secret History
Since the author won the Pulitzer this year for "The Goldfinch," I decided to read this, her debut novel, first so that I might have a way to gauge he ...more
Jul 07, 2014
Jun 30, 2014
These Is My Words (Sarah Agnes Prine, #1)
The voice of the main character, Sarah, captures you from the first page and is consistent throughout. Strong, feisty, funny and displaying a native i ...more
Jul 12, 2011
Jul 01, 2011
The New York Regional Mormon Singles Halloween Dance
This book started out with a bang and gradually became a downer for me. The author is very funny, but she's also VERY honest and lays all her feelings ...more
Oct 2009
Nov 13, 2009
Anne of the Island (Anne of Green Gables, #3)
Montgomery always manages to add an interesting new character and this time it's in the form of a seemingly flaky, flirtatious college coed (who actua ...more
Jul 03, 2011
Jul 01, 2011
Some Things That Stay
A quirky coming-of-age tale set in the New York countryside. Tamara, the protagonist, has gotten used to moving every time her father finishes a paint ...more
Aug 28, 2004
Aug 31, 2008
Walking on Water: Reflections on Faith and Art
This has to be one of the best books on the creative process that I've ever read. Every page has at least one phrase or passage that is memorable or q ...more
May 27, 2011
May 22, 2011
The Blade of Shattered Hope (The 13th Reality, #3)
I wavered between giving this three or four stars. I suppose if it had allowed me, I'd have compromised on three and a half. Dashner is only getting s ...more
Jun 28, 2011
Jun 13, 2011
Parallel Play
Having a son with Asperger's who is fast approaching adulthood, I long to know how any Aspie makes it through all the throes of adolescence to become ...more
Oct 20, 2010
Oct 23, 2010
The Forgotten Locket (Hourglass Door, #3)
Lisa's a wonderful writer. She can truly weave magic with words and, in many places both in this concluding volume and "The Golden Spiral" before, I e ...more
Sep 02, 2011
Aug 17, 2011
The Once and Future King (The Once and Future King #1-4)
I was astounded at all the new words I learned (or at least came across) when I read this book. There were more than fifty or so which I could not eve ...more
Feb 15, 2010
Mar 02, 2010
Anne of Green Gables (Anne of Green Gables, #1)
Despite some shifting points of view, this is a delightful introduction to a whole host of compelling and entertaining characters that make up the tow ...more
Jun 26, 2011
Jun 23, 2011
Counting the Cost
"Ache" is a strange word. To begin with, it looks strange, and I'm certain any foreigner struggling to learn English would mispronounce it at the firs ...more
Jan 03, 2010
Nov 13, 2009
Wolf Hall (Thomas Cromwell, #1)
I've had a soft spot for Sir Thomas More ever since I saw the excellent film, "A Man For All Seasons," but this book turned my view upside down. Cromw ...more
Oct 10, 2010
Dec 02, 2009
The Kite Runner
Hosseini is unsparing when it comes to describing the brutality unleashed by the rise of the Taliban in Afghanistan, so for those with weak stomachs w ...more
Nov 22, 2005
Aug 31, 2008
The Fellowship of the Ring (The Lord of the Rings, #1)
I'm definitely going to have to give this book another chance some time when I can be undisturbed. I had enjoyed Tolkien's "The Hobbit" so much that I ...more
Jan 2007
Jul 02, 2009
Sister Noon
This was a difficult book to follow. Had I not met the author at a writer's retreat and known, first-hand, her fine mind, I might have given up after ...more
Aug 2008
Sep 30, 2008
When...not if: Stories from conflicts in the Middle East
This book is only available from and is most meaningful for those, like me, who attended the American Community School at Beirut sometime bet ...more
Nov 13, 2010
Nov 15, 2010
Eight Months On Ghazzah Street
An excellent look into the life of an expatriate British woman in contemporary Saudi Arabia as she stumbles across a mystery but lacks the freedom and ...more
Jan 11, 2011
Jan 18, 2011
Abinadi (Book of Mormon, #1)
This novel effectively fleshes out the account of the prophet Abinadi in the Book of Mormon, adding historical touches throughout. It was very apparen ...more
May 2009
Nov 13, 2009
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
I've never read an epistolary novel before and 20 pages in I wasn't certain I should keep going. I'm glad I did, however, because somewhere around the ...more
Sep 2009
Nov 13, 2009
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