Former Navy SEAL Ian Dunn has been tasked by a mysterious government agency with rescuing two kidnapped children believed to have been taken prisoner...moreFormer Navy SEAL Ian Dunn has been tasked by a mysterious government agency with rescuing two kidnapped children believed to have been taken prisoner in a South American embassy. Leading the mission alongside Phoebe Kruger, the new hire at the prestigious law firm where Dunn is a longtime client, Dunn will embark on a race against time while simultaneously dealing with an equally pressing danger -- he's being hunted by the mob for a job gone bust (provided by publisher).
Brockmann never fails to satisfy! This book is non-stop action with multiple plots and relationships. This is the first book in a new series and I can't wait for the next one!(less)
Shortly after World War II, spinster Laura Chappell meets and marries Henry McAllan. She enjoys her life with Henry and their two daughters in Memphis...moreShortly after World War II, spinster Laura Chappell meets and marries Henry McAllan. She enjoys her life with Henry and their two daughters in Memphis until he buys a cotton farm in rural Mississippi. They end up living in little more than a shack on the farm, along with Henry's racist father and eventually, Henry's brother Jamie, a veteran of WWII. Florence and Hap Jackson are black tenant farmers on the McAllen farm and Florence helps Laura as her housekeeper. When Ronsel Jackson comes home from the war, he and Jamie begin to spend time together which sparks an outcry from the racist residents of the small southern community.
Jordan's debut novel is told from multiple perspectives in alternating chapters. She captures the spirit of this diificult and shameful time in American history. This is a difficult book to read, but almost impossible to put down.(less)
This most recent title in the Southern Vampire series has Sookie coping with the aftermath of the shapeshifters "coming out" to the world. She also mu...moreThis most recent title in the Southern Vampire series has Sookie coping with the aftermath of the shapeshifters "coming out" to the world. She also must fight off evil fairies who are trying to kill her in order to depose her Great Uncle who is king of the fairy world. Romantically, she is exploring her relationship with Eric, but can't let her feelings for Quinn and Bill go away.
This is one of the best of the series and I've liked them all. It will be hard to wait for the next title. AND, judging by the end of the story, there WILL be another story.(less)
This short and highly readable book is about the Scopes "monkey trial" held in Dayton, TN in 1925 in which a high school teacher is accused of breakin...moreThis short and highly readable book is about the Scopes "monkey trial" held in Dayton, TN in 1925 in which a high school teacher is accused of breaking a TN law forbidding the teaching of evolution. Scopes was defended by the great lawyer, Clarence Darrow and William Jennings Bryant prosecuted the case. The story is told through the eyes of many of the townspeople in short chapters, from various points of view.
The author includes a bibliography at the end, revealing the level of research she performed in order to write this book. This book was written for "tweens"/young teens and Bryant's writing style is engrossing and easy to follow. It made me want to either watch the movie, "Inherit the Wind" or read the book to learn more about the story. It is especially pertinent today given that states and school boards are still fighting the battle over whether to teach evolution, creationism, or intelligent design in public school science classes. (less)
Bella is furious and heartbroken. Her ex-husband was stolen by her half-sister, Sophia, BEFORE he was her ex. She is done with men and doesn't ever wa...moreBella is furious and heartbroken. Her ex-husband was stolen by her half-sister, Sophia, BEFORE he was her ex. She is done with men and doesn't ever want to see Sophia again. The last is a little difficult since her father owns a number of beauty salons in Boston and the whole family works in the business....inlcuding two of his ex-wives. While working at a college fair, she meets Sean Ryan, an entrepreneur who is attracted to Bella. Bella likes Sean, but is afraid to let herself fall in love again. First, she has to discover who SHE is and what she really wants out of life.
I really liked this book. It is a perfect "beach read". It's funny, full of quirky characters including a little terrier dog called Precious (or Cannelloni, depending on who is asking), has a little bit of romance, and a plot that many of us can probably relate to. I read the whole book in one sitting. I highly recommend this lightly entertaining novel. It's definitely a "feel good" book.(less)
This is a companion book to "Life As We Knew It" by Susan Beth Pfeffer. A meteor has hit the moon, knocking it out of orbit and as a result, chaos rei...moreThis is a companion book to "Life As We Knew It" by Susan Beth Pfeffer. A meteor has hit the moon, knocking it out of orbit and as a result, chaos reigns in earth. Major weather disturbances...tidal waves, earthquakes, volcanos, etc. have caused havoc. All systems are down... communications, utilities, agriculture, etc. In this story, three young Puerto-American teens living in New York City must learn to survive on their own when both parents are unable to get back home after the crisis. This is a survival, dystopic kind of book, written for teens. At the same time the children are figuring out how to survive, they are also going through the usual struggles of adolesence...who am I? I'm not good enough? What will my future be? This book and it's companion, Life as We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer are compelling and hard to put down. A must-read for teens and adults alike!(less)
When Lisa Grant moves back home to care for her mother, she must take a job as research assistant to the local district attorney, even though she has...moreWhen Lisa Grant moves back home to care for her mother, she must take a job as research assistant to the local district attorney, even though she has been a lawyer for a number of years. The DA just happens to be a Scott Buchanan whom she's known since they were both children. Although she finds him annoying, she is strongly attracted to him. While performing research, Lisa discovers a cold case file that has a photo in it of a young woman who looks exactly like her. As she starts investigating, lethal accidents start happening to her and she realizes that someone will kill to keep the details of this case secret. With the help of Scott and others in the DA's office she tries to solve the case before before she is killed.
This was a very suspenseful book and the identity of the killer was totally unexpected. (less)
Romochka, a four year old boy is abandoned by his mother and uncle. When he leaves his apartment and begins to randomly wander the streets of Moscow,...moreRomochka, a four year old boy is abandoned by his mother and uncle. When he leaves his apartment and begins to randomly wander the streets of Moscow, he follows a pack of dogs to an area of deserted warehouses and is "adopted" by them. For the next two ferocious Russian winters, Romochka lives with the dogs, becomes a member of the pack, and eventually becomes their leader due to his combination of animal and human characteristics. As he grows and spends more time foraging in the city, mingling with other humans, he begins to feel unsettled. He loves his clan, shares their instincts, but he has questions about his human side and certain humans are beginning to notice him.
This is a unique and amazing book. Hornung tells the story as if she's spent time living with a pack of dogs, it's that realistic. The setting is the city of Moscow, Russia and it's hard to envision a major world city where thousands of dogs roam the city and even ride on the subways and where children are abandoned and homeless, living on those same streets. Hornung explores questions about family, what it means to be human. Once started, it is almost impossible to put this book down.(less)
Tully and Katie meet as young girls and vow to be best friends forever. For the next three decades, they remain friends even as their lives go in comp...moreTully and Katie meet as young girls and vow to be best friends forever. For the next three decades, they remain friends even as their lives go in completely separate directions. Tully becomes and rich and famous television personality and Katie marries the man of here dreams and becomes a stay-at-home Mom.
I started to read this book and couldn't put it down. It covers three decades...from 1974 through 2003. Tully and Katie are wonderful characters and made me wish for a friendship like they have. At times, the characters are too one-dimensional, but the plot is well-developed and will make you laugh and cry right along with them.(less)
Ella and Tara Varner grew up without a father and with a mother who had no idea how to be a parent. Each sister dealt with it differently; Ella had lo...moreElla and Tara Varner grew up without a father and with a mother who had no idea how to be a parent. Each sister dealt with it differently; Ella had lots of therapy, became a writer and is living with a man who is laid back, undemanding and understands her and the life she came from. Tara is as beautiful as her mother and has never really dealt with the realities of her childhood. Ella walked away from Tara and her mother, Candy, years ago in order to build a life that made some sense. Then, one day her mother calls and demands that Ella come to pick up the baby that Tara left on her doorstep. Tara has disappeared and left her fatherless child with Candy. Candy has no intention of taking care of the child or of even letting her current boyfriend know she is a grandmother. Once again, Ella is drawn into the drama of her family and, as usual, has to be the one to sort everything out. Now, she has to put her life on hold and try to find Tara and the father of Tara's child. Her boyfriend, Dane, wants nothing to do with a child, so Ella takes baby Luke to Houston to meet with daddy possibility number 1: Jack Travis...millionaire playboy...and...the most handsome man Ella has ever seen!
This third novel in the Travis family series is one of Kleypas' contemporary romances. Th characters are strong, well-drawn and likable. The plot grabs the readers emotions immediately and doesn't let go. I read this almost in one sitting. It was romantic and sexy and played with my heart-strings. I think I like Klyepas' contemporary novels better than her historicals and, in my opinion, this is her best so far!!(less)
After her mother leaves home suddenly, thirteen-year-old Sal and her grandparents take a car trip retracing her mother's route. Along the way, Sal rec...moreAfter her mother leaves home suddenly, thirteen-year-old Sal and her grandparents take a car trip retracing her mother's route. Along the way, Sal recounts the story of her friend Phoebe, whose mother also left. (Des. fr Novelist)
This is such a beautifully written book...probably Creech's best.(less)
In 2005, journalist Judith O'Reilly agrees to move to the north of England with her husband and three young children to sample life in the country. Ju...moreIn 2005, journalist Judith O'Reilly agrees to move to the north of England with her husband and three young children to sample life in the country. Judith loves London, is a successful journalist and has many friends. Not only is living in the country like being a fish out of water for her, her husband's job takes him frequently back to London for days and weeks at a time, leaving her alone to cope with this strange new life.
O'Reilly brilliantly captures the experience and her reaction to it with exquisite imagery. Every woman will identify with her frustration, confusion, anger, sadness and, yes, happiness as they experience the adventure right along with her. At times I laughed out loud and sometimes, I cried or was angry. The book is written in a diary or memo format, so at times, it was difficult to follow. Also, if you aren't British, it is a little confusing figuring our what she's talking about when she uses British phrases. These drawbacks do not take away from the pleasure of immersing yourself in this adventure. Strongly recommended.(less)
Clare is married to Henry who is 8 years her senior. Henry has "chrono-displacement disorder"...in other words, he time-travels. Clare first meets Hen...moreClare is married to Henry who is 8 years her senior. Henry has "chrono-displacement disorder"...in other words, he time-travels. Clare first meets Henry when she is 7 years old and he is in his 30's, time-traveling from some other point in time. Henry knows he will eventually be married to Clare, but Clare doesn't know that.
This book is incredibly complex and it took me a few chapters to get the hang of reading it. Parts of the story are told from Clare's perspective and parts from Henry's. Each new "voice" is headed by a date in time and and the age of Henry and Clare at that particular point in time. The book is not chronological, thus the confusion at times, but as it all comes together, it is mesmerizing. This is a beautiful love story that literally transcends time. I couldn't put it down. I highly recommend it.(less)