Hearing that her little sister was having a baby and she was not even married yet, Lauren took her future into her own hands. Breaking up with her lonHearing that her little sister was having a baby and she was not even married yet, Lauren took her future into her own hands. Breaking up with her long time boyfriend was just the start of it. Helping a friend deal with the aftermath of a teenage daughters revelations and really thinking about what she wanted in a husband was very tiring. Finding a new relationship in an unlikely way, place and person was very surprising. New friends from the yarn shop on Blossom Street helped, while owner Lydia is trying to find out what is troubling her adopted daughter, help care for her aging mother and balance the business with family commitments. Another customer and fellow knitter Bethanne, is having her own marital issues. Her long distance relationship with her new husband is putting stress on her and her daughters relationship with a little help from her ex. As Lydia has learned from her past experiences, there is always a way if you keep trying and that is what they all must do.
Book 10 ..... I am such a big DM fan that all the Blossom Street books are automatically on the top of my tbr. This one did not disappoint me either. The continuing story of the characters is so much fun to follow. This one is quite predictable (as a lot of them are), but still so enjoyable. It is the journey through the relationships of Debbie Macomber books that draw me in every time. This book spent a lot of time on Lydia and her mothers relationship to her daughter, I hope there is more to the story in the next book (which I am hopeful there will be). Once again, Debbie Macomber writes a book of friendship and gentle romance that warms the heart. I was lucky enough to be able to read this book from the Early Reviewers program at LibraryThing (even though I didn't get it till long after actual release date)....more
Several years after losing his sight and gaining a title with a fortune, Vincent Hunt, Viscount Darleigh was finally able to realize what he was missiSeveral years after losing his sight and gaining a title with a fortune, Vincent Hunt, Viscount Darleigh was finally able to realize what he was missing, his freedom. Finding freedom was difficult with a well meaning grandmother, an over protective mother and a couple of sisters that insisted that he be watched over at all times. When they had started with the idea of a wife for him, he decided he was in trouble and ran just as fast as his coach could carry him away. Being invisible to most people had never really been an issue for Miss Sophia Fry. Acting the mouse that she was often compared to, Sophia was present for more conversations than most realized. Letting things pass without comment or action from her was how she survived the loss of both parents and being shuffled from one relative to another, until she heard a plan that she just couldn't sit by and let happen. Stepping in was not her way, Sophia knew she would pay the price for it, but if she didn't, Vincent Hunt would.
Book 2..... For me, one of the best parts of a series like this is "getting to know" the characters. Mary Balogh has such great characters that I really want to know them all better. This story was a bit slow going at times. The emotions that each part of the story created flowed together with bits of humor and so much great description that I could "see" the house and gowns as well as the emotion that they all were feeling (the main character was blind so the descriptions were for him as well as the reader). The Survivors Club is a series that I hope will continue through out the rest of the group. Thanks to LibraryThing, I got a advance copy of this story, I plan to read the rest of this series, no matter how I get the book. ...more
After the first few months of business, Jo Marie Rose was looking forward to her newest guests and a scheduled open house. Even though she really wantAfter the first few months of business, Jo Marie Rose was looking forward to her newest guests and a scheduled open house. Even though she really wanted her rose garden done, she was still able to admit how much of a help Mark Taylor, her handyman, had been to her. Meeting all of the guests at her Bed and Breakfast, Jo Marie quickly realized there was more to the trip than just a vacation for Mary Smith. Ever since her cancer diagnosis, the career driven Mary had a few regrets to work through, George Hudson was just one of them she wanted to take care of while there. The rest of the guests were together, they all arrived in Cedar Cove to celebrate the fiftieth Anniversary of Julie and Kent Shivers. There was obvious tension between the couple as well as between their granddaughter Annie Newton and their long time friend Oliver Sutton. Getting through Jo Marie's weekend was complicated by the Open House, Mark's broken leg, and the news she received about her husband Paul. The hope that the Inn would be a place of healing may be the only thing to get her through it all.
Book 2..... Debbie Macomber does it again. Not only are there a lot of characters mixed in this story, but she tosses in a couple from the last book as well. Keeping them all straight should have been difficult with so many, but Macomber's writing creates such great characters that it was never hard to follow right along. I love that the last chapter gave an "update" of the previous guests of Rose Harbor Inn. So glad I was able to get this through LibraryThing early reviewer program - Thanks. I always say this, but I am eager to see that next in this series and hope that it is not a long wait for book 3 of the Rose Harbor Inn collection. ...more
For a die hard FBI agent and former Navy SEAL, striking a deal and working with a known fugitive was going to stretch Special Agent Kate O'Hare way ouFor a die hard FBI agent and former Navy SEAL, striking a deal and working with a known fugitive was going to stretch Special Agent Kate O'Hare way out side of her comfort zones. Having the talent to get what he wanted make Nicolas (Nick) Fox the perfect man to help do what the FBI and other law enforcement agencies where not allowed to do, get some of the most elusive and wealthy embezzlers.
Book 1..... What a set up for a multiple book series. The concept leaves room for unlimited books, the combination of Janet Evanovich (writer of the Stephanie Plum series) and Lee Goldberg (writer of the Monk series) seems to lend to a interesting and detailed Con game full of interesting characters (that I hope they will bring together again) and fun international travel. ...more
Seeing the title in LibraryThing Early Reviewer list, gave me hope for getting some good techniques and tips for helping my young daughter to read betSeeing the title in LibraryThing Early Reviewer list, gave me hope for getting some good techniques and tips for helping my young daughter to read better. Reading this book, I found a lot of good information on the how and the whys of some of her difficulties. A few strategies to help her overcome obstacles of reading and building her reading confidence.
I typically don't read fiction books, but I enjoy reading and wanted my kids too as well. Maybe my expectations were just a bit to high for this book though, I wanted more in the way of tips. While the information on the how's and why's of reading difficulties was interesting, I still didn't really learn many new helpful strategies that we will be able to use to help her. I hope the few things I did get will be enough to help her a little bit. ...more
After years of working so hard to make her career what she wanted it to be, sacrificing a marriage, friends, and a family, Libby Morgan was almost theAfter years of working so hard to make her career what she wanted it to be, sacrificing a marriage, friends, and a family, Libby Morgan was almost there and then she was laid off. Thinking that a new position would come along quickly for her, she was startled when after months she was still unemployed. Looking for something to occupy her time, she stumbled on to volunteering at the hospital which also let her to The Shop on Blossom Street - The Good Yarn.
Book 9..... Another wonderful addition to the Blossom Street series. I always like the way Debbie Macomber finds a way to incorporate past characters into the new books. Once again, there is a gentle romance as well as a friendship story. Thanks to LibraryThing for the Early Reviewer copy. I have enjoyed DM's books and will continue to do so for as long as possible. I hope to read others of her seires' as well as seeing more of the Blossom Street ladies. ...more
For Gladie Burger, trouble just seemed to follow her around. As she is trying to do her best for her Grandma Zelda and help out around the house and tFor Gladie Burger, trouble just seemed to follow her around. As she is trying to do her best for her Grandma Zelda and help out around the house and the Matchmaking business, all Gladie finds are mini disasters and confusing situations. Figuring out what is important, what is really happening in the neighborhood and who to believe keeps her and her household in the drama of the neighborhood.
Book 1 ..... The story line of this book reminds me a little bit of Janet Evanovich or Heather Weber with the clumsy heroine and the mystery to solve. The writing style did not flow as well, the transitions were a bit off somehow. Most of the story was fun and flirty. I was glad to have received this as an early reviewer from LibraryThing. I will still probably read the next in the series (Matchpoint, due out in July 2013)....more
After the death of her husband, Kate thought she had lost everything. A year later, coming out of her grieving fog, she found her daughter Devin and hAfter the death of her husband, Kate thought she had lost everything. A year later, coming out of her grieving fog, she found her daughter Devin and her life being handled by her controlling mother-in-law Cricket. Packing to make the move that Cricket had planned out for them, they found a piece of Kate's past. A post cared from her great Aunt Eby that she never even knew was there. One last adventure for only the two of them brought them to Lost Lake, the vacation resort that Eby still owned and operated after so many years. At Lost Lake, they were able to find not only lost family, but lost memories of better times, lost friends that that needed them as much as they needed others, and maybe even their own lost future that they could make for themselves.
Oh how I have missed reading Sarah Addison Allen books. I am so glad she is able to continue writing these amazing stories. This book did take a bit longer than normal to get into it, but once I was in, I was hooked. She has a way that makes a friendship story like this feel so possible and all your alligator dreams to come true. Love the light mystical touch to all her books, it keeps me coming back for more, always. I was lucky to receive this through the LibraryThing Early Reviewer program (even though it took forever to get here). I ~ as always ~ look forward to the next of Sarah Addison Allen books.
Never listened to a story of Torchwood before but I have watched most of the BBC series. Good thing I had, there were several references to an event tNever listened to a story of Torchwood before but I have watched most of the BBC series. Good thing I had, there were several references to an event that happened on the show. For the most part, this felt like an episode of the show with no pictures to go with it. Having the actors do the voices made the visualization of the characters really easy. The story was a basic Torchwood suspence, sci-fi, drama. It was not one of the greatest stories I have seen of Torchwood, but it was a good distraction for almost an hour. I would be willing to listen to another "Audio Drama" again - at the right price (it was really short as far as audio books go)....more
Really enjoyed the concept of this book, the plot line of the lost memories can be so broad in it's story lines. Linda Howard was able to capture my aReally enjoyed the concept of this book, the plot line of the lost memories can be so broad in it's story lines. Linda Howard was able to capture my attention for the majority of the book. I struggled a little with the end, it was a bit off - not sure how to word it. Overall a good book and nothing that would keep me away from Linda Howard in the future. I like her as a writter and I would pick up another of her books. ...more
Needing someplace to hide for the winter, Carlin Reed found a remote town and a private ranch to help out at. Zeke Decker wasn't wanting another womanNeeding someplace to hide for the winter, Carlin Reed found a remote town and a private ranch to help out at. Zeke Decker wasn't wanting another woman in his life, after his housekeeper/cook left he wanted to hire an older woman or better yet a man for the job. Not finding anyone to fit the bill but becoming desperate, he decided to give her a chance. Only wanting to keep her head down and save enough money to survive when she has to move on, she was not looking for any connection that could end in more tragedy. Realizing that the help of a good honest woman was something he enjoyed made Zeke want to help Carlin whether she wanted it or not.
Book 1 ..... A new series by Linda Howard sounds like great idea to me. I really enjoyed these characters and this story. I liked how Linda Howard and Linda Jones took a timid young girl and made her learn fast how to get along and live with everything against her. Not sure how these ladies divided the story or work, but the combination created a really good story and I am eager to see what the next book has and who will be in it, especially who the main characters will be....more