In the 12th century, Highland Laird Alec Kincaid dealt with intrigue and court politics of two countries before settling down with his wife in The Bride. Now, centuries later, his descendants are back, keeping the United States safe.
Grayson Kincaid, cousin of Sam Kincaid (Sizzle) is an FBI officer who seems to channel Bruce Wayne. He is helping on a case when Olivia McKenzie slugs the man interviewing her for a job. He gets involved and they fall for each other.
There is a lot of stuff going on in the background, however. Lawyer Olivia is estranged from her immediate family and is trying to put her scheming father in prison. She has a new family in her friends, The Pips, with whom she underwent serious medical treatment for an unnamed disease as a child. Grayson does not exactly have a clear schedule either, as beyond his Bruce Wayne role he is also raising his young nephew.
These issues of course make it more realistic than your typical "virgin with family who doesn't notice her absence falls into hero's house and is stuck there until they fall in love" scenario that we all know and love from other romance novels.
The best thing about this book is the humour. Olivia and her friends are high-spirited and their hijinks are amusing to them and the hospital staff. She has a sense of humour about her job as well. When she meets an overbearing FBI agent who threatens her with his position, she scares him back just as much by announcing she is I.R.S. Don't we all wish we had a card in our pockets that good for the overbearing boors in our lives?
This book is formulaic, of course, and we all know how it ends. That's half the pleasure; a great beach read that will make you laugh. I was very happy to get reacquainted with Julie Garwood. ...more
This is a great little book for introducing a variety of animals and their ecosystems. Every page has a variety of familiar and new animals for children to wonder over. There are many different areas and climates within, from oceans and deserts to forests and towns.
The author introduces a great deal of new vocabulary, from niche to phytoplankton, in easy-to-understand terms. All of the animals on the page are related to the new vocabulary words.
The illustrations are very unique in that they are pieced together to look like different quilts, so in addition to scientific information there is a soft introduction to various shapes as well as crafts. The pages are, like many quilts, quite busy, so this is more suited to sitting down and reading rather than reading aloud to a number of children.
The back of the book has a supplemental section with illustrations of famous environmentalists like Wangari Maathai and David Suzuki. Teachers and parents will especially like the game suggestion for role-playing the animal food chain....more
This is a coming-of-age story for a teenage girl, who is mute after childhood trauma, has mixed feelings toward her foster parents and especially her foster father's politics. She sets out to solve the mystery of what happened to her mother, and gets involved with environmental activists and makes a friend who is dealing with what is probably bipolar disorder.
Sounds like a very modern YA book, right? Actually, it's a historical novel, taking place in the 1920s at the beginning of prohibition.
Sadie Rose is a likeable character who has a lot of gumption. The supporting characters, from her friend who gets involved with dangerous bootleggers to the Norwegian caretakers are also interesting and fleshed out well.
The environmental concerns brought up by the book have kept me thinking. We've been brought up to think that Hydro is a fantastic renewable resource and one of the best sources of energy that is good for the environment. Certainly it's safer than coal or nuclear. But it extracts its own price from the environment when a dam is built, and this book got me thinking about the human face of that issue.
This would be a great book for teens making their first venture into historical fiction....more
Ruth Ozeki is one of my favourite writers. I like that in some ways we start from a similar base - a conjoining of Canadian & Japanese pop cultureRuth Ozeki is one of my favourite writers. I like that in some ways we start from a similar base - a conjoining of Canadian & Japanese pop culture and history, but Ozeki finds ways to challenge me and enlighten me. Of course I know that she is not writing just for me, but like all my favourite books it feels like the author really is speaking to me.
The fifth outing of the boy Sherlock Holmes has all the hallmarks of the adult Sherlock Holmes series; twists and turns, deftly placed clues, an ingenThe fifth outing of the boy Sherlock Holmes has all the hallmarks of the adult Sherlock Holmes series; twists and turns, deftly placed clues, an ingenious protagonist, and a cast of quirky supporting characters.
Ohi's take on the effect of the 2011 Tohoku disaster on one little boy and the bonds it created is not to be missed.
The sentences are simple and theOhi's take on the effect of the 2011 Tohoku disaster on one little boy and the bonds it created is not to be missed.
The sentences are simple and the illustrations are powerful. Although the most sensitive of children affected by this disaster may have a difficult time with this book, it will help others work through their feelings. Highly recommended to all kidlit lovers and people with an interest in Japan....more
Probably the funniest Scaredy Squirrel book yet- and that's saying something. A frightening holiday is perfect for our less-than-courageous hero. TheProbably the funniest Scaredy Squirrel book yet- and that's saying something. A frightening holiday is perfect for our less-than-courageous hero. The costume ideas alone provoked giggles from all family members. Definitely a book for Halloween and Scaredy Squirrel fans to pick up!!...more