Amanda (AKA Amy) is on the run after she witnesses a murder in New York. Somehow she is able to work at a job in a mall in the same town as her two siAmanda (AKA Amy) is on the run after she witnesses a murder in New York. Somehow she is able to work at a job in a mall in the same town as her two sisters without being recognized. She goes on the run again when her co-workers are killed. Police chief Luke Granger befriends her before she goes on the run a second time. A few years pass and to complicate things, her sisters, Marie and Tracy learn the real truth about their father and inherit millions of dollars. Amy believes that the added attention puts them in peril from those who are stalking her. Coincidentally Tracy becomes engaged to a police detective and additional security needs places Marie and Marsh, another detective, together. Too many coincidences, too much talk of prayer and faith pointlessly plopped in the middle of the story made the thinly drawn characters trudge toward a far too prolonged ending. I probably would have given it one star but I was able to finish reading the book so it deserves two. ...more
A portrait of 19th century England and satire on the legal system. The main character, Esther Summerson is a plain, compassionate young woman who is o
A portrait of 19th century England and satire on the legal system. The main character, Esther Summerson is a plain, compassionate young woman who is one of the characters caught up in a law suit that has gone on for years and years. Dickens includes several well-developed characters from differnt levels of society. The length of the book and the number of characters was a little daunting at first but the characters were well-developed and the reader eventually learns their connections and importance to the story. There are enough twists to keep a reader interested. ...more
I stumbled across this book when acquiring free books for my Kindle Fire and I am so glad I did. Young Toby Sawyer is a part-time duputy in a small OkI stumbled across this book when acquiring free books for my Kindle Fire and I am so glad I did. Young Toby Sawyer is a part-time duputy in a small Oklahoma town who gets called out at midnight by the police chief to babysit a dead body in a bar parking lot. Toby leaves to pursue his own pleasures only to return to the scene to find the body missing. He worries that he'll never get promoted to full-time, afford a better car and home, and be able to support his wife and small son. and takes matters into his own hands. Having a badge sometimes helps. Things move at a rapid pace and the body count keeps rising. Toby has one very, very long night fueled by energy drinks and cigarettes. I look forward to reading other books by this author. ...more
A free book from Amazon for my Kindle Fire. In the opening pages Bill sees beautiful blonde, Julie Simmons on the interstate. The driving game they geA free book from Amazon for my Kindle Fire. In the opening pages Bill sees beautiful blonde, Julie Simmons on the interstate. The driving game they get involved in reminded me of the Chevy Chase and Christie Brinkley scene in the Vacation movie. They later meet and Julie becomes his client and leads him on a deadly evasive chase because she has stolen two million dollars from a Texas racehorse owner and illegal booze producer.
Bill involves some friends who come along for the fun and help to supply transportation, guns, explosives, and a home for an abondoned child.
The book was not without humor but it didn't hold my interest or keep up with the opening paragraphs. As others have said, you get what you pay for. ...more
Classified as a Christian historical novel. After Emma Garrett is widowed she sells the general store she owned and managed and opens a boarding houseClassified as a Christian historical novel. After Emma Garrett is widowed she sells the general store she owned and managed and opens a boarding house. Much is written about her guests, their families, and the people she employs at the home. There are a few other townspeople mentioned but the author spends few words developing them. At the conclusion I realized that few of the issues she was facing were resolved. Once I realized this is the first book in a series I understood the author was leaving things open for future books. I am not intrigued enough to read the others. ...more
This story was unlike any other I have read about the Holocaust. Nonna Bannister used the diaries she kept as a young girl to tell her story of displaThis story was unlike any other I have read about the Holocaust. Nonna Bannister used the diaries she kept as a young girl to tell her story of displacement and loss of family during the war. Nonna and her priveledged family lived in Russia and were not Jews but Russian Orthodox. As the front lines of the war approached them, Nonna, her brother and their parents moved to the Great House, one of at least seven homes owned by Nonna's grandmother. The Great House had 37 rooms and four kitchens. The property also had an extensive garden and orchards with several types of fruit trees. Other members of the Ljaschov family joined them there.
As tje war worsened, members of the family disperse in several directions while Nonna and her parents remain with grandmother. Nonna's father continues to tutor her in several languages which will later come in handy. Her father never gives up hope of the family escaping to another country. Father dies as a result of a beating from drunken German soldiers and Nonna and her mother, Anna, are moved from one work camp to another in Germany all the time suffering hardship and illness while using their musicical, artistic, and language skills to help them survive.
The story (not diary entries) seems disjointed as it skips from one time period to another and back again. The many editorial comments are distracting and many times unnecessary as they simply restate what Nonna's writings have already stated. An appendix gives a chronological listing of the events. I read the Kindle version and missed what appears to be numerous photos that Nonna was able to save throughout her several moves by placing them inside a feather pillow. An appendix describes how she kept the pillow with her through her immigration to the United States in 1950 and until the day she died in 2004. The pillow was placed in her casket with her and is believed to have secretly held the photos and her diary papers. Silent for many years about her wartime experiences, she revealed her diaries, photos, and story to her husband just two years before her death. ...more