07/20/08 TITLE/AUTHOR: (Un)Arranged Marriage by Bali Rai RATING: 4/B GENRE/PUB DATE/# OF PGS: Fiction/2001/272 pgs SERIES/STAND ALONE: Stand Alone TIME/PL...more07/20/08 TITLE/AUTHOR: (Un)Arranged Marriage by Bali Rai RATING: 4/B GENRE/PUB DATE/# OF PGS: Fiction/2001/272 pgs SERIES/STAND ALONE: Stand Alone TIME/PLACE: Late 1990's/UK & India CHARACTERS: Manjit/young man of Indian descent living in UK FIRST LINES: No way! I'm not getting married.
COMMENTS: 06/12 rec as bookcrossing ring/ray. Manny (Manrit) is 13 yrs old and is dreading his 17th birthday. The day he will be married -- prearranged by his parents in the Punjabi way. He lives in the UK w/ his family. They all seem to have more ties to the Indian culture than he does. Manny, wants no part of this and rebels. He distances himself from his family & ethnic background, develops a forbidden relationship w/ an English girl but his father and brothers are still determined to fit him into their ways. He is even left in India w/ relatives, however, it is here that he connects w/ the black sheep uncle and strengthens his plans for independence. We really only had Manny's viewpoint and his family for the most part were portrayed w/ a narrow perspective. However, still an enjoyable read and was happy to see Manny ultimately accepted more responsibility for his decisions, even if in hindsight -- his choice for independence was positive but he lacked senstivity for some of the innocent future inlaws, etc. (less)
TITLE/AUTHOR: GARDEN OF BEASTS by Jeffrey Deaver RATING: 3.5/C+ GENRE/PUB DATE/# OF CD's: Suspense, 2004, 5 CD's TIME/PLACE: 1936, Berlin CHARACTERS: Paul...moreTITLE/AUTHOR: GARDEN OF BEASTS by Jeffrey Deaver RATING: 3.5/C+ GENRE/PUB DATE/# OF CD's: Suspense, 2004, 5 CD's TIME/PLACE: 1936, Berlin CHARACTERS: Paul Schumann/assassin COMMENTS: Paul Schumann is a hired gun for the mob. Instead of prison he's sent to Berlin to assassinate one of Hitler's instrumental men in charge. Found the story confusing and hard to follow. (less)
AUTHOR: MILNE, A.A. TITLE: The Red House Mystery DATE READ: 10/09/10 RATING: 4.5/B+ GENRE/PUB DATE/PUBLISHER/# OF PGS: Mystery/1922/EP Dutton & Co./23...moreAUTHOR: MILNE, A.A. TITLE: The Red House Mystery DATE READ: 10/09/10 RATING: 4.5/B+ GENRE/PUB DATE/PUBLISHER/# OF PGS: Mystery/1922/EP Dutton & Co./239 pgs SERIES/STAND ALONE: Stand-Alone TIME/PLACE: 1920's, England CHARACTERS: Antony Gillingham & Bill Beverly/ young men investigating the crime FIRST LINES: In the drowsy heat of the summer afternoon the Red House was taking its siesta COMMENTS: Mark Ablett, a bachelor, has inherited some money & takes a younger cousin in to groom him & bascially have him as his assistant. Red House, one of Mark's homes is full w/ guests when a missive from the wastrel brother Robert is received. This brother has been in Australia for many years and his homecoming is not looked upon w/ favor. When he is found dead in a locked room and Mark goes missing... Enjoyed the era and good story/plot. (less)
AUTHOR: Shaffer, Mary Ann & Barrows, Annie TITLE: The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Society DATE READ: 01/07/13 RATING: 5/A GENRE/PUB DATE/PUBLI...moreAUTHOR: Shaffer, Mary Ann & Barrows, Annie TITLE: The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Society DATE READ: 01/07/13 RATING: 5/A GENRE/PUB DATE/PUBLISHER/# OF PGS: Fiction/2008/Random House/274 pgs SERIES/STAND ALONE: Stand-Alone TIME/PLACE: 1946 Post WW II, Guernsey & London CHARACTERS: Juliet Ashton writer; Members of the Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Society FIRST LINES: Dear Sidney, Susan Scott is a wonder. We sold over 40 copies of the book, which was very pleasant, but much more thrilling from my standpoint was the food. Susan managed to procure ration coupons for icing sugar & real eggs for the meringue. COMMENTS: What a delight! So glad I finally took this down from my shelf. Loved the era and setting, but most of all loved the bonding through books and letters. This is an epistolary novel. When residents of the Channel Island, Guernsey, were occupied by the Germans they formed a book club to not only communicate but to transcend their current restrictive life and allow them hope that this period shall eventually pass. After the war ends, one of the residents has a book w/ the name of a writer in London in it and is curious if she knows more about this particular author -- thus the correspondence begins between Juliet Ashton and the Guernsey residents.(less)
BEATON, M.C. -- Death of a Dreamer 4/B 12/14/11 Mystery/2006/Mysterious Press/247 pgs #22 Hamish Macbeth Early 2000's/Locdubh, Scotland Hamish Macbeth --...moreBEATON, M.C. -- Death of a Dreamer 4/B 12/14/11 Mystery/2006/Mysterious Press/247 pgs #22 Hamish Macbeth Early 2000's/Locdubh, Scotland Hamish Macbeth -- constable 1st lines: It had been a particularly savage winter in the county of Sutherland at the very north of Scotland. Comments: Book #22 and still fresh for me. Love visiting Hamish and the other Scottish Highlands residents. A newer resident, Effie, an artist believes herself to be in love w/ another visiting artist. She is also claiming he has asked her to marry him. Hamish knows the visiting artist as a man who is not one to settle down w/ one woman and wonders where Effie is getting these ideas...she must be dreaming. Unfortunately all too soon Effies dreams are put to rest permanently...(less)
TITLE/AUTHOR: LIGHT THE STARS by Raeanne Thayne RATING: 4.5/B+ GENRE/PUB DATE/# OF PGS: Romance, 2006, 249 pgs TIME/PLACE: Present, Idaho CHARACTERS: Caro...moreTITLE/AUTHOR: LIGHT THE STARS by Raeanne Thayne RATING: 4.5/B+ GENRE/PUB DATE/# OF PGS: Romance, 2006, 249 pgs TIME/PLACE: Present, Idaho CHARACTERS: Caroline/Life Coach; Wade Dalton/Rancher COMMENTS: 1st in the Cowboys of Cold Creek series. Cute, pleasant read. Wade's mother, Marjorie elopes w/ Quinn. She had met him via phone & internet, the father of her life coach, Caroline. Wade, a widower w/ 3 children is distressed to lose his mother's help, so when Caroline shows up to see if her father is there he reluctantly accepts her offer to help. (less)
11/02/05 #193 TITLE/AUTHOR: THE INTERRUPTION OF EVERYTHING by Terry McMillan (Audio) RATING: 4.5/B+ GENRE/PUB DATE/# OF CD'S: Fiction, 2005, 10 CD's COMME...more11/02/05 #193 TITLE/AUTHOR: THE INTERRUPTION OF EVERYTHING by Terry McMillan (Audio) RATING: 4.5/B+ GENRE/PUB DATE/# OF CD'S: Fiction, 2005, 10 CD's COMMENTS: Marilyn is 44, kids grown, re-evaluating what she wants in the next phase of her life. Her husband, Leon is also at a crossroads and feels he's peaked in his engineering career. Marilyn & Leon are growing apart. While Leon is on a soul searching trip in Costa Rica Marilyn is dealing w/ her mother-in-law's elopement and her mother's failing memory. Some very serious and sad issues but enough humor interspersed to balance the story. (less)
AUTHOR: WINSTON, Anne Marie TITLE: Risque Business Date Read: 12/13/13 RATING: 4/B GENRE/PUB DATE/PUBLISHER/# OF PGS: Romance/2001/Silhouette Desire/185...moreAUTHOR: WINSTON, Anne Marie TITLE: Risque Business Date Read: 12/13/13 RATING: 4/B GENRE/PUB DATE/PUBLISHER/# OF PGS: Romance/2001/Silhouette Desire/185 pgs SERIES/STAND ALONE: 4th in 20 Amber Court Miniseries
TIME/PLACE: 2001/Indiana CHARACTERS: Sylvie Bennet/marketing director Jewelry Design Business; Marcus Grey/Entrepreneur
FIRST LINES: Sylvie Bennett closed the door of 4A & headed down the stairs of her apartment building @ 20 Amber Court.
COMMENTS: Quick, light romance read. Altho' part of a miniseries -- believe there are 3 other books focusing on 3 other young women also living @ Amber Court and working @ Colette Jewelry -- this definitely stands alone. Sylvie, is a very focused business woman and loves her job and feels her co-workers are her family. She is on a mission to stop Marcus Grey from destroying Colette Jewelery. Marcus Grey is a self-made man and for years he has believed his father's Jewelry business was destroyed by Colette & is out to make things right. The 2 seem to have different objectives but are very attracted to each other -- they each have to find a meeting ground before they can come to terms w/ both their working & personal relationships. (less)
05/21/08 TITLE/AUTHOR: THE FAITHFUL SPY by Alex Berenson RATING: 4.5/B+ GENRE/PUB DATE/# OF PGS: Suspense/2006/331 pgs SERIES/STAND ALONE: #1 John Wells,...more05/21/08 TITLE/AUTHOR: THE FAITHFUL SPY by Alex Berenson RATING: 4.5/B+ GENRE/PUB DATE/# OF PGS: Suspense/2006/331 pgs SERIES/STAND ALONE: #1 John Wells, CIA undercover agent TIME/PLACE: Post 9/11/Afghanistan CHARACTERS: John Wells aka Jalal -- Undercover CIA -- "working" for al Qaeda FIRST LINES: John Wells tipped his head to the sky, searching vainly for a pair of F15s circling slowly above in the darkness.
COMMENTS: 11/30 rec ARC via bookmooch, upcoming group read for MOTB. Moved so did not attend book club discussion but glad the book was recommended. Spy thrillers are usually not my choices but I very much enjoyed this one. I did not find it overly technical, political and it was easy for me to follow. John Wells has been undercover so long w/ the Taliban in Afghanistan the US is not sure whether he has turned or not. It appears that both sides are putting him to the test to determine where his loyalty is.(less)
12/02/07 TITLE/AUTHOR: DEATH OF A MACHO Man by M.C. Beaton RATING: 4.5/B+ GENRE/PUB DATE/# OF PGS: Mystery/1996/314 LP pgs SERIES/STAND ALONE: #12 in Hami...more12/02/07 TITLE/AUTHOR: DEATH OF A MACHO Man by M.C. Beaton RATING: 4.5/B+ GENRE/PUB DATE/# OF PGS: Mystery/1996/314 LP pgs SERIES/STAND ALONE: #12 in Hamish Macbeth series TIME/PLACE: 1990's Lochdubh, Scotland CHARACTERS: Hamish Macbeth/police constable FIRST LINES: Randy Duggan was called the Macho Man in the village of Lochdubh in the Scottish Highlands & he seemed to live up to his nickname.
COMMENTS: library book. Another fine entry in the Hamish Macbeth series! There's a newcomer who is dominating the bar conversations, bragging and telling stories of his world travels as a professional wrestler. This macho man has started some fights at the pubs and is suspect of having affairs w/ some of the local women. No one is overly fond of him but would they go so far as to murder him?(less)
03/12/08 TITLE/AUTHOR: KABUL BEAUTY SCHOOL by Deborah Rodriguez RATING: 4.5/B+ GENRE/PUB DATE/# OF PGS: Memoir/2007/270 pgs TIME/PLACE: 2003/Kabul, Afghan...more03/12/08 TITLE/AUTHOR: KABUL BEAUTY SCHOOL by Deborah Rodriguez RATING: 4.5/B+ GENRE/PUB DATE/# OF PGS: Memoir/2007/270 pgs TIME/PLACE: 2003/Kabul, Afghanistan FIRST LINES: The women arrive at the salon just before eight in the morning.
COMMENTS: 02/22/08 rec via bookcrossing ring/ray. Loved it! Debbie Rodriguez is a mother of 2 boys and hairdresser living in Holland Michigan. She has just gotten out of a bad marriage and travels to Afghanistan w/ a disaster relief program where she immediately feels a connection. She is not medically trained but does have a cosmetology degree and wants to help women become independent by opening a Beauty School. Really felt like I got an inside view into how some of the women in Afghanistan live. I admired Debbie for starting the Beauty School in Kabul. Can't really say I understand the marriage to Sam... Altho' most of the women had some very sad stories there was the right amount of humor to keep the book lively w/o losing the seriousness of their situations.(less)