"A reaper and an archangel walked out of a bar. I almost had to laugh."
Then how about an archangel and a Hell archangel? Too funny!! This sm4.5 Stars
"A reaper and an archangel walked out of a bar. I almost had to laugh."
Then how about an archangel and a Hell archangel? Too funny!! This small novel had me chuckling all of the way through it. Lana Harvey is 300 years old, an 8th generation reaper. A baby really. Also, she has a special talent. A talent desperately needed by her boss, Grim. If Eternity is to survive, Lana will have to vanquish some rogue demons and a few powerful Council members.
"Limbo City is considered the new frontier by most Eternity citizens. The America of the afterlife. A melting pot of various cultures and races protected by the strictest set of laws this side of the grave." And the Council appointed to keep Limbo safe and Eternity calm have a few traitorous Deity that would like to bring Eternity back into chaos. (Remember the battle before the fall?) And our heroine seems the unlikely choice to preserve Eternity.
I absolutely loved Lana, Josie, Kevin, Gabriel, Maalik, and Lana's Hell Hounds - Coreen and Saul! Not my usual reading genre, but I'm hooked. I, now, must read every novel in the Lana Harvey Reapers Inc. Series!...more
Perfect Blend: A Novel looked promising. A novel about coffee - yummy! But my goodness, it was slow. And the characters were a bit flat even with thePerfect Blend: A Novel looked promising. A novel about coffee - yummy! But my goodness, it was slow. And the characters were a bit flat even with the author's paged filled background history! And don't get me started on the story!
(view spoiler)[Amy used an anonymous sperm donor to father her son. Okay I get that, since early menopause runs in her family. BUT TO HAVE HER LOVE INTEREST POTENTIALLY AS THAT DONOR!?! Absolutely Absurd!!! And her first real foray into journalism ferrets out the reason for countless middle-classed men growing Man-boobs! And she becomes a hot commodity reporter and saves her boss and best friend's London Coffee Shop! What was this author drinking when she wrote this book???? (hide spoiler)]...more
A Beeline to Murder is the first in Meera Lester's Henny Penny Farmette Mystery Series. And the cozy mystery nearly was a miss for me for several reasons. First is the novel's format - Henny Penny Farmette tips at the beginning and more tips at chapter's end. I felt that the format really slowed the pace of the novel. Secondly, the late chef's good looking brother. Why did he pepper French words in every single one of his dialogue? Drove me nuts! Lastly, I figured out the "who-dunnit" and why, very early on in the story.
But I did enjoy Abby, the former Las Flores cop, turned small farmer and Beekeeper as the protagonist and her best friend, Kat whom is still on the force. Their banter had me chuckling and worked well untangling the murder - made to look like suicide - of Abby's favorite customer, Chef Jean-Louis. ...more
I love Bella Vista! I wish that it was a real place so I could learn to cook as well as Isobel. I want to meet Mangus, Annelise, Isobel, Mac, Tess, DoI love Bella Vista! I wish that it was a real place so I could learn to cook as well as Isobel. I want to meet Mangus, Annelise, Isobel, Mac, Tess, Dominic, and Shannon too. Susan Wiggs has created a wonderful place in the Sonoma Valley and truly unforgettable characters! It's been awhile since I really felt immersed into a story and it's characters.
Saved by Tess' talent in ferreting out hidden treasures, Bella Vista has been saved and is being transformed into Isobel Johansen's dream - a Destination Cooking School. The old home has plenty of rooms to accommodate the future enterprise. And Isobel is feverishly working on the details and on Tess's wedding. Tess wants a celebration, rather than the traditional wedding. She's throwing The Beekeeper's Ball. Also, the sister's grandfather is ready to tell his story.
Enter the handsome internationally acclaimed writer, Cormac O'Neill. Oh dear! Poor Isobel. They don't start on the right foot, shall we say. Bee stings and an allergic reaction don't make for a great welcome or a first impression.
The sisters are very surprised that Annelise Winther plays an important role into their grandfather's story. But it shouldn't. As the book blurb says:
The dreamy sweetness of summer is the perfect time of year for a grand family wedding and the enchanting Beekeeper's Ball, bringing emotions to a head in a story where the past and present collide to create an unexpected new future.
Ms. Wiggs gives a slight twist at the end and the hope that she will return to Bella Vista and these amazing characters in the future. Isobel and Mac just might have another adventure....more
I can't view butterflies hovering above flowers or in flight in the same way after The Butterfly Garden by Dot Hutchison. Nor can I view gardens, espeI can't view butterflies hovering above flowers or in flight in the same way after The Butterfly Garden by Dot Hutchison. Nor can I view gardens, especially Green House gardens without thinking of the Gardner and his "Butterflies." The Butterfly Garden has crept into my dreams and chilled me to the bones.
I usually love dark and sinister plot lines, but Dot Hutchison has me wishing for light and warmth. The Butterfly Garden is not for the faint of heart. The novel is quite disturbing and a bit sick. But there is a bit of beauty and humor in it. Because of the "Butterflies." They are beauty. They are young. They use dry wit and humor to live within the confines of the garden. They are the adored and "loved" specimens of the Gardener. Of course this man has a name, and he must be a man of means to have created this garden within a greenhouse garden. A garden with no escape. A garden with glass cases that can be hidden when the walls go up. A sound that the "Butterflies" terrify. One less beauty in the garden of no escape.
The novel begins with FBI agents Victor Hanoverian and Brandon Eddison are questioning one of the garden's survivors. Maya. She slowly begins to tell her story and of life in the garden, and the timeline switches back and forth to the present and back into the garden before it's discovery. The property and product of whom Maya only knows as "the Gardener's" dark fantastical fantasy and imagination. The Gardener is a serial kidnapper/rapist/serial killer.
That's as much of the plot line, I'm comfortable sharing. Read the novel for all that happens. The few twists at the end fit the story if you're paying attention. The clues are there, flitting in and out of Maya's recitation quickly. Remember also the novel is a psychological thriller. Yes, the twists are a bit far out and suspension of disbelief is stretched; but the journey into garden is like a bad car wreck - I couldn't turn away. I had to keep looking. I had to know the ending.
Will I read Roses of May - the second in the Collectors Trilogy? Yes, I have to know more about the Gardner. But I have a feeling that a new and evil collector will be introduced. I need light first before I can go back into the evil dark that Dot Hutchison has created....more
Malcolm Dyer has been dubbed "the mini-Madolf" and is on the run. Most of his clients money has yet to beWhat do 3 complete strangers have in common?
Malcolm Dyer has been dubbed "the mini-Madolf" and is on the run. Most of his clients money has yet to be found. Caught up in his Ponzi scheme are Madeline Singer, Avery Lawford, and Nichole Grant. They do have a silver lining though, a mansion in Florida. Bella Flora", Ten Beach Road. That is the only thing that the three women have left after investing their savings with Malcolm Dyer.
To say that the 1920's house needs some TLC is an understatement. With the promise of more money when they sell Bella Flora Maddie, Avery, and Nikki roll up their sleeves and begin the hard work of renovation. New friendships begin. Secrets are uncovered. Possible new loves enter as possible old loves exit.
But you'll never forget these ladies - a homemaker, a HGTV Star, a Match Maker to the rich and famous. Wendy Wax adds Maddie's pregnant daughter, a hunky Contractor that has a chip on his shoulder, a handsome FBI Agent, a couple film stars, paparazzi, an Interior Decorator to Hollywood's elite, and white-haired garden crew to the mix. Oh, did I mention that the women have to live in Bella Flora with only 1 working bathroom while the 8000 square foot mansion is restored? Money's tight y'all.
Ten Beach Road is a fast, sometimes funny, sometimes poignant read. Wendy Wax writing style is easy like a friend at the kitchen island telling a damn good story over coffee.We readers feel the urgency to get the restoration complete on time. We feel each ache and pain of the three women as well as the blisters and callouses on their hands.
Debbie Macomber has created another sweet story as well as some wonderful, sweet, and quirky characters in If Not for You. I was surprised that over 1Debbie Macomber has created another sweet story as well as some wonderful, sweet, and quirky characters in If Not for You. I was surprised that over 1/2 of the novel is set in both hospital/rehab facilities, but it worked as did the age old romance formula, but with a twist. Girl gets boy, girl does something to lose boy, and girl gets boy back in the end.
Beth Prudhomme is a young Music teacher living in Portland, OR., finally escaping her overbearing and smothering mother. Her Aunt Sunshine (yep, that's her name) couldn't be happier. Beth is starting to make friends, loves her job, and is set up on a blind date.
Sam Carney is a highly talented and skillful mechanic with tattoos. Definitely not the sort of guy Beth's mother would approve of or allow her daughter to date. Upon meeting both Sam and Beth tend to agree that they probably have nothing in common with each other. But they do, and it takes a car accident in which Beth is seriously injured for the couple to realize they belong together....more