Peter Pan lives if you believe; just look and wish upon the Second Star To The Right. Faye O'Neill and her two young children arrive in Londo4.5 Stars
Peter Pan lives if you believe; just look and wish upon the Second Star To The Right. Faye O'Neill and her two young children arrive in London. They are quite subdued. Faye's divorce has had quite the effect upon all three of them. She's not the same confident woman she was before marrying Rob O'Neill. Six year old Tom has not spoken a word in over a year after...
Maddie is precocious. She is bossy with a heart of Gold yearning to be safe and loved. She is very protective of her mum and younger brother. No. 14 just may be what the Doctor ordered. No. 14 is where Wendy Forrester lives up in the Nursery that looks amazingly like Wendy Darling's. And the old woman truly believes that she is THE Wendy. Her daughter sternly tells the O'Neill's that they are not to disturb the old lady. Do they listen? Nah! And that's the magic of the story, or at least part of it.
The other part of the story is in the 2nd flat. Jack Graham is a very handsome world renown scientist and loves the house and ol' "Crazy Wendy." He himself is a Lost Boy. (Peter Pan's Lost Boys? Maybe, maybe not.) When you believe, anything is possible! Can this old house with the overgrown garden that the children clean up with the smiling Peter Pan fountain heal two broken adults and two frighten and sad children? Believe, and wish upon the second star to the right and you'll too will begin to hear a flute and see a small ball of light flying throughout No.14 in London.
I just loved this novel! Mary Alice Monroe has brought Peter Pan's magic to the novel, but not in an overt way. I laughed and cried in various parts and when it ended, my heart was swollen with joy! ...more
While this installment is not my favorite in the Cedar Cove Series, I did enjoy 1022 Evergreen Place. It is becoming clear that Debbie Macomber wants to end this delightful series, because she packs many details and people in this installment, trying to tie up many loose ends. Faith and Troy, Will and Shirley to name a few. Olivia is getting better. Oh will I miss Cedar Cove! I've read The Inn at Rose Harbor but I love catching up with these characters in this series!
Linc and Lori are adorable and I love both James and Christie. They make a significant appearance in this installment, but I'd like them to have a separate novel - 13 & 14. But getting back to Mary Jo Wyse and Mack McAfee. Mary Jo realizes that she is falling for Mack. Mack is having doubts about Mary Jo - she broke off their engagement earlier and he doesn't know how to show her that he loves her. Noelle is a bonus to that love he feels for Mary Jo. The letters from a soldier to his beloved girl are proving the perfect distraction for the couple - and they will finally get answers to whom the couple is. Mary Jo's brother Linc is happy married to Lori. He's even setting up another shop in Cedar Cove unless Lori's father decides otherwise. Rachel Peyton is pregnant. Bruce is very happy, his daughter Jolene is not. Trouble is brewing on Yakima Street. I'll have to visit 1105 Yakima soon....more
Alyson Richman says in her Note that she wanted to tell the story of an artist surviving the Holocaust. Then she heard of a story in which an old coupAlyson Richman says in her Note that she wanted to tell the story of an artist surviving the Holocaust. Then she heard of a story in which an old couple that had married before WWII who lost each other, then again found the other one at their grand childrens' wedding. Thus began the stories of Lenka and Josef. The writing is exquisite, poetic at times. I smiled as they got married, angry when Lenka stayed in Czechoslovakia, and cried in different parts of both their stories. The ending was so beautiful - I was sobbing with joy. Not many of us get a second chance. Will Josef and Lenka take it? Read to find out.
Just imagine you are at your grand daughter's reception. Your sleeve has risen a little, exposing a blue numbered tattoo. But the old man isn't seeing the blue ink, he's seeing your birthmark. He speaks softly, "Lenka, you don't recognize your husband?" Slowly you fill in the grey hair with black and soften the lines in his face, and you think back 60 years. This is how Lenka and Josef's story begins.
It's so hard to describe the novel without giving much of the story away. So, I tease you with some of my favorite passages.
I am in love with a shadow. I look for her in the darkness of the hallway. I search for her in the eyes of the old women crossing the street...[Lenka] still haunts me like a lioness, a cat with piercing eyes. Over sixty years have past and her shadow still walks beside me. Her shadow stretching long and black - waiting for me to reach for her - waiting for me to extend my hand."
But in order to survive in this foreign world, I had to teach myself that love is very much like a painting. The negative space between people was just as important as the positive space we occupy. The air between our resting bodies, and the breath in between our conversations, were all like the white of the canvas, and the rest of our relationship - the laughter and the memories - were the brushstrokes applied over time
A good book for an afternoon at the beach! I loved the characters - a group of friends that either live or summered at Stoney Point Beach with an exceA good book for an afternoon at the beach! I loved the characters - a group of friends that either live or summered at Stoney Point Beach with an exception of one who died a few years back. Neil Barlow still makes his presence known though. Eva is looking for her birth parents - still. Kyle and Lauren are having trouble - he's unemployed again, but finds part time work at the local diner and Lauren is unhappy in their marriage. Jason Barlow has moved back to Stoney Point and has survivor's guilt. Maris is in Stoney Point to close her father's house and estate. She'll find more secrets than she wants to and maybe she'll stop running from her life.
Sibyl Adams is found in the Filling Station Diner's bathroom bleeding by Sara Linton. The blind professor has been 4.5 Stars - 2nd Reading Summer 2014
Sibyl Adams is found in the Filling Station Diner's bathroom bleeding by Sara Linton. The blind professor has been raped and has a large Cross carved into her torso. She is also the twin of Detective Lena Adams. Why would anyone harm the quiet, popular professor? Is it a hate crime? Is it a ritualistic rape/murder?
Then another girl from the GIT goes missing. Has she become the victim of the same freak? Or has her junkie boyfriend done something to her? If it is the killer, Julia only has days before she is dead like Sibby.
Linton has received another postcard. She gets them every year around this time and Sibyl's rape/murder hits to close for comfort. Jeffrey doesn't even know this part of Sara's past. How can she ever tell him and that this case has her in turmoil? Is this the case that finally causes Linton to get closer to her ex-husband or to resign as Grant County Medical Examiner?
Not a single person on Grant County police force will ever be the same after this case.
This book is the one in which I took an instant and intense disliking to Lena Adams 4 years ago. And I still dislike this character today. She has a chip the size of Texas on her shoulder. She is embarrassed unnecessarily of her twin's sexuality. She can't forgive or even be civil to the uncle who brought the twins up. She is always so angry - I find her exhausting and exasperating. My daughter in law loves this character - I can't understand why?
Sara is slightly out of character and that bothered me. But Slaughter can write! She knows how to tell a helluva good story with backbreaking fast pacing and breathless suspense. Placing it on my permanent shelves of books. ...more
In this installment of Karin Slaughter's Grant County Series, Sara Linton and Jeffrey Tolliver are getting closer, though a new threat to their relationship rears its ugly head. As they are coming out the woods near Sara's parents' home, Jeffrey literally stumbles across a body buried in the ground. She was buried alive, then died a horrific death before she was freed.
The girl's identity leads to a co op soy farm and to a very religious family who is somewhat misogynist. Sara is not only shocked by the family, but by the family's Church - Tessa is a member and the family holds a Linton family secret in their hands. Which of the family or their farm hands killed Abby? And are there more young girls out there in the woods? Jeffrey must find out - his newest obsession.
I still don't like Lena Adams, I really can't figure out why I dislike this character as much as I do. When I read Blindsighted Lena just made my teeth hurt and got on my nerves, even with all that she's been through. Slaughter knows how to write and build up the suspension without giving up the bad guy until the end. I guessed the bad guy and again I was wrong. I recommend reading Karin Slaughter to everyone who loves a good thriller. ...more
Blackbird Fly has a little bit of everything in it - a mystery, long held family secrets, humor, loss, grief. It reads easy with a literary feel to itBlackbird Fly has a little bit of everything in it - a mystery, long held family secrets, humor, loss, grief. It reads easy with a literary feel to it. There is some suspense too with a dash of romance and a feel of an historical novel. It could be described as Women's Fiction, but the novel could be read by men and they could enjoy the book as well. I honestly don't know how to describe this small book except to say that I really, really enjoyed it.
Merle Bennett has just lost her husband, Harry. It seems like her husband hid a few important things from her - another family and the draining of their joint banking accounts, and an old family home in France in which a few more skeletons lay buried. Merle goes to France with her son in the hopes of selling the house, but an old eccentric woman refuses to leave the home, stating that Harry's mother gave her the home. The elderly woman dies suddenly and Merle becomes the prime suspect. Her passport is confiscated and is told not to leave the small French village. She starts renovating the stone home and sleuthing into the old woman's life and death unaware that the old woman is tied to her dead in-laws and their secrets.
Summer in France, wine, riots, unfriendly neighbors except Pere Albert, renovation, murder suspect, and a handsome roofer. What more can Merle ask for? ...more
Another great beach read! Bree O'Brien has returned to Chesapeake Shores for her sister's Grand Opening of The Inn at Eagle Point. But after3.50 Stars
Another great beach read! Bree O'Brien has returned to Chesapeake Shores for her sister's Grand Opening of The Inn at Eagle Point. But after three weeks, the quiet middle O'Brien sister has decided home is where she wants to be after disastrous reviews of her latest play performed in a Chicago Regional Theatre. She decides to open a floral shop, Flowers on Main. To her chagrin, the best nursery around is owned by Jake Collins - the man she dumped and whose heart is still broken because of Bree's sudden move to Chicago six years prior. Can they reconcile as are parents, Mick and Megan, seem to be doing? Secrets and trust issues abound.
I really like The Chesapeake Shores Series and this is an enjoyable 2nd entry of the series. I love the O'Briens! They are funny. They make you want to shake some sense into them. And sometime they make you a bit weepy-eyed. But they are a family, a family that you as a reader want to be in. Sherryl Woods draws complete characters that grow with each novel. What I didn't particularly like was Jake's whine for the entire book. He was either whining or angry and it got old really fast, so I deducted 1/2 star from my rating. I am looking forward to spending more time with the O'Briens in the fictional Chesapeake Shores soon! ...more
This is the 2nd Gabriel Allon novel and it is very good. The suspense and action levels are off the chart and Silva doesn't ask his readers to suspendThis is the 2nd Gabriel Allon novel and it is very good. The suspense and action levels are off the chart and Silva doesn't ask his readers to suspend disbelief. It could happen and when someone gets hurts - no miraculous healing. I even rooted for the Englishman, the assassin that Allon is after, because he showed some moral code about his assignments - that was an interesting twist to a villain. The last 40 pages were fast in wrapping up the story, maybe a little too fast for my reading taste - hence, a removal of a star. However The English Assassin is a very good thriller read.
And the story is fresh and seemingly could be ripped from the headlines. Terrorism? War? No. Hidden Art stolen by the Nazis from mostly Jewish galleries stored in deep basements or private Swiss Banks. The money gained from the stolen property used to fund Hitler for an extra year to eighteen months and a million more deaths in WWII. And it starts with Allon being summoned to Zurich to restore a painting for an unknown collector. When Gabriel arrives, he finds the man murdered. His body lying under a Rafael. He quietly leaves - his training kicking in. Why was the man murdered before telling the Israelis the reason he contacted them. Who killed him? And how did the Swiss authorities find and arrest the Restorer/sometimes Israeli Spy and Assassin in just 30 minutes? Gabriel Allon is determined to find the answers to these questions, even if it means dying in the process. And the English Assassin may just do that. ...more
I am a big fan of author Karin Slaughter, especially her Will Trent Series. I'm half in love with that character. That being said, I thought I'd try hI am a big fan of author Karin Slaughter, especially her Will Trent Series. I'm half in love with that character. That being said, I thought I'd try her other series again - Grant County. I'm glad I picked Indelible because it gives the back story of Sara Linton and Jeffrey Toliver. I now understand Linton a bit better. Lena Adams - I still don't like her for some reason. The story within the main story really works because it explains why 2 gunmen walked into Grant County PD and started shooting cops. They want Chief Jeffery Toliver dead. Why? The answer lies in another small town of Sylacauga, AL where Jeffrey Toliver grew up and where he and Linton's relationship really turned serious. Two crimes are committed in the small Alabama town that has led these 2 men to Heartsdale, GA. And Chief Toliver lies gravely wounded whilst Sara Linton does everything she can do to save Jeffery, the school children, and the other cops held hostage. She also lets her mind drift back to Sylacauga. Has Jeffery's past or the crimes that Linton and Toliver investigated finally caught up to them? Read Indelible to find out.
The flashbacks really worked and gave the present situation more urgency. Slaughter has a gift of terrific narration and suspense building. ...more
The Moon and Sixpence is one of W. Somerset Maugham better known novels. Its style is episodic and first person. The unnamed narrator gives us readersThe Moon and Sixpence is one of W. Somerset Maugham better known novels. Its style is episodic and first person. The unnamed narrator gives us readers glimpses of a seemingly dull conventional middle-aged English stockbroker, Charles Strickland, who abandons his wife and children to paint. His paintings are that of a genius - and is what is to be known as Primitivism. The narrator, who is first introduced to Strickland through the stockbroker's wife. Strickland strikes him as unremarkable and perhaps possessed. Afew chapters entirely comprise stories or narrations of others, which the narrator recalls from memory while selectively editing or elaborating on certain aspects of dialogue, particularly Strickland's, as Strickland is said by the narrator to be limited in his use of verbiage and tended to use gestures in his expression.
Strickland while in Paris lives a destitute but content life there as a painter, living in run-down hotels and endures both illness and hunger. Strickland, in his drive to express through his art what appears to continually possess and compel him on the inside, cares nothing for physical discomfort and is indifferent to his surroundings. He is generously supported, while in Paris, by a commercially successful but hackneyed Dutch painter, Dirk Stroeve, a friend of the narrator's, who immediately recognises Strickland's genius. After helping Strickland recover from a life-threatening condition, Stroeve is repaid by having his wife, Blanche, abandon him for Strickland. Strickland later discards the wife (all he really sought from Blanche was a model to paint, not serious companionship, and it is hinted in the novel's dialogue that he indicated this to her and she took the risk anyway), who then commits suicide – yet another human casualty (the first ones being his own established life and those of his wife and children) in Strickland's single-minded pursuit of Art and Beauty.
After the Paris episode, the story continues in Tahiti. Strickland has already died, and narrator attempts to piece together his life there from recollections of others. He finds that Strickland had taken up a native woman, had two children by her (one of whom dies) and started painting profusely. We learn that Strickland had settled for a short while in the French port of Marseilles before travelling to Tahiti, where he lived for a few years before finally dying of leprosy. Strickland left behind numerous paintings, but his magnum opus, which he painted on the walls of his hut before losing his sight to leprosy, was burnt down after his death by his wife in accordance with his dying orders. From Wikipedia
Somerset largely bases Strickland upon the painter Paul Gaugin. The Moon and Sixpence is a fast read that will stay with the reader for days. Each character, including the narrator) are likable as well as dislikable - poignantly ying and yang to Strikland's own self. Wonderful book. ...more
I received an unedited readers copy/galley for an honest review.
My copy said A Wuthering Heights Novel so I had very high expectations for this novel.I received an unedited readers copy/galley for an honest review.
My copy said A Wuthering Heights Novel so I had very high expectations for this novel. Wuthering Heights happens to be one of my 10 most favorite novels of all time and if this was supposed to be a retelling of the original story - it didn't quite measure up to the original. That being said, I did like Solsbury Hill: A Novel.
Eleanor Sutton Abbott travels to England to see her dying Aunt after she catches her life long boyfriend in bed with another woman. She discovers the Estate and its moors are the basis for Emily Bronte's masterpiece, Wuthering Heights. She is also shocked that her late mother had wanted Eleanor to visit Trent Hall with her. She starts seeing a young couple and a young woman while she walks the moors. She's even seen the young woman in her room. Yes, the ghosts of the real Catherine, Heathcliff, and Emily are present and have a message for Eleanor. And Eleanor may find out what she thought she knew about her late parents and her own life is in fact a lie.
At Trent Hall there is Mead - her Aunt's "surrogate" son. His name even means Heath and Cliff. He's handsome, intelligent, and wealthy in his own right. And Eleanor finds herself drawn to him, but there is the long time boyfriend. He's also traveled to England. He wants Eleanor back. But the most interesting story line is the ghost of Emily. She needs Eleanor to break the curse that has followed her family into the present day. And the ghosts of Catherine and Heathcliff play a role in the storyline.
For a debut novel Solsbury Hill: A Novel is worth reading. It's enjoyable and will keep the reader's interest. I'll admit that the writing is shaky in a couple of places and some of the dialogue was off. It just didn't read right in places and I was left scratching my head. But I did receive an unedited copy, so hopefully these minor problems will be corrected when the novel is actually released in April of this year (2014). The story lines intrigued me and when Susan M. Wyler was on her game - the writing was wonderful. I am so glad that I was given the opportunity to read this book by the publisher's publicity department. ...more
Transfer of Power is an example of why Vince Flynn is my all time favorite Thriller author. The late writer's style is easy almost conversati4.5 Stars
Transfer of Power is an example of why Vince Flynn is my all time favorite Thriller author. The late writer's style is easy almost conversational. I can hear the author's voice in my head - breathlessly whispering, frantic at times. Flynn knew how to pace his story, and utilizing suspense at all times. I started the Mitch Rapp Series in the middle, so I am going back and read the entire series. I'm finding that I love the earlier Mitch Rapp books much better and the 2 prequels he wrote seem fitting as the first two books of the series. Flynn knew how to take headline news and turn a what if scenario in the War on Terror into an electrical ride for his readers. I read this in just two sittings. Food and sleep were forgotten.
Dr. Irene Kennedy and her Counter-terrorism Division snatch one of Hezbollah's spiritual leaders. The information that Mitch and a psychologist gets from him is stark and stunning. Saddam Husein has funded a terrorist attack right in the heart of America - Washington, D.C., the White House to be exact. When? Today!!!!!
Kennedy barely hangs up with a senior Secret Service agent before all hell breaks out at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. He and 9 other agents just save President Hayes from a notorious terrorist named Aziz and whisk him to his new bunker. The bunker can withstand bombs and other nefarious things but it wasn't designed to withstand a drill. And that is what Aziz has planned - he needs Hayes by his side when he delivers his final demand. The White House is rigged with explosives and communications have been jammed by the terrorists. The Joint Chiefs, the Cabinet members, and all of the Alphabet soup people have lost all contact with President Hayes. Transfer of Power to Vice President Baxter is made and plans are made to end the hostage situation. But someone does not want the President rescued and uses the situation to his or her advantage. Under the guise of reconnaissance granted by VP Baxter, it is up to Mitch Rapp, AKA Iron Man and an elderly civilian to save the President and the rest of the hostages. The two men will become the hunter and the hunted as the Power struggle in the nation's capital rages. ...more
I found this novel by accident and squealed in delight as I read the book which is very easy to read. Erika Robuck has done her homework on Hemingway,I found this novel by accident and squealed in delight as I read the book which is very easy to read. Erika Robuck has done her homework on Hemingway, Key West, and the Great Hurricane of 1935 in which 1000 veterans lost their lives while building the road that ties the Keys to the Florida mainland. She even has the great author's scathing essay "Who Killed the Vets" that appeared in The New Yorker. Full disclosure here: Ernest Hemingway is without a doubt my favorite author, and I've always been half in love with him ever since I read my first book by him. I can't ever get enough of Hem.
The storyline is bracketed by the days shortly after Hemingway took his own life and the writing technique works beautifully. We readers flash back to 1935 Key West when Hemingway was at the top of his game as a writer and when he was in his prime as a man. Yes, he is a womanizer, a functional drunk, an accomplished fisherman and sailor - he can't get enough of his beloved Pilar. His marriage to Pauline is starting to crumble and he is beginning to loathe the lifestyle and affluence of the very rich. He fights and referees fights. It is here that he first sees our heroine - Mariella Bennett.
Mariella is just 19 in 1935. And she is beautiful and half Cuban half American. Her father has recently died; her mother is spirling into a deep depression of grief. She is worried for her two sisters: Estelle hasn't spoken much since Hal Bennett's death and Lulu is constantly sick with a mysterious fever. She needs money and goes to the fight that "Papa" is calling. She bets on a soldier and wins. She also finds herself attracted to both the soldier and the famous writer. She soon gets a job in the Hemingway household where she struggles with her attraction to Hemingway and by doing the right thing. And there is Gavin - the soldier that she also feels something for. Gavin and "Papa" are jealous of each other, and they both have something that Mariella needs.
The use of "Papa" Hemingway may not be accurate to 1935, but Robuck uses the moniker to advance the story. It is true that Hemingway always wanted a daughter and used the term "daughter" when addressing young women - hence the name of the novel, Hemingway's Girl. And yet Mariella may have been his girl. And Jake may be the famous writer's son. (Read the book to find out!)...more
The 3rd installment in Afdeling Q Series best known in English as the Department Q Series is very good! I loved it, but it was slightly too l4.5 Stars
The 3rd installment in Afdeling Q Series best known in English as the Department Q Series is very good! I loved it, but it was slightly too long by maybe 75 pages. The villain is cleverly thought up and his crimes are evil - preying on families of religious fanatics. Small communities of Faiths that don't trust outsiders or report crimes within their communities to the police; until a bottle is discovered with a note in it from 2 boys that have been kidnapped written in one of the two brothers own blood in Scotland. It sits in a police station's window for a few more years. The message has decayed to the point where most of the letters in the message is almost illegible. But the word - HELP - is very clear. They are being held in a boathouse somewhere in Denmark. But this was in 1996 and no record of any boys, let alone brothers, are found to indicate a crime of kidnapping can be found. Rose and Assad are obsessed with the message in the bottle, to the point that Rose falls ill and her twin sister, Ysra, has to take her place at Department Q. (The story line of Rose and Ysra is pretty cool, especially the twist that Jussi Adler-Olsen gives us readers.)
Carl Mørck isn't really interested in the case and leaves his associates to work on the note. He's interested in an old Arson case that may be related to recent fires that burned bodies have been found among the buildings ashes. He and his team work with Department A upstairs, especially when Assad finds a common denominator to all of the victims. By chance, Ysra finds a new development in the missing brothers case and Mørck finally becomes very interested in the old case. The brothers were very real and their kidnapper has struck again.
Carl also agrees to see a new shrink and he opens a new line of questioning regarding to when he, and Hardy were left for dead in the shooting that left Hardy a quadriplegic. Could it be Carl Mørck's fault? I think we have to wait until the next book for that answer.
Jussi Adler-Olsen continues to amaze me with his stories and villains - they keep getting better. His writing, suspense levels, and pacing is off the charts! ...more
In this fourth installment of the late painter of Light, Thomas Kinkade's Cape Light Series tears will flow for the reader. A beloved character slipsIn this fourth installment of the late painter of Light, Thomas Kinkade's Cape Light Series tears will flow for the reader. A beloved character slips to the other side, leaving Sophie Potter unsure of what to do without her husband of 50 years. Could Cape Light lose another beloved neighbor? What will happen to the Orchard? Erza has retired and widower Dr. Matthew Harding arrives in Cape Light with his teenaged daughter. He thinks being a general practitioner in a small town will be the fresh start he needs to melt away his guilt of not being a good husband and father. Molly Willoughby is smitten with the new Doctor, and is ready to make a major change in her life. And her ex-husband is back. Molly finds herself not only venturing in a new business, but finds that her embattled and embittered heart may be healing.
Patrolman, Tucker Tulley, has a bigger surprise. His brother is back in town and is very sick. Unfortunately Carl's presence isn't welcomed by most of Cape Light's residents - Carl Tulley has a past. Emily and Dan are engaged and are planning an engagement party. And Molly gets her break, or does she?
I really do love this series. I feel like I'm home when I read a Cape Light novel. I love the characters. Now this installment has more of the Christian theme in it than the prior books: Easter and the Resurrection along with the Progical Son Parable similarity. But don't let that frighten you away from A New Leaf: Cape Light #4. It is very good. Oh, I almost forgot - you will need a hanky. A real tearjerker. ...more
What a wonderful series. I really wish Cape Light, Massachusetts existed - I'd live there in a heartbeat!
In this installment the election is over andWhat a wonderful series. I really wish Cape Light, Massachusetts existed - I'd live there in a heartbeat!
In this installment the election is over and Emily realizes she is smitten and maybe in love with Dan Forbes who seems more determined than ever to get on with his trip. He leaves the Messenger in his son's hands, but can't quite let go of his beloved paper. Wyatt isn't sure if he really wants the paper and asks his sister, Lindsay, to help him. Dan's little house is full - too full with Wyatt, Lindsay, and his son in law. Lindsay has her own dreams about the paper and doubts about Wyatt. Does she voice them? Will Emily finally find love again?
Lucy has had it with Charlie and takes the children with her to her mother's. Luke McAllister and Sara Franklin are also at a crossroad. Could her new boss have anything to do with that? Reverend Ben is also at a crossroad of sorts and what happens to his beloved wife, Carolyn, may change everything for the Lewis family. Digger Hegman gets lost again and is facing some health problems. But it is the Thanksgiving and Christmas Seasons - miracles are needed and it seems like everyone in Cape light will need a gathering place. ...more
Has all of my favorite stories in it: The Nightingale, The Snow Queen, The Flying Trunk, Aunt Toothache, The Emperor Has No Clothes, The Ugly DucklingHas all of my favorite stories in it: The Nightingale, The Snow Queen, The Flying Trunk, Aunt Toothache, The Emperor Has No Clothes, The Ugly Duckling, The Pixie and the Gardener's Wife just to name a few.
I love that Andersen always has a little moral to his tales - a Christian one too! I never did pick up on those Christian values when I was a kid.
Reading these tales brought my mom back to life, sitting on my twin, and reading me these stories before I fell asleep! ...more
What a beautiful, heartwarming story about a grandmother and her secret love and her granddaughter, Jennifer, who has experienced so much loss in a shWhat a beautiful, heartwarming story about a grandmother and her secret love and her granddaughter, Jennifer, who has experienced so much loss in a short period of time. Sam's letters to Jennifer had me in tears and smiles as I read Sam's story. Yes, Love never dies....more
I have fallen in love with the small village of Cape Light! Jessica Warwick and Sam Morgan are planning their wedding - Lillian will not attend nor seI have fallen in love with the small village of Cape Light! Jessica Warwick and Sam Morgan are planning their wedding - Lillian will not attend nor see her daughter. There is tension between the happy couple.
Sara Franklin is almost ready to tell Emily Warwick who she really is, and finds the politics of Mayor Warwick lacking. She has to rethink her decision to tell Emily and stay in Cape Light - Emily's pedestal isn't as shiny and big as it was before Luke's big plans for the Cranberry Cottages. Plans that threaten to divide the small village. And is romance in the air?
Lillian Warwick is being more difficult than usual - no one can get through to her. Charlie Bates is running for Mayor and is being obnoxious as usual. His wife, Lucy, doesn't know what to do. Gus Potter is sick and Sophie may be forced to sell her beloved orchard. And Reverend Ben is worried that he won't be able to help his troubled flock, especially since he can't seem to mend his own family.
Kinkade and Spenser write truly uplifting stories, and you'll just have to see how everyone's troubles are sorted out. I was not a big fan of Christian Fiction, but this series has made me one! ...more
A Jordanian Spy master approaches a CIA operative whom is coming back to the States in an airport. There is information of a terrorist plot r4.5 Stars
A Jordanian Spy master approaches a CIA operative whom is coming back to the States in an airport. There is information of a terrorist plot regarding America, but he wants to trade information; Why is the U.S, government sponsoring the Arab Spring? And is the kingdom of Jordan next? He has pictures of deep Black Ops meeting with the Muslim Brotherhood in Jordan and every Arab country that fell during that time of destabilization and chaos. Lidia Ryan is stunned and takes it to her boss. Almost immediately after that meeting, she and another trusted friend/mentor are almost killed. What is going on? Ryan is determined to find out what her old team is up to.
Meanwhile in the United States, 5 people are kidnapped on the same night. These people are not random victims; they are the names on the short list to become the next Fed Chairman. And the body of one of those people has been found on Jeckyl Island Island - the birthplace of the Federal Reserve System. Harvarth is swiftly flown from Somalia to the States by the "Old Man's" new client - The Federal Reserve. Who would want to target the Fed and why?
Thor gives a good history of the secretive Fed. They act independently and are not accountable to anyone or oversight. They are not part of the U.S. Government as so many people believe. I personally believe the Fed's Charter needs shredding, and too big too fail or jail is passe. Even bankers can go straight to jail without having to pass go. That is a good thing. Of course anyone with sense knows if the monetary system is controlled, so is the government. How Thor ties these two plot lines together and Harvarth's investigation into the Fed and the high profiled kidnap victims is wonderful. I couldn't turn the pages fast enough. I wish I could have read this in one setting but could not since I'm getting ready to travel back home to Illinois for Christmas. Brad Thor is no Vince Flynn, but I'm definitely going to give him another look and read another of his novels. ...more
J.A. Jance is a fine mystery writer who knows how to build suspense whilst dropping a few small clues here and there. And that is very surprising to mJ.A. Jance is a fine mystery writer who knows how to build suspense whilst dropping a few small clues here and there. And that is very surprising to me because she has authored several stand alone books and 4 series, staring 4 distinct protagonists; each with his or her individual voice/narration or if you will, flavor. Of those series, the Joanna Brady Series is my favorite.
Early one morning Jenny Brady is riding her horse and stumbles onto a body. She has found her missing school principal. The woman wasn't popular with some of the high schoolers and their parennts. Even Sheriff Joanna Brady had a slight run-in with the very private principal. Brady scrambles out of bed to the crime scene that is close to her ranch. Always protective of her children, Joanna sends Jenny home. Soon a reporter drives toward the crime scene already knowing the identity of the victim - a picture of the body has been uploaded to Facebook. Brady is dismayed; only one person could have taken that picture: her daughter.
While trying to locate the woman's next of kin, Brady and her detectives make another startling discovery; the principal isn't who she is. She had been using a fake identity. Witness protection? Identity theft? A domestic violence victim or someone with a more sinister past? Solving the murder won't be easy, and the links lead to another killing and to other death cases: D.H. Lanthop - Joanna Brady's father and a young miner, Sheriff Lanthop's last case. ...more
A fitting end to a career of writing wonderful stories about strong women and of Ireland. A Week in Winter is the story of Chickie Starr, an old spinsA fitting end to a career of writing wonderful stories about strong women and of Ireland. A Week in Winter is the story of Chickie Starr, an old spinster lady, and members of Chickie's family renovating an old family home to be a small hotel in western Ireland. Chickie hopes that Stone House and Stoneybridge will bring her guests some peace and quiet healing of what ails them. And most guests do experience a lifting of their spirits as well as Chickie and her family members.
Each chapter is told from a family member or guest POV. And their stories move the book along, seamlessly one vignette ends another starts as we learn of Stone House's first week in business. Maeve Bichy had a strong sense of her characters and that sense is strongly displayed here. These characters will stay with me for a while. I'm saddened that there will not be any more heartfelt and warm stories from Binchy, since she died last year. ...more
I had forgotten how well Ernest Hemingway wrote short fiction. I loved the two Big-hearted River stories. I'll have to dust off my copy of his The NicI had forgotten how well Ernest Hemingway wrote short fiction. I loved the two Big-hearted River stories. I'll have to dust off my copy of his The Nick Adams Stories. Nick Adams is always good to read. Another story that broke my heart was the one with the old jockey and his son....more
Renowned Art Restorer and sometimes Israeli Agent and Assassin is in Venice restoring a Benini Altarpiece when word comes to him that his friend and fRenowned Art Restorer and sometimes Israeli Agent and Assassin is in Venice restoring a Benini Altarpiece when word comes to him that his friend and fellow Office Agent has been murdered in Munich, Germany. Beni is also the son of Gabriel Allon's boss, Ari Shamron. His mission is to sanitize Stern's apartment and find his killer. The killer is The Leopard - a man with no face, a mercenary for hire, a myth to most countries' Intelligence Services. He works for a super secret group within the Catholic Church - the Crux Vera - who is more powerful than the Pope, and their mission is to protect the universal Church from all of its enemies within and with out the Church, even the Pope himself. A few religious have already disappeared - 2 elderly priests and an elderly woman who left a cloistered Order after WWII. Something happened at that convent in Brenzone on the shores of Lake Garda, Italy that could destroy the Church. The Pope is going to Jewish Synagogue in Rome in a few days to announce that the Vatican Records of Pope Pius XII will be made open to scholars and to a Commission that will include high ranking Catholic and Jewish Prelates that will report to the world and Pope Paul VII its findings. Crux Vera can't let that happen, even if they have to sacrifice the newly elected Pope Paul VII. Allon must race all over Italy with a few side trips to France, London, and Munich to stop The Leopard and silence Crux Vera which one reporter has dubbed the KGB of the Vatican. But will he after he learns the Church's dark and shameful secret?
For decades the controversy of Pope Pius II silence on the Holocaust during WWII has raged on these 70 years. Besides the 6 Million Jews whom were killed by the Nazis, 3 Million Catholics were also executed - including both priests and nuns. Pius XII silence is quite deafening to say the least, and unfortunately there were Antisemitic Catholics living in Germany and Nazi occupied countries at that time in history. I've read books both supporting and denouncing Pope Pius XII. May be that is why he has not been Canonized and probably will never be in my life time. As both a Statesman and leader of a religion that has billions all over the in its flock, I can understand the Pontiff wanting to stay silent, but the morality of that silence is against the vary teachings of the Church. I don't know what to believe about this controversy like the historians who have researched this subject. Probably the truth died with Pius XII and only he and God know the truth. But it does make a good political conspiracy novel. Job well done Daniel Silva....more