Terry Spear perfectly captures the new and old West in her GHOST OF A CHANCE AT LOVE. Her historical research makes her historic scenes credible yet d...moreTerry Spear perfectly captures the new and old West in her GHOST OF A CHANCE AT LOVE. Her historical research makes her historic scenes credible yet doesn't intrude on the action and romance. Lisa Welsh and Jack Stanton fight for their love through time. I was saddened by one death (no spoilers, so I won't say whose), but loved the book. Just when you think Lisa and Jack have things worked out, another obstacle leaps up. I loved that Lisa's compassion resulted in saving her life. I'll certainly read Terry's other novels(less)
Vannetta Chapman perfectly blends the Amish and Englisch worlds in FALLING TO PIECES. This is one of my favorite Amish books ever! I loved the shared...moreVannetta Chapman perfectly blends the Amish and Englisch worlds in FALLING TO PIECES. This is one of my favorite Amish books ever! I loved the shared point of view between Callie and Deborah, each of whom is an admirable woman. Each of the characters is credible and well characterized. Framkly, I can hardly wait until the next books in the series are released. Vannnetta is a new author to me, and this is the first of her books I've read. I will be reading her other books while I await the release of her next in this series. I believe she must be a very nice person to create such admirable work. (less)
Darlene Arden’s THE COMPLETE CAT’S MEOW really is everything you need to know about your cat. Say you’ve had cats all your life and believe you know a...moreDarlene Arden’s THE COMPLETE CAT’S MEOW really is everything you need to know about your cat. Say you’ve had cats all your life and believe you know all about adopting and caring for a cat. Wanna bet?
For instance, did you know a group of cats is called a clowder? I didn’t. I also didn’t realize that not all vaccines are good or necessary. But which are which? Can your cat catch your cold or vice versa? Can you teach your cat not to scratch furniture? Darlene’s book answers all your questions in simple language and logical order.
Here's a genuine recommendation and example from me. If I’d had Darlene’s book several years ago, I could have spotted problems and prolonged the life (with quality) of my late pet, Miss Delilah Sue Kitty. Delilah died of renal failure, which I would have spotted when it could have been treated if I’d had a copy of THE COMPLETE CAT’S MEOW. But Delilah was sixteen, and I simply thought she was old and had kitty dementia that made her forget where the litter box was. (Unfortunately, she chose the dining room carpet instead, and we still can’t get the smell out.) The vet told us renal failure is the number one killer of elderly cats.
Darlene covers every aspect of cat ownership from before a kitten is born to caring for the elderly cat. Those of us who already have cats realize that each has its own personality and needs. By reading this book, we can meet our pets needs to provide them high quality long lives. (less)
When Kate Huntley was fifteen, she saw her father murdered during a Caribbean vacation off the coast of Haiti. He barely managed to save Kate after he...moreWhen Kate Huntley was fifteen, she saw her father murdered during a Caribbean vacation off the coast of Haiti. He barely managed to save Kate after he fought off his attacker. Who would harm her father? He was a harmless scientist working to find a cure for AIDS. She lives to avenge him, and remains in Haiti's tough backstreets--where life is hard and lives come cheap. She manages to remain under the murderer(s) radar.
Ten years later, while gaining mental and physical strength with her continued determination, she works for a charter business in Port-au-Prince. But she has not yet found her father’s killer nor avenged her father’s death. Every day she thinks of him and heeds her father’s final words, “Trust no one!” She vows she will never be caught helpless again and has turned into a real kickass heroine. Although she is strong and capable, there’s a sense of inner vulnerability to her too that I found endearing. Without her knowledge, her image is caught on a routine satellite photo that alerts the FBI. They want to talk to her about her father's death and why she's remained missing.
Jack Coffey is a rookie FBI agent sent to find missing Kate and bring her home to the States. At the same time, he is being framed. He realizes he’s been naive and feels foolish, but decides to fight back. Now he trusts no one--something he and Kate have in common. He is a charming man, and a real hunk. Kate discovers him following her after being told a man has asked for her. She confronts him, and their race begins. He doesn’t understand why she won’t trust him; she doesn’t understand why he trusts people who have betrayed him.
The fast-paced plot sweeps the reader along with barely time for a deep breath. I loved the action-filled suspense that kept me guessing to the climax. I also loved the relationship between Kate and Jack as it built from sex and developed into a true romance. FINDING KATE HUNTLEY is a book that will please readers on many levels. I recommend it highly to anyone who reads romance, mystery, suspense, and adventure(less)
Molly Tanner’s is cursed/gifted with clairvoyance, which she call Knowing. For the most part, she’s kept it hidden for fear of rejection. But her life...moreMolly Tanner’s is cursed/gifted with clairvoyance, which she call Knowing. For the most part, she’s kept it hidden for fear of rejection. But her life fell apart nine years ago when she witnessed a child, Amanda, being abducted from a parking lot and didn’t question the man who said the girl was screaming because he wouldn’t buy her a doll. Molly saw in her visions what happened to Amanda, and has lived with debilitating guilt since then--to the point of almost losing her sanity. To help her, Dr. Cole Tanner moved his wife and son from Philadelphia to a small town in Maryland.
For ten years, the Tanners have been happy in their new home. Eric, the Tanner’s son is in his first year of university, and Molly is active in the new community. She feels safe and accepted until Tracey Porter disappears from a playground. Guilt from the first abduction overwhelms Molly, but she is determined that this time she will speak out in time to save the child.
As her visions surface, so does Cole’s insistence that she let the police handle the crime. Molly knows Tracey is alive because visions reveal Tracey’s fear and that she is being kept in a dark place. Molly’s search uncovers old and new crimes and old and new secrets. Does she dare risk all? And can Molly help Tracey in time to save her?
I don’t give spoilers in my review, so I can’t reveal the plot’s intricacies. This book engaged me right away and kept me turning the pages. Ms Foster kept me guessing to the end of the book, then presented several surprise twists that united all the story’s threads. I love a book that ties up all the loose ends nicely, don’t you?
CHASING AMANDA is available in print or e-book from Amazon. Please check back on Wednesday, when Melissa Foster will be a guest interviewee. In the meantime, you can learn more about her at her website, www.MelissaFoster.com (less)