On the longest night of the year, Jenny Majesky loses everything in a devastating house fire. But among the ashes she finds an unusual treasure hidden amid her grandfather's belongings, one that starts her on a search for the truth, and on a path toward a life that she never imagined. The Winter Lodge, a remote cabin owned by her half sister on the shores of Willow Lake, becomes a safe refuge for Jenny, where she and local police chief Rourke McKnight try to sort out the mysteries revealed by the fire.
But when a blizzard traps them together, Jenny, accustomed to the safe predictability of running the family bakery, suddenly doesn't feel so secure. For even as Rourke shelters her from the storm outside, she knows her heart is at risk. Now, following her dreams might mean walking away from her one chance at love.
While this story reminded me of why I loved Summer at Willow Lake, I wasn't overly excited while I read it. Jenny and Rourke didn't hold that magical character magic that I need in order to love a story. However, there was a redemption with young Daisy Bellamy, I am incredibly eager to find out more about this young woman and her journey.
There was a bit of predictability in this story as well, and it didn't lend itself to making the story better. In fact it the obviousness of some of the plot elements that garnered this book a less than stellar rating.
I have heard from numerous friends that this was their least favorite in the series, and hopefully that is a correct assumption and I will love the other books even more.(less)
When her father is assigned the task of spying on the French Court, the charming and sweetly innocent Anne Boleyn is delighted...moreSummary from www.bn.com
When her father is assigned the task of spying on the French Court, the charming and sweetly innocent Anne Boleyn is delighted by the thought of a new adventure. And she is not to be disappointed, for her beautiful sister, Mary, has been handed a mission: to let herself be seduced by the King of France in order to uncover his secrets.
Mesmerized by the thrilling passion, intrigue, and betrayal that unfolds, Anne discovers the power of being a woman who catches the eye of a powerful king. And, as she grows into a beautiful young woman, she undergoes her own sexual awakening, each daring exploit taking her one step closer to the life that is her destiny.
I am a huge fan of The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory and I was eager to read this since my friend Deb loved it and it is way out of her comfort zone. So when an opportunity to review this for http://www.ck2skwipsandkritiques.com/ I just couldn't pass it up.
Maxwell takes us on a journey of Anne's life in the French Court, and it's interesting to add that level of history into my enjoyment of this genre. Maxwell focus' so much of her writing on the characters and the interactions and as a character driven reader that was an inspiring choice for me. I will post more of my focused review when it is posted on the review site.
I am very hopeful that Maxwell will continue writing about this period in history because her voice is unique and her story has been haunting me for days. For fans of this genre I definitely recommend this read.(less)
Just days before a massive exhibition opens at the popular New York Museum of Natural History, visitors are being savagely murdered in the museum's dark hallways and secret rooms. Autopsies indicate that the killer cannot be human...But the museum's directors plan to go ahead with a big bash to celebrate the new exhibition, in spite of the murders. Museum researcher Margo Green must find out who - or what - is doing the killing. But can she do it in time to stop the massacre?
At first I was a little worried that I wouldn't appreciate this book. I've heard nothing but phenomenal comments about this series and I wanted to try it. However, I had heard that this particular book had some horror elements to it and that is definitely not a genre I like to read often. I do have to say though that Preston and Child did an exceptional job of giving the reader just enough information to allow their own imagination to tell the story. It wasn't gruesome although the potential to be so was definitely there.
I fell for Agent Pendergast and I can't wait to see more of him in the future. If you haven't tried this series yet, and you love a good thriller, try it. Even for the most chicken of readers, I found every thing about this book to be top of the line. (less)
I love a good mystery/thriller. I love them even more when I don't already have it figured out 1/3 the way through. I don't honestly know if it is as...moreI love a good mystery/thriller. I love them even more when I don't already have it figured out 1/3 the way through. I don't honestly know if it is as obvious for everyone as it is for me, but sometimes the only reason I finish a book is to see if I am right. It isn't as thrilling when you've already gotten it figured out.
One of the mysteries in the story I didn't know until the end but it wasn't the primary plot line of the book so I didn't focus on it. It was the secondary plot line and wasn't propelling the storyline therefore I wasn't as interested in the resolution.
I will read more in this series because they are easy reads and I enjoy the speed at which I can read them.(less)
"A KILLER IN WAITING, Fred Brin...more The 6th Target
by: James Patterson
Month Read: May 2007
Series: #6 Women's Murder Club
"A KILLER IN WAITING, Fred Brinkley slumps in the blue-upholstered banquette on the top deck of the ferry"
Synopsis: From the Publisher When a horrifying attack leaves one of the four members of the Women's Murder Club struggling for her life, the others fight to keep a madman behind bars before anyone else is hurt. And Lindsay Boxer and her new partner in the San Francisco police department run flat-out to stop a series of kidnappings that has electrified the city: children are being plucked off the streets together with their nannies-- but the kidnappers aren't demanding ransom. Amid uncertainty and rising panic, Lindsay juggles the possibility of a new love with an unsolvable investigation, and the knowledge that one member of the club could be on the brink of death. And just when everything appears momentarily under control, the case takes a terrifying turn, putting an entire city in lethal danger. Lindsay must make a choice she never dreamed she'd face--with no certainty that either outcome has more than a prayer of success.
The style of this one turned me off a bit because it had more than 1 case as the focus. I prefer to have my focus drawn into one case at a time and for some reason Patterson and Paetro found it necessary to tell the story of 3 different cases. None of which ultimately tied to each other, but almost as if they couldn't seem to make 1 book about any of those cases. I am not sure.
Ultimately I was not disappointed by this journey into the WMC, I just felt like they couldn't settle on something and tried very hard to keep the readers attention by throwing in other stuff to disuade and distract.
As always I love the characters in this series, but I most definitely still miss Jill. Yuki still hasn't replaced her in my heart
I am on a YA kick lately. Loving all the new books out that I wish were out when I used to struggle with reading. I wonder what I would have been like...moreI am on a YA kick lately. Loving all the new books out that I wish were out when I used to struggle with reading. I wonder what I would have been like back then if I could read these books now.
I love the premise of this book a vampire school. How cool is that? I love how each author can take the same basic characters and turn them into a totally different story line with a totally different way to look at things.
A very interesting tale indeed. I look forward to reading more in this series. (less)
A cute twist on the typical vampire romantic. I enjoyed the comedy elements and the characters. I am not sure if there are more in this series but i a...moreA cute twist on the typical vampire romantic. I enjoyed the comedy elements and the characters. I am not sure if there are more in this series but i am about to find out.(less)
So Milagro got into some interesting trouble this time around. I am interested enough to see where it goes from here. I had a hard time getting into t...moreSo Milagro got into some interesting trouble this time around. I am interested enough to see where it goes from here. I had a hard time getting into the beginning of the book but about half way through it really took off and I couldn't put it down.(less)
"Until 6:45 on that Thursday morning, women had always loved Reid Buchanan."
From the Publisher Reid Buchanan was always a fan f...moreFirst Sentence:
"Until 6:45 on that Thursday morning, women had always loved Reid Buchanan."
From the Publisher Reid Buchanan was always a fan favorite on the baseball diamond. But between the sheets?
A spiteful article about the former pitcher and current playboy questions his talent in the bedroom. And the newspaper's just the first bad news. Reid's grandmother Gloria's broken hip means she needs constant care—but Reid hired Nurses 1 and 2 for their bedside manner with him. So for Number 3 he chooses Lori Johnson, the first candidate who seems immune to his brand of charm.
Lori's never wasted her time with amoebas like Reid Buchanan. So why are her well-fortified defenses starting to crumble under the force of his sexy smile—and the kindness he shows her at every turn? There's only one explanation for the feelings flaring between them—chemistry. Chemistry so hot, it's sizzling!
Mallery is a master of family drama, and this venture into the Buchanan clan wasn't a disappointment. Can Reid really become the man that Lori Johnson wishes he could be? He is willing to try. This was a slow burn into love it wasn't all hot fiery passion and I would die if I couldn't have you. This was an elegant love story full of friendship and hope.
If you have loved all the others in this series, you will not be disappointed in this addition.
For me, it was a nice change to see what happens to Gloria in this book more so than to see what happened to Reid and Lori and that is what makes it fall a wee bit short. I am interested in catching up with the clan in July when TEMPTING comes out.
While I was madly in love with Walker Buchanan in IRRESISTIBLE, Reid fell really short, and was beneath the characters I've come to expect from Buchanan. It wasn't that he was horrible, but after Walker, I guess no man can live up to those expectations :)