It's Christmas time in Key West, Florida and all the festivities are starting, with lights around the palm trees, parades of every sort, and foods toIt's Christmas time in Key West, Florida and all the festivities are starting, with lights around the palm trees, parades of every sort, and foods to tempt the Christmas vacationers. Hayley Snow is trying to hold onto her job as Key Zest Magazine's food writer, as well as negotiate her mom's living close by now.
Hayley is sent to interview a new restauranteur, Edel, who is opening her branch of a popular New York restaurant that she used to run with her newly divorced husband. Hayley is deliciously impressed with the spaghetti bolognese (recipe in book) amongst other things. But before the restaurant can open, there's a fire and a dead body in the back of the restaurant. Was this an accident or is someone out to sabotage the opening, or even murder the owner. Being so new in town, Edel calls upon Hayley to help her because she's Edel's only new friend there and she knows that Hayley has solved other murders before.
These Key West Food Critic Mysteries are great reads for so many reasons. I love all the recurring characters, from 80 year old feisty, Miss Gloria, to Hayley's divorced parents and their new mates, to Hayley's fellow magazine staffers, to her homeless friends, to her Tarot card reader, to even the holy terror magazine owner, amongst others. The food descriptions and recipes are delicious. I especially love all the food quotes that start every chapter: " A cook is a man with a can opener. A chef is an artist" George Auguste Escoffier is just one example. Lastly, the mysteries are always intriguing!
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This superb series has covered all the seasons with this fourth book. It's an awesomely humorous and mysterious book that combines Agatha Christie, LoThis superb series has covered all the seasons with this fourth book. It's an awesomely humorous and mysterious book that combines Agatha Christie, Louise Penny and Dan Brown----and Malliet mentions all three authors' works within this book so cleverly too.
Former MI-5 operative Max Tutor, is called upon by his Bishop to travel to Monksbury Abby to check on some unusual financial issues with the records from the Handmaids of St Lucy nunnery. Max also finds himself investigating a suspicious fruitcake poisoning, while he's there.
This mystery, though serious, is sparked throughout by such intellectual humor and brilliant connections to those other famous authors, it is unlike any other cozy series I've read recently. There are chapter heads that tell the rules of these Handmaids of St Lucy, along with history of this lady. There is a clash between worldly ways and silent contemplation that adds much to the mystery. I would consider this a must read for any enthusiastic cozy readers!! I listened to a fabulous Audible version of this book which made something great into something extraordinary!! ...more
If you're a fan of CJ Box like I am, you must read everything that he writes. I'm generally not a fan of short stories, but every one of these is a wiIf you're a fan of CJ Box like I am, you must read everything that he writes. I'm generally not a fan of short stories, but every one of these is a winner. Especially appreciated the one that was a required 1000 words--no more and no less. Box's efficiency with just the right words made it interesting and complete.
There are also a few that were previously only released for e readers, and I know a few people who were disappointed in not being able to read these before. A couple revolve around Joe Picket and Nate. Also a very interesting one "Pronghorns of The Third Reich" that was written around an actual picture from history.
Great listening to them on Audible. David chandlers continues to do an excellent job narrating Box's works. ...more
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Ellery Adams has begun a mystery series for all lovers of mystery and books. Storyton HI got this book free from the author. This is my honest review.
Ellery Adams has begun a mystery series for all lovers of mystery and books. Storyton Hall is a huge resort nestled in rural Virginia, surrounded by shops and restaurants that also cater to the literature lover. Guests will have the services of a full staff, including butler, chauffeur, and a librarian who reins over a library that could rival parts of the Library of Congress. He can find books for everyone from the toddler reading Beatrix Potter, to those wanting mysteries from the classics to the very latest bestseller, to those wanting a tasty bodes ripper. But beware, as no one and nothing is just as they may seem.
On a special Mystery Holliday event filled with scavenger hunts, mystery trivia games, a costume ball and more, one of the staff finds a "Van Winkle", the staff's term for a dead body, in one of the rooms. He had just won a valuable book as a prize and apparently there is someone who will do anything to own that book for themselves. Quietly solving a real murder amongst the mystery guests becomes quit a task, considering that one of those guests may be a real murderer.
This book is like the exciting experience of a puzzle box. Opening one section may reveal truths or send you on another path, but by the end of the puzzle you can fit all the pieces in expertly. Cozy lovers and lovers of intrigue and books will be fascinated with all the secrets that open up to them. The characters are much more then simple innkeepers. There are also some ancient secrets and legends that tantalite the imagination deliciously, and set the background for lots more adventures in books at Storyton Hall....more
Forgiveness, redemption and giving back to others to help deal with your own troubles are the underlying themes of this second light romance in the HoForgiveness, redemption and giving back to others to help deal with your own troubles are the underlying themes of this second light romance in the Hope's Crossing series by RaeAnne Thayne.
Evie Blanchard works in the beading store with Claire (from BLACKBERRY SUMMER) but she's actually a physical therapist. A tragedy in her past has caused her to forgo that path for her own emotional security. But when single dad, Brodie, begs her to take over his 15 year old daughter, Taryn's therapy, Evie is torn in making a decision. Taryn was almost killed in an accident that did kill one of Evie's friend's daughter, and Taryn is her best friend's granddaughter, so she relents and agrees to help until they find another therapist. Hearts and emotions of many people are affected by Taryn and her struggle with guilt and recuperation, including her dad and Evie.
I really enjoyed this light romance with underlying themes that relate to so many different people. The "Angel of Hope" again appears in this book, which I appreciate as a grand idea for any community. The romance is nicely done without any overdone sex scenes. The writing is terrific and flows nicely with a group of endearing characters. Definitely will continue with this series!...more
This was a greet surprise when it arrived. Full of interesting looking recipes that I want to start making immediately. There is also a nice section fThis was a greet surprise when it arrived. Full of interesting looking recipes that I want to start making immediately. There is also a nice section for goodies for your pets. In the back, is a great condensed section about every cozy mystery author who has contributed to this book, with a short bio and list of all their books. I am really enjoying reading this as a book. There are a great selection of munchy type items that can be used for book group meetings, as well as yummy whole meal choices. Each recipe is attributed to the author who contributed it to this book of cozy mystery writers' recipes....more
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This lovely, compassionate, small little book is something that I will now be giving toI got this book free from a blogger. This is my honest review.
This lovely, compassionate, small little book is something that I will now be giving to people who are suffering loss of one form or another. Having lost a grandson when he was 4 1/2 almost 20 years ago, I know this book would have been a much greater comfort, with empathetic and encouraging words of hope, than a mere sympathy card. Now that time has passed, I also realize that Kirkpatrick speaks truth through stories from life and scripture.
It is short--60 pages-- thus not overwhelming for people in suffering. It is also full of lovely, meaningful photos. Can be read all at once or in the small chapters. It speaks to the griever, rather than about what psychologists describe as the "grief process". Excellent book!...more
Wollie Shelley was working hard to have her franchise, "Wollie's Welcome Greetings", pass muster with the national offices, when she gets a strange phWollie Shelley was working hard to have her franchise, "Wollie's Welcome Greetings", pass muster with the national offices, when she gets a strange phone call from her brother, PJ. PJ is happily living in the local mental hospital because of his schizophrenia, but an illness has caused him to be off his meds for a few days. He's calling Wollie, all upset about a dead body, but he's not making much sense in the telling, so Wollie drives out to the hospital to see what is going on. But there IS a dead body, as Wollie almost drives over it just before reaching the hospital entrance. When she gets into the hospital, she's waylaid by a man in scrubs, "Doc" is on the run from the Mafia, but he's definitely not a Doctor.
Thus begins this mystery that if fraught with strange occurrences and stranger characters. There's the temporarily mute daughter of Doc, with her pesky ferret, Margaret. There there are the men that Wollie must date to earn $5000---40 of them, to meet the requirements of the experiment by a talk show host for her book, How To Avoid Getting Dumped All The Time. Wollie should not be attracted to Doc, but she definitely is and gets sucked into his life and mystery.
This lighthearted book is full of danger and screwy situations, where fright and laughter can occur at just about the same time. Mixing the threat of murderers with her need to protect her brother, keeps Wollie in a mixing bowl of adventures, and she just might find the " right" man for her in the process. Am thrilled that a book club member chose this book to read--such fun with a great mystery too. Don't know which I liked better, the mystery or all the quirky characters, but I'll definitely be reading more from Kozak!...more
I read lots of cozy mysteries because they are one of my very favorite genres. So first of all I want to say--best use of a pet (cat) as a character eI read lots of cozy mysteries because they are one of my very favorite genres. So first of all I want to say--best use of a pet (cat) as a character ever!!!! Eddie was a stray cat who attached himself to librarian, Minnie Hamilton. Minnie did not choose him, he literally refused to go away, but Eddie soon won Minnie's heart with his very communicative "Mrr". The communication and relationship between these two is very realistic which any cat lover will see immediately when they read this book.
Minnie has convinced her reluctant supervisor that their small tourist town of Chilson, Michigan needs a bookmobile for places where libraries have had to close down. Fortunately, a rich benefactor donated a huge check to cover all the costs for this project. On it's maiden voyage, Eddie snuck aboard and then ran off at a neglected farmhouse just to discover a dead body. Now Minnie finds herself deep--too deep--into a murder investigation.
Eddie is definitely the leading character in this mystery. All his cat like characteristics come into play, including some small and some elderly patrons' demands for his attention. Minnie talks to Eddie while thinking through her questions and plans, and Eddie very meaningfully "mrrrrs" back, helping her through her thoughts. A terrific human and animal relationship that added so much to this mystery, while driving for solutions to an interesting mystery. Definitely a winner for me and I'm anxious to read the next in this, hopefully, long running series!! ...more
It's very difficult for me to pin point why I enjoy Koontz's writing so much, but I thoroughly enjoy every book of his that I have read. It's the wayIt's very difficult for me to pin point why I enjoy Koontz's writing so much, but I thoroughly enjoy every book of his that I have read. It's the way he turns a phrase, and seven words are actually better than one word in his writing. He takes simple thoughts and makes them sound profound. He makes me think with just the simplest statements. For example, in THE CITY, he says numerous times, "no matter what happens, everything will be all right in the end.". For most people's belief systems, this is very true, but I never thought of it in such a straight forward way.
THE CITY is basically the coming of age story of a young African American boy, Jonah Kirk, born in the late 40's. He tells his life story around the events of the day. He's a musical prodigy from a musical family. Though his father had left the family when Jonah was very young, circumstances happen where his father's actions actually have a profound affect on Jonah's life.
It's difficult to say any more about this story without giving spoilers, so I'll just say that Koontz still remains one of my favorite authors and I think that it's definitely worth any serious reader's time to enjoy the style and stories of Koontz. I listened to this on Audible which I believe enhanced this story because it seemed as though Jonah was actually talking about his own life. ...more
"We needed this. A reminder that no matter how difficult our own journey, sometimes the only thing that can ease our path is to stop for a while and g"We needed this. A reminder that no matter how difficult our own journey, sometimes the only thing that can ease our path is to stop for a while and gather strength by lifting someone else's burden" (page 342)
BLACKBERRY SUMMER is the first book in the Hope's Crossing series by RaeAnne Thayne. This light romance fosters a sense of community, friendships, and helping others that raises it above the average romance novel. This town has a curiously secretive "Angle of Hope" who steps up to meet people's needs just when they feel down. Anything from paying heating bills, providing a good second hand car, to a get well gift basket appear to show people that someone else does care about them.
Claire is a divorced single mom who runs a beading shop in town. When she and her kids are injured in a car accident because the police chief is chasing a ring of thieves, she finds that her fierce independence is threatened because she needs help after her injuries. Riley is the new police chief who has just returned to his hometown. Riley and Claire grew up together as friends but now that friendship is growing into something else, but each of their pasts seem to be hindering their new found feelings. How will the accident and the town's gossip mill affect their blooming romance?
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The characters evoked many emotions and drew me immediately into this story of romance and community. I enjoyed the bead crafting and the atmosphere of small town relationships. Looking forward to continuing this series to find out about more people's lives in Hope's Crossing, Colorado. ...more
Today I found the first book in an older series that entertained me immensely. 87 year old Dorothy Jean has lived on her 180 acre farm in PartonvilleToday I found the first book in an older series that entertained me immensely. 87 year old Dorothy Jean has lived on her 180 acre farm in Partonville (Pardon me ville), Illinois, for her whole life. Her husband and daughter are dead, and her two boys and grandchildren visit infrequently, but Dorothy lives a brilliant life amongst all of the folks in her small town. An old friends's daughter and grandson are coming to town from New York, to close out her aunt's home. And she hopes to get in and out of town as quickly as possible. But she finds her heart strangely opened by Dorothy and her friends.
Baumbich is a Christian humorist and she does a bang up job with Dorothy Dearest, who is always talking to " The Big Guy" with a conclusion of "Dear Lord--Do SOMETHING". The situations are realistic but are handled with a prayerful touch, mixed with a large dash of fun!! Filled will a full cast of strangely lovable people, the is the beginning of more hopefully great reads for me. I listened to this on audio and highly recommend it to everyone . ...more
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"Vengeance is mine, I will repay, sayeth The Lord." (Romans 12:19). In 1967, in thI received this book free from the author. This is my honest review.
"Vengeance is mine, I will repay, sayeth The Lord." (Romans 12:19). In 1967, in the small town of Center Springs, Texas, events are going to take place that will put this promise to the ultimate test. Tony Agrioli and his girlfriend, have just moved into town after having met Center Springs' Constable Cody Parker and his new wife while they were on their honeymoon in Las Vegas. Tony wants to live a simple peaceful life, but we don't always get what we wish for when our past follows us.
Usually a rather peaceful town, where everybody knows everybody else's business, Constables Cody and Ned Parker find themselves up against a crooked and racist Sheriff who is steeped in evil. There's been a murder and a robbery, but the Sheriff seems to have his own agenda. The Parker teens, Top and his cousin, Pepper's curiosity gets them into the center of trouble yet again, as a number of strangers come into town bringing intrigue and tragedy with them.
Once again, Wortham has created a tale of old fashion humor and violence, steeped with references to past times that thrills the senses. There's murder, bank robberies, mobsters, counterfeit money, and deadly secrets that move this story like a huge roller coaster ride. This book can be enjoyed by itself, but I definitely recommend first being introduced to the tall tales from the first three books in this series. Cops and robbers with quirky characters, a bit of foreboding dreams, and real heroes raise the story above the average mystery. ...more
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In this exciting book in the new series--Picked & Preserved Mysteries-- PeterI received this book free from the author. This is my honest review.
In this exciting book in the new series--Picked & Preserved Mysteries-- Peter Piper did not pick a peck of pickled peppers, but the new girl in Cloverdale, Piper Lamb, picks fresh organic produce from her Aunt Judy's farm to make her many various pickled and preserved specialities for her new shop, Piper's Pickelings. She's hoping to get a fresh start in life after her boyfriend has left her to travel around the world.
With her cute new assistant, Amy, Piper has a great opportunity to get her products seen by everyone at the local fair. Unfortunately, when she came for the second day at the fair, her expensive new pickle barrel was filled with more than pickles. Unloveable councilman , Alan Rosemont, is dead and head down in the barrel. To add to her dismay, Amy's boyfriend Nate seems to be the sheriffs main suspect---and the sheriff is Amy's father. Piper takes on the challenge of helping Amy prove Nate innocent by checking out everyone that might have wanted to see Rosemont dead. This is not an easy task, as there are any number folks who might be glad to have Rosemont gone.
This cozy mystery was especially interesting to me because pickling was involved, with great information and yummy recipes that I've never seen in any other cozies. The characters were endearing and particularly well fleshed out. Of corse, there is also the terrific sour pickle of a woman who never seems to sweeten up while running her candy store. The mystery kept me guessing right up until the surprise ending. Definitely a series I want to read more of with Piper, her romances and her preserved organic treats!...more
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LIGHT SHINING IN. THE FORREST is one of those books that grabs you from the beginning aI got this book free from Firstreads. This is my honest review.
LIGHT SHINING IN. THE FORREST is one of those books that grabs you from the beginning and makes you yell at the characters and situations throughout the book. The premiss from English headlines is: " The best estimate we have shows that every five minutes a child goes missing in the UK." You would think that everyone would be appalled by this, but the reaction is actually a numbed public who apparently finds assuming someone else will deal with this easier than getting upset by those missing kids. Then there are the politicians who don't want their jobs jeopardized by children not found or found dead or injured.
Paul Torday has taken these ideas and written a fictional story unlike anything I could have conceived of myself. It's engrossing, fascinating, and terrorizing at the same time. A Children's Czar has been created but he has no job description. He's basically getting paid to smooze at conferences and sit around all day. Then a low level journalist, who wants to make a name for himself, wants him to tackle finding two missing ten year old children who have been labeled runaways, but were actually probably abducted. Throw in a sadistic serial killer and self centered politicians, and everything that should be happening is turned into something else!
Enjoyment of this book is a strange thought. It was terrifying, maddening and terrific at the same time. Torday's creativity and imagination deserve a gold medal! Loved the book is not a sufficient thought. Definitely a super read for book groups and discussions. How have I missed this author previously? Going back to read all his previous works!! ...more
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"Truth is, there are a lot of things I've done that I don't feel that great about. But if yoI won this book from Firstreads. This is my honest review.
"Truth is, there are a lot of things I've done that I don't feel that great about. But if you look back on whatever the wrath of God is burning down behind you, you turn into a pillar of salt. So, you just write down stuff you want to remember, leave out the rest of it, and keep pushing yourself forward, on a walker or in a wheelchair or with anything that can keep you moving" Baruch (Buck) Schatz ( from DON'T EVER LOOK BACK by Daniel Friedman)
Daniel Friedman has created an eighty something character in Buck Schatz that will keep you roaring in laughter while also causing you to think very deeply about mankind and history. After his last book, DON'T EVER GET OLD, Buck is recovering from injuries he sustained in recovering Jewish artworks stolen by the Nazi regime. Now living in an assisted living facility with his wife, Buck still refuses to behave like an "old man".
Elijah is a thief that Buck knew in the 1960's when he was still a cop in Memphis. Now Elijah has come back to convince Buck to guard his life. But he's also planning a robbery to beat all robberies in Memphis. By wheelchair or walker, Buck takes on the task, not of saving Elijah's life, but of trying to keep him from successfully robbing the bank. Race riots of local factory strikers is not helping the situation.
Baruch (Buck) Schatz is destined to become a classic character in literature. He's a hard headed, brazen, "do it my way", sarcastic "Jew" who lives by his own set of rules for justice. He smokes wherever he likes and sensors nothing he says. He'd just as soon shoot you rather than take any bull. He always keeps a notebook on hand to write down "Something I don't want to forget". Though Friedman's character invokes laughter on most every page, his subject matter in both books is deadly serious. Another winner from Friedman!...more
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This book had my attention with the title. Loving all things about dollhouses, I had high hoI got this free from the author. This is my honest review.
This book had my attention with the title. Loving all things about dollhouses, I had high hopes for this book and it definitely exceeded my expectations. Daisy Buchanan runs her vintage notions and sewing shop, Sometimes A Notion, as a guilty pleasure after having taught school for a number of years. It's position amongst other speciality shops makes it a great place for gathering friends for gossip and some of friend, Martha's, baked goods.
Daisy wants to give her young friend, Claire, a dollhouse for her birthday, and finds just the perfect one to buy and fix up for her at a local estate sale. But when another collector goes bonkers trying to buy it from Daisy, something becomes very strange and deadly. What is it about this particular dollhouse that is so special? Daisy's maintaining her store may depend upon her finding out about murder and wills.
I love the characters in these Deadly Notions Mysteries. First if all, the heroine is happily married, with the usual frictions found in marriages. With so many books focusing on single or divorced folks, I enjoy that Daisy is more like myself for a change. Daisy's friends in the community are all unique and fun--folks I'd enjoy having around. The descriptions and information about dollhouses is great, especially about the lighting. All around great story with a mystery that kept me thinking right along with Daisy. This is becoming one of my favorite series!!...more
If you're a fan of every version of Dickens' A CHRISTMAS CAROL as I am, you will be as thrilled with this book. Bennett has thoroughly captured DickenIf you're a fan of every version of Dickens' A CHRISTMAS CAROL as I am, you will be as thrilled with this book. Bennett has thoroughly captured Dickens' writing style and story line within the wonderful little Christmas tale.
Rather than beginning with the night that Marley returned in death to tell Scrooge of the impending spirits that would change Scrooge's life, this story begins at the start of Jacob's life. We hear of a kind and loving family that Jacob had to begin his life, but he managed to become an old skinflint anyway. How he managed to return to elicit a change in Scrooge's life makes up the majority of this expanded version of an old classic. It was done exceedingly well too.
This is a great version of the classic which tells of compassion and redemption and a life well lived. Though this is just a story, and a superb one at that, I would be remiss, as a Christian, if I did not point out that only Christ can bring about a person's eternal salvation. That said, I believe the message in these stories of doing good to your fellow man, is something that Christ does expect from his people too. A new favorite has been added to my Christmas traditions!...more
These are by far the best thing going for anyone who really wants to help a real beginning reader get off on the right foot. Few words per page---pictThese are by far the best thing going for anyone who really wants to help a real beginning reader get off on the right foot. Few words per page---pictures help to figure out words--few pages, so my granddaughter was able to complete a book in a short amount of time without getting frustrated. I've found that most of the "Reading Level 1" books are actually still very difficult for a truly new reader. Also, the words in this book allow for "games" that parents can easily start with kids where they can spell more words based on words in the book. Example--"sand". Developed into "band", "hand", "land". My granddaughter's excitement over being "so smart" was more than worth the price of these books!!!!...more
One of the best first reader books I've found so far. Beautiful illustrations just like Dr Seuss books and movie. My granddaughters loved being able tOne of the best first reader books I've found so far. Beautiful illustrations just like Dr Seuss books and movie. My granddaughters loved being able to read something so familiar to them. The feeling of success with reading something that they had been seeing and hearing all their lives was very gratifying to this Grandma! They had fun creating more rhyming words also---which they learned to spell quickly too!...more
It's spring time in Key West, Florida. So what sounds like the most fun? Vacation for the young crowd on break, or maybe a lovely wedding on the pointIt's spring time in Key West, Florida. So what sounds like the most fun? Vacation for the young crowd on break, or maybe a lovely wedding on the point with a beautiful sunset reception, or perhaps a family gathering of all the different new couples with divorced parents and food tasting. Well in this book, Lucy Burdette has brought all these things together in her fourth Key West Food Critic Mystery book, and the results is a world-win of adventure.
Amongst everything else, food critic and writer, Hayley Snow, is dealing with her surely 15 year old half brother who has gone off on a Jet Ski that is not his, and he's gotten into a real mess. At the same time, Hayley is a bride's maid for her best friend's wedding and has planned to make hundreds of cupcakes for the big day. But never forget that her day job is eating and critiquing foods from all of the local restaurants for her handsome boss at Key Zest Magazine.
I adore this series. Burdette's characters grow exponentially in every book and I must get my updates on everyone's lives in each new book. The fun vacation atmosphere and food recipes give me that vacation feeling every time I get engrossed in these mysteries. The lime cupcakes, strawberry pie recipe, and other recipes are worth the read by themselves. I hope these mysteries go on and on like a wonderful family reunion with a mysterious twist! ...more
This picture book shares the true reason for Christmas through a cute story of a little polar bear and her mom. She wants to know if Santa gave us ChrThis picture book shares the true reason for Christmas through a cute story of a little polar bear and her mom. She wants to know if Santa gave us Christmas, so Mama Bear takes her on a journey that tells about God bringing the baby Jesus to us at Christmas time. She also shares a few other gifts from nature that God brought to us. Lovely story and illustrations for explaining the gifts of God to young children! ...more
I got this book from audible and it was read by Bill O'Reilly as one of the authors. It is exactly what the title claims---the historical account of tI got this book from audible and it was read by Bill O'Reilly as one of the authors. It is exactly what the title claims---the historical account of the life, death, and times in which Jesus was born and was crucified. I am completely familiar with the Bible so was looking for historical accounts of those days, and that is exactly what I got. The descriptions of the Roman Empire and it's leaders, and their relationship with the Jewish leaders of the time was excellent!
As a former teacher, O'Reilly knows how to make history interesting and accurate with footnotes when necessary. I have always enjoyed learning from a great teacher, and was not disappointed with this book. I highly recommend this book for everyone interested in the subject matter. It is not an evangelical, preachy story, but just the facts as they happened. For Christians and non-Christians alike....more
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After Wiley Cash's first spectacular book, A LAND MORE KIND THAN HOME, I wonderedI received this book free from first reads. This is my honest review.
After Wiley Cash's first spectacular book, A LAND MORE KIND THAN HOME, I wondered if he would become another one book wonder, but this new book does not disappoint. Through the voices of a 12 year old foster child, her ex-policeman guardian ad litem, and a psychopath out for revenge, Wiley has produced another fast paced suspense developed around the ideas of a father's love and redemption.
Twelve year old Easter, and her six year old sister, Ruby haven't had an easy life. Now in foster care, their mother just recently died and apparently their negligent father, Wade, who signed away his parental rights, has come back into their lives. Unfortunately, he's also gotten himself into trouble with a mobster who wants him dead and has hired a killer who has his own reasons for wanting to destroy Wade. Brady is the girls court appointed guardian, but he's also an ex-policeman and divorced father, with a teen aged daughter of his own.
This story builds empathy and suspense as Wade tries to reconnect to his girls without being caught by anyone who could change his plans for a new family life. Brady gets caught up with the investigation of a robbery, while he remember's his own failings as a father as he tries to help the girls in his care. And the psychopath is right behind everything, leaving destruction in his path. Wiley Cash travels this road with them, adding the exciting 1998 home run race between McGuire and Sosa as a backdrop tying everything together masterfully.
Once again, Wiley Cash has created the emotional Southern Novel at it's best. Since I was also a Court Appointed Special Advocate, and I followed the 1998 batting record race between McGuire and Sosa all the way to attending the game with the 62nd homer by McGuire, this book took on an even greater attraction for me. Cash has definitely joined my list of all time favorite authors, with his ability to write a great book, and tie it all up so uniquely. ...more
Clare Cosi and all the crew at New York's legendary Village Coffeehouse are back in the latest adventures in this series. Finally out in Audible, whicClare Cosi and all the crew at New York's legendary Village Coffeehouse are back in the latest adventures in this series. Finally out in Audible, which is my guilty pleasure for this favorite cozy series of mine .
A young billionaire Internet genius, Eric, has been making daily visits to Clare's coffeehouse, drilling all her baristas on differing coffee drinks. Clare suspects he's planning to filch her best ones, but before she can question him about this, a car bomb explodes outside of the shop, killing his driver and injuring people in the coffeehouse. Injured Eric was aided by Clare, and now he seems bent on giving her present upon present. Clare gets involved with the bomb squad to investigate who wants to kill Eric.
As always, this coffeehouse mystery if full of coffee facts, and compellingly interesting information on the subjects of this mystery--bomb squad of New York, billionaire's lifestyles, foodie events, and internet apt development. The best part is that all this information is integral to the mystery and adds so much to the fun of these books. The Audible narrator is excellent, accents and all. Of corse , we also delve more into Clare's love life with her New York cop, and Clare's daughter and ex husband's adventures too . Love love love this series. Recommend it to all cozy lovers whether your a coffee fan or not!! ...more
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This is simply a masterpiece of suspenseful literature. Koontz has outdone himselfI received this free from the publishers. This is my honest review--
This is simply a masterpiece of suspenseful literature. Koontz has outdone himself in this seemingly allegorical story of good and evil, and the free will of mankind to better his world or to destroy it with misused power and greed.
Addison Goodheart is a 26 year old man who has lived all of his life in the darkness of the night and in the underground sewers and tunnels. When he does go out, he covers everything but his eyes least anyone see him and become so horrified that they would try to murder him. Gwyneth is a young woman with a social phobia, causing her to avoid any physical touch at all. They meet one night in the library and this amazing story continues.
Koontz deftly goes back and forth in time building suspense while telling this present day story. Sometimes this can be confusing from other authors, but it was a must in developing this story. Koontz language was beautiful, describing snowfall in ways I've never heard before. This is perhaps one of Koontz's very best stories yet. A must read for his fans and for anyone seeking a new favorite author!...more
After MERCY FALLS, this is a must read. Cork is running from a hit man. Jacoby blames Cork for his son's death. Though Cork got shot in the leg, he waAfter MERCY FALLS, this is a must read. Cork is running from a hit man. Jacoby blames Cork for his son's death. Though Cork got shot in the leg, he was able to make his escape to his cousin's home. Being a vet, she has been able to patch him up. She and her son, live in a resort park that was run by her husband before he was killed by the police. Now, she's not too thrilled by having Cork stay with her.
Cork's friend, ex FBI, Dina Willner, has followed Cork to his hideout, but the threat to Cork takes a break when Ren, his cousin's young teen aged son, and his feisty girl friend, Charlie, find themselves caught up in murders of local children. Charlie's is a precarious position. She has been in and out of a volunteer shelter for kids, but it looks like someone wants her dead too.
The relationships between the adults and the kids is terrific in this mystery. The gutsy kids show the foolish bravery of young children, and the adults are pushed to find out why someone wants these kids dead. The woodsy small town atmosphere is like a character in itself. Definitely one of Kruger's best books in the Cork O'Conner mysteries. ...more
WOW, didn't think this superb author could so outdo herself with a better book than she has written so far, but HOW THE LIGHT GETS IN is definitely aWOW, didn't think this superb author could so outdo herself with a better book than she has written so far, but HOW THE LIGHT GETS IN is definitely a masterpiece of plot, suspense, and character development from Louise Penny!!
Chief Inspector Armand Gamache and his deputy, Jean-Guy Beauvior , have been in a precarious relationship for some time now, resulting from a botched raid where Beauvoir was almost killed. Beauvoir, who loves Gamache's daughter, has gotten mired in drug use, and has turned his back on Gamache. Events have built to a thrilling head with Gamache's superior within the police department also, though Gamache is stumped as to what and why this is happening.
At the same time that all these things are happening in Gamache's private and professional life, he is given the case of the murder of the last surviving Quellet quintuplet. The quintuplets were extremely famous since the day of their birth on a back country farm in Canada. Research by Gamache and his team seems to show family dysfunction because of the great interference by the Canadian government as they exploited the girls' fame and fortune.
Louise Penny expertly weaves back and forth between these mysteries as we see who is faithful and who has drastic plans for great catastrophes. All of our favorite characters from Three Pines become very involved in the survival, or not, of Gamache and all those people around him. Great blend of thrills and homey humor. Another sure fire winner!!!...more
This is a special novel for so many reasons. Children in need, all children, have a special place in my heart. If others had not been there for my momThis is a special novel for so many reasons. Children in need, all children, have a special place in my heart. If others had not been there for my mom, I don't know how she would have survived. I do know that it was The Lord who provided these people in her life. This book tells the story of one fictional Children's Home for orphan and friendless children, with Sadie as the heroine.
Sadie came to this home, sick and starving, as a young child. The people at the home nursed her, schooled her, taught her of Christ's love, and found a real family for her to grow up into the young lady she has become. Now she is the assistant to the matron in that same home. She adores the children, and puts their needs front and center in her life. When the head matron offers Sadie her job, as she was getting married, Sadie jumped at the chance to further help these kids. She was convinced that this was God's leading for her life. But being matron, meant that she could not marry, and her long time boyfriend has just been able to purchase a farm for them to begin their future married life together. Is Sadie following Christ? Why does her heart break because her boyfriend wants her to get married NOW?
This book is very interesting, heart warning, and relevant for most any reader. As Christians, we want to be following the path that Christ has designed for us. Unfortunately, it's not always easy to determine whether something is our will or God's will. The story and characters revolving around this Children's home exemplify this dilemma in a lovely, emotional story that toughed at my heart strings all the way through the story, resulting in an unexpected, and wonderful ending!! ...more
This is a "tell it like it is" story of the life of Pat Conroy's family, specifically involving his father--"THE Great Santini". I believe Conroy is oThis is a "tell it like it is" story of the life of Pat Conroy's family, specifically involving his father--"THE Great Santini". I believe Conroy is one of the very best of American writers. This story comes from his memories of his life with his family----memories that are admittedly different for each Conroy family member. After years of best sellers with fictitious names telling family stories, this gets to the heart of this family with real names and memories.
I have a special interest in Pat Conroy's writings because my husband was also a '67 Citadel graduate, and one of Boo's Boys (Conroy's first book). Conroy also spoke about his family at a CASA ( Court Appointed Special Advocate--working with abused and neglected children) conference that I attended in Charleston, SC when I was a CASA. Name dropping??-- Pat Conroy wouldn't know me if he ran into me on the street. But, these things have added another level of enjoyment to books that needed nothing additional to become favorites in my library!!
Pat is the eldest of seven children born to a Chicago Irish Catholic highly decorated Marine pilot, and a beautiful daughter of a snake handling religious fanatic from the back woods country and a mother who deserted her four young children to defend for themselves. Pat's young life saw him going from place to place where ever his father was stationed at the time. Violence and love centered a difficult and volition family life, resulting in five of the seven kids eventually trying to commit suicide, with the youngest son eventually succeeding.
But the real beauty of this ranting family life, is the continual love-hate relationship between everyone in the family. After The Great Santini was published, Pat was demonized by most of his family, but his father---"THE Great Santini"---took perverse pleasure in referring to himself by that name for the rest of his life. The movie version somehow brought family members back together again in a mixing bowl of emotions. This book is Pat's version of a famous line from his book, The Prince Of Tides: " in families there are no crimes beyond forgiveness."
Though memories can be different for members of a family who lived through the same events, the raw emotions, and spectacularly open and dramatic telling of this story by Pat Conroy, makes this a timeless story of many families where violence harms and divides families, children and marriages take a beating figuratively and literally, and love and forgiveness manages to inch their way into people's hearts. Though this could have been a morbid tale if told be a different author, Pat Conroy brings this story into the realm of timeless story telling because of the explosive personality of someone who can get right to the heart of a classic tale! Wonderfully told and expertly written!...more