Lord Cavratt is trying to avoid a particularly persistent husband hunting debutante. He thinks that kissing a nearby servant girl will finally get rid...moreLord Cavratt is trying to avoid a particularly persistent husband hunting debutante. He thinks that kissing a nearby servant girl will finally get rid of her. Unfortunately the nearby servant turns out to be a noble lady with an abusive uncle who insists that they get married immediately. Having little choice he complies, figuring that he can quickly get an annulment. However, he ends up liking Catherine a lot more than he expects and he doesn’t want an annulment to ruin her reputation or throw her back into her uncle’s power. With the help of Lord Cavratt’s sister, Catherine begins to transform into a graceful society lady.
I enjoy Regency romances but most are too racy. This delightful exception was just lovely. Lord Cavratt is a reluctant but honorable hero. Catherine gradually starts to flourish once her uncle can no longer control her. The witty conversation was enjoyable to read. My one complaint is that neither character would come out and ask if the other actually wanted an annulment so much of the story is spent worrying that the other person doesn’t want them. This caused a little repetition as each character worries about their situation, but that didn’t detract much from this very enjoyable read. (less)
In the future world there was massive flooding and most of England is under water. Lily is a fisher girl in a small village. She has a loyal sea cat w...moreIn the future world there was massive flooding and most of England is under water. Lily is a fisher girl in a small village. She has a loyal sea cat who helps her navigate the oceans and a loving grandmother. That all changes when raiders attack their village. Lily’s grandmother is killed and the Prime Ministers daughter is kidnapped from her aunt’s house. The Prime Minster conscripts all the young men into the navy to strike back against the raiders. He also threatens to hang anyone he thinks is a traitor. Wanting to save her village, Lilly sails off with a jewel for ransom. However rescues are never that simple. The jewel ends up being a talking computer, and she ends up befriending the Raider Boss' son. [return][return]This was an interesting premise. Mostly it’s an adventure story with a little humor. There are enough details to make a flooded world believable. The language is changed a little to add to the atmosphere but not so much that you can’t understand what they are saying. The characters have depth, especially the raider boy Zeph. His struggles were very real. And the friendship he and Lily strike up works well. Lexy was adorable and all three made for an entertaining read.(less)
Savannah and Jane are sisters. Jane is quiet, smart, and shy. Savannah is outgoing and fashion conscious. When Savannah starts dating Hunter, the boy...moreSavannah and Jane are sisters. Jane is quiet, smart, and shy. Savannah is outgoing and fashion conscious. When Savannah starts dating Hunter, the boy Jane has been crushing on, Jane realizes she needs to come out of her shell. She buys new clothes, gets a new haircut etc. The result is Hunter notices and he ends up breaking up with Savannah to go out with Jane. Obviously Savannah feels pretty betrayed and then her luck changes (kind of); a godmother shows up to grant her three wishes. Unfortunately her godmother is only a fair godmother, meaning she didn’t do to well in fairy school and Savannah is her extra credit project. Savannah gets two goofed up wishes; one as Cinderella and one as Snow White. Her third wish gets Tristan, a fellow student, stranded in the middle ages. Now Savannah will have to go back in time to rescue him and she just might find a prom date after all.[return][return]This was a fun story. It’s a little like a mixed up fairy tale with elements of Cinderella and Snow White. Then it strikes out on it’s own direction for Savannah to get her own happy ending. At first Savannah is a little shallow, but her wishes end up teaching her about life and she begins to grow, which I thought was one of the best parts of the book. All of the wishes get tied together and fulfilled in really clever ways. Anyone looking for a quick, fun fairy tale with some depth might enjoy this one.(less)
Meg is drunk and playing around on a train bridge with her friends, when the cops catch them. They are arrested and sentenced to ride along for a week...moreMeg is drunk and playing around on a train bridge with her friends, when the cops catch them. They are arrested and sentenced to ride along for a week with either the fire department, the ambulance squad or the arresting cop. Meg hopes to get the ambulance squad because she is friends with several of the EMT's, but instead she has to ride along with the cop. What she doesn't realize is that the cop is not much older than she is and he has some really good reasons for keeping teens off of the bridge. On the other hand Meg has reasons for acting the way she does. [return][return]This was a really intersting book. On the surface it is a romance, but it delves into several deep subjects like cancer and death. I really liked how fleshed out both Meg and John's characters were. They were believable and compelling. For a teen book there were some steamy interactions between Meg and John, but not over the top. I kept wondering if they would end up together and waould I believe how it worked out but I thought the story wrapped up nicely. My one complaint is that no one falls in love in five days, maybe in lust. But I was willing to overlook that because it is a teen romance.(less)
Benson has bounced around foster care all his life, so when he gets a scholarship to a private school he is thrilled. Unfortunately as soon as he arri...moreBenson has bounced around foster care all his life, so when he gets a scholarship to a private school he is thrilled. Unfortunately as soon as he arrives he learns that his life is not improving. All the students are prisoners. There are no adults. The students are responsible for teaching, cooking, and providing security. To survive various gangs have formed. Each gang is responsible for certain kinds of jobs. The largest gang, Society, is responsible for security. All rule breakers are punished and Benson soon learns that punishments are frequently deadly. [return][return]This sounds like it would be an on the edge of your seat kind of read, however it was really, really slow to start off. More than half of the book is Benson chafing against the rules and planning to escape. When Benson discovers some of the secrets that the school is hiding the action finally starts moving. Then not too long after that the story ends on a cliffhanger. So while the story has potential, I think it took too long to go anywhere. I never really connected with Benson's character, so I was impatient for the plot to progress. I am however, intrigued enough to pick up the sequel. If it picks up where this one finished, then it could turn in to a really interesting series.(less)
Major Pettigrew has been a widower for several years. When he receives the news that his brother has passed away, he is shaken. Mrs. Ali, a widow, is...moreMajor Pettigrew has been a widower for several years. When he receives the news that his brother has passed away, he is shaken. Mrs. Ali, a widow, is very supportive during the major’s grief. An unlikely friendship develops between them, despite the town’s prejudice about her Pakistani heritage. [return][return]This was just a charming novel. The major’s views on life and the people around him are highly amusing. It’s enjoyable to watch him grow and relate to the people around him. The pacing is a little slow in the beginning, but it’s well worth it.(less)
Victoria grew up in the foster care system and it broke her. She feels more comfortable with plants than she does with people. As a little girl she le...moreVictoria grew up in the foster care system and it broke her. She feels more comfortable with plants than she does with people. As a little girl she learned about the Victorian language of flowers, a means of communicating by using specific flowers to convey meanings. After she turns 18 and is kicked out, she lives in a park and grows flowers. This leads to her getting a job for a florist. Victoria discovers that she can affect people’s lives with the flowers she chooses. She often gives these flower messages to people not expecting any response, until a flower vendor recognizes what she is “saying” and responds. As she gets to know him, she is forced to deal with her childhood issues, especially with the woman who taught her the language of flowers. [return][return]Wow, I really enjoyed this book. Having worked as a florist, I am always intrigued by books that feature flowers. I picked it up not quite knowing what to expect. The writing style is beautiful, with just a hint of magical realism. I was really impressed by how seamlessly the story moves between the past and the present without loosing cohesion or feeling jumpy. Victoria’s growth and her struggle to come to terms with her childhood fuels the story, and it really comes down to the relationship between mothers and daughters. I got so invested in it, I stayed up way too late reading, but it was well worth it.(less)