a most excellent 5 star read for me, review to come...:)
My criteria for a 5 star review is... if I can not stop turning the pages, I am in! I was turn...morea most excellent 5 star read for me, review to come...:)
My criteria for a 5 star review is... if I can not stop turning the pages, I am in! I was turning the pages like crazy most of the way through this book. I was a little unhappy with the ending but, hey....not my book. I would love for this to be a series with Dani and Choo Choo stomping out the bad guys! Dani works as a data analyst for the big security company Rasmund, she has the unique ability to read the things people throw away, their trash. late for work one day and coming in the back way she stumbles upon a team of hit men who are killing everyone in the building and looking for something. Dani hides and barely escapes with one of her co workers, the fabulous Choo Choo. Dani and Choo Choo are on the run and don't know which way to turn or who to trust. As they try and stay alive and figure out just what it is they might have that the killers want, we are treated to a wild and crazy ride.
This book was a kindle first freebie from Amazon...:) (less)
I very much enjoyed this book, it is beautifully written. Having lived in the south and gotten to know some peo...morea wonderful 4 star read, review to come
I very much enjoyed this book, it is beautifully written. Having lived in the south and gotten to know some people from the holler I recognized right away the suspicion and skepticism some of the people live with so, the outcomes were no surprise. This was a heartbreaking book filled with what I know are sad truths about the world we live in. The depravity of humanity just reared its ugly head and smacked many of these women from the holler up side the head.... Lila, Cheri, Ransome, Lucy, the list is endless in this book. This story starts out in the tiny backward town of Henbane in the Ozark mountains. Lucy Dane is a 16 year old having trouble fitting in this town just like her mother did many years ago until she disappeared. Lucy's friend Cheri goes missing and this brings up painful memories for the whole town as it reminds everyone when Lila, Lucy's mother mysteriously left but with a gun in her hand. Two women in two generations just gone. This is a mystery about family, the blood ties that bind and sometimes kill. I must say I was disappointed in Carl, I mean......open your eyes man! A wonderful read. I will be looking forward to her next book(less)
a most excellent 5 star read for me! review to come...:)
I loved this book from the first page. This is the second novel from author Nancy Horan, the f...morea most excellent 5 star read for me! review to come...:)
I loved this book from the first page. This is the second novel from author Nancy Horan, the first being" Loving Frank" which I also loved from the first page! Fanny and Louis... who would ever imagine these two opposite yet, passionate people would come together in a wild and loving relationship that would span the globe and eventually lead to marriage. Fanny Osbourne 37 year old feisty American mother of 3 and still married to her philandering husband when she meets Robert Louis Stevenson 10 years her junior, Scotsman and author of such classics as Treasure Island and The strange case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde to name just a few. Fanny had gumption and in 1875 followed her dream at a time in History when most women were doing the complete opposite, my mother would call her a Maverick! Fanny decides to pack up her 3 kids, flee from her worthless husband and sail to Belgium to follow her dream to study art! tragedy strikes early on and as Fanny tries to find solace she meets her love in France, he is trying to get well and write and she to mourn her child and so the adventure begins as they travel the globe looking for a place for Louis to find inspiration and a climate that will help him live comfortably with his weak lungs. This is a wonderful, chilling, tragic and triumphant love story. (less)
A most excellent 5 star read for me, review soon to come!
What a wonderful premise for a book, I loved the writing and the fun flights of fancy, I neve...moreA most excellent 5 star read for me, review soon to come!
What a wonderful premise for a book, I loved the writing and the fun flights of fancy, I never knew the "real" story behind Achilles Heel! This book was a delightful page turner for me, I love the idea of the strong Amazon woman and the fact that maybe, just maybe they/we are all still out there empowering woman everywhere. The mythology, The Iliad, hunting treasure, the Amazons, the Trojan war, the fast pace, The wonderful storyline and the hint of a romance without to much sex was perfect, not to mention the gorgeous cover art all make for a most excellent 5 star read for me. Anne did a wonderful job with the characters who I cared about, were real but flawed with really interesting jobs that I believed in and that I actually learned from as I read the story. I 'm not usually thrilled with two separate stories in time however, this one was done well moving back and forth with the two main characters Diana in present day and Myrina in the past. The story starts out in present day Oxford, England with Dr. Diana Morgan, a philologist, giving a lecture desperately trying to make her claim for the existence of Amazons. She is warned to let the subject go unless she wants to see her academic career in ruins but, for Diana this subject has been a part of her life for as long as she can remember and a huge part of the relationship she had with her beloved grandma who mysteriously disappeared when Diana was young and claimed that she was an Amazon. Soon after giving her ill received lecture Diana meets a stranger who tells her of a fabulous Archaeological discovery that is proof of the existence of Amazons. The foundation he works for has made a wonderful discovery and she is needed right away in Amsterdam to help with the authentication process. Diana explains she is not an archaeologist, but a philologist who studies deciphering, reading and the study of language and then he shows her a picture of an inscription on what looks to be an ancient plaster wall and that she is needed to try and decipher it. We then are taken to North Africa, Late Bronze Age where we meet Myrina and her younger sister Lilli who were out hunting for food and upon arriving home to their village find everything too quiet, no dogs come to greet them, the houses are silent until an old crone comes at then screaming obscenities about the girls mother, long thought a witch. She tells the girls their mother has cursed and burned the village and they must go away forever! The girls wander until they at last find the harrowing and exciting future they were destined for. This is just the beginning of this wonderfully thrilling, mysterious and inventive story. The dictionary describes the Amazons as a mythical race of female warriors. After reading this book it does make one wonder. This was a most excellent 5 star read for me, I highly recommend it. After writing this review I decided to share it with my grandmother who has always had a vivid imagination and had told me many thrilling and unbelievable stories when I was a young girl. When she was done reading she became very quiet. She then told me she was very glad I had come across this book as it was about time I learned the truth of my ancestry and the legacy I was about to inherit because I, like my grandmother before me was also a descendant of the Amazon ....Gotcha! Well, one never does know, does one? (less)
I enjoyed the book, and I particularly liked all the information about archaeology. I would have liked the...morea wonderful 4 star read, review to come...:)
I enjoyed the book, and I particularly liked all the information about archaeology. I would have liked the ending to be different. I think a certain cop had one to many chances and should have been given the heave-ho...:) Archaeologist Libby Maitland no sooner lands the project of a lifetime, a data recovery excavation in a small town in the Pacific Northwest when she fears she is being stalked, or is she? She enlists the help of the very handsome chief of police Mark Colby who sometimes believes her and sometimes he doesn't. She finds a body at the excavation site and this leads to much confusion and trouble. Could this be the body of a wife and mother gone missing many years ago never to be heard from again? Is someone stalking her or is her past catching up to her, who can she trust, who is on her side? This is a fast, interesting, fun read, that will keep you guessing until the very end, I will be looking forward to more of this authors books!(less)
This book "The Qualities Of Wood" was a very slow going read for me. What happened in the woods behind the big...morea great 3 star read, review to come...:)
This book "The Qualities Of Wood" was a very slow going read for me. What happened in the woods behind the big old house where a dead girl is found? This book is about a young couple who after the death of his grandmother move into her old and rambling house in a small town to get it ready for sale. Nowell goes out first so he can have time to write his mystery novel and Vivian shows up later. leaving her job and moving to the house in the small town is hard for Vivian made even more difficult when a dead girl is found almost in their backyard, in the woods behind the house. it is ruled an accident but, from then on everyone in town is looking suspiciously at every one else. Was the girls death an accident or did someone in this small town kill her? There are mentions and thoughts of bad things happening and people who might have had something to do with the death of this girl including Nowell himself that makes you suspect everyone but, when I finally came to the end I felt somewhat let down ...(less)