Thursday, July 7, 2016
A Summer to Remember is a feel-good romance that will touch your heart and stir your sense of hope that hurt doesn't have to last forever. This is a romance story that will make you laugh, cry and believe in hope. Author Marilyn Pappano puts her characters in true life situations giving them realistic hardships many of us face daily. The story has a touch of humor, lots of love and friendship and a good measure of hope for a well-rounded story you don't want to miss.
The characters are also well developed, likable and so realistic they could be your neighbors down the street. Pappano doesn't seem to sugar coat the fears, anxieties and loss military families face daily, along with their everyday problems. She adds in a good mix of strength and determination with a respectable support group. *JK*
Saturday, June 18, 2016
Hot Cowboys Nights is the second book of Lucky Penny Ranch series by Carolyn Brown. In this romance Lizzy was dumped by her fiance for another woman. She quickly needed a fake boyfriend to pretend that she moved on. Toby is going to help out Lizzy but does not want her to get any ideas as he is not ready to settle down. Lizzy is getting the stink eye from a lot of the town's folks as she is dating someone from Lucky Penny Ranch. Now they are all the town is talking about. The more time Toby spends with Lizzy, the more he is changing his mind about settling down. *JK*
Friday, June 10, 2016
Once the Plumb siblings can break into “the nest”, their inheritance money, everything will be all right. Bea-a writer, Jack-a gay antiques dealer, Melody-a mother of twin girls, and Leo-the charismatic philanderer are not a close-knit family. In fact they hardly speak. When Leo is involved in a very serious accident and “the nest” is compromised, the others become very involved. Each one was counting on the money for a different reason. As the time to collect draws near, the siblings fear they may end up short-changed. The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney is full of life’s up and downs. If you enjoy family stories, a glimpse into other people’s lives and some melodrama this book is satisfying. DB
Saturday, June 4, 2016
Raleigh College in Oxford, England is old, prestigious and mysterious. Cassie Blackwell is excited to be there, but she has a secret quest. She was raised by a single mother who suffered from mental problems. After her mother died, Cassie received a strange package instructing her to come to Oxford to learn more about her mother. Her fellow classmates are intelligent, entitled and secretive. Her advisor, Professor Tremain is exceedingly harsh and seems to want her to leave. Her roommate Evie is a whirlwind who is researching secret societies within the college. When Evie is found dead---things really get unnerving for Cassie who has found some strange information on her own. If you like mysteries with legends and mysticism The Oxford Inheritance by Ann McDonald is for you! DB
Hot in Hellcat Canyon by Julie Anne Long is a great beach read! It's beautifully written and unhurried, it's a perfect book for a hot summer day!
The author writes beautifully with precise words, great similes and metaphors, and developed characters, and insightful observations. Although she has written many historical romance series, Hot in Hellcat Canyon is her first foray into contemporary romance.
This is the story of a heroine, Britt, who is "emotionally hiding out" in a community called Hellcat Canyon after a distressing marriage. The Hero, JT, is a movie star who had a rough childhood, has a failing career, and is just coming off of a bad five-year relationship. He is looking over Hellcat Canyon because it's the location of an upcoming TV series he will be starring in. Then his ex, rich, famous and beautiful Rebecca, shows up and there is a lot of conflict related to this. But, of course you can guess what happens in the end. *JK*
Wednesday, May 25, 2016
Birds are astonishingly intelligent creatures. According to revolutionary new research, some birds even rival humans in their remarkable forms of intelligence.
Consider the Clark's nutcracker, a bird that can hide as many as 30,000 seeds over dozens of square miles and remember where it put them several months later; the mockingbirds and thrashers, species that can store 200 to 2,000 different songs in a brain a thousand times smaller than ours; the well-known pigeon, which knows where it's going, even thousands of miles from familiar territory; and the New Caledonian crow, an impressive bird that makes its own tools.
In The Genius of Birds, acclaimed author Jennifer Ackerman not only tells the story of the recently uncovered genius of birds, but also delves deeply into the latest findings about the bird brain itself and what it means to be intelligent. RA (portions provided by publisher).
Saturday, May 21, 2016
The Viscount Needs a Wife is a standalone regency romance filled with historic traditions. The author takes us on a journey through a difficult time in England when the country was in mourning and vulnerable, she weaves a timeless romance with intriguing characters for all to enjoy.
In this romance, Kitty Cateril feels trapped in the home of her late husband's family. When her best friend writes her about the local Viscount needing a wife, Kitty thinks this might be the answer to her problem. But does she want to marry without love? *JK*