Thursday, February 23, 2017

the unexamined life

Dianne Warren's novel Liberty Street tells a story about a woman's journey through life in small-town Saskatchewan and, more broadly, about the strength of second chances. Frances Mary Moon's young life was full of bizarre tragedies that affected her more than she knew, and everything boils up inside her again when she and her partner, Ian, get trapped in traffic due to the funeral of a young girl and her infant. She blurts out her secrets: that she lost a baby during premature birth when she was 19, and that she had been married and probably still is. The long chapters jump between Frances's formative years and her present-day adult life as she decides to return to her hometown and see for herself what ghosts reside there. The depiction of Frances as a child is just exquisite; to see through her eyes is a perfect recreation of a child's inner workings. With a strong narrative voice in both sections, the novel creates an intimate portrayal of the road to resolution and recovery for a soul adrift. Frances as a child has a confused but determined voice. As an adult, she sets to thinking through what exactly she is looking to recover by digging into the past. Warren's novel is a thoughtful, intricate tale that builds quietly but strikes hard and fast. © Copyright PW (ML)

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

A Mini Mystery

NYPD detectives Luc Moncrief and K. Burke are trying to figure out why beautiful young New York women are dropping dead. Autopsies reveal nothing. The only thing they seem to have in common is a nanny placement service. When a fourth young woman with no children dies—they are really baffled. In their off-time, Luc and K. Burke manage to see the Kentucky Derby. He is friends with one of the owners of a horse in the race. When the horse wins, another deadly mystery begins. French Twist by James Patterson and Rich DiLallo is a quick read from the new Bookshots collection. It's a great pick for busy people. DB

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Seven Minutes in Heaven

Seriously, you can't miss Seven Minutes in Heaven by Eloisa James. There's so much to love about this story, from our hero who is an unconventional as our heroine, but for some reason, the two characters in this story have stolen my heart. They were precautious, smart and utterly adorable.

As for the heroine, Eugenia, I was very impressed with her strength and wit. As Regency heroines go, she was one of the best I've read in a long time. I loved the fact that her feelings for her dead husband were complex even though he's been dead for seven years. I literally had tears in my eyes as she finally lets go of Andrew.

And then there was Ward. This man was such an intriguing and interesting character. He had inner strength and exuded confidence from the moment he showed up on the page. I fell in love with him immediately! The love he had for his brother and sister was palpable. Yes, he had some faults. But he wasn't stubborn and that was the key, because as soon as he figured out his mistakes, he was ready to admit to them and ask for forgiveness. *JK*

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Under Pressure

What can I say about Under Pressure, other than I absolutely loved it? It's a first book in the new Body Armor series by Lori Foster. It's a spin-off from the Ultimate series were we first met Leese. He has left the MMA world to become a security guard for Body Armor. He is assigned to keep Catalina safe from an unknown threat. Catalina has been trying to live her own life from being under her stepfather's thumb. But when she hears the wrong conversation, her life is in danger.

Under Pressure was a very interesting and enjoyable read, filled with both suspense and tender emotion and if this story is anything to go by, I'll say that this new series is off to a great start! *JK*

Monday, January 16, 2017

The Old West

 Paulette Jiles's book,  News of the World, is a western in that it take place in the west after the Civil War. The story, about an old man delivering a rescued ten year old girl, is based on true stories of children captured by Native Americans during this period. Sometimes these captives did not want to go home to their original families. Some did but never adjusted well. A fascinating but little known piece of history. In the story the young girl does not want to go home. The old man is having second thoughts about this as they travel across a dangerous and lawless land. Exciting, tender and well written, this is a lovely book. ML

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Breath of Fire

Breath of Fire by Amanda Bouchet actually starts right where A Promise of Fire left off. This is undoubtedly one of the best fantasy/romance series I've found in a very long time! The plot is riveting,  the pace is exciting and the characters are both well developed and very easy to fall in love with.

The blend of fantasy with mystery and mythology is what really did me in, not to mention the over the top steamy romance that was every bit as hard to resist. And while some things still remained predictable, the writing and storyline still managed to hook and lure you in until the very last page was turned. It was completely irresistible and hard to put down. *JK*

Serial Killer in Sydney

Harriet Blue is a slightly damaged, super-focused detective with the Sydney Sex Crimes unit. When she is called to the scene of a young woman’s murder, she has a feeling it was done by the Georges River serial killer. Before she can validate her theory, another detective, “Tox” Barnes takes over the case and completely dismisses it. Tox is a policeman’s worst nightmare—he was once convicted of a crime and his colleagues can’t stomach him. Blue is trying to do her job, but everything and everybody is holding her back. Black & Blue by James Patterson and Candice Fox is a short thriller, packed with action and intrigue. DB