Saturday, August 12, 2017

A Momentary Marriage


A Momentary Marriage by Candace Camp is entertaining and a lovely romance. I liked both James and Laura as they came together. As the mystery of someone trying to kill them unfolded, so did their discovery of each other and their subsequent growing attraction and appreciation. I liked that both were flawed, feisty, and layered. And though the secondary characters were a bit more flat and only moved in and out of the story to move it along, it did not dim my enjoyment too much and in the end I was satisfied with the reading experience. *JK*

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Luca


You will instantly get sucked into the world of Ruin and Revenge when you read the second series, Luca, one of the mafia bad boys. The author spares no details with the grittiness of her stories. These are not your fluffly mafia guys that you know are bad but never see their sides. Oh no. You see it, feel it, and downright taste it in these books. As the senior capo for the Toscani crime family, Luca may take his fashion seriously with his three piece suits, but he's certainly not afraid to get his hands dirty. When he takes a bullet for his boss, Nico, a visit to the hospital changes everything for the man that never thought he'd find himself in love. *JK*

Monday, July 17, 2017

Could You Be This Brave?

https://tlnl.ent.sirsi.net/client/en_US/oxfd/search/detailnonmodal/ent:$002f$002fSD_ILS$002f0$002fSD_ILS:2147983/email?qu=bakers+secret&d=ent%3A%2F%2FSD_ILS%2F0%2FSD_ILS%3A2147983~~0Most of us have read WWII fiction, and here's another!  The Baker's Secret is a well-written, easy to read book about a brave and determined 22-year-old woman.  In a small German-occupied village in France just before D-Day, the local Jewish baker is taken away.  The German army needs bread and Emma was the baker's apprentice.  A small resistance team is created when Emma figures out a way to distribute needed food (and hope!) to villagers while living in a home occupied by a German officer. 
Strong characters and wonderful descriptions of the countryside, the smells of bread and the villagers. This story made me think about what I would do in Emma's situation and if I could be this brave?? SW

Saturday, July 1, 2017

The Wicked Heir


The Wicked Heir, by Elizabeth Michels is a wonderful addition to the "Spare Heirs" series. Fallon St. James is the heart of the organization and has no intention of changing anything in his life until he is drawn in to helping Lady Isabelle Fairlyn find a suitable match.
Fallon and Isabelle fall in to many of the "traps" that this story-line often sets, however, they handle things in a refreshing and amusing way. When Fallon is left with no other option than to protect Isabelle, he spends a lot of time with her and gives up some of his secrets and the relationship takes on a new turn.
There is a lot of romance as well as excitement in this book. It's a wonderful, fast paced read. *JK*

Thursday, June 22, 2017

What's left behind...





When a famed children's book author and illustrator dies unexpectedly, falling off a roof, the people left behind are left with a mess. His beloved caretaker is left to distribute his estate, which a museum was confident of getting. Moreover, the museum was going to build a new wing to display his books, papers and paintings. It is left to the hapless caretaker, Tomasina Dulair to inform the museum of this and tell his former friend and curator about the change. Another complication is a planned movie of his life, and the actor depicting him, who wants access to Tomasina to try and find his character. Julia Glass does a masterful job writing The House Among the Trees, to add to her many fine other novels.There are several points of view in this book, adding to the richness of the writing. ML

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Wrecked


Wrecked by Cynthia Eden is a dark, sensual, sinister, and edgy story. It is brilliantly written, with such a threatening sense in every scene, with a constant twists in the plot and unexpected turns of events that you can get hooked on every word and every moment. The characters are strong, capable, the best of the best at finding the missing. There is also the vulnerability to them, such brokenness in their souls, that gives them a completely new, deeper level of charm and charisma that is impossible to ignore.

Wrecked is the sixth and last book in the LOST series and it could be as standalone. *JK*

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Are we hungry yet?


 

In this age of fast food, the book Shake Shack, stands out. Yes, fast food but fast food done very well. In this book , co authored by Randy Garutti (the CEO of of Shake Shack) and Mark Rosati (the Culinary Director) there are stories of how Shake Shack evolved, and an exploration of their corporate culture, founded on good food and doing good. Then, there are the recipes for all the classics. Burgers, many different kinds, including the shroom burger.(mushroom stuffed with cheese) The fries look yummy, the hot dogs interesting and the ice cream shakes! Wow! Guaranteed to make you hungry. The only downside...they are not in Michigan. ML