Monday, April 13, 2015

MI--Travel Time

Looking for great places you can visit in a day? Don't have a week for vacation travel? Check out Michigan Day Trips by Theme by Mike Link. You'll find plenty of ideas to keep you going. Sections of the book include arts, beaches, eateries, museums, shipwrecks and waterfalls. Happy exploring!

The more nature-minded traveler might like
Michigan State and National Parks: A Complete Guide by Tom Powers.
This book details the 109 parks in Michigan. There are directions, maps, listed activities and accommodations in addition to contact information.
You can even find out where you can spend the night in a Yurt!

Back in the day...

Why do we love historical novels? The historical novel does what all good books do, expand your horizons and creates another world to inhabit. In The Siege Winter by Ariana Franklin, we have all the components of a good story. There is a feisty female heroine to admire and identify with, a terrific sense of place, that is, we can picture how the world feudal England would be to live in, and a suspenseful story.
It recounts two young women's courage during a dark, chaotic era. As civil war devastates mid-twelfth century England, Maud, the 16-year-old chatelaine of Kenniford, weds a boorish older man to save her people. Raped and discarded, Em, a peasant girl from the Cambridgeshire fens, is rescued by an aging mercenary and becomes an expert archer under his tutelage. Their stories converge as Matilda, the previous king's heir, escapes her rival, King Stephen, and seeks shelter at Kenniford. ML

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Guest Review--If Wishes Were Horses by Robert Barclay

Five years ago Wyatt Blaine's wife Krista and son Danny were killed in an auto accident. they were hit by a drunk driver while getting ice cream for Blaine's birthday party. Blaine is still devastated. He decides to re-open Krista's Horse Therapy Program for troubled teens. This program includes group therapy and equestrian training. Gabby Powers, wife of the drunk driver that killed Blaine's wife, has a troubled son named Trevor. His grades are slipping and he has been fighting. He is bordering on being kicked out of school. Gabby hears about the program and must find a way to get Trevor the help he needs. One of Trevor's problems is that he doesn't believe his father caused the accident. He believes Krista was at fault, no matter what his mother and the police reports say. How will Gabby get Blaine to allow Trevor into the program? Can Gabby get Trevor to attend the Program? Blaine wants nothing to do with Gabby or Trevor, but he finds that she will do anything, even beg, for help for her son. Blaine is torn between his anger and the admiration he is beginning to develop for Gabby. If Wishes Were Horses by Robert Barclay is written from Blaine's, Gabby's and Trevor's points of view. Also included are Ram, Blaine's colorful father, and Sadie the very pregnant gray mare that captures Trevor's heart. GDW

Thursday, April 9, 2015


Broken is written by Cynthia Eden. This was a great read and there is so much action. If you love action and suspense with a love story thrown in, this is the one for you! Cynthia Eden took this romantic suspense story and totally blew me away.

In this story, Eve Gray is a women looking for her identity. She awoke in a hospital with no clue who she was or how she got there. She reaches out to Gabe Spencer, the owner of LOST, an organization that helps locate missing people. Except in this case, Eve wants Gabe to help her find herself. As they work to find out who she is and what happened, she discovers she may be the only person to escape a serial killer and the key to putting a stop to the killing spree. *JK*

Monday, April 6, 2015

Last Train to sanity...

The Girl on the Train is one of our hot new titles ( holds!) Written by Paula Hawkins it is being touted as the new Gone Girl. It is dark and mysterious with a twist at the end. But in Gone Girl the reader is horrified at the evil of the characters in the last pages, this book just makes the reader feel sorry for them. The two main characters are self destructive to the extreme with some unhappy secrets. Written very tightly the plot may compensate for the unlikeable nature of the characters.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Choices and Consequences

What happens when a person's past comes to light? Ask Annie Black, lighting designer, doctor's wife and mother of three. Annie spent one year in London when she was 19. She worked for a structural engineer, traveled to Paris, fell for an aloof photographer and met her husband. Sounds simple enough--but there were a few twists that change everything. In A Small Indiscretion by Jan Ellison we learn the truth about Annie's behavior and her secret obsessions. This book is a warning to think before you act. DB

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

First Time in Forever

First Time in Forever is the first series by Sarah Morgan. The story is set on an island off the coast of Maine. The setting is the perfect backdrop for this charming story of love and friendship. The cast of characters is beautifully written and their personal growth is impressive. It is truly a captivating romance that I love and highly recommend. In this book we meet Emily Donovan. She is on the run with her niece, Lizzie, who is being hounded by paparazzi upon the death of Lizzie's mother. We also meet Ryan Cooper who was injured while on assignment overseas and is now home for good on Puffin Island.