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  

Saturday, January 7, 2017

A Chilling Collection

For those that enjoy horror stories, we have just the book! Six Scary Stories selected and compiled by Stephen King. While judging a short story competition to promote his book The Bazaar of Bad Dreams in the United Kingdom, King selected these top finishers and suggested they be published together in one book.  This anthology is brand new and sure to tingle even the heartiest spines! DB

Thursday, December 29, 2016

One delicious thing at a time!

Julia Turshen, author of Small Victories, feels like becoming a confident cook is mastering one delicious thing at a time, and taking pleasure in each small victory. In the cookbook pages she shares more than 95 recipes and hundreds of recipe variations. Julia shares basic lessons of cooking and the insparation that flows from mastering one recipe. The book is divided into simple and traditional categories, breakfast, soup and salad, vegetables, ect. Some of the delicious sounding recipes are, Sour Cream Pancakes with Roasted Blueberries, Snow-Day Udon Soup, and All Day Pork Shoulder with Cider. Most recipes have a picture which is helpful. Give it a try! ML

Saturday, December 17, 2016

A Wedding For Christmas

A Wedding for Christmas by Lori Wilde is a delightful read. It is one of the best Christmas stories out there and it reads like a Hallmark movie but with some passionate and sultry scenes. You will fall in love with Katie and Ryder and root for their love all along. This story is filled with some deep family values and struggles that we can all relate to, to some degree. Also, the town of Twilight, Texas just draws you into their charm and Christmas festivities, the scenery in this book is so vivid you will feel as if you're walking right down the streets.

It's a great love story, a perfect setting and lots of holiday action keep this story moving, An enjoyable holiday treat! *JK*

Monday, December 12, 2016

Italian Preserving...who knew?

 Domenica Marchetti addresses the art of preserving food in her book Preserving Italy:Canning, Curing, Infusing and Bottling Italian Flavors and Traditions.
Traditionally we don't think of Italian food in this way, at least not in this country. The book explores many ways to accomplish preserving including food preserved in oil, or vinegar. There are chapters on tomatoes and sauce as well as fruit preserved in syrups or liqueurs. There are also recipes using these foods. Doesn't crostini with sweet-and-sour peppers with fresh mozzarella sound good?
How about almond cake with strawberry-apricot preserves? If dinner is needed you could make zuppa di pasta e fagioli. Lots of lovely pictures and detailed recipes complete the picture. mmmm!