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

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Merely a Marriage


Merely a Marriage by Jo Beverley is a Regency/Historical novel. At the start, we meet Lady Ariana Boxstall, who is concerned about the future of her family, especially after the childbirth death of Princess Charlotte. Ariana fears that she would lose her beloved Boxstall residence to her drunken uncle, if her brother dies. She then sets a plan in motion for her brother Norris to marry, but the one condition is she must marry first.

Jo Beverley has been one of my favorite romance authors for years, and it's sad to think that this novel will be the last book after her death from cancer in 2016. *JK*

Friday, June 2, 2017

Remember When...



Anything Is Possible by Elizabeth Strout, picks up where her last novel ends. Lucy Barton, has made a name for herself as a well-known author. She has escaped her impoverished childhood in Illinois and lives in New York. Book signings take her around the country and while in Chicago, she decides to return to Amgash--the hometown she left seventeen years ago. Find out how the townspeople and relatives who knew her when are doing today. Small-town USA and a curious cast of characters will keep your interest. DB

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Hard-Hearted Highlander


Hard-Hearted Highlander is the third in Julia London's Highland Grooms series. This story deals with heartache, loss and grief but it balances with hope and healing. It can be read and enjoyed either as a stand-alone or as part of the series.

Both Rabbie and Bernadette tragically loved and lost someone, altering the course of their lives forever. Bernadette is forced to become a governess and Rabbie tries to give up on life until he steps in to protect the family lands and future by marrying a young Englishwoman. Young Avaline is not happy about marrying the bitter, harsh man who terrifies her, but breaking the engagement would ruin her reputation. While it is obvious Avaline is not the right bride for Rabbie even before sparks fly between him and her governess Bernadette, the dilemma they face gets quite complicated. *JK*

Friday, May 12, 2017

Meet Chip & Joanna Gaines



Do you watch HGTV? Then you must know Chip and Joanna Gaines, stars of the popular home remodeling show Fixer Upper.  Their new book The Magnolia Story, written by Chip, Joanna and Mark Dagostino, gives readers an up-close and personal look at the Gaines’ family life. Both Chip and Joanna graduated from Baylor University in Waco, Texas. They met when he came to her dad’s Firestone Shop for new tires. They have been a team ever since-tackling small home renovations and even running a home d├ęcor shop. Chip became an entrepreneur at an early age, while Joanna spent time in New York City, interning as a broadcast journalist. Get to know your favorite husband-and-wife remodeling team with this quick read. DB     

Monday, May 1, 2017

A Piece of My Heart


A Piece of My Heart is the fourth book from the Blessings, Georgia series by Sharon Sala. The main character, Mercy Dane has no memory of her family and lived in a foster care home while growing up. When she receives a call on Christmas Day to donate her rare blood to save an accident victim, she jumps on her motorcycle and races to Blessings. Never in a million years did she expect to find the victim is her long-lost sister, one she had no knowledge of. Then there was another surprise where she finds out that the police chief is the same man who comforted her when her apartment was broken into years before.

The romance is sweet, the characters are delightful, and the plot is realistic. The story is definitely an emotional roller coaster which will make you cry at the end. The ending is by far one of the best I have read in a while, and the suspenseful elements are "grab onto your seat and hold on!". *JK*

Friday, April 28, 2017

Final Voyage



The Lusitania was the luxury “greyhound” ocean-liner of its time. While traversing the Atlantic between New York City and Liverpool, passengers enjoyed every amenity. The May 1, 1915 voyage was different. War has taken hold of Europe and Great Britain and the seas are dangerous. German U–boats have been sighted off the Irish coast and merchant vessels have to be wary. Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania by Erik Larson takes the reader on a voyage like no other. He reports on every possible detail that effects the great ship during this fateful crossing. A truly fascinating read! DB.