Tuesday, November 21, 2017

House Beautilflul







House Beautiful Style Secrets: What Every House Needs, by Sophie Donelson is a lovely book. This book is all photographs of fantastic houses with amazing decorating schemes. This being the House Beautiful universe everything is perfect..no messy kitchens, piles of toys or clothes. But if you like to look a stylish rooms and get some ideas for your own house this is the book for you.ML

Saturday, November 18, 2017

The Right Kind of Rogue


The Right Kind of Rogue by Valerie Bowman was an excellent historical romance with a scheming matchmaker, love interests on opposite sides of feuding families and a wallflower who really comes into her own.

Meg Timmons has been in love with her best friend's brother, Hart Highgate, since she was sixteen years old. Now that Hart has decided it's time he marry, Meg knows this may be her last chance. However, her quest for love is hindered by the fact she has no dowry and her and Hart's family have been feuding for years. Hart had always thought of Meg as his little sister's best friend, but after a surprise encounter late at night, Hart hasn't been able to get Meg out of his head. Soon, Meg and Hart are caught up in the schemes of a matchmaker and will have to decide what they're willing to do for the chance at the love of a lifetime. *JK*

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Up in the Air...




There are multiple narrators and several plot line in Michel Bussi's novel, After the Crash.
A night flight from Istanbul is bound for Paris, filled with 169 holiday travelers, and plummets into the Swiss Alps. The sole survivor is a three-month-old girl--thrown from the plane onto the snowy mountainside before fire rages through the aircraft. But two infants were on board. Is the miracle baby Lyse-Rose or Emilie? Both families step forward to claim the child--one poor, one powerful, wealthy, and dangerous. Throw in a detective who may or may not be reliable and investigates the case obsessively for eighteen years and you have a very murky brew indeed. Well written and suspenseful! ML

Friday, November 10, 2017

Chasing the Cheater



Jodi and Todd have been together for over 20 years. She’s a psychologist, he owns a construction business. They are not a typical couple. He’s a cheater, she’s a manipulator. When Todd becomes depressed, he can’t seem to shake it, and Jodi is at a loss as to how to help him.  An affair with his best friend’s daughter does the trick. When he decides to leave Jodi, things really start to take a turn for the worse. Everyone’s life is turning upside down. If you like dark drama, read The Silent Wife by A. S. A. Harrison. DB

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Food, Glorious Food.




We received some wonderful cookbooks lately, the kind that are as fun to read and look at as well as cook from. First one is called SWEET by Yotam Ottolenghi and Helen Goh. Ottolenghi has a restaurant in London as well as several award-winning cookbooks. The cook book quality is outstanding, glossy heavy paper and beautiful photographs. The treats inspire the appetite, with a sometimes middle eastern flair, like sesame brittle, or shortbread with a halva middle and glossy tahini caramel top, as well as more conventional delights like lemon and raspberry cupcakes. There is a good notes section in the back that includes tips on baking and ingredients. ML

If travel is your love, or armchair travel the next cookbook, Istanbul and Beyond is for you! This book explores the diverse cuisines of Turkey. There are many wonderful dishes, like sweet corn and bean soup with collard greens, zucchini dolma with garlicky yogurt & tomato sauce, lamb and tomato curry, and creamy fig pudding. The directions seem clear and there are stories about where in Turkey the dish is from. Delicious! ML

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Such a Pretty Girl!


Looking for a fast paced, well written, sexy Adult Fiction romantic suspense? Look no further than Such a Pretty Girl! I was sucked into Grace and Gavin's world from the very first page and I couldn't put the book down. Such a Pretty Girl is a fanastic read. I loved Grace and Gavin together, both as coworkers and as a couple. *JK*

Thursday, November 2, 2017

It's tough in Texas...




Darren Matthews was raised in East Texas, and as a black man, and Texas Ranger, is intimately acquainted with the complications of race. When a black man is killed in Lark,  a small Texas town, and then a white woman is found dead, he seeks to connect the two although no one else wants to. The author of this novel, Bluebird, Bluebird, is Attica Locke, winner of the Harper Lee Prize for legal fiction (-Pleasantville) and a writer and producer of the show Empire. Good writing and suspenseful plot will intrigue readers of mystery fiction. M.L.

Saturday, October 28, 2017

A Rare Books Mystery



A ring of thieves has stolen the Fitzgerald manuscripts from their home in Princeton’s Firestone Library. They set out to make a fortune from the stolen goods. Bruce Cable is the owner of Bay Books on Camino Island. He is well-known to collectors and authors. He runs a prosperous independent bookstore, but his real interest is rare books. Mercer Mann is part-time English professor and struggling author. When her university loses funding and cuts her position, she must find a way to support herself and pay off her debts. She is approached by a lucrative firm and is sent to Camino Island to observe Cable and his bookstore. Camino Island is a great treat for all types of readers! DB

Saturday, October 7, 2017

The Scotsman Who Saved Me


The Scotsman Who Saved Me by Hannah Howell has a well written introduction to a new series in which Scottish men who have immigrated to American will each have the story of how they find their brides told. In this book each brother is met and a bit is told about him but this is the story of the eldest, Iain McEnroy, and the woman he finds to settle down with.

This book seems to be a good read with a plot similar to many I have read and the characters were enjoyable and entertaining. You will definitely want to read the next book in the series. *JK

Friday, September 29, 2017

Lonely Hearts



Meet Addie and Louis, two lonely widowed neighbors, who decide to do something about it. Addie approaches Louis with an idea about spending some time together, so neither of them will have to deal with the long empty evenings alone. They are around the same age, have grown children, and have a lot of things in common. Will this plan work? Read Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf and find out. (This book has just been made into a movie starring Jane Fonda and Robert Redford.) DB