Spring Fever

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This is a wonderful summer read that draws you into the Southern culture, as well as into the characters. Her characters are witty, charming and devious. It is also a book about second chances. If you happen to be a Mary Kay Andrew’s fan you won’t be disappointed with this latest book. The main character, Annajane, was once married to Mason, her boss and CEO at Quixie, a local soft drink manufacturer. Mason, newly engaged to Celia is having second thoughts about Celia’s future intentions of the company. Celia can’t wait to rid Annajane of her position in the firm fast enough which leads Annajane to investigate Celia. Oh the plot thickens!!!! All in all a great chick read.

XO

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I like Jeffrey Deaver’s books as his mysteries always contain so many twists of events; he has you gasping for what is next in the storyline. This book is not as great as his others; however it was an okay read. The story is about an upcoming country western-crossover artist, Kayleigh Towne who has a fan that is obsessed with her as well as being a stalker. Kathryn Dance becomes involved with the case when a murder occurs on Kayleigh’s stage before the main performance. Then another murder occurs, and a near miss with Kayleigh’s step mother. Kathryn brings in Amanda Sachs and Lincoln Rhymes to help her with part of the case. Is it the stalker who is the murderer or is he being framed? You will find out at the very end….

Picture This

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This is a well written and wonderful sequel to “Lost & Found”. The book takes us back to Maine with the original cast of characters and Cooper, the Black Labrador Retriever. Rocky who has decided to stay in Maine receives a phone call from Natalie, who claims to be her late husbands’ daughter. Is she really Bob’s daughter or not? Several of the main characters are suspicious of Natalie’s intentions whereas Rocky wants to believe. Situations start to happen involving Natalie and some of Rocky’s closest friends, including Cooper, the dog. The reader is on a wild ride to see where the road ends.

The Power of Habit

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From individuals to organizations thousands of habits are performed daily and unconsciously. The Power of Habit explores the science behind habits, their profound consequences, and how to change them. This book is well researched and Duhigg’s journalistic style creates an interesting easy read.

The Cove

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Located in the rugged Appalachias of North Carolina, the cove is a dark forbidding place that is shunned by the local townsfolk. Laurel Shelton is a young woman who lives within its shadow and is thought to be a witch. She lives there with only her brother Hank who has just returned from France during WWI missing his right hand. The story begins with the arrival of a mute stranger to the cove and develops as their lives become entwined in the issues of friendship, loyalty, and love.

The Watery Part of the World : a novel

The Watery Part of the World : a novel Book Cover

This novel begins in 1813 when the daughter of Aaron Burr, enroute to meet her father in New York, is shipwrecked on an island off the coast of North Carolina. The story spans 150 years of the island and the intricate love stories that evolved there concerning the three main characters: two sisters and the black man who takes care of them. It’s a heartbraking novel about what we’ll sacrifice for love and what we won’t.

The Shoemaker’s Wife

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The Shoemakers Wife is a touching tale of two hardworking and determined young Italians who are destined to be together. However, one incident after another keeps the two people apart, and their journey is finding the right place and the right time to connect. This is great historical fiction that takes you into the lives of various people who are trying to survive and make something for themselves in the early 1800s.

The Unseen

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U.S. Marshal Kelsey O'Brien and Texas Ranger Logan Raintree are brought in to assist with the investigation of a serial killer in San Antonio. As they learn more it becomes clear that both have been selected for their abilities to communicate with the dead. The murders seem to have a connection with the Alamo and an incident that occurred at a historic hotel in the early 1800’s. As Kelsey and Logan investigate they receive some clues from apparitions. Graham does a superb job of interweaving Texas history, a romance, a modern day murder investigation, and some paranormal activity to create an interesting and absorbing tale.

Stieg Larsson : The Real Story of the Man Who Played With Fire

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Pettersson begins with Larsson's childhood in rural Sweden, his love of reading as a child, and his early career in journalism. He explores how Larsson's commitment to left-wing causes, social injustice, and work as an anti-fascist activist influenced his Millenium Trilogy. I found Larsson a very interesting and dedicated person, and this book has inspired me to read Larsson's novels.

The Snow Child

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Homesteaders in the Alaskan wilderness in the 1920's, Jack and Mabel live a quiet life of hard work and routine. They are still longing for a child and one snowy evening build a child out of snow. The next morning the child is gone but tiny footprints leading into the woods remain. The story develops with sightings and encounters and turns into a magical and meaningful tale of love and transformation.