Friday, December 30, 2011
Monday, December 5, 2011
Monday, November 21, 2011
Friday, November 18, 2011
Monday, November 7, 2011
During Ben Joe's first semester in Columbia law school, he returns home when his eldest sister has left her husband and comes home with her child. Is Ben Joe worried about his sister, or is it an excuse to escape the boredom of school? While back home, he reconnects with his high school sweetheart Shelley...
The story plot seems mundane at times compared to Tyler's later works, but she delves into the nuances of ordinary daily lives so spectacularly that I was drawn to the characters. There is also an interview with the author at the end of this paperback edition for the readers to enjoy.
Monday, October 31, 2011
Thursday, October 27, 2011
Monday, October 3, 2011
Saturday, October 1, 2011
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
Sunday, September 18, 2011
In this book, Stella's client, Chrissy Lardner, seeks Stella's help in finding her little boy, Tucker. What Stella doesn't know is that Tucker has gotten himself tangled in the mess of a mafia family. As Stella and Chrissy try to figure out who might have taken the boy and why, they develop a bond and work together to solve the case.
It appears that this is the first book in a new series. I look forward to the next installment of Stella and her crime stopping efforts.
Thursday, September 8, 2011
Tuesday, September 6, 2011
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
The community around them can't quite handle the relationship because of the difference in cultures and religion. So the couple are treated to gossip and prejudice, and they try to figure out how to handle it.
It is a light-hearted book, but still touches on some big issues. In the end it is a story of perseverance in the face of hardship. Great for all of us who don't want to give up on life and love.
Friday, August 12, 2011
Friday, August 5, 2011
Tuesday, August 2, 2011
Monday, July 25, 2011
Berg has weaved suspense and darkness into her latest novel, along with the celebration of friendship and the ups and downs of life. The ending of the story is a bit flat compared to her previous books, but it is still a good read if you are a Berg fan.
Friday, July 22, 2011
This book is much the same as the other Stephanie Plum mysteries. They are formulaic but funny. The characters are hilarious. If you liked the others, you'll probably like this one too. If you haven't read the series, start with the first book: One for the Money.
Friday, July 15, 2011
Saturday, July 2, 2011
Thursday, June 30, 2011
Also, a long-held family secret is discovered. Iris remains strong amid family difficulties. This book is more simplistic than Evergreen but was enjoyable. Remembering the characters of books read long ago in this series and what has happened in their lives was interesting.
Saturday, June 18, 2011
Monday, June 13, 2011
Koryta is one of my new “must read” authors, and this is his best book yet.
Wednesday, June 1, 2011
This was an interesting read told from the point of a child - read it and find out what happens in the end.
If you haven't read it yet put it on the top of your list! I also recommend listening to the book on CD; the reader does an excellant job with the accents. This book is set in Jackson, Mississippi in the early 1960's. It is a story about white women and their black maids but really the story goes much deeper than this. Stockett develops her charachters well and you really feel like you are part of these women's lives. A movie based on this book comes out this summer, I hope it can do justice to this well written book.
Tuesday, May 3, 2011
Monday, May 2, 2011
Although I enjoy Baldacci and his conspiracy theories, I would rate this book as average. Although it is suspenseful, the characters are one-dimensional and the plot is disappointing.
Sunday, May 1, 2011
Darien Gee introduces her readers to a group of interesting people, including a famed cellist Hannah de Brisay, a career-driven journalist Edie, an energetic laundromat attendant Connie Coll and a wise tea salon owner Madeline Davis. The novel celebrates community, friendship and overcoming the past. It also includes many bread recipes and website information.
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Monday, April 11, 2011
Tuesday, April 5, 2011
Monday, April 4, 2011
Thursday, March 31, 2011
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Charley Davidson is the grim reaper. From the day she was born, she could see dead people and help them to “cross over”. To pay the bills, Charley works as a private investigator and consultant for the police. She uses her gift to help solve murders and other unexplained deaths. She is aided in her work by her assistant Cookie, her uncle the cop, a rival private investigator, and any number of ghosts. But when the case heats up, it’s Charley who takes the beating.
This book was a fun, sexy read. Charley reminds me of Stephanie Plum with superpowers. She has great instincts, but ultimately makes a lot of stupid decisions that get her into trouble. I recommend this book to fans of the Southern Vampire Mysteries by Charlaine Harris and the Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich.
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
This novel was an intriguing period piece that kept me guessing to the end. I recommend it to British mystery fans.
Monday, March 7, 2011
Why does Hallie's garden have blood red soil and every plant grow into the color red? Hoffman has spun 14 interlocking stories tying them with history and the intricate web of Nature with the descendants of the first settlers to the present. It is a haunting yet magical read.
Saturday, March 5, 2011
Rose the main character witnesses a murder and hides out in an Amish household while the search for the murderer goes on. While in the household she is reacquainted with Amish raised paraplegic Jake Zook. Rose also meets 16 year old Becky, a single Amish Mother, shunned Sam Hershberger and Davy and Annie Stoltzfus. Rose demonstrates grace and forgiveness, while doing this she also comes to grip with her own need for forgiveness. I found this book to be a good story and an easy read with lessons in it that I could benefit from.
Sunday, February 27, 2011
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Saturday, February 5, 2011
Wednesday, February 2, 2011
Typically readers of this blog read reviews of adult books, but because as the Youth Services Librarian, I read kids books! For those looking for a very quick read for themselves or their children this was a good read.
Ben is attracted to Ricky's sister Shadi. Could Ben free himself from his hidden childhood sorrow by helping Shadi solve her brother's murder?
Greenwood has weaved a tragically beautiful story. Her imagery of This Glittering World's snow and ice is mesmerizing. It is a thought provoking page-turner.
Sunday, January 30, 2011
Working at the library I often see books come across the desk on these subjects and I love to take them home and at least look at all the fun and colorful projects afforded by different authors and companies. Some books are truly beautiful and show real works of skill, artistry, and craftsmanship.
This book on cross stitch offered simple motifs and alphabets that could easily be incorporated into bookmarks, so I stitched up 2 bookmarks. I stitched one bookmark with the letters of my sister's name and will send it to her in Arizona with a Valentine's Day card. The other one is for my daughter's boyfriend who is going into the Navy soon. I am thinking about doing a couple of other simple things because I like the bees, the flowers, and the cottages. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants a project that can be finished in a day or two.
Some of the projects are simple and just for play while others are more complicated and long lasting. I was particularly interested in the winter projects since it is winter right now. One of the projects I actually completed is on page 40 (Outdoor Ice Lanterns). Simply made with 2 containers with water between the layers and then frozen. Take the ice out of the containers and put a lighted tea candle in the middle. It makes a pretty centerpiece for a special dinner. I thought I would repeat this idea for dinner on Valentine's Day using a crystal rose tray for the ice candle holders. Red candles will add just the right amount of festivity.
I also thought the paper making looked interesting, as well as the rock and leaf projects - these will have to hold off until warmer weather.
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
Monday, January 10, 2011
The Sherlockian follows two plotlines and alternates between the two every chapter. The first plotline follows Sir Arthur Conan Doyle beginning in 1893 and ending in 1900 as he assists Scotland Yard in an investigation of the murder of a young woman killed in a bathtub. The second plotline is set in the present day and follows Harold White. Harold is a newly inducted member of the Baker Street Irregulars, a Sherlockian secret society. Harold is hot on the trail of a volume of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's diary, which has been missing since his death. The search leads him from New York to London and then all over Europe in company with the beautiful but secretive reporter, Sarah.
This book explores the nature of fame and asks the question: Can the answers to the great mysteries of life ever be as satisfying as the mysteries themselves?
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, although the change in perspectives was frustrating at times. If you love a good mystery and are a fan of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and/or his alter ego Sherlock Holmes, I'm sure you will enjoy it too.
Sunday, January 9, 2011
Wednesday, January 5, 2011
Monday, January 3, 2011
Betty is alone but meets a special Santa and helps him do a lot of good in the community. She also meets a successful doctor who is very interested in her and she feels pushed to have a serious relationship with him. She is still hurting from her past divorce and wants to make amends with her son. It is a busy time of year catering Christmas parties and trying to figure out her life.
I've read all of the books set in this town of Cape Light. Different families are focused in different books but many of the characters are tied together in each book making it fun to revisit them.