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Thanks Jo Ann for being our librarian. Great Job!! emoticon emoticon

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The top rated books for Februaray (5 or 6 starts)

A Great Deliverance Elizabeth George 6
Catching Fire Suzanne Colling 6
Gone with the Wind Margaret Mitchell 6
Les Miserables Victor Hugo 6
Look Homeward Angel Thomas Wolfe 6
Out of Oz Gregory Macguire 6
Outliers Malcolm Gladwell 6
Payment in Blood Elizabeth George 6
Playground 50 Cent 6
Private Games James Patterson and Mark Sullivan 6
Show Dog: The Charmed Life and trying Times of a Near-Perfect Purbred Josh Dean 6
Taken Robert Crais 6
The Red Tent Anita Diamant 6
11/22/63 Stephen King 5
Anna's Gife Emma Miller 5
Article 5 Kristen Simmons 5
Audrey, Wait! Robin Benway 5
Cart & Cwidder Diana Wynne Jones 5
Catching Fire Suzanne Colling 5
Cathcing Fire Suzanne Collins 5
Charmed Life Diane Wynne Jones 5
Day After Night Anita Diamant 5
Doc Mary Doria Russell 5
Doggirl Robin Brande 5
Drowned Ammet Diane Wynne Jones 5
Faith Rewarded: A Personal Account of Prophetic Promises the East German Saints Thomas S Monson 5
I Thought you were Dead Pete Nelson 5
Je L'aimais (Someone I Loved) Anna Gavalda 5
Knit One, Pearl One Gil McNeil 5
Mindless Eating Brian Wansink 5
Mission Flats William Landay 5
Monster Hunter Alpha Larry Correia 5
Monster Hunter Vendetta Larry Correia 5
Mornings on Horseback: The Story of an Extraordinary Family, A Vanished Way of Life and the Unique Child Who Became Theodore Roosevelt David McCullough 5
Private #1 Suspect James Patterson and Maxine Paetro 5
Private Games James Patterson and Mark Sullivan 5
Real Murder Charlaine Harris 5
Scarlet A.C. Gaughen 5
Seek Me With All Your Heart Beth Wiseman 5
The Devil's Feather Minette Walther 5
The Hunger Games Suzanne Collins 5
The Life and opinions of Tristam Shandy; Gentleman Larence Sterne 5
The Lives of Christopher Chant Diane Wynne Jones 5
The Millenium Trilogy Steig Larson 5
The Summer of the Bear Bella Pollen 5
This Dark Endeavor: The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein Kenneth Oppel 5
Voyager Diana Gabaldon 5
Well Schooled in Murder Elizabeth George 5
Winter Rose Jennifer Donnelly 5
Zero Day David Baldacci 5

and the bottom rated books (2 or less stars)
Heart of a Killer David Rosenfelt 2
The Future of Us Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler 2
The Tudor Rose: The Story of the Queen Who United a Kingdom and Birthed a Dynasty Margaret Campbell Barnes 2

There were also 41 books listed that did not have a rating.

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Readers that reported on 10 or more books in February

SACTOKAREN 34
DESERTDREAMERS 29
TEXASTITCHER 27
LEANMEAN2 13
MOM2ACAT 11
KATBOXJANITOR 10


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Titles that had two or more readers in February

Cathcing Fire 4
11/22/63 2
Brawn 2
Burning up Flint 2
Fury 2
Mockingjay 2
Private Games 2
Savannah Blues 2
Slade 2
Stealing Coal 2
Taunting Krell 2
The Hunger Games 2


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Authors that had two or more books read this month
Laurann Dohner 18
Suzanne Collins 8
Sarah Morgan 7
No author listed 6
Debbie Macomber 4
Elizabeth George 4
Mary Kay Andrews 4
Nora Roberts 4
Diane Wynne Jones 3
Erik Larwon 3
katie MacAlister 3
Melanie Milburn 3
Steig Larson 3
Stephen King 3
Anita Diamant 2
Donald E. Westlake 2
Isabelle Allende 2
James Patterson and Mark Sullivan 2
Jane Porter 2
Janet Evanovich 2
Kathryne Kennedy 2
Kathy Dunnehoff 2
Kelly Hunter 2
Larry Correia 2
Melissa de la Cruz 2
Miranda Lee 2
Richard Bard 2


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44 Charles Street by Danielle Steel 4 stars

A magical transformation takes place in Danielle Steel’s luminous new novel: strangers become roommates, roommates become friends, and friends become a family in a turn-of-the-century house in Manhattan’s West Village.

The plumbing was prone to leaks, the furniture rescued from garage sales. And every square inch was being devotedly restored to its original splendor—even as a relationship fell to pieces. Now Francesca Thayer, newly separated from her lawyer boyfriend Todd, is desperate. The owner of a struggling art gallery, and suddenly the sole mortgage payer on her Greenwich Village townhouse, Francesca does the math and then the unimaginable. She puts out an advertisement for boarders. Soon her house becomes a whole new world.

First comes Eileen, a fresh, pretty L.A. transplant, now a New York City schoolteacher. Then there’s Chris, a young father struggling with a troubled ex-wife and the challenge of parenting a seven-year-old son who visits every other weekend. The final tenant is Marya, a celebrated cookbook author hoping to start a new chapter in her life after the death of her husband. As Francesca’s art gallery begins to find its footing and Todd moves on to another woman, she discovers that her accidental tenants have become the most important people in her life.

As the roommates bond, and the house fills with the aroma of Marya’s exquisite cuisine, there are shadows as well as light. Naïve Eileen explores the precarious boundaries of online dating with a series of strangers. Chris’s custody fight for his son escalates to devastating levels. Marya faces an unexpected choice that will take her into untested waters. And Francesca herself will contemplate what had seemed impossible: opening her heart once more.

Over the course of one amazing, unforgettable, ultimately life-changing year, the house at 44 Charles Street fills with laughter, heartbreak, and, always, hope. In the hands of master storyteller Danielle Steel, it’s a place those who visit will never want to leave.

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3/1/12 8:25 P

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I finished two books at the end of February:

"Mornings on Horseback: The Story of an Extraordinary Family, a Vanished Way of Life and the Unique Child Who Became Theodore Roosevelt" by David McCullough 5*

McCullough does an extraordinary job as usual making history read like a novel.
This book is about the early years of Teddy Roosevelt, Jr. before he became President.
Roosevelt grew up in a wealthy family, travelled extensively and entered politics at an early age.
The book covers his life before his presidency.



"Look Homeward Angel" by Thomas Wolfe 6*

Wolfe's masterpiece, his first book, published in 1929 was autobiographical.
He grew up in a small Southern town and showed his genius at an early age.
Wolfe died young at the age of 38.
He is considered one of the great American writers of the 20th Century.
No telling what he could have accomplished if he had lived longer.





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3/1/12 11:47 A

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Need to take more time to read. Seems like all I do is work lately. Going to a book signing tonight for Anna Mayhew , southern writer from NC


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Four more in the NewSpecies series by Laurann Dohner. i finished them on my final days off, and planned to enter them last night (29 th) but was too busy at work.

26) Slade 4 stars

27) Valiant 4 stars

28) Justice 4 stars

29). Brawn 3.5 stars

Explicit sex warning!

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Oath of Office by Michael Palmer

Slowly and surely wins the race.


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Oh, I love that book.

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4. "Little Bitty Lies" by Mary Kay Andrews

4stars ****


Mary Bliss was happy until her husband leaves her with a note. He takes ALL the money and disappears. So Mary Bliss tells a lie that her husband died in a freak accident in Mexico. Fun book.

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Exposed: Misbehaving with the Magnet – Kelly Hunter - 3.5*
Revealed: A Prince and a Pregnancy – Kelly Hunter - 3.5*
Mistress Bought and Paid For – Lynne Graham - 3.5*
A Royal Bride at the Sheikh’s Command – Penny Jordan - 3.5*
The Greek Tycoon’s Defiant Bride – Lynne Graham - 3.5*
The Guardian’s Forbidden Mistress – Miranda Lee - 3.5*


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Summer Crossing by Truman Capote*** 3 stars

With her Fifth Avenue Protestant parents off in Europe, 17-year-old Grady rebels by intensifying an affair with and marrying a parking lot attendant from a dysfunctional Brooklyn Jewish family. She soon finds herself pregnant and wallows in regret.



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I can't remember if I posted any of my books this month, so forgive me if any of them are duplicates.
1. Savannah Blues - Mary Kay Andrews - 4*s
A scorned divorcee and her friends solve the murder of her ex-husband's fiance
2. Savannah Breeze - Mary Kay Andrews - 4*s
Same characters solve a crime spree in Savannah, Tybee Island and FL.
3. Private Games - James Patterson - 6*s
The Private Agency in London solves a murder spree during the London Summer Olympics
4. The Quilter's Kitchen - Jennifer Chiaverini 3*s
More of a recipe book than a story of the Elm Creek Quilters.



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Only 2 stars to Heart of a Killer by David Rosenfelt

I love his Andy Carpenter series but have not enjoyed any of his non-series books.

Slowly and surely wins the race.


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I have never read the book but I know it is fantastic. I love the movie. Be sure to watch it. Have a GWTW party and have friends over to watch with you. It's a great movie and I feel it is historically significant. Enjoy!

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2/28/12 2:24 P

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I just finished reading the book DELIRIOUS by Daniel Palmer. I had a difficult time putting it down.

It is a solid, well-constructed thriller, nicely convoluted and definitely suspenseful.

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The Love of God Enfolds us.
The Power of God Protects us.
The Presense of God Watches over us.
Wherever I am God is and all is well.


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3*
Butterfly Garden by Annette Blair

Single Amishwoman Sara Lapp is all but shunned after training with the local doctor to become a midwife in Ohio in 1883, so she is surprised when she gets a call from "Mad" Adam Zuckerman, a surly, self-appointed outcast, and Adam doesn't want her to attend to the birth, since his wife died, but he wants her to attend to his children instead.

Adam wants to love his children, but he distances himself from them because he is afraid he will hurt them as his father hurt him, and Sara seems to be to just the person to take on the job. She takes them to her house, but after a fall from a hayloft leaves Adam injured, Sara moves in with the children to take care of him, but in the Amish community, a man and woman cannot live together unmarried, so they have to marry or be shunned. Sara finds herself falling in love with Adam, but to Adam, it's a marriage of convenience only. Still, Sara is determined to teach him how to love, both his children and her.

Parts of this book were a little on the "steamy" side, which I wasn't expecting for an Amish story. I didn't really care for those parts of the book, it was a little too explicit for me, but other than that, it was a good story.


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The Girl that Played with Fire by Stieg Larson
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I liked the mystery of the first novel better, but I liked the ending of this novel better than the first. It was slow going at the beginning and I really don't need an entire page about Lisbeth shopping at IKEA. Really I'm enjoying the novels, but I'm not 100% what the fuss is all about. It's not he best thing I've ever read and I don't feel like it's a game changer for the genre. I'll read the 3rd though, mostly cause I might as well, not really cause I can't wait to find out what happens next.

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Seven Years by Peter Stamm**** 4 stars

Alex has spent the majority of his adult life between two very different women—and he can’t make up his mind. Sonia, his wife and business partner, is everything a man would want. Intelligent, gorgeous, charming, and ambitious, she worked tirelessly alongside him to open their architecture firm and to build a life of luxury. But when the seven-year itch sets in, their exhaustion at working long hours coupled with their failed attempts at starting a family get the best of them. Alex soon finds himself kindling an affair with his college lover, Ivona. The young Polish woman is the polar opposite of Sonia: dull, passive, taciturn, and plain. Despite having little in common with Ivona, Alex is inexplicably drawn to her. Torn between his highbrow marriage and his lowbrow affair, Alex is stuck within a spiraling threesome. But when Ivona becomes pregnant, life takes an unexpected turn, and Alex is puzzled more than ever by the mysteries of his heart.



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Made To Crave by Lysa TerKeurst

Craving Isn't A Bad Thing.

Has food become more of a frustration than fulfillment? Made to Crave is the missing link between a woman's desire to be healthy and the spiritual empowerment necessary to make that happen. Author Lysa TerKeurst personally understands the battle women face. This book is not a how-to manual or the latest, greatest dieting plan. Made to Crave is a helpful companion to use alongside whatever healthy eating approach you choose - a book and Bible study to help you find the "want to" in how to make healthy lifestyle changes.

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Eat to Live: The Revolutionary Formula for Fast and Sustained Weight Loss
by Joel Fuhrman

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Promotes a whole food vegan diet for health. Some interesting recipes. Very Anti-dairy and animal protein sometimes to the point that I didn't buy his arguments but there was some helpful information and not all of it was so harsh that it oversold his theories.


Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
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Just as good as the first one but I liked it even better because it was less violent. I can't wait to get the final one from the library if my name ever comes up on the list
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Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell ******6 stars!

I'd never read this classic and have yet to watch the movie, but the book was fantastic! I loved it, top 5 favorite books of all time for me!

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The Night Strangers by Chris Bohjalian**** 4 stars

In a dusty corner of a basement in a rambling Victorian house in New Hampshire, a door has long been sealed shut with 39 six-inch-long carriage bolts. The home's new owners are Chip and Emily Linton and their twin 10-year-old daughters. They hope to rebuild their lives there after Chip, an airline pilot, has to ditch his 70-seat regional jet in Lake Champlain due to double engine failure. The body count? Thirty-nine. What follow is a riveting ghost story: a palpable sense of place, meticulous research, an unerring sense of the demons that drive us, and characters we care about deeply.

Hated the ending... just so you know...

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Good Behavior by Donald E. Westlake**** 4 stars

While escaping from a robbery attempt, Dortmunder falls through the roof of a convent. The cloistered nuns take this as a sign from heaven and tell Dortmunder (by writing notes) that they will not turn him in if he helps to return Sister Mary Grace to their convent. Sister Mary Grace is a young nun who is being kept in a tower apartment by her millionaire father, who is trying to deprogram her, but she is firm in her commitment to remain a nun. She is able to smuggle out the details of the high-rise's security system to Dortmunder, and the big escape begins.


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The Poison Tree by Erin Kelly**** 4 stars

Karen and her 9-year-old daughter, Alice, pick up Rex from a 10-year stint in prison for murder. Flash back to the sultry summer in 1990s London when Karen, a straight-A student on the verge of college graduation, first meets Biba and joins her louche life in a crumbling mansion in Highgate. She begins a relationship with Biba's brother, Rex, and falls into a blissful rhythm of sex, alcohol, and endless summer nights. Naïvely, Karen assumes her newfound happiness will last forever. But Biba and Rex have a complicated family history of abandonment, suicide, and crippling guilt, and Karen's summer of freedom is about to end in blood.



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Ritual - William Heffernan / 4 stars

"We all shine on like the moon, the stars, and the sun"
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Mockingjay (The Final Book of The Hunger Games) by Suzanne Collins

4 Stars

The final chapter of the Hunger Game series. You just can't put these books down.

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Hmmmm....lets see if I can remember the books I have completed since my last post a couple weeks ago.

A couple of harlequin's by Barbara Hannay - sheer fluff, set in Australia, nothing special - but they did the job when I had finished the primary book I was reading and grabbed a 'just in case' book

All I Really Needed to Know I Learned in Kindergarten -Robert Fulghum
A bucket load of essays on life, personal history, humor, family, fun, mischief. It does provoke some reflection. I am glad I used the library! Worth a read. 4*

Real Murder -Charlaine Harris (Aurora Teagarden Mystery #1) 5*
A couple of twists I did not expect...a very relateable protagonist with family ties in the community. I have to add the rest of the series to my TBR list dangit.

Zen and the Art of Vampires - Katie MacAlister 4.5 * Library book!
Rollicking fun, a hapless American woman on a european tour in Iceland gets caught between 2 powerful, supernatural groups and somehow ends up having participated in 3 different marriage ceremonies. And there is a sequel (Crouching Vampire, Hidden Fang) I need to rack down now to see what happens next!

Cart & Cwidder and Drowned Ammet - Diana Wynne Jones 5* +
Fantasy with power struggles of rich\poor powerful\powerless family\orphans and otherworldly powerful objects and places.
I need to look for the stories contained in volume 2


I have at least 2 in progress now and 10 more library books in line, plus a few more off my TBR shelves.


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Stone Spring by Stephen Baxter ****

7,000 years ago the British Isles were connected to the European continent by a land bridge similar to the one connecting Siberia and Alaska. As the glaciers melted and the ice retreated, water levels in the ocean continued to rise, threatening human settlements along coastal regions. This is the story of one such fictional settlement called Northland and the people wandering (or deliberately moving) into their lives from other regions imperiled by the rising water levels. Well thought out,entirely possible, fictional account of societies making difficult decisions and their repercussions.

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I read two books last week and I really enjoyed both. I judge books on if I would keep them and reread them, if I read it liked it, but don't feel the need to keep it, if I loved and gush on them, or if I plain disliked them. I'd say these two books were in the keep and re-read but not a gush over type. They were chick flick type of books (non raunchy) and they were pretty darn good.

The first was "Garden Spells" by Sarah Addison Allen ***

The second "The Love Goddess' Cooking School" by Melissa Senate *** This one you probably shouldn't read if you are hungry. There is a lot of Italian cooking in this book mmmmm emoticon

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The Concannon Sisters Trilogy by Nora Roberts ****

Fun series that makes me want to go see Ireland!!

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23) Your Magic Touch by Kathy Carmichael 2.5 stars
Apparently, this is the beginning of a triology - 3 wizards have to assist true love. They pretend to be ghost busters, working with their unsuspecting first client, a newspaper writer, as they investigate a reportedly haunted house, and the nephew of the owners. OK, but could have been better.

24) A Dozen Deadly Roses by Kathy Bennett 3 stars
Police procedural with officer Jade Donovan united with her previous training partner Mac Stryker - back on the LA force 5 years after being drummed out as a drunk. He's in AA, and trying to stay sober. He's also the father of Jade's son, but doesn't remember the drunken
one night stand. Someone is sending Jade dead roses, counting down from a dozen, with threats and home invasions.

25) Fury (New Species #1) by Laurann Dohner 4 stars I'm rereading the New Species series in order, like I rerad the Cyborg series in order. Explicit sex warning. The New Species have been created by an unethical pharmaceutical research company by splicing human and animal DNA. They were held in chains and tortured while drugs were tested on them for decades. Free now, they must learn to live in the human environment.

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Really interested on comments from those that have read Elizabeth George - one of my favourite authors. Recently read Minette Walters, The Devil's Feather; Excellent rating 6 - excellent multi-layered thriller (another of my favourite authors)
Just finished: John Francome : Break Neck: rating 3 good read - fast paced no pun intended, written by jockey Francome - a racing thriller.

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Day After Night by Anita Diamant

This novel is based on the true story of the October 1945 rescue of more than 200 prisoners from the Atlit internment camp, a prison for "illegal" immigrants run by the British military near Haifa in the Mediterranean.

The story is told through the eyes of four young woman at the camp who have survived the Hololacaust; Shayndel, a Polish Zionsit, Teddi, a Dutch Jew who hid for most of the war; Leonie, a Parisian beauty, and Zorah, a concentration camp survivor. Haunted by memories and losses, they form a bond of friendship as they recreate themselves in a strange new country.

I really enjoyed this book, and learning about an important piece of history, (the Atlit camp) that I did not know about before.


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Arrows of the Queen - Mercedes Lackey****

This is the first part of a trilogy that is part of a much larger series but each trilogy can be read alone. I love the world the Mercedes Lackey created in Valdemar. The unique Heralds are an amazingly accurate portrayal of mortal heros. She has made them super by giving them some basic magic but they are still very human, very fallible

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I don't give 4 stars to all books - but both of these are excellent.

Sweet Judy Blue Eyes - Judy Collins autobiography ****
I really enjoyed reading this book. Also got me to go on iTunes and get some old music to hear some songs from the 60's and 70's agains.


"When I Fell From the Sky" - Juliane Kopeck non-fiction ****
This is about a seventeen year old girl who was the sole survivor of a plane crash in Peru in the 1971. A strike of lightning left the plane incinerated and Juliane Diller (Koepcke) still strapped to her plane seat falling through the night air two miles above the Earth.Her survival is unexplainable and considered a modern day miracle.
The book is more about just the plane crash - it talks about her life growing up in Lima and the jungles/rain forests of Peru. Juliane is my age - so it's fascinating to read about her life growing up, too.

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Well-Schooled in Murder by Elizabeth George *****
I am really enjoying this series.

Love in a Nutshell by Janet Evanovich ***
I have decided that I won't bother to read any more of her "between the number" books.

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A friend loaned me several books by Laurann Dohner. They're stand alone, but better if you read them in the correct order. After reading most of the Cyborg Seduction series, I got all of them and read them consecutively. (re-reads count, right?)

The premise is that humans created cyborgs to be larger, faster, and smarter than humans, but considered them "soulless" and subhuman - and disposable. When the cyborgs developed more intelligence and rebelled, the humans tried to kill all of them. Many escaped (with help from human sympathizers), and live on the planet Garden. There are many more males than female cyborgs. They explore space, and in this series, they find human women intriguing. Explicit Sex warning! So, in order: (& I hope there are more to come)
15) Burning Up Flint 3 stars
16) Kissing Steel 4 stars
17) Melting Iron 3 stars
18) Touching Ice 4 stars
19) Stealing Coal 4 stars
20) Redeeming Zorus 4 stars
21) Taunting Krell 4 stars

And, in other than this series: 22) Chihuahua Karma by Debbie Rice 3.5 stars
Trophy wife Cherry accidently dies (she's been self-medicating with vicodin and wine when she realizes she's about to be replaced) - and finds heself alive again as a mini-chihuahua named Sugar. Mediums, bookies, drugs, and spirit guides trying to get her to move on - cute story.



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Salem's Lot - Stephen King - 4.5 stars

"We all shine on like the moon, the stars, and the sun"
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Claiming His Wife – Diane Hamilton - 3.5*
One Night…Nine Month Scandal – Sarah Morgan - 4* (actually a lot better than the title sounds - they could have come up with a better name.)


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The Lake by Banana Yoshimoto**** 4 stars

The tale of a young woman who moves to Tokyo after the death of her mother, hoping to get over her grief and start a career as a graphic artist. She finds herself spending too much time staring out her window, though ... until she realizes she’s gotten used to seeing a young man across the street staring out his window, too.

They eventually embark on a hesitant romance, until she learns that he has been the victim of some form of childhood trauma. Visiting two of his friends who live a monastic life beside a beautiful lake, she begins to piece together a series of clues that lead her to suspect his experience may have had something to do with a bizarre religious cult. . . .



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The Gods of Greenwich by Norb Vonnegut**** 4 stars

Jimmy Cusack is the tough kid from a blue-collar neighborhood who made good on Wall Street. Until his hedge fund collapsed and the bank started to foreclose on his upscale condominium. Cusack takes a job with LeeWell Capital, a fund that’s impervious to the capital market woes and guaranteed to bring in billions. But making big money always comes with a cost. And soon Jimmy will have to pay.



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You...Again: Baby Blessed\Yesterday Once More by Debbie Macomber - 4 stars

Baby Blessed
Going home, baby and all?

Molly Larabee left her husband, Jordan, after a tragedy destroyed her faith in their marriage. She began a new life as a foreign aid volunteer. But now, four years later, her safety is in jeopardy—and Jordan comes to her rescue. She discovers that her feelings for him have never died, and they share a night of passion that results in pregnancy.…

Molly wants her husband back. But Jordan, still hurt by her leaving, asks for a divorce. Can a baby reunite them?

Yesterday Once More

Going back to Kansas—and a wedding?

Three years ago, Julie Houser fled from Wichita, Kansas—and left her husband-to-be practically standing at the altar. Julie couldn't face the vast disparity between her own middle-class background and his family's wealth, not to mention his mother's disapproval. But she never got over Daniel, and now she's back, hoping she can convince him to give marriage another chance.


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"Witches of East End" by Melisaa de la Cruz 3*

Set in fictional North Hampton, the story revolves around three women, (a mother and her two daughters) living quiet, unassuming lives in the small town. Unbeknownst to the community, the three are witches, restriced to life on the realm of Earth, unable to use their formidable powers-as punishment handed down by the high council. With their now beloved home and friends facing dangers from an unknown source, the witches turn to their powers to keep not only their small town, but as it turns out-the world, from certain destruction.

A moderately entertaining, quick read, it serves as a decent start to a new series by the author. The characters and storyline show promise, would just like to see more detailed development of both.

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The Tudor Rose: The Story of the Queen Who United a Kingdom and Birthed a Dynasty by Margaret Campbell Barnes

This is the fictionalized story of Elizabeth of York, wife of Henry VII and mother of Henry VIII.

I didn't find this book to be very exciting; a lot happened around Elizabeth but she wasn't really part of most of it. Not too much action, and the story is almost all dialogue. It's an "ok" book but not a great one. I felt at times as if I were reading a play and not a novel.


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I Thought You Were Dead by Pete Nelson***** 5 stars

Life is a succession of obstacles for Paul Gustavson. His wife has left him, his father has suffered a stroke, his girlfriend is dating another man, he has impotency issues, and his overachieving brother invested his parents’ money in stocks that tanked. Still, Paul has his friends at Bay State bar, a steady line of cocktails, and Stella. Stella is Paul’s dog. She listens with compassion to his complaints and gives him better counsel than any human could. Their relationship is at the heart of this poignantly funny and deeply moving story about a man trying to fix his past in order to save his future.



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THE HUNGER GAMES by Suzanne Collins. 5 stars
I picked up this book because I had seen the reviews for it on here and on another book club and got curious. Thought it would be some far out unrealistic sci-fi, but it wasn't. I enjoyed this book very much. I completed it in two days which hasn't happened in a very long time.
Gist of the book, the government is trying to control the people by making them play these brutual survival games and only one can win.

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The Prince’s Waitress Wife – Sarah Morgan - 3.5*
A Dark Sicilian Secret Jane Porter - 3.5*

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3. "Savannah Blues" by Mary Kay Andrews

4stars for entertainment value

Loved the references to Savannah landmarks. And if you like to check out estate sales there are lots of references on how to be a "picker". Romance, sex and a mystery. Entertaining.

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A Void by Georges Perec**** 4 stars

Anton Vowl is missing. Ransacking his Paris flat, a group of his faithful companions trawl through his diary for any hint as to his location and, insidiously, a ghost, from Vowl's past starts to cast its malignant shadow. This virtuoso story, chock-full of plots and subplots, shows the skill of both author and translator who impart all the action without a crucial grammatical prop: the letter 'e'.

Not an easy read with all of the flowery writing, but interesting to read almost 300 pages without seeing the letter 'e'.

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The Fiction Class by Susan Breen ***

This is a nice warm quick read. I enjoyed it even though it is not the usual genre that I like.

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The Red Tent by Anita Diamant ******6******

From the back cover:
Her name is Dinah. In the Bible, her life is only hinged at in a brief and violent detour within the more familiar chapters about her father, Jacob, and his dozen sons in the Book of Genesis. Told in Dinah's voice, this novel reveals the traditions and turmoil of ancient womanhood--the world of the red tent. It begins with the story of her mothers--Leah, Rachel, Zilpah, and Bilhah--the four wives of Jacob. They love Dinah and give her gifts that are to sustain her through a hard-working youth, a calling to midwifery, and a new home in a foreign land. Dinah's story reaches out from a remarkable period of early history and crates an intimate, immediate connection.

A wonderful story. I love to hear a new voice added to a familiar story...A must read for all.

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The Unclaimed Baby – Melanie Milburne - 3.5*

One Last Night – Melanie Milburne - 3.5 *

The Wedding Charade – Melanie Milburne - 3.5*

This is the story of the three Sabbatini brothers and the problems that life hands to them on the way to happily every after (one has traumatic night epilisy, one has a string of miscarriages that almost end his marriage, and one is dealing with severe dyslexia.




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"In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin"
by Erik Larson. This is the nonfiction account of Ambassador Dodd and his family during the rise of Hitler in Berlin. An interesting read, but I found it to be light on documentation.

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5* Anna's Gift by Emma Miller

This is the third book in the Hannah's Daughters series. Anna is the focus of this story; tall and overweight, Anna has always felt like a plow horse next to her pretty and petite sisters. She has secretly loved widowed Samuel Mast for years, but still, she is surprised when he asks if he can court her, but does he truly love her, or is he just looking for a housekeeper and a mother for his young children? Anna wants to be sure before she marries, but she is also afraid that if she does not marry Samuel, she will not get any other offers.

I loved this story, and I loved how the heroine wasn't your typical "beautiful" girl; this story shows that it's the beauty inside a person that counts the most. Amish or not, I think most women can relate to Anna's insecurities.


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Show Dog: The Charmed Life and Trying Times of a Near-Perfect Purebred by Josh Dean 6 stars

Every weekend, for nearly fifty weeks each year, tens of thousands of Americans pack up their SUVs and minivans with crates and dryers and treats and shampoos and hairsprays and plush toys and fan out for some of the two-thousand-plus dog shows held annually across the United States. More than two million pedigreed dogs, and exponentially more humans who handle and care for them, will take part in these events—for the most part happily—and the world that has grown up to support them is massive and vibrant, and almost impossible to imagine unless you've seen it in person.

By spending a year alongside rising star Jack, a champion Australian shepherd, and his canine and human friends, magazine journalist Josh Dean yanks back the curtain on the dog show world, providing not just a hilarious and often touching portrait of a colorful subculture only slightly exaggerated in the film Best in Show, but also a revealing look at our love affair with the world's most doted-upon and tinkered-with animal species, examining the colossal array of dog types and humans who love them.

The book follows Jack as he matures over the course of a year, from still-improving adolescent to seasoned adult show dog. We get to know him and the people around him—his owner, his handler, his breeder—to experience what it's like to own a show dog and to train one. And we come to appreciate him for what he is, a lovable and intelligent house pet—albeit one with a highly unusual occupation.

Along the way, Dean takes a close look at the eccentric and fascinating world of breeders and dog show fanciers—exploring the history and science of purebred dog breeding and the evolution of canine perfection via dog show culture, with that pursuit's many related peculiarities: judging, training, naming, promoting, hairstyling, kennel-owning, RV-driving, hotel-finding, treat-selecting, and more.


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The Perfect Age by Heather Skyler**** 4 stars

Helen is just fifteen, lanky and striking. She is a lifeguard at the pool at The Dunes hotel this summer—her first job, a step toward independence in a world beginning to treat her as an adult and a woman. Her mother, Kathy, watching Helen grow up, suddenly finds herself in a place equally uncertain: her children getting older, her stable marriage perhaps too stable, the slow days of summer leaving her adrift. When she meets Helen's boss, the manager at the pool, she chooses an affair that opens her to the idea of a different sort of life.



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Ten Thousand Saints by Eleanor Henderson**** 4 stars

In the roiling, electrified streets of New York City in the 1980s, Eliza, Jude, and Johnny each show up wanting a place to hide—from everything that has gone wrong, big and small, in their short lives. These three, thrown together by their parents’ mistakes and their own, and by the accidental death of a teenage boy, find their regrets transformed into a single, covert mission. Possibility shines from every neglected, graffitied surface. Possibility rings in the hardcore music and seething energy of the city’s underground scene. But as they pursue the intoxicating promise of redemption and new life, their secret threatens to crush their alliance with its impossibly heavy burden.



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Without Tess by Marcella Pixley**** 4 stars

Tess and Lizzie are sisters; as close as can be, who share a secret world filled with selkies, flying horses, and a girl who can transform into a wolf in the middle of the night. But when Lizzie is ready to grow up, Tess clings to their fantasies. As Tess sinks deeper and deeper into her delusions, she decides that she can’t live in the real world any longer and leaves Lizzie and her family forever. Years later, Lizzie is in high school and struggling to understand what happened to her sister. With the help of a psychologist and Tess’s battered journal, Lizzie searches for a way to finally let Tess go.



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Out of Oz by Gregory Macguire ******6******

This is the final book in his Wicked Years series, and it is great. I have loved this series from the beginning and this book does a great job of bringing the story full circle. I love that it doesn't have the traditional "happy ending". One of the many themes of this book is the idea of facing reality for what it is, not what we want it to be and the ending does this. Don't get me wrong it's not a tragic ending or a sappy ending either; there is hope there, but it is a hope looking toward the future, not tying everything up into a manufactured bow to finish up before the commercial break. If you enjoy this series, or if you enjoy the reworking of classic stories to look at them in a new light, don't miss this book; don't miss this series.

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I tried reading the Corner of Bitter and Sweet but picked up another book to read before I could really get into this one. Its still sitting on the table waiting for me to continue. emoticon

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Payment in Blood by Elizabeth George ******

This is the second in the series; it is another really good book well written by a good writer.



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I received this book from my daughter for Christmas. I started reading this before finishing another book so haven't really gotten into it yet. I read "The Help" by Kathryn Stockett and couldn't put it down. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Help

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james patterson private 1 suspect *5 and private games *5

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Covenant by Dean Drawford ****

Archaeologist Lucy Morgan is on a dig in the Middle East and uncovers a tomb with remarkably intact remains that dates back 7,000 years. The only problem is that the skeleton is definitely not human. Before she can do anything else, Lucy, along with her guide, are abducted. Back in
Washington, D.C. detectives are investigating what first appears to be three crack overdose deaths, but the autopsies come back indicating possible homicides. These two seemingly unrelated incidents are tied together by a powerful evangelical pastor who is also owner of a shadowy ams manufacturer/supplier. His ultimate goal is to 'prove' beyond a doubt the existence of God by bringing back what he is convinced are angels.

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4* Miriam's Heart by Emma Miller

This is the second book in the Hannah's Daughters series, telling the story of Miriam, one of 6 daughters in an Amish family.

For years she always thought she'd marry Charley Byler, a steady, dependable man who grew up on a neighboring farm, who was also a life long friend. But then local veterinarian John Hartman catches her eye. He's handsome and charming, and loves animals as much as Miriam does, but he is Mennonite, not Amish. Miriam has a reputation as the "wild" Yoder sister, but she is still expected to marry an Amish man, but she questions whether or not God has other plans for her, and she must listen to her heart to figure out which man she truly loves.

I really enjoyed this book, as much as I did the first one, and the way the story lines of the rest of the family were continued in this one, I've already started book number three and I am enjoying that one as well.


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I finished Hippie Boy by Ingred Ricks last night. Just could not sleep. I have this site called Pixel of Ink and they give me about 7 free books per day to add to my Kindle Fire. I've been accumulating books so fast I will be reading for a long time. I don't pick every book but I do have a whole bunch of books available. My next book is Conquering Darkness, Memoir of the Serial Killer's Wife by Alice M. Swalford and Crystal Choyce-Lige.

...and yet I keep trying....


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Chasing Rainbows by Kathleen Long--***
The crytogram at the beginning of each chapter was kind of weird. I think Bernie could have told us about how to start to decode a crytogram and relate her father's legacy to the reader that way. The scrambled and random letters made you forget the "gem" with which the last chapter ended. Regardless, the hapless Bernie works through her baggage and we can hope that Chasing Rainbows really brings her happiness.

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OK, before I write my intro, I'll share what I've read so far in February, as well as what I'm working on.

Books Read:

-The Iron Thorn by Caitlin Kittredge (4)
-Desires of the Dead by Kimberly Derting (4)
-Scarlet by A.C. Gaughen (5) - LOVE!
-Article 5 by Kristen Simmons (5) - Absolutely amazing!

Reading Now:

-The Nightmare Garden by Caitlin Kittredge

Up Next:

-Allegiance by Cayla Kluver
-Shattered Souls by Mary Lindsey

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More by Laurann Dohner - hot & sexy paranormal romances (Explicit sex)

12) Taunting Krell (Cyborg Seduction series #7) 4 stars
Emily helped free the cyborgs before the Earth government could destroy them. She died that day, but resurrected into a human looking cyborg body. Many years later, as Cyan, she meets Krell - grim survivor of torture on that last day on Earth.

13) Ral's Woman (Zorn Warriers book 1) 3 stars
Ariel was kidnapped from Earth, and ends up with Ral, leader of the Zorns - their people had also been kidnapped by the Anzon.

3 stars

14) Stealing Coal (Cyborg seduction # 5)
Coal had been a sex slave to Cyborg women - can Jill overcome her fear of men as Coal overcomes his fear of being owned?



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I just finished Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford. Not only is it an enjoyable story, it's also packed with history of the Northwest during WWII. It presents a painful picture of the evacuation of the Japanese community through the eyes of a young Chinese boy. I really recommend it.

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Last week i finished Blue Bloods ( 1 book in the Blue Bloods Novels) By Melissa de la Cruz , Now reading Masquerade ( book 2)

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Just finished The Shadow of the Indian Star by Bill and Cindy Paul-****
This a account told through generations of the settling of the Chickashaw people as they were relocated Mississippi to the Indian Territory now known as Oklahoma. It is almost unbelivable tale with murder, adultery, politics, and even another tale in the legend of Billy the Kid.

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Hi from the UK!
My recent reads were Florence Nightingale. As an ex nurse I wanted to know more about her life. I found it quite a heavy read though, lots of peripheral stuff that could have been omitted but at least I finished it!
Last week I read The Time of My Life, Patrick Swayze's autobiography which I really enjoyed. I always liked watching Patrick in the films he did & it was nice to find out a little about his real life away from the camera. It was such a shame to lose such a talented person at such a young age, but what a life he packed in to those years!
At present I am reading The Jarrow Lass. If anyone has heard of Catherine Cookson who wrote about North East England well this book is in the same genre. I was born in that area so can relate to what the author writes about. This book is the first of a trilogy so am loooking forward to the other 2!

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Thanks. I saw Courting Ruth on the new releases shelf at the library. After reading your review, I would really like to read it.

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4* Courting Ruth by Emma Miller

Hannah Yoder is an Amish widow who prays that each of her daughters will find a husband someday, but Ruth believes it's God's will that she stay home to help her mother, especially with the care of her youngest sister who has Down's Sydnrome. But when Eli Lapp comes to Kent County, she starts to rethink her plans. Eli is not yet part of the church and had a reputation in his former community, but Ruth doesn't believe all of that is true, yet she has a few doubts.

This book is the first in a series called Hannah's Daughters, and I really enjoyed this one and getting to know the Lapp family and their friends, all the characters back stories are set up nicely to be continued in the future books. The relationships and the dialogue between the characters felt real. Even though this is a romance, it's not a "mushy" one.


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The Italian’s Future Bride – Sarah Morgan - 3.5*
The Arabian Love Child – Michelle Reid - 3.5*


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Steve Jobs among many others.

Emotion may help us get started in the right direction, but it is rarely there at the finish line. Sooner or later we must press forward without the support of emotion and employ discipline.


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Townie: A Memoir by Andre Dubus 111 - 3*

When I started reading this book, I thought it would have the sensitivity of "The Glass Castle" by Jeannette Walls, which was excellent.
I was disappointed. The beginning, when he was taking a long run with his absent writer Father, had promise.
He was wearing his sister's too small shoes and wasn't prepared for a 9 mile run, but wanted to please his Dad and ran anyway.
When he finished his toes were split, but he was happy because his father was proud of him.

The book then goes back to his bleak background in ghetto neighborhoods where he and his brother were beaten up on a regular basis.

Andre decides he is too small and weak. So he transforms his body with weight training and boxing lessons.
Instead of being bullied, he becomes a bully and goes around town looking for fights.
He gets into brawls and the action is graphic.
Andre can name every bully who hurt him or his family and is on the lookout for all of them.
He has become a "Dirty Harry" character.
Jack Reacher the MP of Lee Childs' books doesn't have as many fights as Andre.


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The Woodcutter by Reginald Hill**** 4 stars

Wolf Hadda’s life has been a fairy tale. From his humble origins as a Cumbrian woodcutter’s son, he has risen to become a hugely successful entrepreneur, happily married to the woman of his dreams. A knock on the door one morning ends it all. Universally reviled, thrown into prison while protesting his innocence, abandoned by friends and family, Wolf retreats into silence. Seven years later, prison psychiatrist Alva Ozigbo makes a breakthrough. Wolf begins to talk, and under her guidance he is paroled, returning to his family home in rural Cumbria.

But there was a mysterious period in Wolf’s youth when he disappeared from home and was known to his employers as the Woodcutter. And now the Woodcutter is back, looking for the truth—and revenge. Can Alva intervene before his pursuit of vengeance takes him to a place from which he can never come back?



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Under the Mercy Trees by Heather Newton**** 4 stars

30 years ago, Martin Owenby came to New York with dreams of becoming a writer. Now his existence revolves around cheap Scotch and weekend flings with damaged men. When he learns that his brother, Leon, is missing, he must return to the Owenby farm, to assist in the search. But that means facing a past filled with regrets, the family who never understood him, the girl whose heart he broke, and the best friend who has faithfully kept the home fires burning. As the mystery surrounding Leon's disappearance deepens, so does the weight of decades-long unresolved differences and unspoken feelings; forcing Martin to deal with the hardest lessons about home, duty, and love.



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3* Katie's Redemption by Patricia Davids

Katie Lantz returns to her Amish community after 2 years away, unmarried and pregnant. She has nowhere else to go, and nervously knocks on her brother's door, the one who shunned her. She is surprised when a handsome stranger, who now owns the house, opens the door, just in time for Katie to give birth.

Carpenter Eli Sutter and his mother care for Katie and her newborn in a loving way that she never dreamed was possible, and she feels a tug of yearning to return to her Amish roots, yet she is conflicted; she has never felt like she truly belonged in the Amish world or the English world. When she is faced with a heartwrenching choice, Katie learns what family, faith, and acceptance really mean.

This story was a bit predictable, but I really enjoyed it and the characters were well written.


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5) Lord of Illusion by Kathryne Kennedy 4 stars
Humans and elven half-breeds try to win England free of the evil Elven lords that have divided the country, and use the people as pawns in a chess game.


6) Do Over (A Romantic Comedy) by Kathy Dunnehoff 4 stars
Mara Jane is stressed - she's nearly 40, and out of her favorite bubble bath. She drives to Canada to find the manufacturer - abandoning her lecture series and meetings. She decides to take a 30 day vacation - meeting new people and stretching her own boundaries - but will her husband understand?

7) Extinct Doesn't Mean Forever - anthology edited by Phoenix Sullivan 18 stories that blend a little past with the present or future, Overall 3 stars

The next books are by Laurann Dohner - a friend has a Nook (I have a Kindle, but have the Nook app on my iPad). She lent me these and I've been ripping thru them. EXPLICIT SEX!

New Species Series - Altered animal and human DNA people created by unethical researchers to develop and test new drugs. While in the testing facilities, they were called by their numbers - since being freed, they have chosen their own names. Each of them is a hunka hunka alpha male (and a few females). The males find love with human women.

8) Fury (book 1) 4 stars He thinks she betrayed him, but can't stop thinking about the researcher. Ellie can't forget the male she had to leave behind when she smuggled the data revealing the unethical research out of the facility.

9) Slade (book 2) 4 stars Second in command to the leader of the New Species. Slade dreams of the red headed woman he met in the hospital, not knowing it was the blonde doctor (Triaha) at the sanctuary (in a brief red-headed phase)

10) Brawn (#5) 3 stars Becca and Brawn are kidnapped by New Species enemies, who want to breed them as collector's items.

Cyborg Seduction Series - Cyborgs were created to be human robots - faster and stronger then humans, but following orders. When they rebelled, they were supposed to have been destroyed. This series has the human females discovering love among the well developed grey skinned cyborgs. (These guys are definately not the Borg)

11) Burning Up Flint (#1) 3 stars Mira is captured and clained by Flint, captain of the cyborg ship

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Such a coincidence- I just finished "Believing the Lie" by Elizabeth George, the newest book in the Detective Lynley series. I have read the entire series, and truly enjoy her writing.

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