Thursday, May 29, 2014

Finding Home by Lois Greiman

Product DetailsI couldn't put this book down. Casie Carmichael attends a ranch auction, intending to sell stable gear from her late father. Instead, she ends up saving a broken-down horse and reigniting sparks with an injured bronc rider from her past. The whirlwind of daily ranch life leads to more rescued horses and a mismatched trio of teens looking for shelter, compassion and belonging--each with a story overshadowed by secrets. While Casie's cowboy stakes a claim on her heart, misgivings about her physician fiancé grow. Turns out the Lazy Windmill Ranch is a sanctuary for people as well as horses, and Finding Home is a keeper!

Four Friends, by Robyn Carr

Product Details

Gerri can't decide what's more devastating: learning her rock-solid marriage has big cracks, or the anger she feels as she tries to repair them. Always the anchor for friends and her three angst-ridden teenagers, it's time to look carefully at herself. The journey is more than revealing—it's transforming. 

Andy doesn't have a great track record with men, and she's come to believe that a lasting love is out of reach. When she finds herself attracted to her down-to-earth contractor—a man without any of the qualities that usually appeal to her—she questions everything she thought she wanted in life. 

Sonja's lifelong pursuit of balance is shattered when her husband declares he's through with her New Age nonsense and walks out. There's no herbal tonic or cleansing ritual that can restore her serenity—or her sanity. 

Miraculously, it's BJ, the reserved newcomer to Mill Valley, who steps into their circle and changes everything. The woman with dark secrets opens up to her neighbors, and together they get each other back on track, stronger as individuals and unfaltering as friends. 

My thoughts:

This book is the story of four friends determined to find their stride.  They  discover what it means to be a wife, mother, lover, friend…and most important: your true self. 
I enjoyed the book very much.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

BY ITS COVER by Donna Leon

  • Series: Commissario Guido Brunetti
  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Atlantic Monthly Press; First Edition edition (April 1, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802122647
  • ISBN-13: 978-080212264
  • Audio narrated by David Colacci.

  • SUMMARY: from "One afternoon, Commissario Guido Brunetti gets a frantic call from the director of a prestigious Venetian library. Someone has stolen pages out of several rare books. After a round of questioning, the case seems clear: the culprit must be the man who requested the volumes, an American professor from a Kansas university. The only problem—the man fled the library earlier that day, and after checking his credentials, the American professor doesn’t exist.As the investigation proceeds, the suspects multiply. And when a seemingly harmless theologian, who had spent years reading at the library turns up brutally murdered, Brunetti must question his expectations about what makes a man innocent, or guilty.

    MY TAKE: I love reading the Brunetti series. It is one of the few series I haven't gotten tired of reading.. Ah Venice, Ms Leon makes it so tempting to want to go there and see the sights she writes about. If you enjoy audio David Colacci is a great narrator giving just the right accent. This title seems particularly fitting since it deals with libraries. Like McCall Smith, there is more to the story than just the mystery.  The flavor of personalities and place.

    Tuesday, May 27, 2014

    The Weight of Blood: A Novel                                                                                              

    Friday, May 23, 2014



    By: Janet Gurtler

    Heart attacks happen to other people #thingsIthoughtweretrue
    When Morgan's mom gets sick, it's hard not to panic. Without her mother, she would have no one—until she finds out the dad who walked out on her as a baby isn't as far away as she thought...

    Adam is a stuck-up, uptight jerk #thingsIthoughtweretrue
    Now that they have a summer job together, Morgan's getting to know the real Adam, and he's actually pretty a nerdy-hot kind of way. He even offers to go with her to find her dad. Road trip, anyone?
    5000 Twitter followers are all the friends I need #thingsIthoughtweretrue
    With Adam in the back seat, a hyper chatterbox named Amy behind the wheel, and plenty of Cheetos to fuel their trip, Morgan feels ready for anything. She's not expecting a flat tire, a missed ferry, a fake girlfriend...and that these two people she barely knew before the summer started will become the people she can't imagine living without

    My Thoughts
    I absolutely fell in love with this book and didn’t want to put it down! This book not only deals with situations of real life but it’s also packed with adventure, suspense, romance, new beginnings, and humor. I love how the main character is addicted to Twitter and sets a goal of getting 5000 followers! However, I think my favorite character is Amy. She’s so ditzy and it so fun to read the dialogue that goes along with her! 

    Book Details
    Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
    Date of Publication: March 4, 2014
    ISBN: 978-1402277979
    # of Pages: 304
    Source: Library Checkout

    Monday, May 19, 2014

    The Other Story by Tatiana DeRosany

    The Other Story
    Tatinna De Rosnay

    • Hardcover: 320 pages
    • Publisher: St. Martin's Press (April 15, 2014)

    Vacationing at a luxurious Tuscan island resort, Nicolas Duhamel is hopeful that the ghosts of his past have finally been put to rest… Now a bestselling author, when he was twenty-four years old, he stumbled upon a troubling secret about his family – a secret that was carefully concealed. In shock, Nicholas embarked on a journey to uncover the truth that took him from the Basque coast to St. Petersburg – but the answers wouldn’t come easily.

    In the process of digging into his past, something else happened. Nicolas began writing a novel that was met with phenomenal success, skyrocketing him to literary fame whether he was ready for it or not – and convincing him that he had put his family’s history firmly behind him. But now, years later, Nicolas must reexamine everything he thought he knew, as he learns that, however deeply buried, the secrets of the past always find a way out.

    Page-turning, layered and beautifully written, Tatiana de Rosnay's THE OTHER STORY is a reflection on identity, the process of being a writer and the repercussions of generations-old decisions as they echo into the present and shape the future. (

    My Thoughts:

    I picked up this book because I thoroughly enjoyed "Sarah's Key" and "The House I Loved" l looked forward to reading her next story.  Written in the same style as her other books, which I enjoyed, this book was not as good as her other stories.  In the other books, she had some very lovable characters, a compelling setting, and a story to tell but in this book, I did not enjoy the characters and found them very whinny and I wanted to tell them to get over themselves.  By the end, the main character, Nicholas eventually did understand that the world was not all about him but for me it was too late for me.  I do not think that I would read any Nicholas Duhamed novels even after his brush with life and death.

    The Light in the Ruins by Chris Bohjalian

    The Light in the Ruins

    Chris Bohjalian

    1943: Tucked away in the idyllic hills south of Florence, the Rosatis, an Italian family of noble lineage, believe that the walls of their ancient villa will keep them safe from the war raging across Europe. Eighteen-year-old Cristina spends her days swimming in the pool, playing with her young niece and nephew, and wandering aimlessly amid the estate’s gardens and olive groves. But when two soldiers, a German and an Italian, arrive at the villa asking to see an ancient Etruscan burial site, the Rosatis’ bucolic tranquility is shattered. A young German lieutenant begins to court Cristina, the Nazis descend upon the estate demanding hospitality, and what was once their sanctuary becomes their prison.

    1955: Serafina Bettini, an investigator with the Florence police department, has her own demons. A beautiful woman, Serafina carefully hides her scars along with her haunting memories of the war. But when she is assigned to a gruesome new case—a serial killer targeting the Rosatis, murdering the remnants of the family one-by-one in cold blood—Serafina finds herself digging into a past that involves both the victims and her own tragic history.

    • Hardcover: 320 pages
    • Publisher: Doubleday; First Edition edition (July 9, 2013)

    My Thoughts:
    I enjoyed "The Light in the Ruins".  The story is a look at Italy during WWII and how the local citizens were forced to choose sides - their native country or the Germans in power.  The Rosatis' were victims and beneficiaries of the German occupation because of their wealth and status.  Their war years were lived relatively unaffected until the allies began to close in and the Germans saw them just as Italians not their wealth and status.  

    After the war, the Rosatis' become the target for murder and who is can be carrying out these crimes.  Serafina, a scarred victim of the war is put on the case.  

    Bohmalian weaves a very good mystery around the Rosati Family and you continue to guess who is commiting the murders under the end - the Rosatis' were not everyone's favorite neighbor and friend.

    Wednesday, May 14, 2014

    It Had to Be You                                                                                                                              

    Wednesday, May 7, 2014

    Takedown Twenty by Janet Evanovich


  • Series: Stephanie Plum
  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam; First Edition edition (November 19, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345542886
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345542885

  • SUMMARY: from   "New Jersey bounty hunter Stephanie Plum knows better than to mess with family. But when powerful mobster Salvatore “Uncle Sunny” Sunucchi goes on the lam in Trenton, it’s up to Stephanie to find him. Uncle Sunny is charged with murder for running over a guy (twice), and nobody wants to turn him in—not his poker buddies, not his bimbo girlfriend, not his two right-hand men, Shorty and Moe. Even Trenton’s hottest cop, Joe Morelli, has skin in the game, because—just Stephanie’s luck—the godfather is his actual godfather. And while Morelli understands that the law is the law, his old-world grandmother, Bella, is doing everything she can to throw Stephanie off the trail.
     It’s not just Uncle Sunny giving Stephanie the run-around. Security specialist Ranger needs her help to solve the bizarre death of a top client’s mother, a woman who happened to play bingo with Stephanie’s Grandma Mazur. Before Stephanie knows it, she’s working side by side with Ranger and Grandma at the senior center, trying to catch a killer on the loose—and the bingo balls are not rolling in their favor.
      With bullet holes in her car, henchmen on her tail, and a giraffe named Kevin running wild in the streets of Trenton, Stephanie will have to up her game for the ultimate takedown"

    My Take:  I always enjoy the Numbered Plum books. However after 20 installments it is pretty much the same old thing.  Cars get wrecked, Bella puts a hex on Stephanie, Stephanie can't make up her mind about which guy, viewings at the funeral home, and Stephanie solves the mystery by accident.  Only the names of the crooks change. Also C. J. Critt is the better narrator (earlier books).  I which the publisher would go back to her as a narrator.