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The Request
The Request
Author: David Bell
Genre: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
Book Type: Paperback
susieqmillsacoustics avatar reviewed on + 858 more book reviews

This was a compelling read. More of a page turner than I expected! I enjoyed this thriller!

A Dog's Way Home (Dog's Way Home, Bk 1)
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My grandson loved it and is reading it to his younger brothers. Cameron does wonderful books for teens that love animals.

The Midwife Murders
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Another Patterson disappointment. Unbelievable story line. Wish Patterson would go back to old writing style and put out fewer books but with some good quality stories.

Once Upon a Christmas (Signet Regency Romance)
Once Upon a Christmas (Signet Regency Romance)
Author: Diane Farr
Genre: Romance
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
Jerseygirltoo avatar reviewed on + 424 more book reviews

Really sweet story, plus I loved the hero's cat, Manegold, he stole every scene he appeared in! His manipulative mother, not so much, although you really had to pity her by the end.

Blood Born (Vampire, Bk 1)
Blood Born (Vampire, Bk 1)
Author: Linda Howard, Linda Jones
Genre: Romance
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
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Blood Born by Linda Howard and Linda Jones is a great vampire paranormal romance. The plot was solid, there were tons of interesting characters in the large world that the authors created, and sweet romance along the way. Character's actions always seemed believable and emotional reactions were never over dramatic, which I really liked. Also, there were no deeply sadistic or overly gruesome scenes. Not that there wasn't blood, or people getting killed, but the goriness wasn't focused on.

Dial M for Maine Coon (Furever Pets, Bk 2)
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Dial M for Maine Coon is the second installment in the A Furever Pets Mystery series set in Grey Falls, Ohio and featuring Liz Denton, pet rescuer. Liz is looking forward to dropping Sheamus, the huge, fluffy Maine Coon cat off at his new home with Joe Hitchcock, feeling the man and cat will be the perfect match. However, Liz arrives at the house and discovers Joe's dead body.

It doesn't take long to discover that Joe is really Joe Danvers, a man accused of killing his wife Christine thirty years ago. What doesn't make sense is why the man had come back to the town and was hiding behind a new identity. With the help of her daughter Amelia, who is training to become a private eye, the women set out to solve the mystery.

Dangerous secrets that have been hidden for years come to light in a delightful blend of mystery and furry friends. A great afternoon read with well developed characters.

The Blacktongue Thief (Blacktongue, Bk 1)
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There are a lot of good fantasy books out there but not a lot that just blow you away. This was one of the latter. I was so involved in this story that it was incredibly hard to put down. The story had the elements of a typical fantasy... goblins, giants, magic, etc. but it was put together so differently that it was new and amazing. Our main character, Kinch, was perfect. He was rude and crude, yet loyal, funny and lovable. The other characters were just as great. The magic and setting was top notch. The story tied up nicely with room for another book or two in the future (we can only hope).

To Steal a Heart (The Bleeker Street Inquiry Agency)
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Gabriella Goodhue has had a hard life. As a child she was forced to work as a thief many other children for an unscrupulous man, until being rescued into an orphanage. Now as an adult she has turned all that around. She is has become an upright citizen and has a respectable job as a seamstress. She resides at the Bleeker Street Boardinghouse with a most unusual group of women. Each with their own past and funny quirks, but together have formed a close knit family.
One of the tenants there is falsely accused of stealing an expensive heirloom from an aristocratic family. Gabriella is determined to clear their name. She disguises herself and goes undercover at a ball to try and nab the real thief. In the process, she is thrown together with Nicholas Quinn. He was a part of the child thief ring and they had been very close, but had not seen each other in many years. Nicholas was taken in by a wealthy man and is now part of high society. He purposes to help her solve her case but she wants nothing to do with him. She has past hurts of feeling he abandoned her.
As with all of Ms. Turano's books the events that follow are hilarious and touching! I couldn't quit laughing at the escapades of Gabriella, Nicholas and the motley group from the boardinghouse. Daphne, her friend and fellow tenant, was my favorite character! Her eccentricities paired with her helping Gabriella were hysterical I loved the suspense and close calls they found themselves in. What I liked most was Nicholas's strong faith in the Lord and his gentle guiding to help Gabriella see that God loved her and she could trust Him. This is such a fun book and the ending will surprise you. Thank you Ms. Turano for brightening my reading days with another fantastic book!

The Guest List
The Guest List
Author: Lucy Foley
Genre: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
Book Type: Hardcover
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Told through the eyes of different main characters, this tale is about a gathering for a wedding, on a remote Irish island.

Let's start with that island. It is owned by a young couple, and an old structure, called the "Folly" sits on it. Some of the guests are invited to spend the night in the Folly, while others arrive on the day of the wedding. It is a large crowd, and a "wedding breakfast" follows the wedding, plus the usual wedding banquet or whatever it is called. In other words, the non-staying guests are on the island for more than a day, but there are no accommodations for all those extra guests.

The only way across is by boat, naturally, and the ride is rocky, always. It seems like a dangerous proposition to hold an event at such a location.

But let's ignore these practical issues (as well as the unfortunate weather) and focus on the story. The bride is Jules Keegan, online magazine publisher and general media influencer. The groom is Will Slater, star of a television program that purports to explore his survival skills (I was never sure if it was meant to be fiction or reality although, of course, the two are usually a blend anyway). Guests include several men from Will's boarding school days along with relatives on both sides.

The chapters alternate among the main characters: one through Jules' eyes, one through Will's, one through the bridesmaid's, and so on. Gradually we come to realize that there are many in the wedding party who have reason to hate Will. Events reveal even more.

The action heats up and leaves one person dead.

The style of first-person narratives reads, to me, like young adult fiction. It's predictable, simplistic, and not particularly interesting. I didn't like anyone on that island.

A Nurse and a Pup to Heal Him (Harlequin Medical, No 1041) (Larger Print)
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Terrific book about two people who have been hurt in the past and are reluctant to risk their hearts again. I enjoyed seeing both Toni and Ben overcome their fears and open their hearts.

Ben moved to the small village of Great Crowmell for a fresh start. After finding out that his wife and the baby she carried belonged to his best friend, he needed to get away from the memories and the pitying looks. He has no interest in entering any new relationships.

Toni moved back to Great Crowmell to care for her grandmother and stayed after her grandmother's death. After a series of relationships with men who turned out to be selfish jerks, Toni no longer trusts her judgment and has sworn off men.

Ben and Toni got off to a rough start when he tripped over her therapy dog, Archie. After Ben comments about dogs not belonging there, and Toni snaps back, both retreat to their corners. Fortunately, neither one holds a grudge, and they clear the air the next day. Toni is a friendly and kind-hearted woman and wants Ben to feel at home in the village. After inviting him to dinner, where he gets to know both her and Archie, the beginnings of a friendship form. I loved watching Toni and Ben spend time together, getting to know each other, and sharing the hurts of their pasts.

Neither expected the sparks of attraction they felt. After an evening of Ben comforting Toni after losing a friend turned into much more, they had to make a decision. Do they allow past hurts to rule their lives, or take a chance and explore whatever is between them? I loved how they were open and honest about their wants and needs and decided to move their relationship ahead slowly. It was sweet to see the things they did together, from dinners to sightseeing to quiet movie nights. Their romantic weekend away was incredible.

Everything moved along quite nicely, then Toni became pregnant. I wanted to shake Ben, who let his past get into his head and cause him to make a boneheaded mistake. I ached for Toni, who suddenly felt her past happening all over again. Fortunately, Ben's idiocy didn't linger too long, helped along by an emergency with his sister's family. I loved Ben's big moment at the end, with his heartfelt apology and admission of his feelings. I didn't blame Toni for being wary at first and making him work for her forgiveness. The epilogue was fantastic, with a nice little twist at the end.

I loved the view of life in Great Crowmell. Like small towns all over, everybody seems to know everybody else and all of their business. I loved how quickly Ben felt at home. I would love to live/visit there myself, especially during their nineteen-forties weekend. Archie was another big part of the book. His obvious joy at being around people and ability to sense what they needed made him an excellent therapy dog. I loved how he turned Ben from an anti-dog person to a dog lover.

On a personal note, I loved Ben and Toni's trip to Vienna. Having been to the SiSi Museum, I agree entirely with Toni's love of what she saw. From their carriage tour to the concert to the pastries they ate, it all brought back wonderful memories.

100 Best Bible Verses to Overcome Worry and Anxiety
Moonpie avatar reviewed on + 1114 more book reviews

This book is not what I was expecting but in a very good way! Being a worry wart has been a struggle for me most of my adult life. In the last few years due to health issues, family losses and medication changes, my battle with worry and anxiety has reached an all-time high. So of course my interest was piqued in reading this book. I was expecting to find the best known and loved scriptures concerning this subject and an application or story to go with them.
I am pleased to say I found much more! This book goes much deeper than that! Yes it has those comforting verses but it also has truths from the Bible that remind a Christian of their foundation in Christ and the true Source of all comfort.
Each page with a verse has four parts:
Context: This gives a background what is going on in the scripture, in relation to the lesson, the events and the people involved.
Meaning: I found this very helpful. It fleshes out the verse with visualization, feelings, and thoughts. I found many helpful insights in the section.
Application: I think of the three, this one helped the most. When you are caught up in anxiety your thinking can get muddled. This part gave me direction in how to use what I had read and learned.
At the end of each section are included more scriptures to read. Far more than just a Bible references to verses. A wonderful book!
I received this book from Bethany House Publishers Chosen Books in exchange for an honest review. The opinions expressed are my own.

Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things
Minehava avatar reviewed on + 845 more book reviews

I wanted to like this book. I liked the idea of approaching the distress of mental illness from a lense of absurdity, but instead of being humorous it is written as though the author is in the grips of a manic episode. It feels that she is selling the idea that the opposite extreme from depression (mania) is somehow positive, adaptive, and healthy. This is not funny and irreverent, as I expected, but rather illustrative of an inherently unhealthy, frenetic, potentially delusional state.

I won't comment on her opinion and approach to mental illness. I know it can be offensive and it's very personal to some people. I'll just say I was actually looking for a good read about self acceptance and instead I got the painfully annoying 6-paragraph intro to a recipe on a mommy blog. She wore me out. My analogy of this book: Imagine sitting in the window seat of a plane flying non-stop from the East Coast to Hawaii (a 12 hr flight), and the passenger next to you never shuts up- never! Every single life story-every single whiz of a thought- even the narrative dialogues in his/her brain are spoken about.

Savage Beauty: The Life of Edna St. Vincent Millay
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Wow! Not sure who she was (won a Pulitzer Prize for poetry); but she had a really interesting life! When I think of the wild 20's I think of someone like her. From humble beginnings to wide acclaim she pretty much did it all.

I especially liked the interesting thoughts of an American Jew traveling in Germany pre-Second World War. Her "Nobody Can Touch Me" attitude got a rude awakening.

Wicked Lies (Wicked, Bk 2)
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Too long and very repetitive. Added unnecessary characters toward the end. Ok plot but just drug it out. 2 out of 10

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Baking soda is a wonderful substance that has been used for thousands of years. However, in current America, it has moved to the back of the shelves, in lieu of fancier packaging and toxic substances. Going back to the kinder, gentler substance baking soda will save money and keep toxic substances out of our environment. The author offers recipes and uses for the home and kitchen, and personal use.

The one I'd forgotten about and plan to use again soon is adding baking soda to my sheets while washing. With the newer washing machines and low-temperature washing cycles, my white sheets don't come out so white. The author suggests making a paste of baking soda and water, letting the sheets sit in it for a while and washing. I used to do that years ago; I forgot how great the sheets came out.

Dollar Store Arbitrage: How to Make $100 a Day Selling Dollar Store Finds
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What an eye-opening book for anyone new to selling on Amazon. I thought her information to be pertinent, and she stayed on task throughout. This author knows her stuff and it shows by the tips along the way. Who would have thought about getting items from the dollar store and telling them online? This book is well worth the reader's time. I never understood the concept of bundling until Mrs. Hunt explained (and showed) the concept.

The 36-Hour Day: A Family Guide to Caring for People Who Have Alzheimer Disease, Related Dementias, and Memory Loss
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If you are caring for anyone with dementia this is a must! The more knowledge you have, the better. This book was recommended by a friend and it is worth the read. I am keeping mine for reference.

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The reason I picked this book up was that I was looking for a way to effectively add Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) to my diet. I'm looking for a way to ingest enough to affect my blood pressure and blood sugar levels. I've had difficulty swallowing it in water and hoped for some suggestions.

The recipes seem doable and fairly easy. However, I'm wondering if a couple of tablespoons of ACV (in these recipes) will have any effect. After all, the ACV is spread over the whole recipe, not just one person's serving. We will see.

Murder on Pleasant Avenue (Gaslight, Bk 23)
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Kidnappings, The âBlack Handâ and Gino Donatello, Malloy's partner, is arrested for murderâ¦..all rolled into a new and exciting addition to this wonderful series!

Doppelganger (Also Published as Warrior) (Doppelganger, Bk 1)
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The whole idea behind how the witches come into their power is intriguing and the idea of a kind of doppleganger that must be found and eliminated is intriguing as well.

Watching Miryo and Mirage and seeing how they are the same yet different was also intriguing. I also really enjoyed Eclipse as a character, he is in a supporting role and he is awesome at it. He is supportive, smart, and respectful and just generally helpful. There is absolutely no romance in this story.

This was a very well done fantasy with some great world building, interesting magic, and engaging characters. I ended up enjoying this a lot more than I thought I would. I would recommend to fans of classic swords and sorcery type of fantasy. I plan on picking up the second book in the series to read.

Merry Ex-Mas (Life in Icicle Falls, Bk 2)
Merry Ex-Mas (Life in Icicle Falls, Bk 2)
Author: Sheila Roberts
Genre: Romance
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
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Very good

Dancing in the Lowcountry
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Just so so

Down the Common: A Year in the Life of a Medieval Woman : A Novel
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This book took a long time (eight years!) to get to me, and it was well worth the wait. It is excellent! The characters are well fleshed out, very realistic. Family life is depicted with all its triumphs and defeats. The struggles and joys of the era are well researched. Hope the author will decide to write again. D. :)

The Killing Kind (Charlie Parker, Bk 3)
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This was another intense thriller in the Charlie Parker series from Connolly. I have read a few others in the series and have enjoyed them all. In this one Parker is hired to look into the death of a young woman who he had at one time dated named Grace Peltier. She had been found shot to death in her car and her death was ruled a probable suicide. But the man who hired Parker feels she may have been murdered. Parker reluctantly agrees to investigate and gets drawn into a strange web of confusion and conflict with a group of religious zealots who are against abortion, liberalism, Jews, and anyone that may be opposed to their views. The enforcer for this group is named Mr. Pudd who is one of the vilest villains I have encountered in literature. He uses spiders and insects to kill his victims as well as cutting sections of their skin off. This group is tied to a religious fanatic who founded a sect called the Aroostook Baptists who vanished in the 1960s. Grace Peltier had been researching this group trying to find out their fate and her death seems to be tied to her research.

This novel contained the usual cast of characters including Parker's girlfriend, Rachel, and his two dangerous friends Louis and Angel. All of them are thrown into the path of great peril in the story. And as usual, there are instances of the supernatural where Parker is able to see and converse with the dead including some of the disappeared from the Aroostook Baptists. I would highly recommend this one but take care if you are an arachnophobe! I'll be looking forward to continuing with this great series.

Rescued by the Colton Cowboy (Coltons of Grave Gulch, Bk 7) (Harlequin Romantic Suspense, No 2144)
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Good book. The story opens as Soledad prepares to help her best friend escape her abusive husband. Just when they think they've gotten away, Gavin appears behind Soledad's car and starts shooting, then rams the car with his SUV. Annie makes Soledad promise to take care of baby Lyra and keep her safe from Gavin if something happens to her - a prophetic request, as Annie dies of a gunshot wound. Desperate to escape, Soledad takes Lyra and runs into the woods, eventually hiding in a barn.

Palmer Colton is one of the few Grave Gulch Coltons not involved in law enforcement. He owns an 800-acre ranch where he raises cattle, sheep, and chickens. When he heads to the barn to check on a sick horse, he finds Soledad and Lyra and barely gets her story before Gavin shows up. Gavin pretends to be a cop with the GGPD, immediately making Palmer suspicious. I loved Palmer's immediate protectiveness and determination to keep the two safe.

I loved watching Palmer jump right into caring for Soledad and Lyra, something highly unusual for him. Palmer cherishes his solitude and rarely has anyone other than family in his home. After listening to Soledad's story and reasons for avoiding the police, he insists that he is their best option for staying safe.

I enjoyed watching the relationship develop between Palmer and Soledad. Her sister is engaged to his cousin (Colton Bullseye), and Palmer has had a crush on Soledad for months. However, he is more than a little shy and never got up the courage to ask her out. Soledad noticed his interest at the engagement party and is equally interested in him. The main drawback for Palmer is that he has no intention of ever marrying or having kids, and he overheard Soledad talking about both.

I loved how Palmer did everything he could to make Soledad and Lyra comfortable in his home. The shopping scene was hilarious as he bought everything a baby could need while feeling entirely out of his element. Matters got a little tricky when he ran into his brother, Detective Troy Colton, while doing it and had to do some fast talking about who it was for. For a man who claims no interest in a family of his own, Palmer is fantastic with little Lyra. There are some awesomely sweet scenes between the two of them. The longer Soledad and Lyra remain in his home, the more Palmer starts to rethink his views on family.

Soledad could see herself falling for Palmer despite his views on a family of his own. With every day she stayed there, she lost a little more of her heart to him. She couldn't understand his resistance to a family since she could see how much he already cared for Lyra. While their feelings for each other grew, so did the sparks of attraction. Though she knew it could lead to a broken heart, Soledad couldn't resist giving in to the heat that burned between them. I liked watching each of them come to terms with their feelings and open up to each other about them. I felt terrible for Palmer when his date-night plans were so rudely interrupted, but he made up for it in the end.

The suspense of the story was good. It began with intensity as Soledad tried to rescue her friend Annie and then ran for her life to protect herself and Lyra. There were a couple of more intense moments early on as Gavin tried to get to Soledad. Then it became a waiting game as Gavin disappeared and the GGPD searched for him. There was a constant feeling of waiting for the other shoe to drop, wondering if he would show up at the ranch again. The final confrontation was a nail-biter as Soledad struggled to get Lyra to safety, and Palmer raced to be in time to save them.

One of my favorite characters was Palmer's dog, Jack. From the very beginning, he appointed himself Lyra's bodyguard and best friend. I can't count the number of times the two of them made me laugh at their antics. Jack also played a part in bringing down the bad guy at the end.

I also liked how the Coltons continue to support each other through everything that happens. Palmer doesn't fool anyone when he denies that Soledad and Lyra are with him, but they go along with it because she should be safe with him. I ached for Chief Melissa Colton, who has to deal with the fallout from the tampered evidence scandal, and for the rest of the GGPD, who work to regain the town's trust. I can feel everyone's frustration as both the escaped serial killer and the corrupt CSI chief remain at large.


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