Book Reviews & Giveaways – April & Oliver

April & Oliver: A Novel Author: Tess Callahan This poignant novel of losses startles with lovely prose and hard truths. April and Oliver are childhood friends, inseparable, soul mates. Oliver moves away to California and April stays in New York. When April’s beloved 18 year old brother, Buddy, dies in the car she has loaned […]

Book Reviews & Giveaways – Italian for Beginners

Italian for BeginnersAuthor: Kristin Harmel What is it about Italian mothers, or Jewish mothers or Irish mothers, etc? True to form, Cat’s Irish Catholic grandmother interrupts Cat Connelly’s sister’s wedding to ask why it’s her younger sister that’s getting married and not Cat. Always the responsible one, Cat has lived her life playing it safe. […]

Book Reviews & Giveaways: By the Book

By The Book Authors: Melissa Bishop & Karen Berg You turned the coffee pot off, you’ve got your keys, your child is all bundled up and ready to go to the sitter’s house. So, why does it feel like something’s missing? You do a re-check and everything’s turned off and you’ve got what you need. […]

Book Reviews & Giveaways – The Bourne Deception

Robert Ludlum’s (TM) The Bourne Deception Author: Eric van Lustbader I’ve read and loved all three of Mr. Lustbader’s Jason Bourne novels and couldn’t wait to start this fourth of the series. Jason Bourne brings to the action novel what Tom Cruise brings to the adventure film: incredible, exquisitely intricate plots and sub-plots, death-defying “missions,”, […]

Book Reviews & Giveaway – Ravens

Ravens Author: George Dawes Green “Common Ravens have been observed to manipulate others into doing work for them, such as by calling wolves and coyotes to the site of dead animals. The canines open the carcass, making it more accessible to the birds.They watch where other Common Ravens bury their food and remember the locations […]

Book Reviews & Giveaway – Swimsuit

SwimsuitAuthors: James Patterson and Maxine Paetro When I got “Swimsuit” by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro (another fine author) I tore open the envelope and swore I would put down the book by 11:00 pm LATEST! NOT! Patterson and Paetro’s newest novel proves to be another stunner. Benjamin Hawkins, a sometimes writer, ex-cop, and now […]

Website Reviews: Read Kiddo Read

Broad A: Having just read “Swimsuit” and “Daniel X: Watch the Skies” by James Patterson, I found myself checking out Patterson’s website ReadKiddoRead.com. WOW! I was just in the process of helping my Italian friend Jean who will start teaching fourth grade here in Utah for the first time. She asked me to assist her […]

Book Reviews – B as in Beauty

B as in Beauty Author: Alberto Ferreras Broad Z: We’ve all been there. For me it’s a glance in the mirror and the realization that I don’t look the way that I’d like to and there goes the self-image. For Beauty, it’s her name. Overweight since she was a child and constantly reminded by her […]

Book Reviews – Daniel X: Watch the Skies

Daniel X: Watch the SkiesAuthors: James Patterson & Ned Rust How can you NOT buy the next ANYTHING written by James Patterson? IMPOSSIBLE! Having read the first novel in this series, The Dangerous Days of Daniel X, I couldn’t wait for the new follow-up novel written by James Patterson and Ned Rust: Daniel X: Watch […]

Book Reviews – The Disappearance of Irene Dos Santos

The Disappearance of Irene Dos Santos Author: Margaret Mascarenhas A story entwined around the vines of other stories, The Disappearance of Irene Dos Santos by Margaret Mascarenhas eludes the reader time and again. Irene Dos Santos, fifteen, and her fifteen year old friend Lily are constant companions. There is, however, something about Irene that disquiets […]

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