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Every Pretty Thing
Every Pretty Thing
Author: Chris Mooney
Book Type: Paperback
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Mooney's books are hard to get and I was excited to get this one so quick and it was worth it!

Even though it is in the Darby series it could be a stand alone, it had a couple twist in it that really surprised me

This is very well written and I can't wait for the next one

101 Granny Squares: New Motifs for Contemporary Designs
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Waited so long for this book, and was very disappointed. Hopefully the member I passed it on to got more out of it than I did. For me, the content was very unoriginal, not at all contemporary or "new".

An Unsuitable Match (Signet Regency Romance)
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"An Unsuitable Match" by Patricia Oliver 1997
Serena Millbanks was a very sensible girl being raised in the country.
She went to London during The Little Season with her Aunt and cousin. Her father was expecting her to get 'riveted' to some grand gentleman but Serena was well aware that she was no great beauty. Her only good attribute she had were her stunning violet eyes.
Serena, her Aunt Lady Thornton and her cousin, Melissa, were attending Lady Berkford's ball. Serena was sincerely tired of the malicious gossip. She finally made her way to a small balcony outside. She followed the steps leading to a garden where she found a small fountain. She sat down at the edge and trailed her finders in the water. Speaking to the fish, she said "Where are you, pretty fellow".
"I am here" answered an amused voice from the shadows behind her. Serena jumped and would have fallen right into the fountain if two strong hands had not grabbed her. "Are you not going to thank the White Knight for saving you from an unscheduled bath, demoiselle?"
She realized he was thoroughly disguised and demanded he release her at once, but he mumbled to her that he couldn't do that or he would fall flat on his face. She told him she needed to get her shaw thinking that he would release her but instead he drew her into his arms to warm her. She twisted away from him while he was distracted. He jerked her roughly back into his arms. She acted instinctively and planted a neat facer on her assailant's aristocratic nose. A nose that belonged to Guy Hawkhurst, The Fifth Duke of Wolverton.
This is just the beginning of Serena and Hawk's adventure . Hope you enjoy this story as much as I did. Happy Reading!!

Once Upon a Moonlit Night  (Maiden Lane Series, Book 12)
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Cold, wet, and covered in mud, Heiress Hippolyta Royle has escaped from her kidnapper and is trying to find the nearest village. As the hounds are getting closer to finding her, she flags down a coach and begs for the occupants to help her. Although Matthew Mortimer is willing to help the filthy woman travel to the next stop along the coach road, he doesn't believe her outlandish story that she is a kidnapped heiress. But when Matthew sees Hippolyta after she washes away the mud, he volunteers to take the beautiful woman to London himself.

This novella is a good addition to the Maiden Lane series. We know Hippolyta from previous books in the series. She escaped the Duke of Montgomery it the last book that we read, but we weren't told what actually became of her until this book. This was a nice, romantic and entertaining story. My rating: 4 Stars.

Some Kind of Hero (Troubleshooters)
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On her way home after dropping her son off at school, Shayla Whitman sees her new neighbor, Lt. Peter Greene, trying to flag cars down along the highway. When she stops to see what is wrong, he jumps in the car and orders her to follow a car in which his 15-year-old daughter just climbed into. Pete has been searching for his daughter, Maddie, since she left the house the previous day. Romance writer Shayla is thrilled to help out her handsome Navy Seal neighbor. She's also thrilled to be part of a rescue, just like the characters she writes about. As Pete and Shayla work to track down Maddie and her boyfriend, Dingo, they discover that Maddie may be in serious danger.

I'm so glad Suzanne Brockmann is continuing her Troubleshooters series. This new addition to the series makes it feel like she never took a break. Pete and Shayla are both wonderful characters. I had a little trouble getting used to Shayla's inner dialogue coming from her own fictional character named Harry. But after a while I started enjoying Harry's quips. I also really liked Maddie's boyfriend, Dingo. Maddie wasn't a favorite of mine since she is very immature and somewhat selfish, but that can be forgiven since she just lost her mother and is still mourning her.

Several favorites from previous Troubleshooter books are here to help, including Izzy Zanella. You can't go wrong when Izzy is on the scene. I'm looking forward to more Troubleshooter books in the future. My rating: 5 Stars.

The Sudden Appearance of Hope
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I gave this book every chance I could. I know I'm in the minority but the writing style was not for me. I disliked all characters, the premise of the story was interesting, but for me, it went nowhere except for the destruction of the protagonist.

I almost stopped reading it at page 75, but persevered with skipping and skimming until page 300 and had enough. I have too many books to read without wasting my precious reading time with a book I don't like.

Gray Mountain
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Gray Mountain wasn't the worst Grisham I've ever read (still yawning from the likes of The Last Juror and Runaway Jury), but it was far from his best.

The main character Samantha Kofer was very underdeveloped; her motivation for staying in Brady, Virginia under the circumstances were hollow at best, and made little sense, since she initially had no real emotional investment in the town at all. It's not like she was running away from something...Surely there are people in need of legal aid where she came from?

And so for me, the story ended up being more of an informative read about the horrors and atrocities of coal and strip mining than it was an engaging legal drama. I give it a C.

Supernatural Literature of the World [Three Volumes]: An Encyclopedia
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Knowing there was a 99.9% chance I would never receive this gargantuan encyclopedia through PaperbackSwap, I ordered the three volumes (through Amazon).

Now there's probably a 99.9% chance I will never manage to finish reading 1500 pages -- 180 of them containing indices of Fictional Characters, a general index, an index of motifs ("Cosmic Horror," "Haunted Houses," "Shape Shifters," etc) a bibliography, and short paragraphs about the many contributors who voiced their opinions of the hundreds of works included.

I'm happy to be able to wade through the books at my leisure. The type is very small (which is the reason I didn't give it 5 stars; although it would have been too heavy to lift if a larger font had been used), and there are a number of illustrations but I expect to discover some tales of the supernatural I will track down and read.

The Constant Princess
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Nicely done. Enjoyed it very much

The Kingmaker's Daughter (Cousins' War, Bk 4)
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Loved it... just wish that there was a bit more information on her. Historically, alot is missing.

The Innocent (Will Robie, Bk 1)
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A number of friends have suggested that I read a David Baldacci book and I have ignored them. I finally gave in and "The Innocent" is my fist Baldacci. This is the first book in a 3 or 4 book series. I enjoyed it tremendously. One thing I liked is most of the technical detail is accurate. He does not call a firearm sound suppressor a "silencer". He knows how lock picks work, at least to point of knowing you need two tools. He has a decent knowledge about firearms. [I hate it when a character flicks the safety off of his Glock, or for that matter a revolver.] This is a good rousing story without those jolting items of ignorance that knock you out of the story that some writers include. An engrossing mystery and a good "shoot-em-up". Definitely, worth reading. I have already ordered # 2, 3, & 4.

No Good Duke Goes Unpunished (Rules of Scoundrels, Bk 3)
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I read all the books in the series and thought it was good light reading. I liked the characters and I liked their individual stories.

The Revenant: A Novel of Revenge
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First off, the book and movie are completely different in some areas so if you've seen the movie you may be disappointed in the book details BUT if you've read the book and haven't seen the movie then the movie could prove the better venue. The book follows Hugh glass as he battles his way back from a near death encounter with a grizzly bear. Abandoned by two members of his party who are left behind to give him a decent burial they not only abandon him but take all his possessions too. The journey that Glass makes to find and eventually mete out his justice makes up the bulk of this book. Quick read that will keep you entertained.

The Black Velvet Gown
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Very interesting

How Not to Act Like a Little Old Lady
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Fun book to read and live.

For the Birds: A Month-by-Month Guide to Attracting Birds to Your Backyard
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Great book so happy I have it Thank you

Racing the Devil (Inspector Ian Rutledge, Bk 19) (Larger Print)
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As usual, the writing carries the story along. It takes a while for Rutledge to unravel the motive behind a string of deaths that may or may not be connected. The setting (a small hamlet slowly being devoured by the sea,) is interesting. As in other books, Rutledge is sleep-deprived, which may be why -- as he uncovers the culprit's identity -- he does one thing that I found a true head-scratcher. Those into the series will not be disappointed.

House Rules
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Excellent story about a divorced mother of two teenage boys, one of which has Asperger's Syndrome. Fabulous and well written story that has every element: mystery, murder, family drama, courtroom and legal tension, brotherly love,.....

The Scottish Duke (Duke Trilogy, Bk 1)
The Scottish Duke (Duke Trilogy, Bk 1)
Author: Karen Ranney
Genre: Romance
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
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Good book with an unusual plotline. Lorna is the daughter of a gentleman who has fallen on hard times since his death. She takes a position of a maid at Blackhall Castle where she becomes intrigued by the Duke. She takes advantage of a costumed ball to dress up and meet him, and maybe have a chance to dance with him. Alex is in a rotten mood the night of the ball. He has just suffered a professional disappointment and is well on the way to drowning his sorrows when he spots Lorna. There's something about her that immediately draws him to her.

Neither one expects the desire that hits them, and they are helpless to resist the passion that overtakes them. But Alex has been burned by passion before and his ability to trust women severely damaged. He accuses Lorna of using her innocence to trap him. She flees, but not before telling him exactly what she thinks of him. Alex is unable to forget her, and spends a fair amount of time looking for her, never noticing that she lives under his roof. However, their encounter has consequences, and when Lorna discovers she's pregnant, she leaves Blackhall, determined to raise her child on her own.

Lorna is very stubborn and independent. Her life after leaving Blackhall is not easy, especially as she is not married. I loved her friend and fellow maid, Nan, who worries about Lorna's safety. I loved how she took matters into her own hands and ratted out Lorna to Alex's mother. The scene between Alex and his mom was hilarious, as she takes him to task. He doesn't want to believe what he's told but eventually, goes to see Lorna. It doesn't go well for him, and I loved how Lorna stood up to him, his attitude, and his accusations. But she is also guilty of a bit too much pride and doesn't want to admit she needs help. That becomes especially obvious when she runs afoul of the more puritanical townspeople. Alex arrives just in time to save her from danger.

I loved the development of their relationship. Alex's fascination with her has not abated, and it has him rather freaked out. He moves her into a cottage on the estate grounds to take care of her. He can't stay away from her and finds himself spending more and more time with her. He's intrigued by the way her mind works, her independence, and the talent he sees in her artwork. He discovers that he likes spending time with her and wants to share so much of his life and thoughts with her. What disturbs him the most is that the emotions he had walled off since his late wife's betrayal and death are starting to resurface. Lorna also finds that her feelings for him are changing. Before she had been infatuated, but what she feels now is deeper and stronger. When Alex's mother convinces them both that they should marry for the sake of the child, they agree.

I got a bit frustrated with Alex here because as soon as the wedding was over (just in the nick of time), he runs away. He can't handle the torrent of emotions that he's experiencing and leaves to bury himself in his work. This leaves Lorna to deal with her new circumstances without his support. I loved that she had his mom and her maid thoroughly on her side. She spends the next several weeks settling in, and I loved the changing and maturing that she experienced. I completely enjoyed that Alex was miserable. He redeemed himself a little with his reaction to what his gossipy valet told him. The surprise arrival of his uncle was an additional motivator.

There are great changes once he arrives back at Blackhall. I loved seeing Alex become enchanted by his son. There are several really sweet moments between the two of them as Alex's emotions continue to reassert themselves. He and Lorna grow closer as he begins to accept the way she makes him feel, though he still refuses to put it into words. I also liked that Lorna lets him know that disappearing again isn't an option.

But there is someone at Blackhall who isn't happy about Lorna's place there. Someone destroys her supply of herbs and so on, and later tries to poison her. Alex is determined to discover who it is. There are several possibilities. Could it be Thomas, angry that he is no longer Alex's heir? Maybe Matthew, Alex's valet, who has made no secret of his disdain for the maid turned duchess? Or could it be Mary, sister of Alex's late wife, who was hoping to snag Alex for her own? Things get very intense when the baby disappears, and they must find him before it's too late. The final confrontation was the catalyst that opened Alex's eyes at last.

The secondary characters were all very well done. Thomas was an interesting character that kept me guessing as to his real intentions. I love to see him get a story of his own. I loved Alex's mom, Louise. She was a such a warm-hearted woman, and her immediate acceptance of Lorna was great. I also liked the way that she had of straightening Alex out. Mary was a straight up bitch of the first order. She was selfish, mean-spirited, and ultimately quite vicious. Definitely a character I loved to hate. Lorna's friend and fellow maid Nan was wonderful. She was a good balance to Lorna at the beginning, trying to keep Lorna out of trouble. She also proved herself to be a true friend when she overrode Lorna's wishes and informed the duchess of Lorna's pregnancy.

Jailing the Johnston Gang: Bringing Serial Murderers to Justice
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This book was excellent!!!

Black River
Black River
Author: S. M. Hulse
Genre: Literature & Fiction
Book Type: Hardcover
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I was completely surprised by how much I liked this book. Black River is a debut novel that seems like the work of a much more experienced writer. The western setting is lovingly crafted, and peripheral characters are nicely drawn, but the book's focus is a single person. Wes Carver is complicated, thoughtful and stubborn, gruff and yet compassionate. The novel follows him as he works through what life has thrown at him--the terrible aftermath of a prison riot years before, the recent death of his wife, a mostly estranged stepson. He's inconsistent in his handling of these things. Sometimes he accepts his fate as God's will, while other times he nearly abandons God altogether. But this isn't a religious book; it's just a quiet, surprisingly intense and profoundly human one.

I wish that the resolution had been done better, perhaps a little less easy to see coming, but that's a minor complaint about a book as competently done as this one. Hulse is an author I'll look for again.

Nothing Stays Buried (A Monkeewrench Novel)
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Book Description
When Minneapolis homicide detectives Leo Magozzi and Gino Rolseth are called to a crime scene in a heavily wooded city park, everything about the setting is all too familiar. And when they discover a playing card on the victim's body, their worst fears are confirmedâthere's a serial killer operating in the city for the first time in years.
Across town, Grace MacBride and her unconventional partners at Monkeewrench Software find themselves at both personal and career crossroads. Weary of the darker side of their computer work for law enforcement, they agree to take on a private missing-persons case in a small farming community in southwestern Minnesota.
As the violence accelerates in Minneapolis, Magozzi and Gino soon realize their killer is planning to complete the deck, and they enlist Monkeewrench to help stop the rampage. As a baffling tangle of evidence accumulates, the cops and Monkeewrench make the unlikely connections among a farmer's missing daughter, a serial killer, and a decades-old stabbing that brings them face-to-face with pure evil.

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I was eagerly awaiting the release of this book only to sadly find out that PJ has passed away but I am excited to read that Tracey will be continuing the series. First, I would point out that it's important to read these books in order, so you can properly introduce yourself to the characters and their relationships. There is never a dull moment with the Monkeewrench crew and their humor is one of the things I enjoy about the books. This one was a good read but not as suspenseful as the others. I did enjoy the addition of the lion, however, and found it symbolic in a way. Can't wait till Grace's baby is born and how it will affect the story. I'm now looking forward to the next installment and I would highly recommend this series to those who love mystery thrillers with humor.

The Woman in Cabin 10
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Laura, a travel writer, is invited on a small cruise and sees a woman's body go overboard. But there are no passengers unaccounted for so no one believes her. She is determined to solve the mystery. Very well written with lots of plot twists and turns. Good suspense. I couldn't figure it out which is a good thing.

Dyer Consequences (Knitting Mystery, Bk 5)
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Great mystery!

The Marriage Game
The Marriage Game
Author: Fern Michaels
Genre: Romance
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
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A woman is sent divorce papers upon returnung from her homeymoon. She soon discovers her husband has many secrects that will turn his life upside down.

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