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The Stolen Girl
The Stolen Girl
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Piece of Three Hearts, September 17, 2014
This review is from: The Stolen Girl (Kindle Edition)
Renita D'Silva scores high points again for her lovely new book. THE STOLEN GIRL. Both her style and her plotting are growing as she writes her third book.

In THE STOLEN GIRL, we meet little Vani, the light of her parents' lives. Yes, they are poor, very, very poor. In their dusty village, eating meat is a rarity, and yet, Vani is given meat while the parents suck the marrow from bones on the rare occasions they can afford a chicken. But because she is so loved, Vaniis happy and carefree.

Aarti lives in the "other" world, the urban world where big money buys big things: mansions, servants, clothes, ambition. What it will not buy is love.

Eventually (no spoiler), Vani is sent to live with Aarti as Aarti's servant. Against her will, Aarti is charmed by Vani, allowing her to share secrets and sweets and even a cot in her bedroom.

Time passes. A baby is born. Vani steals the child and emigrates from India to England. The child, Diya, tries to adapt to English life. As she does, Vani is arrested for kidnapping. Aarti will not stop in her quest to reclaim this piece of her past, the stolen child, Diya.

The novel grows in complexity, emotions, and fears as Aarti pursues a court case against Vani. Diya begins to associate with her cold, complex mother and her social worker. How it all works out will bring tears to your eyes.


Safe Keeping
Safe Keeping
by Barbara Taylor Sissel
Edition: Paperback
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3.0 out of 5 stars Executing the Basics, September 6, 2014
This review is from: Safe Keeping (Paperback)
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I guess I expected WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN or THE MOST WANTED, books that get into the heads of murderers and provide more insight into dysfunctional families and angry young men. In Safe Keeping by Barbara Taylor Sissel, the main focus is on Tyler of the town's new murder since he had been a suspect in his own girlfriend's death in the previous year. His parents do not want to accept the possibility although they begin to fear the worst of their son. His sister, Lissa, is normal, nearly perfect. The older married sibling is doing well. How could this family produce not just a murderer but a serial killer?

As a true-crime junkie and a reader of unusual murder mysteries, I found the hook for this book irresistible. Unfortunately, though the plot is strong, the telling is not. The writer's job, the telling, is the problem in a book with so much potential. The constant flashbacks, the lingering memories of life before potential ruin, the odd figures of speech, and the flat "by the way, George" conversations--these problems are related to style. Sissel's style, if not to your liking, will begin to bother you by the end of the book, should you manage to finish. SAFE-KEEPING has what it needs to be a top seller, but to grow a faithful audience, Sissel will need to work with an editor who insists on getting the story told clearly and well.


The Innocent Sleep: A Novel
The Innocent Sleep: A Novel
by Karen Perry
Edition: Hardcover
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3.0 out of 5 stars Dark and Sad, September 6, 2014
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An exotic setting, a missing child, a couple in despair. In so many ways, THE INNOCENT SLEEP sounds like a story ripped from the headlines. But it is much more than a mystery. The father, Harry, holds on to hope that the child will be found. The mother, Robin, is consumed with grief and anger. Their lives in Morocco with son Dillon had seemed so perfect.

What Perry does well is let Harry and Robin narrate alternating chapters. Both the initial catastrophe and the years that follow are fully delineated on both sides. Blame drives many couples who experience tragedy apart, but here are Robin and Harry, five years later, looking to make something new of their lives. For Harry, it's art. For Robin, it's the new pregnancy though she is not sure she can handle a child who is not Dillon. They have moved back to Dublin to begin again.,

As the mystery moves on and intensifies with Harry's accidental sighting of a young boy, questions of parental rights crash against the oddities of fate. While the reader is led along at a feverish pace through the roller coaster of emotions in this highly emotional tale, in the end, the story concludes with a surprising twist that should be a WOW but for me was just simply too random in the way life is random and too unacceptable in a world the author controls.


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Private Rx Private External Vaginal Moisturizer, 1.9 Fluid Ounce

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5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to Use, September 5, 2014
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While this product is named "Private Rx" no prescription is necessary. A recent medical visit resulted in my trying a different product recommended by the doctor, but I found the whole procedure uncomfortable and at times painful. "Private Rx" is easy to use, releases a warming sensation, and helps to soothe dry and tender areas. I am very happy to have this particular gel/lotion available to my aging body.


OXO Good Grips Twist & Pop Strawberry Huller
OXO Good Grips Twist & Pop Strawberry Huller
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4.0 out of 5 stars The OXO Good Grip Twist and Pop Strawberry huller will help you ..., September 5, 2014
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The OXO Good Grip Twist and Pop Strawberry huller will help you stuff strawberries for a fancy buffet in no time. The main thing to know is that you must have BIG strawberries and they cannot be too ripe. The little end-pokers must catch the sides under the hull in order for the hull to come out cleanly. It took me only about three tries to get the effect I wanted. Now I'm ready for some new recipes to fill strawberries with. And please note, I am hardly a gourmet cook!


Klogs USA Women's Austin Clog,Light Denim,6.5 M US
Klogs USA Women's Austin Clog,Light Denim,6.5 M US
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5.0 out of 5 stars I fell in love with a pair of denim sandals much like these, September 5, 2014
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I fell in love with a pair of denim sandals much like these. But they didn't come in a smaller size. I ordered what they had and ended up sending them back. But KLOGS USA WOMEN'S AUSTIN CLOG in light denim --these shoes are perfect. I can wear them all kinds of places without feeling dressed up and uncomfortable or dressed down and sloppy. I really, really love these shoes.
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Kilometer 99: A Novel
Kilometer 99: A Novel
by Tyler McMahon
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars It Only Looks like Paradise, September 5, 2014
This review is from: Kilometer 99: A Novel (Paperback)
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Malia and Ben, a do-good duo, both Peace Corps members, love their work and love their play. They're surfers, working in El Salvador. When an earthquake devastates the countryside and destroys their projects, they decide to take their pay and wait for another chance to help the world. Meanwhile, with the pay they have, they will travel to the beaches of South America, finding "secret" point breaks and loving life and one another. Except: before they begin their big adventure, they are approached by a local "businessman," known as Pelochucho. The guy has enough faults to send any girl running for her life. Pelochucho flashes cash like a big roller in Vegas, and it seems like easy money to drive him around and be sort of personal assistants. They can almost overlook that he sends out for cocaine. He needs a lot of TLC. Soon enough, their idealistic dreams become a nightmare of suspicion. They are suspected of crimes. They no longer trust one another. It's a struggle to find a way to freedom, not to mention, a way to keep themselves alive.


Swagger
Swagger
by Carl Deuker
Edition: Hardcover
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4.0 out of 5 stars Basketball vs.Life, August 30, 2014
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Stranger Danger is something we teach kids young, but we aren't always careful about where that line is drawn when the stranger is one's coach. Deuker uses this foible s the strength of SWAGGER. We have a point-guard whose hoop dreams seem undercut by the family's move to Seattle. Add an old-school coach who wants fundamentals before flying dunks, and Jonas Dolan seems ready to find a permanent place on the bench.

Jonas befriends a quiet, religious boy who finds it hard to open up to anyone. After a health incident for Coach Knecht, it looks like Jonas is back in the spotlight where he belongs. Assistant Coach Hartwell is given more duties. And at that point, Levi admits his silence and despair are based in the abuse Hartwell metes out to him.

A scholarship to a Eastern college means everything to Jonas's parents. Yet, his struggle with academics makes it clear he's not really ready to be a student-athlete at that level. Breaking his parents' hearts or sticking by Levi's side by revealing the truth turn the book from a sports novel to a classic that is about the world and its morals, life and its choices.

Deuker keeps his chapters short and each is blazing with action. This is a great choice for a hoopster of either sex with big dreams and as always, big decisions.


The Walk On (The Triple Threat, 1)
The Walk On (The Triple Threat, 1)
by John Feinstein
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars Joy to New Readers, August 30, 2014
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I love an author with the patience and control to write for middle grades, especially middle grade boys. THE WALK ON, first in a sports trilogy by John Feinstein, should make readers out of youngsters who have scoffed at books and turned to their video games.

Feinstein sets up his hero in a new school, a situation common to so many kids. Add another conflict: Alex wants to be a quarterback, but finds himself playing behind the coach's son. That's definitely a no-win situation. An injury to his nemesis gives Alex Myers a chance to prove himself a hero, but there is someone out there willing to undercut his success with a false positive on a steroid test.

The pace of the novel is rapid. The atmosphere of conspiracy surrounds every move Alex makes. As things become clearer to the reader, we are left to ponder the power of sports in youth's hierarchy and to what extent adults will go with an attitude that winning means more than morals.

Book 2 is on its way. Young readers will be looking forward to seeing how basketball season goes. Have the dirty tricks been exhausted? As if!


The Weight of Blood: A Novel
The Weight of Blood: A Novel
by Laura McHugh
Edition: Hardcover
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4.0 out of 5 stars Let Lula Show You the Ozarks, August 30, 2014
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We bought a house in the Ozarks about the time WINTER'S BONE became a big movie. Woodrell's book and the subsequent film almost made me give up our rural dream.

Laura McHugh's THE WEIGHT OF BLOOD continues the elements of the Ozarks Woodrell introduced before: the clannishness, the dismissal of women, the poverty and drugs. McHugh, however, provides a look at the beauty of the hills, the country roads, the enticing ponds to swim in (snakes and all). She crafts a mystery within a mystery: what happened to Lula's mother? And how did Lula's friend Cheri end up with her chopped body pieces in a tree?

Lula is nothing if not persistent, though her headstrong ways put her into many frightening and even life-threatening situations. Slhe doesn't take the growing list of disappearing witnesses as an omen to quit. She is stubborn as they come, a typical trait in the SHOW ME state. As she closes in, putting the final pieces of the puzzle together, the reader is almost frantic at Lula's disregard for what the outcome could be.

This is one terrific thriller. It is a quick if frightening read. It provides more of the natural beauty of the countryside, and it allows good neighbors to be good neighbors (though some remain silent since when things are among family that's where they are expected to stay). I liked the book very much. Part of the problem as the reader gets started is the likeness of the names Lula (daughter) and Lila (mother). I kept wishing one of them was called Sue or Sheba, just for the ease of reading recognition. That's a pretty minor quibble.


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