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The Freight Train of Love
The Freight Train of Love

4.0 out of 5 stars A story within a story, September 27, 2013
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A fun book about Clair and her relationship with Jack, an eccentric and successful writer a generation older than her. She's having doubts, thinking of moving on, when he learns of an old war buddy's death, and his widow comes to visit. During the visit, Jack gradually tells Clair the wartime love story of his buddy and his wife, and in the process she learns more about what makes him tick.

I love the way we learn of Clair and Jack, their quirks and oddities, and their history, and I enjoyed peeking into Clair's mind. I found it a little disconcerting that when a huge discovery is made about three-fourths of the way through the book, Clare seems to spend almost no time speculating about what it means, but otherwise the flow is quite good. It's an intergenerational love story, between a baby boomer and a woman young enough to be his daughter who, nevertheless, mothers him, and it's a sweet story about love like a freight train, and they are just "bugs on the tracks."


Flying Solo: An Unconventional Aviatrix Navigates Turbulence in Life
Flying Solo: An Unconventional Aviatrix Navigates Turbulence in Life
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4.0 out of 5 stars Characters that stay with you, September 19, 2013
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I finished Flying Solo yesterday, and my mind keeps wandering to the characters, to what they could have done differently and what might happen in the future. Obviously, they were well developed and realistic for me to feel this way. I can't condone Nora and Steve's behavior, especially since they were dragging a combined TEN children into their mess, and yet I connect with them and understand why they acted as they did. Nora is impulsive, but brave and loyal. The flying scenes with her are wonderful, as were the setting in New Orleans and her relationship with Charlene. This is the kind of story that lingers.
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Mad Max: Unintended Consequences
Mad Max: Unintended Consequences

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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Mystery and More, September 18, 2013
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This is an unusual story in that there are almost two separate books in one. We start off with a family tragedy. Max's daughter is in a terrible accident and Max must go to her and help take care of her beloved grandkids until she is better. It soon becomes clear, though, that better may never come, and we feel Max's frustration with the situation as things deteriorate. Then, something even more terrible happens, and the book morphs into a cozy mystery with Max, her grandchildren, and assorted friends working together to solve a crime and free an innocent man. Both parts of the book are well plotted and the characters are appealing, except of course for the villain who is satisfactorily horrifying. All the main characters are individuals we grow to admire, each with special investigative skills. I have a feeling we haven't see the last of Max and her grandkids.


Gentle Birds and Forest Stream for Relaxation Meditation. Relaxing Nature's Sounds for Sound Therapy calming Birds and Sounds of Nature for Mindfulness Méditation and Relaxation
Gentle Birds and Forest Stream for Relaxation Meditation. Relaxing Nature's Sounds for Sound Therapy calming Birds and Sounds of Nature for Mindfulness Méditation and Relaxation
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely, September 10, 2013
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Very relaxing and yet invigorating to hear the bird songs in the background as I go about my day. Nicely done.


The Secret Life of Molly Rosenblum
The Secret Life of Molly Rosenblum
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4.0 out of 5 stars Original and funny, August 16, 2013
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A fun and engrossing story, with a good mystery wrapped in tongue-in-cheek humor. As if that weren't enough, the main character, Molly, shares her insights with excellent original cartoons throughout the book, and although the story is told in first person from Molly's point of view, the author is a main character in the book and even a main suspect. The ladies' fascination with sex seemed a little over the top, but then, as Molly said, maybe it's because they weren't getting any. Besides, everyone is exaggerated here. I found The Secret Life of Molly Rosenblum original, funny, and well written.


Jordan's Island: A River Romance
Jordan's Island: A River Romance
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Sweet Story, July 30, 2013
I've got a soft spot for second chance stories, and Jordan's Island is a good one. Jordan was an interesting character, forced to suddenly change her focus. It took me a little while to warm up to Linc but before long, I was rooting for him. The other characters where well drawn too, especially Dinah and her twins, and it was fun spending time with them. The island setting was beautifully described. The initial situation was a bit of a stretch, but the author did a good job of pulling me in, and this is escapist reading. Altogether, a very nice love story.


The Bench
The Bench
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great characters, July 25, 2013
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A very good thriller. The characters are well developed and likeable, especially Dr. Amy and Father Michael. The pacing is very good - the danger and tension growing as the book progressed and backstory given as juicy little tidbits here and there. This is one of those books that makes you rationalize that the chores will still be there tomorrow, but you must finish this book now. An excellent start for what promises to be a great series.


Perigee Moon
Perigee Moon
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4.0 out of 5 stars Luke's Journey, June 17, 2013
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The main characters in Perigee Moon were complex, especially Luke. From the start of the book, Luke is passive, looking for someone to tell him what to do, and along comes Kate, to do just that. Kate is completely self-centered, a diva for whom everyone else in the world is a supporting actor, there to serve her. She decides that Luke belongs to her, and so he does.

During the time that Kate controls his life, Luke is generally likeable, even if I'd have liked to slap some sense into him occasionally. Eventually, on the date of a Perigee moon, Luke realizes he must break away from Kate. As Luke starts to gain independence, I begin to see some troubling characteristics. His dark views sometimes become almost obsessive. In one scene, his landlady has invited him to a dinner party. He sees her nicely decorated kitchen and asks her to redo his (on his half of the duplex) and she agrees. Then he uses a paper towel and goes into a rant about a decorative quote on it and the dye polluting the environment, apparently neither realizing the irony of demanding a perfectly functional kitchen be redone to make it pretty and then condemning the paper towel manufacturer for doing the same, nor the rudeness of criticizing his hostess's buying habits. I began to feel he was almost as self-centered as Kate at one point.

Then there's Abby. She is a truly kind person. She had opinions and ways of looking at things, but never imposes her views on others. Her natural tendencies are to be helpful, kind, and positive. She changes the whole tone of the story.

Perigee Moon is a well-told story of Luke's life and how his character matures and grows.


Nocturne, Opus 1: Sea Foam (The Kate and Jake Connors International Thriller Series)
Nocturne, Opus 1: Sea Foam (The Kate and Jake Connors International Thriller Series)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Scary scenerio, June 16, 2013
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Nocturne, Opus 1:Seafoam is a great thriller, well-written and fast moving. My eyes kept burning as I read - proof of the power of description. There were so many characters and places that I sort of wish I'd highlighted a few notes to refer to when I couldn't remember who was who occasionally, but it wasn't a big problem. The story is full of twists and action. If you like eco-thrillers, I’d recommend this one.


The Monday Night Needlework & Murder Guild
The Monday Night Needlework & Murder Guild
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5.0 out of 5 stars Karma, June 6, 2013
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Not a mystery, because you know from the start whodunnit, and yet this story kept me enthralled as I grew to know Cece, who sees her close friends suffer at the hands of a charming con man, and does what she knows must be done. Funny and charming.


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