The Violets of March: A Novel
The Violets of March is a delightful intricate family saga about secrets that join the past with the present.
Emily, the main protagonist, is a best-selling author who is suffering from writer's block after her husband leaves her (for the usual reason) after ten years. Emily escapes from New York City and takes refuge for a while with her eccentric Great Aunt Bee on Bainbridge Island in Washington. While doing research for her new book she comes across an old diary written by a woman named Esther in 1943. Things aren't the way they seem and there are many dark secrets to be found out. The truth behind Esther's tragic disappearance will keep you guessing until the very end. But it's so worth the suspense until then. The mystery slowly unravels as relationships expand, especially that of a former teenage involvement who still lives on the Island and a handsome painter who is a mystery unto himself. There's unexpected romance and as secrets are revealed Emily's world is turned upside down as she discovers her real self. This is a treasure!
State of Wonder
Great atmosphere and entertaining, the story moves without pause and is never boring. Loaded with tension and sense of foreboding, there are several places that were truly hard to read. The story surged forward with unpredictable twists and turns and kept me engrossed right up to the last page.
Marina is a research doctor in Minnesota. A teammate, Anders, dies in the jungles of the Amazon. For some reason, her employer and secret lover, Mr. Fox, wants Marina to seek out the truth about Anders' death. Marina rightfully asks, "Why me?" She has no special skills in the area and knows little about the nature of the project in the Amazon. She and Anders were working together on a cholesterol drug.
After getting together with Anders' grieving wife and sons, Marina feels it her duty to make the journey, even though she will once again meet her stern mentor, Dr. Annick Swenson. Swenson knows things about Marina that Marina wants to forget.
Marina Singh's real exploration is her discovery of other people and of herself. This is another excellent Patchett work that will not be able to tear yourself away from.
Sister: A Novel
Highly compelling and totally riveting!
Sister is an engrossing, emotional thriller touching on devotion, betrayal, self-absorption, madness, and grief. It keeps you wondering just how unraveled Bee is going to become and wondering what really happened to Tess. The story is cleverly plotted and fast paced. Bee is the responsible sister and Tess is an impulsive free spirit who sees the beauty in the world around her. When Beatrice learns that her beloved sister has disappeared, she rushes home to London. But when the police find young Tess's body, everyone seems ready to accept it as suicide. Everybody, that is, but Beatrice. While bureaucracy stands in her way, she leaves the rules behind and goes in search of the truth. Her search and discoveries blend romance, politics, and science in surprising ways. When everyone is sure that her pursuit of Tess's killer is a delusion, she has to nurture that so-called delusion to unlock the truth. This selective turn of the head gives her a vivid personality. The book is highly compelling and totally riveting. The writing is excellent.
The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris
THE GREATER JOURNEY is WONDERFUL! Set in the 1800's, the transformation of Paris and the Americans who lived there and influenced music, art, literature, poetry, science, and acting. This book is an exciting, clever and intriguing glimpse into the more cultural side of American history and the meaningful role Paris life played in shaping our culture. The unequalled cultural delights that was Paris with its spectacular boulevards, and mystifying parks which decades later shaped New York City's Parks, energizes the essence of human spirit. Riveting! McCullough captured the essence of Paris in this unforgettable masterpiece!
The Peach Keeper: A Novel
THE PEACH KEEPER is a sweet story about friendship, loyalty, trust and deep secrets, past and present lives and about "coming home". Food for the soul, Allen's writing soothes and comforts with a touch of believable magic and the supernatural. There is great insight, humor, triumph overcoming insecurities, all to feed the human soul. The wonderful, multi-faceted characters learn to lead with their hearts instead of their minds, and to accept each day as it presents itself. Hope and the possibilities that living life to the fullest are immeasurable and this story will hold your interest until you reach "The End".
Heaven is for Real: A Little Boy's Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back
I really enjoyed this lovely book. God is unconditional love...in all denominations, all faiths. That's the common thread. Heaven was presented to little Colton in terms he could understand. This story left me with a sense of peace and well-being and confirmed my view of heaven and all of the stories I'm drawn to of near death experience. This is an inspiring, feel-good read for everyone, no matter the denomination they practice. I want a peek into our future destination and stories like this help us to not be afraid of death or feeling the grief of a loved one because we will see them again.
The Wise Man's Fear (Kingkiller Chronicles, Day 2)
The Wise Man's Fear is amazing. He is clever, passionate and has a great sense of humor. I enjoyed reading the original characters' development and meeting new ones. It is a great book of three parts. I found myself pausing and re-reading passages or phrases. Patrick Rothfuss's writing is a pleasure to read. His comedy is as perfectly done as his emotional heart-breaking tragedy. The great plotting and timing and somehow turning the improbable into possible kept me fascinated throughout. This is sheer fun and entertainment that will keep your anxiety at a peek until number three is out.
Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers
After reading Roach's PACKING FOR MARS, I had to check out other books of hers. I'm so glad I did! She can take a challenging subject and find ways to make you laugh out loud. Her humor is bold, but not disrespectful. She can laugh at the absurdity, yet still appreciate the pain dying brings. She must be a joy to live with!
A Little Death in Dixie
In this compelling, suspense novel, A LITTLE DEATH IN DIXIE, set in Memphis. Tennessee, Detective Danny Able searches for the missing socialite, with whom he shares a past. There is wonderful insight into corruption and the world of law enforcement. The characters mysteriously seem to have something to hide. AN ENJOYABLE AND ENTERTAINING READ!
Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void
This delightful read will entertain you and keep you laughing out loud and maintain your sense of wonder about space. You don't have to be a space wizard to appreciate this gem. Everything you wanted to know and a lot you didn't, about space programs and the details of space travel from a human perspective. While not just informative, it's a great story and it's so funny!
The story begins in 1988 as Chloe Larsen, a struggling law student living in NYC and studying to take the bar exam. The point of view changes in 2000 to C. J. Townsend, an Assistant District Attorney in Miami, who was raped and tortured in 1988, while still in law school in New York, by an assailant she knows only as The Clown. He left her for dead; but she survived, and also managed to survive a nervous breakdown and twelve years of therapy afterward. She has relocated to south Florida, changed her name, and managed to erase her past. Then a man is pulled over for a routine traffic stop, and in the trunk of his car is found the tenth victim of the serial killer known as Cupid. Too many of the details of the case are all too familiar to Townsend, for they remind her of her own violation so many years before. Then, there is a recognizable scar, she notices in court, and knows she's prosecuting her own assailant.
Fantastic! The fun begins!
The Rembrandt Affair (Gabriel Allon)
This is a nail-biting thrill, philosophical thought, well-drawn, compelling characters, fabulous settings, holocaust history sensitively presented, and an extremely clever plot! The plot follows the search for a lost Rembrandt portrait, a masterpiece that has a history bloodshed. Former Israeli Secret Security Agent, Gabriel Allon, is now living with his wife in Cornwall and trying to enjoy retirement....but....on with the story.
It is just so exciting!
I Will Wait for You: Eternal Bliss
Pay attention to "whispers" you THINK you hear!
The ultimate expression of human longing, short and sweet, magical and completely captivating, I WILL WAIT FOR YOU is simply delightful! The subject matter fascinates me. Like many great books, this one defies categorization. This book isn't for everyone due to the subject matter, but...the narration of this novel grips the reader first from the beginning, then its beautiful descriptions of Colorado and Ireland place you in Alexandra and Sid's shoes. A magical journey where every human being speculates, imagines, questions and prays for, weaves us a marvelous story.
This story has such an esoteric and haunting quality that it would be a crime not to let oneself be captivated by it. A truly "Timeless Romance", the ecstasy of love and the tragedy that it seems only fleeting on earth gives us hope that the "real thing" does last, not only on earth but forever. If you are enchanted with rapturous euphoric love, you will enjoy this book many times over. I have never read a book which made me feel the main characters' hopes and desires as strongly as if they were my own. I was wondrously lost in each page. Is Sid's death ultimately the only way for these unrequited lovers to be reunited? This is a beautifully poignant love story in which the longing they have for each other is palpable. A bittersweet sadness permeates the later pages of this book, as Sid and Alexandra pass through life, each a shadow on the consciousness of the other. One only hopes that they find in the hereafter, what they were denied in this life. What one's desperation, coupled with the conviction of true love, can do to change everything you know about life. Pirrung writes to the heart and to the heart of the matter. The characters, the aura, this book was filled with tragedy, hope, determination, and especially a lot of LOVE. This is one of the reasons that I like Pirrung's work so much, I know I am always in for a ride. Sid finds that life, as he knew it, had irrevocably changed and turned out to be the catalyst that changed his immediate reality. The effect that this has on him, his life, and those whom he loves is what gives the book its substance. It is this altered reality, however, that makes his new life more meaningful and bearable. The ending delivered a great twist that left me speechless but with a sense of satisfaction, bittersweet, to some, maybe, but beautiful, euphoric and ultimately romantic to me. The characters are alive and real; the settings are irresistible and enchanting. The great disappointment to me was that when the book was over, I had no magical way to stay in the world it created for me....except to read it again.
The author is good at prodding the reader to look past familiar, past assumptions and expectations, to try to see, like turning black and white into Technicolor, like going from numb to feeling and experiencing. She produced a sense of euphoria, a sense that everything will be okay, no fear, a sense that when we die God will REALLY be there, waiting with all of our loved ones and that LOVE WILL NEVER DIE!! Pirrung has a gift for "What if" kind of stories that are evocative of daydreams that somehow seem possible.
I wouldn't dismiss this book because it is listed under "fantasy" or because it is a love story or because it could be listed under "paranormal". It is so much more than any one genre. It is a short and sweet, relatively simple pick-me-up, a book of hope and dreams come true, a lesson we have been taught in church all of our lives, life and love are ever lasting. If you are a hopeless romantic, this one is for you! I see life in a whole different light. Pay attention to whispers you "think" you hear!
Cracked Hearts: The Story of Ultimate Betrayal and Love
My heart was in my throat throughout!
A MUST read! Excellent! What a versatile writer! Pirrung's stories are fresh, exciting and "sit on the edge of your seat" thrilling! Her books are a wonderful mix of mystery, suspense, romance and philosophy that are written in luscious terminology that touch the senses. I've read three of her books so far and am amazed at how unique each is; not one is a "formula" read and each is distinctively different from the other two. Enlightening, humorous, deeply provocative, heart-wrenching, and charming, as well as intense.
I thoroughly enjoyed CRACKED HEARTS! It's an entertaining read, with wonderful characters, humor, and enough suspense to make you not want to put it down till the end. It was an AMAZING story! After reading EXPLOSION IN PARIS, I couldn't resist collecting all this author had to offer. I'm so glad I bought this one.
As all her books, this one touched a spot in my heart and mind. This wonderful book is told in a voice that will tug at your heart, and a plot that will keep your enthusiasm engaged until the last page. Yes, the plot is grave, but she manages to weave enough wit and warmth into this story to make it a thoroughly uplifting read. I absolutely adored this book, and have placed LM Pirrung at the top of my list of favorite contemporary writers. As someone who has read a huge number of books, classics and otherwise, I found this one a breath of fresh air. The story is brilliantly paced and you never find yourself bored while reading. The setting is so real and evocative and the characters so authentic I felt like I was living it. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good mystery. I look forward to more books by this author.
This one is full of intensely different personalities, some characters are achingly loveable, others are deliciously eccentric then there are some over-the-top "strange". This is a frightening narrative which describes the impossibility of living without the diligent and thoughtful, protective care of parents or guardians, where both danger and evil are allowed in, a world of emotional collapse and the determined efforts of young people to survive through a relentless attempt to maintain vital connection. The failure of family as a whole, suffused with a sense of shame and helplessness, endurance of a coarse, abusive father are at the core to provide an eerily subtle residue of foreboding to permeate the storyline. It's a story of the underlying terror of a murderer, and at the same time a story of freedom, a multi-layered book that more than delivers on all levels. Between comforting households and quirky characters in their endless efforts to bring some sense of stability to their lives, there is a heightening sensitivity and awareness that the neighborhood is no longer safe. This is a very vivid and powerful novel on so many different levels, so many elements involved that keep the reader guessing. It's the story of women who don't know their own strength. There is a masterful touch of generosity of spirit and a genuine respect for the anguish of a tormented child that provide a superb, heartwarming work, full of suspense, mystery, darkness and light. My only complaint about the book is that there were a lot of characters to keep track of, but it was worth the trouble!
Charming and intense, is it a suspenseful murder mystery? Is it about true evil? Is it a serial killer thriller / chiller? Is it an ultimate love story, a family saga, a soap opera? I'll let you make that determination after you close the last "knock you off your feet" page! A broad spectrum of readers will enjoy this book. My heart was in my throat throughout!
Await Your Reply: A Novel (Random House Reader's Circle)
This is a unique, unusual and gripping story! It explores schizophrenia, identity theft, closure, and the need to be approved of, loved and accepted. There are three different storylines that seem to have nothing to do with each other. They lead up to some strange events that the mystery is slowly unraveled by the end of the book.
Miles Chesire has an identical twin whose brother, Hayden, who has been missing for a long time. He receives a strange letter from Hayden. Miles drives from Ohio to northern Canada hoping to find him. Hayden is not well and Miles feels compelled to search for him. Hayden is alleged to be brilliant and different while Miles seems to be a perfectly normal man.
Lucy Lattimore is dissatisfied with her life in a small town in Ohio. Soon after graduating from high school, she leaves town with her former history teacher.
One story begins with a young man, Ryan, whose father assures him that he will not bleed to death as he's rushed to the emergency room with his severed arm in an ice cooler. Jay and his son Ryan make a living stealing credit card numbers and using false identities to get cash.
Each story is captivating in its own right and holds the readers interest right through to the connection and intriguing end. A GREAT RIDE!!
The Girl She Used to Be
The trials and tribulations of poor Melody McCartney over the 20 years of federal Witness Protection Program to protect her from a Mafia Family, who apparently murdered her family who agreed to testify against a murderer. Melody feels like she can't get close to anyone, so she leads a lonely existence. The Feds feel they are doing her a favor by keeping her safe and alive, but she feels otherwise. When Jonathan enters her life, he brings freshness to her stale existence. Melody just wants to be herself. But once Jonathan, the son of the mob boss locates her, falls in love with her, she really has to decide what to do. What a dilemma! EXCITING RIDE!
I Can See You
Psychology grad student Eve Wilson gets drawn into a police investigation and catches the attention of a serial killer. While conducting a study of an online role-playing game, Shadowland, Eve discovers several participants have been murdered. The player's real names are anonymous. Eve Wilson is no stranger to violence, having survived not one but two brutal attacks. Surgery has repaired her visible scars, but she still has a wounded soul. Eve dedicates herself to helping others. A serial killer targeted Eve's test subjects who are connected to Shadowland. He's making it look like suicides. Detective Noah Webster and Eve are sure that her subjects didn't commit suicides. This one will keep you drawn in until the end!
61 Hours (Jack Reacher)
The perfect hero, Jack Reacher, the drifter who travels light and doesn't look back, quick-thinking, wise, smart, tough, no-fear guy with an army background finds himself on a bus in South Dakota in the middle of a blizzard. Reacher has hitched a ride on a bus tour of senior citizens. When the bus crashes, he finds himself in Bolton, the location for a recently built prison. A crooked lawyer conducts some shady business at the prison and then skids on the slippery road, sending the bus crashing into a ditch. Reacher does what he can to assist the injured and dazed victims until the police arrive at the scene. Jack soon becomes acquainted with an elderly woman named Janet Salter, whose testimony could help put away the leader of a huge methamphetamine ring. Although Janet already has police protection, the setup is far from secure. Unfortunately, the bad guys know where she lives and plan to silence her. Salter senses that Reacher is her kindred spirit and the two form a strong bond. Reacher decides to guard Salter, who needs someone smart, strong, and resourceful, someone who can think out of the box to outwit these criminals. This is one that will appeal to men and women, young and old! It's intense, gripping and heart-warming all in one! So Exciting!!
This amazing book reads like a "near death experience." There are those who don't "understand" this book and its message, obviously from very few of the reviews. I feel sorry for those people. But, if you have been seeking God's Heart, to get a true feel for His Reality then this book fills the bill perfectly. This is the BEST revelation, WITHOUT BEING PREACHY, which turns so many people off any more, that I've read, probably EVER. This is what God is all about!! Not THE FEAR OF GOD!!! THE LOVE OF GOD!!! This book is truly amazing as 98% of the reviews reveal and the magnitude of people who are STILL reading it!
The Walk: A Novel (Pocket Readers Guide)
Alan Christoffersen walks after he loses everything, his wife, career, home, and even his faith and all hope. As he takes his walk he keeps a diary to record his thoughts ( very thought-provoking!),of his travels and the people he meets along the way. A lot of wonderful life lessons and a learning experience for all who read this. Wonderful!
Major Pettigrew's Last Stand
I was completely charmed by this one! A pleasant,clever and entertaining novel. This is a tale of mature romance and the wisdom of age. Major Pettigrew,a sixty-eight year old widower,is a sensible, proper, retired military Englishman who falls in love with a Pakistani shopkeeper. It's chock full of dry, subtle humor and is laugh-out-loud funny at times, then heart-stopping sensitive on so many levels. I WAS COMPLETELY CAPTIVATED!
This book is an all-nighter, thoroughly engaging, enchanting, riveting, thought-provoking, heart-wrenching, and heart-racing. This one keeps you guessing throughout with many unexpected surprises and witty humor.
Koontz is dealing with the here and now, on the border between real and science-fiction. Some of his concepts are not easy to grasp but the powerful, enticing and mind-boggling suspense will keep your eyes glued to the pages.
This is a clever story of time travel and romance, of a German scientist in WWII, who has, along with his comrades, perfected time travel in order to see who will win the war. It starts with a flash of lightning, where a doctor, overly indulging his intake of scotch, receives a phone call from the hospital, informing him that a baby is ready to be delivered. The intoxicated doctor is grabbed by a handsome stranger and is tied up to prevent him from arriving at the hospital. Laura is born successfully but loses her mother.
Years later, lightning flashes again where the reader meets a young Laura and her father who run a small convenience store, being held at gunpoint by a robber. Suddenly, the same handsome stranger appears and saves the day. Hmmmmm! Sound interesting?
The evil of Man, and what Man is capable of is frightening. This story is gripping and action-packed; the characters are believable and engaging; there is love, passion and dedication. Thoroughly entertaining!
This is a fascinating masterpiece in historical fiction. The author gives us a portrait of a complex, intelligent, no-nonsense man, a man with great foresight and vision, and who loved his family and friends. Wolf Hall is the story of Thomas Cromwell, lawyer and diplomat, who spent many years in the service of Henry VIII, helping the king. This complex story is told from Cromwell's vantage point through Cromwell's eyes, through his thoughts and feelings. There's a great sense of intimacy between reader and character. Even though this book is over 600 pages, it goes quickly as the reader gets drawn into the world the author so powerfully creates. The characters are rich and the story is filled with intrigue. Wolf Hall breaks the mold that most of us are accustomed to by not being another bodice-ripping romance, and telling Henry's serious perspective of the story. It's a slow read but in the end the effort will be worth it. INTENSE! I recommend!
EXPLOSION IN PARIS
This one is not to be skimmed over. Enjoy the beautifully written text!
Although I don't think that Pirrung is all that well-known; in my opinion, she well SHOULD BE. After reading this novel, I ordered two more of her novels, trusting the customer's reviews. I didn't go wrong. I think this new writer is going to be a phenomenon. These stories are fresh, exciting and "sit on the edge of your seat" thrilling! I think Nicholas Sparks, Karen White, Judith McNaught, Jodi Picoult, Kristin Hannah, James Patterson, Lisa Scottoline, and Barbara Taylor Bradford might have some competition in the future because they have met their match in heart-warming reads that truly touch the heart and that also make you sit up and take notice. Her books are a wonderful mix of mystery, suspense, romance and philosophy that are written in luscious terminology, in almost a melodious language that touches the senses and that makes reading each sentence a delight. There is nothing I enjoy more than sitting on my veranda, overlooking my flower gardens in the spring, with the birds singing, inhaling the sweet fragrance from the fresh, new buds of life with a gentle, warm breeze gracing my face and reading a really GOOD book! EXPLOSION IN PARIS will not disappoint! Set yourself up to enjoy the experience...NO INTERRUPTIONS, BEAUTIFUL, SUNNY SETTING AND A PILLOWY SOFT LOUNGE THAT WHEN YOU COME BACK TO REALITY AFTER TURNING THAT LAST TEARFUL, SIGHING PAGE, YOUR BODY WON'T BE ACHING. TRUST ME! YOU'LL BE THERE UNTIL YOU'VE FINISHED!
This is nothing less than brilliant! This dynamic tale is an apocalyptic vision more frightening than anything one can imagine, a world destroyed by death, of the coming of the Dark Knight to lead the world into the apocalypse of Hell, and of the soldiers of light who attempt to rescue humanity. This book explores our innermost thoughts, feelings, and fear of the unknown. WHAT COULD BE MORE FRIGHTENING?
The Litigators, Son of Stone (Stone Barrington), Robert B. Parker's Killing the Blues (A Jesse Stone Novel), Robert B. Parker's Killing the Blues (A Jesse Stone Novel), The Drop (A Harry Bosch Novel), Shock Wave (A Virgil Flowers Novel), The Affair: A Jack Reacher Novel, V is for Vengeance (Kinsey Millhone Mystery), Red Mist (A Scarpetta Novel), Down the Darkest Road, Lethal, The Third Gate: A Novel, Now You See Her, New York to Dallas (In Death, No. 33), A Trick of the Light: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel, The Next Always: Book One of the Inn BoonsBoro Trilogy, Prey: A Novel, Flash and Bones, Seizure (Virals #2), The Best of Me, Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children Book 1), The Daughter's Walk: A Novel, A Sweetness to the Soul (Dreamcatcher Series #1), 22 Britannia Road: A Novel, Alice Bliss: A Novel