My ladies have been very busy reading this week and I am extremely grateful to them considering all the distractions during this holiday season. But when you have great books to read, the shopping, cooking, wrapping, cleaning, card writing and socializing fall to the side. As it should be.
Guardian’s Keep by Lori Devoti
Reviewed by Joyce
Following Lori Devoti’s novel Unbound, the tradition of Norse Mythology is continued in Guardian’s Keep. Charged with guarding a portal to others of the nine worlds, Kol Hildr runs the bar for unearthly patrons in which the portal stands. Witch Kelly Shane believes the place, and its guardian, to be evil. While trying to ignore her baffling attraction to the barkeep, she uses her talent and magic to access the portal and try to shut it down. Power struggles and interspecies warfare complicate things, and they find the concept of good and evil isn’t simple.
I wish I would have read Unbound first because I think a lot of my questions would have been answered. Mythology has always fascinated me and it adds an extra dimension to an already riviting, action-packed read.
An Affair Before Christmas by Eloisa James
Reviewed by Loretta
Eloisa James begins An Affair Before Christmas portraying the social ladder in ‘Merry Olde England’. It appears to me that every female aspires to marry a Duke and thus become a Duchess – a position in that hierarchy second only to God, I guess. The sweet heroine, poor Poppy (Lady Perdita Selby), does just that because of her mother’s dominance, but cannot adjust to married life or love. Her husband, Duke of Fletcher, is determined to win her over.
Eloisa James crafts an amazingly interesting tale catching the reader’s interest to the very last page. A fun read!
Moving Target by Cheyenne McCray
Reviewed by Joyce
Ani King witnessed the mob murder of her family two years previously, and she had to disappear to escape her own death. US Deputy Marshal Daniel Parker has had the job of hiding her away and keeping her safe. Just days before she is to testify in court, her enemies learn of her whereabouts, and Ani and Daniel must run to keep beyond the reach of the ruthless killers. The intimacy of their peril ignites their relationship from professional into burning passion, endangering not only his job, but their hearts.
I’ve read Cheyenne McCray’s novels about magic, so I was curious to see how she does with suspense. The answer is – just fine. Moving Target is an engaging, fast paced read that had me from the start and wouldn’t let go.
The Christmas Pearl by Dorothea Benton Frank
Reviewed by Jan
In the twilight of her life at age 93, matriarch Ms. Theodora is saddened to think her modern-day family will never know the joys and memories of the wonderful, extravagant holidays that she cherished as a child. In walks Pearl, her grandmother’s beloved housekeeper–a ‘ghost from Christmas past’–who with a twinkling of her eye and lots of Gullah magic, brings the dysfunctional family together to form cherished memories of their own. An uplifting Christmas tale.
Water For Elephants by Sara Gruen
Reviewed by Lynda
As a young man, Jacob Jankowski’s life is torn apart with the death of his parents just as he is ready to take his finial exam to become a veterinarian and join his father’s practice. He gets other disturbing news that his father’s practice is not doing well at all…after all it is the 1930′s and he has been exchanging anything people have for vet services. Jacob wanders around and jumps on the first train that comes along. It happens to be the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth….yes he has joined the circus. This starts a whole new life for him with a new challenge every day. He meets the love of his life along the way and yes, an elephant too.
The most interesting part of this book, for me, was the fact that it started out end of Jacob’s life in a nursing home (he’s not sure if he is 90 or 93 years old) and it goes back through his years of his circus life. This outstanding story by is a must read for all. I really enjoyed the emotional ride and I plan to find other books by this author.
The Fortune Quilt by Lani Diane Rich
Reviewed by Rhonda
Carly McKay is a television producer who receives a quilt and psychic reading as part of a piece she is producing. She’s skeptical until it starts coming true. Carly moves to Bilby, Arizona where she meets Will, a painter living in the cabin next door.
A story about life and how if you watch for the signs and follow your heart, it’ll turn out just the way it is suppose to. This was such a marvelous read that really hit home. I loved it and look forward to more by this author.
Bottom Line: So, come Christmas Eve, do you think I can get away with, "Sorry, I didn’t time to (fill in the blank) because I really had to read this book"…no, I didn’t think so.