Well, my plane leaves at 5:50 a.m. for Atlanta and the Moonlight and Magnolias Conference. My wonderful brother, John, is taking me to the airport at 4:30. What a guy! And no…I don’t plan to get much sleep before I leave.
French Peril by Mona Risk
Read by Mary
Cheryl has traveled to France to assist in the restoration of a medieval chapel, but one man has been murdered, another beaten, all for the sake of a small but priceless statue, hidden somewhere in the ruins. An international team has been assembled by Francois to help in the renovations, but obviously, one of them is willing to kill to be the one to retrieve the statue. Cheryl doesn’t know who to trust, especially the dangerously handsome Francois, who definitely has more than just a statue on his mind.
Who wouldn’t want to lose themselves in Mona Risk’s French Peril? Traveling to the beautiful French countryside, staying in a marvelous, ornate chateau, eating fine food and drinking the chateau’s wine, and let’s not forget the charming and handsome host. Sign me up, Ms Risk, I’ll be looking for your next foreign escape.
Hope in a Jar by Beth Harbison
Listened to by joysann
Allie Denty’s 20th high school reunion is approaching, and she’s dreading how she’ll appear to her old classmates – heavier, aging, and single. When the day comes, the worst thing is that her best friend and companion, Noah, not only shows up with the most shallow, vicious girl from their class, but is engaged to her. She warns Noah off, losing his friendship, and is left wishing she could give her life a make-over.
Listening to Hope in a Jar was fascinating because of the reader, Orlagh Cassidy. The light, emotional, but fairly predictable story came alive with her wonderful talent and beautiful voice. I found it excellent entertainment to while away a few hours.
The Rising by Brian Keene
Read by Michelle
The world changed as a result of a government project gone horribly wrong. A Nuclear Accelerator designed to replicate the Big Bang is the open door needed for the demons of the Void to re-inhabit the earth. The human race is being sacrificed and the demons are coming to life in the bodies of the dead. Holed up in a bomb shelter with the world changing above him, Jim gets a call from his son who miraculously is still alive. On a cross country trek to save his son, Jim befriends a preacher and a prostitute. The three join forces to survive and soon find out it isn’t just dead humans the demons are inhabiting but also any living thing, which leaves no safe place to hide.
The Rising was truly a creepy read, and the dark images stayed with me. For anyone who loves a demonic zombie tale, Brian Keene who is a winner of the Bram Stoker award has a book for you.
When Seducing the Duke by Kathryn Smith
Read by Kate
Greyden Kane, Duke of Ryeton is a very rich and privileged man. He has lived a very debauched life, but then an event three years ago changed his life forever. He lusts for Rose Danvers, a woman ten years his junior. One night Rose, who has too much too much to drink, tells Grey her true feelings for him. She reminds him of those wonderful nights they shared together at a scandalous masked ball where he had no idea she was the woman he seduced.
This is a luscious and sizzling historical with a hero who aches for his heroine. Spicy, hot, steamy and passionate are only a few words that come to mind while reading When Seducing a Duke. Historical romance fans are not going to want to miss out on this one.
The Scoop by Fern Michaels
Read by Jan
After burying her 8th husband (or was it only number 7?), Theresa Amelia "Toots" Loudenberry is ready to shed her mourning widow’s ‘black’ (it wasn’t her color, anyway) and jump back into life with both feet (not to say hands, body, etc.) taking her 3 nearest and dearest friends along…friends who each have a book worthy life story of their own. Toots’ "rag writer" daughter, Abby, (from her first or was it the second marriage?) has a major problem…her 2nd rate tabloid newspaper employer is about to be sold. Toots is ready to ride to the rescue…only it is Toots who gets taken for a ride…to the tune of $10 million bucks. I thought I was reading a book about "The Golden Girls" and you all know what a hoot they are (were)! There were tears of laughter from the first page to the finish. ’tis only my second Fern Michaels book. Where have I been all these years?
The Phantom of Black’s Cove by Jan Hambright
Read by Denise
Olivia Morgan is an investigative journalist and had come to Black’s Cove seeking answers to her traumatic past. Jack Trayborne has inherited the long-closed medical clinic where the records she desperately wants are. He has to protect what is hidden behind the clinic’s closed doors. It could be devasting, maybe even deadly. He has to try to convince her there is no secret, therefore no reason to stay in Black’s Cove. As much as he wants her to stay. Another book that I started on my break at work and didn’t want to put down. I was enthralled with the mystery of the clinic’s secrets and to find out if there was a Phantom. I did cook my husband dinner, but after dishes were done, I picked it back up until my friend came over to can some peppers (wanted her to do all the work so I could keep reading, but she wouldn’t). Picked it back up at midnight and finished it about 2am. Late night with little sleep, thank goodness I didn’t have to go to work that morning, but well worth it!
Godmother by Carolyn Turgeon >
Read by Michelle
Godmother shares the story of Lillian, Cinderella’s Fairy Godmother and her regret of the night when Cinderella met the Prince. Lillian has become an old woman living in Manhattan and working in a used bookstore. She’s plagued with memories, loss and an overwhelming drive for forgiveness.
As I was reading this I found myself wanting for Lillian all the things she dreamed for. I could almost feel her grief and understand the twist of fate that awaited her and the ultimate choice she needs to make. Cinderella is a much loved favorite, but it doesn’t bring life to the supporting cast like this book does.
Bottom Line: Today is National Women’s Health & Fitness Day, so get up off that couch and get physical!