WW Ladies Book Club Blurbs

Barbara Vey -- August 18th, 2010

The last couple of weeks I’ve been receiving Christmas books.  I understand that they have to be done ahead of time, but I really need to enjoy the summer.  It’s horribly cold here in winter and while it’s fun to say I wish it was a “White Christmas,” I just can’t think about wearing winter coats, shoveling snow and ugly boots.  My mental health can’t take it.  So, until at least September (which is only a couple of weeks away), I’ll pretend I didn’t see the beautiful seasonal covers and just enjoy the sunshine, flowering plants and being barefoot.  For now, here’s the non-Christmas books the WW Ladies have been reading.



Bonds of Justice by Nalini Singh

Read by Katie

Max Shannon is a human detective who works in New York Enforcement. Sophia Russo is a J-Psy, who has the ability to retrieve memories from people. Someone is targeting and killing the Psy Councilors’ closest advisors. Max heads off to San Francisco and is in for a surprise when he finds out that Sophia will be his partner. As Max and Sophia work with both the Psy and the Changeling community to catch this killer, something more sinister is at play.


Bonds of Justice is the eighth book in Nalini Singh’s fabulous Pay-Changeling series and delivers a jammed packed, adrenaline rush of a story and an amazing couple with Max and Sophia.  This book is another welcome addition to the series that I can’t get enough of and has me clamoring for more.




Home is Where the Bark Is by Kandy Shepherd

Read by Denise

Serena Oakley, a former model who has had a difficult and scary past decides to open an upscale doggy daycare called Paws-A-While in San Francisco.  Nick Whalen is an undercover investigator who is on a case concerning identity theft and it seems that all clues lead to the Paws-A-While.


Very entertaining with the descriptions of the clients and their “dog-kids”.  I guess there are some things in San Francisco that have to be seen to be believed.  Adorable, fun read.




Treasure of the Golden Cheetah by Suzanne Arruda

Read by joysann

Having been an ambulance driver on the front lines during the Great War, Jade del Cameron is not easily daunted. Now living in East Africa, Jade is hired to accompany an American movie crew to film on location on Mt Kilimanjaro. The trip itself is dangerous, but what if they brought their own murderer along with them on safari?


Try as I might, I cannot come up with a story description to do this series justice. Between historical detail, descriptive imagery, baffling mystery, and likeable characters, Suzanne Arruda’s books get me engrossed in a beautiful part of the world I will never see (think “The Ghost and the Darkness” a generation later). While Jade has adventures and discovers treasures, I’m very glad I’ve discovered treasure, adventure and romance in these exciting stories.



Last Will of Moira Leahy by Therese Walsh

Read by Edie

Twenty-five-year-old Maeve Leahy is haunted by the tragic accident of her twin sister, Moira, nine years ago. Since then, Maeve, the vibrant twin and saxophone prodigy, has shut down her emotions and shut out the music, leading a lonely and sterile life as a professor of languages in upstate New York. But she can’t resist the call of a keris, a Javanese dagger, that she buys at auction. The keris leads her to Rome, and to danger and romance and a confrontation with the past and the present.


The chapters alternate between the present in Maeve’s voice and the past in Moira’s voice. Walsh is an artist with words, using them exquisitely, painting pictures that evoke emotions. I found the story atmospheric, and the characters have layers, faults and strength. Even after I was done reading, the characters stayed with me and I wasn’t ready to let them go.




The Secret of the Glass by Donna Russo Morin

Read by Loretta

This is an absolute “giant” of a book, set in Murano in the 17th century, even then noted for its beautiful though secret glass making abilities.  Almost kept prisoners on the island by the government of Venice, the inhabitants were unable to market their glass except through the Venetian government, who also enjoyed a good portion of the profits.
Reading into the late hours was never so satisfying to me while reveling in the fantastic descriptions, the intrigue and customs and a charming love story all rolled into one superb historical novel.  I was particuilarly fascinated by Sophia, the courageous and loving daughter who circumvented the rules set down at that time.    A most pleasurable read in all aspects!



Gift from the Sea by Anna Schmidt

Read by Heidi
During the end of World War 1, Maggie Hunter becomes conflicted with her duties as nurse to save a man who has washed up on shore near her Nantucket home. German born Stefan White has risked everything to bring information to the US, and needs to get to Washington as soon as possible. Two souls challenged by their faith and split by loyalty to their duties to family and country.
I could feel the conflict in the heart of each characters as their choices in their journey tested their faith. A love story that shows how faith can overcome any obstacle as long as you believe.



Warriors – edited by George R. R. Martin and Garner Dozois

Read by joysann

The anthology Warriors is just what it sounds like – stories about fighting men and women, and others, in this world we know or worlds of fantasy, in the past and in the future. The authors from many genres whose stories appear here are some of my favorites, and while some are known for popular series, their contribution here may or may not have anything to do with the work for which we know them. Included in this anthology are Cecelia Holland, Joe Haldeman, Robin Hobb, Lawrence Block, Tad Williams, Joe R. Lansdale, Peter S. Beagle, Diana Gabaldon, Naomi Novik, Steven Saylor, James Rollins, David Weber, Carrie Vaughn, S. M. Stirling, Howard Waldrop, Gardner Dozois, David Morrell, Robert Silverberg, David Ball and George R. R. Martin.
The stories are moving, exciting and spellbinding.

If you see a favorite author listed here, it’s worth taking the time to read his or her short story in Warriors.

Bottom Line: BTW, 128 days til Christmas (and you can follow it here).

20 thoughts on “WW Ladies Book Club Blurbs

  1. Bertrice Small

    I hear some of the stores are already decorating for Christmas. There ought to be a law. The season won’t begin for me until I’ve seen Santa in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. I’m afraid I keep to my old fashioned customs.

  2. Christine

    Hallmark put out their first series of Christmas ornaments in July (the second release is in October)–and yep, I’ve started shopping. I’m looking forward to what’s in your Christmas book pile Barbara and hope you’ll give us a sneak peak at titles so I can plan what I’m going to be reading when it’s back to bundling up here in Michigan.

  3. Liz

    I’m getting pretty wistful, watching it now be dark by about 8 at night… Summer has been so darn hot, though, that while I’m not at all ready for my stupid winter coat, I AM enjoying the respite from the 90s we’ve had — and which, by the way, is over.

    All that said, I just saw Christmas books on other blogs this morning! I’m going to put some on reserve at our library in a little bit; I’m adding to my list, first. One I’ll probably buy so my girls can enjoy it too. It looks like a really heartwarming Christmas story that they and I will enjoy. It’s “Mary’s Son,” and involves young people (one rich, one very much not) and the intersection of their two lives one Christmas, with the help of a mysterious man named Nicholas, who finally whisks them to another time and place to teach them the true meaning of life. Sounds great, doesn’t it? I guess the man who wrote it, Darryl Nyznyk, originally told it to one of his daughters and her friends one Christmas, and turned it into a book. I love that part…

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