WW Ladies Book Club Blurbs

Barbara Vey -- October 6th, 2010

Sabrina Jeffries, Donna Hill, Janet Mullany, Leanna Renee Hieber

Spending time at Lady Jane’s Salon is always a special experience for me, but even more so on Monday night when I was allowed to emcee the second half of the readings.  The charming setting adds to the moment as authors pick their favorite passages to read aloud to the adoring crowd.  Presenting that evening were Donna Hill, Janet Mullany, Leanna Renee Hieber and Sabrina Jeffries.   With proceeds going to charity, Lady Jane’s Salon is the “must do” event held on the first Monday of every month in New York City.






Deadly Little Secrets by Jeanne Adams

Read by Loretta

CIA Agent Ana Burton, placed on probation for prior handling of a case resulting in five vicious murders, is given an ice-cold l0 year old case to re-work.  If you are into any of the following –algorithms, equations, search parameters, linked computers, decripting data or terminus city –  this book is for YOU!

Author Jeanne Adams crafted a complex, death around each corner story, mixing in a sizzling love affair amidst  international intrigue.  As I read through the twisted, upside down, inside-out tale, it amazed me to discover that she very ably ironed out the details while untangling the hidden characters and created a captivating and provocative book.





Hot Southern Nights

by Dianne Castell

Read by joysann

Churchill McKenzie returns to Savannah after a sojourn in up north, and is happy to be working in the beautiful, historical public library. The only complication is that she crosses paths with the intriguing, sexy man she sent to prison on a robbery conviction years ago, but what if he really didn’t do it? Cal Davis just wants life to get back to something normal, work the races at the speedway, and avoid entanglements with gorgeous, sexy librarians, which can only lead to trouble.

Amusing and delightful, Hot Southern Nights has all the romance, heat and southern charm an HEA reader can want. I enjoyed the characters a lot, which made me really hopeful things would work out for them, and I laughed out loud at some of their situations. Dianne’s “Hot” books about contemporary southern romance have turned out to be pleasurable reads.



So Enchanting by Connie Brockway

Read by Edie

Francesca Walcott doesn’t believe her psychic gift is enchanting.  Instead, it alienated her from her highborn family and was the cause of her early marriage to a fake medium who abandoned her after he was exposed by Lord Greyson Sheffield.  Six years after the death of her husband, Greyson finds her in a Scottish village, the companion of a young woman whose life is being threatened.  Mayhem, mix ups, and near-accidents ensue.  So does the attraction between Fanny and Greyson, and a romance between Fanny’s headstrong ward and Greyson’s fashionable nephew.

Brockway’s quirky characters are delightful.  Her pacing is perfection, as is her dialogue, and I never doubted the attraction between Greyson and Fanny.  This Victorian romance really is So Enchanting.



Dark Warrior Untamed by Alexis Morgan

Read by Marsha
Chief Talion Greyhill Danby and administrative assistant Piper Ryan thrown together in a shared office.  Piper is a rebel and Grey is a sophisticate with a sexy English accent.  Piper has a secret and Grey’s job as head of security for the Kyth Nation puts them on a collision course.  Piper and Grey become caught between the desire to get away from each other and the need to get closer as their attraction builds.  They must work together to defend the Grand Dame of the Kyths from attack.
Alexis Morgan’s spicy dialogue and romantic scenes kept me reading far into the night until I reached the delicious conclusion.



Half Broke Horses: A True-Life Novel by Jeannette Walls

Read by Heidi
Lily Casey Smith is a woman ahead of her time. She broke horses at a young age, worked on a ranch in Arizona, learned how to drive a car and fly a plane, when most women were not expected to do much. She married later than most women and became a mother of two; including her daughter who is portrayed in The Glass Castle.
I was fascinated by Jeannette’s portrayal of her grandmother in this novel. During times of droughts, floods, the Great Depression and ranching life; Lily shook off the challenges and moved forward. It seemed to me that no matter what came into Lily’s path, she had the ability to keep moving forward. I had to keep remembering that this woman is not of my age, but my grandmothers age. Maybe people who are whining today about what they don’t have and who to blame, should take a look at Lily and see that you can achieve anything you want if you just keep moving forward.



Accidental Wedding by Anne Gracie

Read by Marjorie
A fall from his horse was the accident that brought Nash Renfrew into the life of Maddy Woodford. A peasant girl trying to support her younger siblings, Maddy nursed the handsome stranger back to health, not knowing he was an English diplomat to Russia and a member of the landed gentry. Suffering from temporary amnesia, Nash was won over by Maddy’s charms and, when his memory returned, he determined to make her his wife.

I was held captive with a fast-paced story, interjecting twists of plot and other surprises along the way.  This is the fourth romance in Anne Gracie’s Devil Riders series, following her much acclaimed romance, To Catch a Bride. The setting is Bath, England, 1819.




Murder in the Latin Quarter by Cara Black

Read by Heidi
The ninth mystery of the Aimee Leduc series finds her trying to return to a normal life, when a Haitian woman enters the PI office claiming to be her half-sister and in trouble. Aimee is reluctant to believe her, but is drawn to help her especially after she disappears.

I felt the twists and turns of this mystery as easily as I could see the Paris streets. I found it extremely creative how modern day the book takes us, especially after the death of Princess Diana in Paris.
Bottom Line: I’m interviewing Stan Lee at New York Comic Con on Saturday…any questions you’d like me to ask?

41 thoughts on “WW Ladies Book Club Blurbs

  1. Edie Ramer

    Barbara, I’m envying you your jaunts around the U.S. Next we’ll probably see you in Europe or Australia!

    Every book sounded great today. I’m adding to my list of books I want to read.

  2. Cassondra

    Hi Barbara,

    I’m so envious of your jaunt to Lady Jane’s. I’ve heard about it for months now from Dianna Love, and have determined that next time I go to NYC, I’ll find a way to get to the Salon.

    Great lineup of book reviews today, so thanks to all of your reviewers. The Devil Riders series sounds great.

    I’ve read is DEADLY LITTLE SECRETS by Jeanne Adams, and I have to say, it’s every bit as fantastic as it sounds in this review.

  3. Debbie Kaufman

    Ladies, great reviews. Now I’m off to run up my Barnes and Noble bill on any of these I can download to my NOOK. I’m going to have to be careful to keep my dear one from knowing that it’s all y’all’s fault or he may think of a way to ban Barbara’s blog once he gets the bill, LOL!

  4. Mary Buckham

    This is like running into Baskins & Robbins and thinking you can simply order a vanilla ice cream cone. Lovely reviews – as usual — and sooooooo tempting. Thanks ladies for doing what you do so well – sharing your love of books! And Barbara – enjoy NYC! Cheers ~~ Mary B ;-)

  5. Donna MacMeans

    One of these days I’d love to visit Lady Jane’s Salon, I’ve heard so many wonderful things.

    Wahoo on reviewing three of my very favorite writers – Jeanne Adams, an absolutely amazing author, and Dianne Castell – I love her characters. I love that cover, and premise, for Anne Gracie’s latest. Three excellent books to keep on hand for the cooling evenings. Thanks ladies.

  6. Susan in AZ

    Wow. Stan Lee. Questions: Does he have any new heroes in the works? What are they like? Any female heroes coming up? What about his Fantastic 4 — will they do any more Marvel-based movies based on Stan’s characters?

  7. Suzanne Ferrell

    Barbara and gang, I always love the reviews, even if it nearly topples my TBR pile! Can’t wait to read Jeanne Adams’ DEADLY LITTLE SECRETS. I’ve loved all her previous books!

  8. Leanna Renee Hieber

    Thank you for being there Barbara! It’s such a special treat to have you with us, we co-founders really appreciate your spreading the good word about us, and New York misses you when you go! I wish I could be there for Comic Con but I’m back in Ohio on a teaching gig. Hope to see you at an event again soon, the Salon is always ready for you with open arms! *hugs*

  9. Nancy Northcott

    What a fabulous array of books! I love all of Jeanne Adams’s books, and you’ve given me lots more authors to check out.

  10. Dianna Love

    Lady Jane’s Salon was wonderful – a great night of reads! And author extraordinaire Leanna Renee Hieber had big news…but I will let her share it (nudge, nudge, Leanna). I enjoyed Jeanne Adams and Dianne Castell’s books – the others look very interesting. Thanks WW ladies!

    Oh, and Barbara, you’re just the woman around town these days – keynoting on the west coast on Sunday then emceeing at Lady Jane’s on the east coast Monday night. What a jet setter. :)

  11. Susan Sey

    Hey, Jeanne Adams and Connie Brockway! Two of my favorite authors in one blog! How cool! I loved So Enchanting, & have been waiting with bated breath for Deadly Little Secrets to get to the top of my TBR pile! After that review, though, some sleight of hand may occur in which DLS finds itself mysteriously on top of the heap. :-)

  12. Anna Campbell

    Hey, Barbara, saw it’s your birthday tomorrow (today in Australia!). Hope you have a wonderful day! Wow, what a great selection of books. I absolutely loved, loved, loved Jeanne Adams’s DEADLY LITTLE SECRETS. Kept me up way too late in the night a couple of weeks ago. And another favorite is Connie Brockway’s SO ENCHANTING. It’s, well, so enchanting! One of her best, I think – and that’s saying something! I’ve got the fabulous Anne Gracie’s latest on my TBR pile. She writes such gorgeous stories!

  13. Trish Milburn

    Another wonderful crop of reviews. So many books, so little time! I’m particularly looking forward to diving into Jeanne’s new book. I’m so going to reward myself with a reading binge when I get this written.

    Keep up the good work, Barb and friends!

  14. Caren Crane

    I SO want to get to New York for Lady Jane’s Salon someday! Note to self: plan trip to NYC that encompasses first Monday…

    I am not surprised at the great review for Jeanne’s Deadly Little Secrets. Jeanne knows her way around dead bodies and deadly suspense! Everyone who loves a twisted, edge-of-the-chair read should check it out!

  15. Hope Tarr

    Hi Barbara:

    Echoing Leanna in saying what a joy it was to have you grace our Salon stage as our very special guest emcee. Amidst your travels, please keep us posted on your next return NYC trip. It can’t be soon enough.

    Last but not least, Happy Birthday my dear fellow Libra!

    Co-Founder, Lady Jane’s Salon

  16. WW Jan

    Heidi, I was delighted to see your review of “Half Broke Horses” as I am currently reading “The Glass Castle”, also by Jeannette Walls, an autobiography/memoir of her childhood in a grossly dysfunctional family. I am aghast and amazed at how children can survive growing up in such a traumatic/dramatic household.

  17. Leah Hultenschmidt

    So great to see you at Lady Jane’s! It was the first time I’d been able to go and I’ll definitely be back–the readings were amazing, the drinks were delicious, and I got to catch up with tons of people. I also love that Sabrina Jeffries planned her annual NYC trip around the Salon date!

  18. Blurbette Heidi

    WW Jan: We read the Glass Castle in my book club a few years ago. The ladies in the group really enjoyed it. Half Broke Horses answers more questions to growing up and backgrounds. Should be an interesting discussion this month for Half Broke Horses!!

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