WW Ladies Book Club Blurbs

Barbara Vey -- March 2nd, 2011

Only 5 more days until the big 4th Anniversary Bash.  The wonderfully talented and generous authors have already donated 15 e-readers and over 200 books and other prizes as giveaways for the 6 day event.  It starts on Monday, so mark your calendar and until then enjoy these reads from the WW Ladies.



Driving Sideways by Jess Riley

Read by Heidi

Leigh Fielding is excited about her new lease on life, thanks to a new kidney. Leigh decides to start on a road trip to see the country and thank the family for her kidney transplant. This trip doesn’t go according to plan, and her journey becomes an interesting mix of courage, transformation, and fun.

I absolutely 100% adore Leigh Fielding!! I love her voice, her honesty and her way she looks at things in the world. I could be prejudice since it’s set in the 80′s (I am one of those girls too); or the way she is “called” to take her trip (I follow my inner voice too); OR the fact I laughed out loud more times while reading this book than I have in a long time. Yep, this one is a KEEPER!!



Receptionist Under Cover by C.J. Carmichael

Read by Sheila
Nadine Kimble has been desk receptionist for Fox and Fisher Detective Agency for over a year. She’s ready to move up to private detective. To convince her employers, she vows to solve the next new case all on her own. Simple, right? In walks travel writer Patrick O’Neil, searching for the son he’s only just learned about. Quick sleuthing sends Nadine and Patrick to the Rocky Mountains in search of a young red-headed ski instructor. Hot on the case, Nadine begins to fall for her new client. Too late, she regrets lying to him. Plus, she has doubts about Patrick. Can this adventurer ever stay in one place long enough to let love grow?

Wow! This book took me on vacation from New York City high society to Canadian Mountain ski resorts, including one dreamy night in Emerald Lake Lodge. I recently read C.J. Carmichael’s Her Better Half, a lovely book about finding friendship and love after divorce. I knew I needed more. Luckily, C.J. is very prolific. I will definitely be reading more of her titles!



Trouble Waters by Sharon Shinn
Read by Sue

Zoe Aredelay’s life changes when her father dies, and suddenly she is called upon to be another bride for the king.  She escapes, learns to live on her wits by the river, and slowly learns secrets of her past and herself.  Once she becomes the coru Prime, head of the Lanindar family, she finds herself amongst palace intrigue.  She also finds herself attracted to Darien Serlast.  In the midst of political power struggles, can she trust anything about him?

This is not my usual type of book to read, and was very hard for me to pick up.  Once I started reading it, however, I couldn’t put it down!  Unlike most of my finds, the romance here is NOT a given, and that in itself compelled me to find out more.  Fabulous book!



Among the Mad by Jacqueline Winspear

Read by Loretta

The action in this book takes place in London in 1931.  It is the intriguing story of a madman threatening loss of lives if nothing is done to help the shell shocked veterans who have been discharged from the service without further aid.   Maisie Dobbs’ metaphors read like a poetic verse.  Besides being a psychologist, she is quaint, charming and completely capable in her role as Special Advisor to Scotland Yard in trying to find who is threatening the people .

This novel is a sad and engrossing tale, and so beautifully written.  I particularly enjoyed the quaint language and “correctness” of Maisie Dobbs, as she so capably unravels this frightening story.



Undead and Unfinished by MaryJanice Davidson

Listened to by joysann

Queen Betsy accompanies her half-sister Laura, the Anti-Christ, on a tour of hell, the domain Laura will one day inherit, in exchange for the ability to read the dreadful tome of prophesies, the Book of the Dead, without going crazy. They step through doorways that take them to experience one revealing scene after another that lead to Betsy’s rule.

I always enjoy an excursion into Queen Betsy’s wacky world, where anything can (and often does) happen. The thing I like best is the warm and caring relationships between the continually expanding cast of characters, quirky, humorous and snarky though they may be, and I keep coming back to find out more. Listening to the audiobook, again brilliantly performed by talented Nancy Wu, makes Betsy’s continuing adventures an entertaining pastime.


Highland Heat by Mary Wine

Read by Kathy

Duped, de-flowered, and dumped, Deidre Chattan, eldest daughter of the Chattan clan, is sent to the convent in disgrace. There, Queen Joan Beaufort, widow of Scottish King James I and mother of 9 year old James II, arrives at the convent seeking sanctuary from the Lairds who want to manipulate Joan for their own political gains. Noticing Deidre’s resemblance to herself, Joan talks the fiery and willful Deidre into impersonating the Queen to draw her pursuers away. Quinton Cameron, Earl and Laird of the Cameron clan, has sent his men to save the queen but they bring him the suddenly silent Deidre in her guise as the Queen. Quinton, however, knows who Deidre is and has his own plans for how to best entertain her.

The steamy interactions in Mary Wine’s book are interspersed with enough historical background and plot twists to make the tale very entertaining. It is the sequel to Highland Hellcat, but stands on its on very well. Captivated at once, I read it through in one sitting.

Bottom Line: Hooray!  Today is Dr. Seuss Day.  What book will you read to celebrate?

37 thoughts on “WW Ladies Book Club Blurbs

  1. Christine

    I love Jacqueline Winspear’s Maisie Dobbs series–it just keeps getting better and better.

    The only Dr. Seuss book I have handy is ‘Happy Birthday to You!’ but it’s certainly worth reading more than just on a birthday and since it’s a day to celebrate……

  2. Teresa B.

    My girls never tire of Green Eggs and Ham. We have at least 6 or 8 of Dr. Seuss’ books so, we’ll probably read through them all week.

    Thanks for the great reviews. I can’t wait to read Highland Heat. It sounds like a book I’ll really enjoy.

  3. Susan in AZ

    Oh, no; it was always Horton Hatches the Egg in our house growing up! My sister never got tired of that one… Luckily she never had to hatch an egg herself.

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