WW Ladies Book Club Blurbs

Barbara Vey -- June 22nd, 2011

Summer has officially arrived and with it beach reads.  Personally, I could read any book at the beach.  There’s just something about having the sun warm your bones while you’re deep in an adventure and an ice cold lemonade quenching your thirst.  My mouth is watering just thinking about it.  Of course, I could do without the sand that seems to cling to every crevice of my body, but that’s a small price to pay for not having to shovel snow.  Here’s what the WW Ladies have been enjoying in the sun.

Kym A

Kym A

Awakening by JoAnn Durgin
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Read by Kym A
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Lexa Clarke joins a Team Work Mission for the summer.  She expects to travel to an exotic country, but instead is sent to San Antonio, TX to rebuild homes destroyed by a flood.  Lexa meets the team work mission director, Sam Lewis who challenges her to grow spiritually and emotionally. They have an immediate attraction, which brings out the best and worst in Lexa.  During the eight weeks, Sam and Lexa endure many challenges that cause them to question and grow in their faith, which also brings them closer as a couple.

This is a humorous, uplifting, and adventurous story.  Awakening is JoAnn Durgin’s first published novel, which I found to be an entertaining story with many surprising twists and turns.

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joysann

joysann

Spirit Dances by C E Murphy

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Since recognizing and accepting her shamanic powers, Seattle Detective Joanne Walker’s gifts for magic and healing have grown almost faster than she can learn to control them. In fact, watching an exquisite theater performance of Native American dance, Joanne discovers metaphysical changes in herself as magic swells around her. Something evil is hijacking the magic, however, and Joanne is drawn into searching for an extraordinary murderer.

I’ve been an enthusiastic fan of Joanne and her exploits for years, and The Walker Papers series just keeps getting better. This one I read cover to cover, enthralled, allowing no distractions (then read the last chapter over again). There’s mystery and suspense, humor and sorrow, discovery and excitement, and delight.

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Stacey

Stacey

Talk to Me by Cassandra Carr (E-book)

Read by Stacey

A young sports radio producer from Buffalo moves to Manhattan for her big break, a drive time sports talk show hosted by a former hockey player.  But from day one, explosive sexual tension wars with a strong professional camaraderie.  When  they take their relationship into the bedroom, will they learn there is more at stake than just sex, or will they loose the game of love before the opening face off?

Debut author Carr delivers a scorching erotic tale that captures the essence of Manhattan, Brooklyn and two people who have legitimate concerns about being in a relationship.  With her skillful pen, she draws them closer, past emotional pitfalls and well developed secondary characters, towards a love that I genuinely believe is happily ever after.
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Kym L

Kym L

My One and Only by Kristan Higgins (E-book)

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Harper’s got her life just how she wants it. She’s ready to pop the question to long-term boyfriend Dennis when she is interrupted by a phone call from her flighty sister. It seems Willa is getting married — again — to the brother of Harper’s ex-husband Nick. Harper will have to postpone her own plans for matrimony in order to attend the wedding. There, despite the presence of Dennis, Harper and Nick realize they still love each other. To find a future together, they will have to confront the issues that drove them apart, issues both would rather ignore.

Although My One and Only departs somewhat from Higgins’ usual theme of finding love for the first time, it reads as delightfully as her other books. I was left satisfied by Nick and Harper’s tale and enjoyed the numerous other quirky characters as well.

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Heidi

Heidi

Slugfest: A Dirty Business Mystery by Rosemary Harris

Read by Heidi

Paula Holliday has left Connecticut to attend the Big Apple Flower Show in New York City. Her goal is to sell all of the merchandise in her booth, not to be involved in another murder mystery. But when mysterious circumstances keep happening to sabotage the show AND a security guard winds up dead, Paula can’t help but search for answers.

Even though this is the fourth in the series, Slugfest is a funny, quirky mystery all on it’s own. Not only did I fall in love with Paula, I loved JC Kaufman who is looking out for Paula during the flower show. That feisty woman could make any robber think again. With the whole story wrapped around gardening and a flower show, it’s a perfect summertime read!

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Stacey

Stacey

The Heir by Grace Burrowes

Read by Stacey

Dutiful, driven Gayle slowly and inescapably falls in love with his housekeeper.  But she has secrets and will not let herself see him as anything but her boss…despite the steadily growing attraction between them.  But as he continually demonstrates himself to be a true gentleman, she finds she is powerless to resist him.  Yet when her past intervenes, she finds herself hoping that circumstances will allow her to find true love with the heir.

It’s Grace Burrowes’ writing style and amazing characters that made this book such a joy to read.  It was quite easy to understand why Gayle’s entire family wanted to protect him, his emotional fragility and his desire to protect those around him from any sort of harm combine to create a wonderful central character and from that, a great story.

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Bottom Line: If a June night could talk, it would probably boast it invented romance.”  ~Bern Williams

31 thoughts on “WW Ladies Book Club Blurbs

  1. Bill Clark

    Kristan Higgins is one of the few authors with a genuine gift of making you laugh and cry at the same time. Her screwball heroines live a rich inner life which occasionally intersects with the real world in hilarious ways, and their genuine humanity makes the reader not only fall in love with them, but want to meet them in person and claim them as friends. Oh, and by the way, this lady REALLY knows how to WRITE! (Sorry, I just had to shout it out.) (Isn’t that what shout-outs are supposed to do?) :)

  2. Jennifer Fusco

    I never pass up the opportunity to read a Kristan Higgins book. In fact, by book club and I have a deal…they just send her books to me the day they are released. (hint, hint) They’re that good!

  3. Kym Lucas

    Thanks for sharing some great titles, Barbara, although I’ll take an umbrella drink rather than lemonade at the beach. Unless, of course, the lemonade is home-made. Mmmmmm … nothing compares.

  4. Marian Lanouette

    I loved My One and Only. I laughed, I cried and felt wonderful at the end of the book. I look forward to her next book. Marian

  5. Katy Lee

    Run, don’t walk to buy My One and Only! Kristan knows how to write real-life characters you can relate to and understand, but importantly, love. Could not think of a better beach read…or anywhere read!

  6. Rhonda Lane

    Two of my faves – Kristan Higgins and Rosemary Harris – featured in one post. Those two, right there, offer you stories of warm humanity and a glow of satisfaction. If you only have room in your beach bag/carry on for two books, you can’t go wrong at least with these two.

  7. PJ Sharon

    I loved MY ONE AND ONLY. Nick is a hero I fell for from the first intro–I loved the line in the bar when he says he’s going to marry her. Who wouldn’t fall for such a confident man! Kristan’s books always make me laugh, cry and look forward to her next masterpeice.

  8. Vanetta Quintana

    I have the book by Kristan Higgins and haven’t had a chance to read it. I was excited about getting it and in the middle of moving I think I packed it away. :( I will have to try to dig it out.

    I have read The Heir by Grace Burrowes and I LOVED IT! LOVED IT! I read it in one sitting which I don’t do that often.

    Thanks for the blog

    Vanetta

  9. Christine Wunch

    I highly recommend MY ONE AND ONLY by Kristan Higgins. A great read and not just at the beach. It made me laugh. It made me cry. It made me feel all warm and fuzzy on the inside. And honestly, what more can a girl ask for?

  10. Gail ingis

    I highly recommend MY ONE AND ONLY by Kristan Higgins. Higgins story gets my unabashed uplifting review. Every page comes alive. Comes alive with laughter and tears. Kristan’s story hooked me from the first page and gave me a fun ride with memories and mayhem. Definitely a must read.

  11. Marilyn Baron

    Great reviews, ladies! I have read the Kristan Higgins book and loved it. I would recommend it to anyone. I love her writing style and sense of humor.

  12. Karen

    This book of Kristan’s is my favorite yet! I’ve got them all on my shelf so I can visit them like old friends down the road when I need a good laugh or cry.

  13. patti cavaliere

    Who hasn’t wondered what could happen if you had a second chance with your first love? If you haven’t read a Kristan Higgins romance, My One and Only is the book not to miss. Kristan has braided two powerful themes with a surprisingly beautiful message that connects the loss of a mother’s love to how we love. Her natural, conversational style draws you in, as does her humor, but it’s the honest emotional baggage that will carry you away with her characters. If you don’t end up feeling like one of Harper and Nick’s best friends, at the very least, Coco is sure to make you remember why we fall in love.

  14. Kourtney Heintz

    Kristan Higgins roadtrip romp is a delight to read. I love when an author establishes a style/brand but still manages to make each book a unique experience for the reader. Makes me keep coming back for more.

  15. Gail Chianese

    Love the recommendations from the WW Ladies. I’ve read CE Murphy before, but it’s been a while. Sounds like I need to pick up the new one and give it a try.

    Kristan Higgins is one of favorite authors who never fails to let me down with her crazy, quirky characters and their wild trip on the road to happily ever after. My One and Only was no exception. I found my self crying for Harper, cheering for Nick and wanted to knock him upside the head at times, laughing at the antics and falling in love with the cast of characters. If you haven’t read this book or any of the other Higgins’ titles, you are truly missing out.

  16. Tracy Costa

    I LOVED MY ONE AND ONLY by Kristan Higgins! I never fail be amazed by both how funny and poignant her books can be, and this one was just amazing. (The scene when Harper describes her horse still makes me giggle just thinking about it!)

    I also read the Heir by Grace Burrows, another winner. So I have to say that the rest of these recommendations are absolutely going on my summer list! Great reviews, guys! Keep them coming!

  17. Paula R.

    I LOVED My One and Only! I think Kristan Higgins did a wonderful job bringing Nick and Harper through the fire to a happy ending. I was hooked from the first page. I love Higgins’ books and this one is now my favorite. Harper related to Harper on numerous levels and it was great to see that she didn’t just get back her man without much fuss. Both characters grew a lot throughout the whole book and I loved the trials they faced. This should be another RITA winner as far as I am concerned.

    Peace and love
    Paula R.

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