Thanks to my recent travels and wildly successful library event, I’ve picked up several new readers for the WW Ladies Book Blurbs. Please welcome Heidi and Marie. You’ll also be seeing new faces in the coming weeks so I should be adding Saturday as a special book blurb day.
Blood on the Tartan by Chris Holmes
Read by Marie
In 1845, Catherine Ross along with her family and the rest of the villagers of the small Scottish settlement of Glencalvie were forced into the elements of the Scottish Highlands. The residents, who rented the land from a powerful Lord, were evicted from their small crofts by a posse made up of constables and the Lord’s Estate Manager and they were made to watch while the constables set their homes on fire. It’s been 5 years and Catherine has a new home in the Greenyards, the land the Ross’ settled on after being evicted, now they’re facing the same situation as before. Ian MacGregor is a new constable who took an oath to uphold the law. But, when the clearances come to the Greenyards he has to decide between the law, his honor and his love for Catherine Ross. There’s a storm brewing and Ian’s not sure if he can prevent it from rolling through the Greenyards. He will have to make a decision to uphold an unfair law or to protect the woman he loves.
I thought that this was a phenomenal book; it made me wonder what my grandma’s ancestors, who immigrated to the US in 1751, went through. It opened my eyes to another part of Scottish history that I hadn’t previously read about. The Highland land clearances may have been devastating for the people involved but were very beneficial for the rest of the world. The clansmen who left the Highlands brought their values of hard work, thriftiness, and loyalty to their new homes in North America, New Zealand, and Australia just to name a few. Many rose to positions of respect and influence and contributed vitality, wit and wisdom to their new countries.
Dog Days by John Levitt
Read by Joysann
As a practitioner in the arts of magic, Mason gets by well enough, more content with devoting his discipline to playing his blues guitar. He gives new thought to his relaxed interest when he becomes the victim of bizarre traps set just for him, and his talent is strained to save himself and his dog Louie. Joining old friends, the search is on for the magician who is using mysterious methods to steal power, kill practitioners, and endanger the magic community.
I enjoyed Dog Days with its fast-paced humorous narrative and inventive adventures. John Levitt’s protagonist is an easy-going likable character, and any pet lover would envy the relationship he has with his canine friend. Sort of.
A Single Thread by Marie Bostwick
Read by Loretta A charming, satisfying and warm story following difficult times for three women who come together with hurt, anger and loneliness — in, of all places, a quilting shop. When their problems come out into the open, they learn to help each other and thus themselves. The author, Marie Bostwick, teaches a lesson as her main characters unwind during the quilting classes. So satisfying is the outcome, it makes me want to begin quilting and thus take myself into a different and kinder world. Beautifully done.
Last Gasp by Carla Cassidy
Read by Heidi
Single mom Allison Clemmins never lets herself relive the day, years ago, when she found her mother and siblings murdered. Ever since, she’s hated the man convicted for the crimes: her own father. Reeling from the possibility of her father’s innocence, Allison lets attorney Seth Walker unearth long-dead secrets of people who could have spoken up years ago. Everything that Allison holds dear hangs in the balance.
I should say that I do love thrillers. I love keep thinking "who done it" through the whole read and I have to say it’s very tempting to flip to the end of the book to see the answer (I know, "When Harry met Sally" reference), but I FORCE myself to read to the end without a peek! I actually stayed up really, really late to finish reading it, because I couldn’t put it down…. can anyone really sleep when the climax is happening in the book?? I don’t think so. Great aha moment at end. I am not going to give away anymore! You have to read it to enjoy it!
Tigress by the Tail by Teresa D’Amario
Read by Joysann
Lance is a wizard working undercover when he witnesses the most beautiful, compelling woman he’s ever seen shape-change into a wild, ferocious predator. When Cassie tells him that the agency he works for is trapping and killing her kind, Lance and his brothers investigate their employer’s secret offices to find horror beyond their imaginings, and fight to end the atrocities being done in the name of science. Through it all, Lance and Cassie are drawn together, though a death sentence may be his reward just for knowing her secret.
Exciting and romantic, I found Tigress by the Tail a fast and entertaining story. The handsome, appealing characters introduced here lead me to believe there other stories in the works. Avid fans of shapeshifter tales should be sure to add Teresa D’Amario to her "must read" author list.
MacGowan’s Ghost by Cindy Miles
Read by Dina
Odin’s Thumb Inn and Pub may be owned by brooding Highlander Gabe MacGowan, but it is actually run by a crew of ornery ghosts, who aren’t eager for their home to undergo a change in management. Leave it to fun-loving American Allie Morgan to come to Gabe’s rescue. Hired to oust the sneaky spirits, who are chasing away potential buyers of the inn.
I had so much fun reading this book. T he ghosts kind of took over the story and I enjoyed the similarities of her muse. It was very amusing, lively and a delight.
lt="">The Story of Edgar Sawtell by David Wroblewski
Listened to by Joysann
Edgar Sawtell is a mute boy living in rural Wisconsin in the 1960′s and ’70′s. He believes his father is murdered by his uncle, who then proceeds to gain the affections of Edgar’s mother, and thereby the family’s decades old kennel business.
With The Story of Edgar Sawtell currently on popular booklists and best seller lists, and the topic of library conversations, I listened to the audio version so I’d know what was going on. I can’t begin to presume my opinions on great literary works are equal to those of some highly popular celebrity reviewers who give The Story of Edgar Sawtell great praise, but after all those invested hours, all I could think was "huh?" It is a beautifully written story, told from different perspectives, rich with vivid description, passion and tragedy. The role of the dogs might be the least of the story, or the most of it, depending on the reader’s pet appreciation; tender and heartwarming.
Bottom Line: I just saw that today is Chocolate Mint Day! Where are those Girl Scout cookies??