Only 6 days until the Milwaukee Brewer have their opening day. That is the sure sign of spring for me. For years I went to opening day and I went into labor one year on opening day, but held off having Andrew until the next day. I do have my priorities. But, here are the WW Ladies priorities for the past week:
A Few Good Men by Tori Carrington
Read by Joysann
Arriving stateside after their deployment in Iraq, four marines both anticipate and dread the complexities of coming home. Finding the elusive correspondent of an online romance; establishing responsibility to the pregnant object of his last leave’s affection; reclaiming a marriage and family life that might be slipping away; finding love just when facing the worst calamity of a career marine officer’s life.
I think these heartwarming and tender fictions allow a glimpse at the likely uncertainties faced by the men and women returning home from the hardships and horrors of war. After so many months relying on their strength and training, coming home to the unstructured, ambiguous, personal side of their lives must often be daunting. Tori Carrington’s touching vignettes are probably similar to those real-life stories that are happening by the hundreds in our country daily.
Her Warrior Slave by Michelle Willingham
Read by Emily
Iseult MacFergus is drawn to their new slave, Kieran Brannon. The bruised and battered warrior is the exact opposite of what a slave is meant to be. He is untamable! But yet this angry and defiant warrior is exactly what Iseult needs. She needs help finding her lost child, and Kieran knows that if the child is found he would be set free. But his heart would always be hers.
Michelle Willingham writes characters that feel all to real to me. The tortured soul that is Kieran, really pulled at my heartstrings. And Iseult’s unfailing search for her lost child made this book a truly emotional read for me.
Say Goodbye by Lisa Gardner
Read by Loretta
Kimberly Quincy, an FBI Agent is listening to a hooker whose tales about disappearing prostitutes are scarcely believable. With few clues and no bodies, this eerie, heart rending story unfolds portraying fear, anger, lust and hate.
Suspenseful from beginning to its climax, I wondered who would be alive at the end and WHY? I shuddered through it!
Somewhere My Love by Beth Trissel
Read by Joysann
Two hundred years ago Captain Cole Wentworth, the master of an elegant Virginian home, was murdered in his chambers where his portrait still hangs. Presently the estate is a museum run by Will Wentworth, a man so uncannily identical to his ancestor that spirit-sensitive tour guide Julia Morrow has trouble recognizing Cole and Will as separate. As Julia begins to actually remember the events of Cole’s death, she must convince Will that history is repeating, and that this time he has the starring role in the tragedy.
As I read Somewhere My Love, I recalled the feelings I experienced the first time I read Daphne DuMaurier’s Rebecca long ago. Using deliciously eerie elements similar to that gothic romance, Beth Tressel has captured the haunting dangers, thrilling suspense and innocent passions that evoke the same tingly anticipation and heartfelt romance I so enjoyed then, and still do now.
The Knights Return by Joanne Rock
Read by Anne
Irish princess Sorcha is banished to cottage on her father’s after having an illegitimate child. When her son is old enough to be without his mother, she will be sent to an abbey. Hugh has lost his memory, but his actions prove he’s a knight to be reckoned with and the king insists Hugh be the one to guard Sorcha as the Norman move in for an attack.
Medival tale that placed me in the middle of court intrigue. It couldn’t have been easy to know who to trust when everyone seems to want to be king. I am enthralled by this time period and would love to have visited without having to live there permanently (I need my bathroom).
Bottom Line: I’m with Anne. I love reading medievals and historicals, but I need my modern conveniences. I can only imagine what they’ll say in the future.