Gone by Lisa Gardner -- Finishing up the last of these books
at the local libraries. I think I have one to go. This one takes place
in Oregon as former FBI profiler Quincy and his wife Rainie have moved
back to her part of the US. After Rainie starts back drinking, Quincy
moves out in order to give her some space. During that time her car is
discovered running, door open, purse in the seat..but no Rainie. The
local police along with Quincy and his FBI daughter and her boyfriend
work to solve the case.
After the War Is Over
by Jennifer Robson -- Charlotte Brown works to make life a bit better
for people who've fallen upon hard times. Especially those in England
affected by the War (WW2). This book almost seemed like a sequel to
another book, but it was fine as a standalone as there were plenty of
flashbacks to earlier days. A pretty good story.
by Jennifer Chiaverini -- an Elm Creek Quilts novel -- I took a break
from reading these even though I had only this and one other book left.
This story didn't focus as much on the Bergstrom family in Pennsylvania.
Rather it took place in California. It's the story of Rosa and Lars who
were mentioned in a previous books when a Bergstrom cousin, Elizabeth,
and her husband went across the country to claim the ranch they
purchased sight unseen. Well, Rosa became friends with Elizabeth, and
Lars was part of the Jorgensen clan. It was good reading their story
some of which was alluded to in that previous book. Also, this book
shared an interesting perspective of wine-sellers in Prohibition times.
Promises and Primroses
by Josi S. Kilpack -- first book of the Mayfield Family Series; after
his wife dies and his governess marries the vicar, Peter interviews a
few ladies to care for and educate his daughters. Julia is actually his
last choice, but she ends up with the job. And she does a splendid job
with the children - and even assists in Peter's dog business. A pretty
by Lisa Scottoline -- I figured I'd read another in the Rosato &
Associates series; this book focused more on Judy Carrier, one of the
attorneys who finds out that her favorite aunt is facing a double
mastectomy -- in, like 2 days. Aunt Barb kept her cancer and chemo
treatments a secret from her sister and niece. Judy rushes to visit
Barb, and meets her Mexican friend, Iris. Sadly, Iris is discovered dead
later that day of an apparent heart attack. But when Judy starts
putting together some clues, the death looks more like murder than dying
of natural causes!
A Death of No Importance
by Mariah Fredericks -- I enjoyed this mystery as told by the servant
of Charlotte and Louise. Many years have past, so Jane Prescott is
telling the truth about a murder that happened in 1910 when Norrie was
killed in the family's library. A pretty good book.
Lisa Scottoline -- I really enjoyed this story from the Rosato &
Dinunzio series; Bennie takes on a murder case for a young man she knew
from 13 years prior when she worked to get him out of juvenile
detention. Part present, part 13 year in the past, and part trial...a
The Secret, Book & Scone Society by
Ellery Adams -- A cute, easy read about a book seller and
bibliotherapist Nora, and her friends in Miracle Springs, NC, who find
themselves involved in solving a mystery when a stranger is flattened by
a train. They are determined to prove he was murdered and who did this
Daisies and Devotion
by Josi S. Kilpack -- book 2 in the Mayfield Family Series; I read the
earlier book in this series and figured this would be a good easy read
while the kids were in town. Sure enough I read several pages in it
while Sophie played at the park for hours while Zach was visiting
Michael. In the book, Maryann is back in London for the Season and she
meets up with her friend Timothy who is looking for a wife. He confides
his list of the perfect wife to Maryann - a list of a lady who is pretty
much nothing like Maryann, but she decides to help him find that match.
A pretty cute and predictable book.
Nicola Harrison -- After her brother died in a car accident, Beatrice
marries well and lives away from her rural Pennsylvania family amongst
the good society of New York City. One summer she and her husband Harry
went to Montauk where Beatrice stayed to be pampered and entertained
while Harry worked his job during the week with plans to join her on
weekends. It ended up not always working out quite that way, and
Beatrice ends up helping the lighthouse keeper when he is injured while
she visits. A pretty good story.
The Summer Country
by Lauren Willig -- Emily travels to Barbados from her home in England
with her cousin Adam and his wife, her best friend Laura. Emily is
curious about this plantation her grandfather left her as it was a
surprise from his will. A good story from this island nation in the
Damaged by Lisa
Scottoline -- another in the
Rosato & Dinunzio series; Mary is asked to represent a ten-year-old
boy who has dyslexia and was recently in trouble for violence against a
teacher's aide. Good story.
by Valerie Fraser Luesse -- a decent book and easy read about boarders
at Si and Dolly's house in Alabama during World War II. People from all
over the country are headed to this area to work in munitions plants.
How to Listen to God
by Charles Stanley -- This short book appeared in my mailbox in a bag
with a note of thanks for supporting the ministry. It didn't have a
mailing address/postage though I'm guessing it was just sent a different
way. Anyway...figured God was sending me a message because I used to
joke that I wished God would send me a letter and just tell me His will
for my life. Since this appeared in my mailbox, I read it. I always
like the story about the disciples in Acts 4:13, "...and they realized
they had been with Jesus."
The Library of Lost and Found
by Phaedra Patrick -- a rather cute, easy read about a librarian,
Martha, who is surprised one evening when a book dedicated to her is
left on her door. The dedication was from her grandmother, Zelda, but
the date was 1985, three years after Zelda disappeared from her life,
The Friends We Keep
by Jane Green -- Imagine making friends while in college - such good
friends that you all lived together, going off to your separate ways,
and then later in life coming back together again, as good friends and
living together just like your college days! Only, not really because so
many years have passed and things have happened. That's the story of
Maggie, Evvie, and Topher, two Americans and one Englishwoman who met
while in England, and later met up again. Pretty good story.
The Giving Quilt
by Jennifer Chiaverini -- an Elm Creek Quilts novel; finally! I
finally finished this series. Some books were better than others, but
they are all kind of comfortable especially towards the end when you
feel you know Sylvia and the crew through and through. Only this time,
they have some quilters in for Quiltsgiving, a time after Thanksgiving
when quilters come for a free week of quilt camp with the purpose of
making quilts for a good cause.
The Atomic City Girls
by Janet Beard -- Although the characters are fiction, the town and
what they did there in East Tennessee is true. The book starts with June
Walker's grandfather being kicked off his land because the government
wanted it for the war effort. June later gets a job at the
newly-constructed "city" and later finds out they are helping create the
Right Behind You
by Lisa Gardner -- this, I believe, is the last of this author's books
at my local libraries! And they were good. Well, some were really creepy
and dark since they are crime books, but some aren't quite so bad. And
this was one that wasn't so dark although still...violence. It's about
Quincey and Rainie who are fostering a 13 year old girl, Sharlah, with
hopes of adopting her later in the year. Sharlah's estranged brother
goes on a shooting spree and the hunt is on to locate him!