Archive for February, 2009

The Rector’s Wife

02/27/2009

The Rector’s Wife

Joanna Trollope

Fiction

355 pages

copyright: 1991

isbn: 0-425-17055-1

Anna Bouverie is the rector’s wife. She irons his surplices (badly), delivers the parish newsletter, and scrimps to get by on a pittance, all the while keeping up appearances. She rarely complains and rarely rebels. But now-as she watches her children do without, as her husband withdraws further into his work, and her frustration mounts into fury-Anna realizes that she’s willing to do whatever it takes to save herself…”A novel of large ideas and small touches,” (Boston Globe) The Rector’s Wife “will be quickly devoured and long remembered” (USA Today).

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City Girl

02/23/2009

City Girl

 Lori Wick

 Christian Fiction

 278 pages

 copyright: 2001

 isbn: 0-7369-2242-3

City girl Reagan Sullivan may know her way around New York City, but nothing back East has prepared her for the land of armadillos and tall Texans. Chasing after adventure to blur an unhappy past, the highly independent Reagan has landed a job out West—but quite clearly she is not out to land a husband.

When the gentle rancher Cash Rawlings comes into her life, Reagan finds herself intrigued with the man and his faith—but love and commitment are adventures this city girl has vowed never to embark upon. Will Reagan be able to come to terms with her fragile past and discover a new way of living without fear? And will the faith and peace that belong to so many of her new friends ever enter her own life?

Loopy

02/21/2009

Loopy
Dan Binchy
Fiction
264 pages
copyright: 2005
isbn: 0-312-32501-8

The tiny village of Trabane is tucked far away in the west of Ireland. The local golf course was designed more by nature than by man. On ‘links’ like this, golf is much more than just a game to those that play it. It is a battlefield where scores are settled and every man and woman is equal.

To young Larry Lynch, nicknamed Loopy, golf opens up new horizons and the chance of a better life. Having only recently picked up the sport, he finds he has a natural skill and quickly becomes the town’s leading amateur. Loopy’s gifted athleticism earns him entry into the Atlantic Trophy—a prestigious competition at the famed course, Ballykissane. Helped only by an eccentric caddy and a gaggle of noisy supporters, he takes on some of the world’s best amateur golfers in a titanic struggle that will warm the heart of readers everywhere. Little does he know that he is playing for a prize far, far greater than a silver trophy.

Through it all, Binchy imbues the work with a wonderful feel of small town Ireland and, of course, the Irish spirit.

Virginia Autumn

02/18/2009

Virginia Autumn
Sara Mitchell
Christian Fiction
404 pages
copyright: 2002
isbn: 1-57856-485-9

The second and final novel in Sara Mitchell’s historical Sinclair Legacy series, Virginia Autumn traces the struggles and spiritual growth of young schoolteacher Leah Sinclair and her widowed father, Jacob.

Spinster schoolteacher Leah lives by intellect and reason, unable to relate to the rich, full-hearted faith of her father and two older sisters (whose stories are told in Book One: Shenandoah Home). Yet her dogged pursuit by devout naturalist Cade Beringer suddenly brings Leah face-to-face with her doubts and fears–and with the possibility that love can bloom where she least expects it.

As Leah falls in love, and with his other daughters married and gone, Jacob faces an uncertain future. He realizes that he is too old for adventure and too young to cease working. But when the terribly scarred concert pianist Fiona Carlton enters his life, he begins to suspect that he is not, and never will be, too old for love.

Linking together two old-fashioned love stories, Mitchell beautifully addresses God’s compassion, reminding readers that the Creator is intimately aware of our hidden places of pain, and that his love for us truly is unrelenting.

Author Biography: Sara Mitchell was one of the first authors published in the inspirational fiction market. Today, she is the best-selling, highly-acclaimed author of eight contemporary and four historical novels, including the Shadowcatcher series, Montclair, and the first book in the Sinclair Legacy series: Shenandoah Home. Sara and her husband, a defense consultant and retired Air Force officer, live in Virginia. They are the parents of two grown daughters.

The Spring Cleaning Murders

02/16/2009

Spring Cleaning Murders
Dorothy Cannell
Mystery
275 pages
copyright: 1998
isbn: 0-670-87511-6

Spring cleaning fever almost has the inimitable Ellie Haskell scrubbing the Merlin’s Court chandeliers with a toothbrush, turning the entire household topsy-turvy. But when members of the Chitterton Fells Charwomen’s Association (C.F.C.W.A.) start biting the dust, Ellie must drop everything to discover what dark secrets the victims had swept under the carpet. All in the service of her investigation, Ellie pledges to abide by the rules of the Magna Char and becomes an honorary member of the C.F.C.W.A. With the help of Bentley, her feckless cousin Freddy, and an assortment of homemade cleaning solutions derived from Abigail Grantham’s diary, Ellie embarks on a brief, ill-fated stint cleaning her neighbors’ houses – and snooping through their things. As Ellie seeks to uncover the skeletons in the closets of both friends and strangers alike, she must ask herself: Which was a motive for murder? And will she find out before the murderer decides to rub her out as well?

Bulletproof Hearts

02/13/2009

Bulletproof Hearts
Brenda Harlen
Romance: Silhouette Intimate Moments
250 pages
copyright: 2004
isbn: 0-373-27383-5

Assistant D.A. Natalie Vaughn came to Fairweather to build a better life for her son and erase the mistakes of her past. All she wanted was fresh start–she had no desire for danger or romance.

Until Lieutenant Dylan Creighton walked into her office.

The sexy, blue-eyed cop had only one goal: to bring down the leader of the local crime syndicate, the man responsible for destroying his family. His attraction to the beautiful attorney was a distraction he couldn’t allow–until he stumbled onto a murder scene and placed himself in the line of fire. Forced to stay close to protect Natalie, his feelings–and hers–soon gave way to passion. And only then did they realize that the greatest danger they faced might be falling in love.