Archive for March, 2009

Yes, I Do

03/25/2009

Yes, I Do
Janet Dailey
Contemporary Romance
346 pages
copyright: 2008
isbn: 1-4201-0305-9

Dear friend,

Where and when you least expect it.love is there. Revising these two stories was a pleasure-I hope you’ll enjoy reading them.

ENEMY IN CAMP

Dirk Ramsey’s newspaper column is syndicated nationwide, but that doesn’t impress Victoria Beaumont. Just because Dirk’s tall, dark, totally cute, and way too smart for his own good doesn’t mean he knows everything. If he did, he’d know that she fell in love with him at the start of their summer together on Mackinac Island. She couldn’t help it. Going down leafy lanes on a bicycle built for two, having tea at the Grand Hotel-it doesn’t get more romantic than that. Until Dirk kisses her…

DIFFICULT DECISION

Deborah Holland is ready to climb the corporate ladder, and the first step is an interview at LaCosta, one of the biggest companies around. The last thing she expected was to meet CEO Zane Wilding in person. He’s masterful, sexy, and.well, everything she ever wanted in a man. In your dreams, Deborah. Not going to happen. Wonder of wonders. Zane calls to offer her a plum job as his assistant and Deborah can’t refuse. From meetings in the walnut-paneled company boardroom to social events at his Connecticut mansion, she’ll be at his side day and night. Anything could happen.

Remember when you first fell in love? It’s time to get that feeling again.

With love,

Janet Dailey

Nerds Like It Hot

03/21/2009

Nerds Like it Hot
Vicki Lewis Thompson
Contempory Romance
370 pages
copyright: 2006
isbn: 0-312-93908-6

Hollywood makeup artist Gillian McCormick wouldn’t normally be caught dead on a cruise aimed at single geeks. But as the sole witness to a murder, hiding out may be her only chance at staying alive. With P.I. Lex Manchester guarding her, and a voluptuous disguise in place of her plain-Jane wardrobe, Gillian should be safe… if she can resist a titanic attraction to Lex that’s making her fantasize about some extra-naughty cruise activities…

Where The Heart Is

03/20/2009

Where The Heart Is
Billie Letts
Contempory Romance
358 pages
copyright: 1995
isbn: 0-446-51972-3

Novalee Nation is seventeen, seven months pregnant, and on her way to California with her no-good boyfriend when he abandons her at a shopping mall in Oklahoma. In this contemporary fairy tale with no fairy godmother in sight, Novalee depends on herself to build a new life.

Living inside a Wal-Mart at night and on the streets during the day, Novalee patches together a family from the caring people she meets. Capturing each one on Polaroid film, she sees the goodness of each soul and finds a way to help others as they help her.

Healing Tides

03/17/2009

Healing Tides

Lois Richer

Love Inspired Romance

308 pages

copyright: 2008

isbn: 0-373-81346-5

A little boy desperate for treatment.

The doctor who could save him.

The woman who loved them both.

The moment GloryAnn Cranbrook met her new patient at the children’s clinic, she broke a rule by getting attached. But at least she felt something, unlike her handsome new boss, Dr. Jared Steele. The man who’d once cared enough to open the clinic now refused to perform the technique that could save the boy’s life. Why? And could GloryAnn–and the child who needed them both–change his stubborn mind?

The Riddle Of Amish Culture

03/15/2009

The Riddle Of Amish Culture
Donald B. Kraybill
Fiction
332 pages
copyright: 2001
isbn: 0-8018-6772-x

Since its publication in 1989, The Riddle of Amish Culture has become recognized as a classic work on one of America’s most distinctive religious communities. But many changes have occurred within Amish society over the past decade, from westward migrations and a greater familiarity with technology to the dramatic shift away from farming into small business which is transforming Amish culture. For this revised edition, Donald B. Kraybill has taken these recent changes into account, incorporating new demographic research and new interviews he has conducted among the Amish. In addition, he includes a new chapter describing Amish recreation and social gatherings, and he applies the concept of “social capital” to his sensitive and penetrating interpretation of how the Amish have preserved their social networks and the solidarity of their community.

A Lady Of Secret Devotion

03/13/2009

A Lady Of Secret Devotion
Tracie Peterson
Historical Romance
367 pages
copyright: 2008
isbn: 978-0-7642-0147-9

Eager to ease the financial burden of her family, Cassandra Stover is thrilled when she is hired to be a companion to Mrs. Jameston, a wealthy society woman. Cassie finds herself living a life she’d never imagined–and growing close to the elderly woman who treats her like a daughter.

Her new position is tarnished only by Mrs. Jameston’s son. As Sebastian’s resentment and cruelty toward his mother mount, Cassie begins to harbor concerns for her employer’s safety…and ultimately her own. When Sebastian is suspected of fraud, insurance investigator Mark Langford solicts Cassie’s help to uncover the truth. But what begins as a game of pretense is quickly complicated by matters of the heart.

Harvesting The Heart

03/09/2009

Havesting The Heart

 Jodi Picoult

Fiction

453 pages

copyright: 1993

isbn: 978-0-14-023027-7

Jodi Picoult earned rave notices for her debut novel, Songs of the Humpback Whale. Now this gifted young writer turns her considerable literary talents to the story of a young woman overcome by the demands of having a family. Written with astonishing clarity and evocative detail, convincing in its depiction of emotional pain, love, and vulnerability, Harvesting the Heart recalls the writing of Alice Hoffman and Sue Miller. Paige has only a few vivid memories of her mother, who left when she was five. Now, having left her father behind in Chicago for dreams of art school and marriage to an ambitious young doctor, she finds herself with a child of her own. But her mother’s absence, and shameful memories of her past, make her doubt both her maternal ability and her sense of self worth. Out of Paige’s struggle to find wholeness, Jodi Picoult crafts an absorbing novel peopled by richly drawn characters and explores issues and emotions readers can relate to.

Dreaming Me

03/03/2009

Dreaming Me by Jan Willis.

A brilliant child growing up in the Jim Crow South, Jan Willis escaped the Ku Klux Klan only to face racism of another kind in an Ivy League university. Recruited by the Black Panther Party, she chose instead to travel to India and Nepal, where she encountered Lama Yeshe, a Tibetan monk who would become her mentor and later one of the most influential Buddhist teachers in the West. Through his guidance, Jan Willis learned to face down the demons of her past and embrace her whole identity-Black, Baptist, and Buddhist. Dreaming Me is her story, one that “will move anyone who is compelled by the examined life” (Publishers Weekly, Starred Review).