Daily Archives: December 23, 2009

Blessings of the Season by Annie Jones & Brenda Minton

Reviewed by Jane Squires

blessingsThe Holiday Husband

Addie shows up at a deptment store applying for job. She runs into Nathan and Jesse playing hide and seek among the clothes racks. She has to fight to get a job with the owners because of the wreck made by Nathan and Jesse and other reasons.
She comes up with a plan that makes Nathan put all his plans on hold to stay and help her. You can see God sometimes working through unforeseen circumstances to change plans to carry out his plan. A delightful read and will uplift your spirits for the holidays.

The Christmas Letter

Lizzie, a 12 year old, writes a soldier as part of a school assignment.  Eventually she keeps writing him letters as if they are from her Mom.  No one expected him to show up at their door looking for Isabella and wanting to get to know the woman who wrote the letters. Chad decides to stay in town and see if he can change Isabella’s opinion of him. 

Living in a rural area this book is like reading a story from my own town. People all know each other and nothing is private. God brought my husband from one town to another to meet me and I found this story so rewarding.  Sometimes God repositions us to find the person he has for us in life.

A delightful book and your holiday spirits will soar reading it.

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Identity Crisis by Debbi Mack

Reviewed by Patricia Reid

Stephanie Ann “Sam” McRae is an attorney. When Detective Martin Derry of the Prince George County Police appears at her office along with Special Agent Carl Jergins of the FBI looking for her client Melanie Hayes, Sam is shocked. Sam represented Melanie in a domestic abuse case. It seems Tom Garvey, Melanie’s ex, is dead and Melanie has disappeared.

Sam agrees that if she locates Melanie, she will contact the police as long as she can be present at the interview. Derry and Jergins are also trying to locate a CD and want to know if Melanie left the CD with Sam. Sam is also questioned about two men, Gregory Knudsen and Christof Stavos. Stavos is rumored to be a member of the mob according to the FBI agent.

Burning Shadows: A Novel of the Count Saint-Germain by Chelsea Quinnn Yarbro

germainReviewed by Teri Davis

To a vampire, time seems endless. They don’t fear illness as ordinary mortals, but exist by building upon their wisdom of the ages and their wealth. Unlike the stereotypical vampires, these actually help humanity and are well-respected as they survive over time.

In the year, 438 C.E., the Huns lead by Attila are attempting to take over the region of the Carpathian Mountains. With the Roman Empire weakening, this is the perfect opportunity for their expanding dominance of the territory.

The Postmistress by Sarah Blake

postReviewed by Cy Hilterman

This novel should become a real masterpiece. Sarah Blake captures the reader, transplants them into the late 1930’s and early 1940’s, and places them in the minds and bodies of those living before and during World War II. From a small New England town Frankie Bard went to London and researched news and interest for Edward R. Murrow, the voice America knew as he reported for CBS from London and vicinity during that war. Frankie eventually started doing her small bits on Mr. Murrow’s show. Her voice also became known from her own human-interest stories and news.

The area was a sea of bombed and burned out buildings from which the residents of the area fled when the warning sirens went off and hustled to get underground to the protected shelters. As they stayed in those crowded shelters they could hear bombs going off above and feel the blast of the shells. They could smell the burning buildings, and taste the dust that crept into every corner of the city, above and beneath ground.

The Road to Woodstock by Robert Lang

road1Reviewed by Julie Moderson

Michael Lang tells a first person experience of organizing Woodstock Music and Art Fair in 1969.  He was only 24 at the time of Woodstock.  To Lang, Woodstock was a test of whether people of his generation believed in one another and the world that they were trying to create.  Could the hippies really live as a peaceful community that they envisioned?  Lang believed all along that they could.  Woodstock came to symbolize solidarity. 

On the six hundred acre farm of Max Yasgur, everyone became one big family, loving music, dealing with traffic jams, and unrelenting rainstorms.  It was truly a magical trip.  Hundreds of people worked countless hours to make Woodstock happen.  Woodstock, NY became the name because Lang went to a Sound Out there and came up with the idea to have a large- scale event but not the million plus that it became.  They only expected about 100,000 per day.  Traffic was backed up over 20 miles.

Rainwater by Sandra Brown

rainwater1Reviewed by Cy Hilterman

Rainwater is a much different style of book than we are used to from Sandra Brown. We are used to crime, mystery, and detective, stories interlaced with love. Rainwater is a terrific book that takes us into a world about which Sandra Brown has wanted to write for years. I loved reading and thoroughly enjoying the story, the characters, and the actions of 1934 Texas with racial problems running high, education running low, and much inter-action between all the players. There is a romantic side of Rainwater also that brings some of the people together that the reader might not expect.

Ella Barron runs a boardinghouse out of necessity to exist but she enjoys her routines and especially enjoys her seemingly mentally challenged son, Solly. Dr. Kincaid brought Mr. Rainwater to Ella requesting that she allow him to become a boarder. It so happened that a room was available so she took Mr. Rainwater in to join her other boarders all of who got along quite well. When Mr. Rainwater saw the things Solly was doing, he stepped in with Ella’s approval and they discovered that Solly could do some amazing things with dominos, tooth picks, cards, and eventually more. He worked with Solly a lot.

1,000 Dollars and An Idea by Sam Wyly

dollars2Reviewed by Susan Reimers, JD

Sam Wyly is not a household name, but perhaps he should be. Like Bill Gates, Oprah Winfrey, Sam Walton, and Martha Stewart, Sam Wyly is among the most successful entrepreneurs of our day. Forbes magazine estimates Wyly’s wealth is over $1 billion. He is the man who successfully competed with IBM and who, with a vision towards today’s technological world, sued AT&T, claiming that its government-sanctioned monopoly restricted the progress what would become the internet and causing the 1984 break-up of that monopolistic monolith. Wyly also took a small craft supply company and grew it into the wildly successful Michaels chain that is beloved by hobbyists across the country. An avowed environmentalist, he has been at the forefront of alternative energies for at least a decade. Now in his 70s, Sam Wyly still has vision.

In his autobiography, 1,000 Dollars & An Idea: Entrepreneur to Billionaire (Expanded Edition, 2009), Wyly admits, “I’ve lived a mostly private life. So why now am I publishing this book, a very public act? . . . I realized . . . that I’d been mulling over stories from my life and wondering what they had to offer others.”

Yellow Moon by Jewell Parker Rhoades

yellowmoon1Reviewed by Stephanie Nordkap

Yellow Moon is the second in a contemporary trilogy of Dr. Marie Laveau, a descendent of the famous and great Voodoo Queen Marie Laveau. The first novel, Voodoo Season, blends the paranormal with the mystery as Marie moves to New Orleans and learns about her heritage. She discovers she has inherited many of Marie Laveau’s gifts, including the ability to heal, see ghosts, and a sense of foresight. Marie accepts her abilities and is happy being a mother, a doctor, and learning to practice her voodoo.

Yellow Moon begins when Detective Daniel Parks enters the ER at Charity Hospital where Dr. Leveau now works as a fully practicing MD, and asks her opinion on a recent murder case where it appears the victim has been drained of all his blood. Marie’s peaceful life is suddenly shattered and blood-drained corpses begin appearing all over the city. Before long, the spirits of the deceased – a wharf worker, a jazzman, a prostitute – appear to Marie and appeal to her for justice. Markings appearing on the corpses confuse police but propel Marie and Parks into action as they chase the creature around New Orleans. As Marie and Parks are forced to work together, despite the differences in their backgrounds and in their beliefs, they eventually come to understand and depend on one another.