Monday, May 25, 2009

The Dragon Earl

From Back Cover:

A Chinese monk striding down the aisle was the first shock at countess-to-be Evelyn Stanton’s wedding. To watch him dispatch three groomsmen, unarmed, and to learn that he was white and the long-lost heir to the Earldom of Warhaven, was the second. He would be her husband?
After the slaughter of his family in far-off China, Jacob Cato found sanctuary. In a Xi Lin temple he learned to be strong, but now he had a grander goal: to reclaim his English heritage and the woman he’d left behind.
Revenge. It poisoned everything he’d learned, everything he’d done, and yet every fiber of Jacob burned for it—just as he burned for the beautiful but very English Evelyn. Long ago, the conspiracy to kill his family had stranded him, lost Jacob in the exotic East and made him unrecognizable to his countrymen…and women. He had not forgotten that past. It was to make peace that he had returned. The manner was yet to be decided
I give this book 3.5 stars. I liked how Jacob and Evelyn relationship develop. They both start to depend on each other without realizing it.
There are some issues in this book that are not resolved. I hope that answers will be provide in a sequel.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

The Curse of the Holy Pail

The Curse of the Holy Pail by Sue Ann Jaffarian is book two in the Odelia Grey Mystery series.

Back Cover:

It's just a %$!#lunch box! Probably reeks of sour milk seasoned with rust. at least, that's what Odelia Grey thinks when millionaire Sterling Price shows her the crown jewel of his lunchbox collection. So why are people willing to cheat, lie, steal, kill, and even die for it? Once again, the unforgettable, plus-size amateur sleuth Odelia Grey finds herself in the think of things in The Curse of the Holy Pail.

My thoughts: 4 stars

Odelia does it again. A murder mystery that keeps you guessing until the end. How Odelia uses her research skills to get to the answer of the mystery and the importance of Holy Pail was very interesting.

Not only does she have a mystery to solve Odeila has to decide if she will accept her boyfriend's marriage proposal. She is not sure if marriage is for her.

Odelia has a lot to figure out. Who committed murder and why? How does the Holy Pail fit into the murder or does it? If she should marry her boyfriend? What is a girl to do. Read The Curse of the Holy Pail to find out.

Happy Reading

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Book Ramblings

Yesterday was my birthday, So I went to Border's and sorted treated myself. I bought the book What Would Jane Austen Do? by Laurie Brown. I have not read the alternative books relating to Pride and Prejudice. Even though the books sound good and interesting, I have not been ready to read them. But this book caught my eye and interest.

Eleanor agrees to go back in time to prevent a deadly duel. Eleanor meets Lord Shermont who is a renowned rake and womanizer but could he be a dangerous cutthroat and spy? Eleanor decides to find out. Eleanor meets Jane Austin who helps Eleanor with the nuances of countryhouse society , and possibly prevent a scandal. Bits and pieces from the back cover.

I feel that this book has alot of possibilities. My first question is does Jane Austin find out that Eleanor is from the future and if so how does she handle it. Also how does modern woman survive in Jane Austin's time. I think that is why I bought this book. The whole concept intrigued me.

Today I went to the library and picked up three books that I had on hold. They are as follows:

Be Still My Vampire Heart by Kerrelyn Sparks Book 3 in the The Love At Stakes series. This books focuses on vampire Angus Mackay and CIA's vampire hunting Stake-Out team member, Emma Wallace.

The Dragon Earl by Jade Lee. It was on hold for a long time. I hope this means it is a good book. A Chinese monk Jacob Cato striding down the aisle was the first shock at countess-to-be Evelyn Stanton’s wedding. To watch him dispatch three groomsmen, unarmed, and to learn that he was white and the long-lost heir to the Earldom of Warhaven, was the second. He would be her husband? A quick synopsis from the back cover

Pushing up Daisies by Rosemary Harrs Meet Paula Holliday, a thirty-something media exec who makes the move from New York City to suburban Connecticut to start a landscaping business. Paula can handle deer, slugs and the occasional human pest but she’s not prepared for the mummified body she finds while poking through the grounds of an abandoned estate. This is from the Roesmary Harris's website. This is the first book in the Dirty Business Mystery series.
Now to get some reading done.
Happy Reading

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Library Book Sale

Last Thursday, I went to my local library Sale and I bought some great books. I think I spent around 25 dollars. I bought 2 CDs for my husband, 3 books for one daughter and two books for the other.

Daughter 1:
but enough about Jancee Dunn
Strombreaker by Anthony Horowitz

Daughter 2:
Mittens by Lola M. Schaefer
Scooby Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed
Tina's Ballerina's Ballet Class by Posey Christian

Now for my books:

Hardcover/Trade Books $1.00
  1. The Prayer of Jabez by Bruce Wilkinson
  2. tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom
  3. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey
  4. A Cedar Cove Christmas by Debbie Macomber

Paperbacks .50 cents

  1. That Summer Place by Debbie Macomber, Susan Wiggs, Jill Barnett
  2. Irish Hearts by Nora Roberts
  3. Montana Sky by Nora Roberts
  4. Shiver by Lisa Jackson
  5. Tears of Pride by Lisa Jackson
  6. Two Brothers by Linda Lael Miller
  7. The Legacy by Linda Lael Miller
  8. Sandcastles by Luanne Rice
  9. Light of the Moon by Luanne Rice
  10. The Cabin by Carla Neggers
  11. Stonebrook Cottage by Carla Neggers
  12. Betrayals by Carla Neggers
  13. The Vampire's Bride by Gena Showalter
  14. Drop Dead Gorgeous by LInda Howard
  15. Blind Side by Catherine Coulter
  16. kiss them goodbye by Stella Cameron
  17. A Quick Bite by Lynsay Sands
  18. Carolina Isle by Jude Deveraux
  19. The Return of the Earl by Edith Layton
  20. Three Little Secrets by Liz Carlyle
  21. Glass Beach by Jill Marie Landis
  22. The Wedding Challenge by Candace Camp
  23. She Woke Up Married by Suzanne Macpherson
  24. Sunset by Susan Mallery
  25. Dream a Little Dream by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
  26. Immortal Bride by Lisa Childs

If you have read any of these books, please leave a comment and let me know how you liked them. They all look good.

Now to find the time to read all of them. Maybe I should use my vacation to read 24/7. Maybe stay off Facebook my new addiction.

Happy Reading

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Revenge of the Middle-Aged House Woman

Rose Lloyd has been able to deal with marriage, a mother of two and a career for twenty-five years with out any problems. The life she enjoys crashed around her when she loses both her marriage and her career within a couple of days of each other. Rose has to find herself again.

This is an average story about a wife who husband leaves her for a younger women. This is not a kick butt angry I am going to get back at you revenge story. This revenge is much more subtle. I guess I was looking for a more dramatic revenge. At the beginning I was angry with Rose's husband but towards the end I felt sorry for him. 3 stars.