January 29, 2012

Bookmarked for Death by Lorna Barrett (Booktown Mystery #2)

  • Mass Market Paperback, 304 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin
  • ISBN-13: 9780425226414
Once a struggling town, Stoneham, New Hampshire, is now enjoying a renaissance __ thanks to booksellers like Tricia Miles, proprietor of Haven't Got a Clue. It's a great place to find a good mystery to read -- or to solve ...

To celebrate her bookstore's anniversary. Tricia Miles hosts a book signing for bestselling author Zoe Carter. But the event takes a terrible turn when the author is found dead in the washroom. Before long, both police and reporters are demanding the real story. So far, the author's obnoxious assistant/niece is the only suspect. With a sheriff who provides more obstacles than answers. Tricia will have to take matters into her own hands --- and read between the lines to solve this mystery. Quoted from the back of the book. 

I enjoyed this second installment of the Booktown mysteries. I think Tricia is a very nice person who just happens to get involved in mysteries by just walking into a place at the wrong time. Her sister can be a little overbearing but is always there for her sister. I like how the real person who "did it" is not figured out until the end of the book. Tricia had to step up her investigative skills this time in order to get her business back open. She has a lot of friend who are willing to help solve the crime. I would love to live in this little town full of bookstores.  I give this book 5 stars. 

January 22, 2012

Forbidden Falls by Robyn Carr (Virgin River #8)

  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Mira
  • ISBN-13: 978-0778327493 

Noah Kincaid arrives ready to rll up his sleeves and revitalize his new purchase, but he's going to need some help. An ad in the local paper brings an improbable candidate his way.

"Pastor's assistant" is not a phrase that springs to mind when Noah meets brassy, beautiful Ellie Baldwin. Whth her colorful clothes and even more colorful past, Ellie needs a respectable job so she can regain custody of her children. Noah can't help but admire her spunk and dertermination, and she may just be the breath of fresh air he needs.

This unlikely duo may come from two different worlds but they have more in common than anyone would have expected. And in Virgin River lasting happiness is never out of the question. Copied from the back of the book.

Robyn Carr has not disappointed me with another great installment in the Virgin River series. Complete with the bad guy, new couple in town, a love story, lasting friendship, and a little adventure. I love Ellie and her determination to do anything she needs to to get her kids back and make things right. I also liked learning about Jo and Nick some long time residents of Virgin River. I give this book 5 stars.

January 14, 2012

Love Lifted Me by Sara Evans

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson 
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595544919 

Jade and Max share a deep love, though revelations from his past have recently shaken their marriage. And Jade is completely smitten with Max’s little son, Asa, whom she is now raising as her own. Their blended family brings her a joy she’s never known. But there is one more secret to be uncovered. One that will impact them all.
Max is doing his best to “man-up” and prove himself worthy of Jade’s devotion. As well as that of his young son. It seems like life in Whisper Hollow, Tennessee, will pick up where it left off until Max is faced with an unusual opportunity—leave his family’s law firm to coach high-school football in Texas.
Realizing a fresh start will bring healing to their marriage, Jade takes the leap of faith and moves with him and baby Asa, bidding good-bye to her beloved Blue Umbrella shop.
The new beginning in quaint Colby, Texas, is soon sullied when Max discovers the high-school program isn’t all it seemed. While Max struggles to rebuild a once glorious football team, Jade wrestles with news that could break Max’s heart . . . and change their lives forever.
I had a very hard time with this book and struggled. Everytime I picked it up and tried to read it I could not keep with it. From the back of the book it sounded like a good book. I have since found out that this is the third book in a series and am wondering if I would have started from book one it would have been better. I don't like to say I don't like books so I won't say that. I actually could not finish this book and hope to maybe try it again one day. I received this book from Book Sneeze to review. I am going to give it 1 star at this time. 
FTC DISCLOSURE:I received this book in return for a fair and honest review

January 8, 2012

The King of Torts by John Grisham

  • Mass Market Paperback: 472 pages
  • Publisher: Dell 
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440241539 
The Office of the Public Defender is not known as a training ground for bright young litigators. Clay Carter has been there too long, and , like most of his colleagues, drams of a better job in a real firm.  When he reluctantly takes the case of a young man charged with a random street killing, he assumes it is just another of the many senseless murders that hit D.C. every week. 

As he digs into the background of his client, Clay stumbles on a conspiracy too horrible to believe. He suddenly finds himself in the middle of a complex case against one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world and looking at the kind of enormous settlement that would totally change his life ---- that would make him, almost overnight, the legal profession's newest king of torts. 

It has been awhile since I have read one of John Grisham's books. I loved his books and was happy when a friend loaned me this to read. As I started reading the book it was good but then it started to drag for me. I don't think this book moved or had me as engrossed as his previous books. I liked the story idea as well as Clay and Rebecca, but it was just not moving near as fast as I was hoping. There were some really fast moving parts in the book but it lagged more than it moved. The last 100 pages for me was the best part of the book, that reminded me of the Grisham I used to read. I give this book 3 stars.