Thursday, April 23, 2015

One Step Too Far by Tina Seskis

A young mom leaves her family in Manchester to start a new life in London. Cat Brown (formerly Emily) is running away from a horrific event from her past and hopes that her husband and son will be better off without her.

When Ben discovers Emily is gone, he turns to the police but no one puts much effort into locating her since it appears she has left voluntarily. Even Caroline, her identical twin who grew up in Emily's shadow, has no desire to find her sister.

When she arrives in London, Cat finds temporary shelter in a shared house where she meets roommate Angel, who takes her under her wing. Angel, who is fiercely caring, couldn't be more different. A little rough around the edges, Angel makes her way in the world through theft and drug abuse and could be just the friend Cat needs right now.

Almost a year goes by and Cat now as a new job in marketing and still no one knows anything of her past. Angel and her have upgraded from the trashy house to a posh city apartment. It seems as if she has really pulled this off, but as the anniversary of the tragic event from her past looms near, everything might unravel.

The strength and enjoyment of this book lies in leading you to believe one thing, but then turning everything around unexpectedly so nothing is as it seems. This is a novel of dark psychological suspense that will keep you on your toes. I would love to chat with anyone who reads this book to see if they figured it all out before the final revelation.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

New Fiction 4/21/2015

Here is a sampling of new fiction released this week. If you see something you like, simply click on the title to place a copy on hold through the Library's catalog.

 Garden of Lies by Amanda Quick
Memory Man by David Baldacci
Ghost Image by Ellen Crosby
Pleasantville by Attica Locke
Last One Home by Debbie Macomber
One Night by Eric Jerome Dickey
Reykjavik Nights by Arnaldur Indridason

Saturday, April 18, 2015

The Witch of Painted Sorrows by M.J. Rose

Set against the backdrop of 1890’s Belle Époque Paris, The Witch of Painted Sorrows begins with an escape.  As Sandrine Salome flees from her cruel husband and the tragedy of her beloved father’s recent death, her thoughts revolve around one place: Paris, the home of her infamous courtesan grandmother Eva Verlaine.

To her surprise, Eva is wary of her plan to stay, insisting that the city holds nothing but dangers for her.  Undeterred, begins to rebuild her life there.  Secretly, she visits the Maison de la Lune against her grandmother’s wishes, eager to learn what it is she is trying to hide.  The home is said to have belonged to her mysterious 16th century ancestor, La Lune.  She was a courtesan.  She was a painter.  But was she also a witch?

As Sandrine discovers more about the enigmatic La Lune, she begins to feel passion unlike anything she’s felt before - a passion for painting, a passion for love, and a passion for a life of her own.  The only question is, are these her passions?  Or has La Lune’s spirit begun to take over Sandrine’s life? 

Like a wonderful painting, I found the elements of this novel blended in a beautiful way.  Rose weaves together aspects of history, fantasy, romance, art, and the supernatural, with the lush setting of Belle Époque Paris coming alive and creating a really engaging scene for the story.  It was at times suspenseful, sensual, and alluring, and I found the characters to be very well drawn.  A perfect read for those who like gothic romance, a beautiful Paris setting, or simply a story that will transport you to another time and place.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

The Importance of Being Alice by Katie MacAlister

Alice Wood has just been dumped. But that isn't going to stop her from going on the river cruise of her dreams in Europe. Unfortunately, it was going to end with Alice and Patrick getting married. Alice is  excited to start her adventure but almost immediately a problem arises. There is a strange man in her room.

Elliot Ainslie needs to get away from his crazy family to finish written his novel. It is the only source of income keeping the family castle afloat. He was promised peace and quiet and his own room. But much to his surprise he has a roommate. Irritated at first, Elliot soon realizes that Alice might be just what he needs.

I love Katie MacAlister. She writes paranormal, contemporary, and historical romances. My favorites are her contemporary romances, especially The Corset Diaries. Oh, who am I kidding?! I love them all!

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

New Fiction 4/14/2015

Here is a sampling of new fiction released this week. If you see something you like, simply click on the title to place a copy on hold through the Library's catalog.

The Liar by Nora Roberts
Aunt Dimity and the Summer King by Nancy Atherton
The Fair Fight by Anna Freeman
Where they Found Her by Kimberly McCreight
The Alpine Zen by Mary Daheim
What You Left Behind by Samantha Hayes

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter

1962.  In a tiny village off the Italian coast, Pasquale Tursi has just spotted one of the most beautiful women he’s ever seen.  As her boat approaches his woefully small inn along the rocky coast, he assumes she is there by mistake.  But Dee Moray, an American actress with a secret, is there to hide.  And there to wait.

Halfway around the world in present day Los Angeles, Claire Silver is one bad pitch meeting away from quitting her “illustrious” job with famed producer Michael Deane.  At the end of one more particularly exhausting day, she meets an old man with an accent, holding a decades old business card from Deane, ready to call in a favor.

Beautiful Ruins glides between narrator and time to weave together a story of lost love, sorrow, and hope, with a bit of old Hollywood mixed in for good measure.  Each character and setting is unique, with stories that connect in really interesting (and at times, heartbreaking, ways).  The emotions are vivid and varied - Walter does a great job connecting vignettes that span time and place to create a really engaging story.  Perfect if you are looking for a book that will take you on a journey.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Mad About the Boy by Helen Fielding

Bridget Jones is back! And this time with a “toy boy” young enough to be her son. Set fourteen years after the events in Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason, we find Bridget widowed with two small children to raise. After five years of mourning the untimely death of Mark Darcy, Bridget has decided, through the prodding of her friends, that it is time to date again. Now she must find a way to balance dating, raising her children, and writing her screenplay. Yes, a screenplay; and no, we are not privy to the events which led up to Bridget Jones - Screenwriter.

In some ways Bridget has not changed much, remaining very much a functioning mess, as
she is still just as concerned about her weight, appearance, and relationship status. However, she does have moments when she realizes that she has two little lives depending on her, yet she still has a hard time letting go of her old self.

There are many new characters joining in Bridget’s new adventures, as well as some of our old favorites, or maybe not so favorites. Of course I am referring here to Daniel Cleaver, who still has a place in Bridget’s life, but one that I think we can all approve of.

While I’m not a fan of the gaping hole left in my heart by the death of Mark Darcy, and maybe wish the author had just left things as they were fourteen years ago, I did like catching up with Bridget after all these years. It was nice to see that her life could go on after tragedy, and that she could, once more, get her happy ending.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

New Fiction 4/7/2015

Here is a sampling of new fiction released this week. If you see something you like, simply click on the title to place a copy on hold through the Library's catalog.

The Melody Lingers On by Mary Higgins Clark
Falling In Love by Donna Leon
The Dream Lover by Elizabeth Berg
The Children's Crusade by Ann Packer
Chasing Sunsets by Karen Kingsbury
War Hawk by James Rollins
Miss Julia Lays Down the Law by Ann B. Ross
Hot Pursuit by Stuart Woods
Bittersweet by Susan Wittig Albert
Tracker by C. J. Cherryh
Joe Steele by Harry Turtledove
Emma by Alexander McCall Smith
Every Fifteen Minutes by Lisa Scottoline
Compulsion by Allison Brennan
One Mile Under by Andrew Gross