Saturday, November 28, 2015

Fast Track by Julie Garwood

After her beloved father passes away, Cordelia Kane decides it is time to move on with her life. But before she can there is one last thing she needs to do. On his deathbed, her father confessed that her mother was alive and had abandoned them when Cordie was a baby. Cordie is determined to find her mother and find out why she left them.

She travels from Chicago to Sydney, Australia with the Aiden Madison, her best friend's brother and the man she has loved all her life. Not that he would know it.  Part of moving on is to get over her ridiculous crush on Aiden. But it is easier said than done especially when Aiden seduces her.

After a confrontation with her mother, Cordie is more than ready to move on. But someone won't let her and is threatening her life. Will she get to the bottom of it before it is too late?

I enjoyed this book but is was not my favorite by Julie Garwood. I did like the recurring characters from The Murder List and Fire and Ice. I do eagerly await her next book, Wired.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Dora Bruder by Patrick Modiano

In 1988, novelist Patrick Modiano notices an ad from a 1941 French newspaper about a missing 15 year-old girl and investigates to see if he can determine her fate. Dora Bruder, a French citizen born of Hungarian immigrant parents, runs away from a boarding school as the net closes around all Jewish people in Europe. What happened to her? Was she ever found?

Using spare prose, Modiano intertwines his life in Paris with Mademoiselle Bruder's, as he walks streets she surely walked, and tries to fill in the many blanks between the occasional official records where her name appears.  This book is heartbreaking in its simplicity, and devastating in its sparseness. There is so much we can never know about Dora Bruder, but we do learn how her story ends.

This slim, non-fiction book is a good counterpoint to All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr, a historical novel, as they are both about Jewish teenage girls  in France during WWII.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

New Fiction 11/24/2015

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.

Wyoming Rugged by Diana Palmer
Chimera by Mira Grant

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

Louisa "Lou" Clark has been laid off from her cafe job. Untrained for anything and desperate for a job, she takes a chance and interviews for a short term caretaker position to a wealthy paraplegic man, and surprising to both Louisa and her family, she gets the job.

Attractive, smart and at the top of his game, thirty-five year old adventurer  and Londoner Will Traynor's life suddenly changed when he was hit by a car crossing the street two years earlier. Wheelchair bound with no use of his legs or arms, Will sees no reason to continue living and is miserable to anyone who tries to be kind or helpful, so Louisa has her work cut out for her.

Louisa finally summons the courage to give Will a little bit of what he dishes out, and a friendship soon blossoms. While accidentally overhearing a conversation between Will's mother and sister, she learns exactly why the position is only for six months, as Will wants to end his life ala assisted suicide. Louisa is determined to show Will that life is worth living after all, and perhaps they both will change each other.

This story is moving and emotional but is also punctuated with moments of humor that uplift the heavy moments. Not all readers will be happen with the decision Moyes makes for her characters, but this is still highly recommended and worthwhile read. Readers who want more from Louisa can continue her story in the recently released sequel, After You (reviewed 11/12/15).

Thursday, November 19, 2015

The Unfortunate Decisions of Dahlia Moss by Max Wirestone

Millenial Dahlia Moss is unemployed and crashing at her friends place, trying to get her life on track. Seriously in need of cash, she is offered a job (and 10 benjamins up front!) as a private detective hired to recover a digital sword stolen by an avatar in an RPG (Role Playing Game).

When she finds her employer stabbed with a REAL version of the digital sword, she gets sucked into the world of Kingdom of Zoth, looking for the murderer.

This contemporary mystery is for readers who enjoy lots of characters/suspects, and a lighter-hearted, semi-snarky touch to their whodunits.  If you like Veronica Mars, this book is for you.  

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

New Fiction 11/17/2015

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 Mistletoe Inn by Richard Paul Evans
All Dressed in White by Mary Higgins Clark
The Guilty by David Baldacci
The Pharaoh's Secret by  Clive Cussler
Tricky Twenty-two by Janet Evanovich
Warheart by Terry Goodkind
Death Wave by Ben Bova
Away in a Manger by Rhys Bowen

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Taking It Off by Claire Kent

Dutifully performing her bridesmaid duties, prim and proper Elizabeth Marks is anything but turned on by the strip club dancers at the bachelorette party; for Elizabeth it takes something real. Her awkwardness catches the attention of Bare Assets owner Matt Stokes, who believes that the fantasy his dancers create can turn her on if she learns to let loose, so he challenges Elizabeth to attend the club every week for a month.

She takes him up on that challenge and this art therapy teacher is about to find out how much pleasure she can experience if she lets go of the idyllic life she envisions for herself, even if only for a couple of nights. And while the physical chemistry is off the charts, Matt knows that someone from an affluent family like Elizabeth’s could never love someone from his upbringing.

Elizabeth, however, falls for Matt who is much more to her than just a hot body, but when this experiment jeopardizes her father’s chance to run for governor, she’ll have to decide once and for all whether to be the perfect girl her parents envisioned or to embrace the woman she is with the only man who fulfills her every desire - physically and emotionally.

The publisher makes comparisons to Magic Mike, but the only real similarity is that the male lead is a stripper, as Kent’s (Nameless) story offers readers much more in the way of teeth by bringing together two unlikely but completely compatible heroes. Readers can also bank on more going on between the sheets than on the stage, which makes for a sexy and titillating read.

Originally published in Xpress Reviews: E-Originals | November 19, 2015

Thursday, November 12, 2015

After You by Jojo Moyes

**Spoiler Alert**  If the novel Me Before You is on your holds list or currently on your nightstand, you might want to stop reading here.  After You is the sequel to that bestseller.

Louisa Clark has been stuck in park since losing Will, unable to move forward, and unwilling to examine why.  Grief therapy doesn’t seem to be helping.  After suffering injuries in a fall, Louisa is forced to convalesce with her parents, landing her smack in the middle of a family feud.  Then a troubled and spoiled young woman shows up on Louisa’s doorstep, dropping a bombshell.  Meanwhile, the wryly funny Louisa is juggling, a low-wage job, a terrible boss, and a potential boyfriend.  Is there hope for the future?

This heartwarming story takes us on Louisa’s journey as she struggles to overcome the things that hold her back in life.  With pluck and perseverance, she gets on with life after Will, one step at a time.