Saturday, December 20, 2014

Glitter and Glue by Kelly Corrigan

In Glitter and Glue, Kelly Corrigan shares her personal experiences after college when she traveled with her best friend to Australia, which doubles as nice break from her know-it-all mother. Kelly has grand notions that she is going to explore the world, but of course, things never go as planned.

Soon the money runs short, and she is forced to find employment if she intends to continue traveling. Kelly secures the job of a nanny for John, a widower who works for an airlines and often travels and who has two young children that need tending to. What is meant as a short stint to collect a paycheck becomes much more.

Kelly learns what it takes to be a mother, or the glue, to a family who is without one. There is also a budding romance between Kelly and John's stepson who sometimes lives in room above the garage. Now an adult with her own kids, Kelly, who has been diagnosed with cancer, reflects on her summer nannying and comes to have a stronger appreciation for her own mother.

In this breezy and heartfelt memoir, Kelly Corrigan (LiftThe Middle Place) drives home that in her family, her dad was always the glitter, or the person who could make you laugh and was easy to get along with. Her mom, however, was the glue, and even though their relationship could be rocky, it was her mom that held everything together. This book will have readers questioning who the glitter and glue are in their own families.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Snowblind by Christopher Golden

Twelve years ago, the small town of Coventry in New England was hit by a blizzard that no one can forget. Still haunted by the memories of that terrible storm, the town prepares for yet another one.

As ghosts from the past come out of the storm to warn them, the community must come to grips with the fact that the coming storm will be even deadlier than the last one - unless they can work together to stop it.

I loved this book! It's fast paced, just the right amount of scary, and definitely a page turner. The characters are easy to connect with, and that combined with great storytelling make this a book that's really hard to put down.

The structure and tone are very reminiscent of Stephen King, so if you like his books, you'll love this one! Mr. Golden, I'll be keeping my eye on you!

Saturday, December 13, 2014

The Cinderella Murder by Mary Higgins Clark and Alafair Burke

Susan Dempsey was in college when she was murdered. Now twenty years later, she has become the focus of the new TV show, Under Suspicion. Laurie Moran created this show and the pilot episode was a huge success. It has been a year since the first and only episode and Laurie really wants to tell Susan's story. Now finally getting the cooperation of Susan's mom, roommates, boyfriend and a famous director, filming has been green-lighted.

Laurie and the crew travel to California. Along for the ride is Laurie's son, Timmy, and her dad, retired cop Leo. Leo wanted to come to keep an eye on things.  A woman indirectly connected to the project was murder and Leo is suspicion. As they start the interviewing, it soon becomes clear that this case might be harder to solve then they thought. Everyone is a suspect and then one of the producers is attacked. Will they make it through this episode and catch a killer or will this be the end of the show?

This is the start of a new series by Mary Higgins Clark and Alafair Burke. We first met the characters in Mary Higgins Clark's I've Got You Under My Skin. This was a good start and a good mystery. Can't wait for the next one!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Delicious! by Ruth Reichl

Running away from a family tragedy, Billie Breslin has dropped out of college to pursue a food writing career in New York City, where she lands a job as an assistant Delicious! This century-old Pickwick Publication magazine runs it's office out of a federal mansion.

During her first year she becomes close with the staff, including Sammy, the eccentric travel editor, the cooks and even a smoothie eating canine. But one of the most important relationships she forms is with Sal Fontanari, the owner of a family run Italian cheese shop where she takes on a second job.

When Pickwick unexpectedly shuts down the magazine, Billie is asked to stay on to maintain the magazine's promise of "The Guarantee," where readers can get a refund for any recipe that isn't spectacular. It is a message from one of the readers that leads Billie to dig up a recipe in the second floor library, which has been locked up for years. In the library Billie discovers a letter from a precocious 12-year old girl to the renowned chef James Beard during WWII rationing and is sent on a search for information on the young girl, Lulu, that has been hidden for decades.

This is the type of story that pulls you in early on and keeps you entertained until the end and is peppered with quirky and endearing characters. Just be warned that the detailed and delightful food descriptions will make you hungry. This is escapist fiction at its best.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

New Fiction 12/9/2014

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 Boston Girl by Anita Diamant
Saint Odd by Dean R. Koontz
The Iris Fan by Laura Joh Rowland
Perfect Sins by Jo Bannister
You Know Who Killed Me by Loren Estleman

Saturday, December 6, 2014

No Limits by Lori Foster

Cannon Coulter has made a name for himself in the mixed martial arts world. After his last fight, Cannon has returned home to Ohio to get some rest and deal with the death of a man from his past. Upon returning, Cannon is told that he has inherited half of the man's business and his house. The other half goes to his granddaughter, Yvette Sweeny. Three years ago Cannon walked away from Yvette because he thought she was to young. He doesn't think that anymore.

After a traumatic incident three years ago, Yvette moved away to California. Now she finds herself back in Ohio and having to dealing with her past. And Cannon. She had such a crush on him and finds herself still crushing on him.

Now they are both living in the house they inherited and they can't resist each other. But then someone starts vandalising the property at the house and the business. Is it someone from their past or is there a new threat to Cannon and Yvette?

Another great start to a new series from Lori Foster! Cannon and Yvette are first mentioned in Dash of Peril from the Love Undercover series. I recommend them all! Start with When You Dare and don't look back!

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Whatever It Takes by JM Stewart

A house fire leaves Washington dojo owner Becca Morgan and daughter Allie at the mercy of her ex-husband, Jackson Kade, for a place to stay until she can get back on her feet. Always putting his work first before his wife and daughter, Jackson wasn’t the man she thought she married so Becca had no choice but to leave him a little over a year ago, and he had willingly signed the divorce papers without protest.

Although never able to say the words, Jackson has not stopped loving her and now that she is back in their house, he will do whatever it takes to convince her to stay. Unfortunately, he was brought up by distant parents that never showed affection, and this is all he knows.

But Becca will need Jackson to prove to her that he can open up, that he can give her those three little words, and that he will put his family first. Jackson is up to the task if it means making his family whole once again.

The enjoyment of Stewart’s (Risking It All) story about second chances lies in the sensuality of her characters’ desires, but clunky writing weakens the execution. The lengthy descriptions in the middle of conversations forces readers to go back and read what the original question was, creating too much distraction for this to be recommended. This is Bk. 2 in the Morgan Family Romance series.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

New Fiction 12/2/2014

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.

Collision by Mercedes Lackey
Hush by Karen Robards
Enter Pale Death by Barbara Cleverly
The Skeleton Road by Val McDermid
Scorched Eggs by Laura Childs
Once Upon a Grind by Cleo Coyle
Woman With a Gun by Phillip Margolin
The Secret of Pembrooke Park by Julie Klassen
The Big Finish by James W. Hall