Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Unforgettable by Shannon Richards

Unforgettable is a reunion romance and the fourth book in the Country Roads series by Shannon Richards. It’s an engrossing story with interesting leads and fantastic chemistry.

Hannah and Shep first fall in love as teenagers, but when they chose to end their summer romance and follow their planned life paths, their lives changed irrevocably.

Thirteen years later, Hannah nor Shep have forgotten each other or the heartbreak their separation caused, now Hannah is back in Mirabelle and Shep can’t bear to lose her again.

Shep and Hannah are truly made for each other in every way and their every encounter crackles with energy. There’s a wealth of emotion in Unforgettable that keeps you invested in the story.

The reviewer recommends this book for anyone that is looking for a fun, romantic romance!

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

The Miss Fortune Series by Jana Deleon

Fans of the Stephanie Plum novels by Janet Evanovich will enjoy the off-beat humor of Jana Deleon’s Miss Fortune Mystery series which can be found on the eLibraries Manitoba website and accessed with any South Central Regional library card. The first of this series is titled Louisiana Longshot and it sets the stage for the rest of the series.

CIA assassin Fortune Redding has ended up killing the brother of an arms dealer, and now has a price on her head, which means she needs to go off-grid. She ends up in the tiny town of Sinful, Louisiana and even though her cover persona is the exact opposite of her actual personality she prepares to temporarily live the quiet life, under the radar. 

Unfortunately, she hasn't even unpacked a suitcase before her newly inherited dog digs up a human bone in her backyard. The victim ends up being one of the least liked individuals in Sinful and Fortune gets sucked into helping solve the mystery.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

The Evening Chorus by Helen Humphreys

During the Second World War a young aviator, James Hunter, in a German POW camp decides to spend his time studying a pair of redstarts to help him get through his time there. He also sustains his spirits by writing letters to his young wife Rose. James has no interest in trying to escape, but the guards become suspicious because he is hanging around the fence to observe the birds. James explains his project to the Commandant who shows an interest, which brings some unwanted attention his way.

Rose who is living in a cottage in the English countryside, has gotten herself a dog for company. The story shifts to Rose’s perspective, and shows that she has met another young airman and fallen in love. She is finding the letters from James describing his study of the birds to be uninteresting and has stopped reading them as she pursues her love affair with Toby. When James’ sister Enid loses her flat she comes to stay with Rose and reveals her own inappropriate relationship and the two are surprised to find they have become friends.

Events unfold for the three characters and we find them again many years later still living with the consequences of their early lives and decisions. In the end all these connections made along the way, pursuing their own particular and ultimately solitary pursuits is what sustains and gives meaning to their lives. Elegant and simply written by an accomplished Canadian author, it is well worth the read.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

A Taste of Heaven by Meg Tilly

Madison is starting Grade 5 when the new girl, Alyssa, joins her class. They become best friends right away and begin hanging out at Madison’s house, which to Alyssa is “a taste of heaven.”

Madison is not sure why Alyssa likes being around her parents and her annoying little sister all the time, but when Madison pushes Alyssa to spend time at her place for a change, Alyssa puts her off. Madison can’t figure out why Alyssa won’t talk about her family or introduce them to her.

Finally Madison gets to go to Alyssa’s, only to find out that although Alyssa is very rich and has a movie star mom, her evenings are spent with the hired help. Madison realizes how lonely it must be for Alyssa and swears to keep her secret. Eventually this threatens their friendship.

This story is about friendship courage and loyalty, and the reviewer really liked that instead of glamorizing the life of a movie star, it showed how demanding and lonely it must be, especially for the movie star’s family. The book was very readable and entertaining and the author did an excellent job of writing from the perspective of pre-teens.