Deborah Swift, Lady’s Slipper

Deborah Swift, Lady’s Slipper

The Lady’s Slipper by Deborah Swift My rating: 3 of 5 stars * SPOILER * It took a couple hundred pages before I got absorbed in this story. I was counting down to just get to page 215-ish and I would turn off the light to sleep but right about there was when things got interesting and I simply couldn’t stop until I knew how it ended. The blurb on the back makes it sound like finding the orchid was a bad thing. After reading and thinking about it, I think the only way that Alice could have found happiness and for Wheeler to survive the backlash was her taking of the flower. Swift has done an amazing job of portraying the time period and bringing a sense of individuality to the people on both the Roundhead and Restoration sides from English history. The insight she brings to the Quakers and the problems they faced from within, from each other, and the political climate was also fascinating. One can’t help but become passionate about the wrongs done to others, the ignorance of so many, the murderous, selfish cruelties inflicted onto people. Makes you understand better why we fought the Revolution […]

Posted January 25, 2011 by Kathy Davie in / 0 Comments

Judith O’Brien, A Gift of Love

Judith O’Brien, A Gift of Love

A Gift of Love by Judith O’Brien Series: Foster Sisters, 1 (Double Exposure) My rating: 3 of 5 stars All of the stories revolve around love and Christmas. Judith McNaught’s Double Exposure falls in the middle of the second book of the Foster Sisters series—it’ll make sense when you read it! Corey has put her childhood love for Spencer Addison out of her mind after his thoughtless act until she encounters him at a Foster Ideal wedding where the shoe is suddenly on the other foot. Lovely story with a fun twist. Jude Deveraux’s Just Curious was cute and sweet when it turns out the shoe is also on another foot as Karen learns the whole truth about her boss, M(alignant) J(erk) Taggert. Even a day later, I’m still rather bemused by Taggert’s actions… Kimberly Cates’ Gabriel’s Angel had good intentions with a good historical storyline. If only she hadn’t distracted me so badly with her complete ignorance of the time period’s culture and mores. Andrea Kane’s Yuletide Treasure was a cute historical romance with a lot of holes. The major plot revolved around his dead sister’s daughter who had to be brought to realize what a treasure she was. […]

Posted January 25, 2011 by Kathy Davie in / 0 Comments

Kelley Armstrong, Men of the Otherworld

Kelley Armstrong, Men of the Otherworld

Series: Women of the Otherworld (Omnibus) Chronological placement:           Infusion (WotO, 0.1)           Savage (WotO, 0.2)           Ascension (WotO, 0.3)           Kitsunegari (6 years after Jeremy begins seeing Jaime) My rating: 4 of 5 stars This was a fascinating read as it fills in all sorts of holes in this series. Infusion begins with Jeremy’s conception and birth and continues on through his ordeals with his father, Malcolm. In Savage, we learn how Clay turns shapeshifter and, with Jeremy’s rescue of Clay from the bayous of Louisiana, we discover a great deal more about how life works in a shapeshifter enclave. Ascension sets the scene for Malcolm and Jeremy’s battle to become Alpha when Dominic dies. In Kitsunegari, Jeremy encounters his mother’s side of the family. I haven’t yet read Frost Bitten or Waking the Witch yet so I don’t know if it falls before or after either of these as it falls six years after Jeremy begins seeing Jaime. It definitely comes after Living with the Dead. View all my reviews

Posted January 24, 2011 by Kathy Davie in / 0 Comments

Judith McNaught, Perfect

Judith McNaught, Perfect

Perfect by Judith McNaught Series: Second Opportunities, 2 My rating: 4 of 5 stars Oh, this was good. It felt a bit cliched at first then I got sucked in with all the tragedy and the goodness of Julie. McNaught put a nice twist on it with Zach’s coldness versus his gentle manners and Julie’s early upbringing enhanced by her eventual family combining together into her innate goodness. Zach’s kidnapping of her and how he treated her in Matt’s Colorado cabin was so sweet. From the other two books in the series, I had wondered how the betrayal fit in and that was very interesting. Nice ploy to get Paul and Meredith to help change that around. The sour note was McNaught’s harping on how Julie tried so hard to fit in with the minister and his family. She kept on this while it seemed that Julie loved her life. What, trying to inject difficulty into Julie’s adult life?? And what happened to Paul? Poor guy goes out of his way to help Julie and we never hear of him again…huh??? View all my reviews

Posted January 24, 2011 by Kathy Davie in / 0 Comments