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    1. Black Rose (In the Garden (Paperback))
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    2. Mission: Irresistible
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    3. A Good Yarn
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    4. A Stroke of Midnight : A Novel
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    5. Cut and Run
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    1. Black Rose (In the Garden (Paperback))
    by NoraRoberts
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    Asin: 0515138657
    Catlog: Book (2005-05-31)
    Publisher: Jove
    Sales Rank: 17
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    Number-one bestselling author Nora Roberts presents the second novel of her In the Garden trilogy (following Blue Dahlia), as three women must discover the secrets from the past contained within their historic home...

    Three women meet at a crossroads in their lives,
    each searching for new ways to grow-and find in each other
    the courage to take chances and embrace the future.

    Roz is a woman of independent means who thought love was behind her,
    but when romance takes her by surprise;
    she won't allow anything to keep her from her second chance at happiness.

    A Harper has always lived at Harper House, the centuries-old mansion just outside of Memphis. And for as long as anyone alive remembers, the ghostly Harper Bride has walked the halls, singing lullabies at night...

    At forty-five, Rosalind Harper is a woman whose experiences have made her strong enough to bend without breaking-and weather any storm. A widow with three grown sons, she survived a disastrous second marriage, and built her In the Garden nursery from the ground up. Through the years, In the Garden has become more than just a thriving business-it is a symbol of hope and independence to Roz, and to the two women she shares it with.Newlywed Stella and new mother Hayley are the sisters of her heart, and together, the three of them are the future of In the Garden.

    But now that future is under attack, and Roz knows they can't fight this battle alone.Hired to investigate Roz's Harper ancestors, Dr. Mitchell Carnagie finds himself just as intrigued with Roz herself. And as they begin to unravel the puzzle of the Harper Bride's identity, Roz is shocked to find herself falling for the fascinating genealogist.Now it is a desperate race to discover the truth before the unpredictable apparition lashes out at the one woman who can help her rest in peace...
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    2. Mission: Irresistible
    by Lori Wilde
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    Asin: 0446615153
    Catlog: Book (2005-05-01)
    Publisher: Warner Forever
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    PR specialist Cassie Cooper loves the adrenaline rush of a well-planned party. And the masquerade ball at the museum is her best yet. But one minute she's chatting with a mummy, and the next a legendary amulet is stolen partically from under her nose. There are times when a woman's gotta do what a woman's gotta do. To find the artifact and save her job, Cassie turns to her nemesis: Dr. Harrison Standish. Standoffish as she likes to call him.

    Archaelogist Harrison has all the intensity of Indiana Jones, but his no-need-for-romance attitude could use some adjustment. Who knew it would happen while had and Cassie are chasing leads, dodging bad guys, and racing against the clock. Just when he needs his full attention on their mission, he's having the damnest time keeping his mind---and his hands--off her. They still have a shot at recovering the amulet but when it comes to Cassie, Harrison's already a goner. ... Read more


    3. A Good Yarn
    by Debbie Macomber
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    Asin: 0778321444
    Catlog: Book (2005-05-01)
    Publisher: Mira
    Sales Rank: 236
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    Book Description

    You might have heard about a wonderful little yarn store in downtown Seattle. Debbie Macomber can take you there! Thousands of women discovered it when they read her bestselling novelThe Shop on Blossom Street.

    Whether this is a return visit or your very first, you'll find that A Good Yarn is a place of welcome and warmth. A place where women feel at home. Where they're among friends, old and new:

    The first person you'll meet is Lydia Hoffman, who owns the shop. In the year since it opened, A Good Yarn has thrived -- and so has Lydia. A lot of that is due to Brad Goetz. But when Brad's ex-wife reappears, Lydia is suddenly afraid to trust her newfound happiness.

    Elise Beaumont, a retired librarian, joins one of Lydia's popular knitting classes. Since losing her life savings, Elise has been living with her daughter, Aurora -- the only positive legacy from her brief marriage to professional gambler Marvin "Maverick" Beaumont. Now she learns that her onetime husband plans to visit and that Aurora wants a relationship with her father, regardless of how Elise feels about him.

    Bethanne Hamlin, like Elise, is facing the fallout from a divorce. But her husband, Grant, left her for another woman -- not a pack of cards -- and she's still struggling to reshape her life. She joins the knitting class at her children's urging; it's the first step in her effort to recover a sense of dignity and hope. Then she starts a small business and meets a man with whom she has something surprising in common!

    Courtney Pulanski is a depressed and overweight teenager. She's staying with her grandmother, who's trying to help her . . . help that takes the form of dragging her to seniors' swim sessions -- and to the knitting class at A Good Yarn.

    Like so many women, these four find companionship and comfort in each other and in this age-old craft. Who would've thought that knitting socks could change your life?

    Debbie Macomber, the author of The Shop on Blossom Street, Changing Habits, Between Friends and Thursdays at Eight, has become a leading voice in women's fiction worldwide. Her work has appeared on every major bestseller list, including those of the New York Times, USA TODAY, and Publishers Weekly. She is a multiple award winner, and there are more than sixty million copies of her books in print. ... Read more

    Reviews (7)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Sweet
    What a sweet and delightful novel this one is. Very romantic, full of love and generosity....as well as the women in the knitting class. Debbie Macomber has given us a delightful read. One in which i did not want to put down
    also read: Full Bloom by Janet Evanovich and the hot-Fire In The Ice by Katlyn Stewart

    4-0 out of 5 stars No one does Women's Fiction better!
    Debbie Macomber is one my favorite authors.No one can write about women, for women better (in my opinion!!).A GOOD YARN is no different from any of her other books on this subject.It's not her best novel (BETWEEN FRIENDS has that honor!), but it's certainly a pleasant read, and would make the perfect "beach companion"or poolside read this summer.

    The book is a sequel (or follow-up) to last year's SHOP ON BLOSSOM STREET, with the story revolving aroud the main character and shop's owner, Lydia.This year's knitting class teaches us how to make a pair of socks (an actual pattern is included inside the book), while Lydia meets and becomes friends with a new group of three women.The three characters from last year's book (students from her first knitting class) make"cameo" appearances, but the story focuses on Lydia and her three new students.

    Written from the point of view of all four characters, the chapters once again alternate between narrators (which is actually typical for a Debbie Macomber novel).While this can become confusing or even a nuisance under the pen of other writers, Debbie Macomber does it flawlessly and effortlessly, so that readers get to know each character on an intimate level, and can actually see themselves becoming with friends with one or all of all of the book's main characters.

    Lydia is the shop owner and the one who brings these women together (through her knitting classes which she offers at her shop).After battling illness for most of her life, she's given a clean bill of health and finally found, what she believes is true love with Brad (the handsome UPS guy!) and has made a connection with & become much closer to her sister, whom she has battled with for nearly as long as she's battled her illness.

    Bethane is a recently divorced mother of two, who is learning how to live life on her own, discovering who she is, and what it is she can offer to those around her, all the while trying to deal with the emotional roller coster her children are on due to the divorce.Elise is also divorced, whose gambling ex-husband comes to town to re-accquainthimself with their now grown and married daughter, while trying to mend the fences with the one & only woman he's ever really truly loved.Courtney is a teen-aged girl who is new in town and has recently come to stay with her grandmother.After losing her mother in a car accident, her father to his work, and her siblings to marriage, Courtney must deal with a new school, making new friends, and all the other trials & tribulations that all teens go through, all without the guidance of a parent close by to lead the way.Each character has their own individual story to tell, while at the same time, we see how their paths cross and how each affects one another's life and help each other along.

    The stories are fairly predictable, yet the familarity of each character with their trimumphs and tragedies makes this a comfortable, enjoyable read that most readers will certainly identify with and feel like one of the friends in the book.I'm sure many will be wishing that a similar shop existed in their own neighborhood!

    My only "negative" thought about this book, and the reason I give it 4 stars instead of 5, is that I felt the characters & stories were too similar and parallel to the characters & stories of last year's SHOP ON BLOSSOM STREET.While most of Debie Macomber's books have a familar feeling to them, since most deal with the friendships of women and are often told in a similar way, I'd prefer to meet new charcters with new stories and go on a new journey.It didn't make this book any less enjoyable, it just left me with a feeling of "been there, done that."

    I still think Debbie Macomber is one of the best authors of women's fiction today, and her stories and characters feel very real with many true-to-life experiences.If you enjoy stories about the love of friends and family with a little romance thrown in, you're certain to enjoy any one of Debbie Macomber's HC releases.

    You don't have to have read SHOP ON BLOSSOM STREET to enjoy this book, but it will certainly help fill in some of the blanks.Once you've finished this book, if you're left wanting more, I highly recommend BETWEEN FRIENDS, which was written by Debbie Macomber and released about two years ago - it remains one of my favorite books of all time!

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Real Page-Turner and an Inspiration to knit socks!
    This novel kept me up all night last night! Debbie Macomber teases you into reading just one more page all the way through, so don't start it until you have time to read it all at once! And now that I am done I feel like the characters are real people.

    I think anyone who reads this book is going to walk into the first yarn store they see and ask to have a class like the characters in the book do. The only thing missing for me was that no men were knitting. Sometimes it seemed like the author was about to have a man or boy knit but she never did.

    I learned to knit socks on two circular needles three years ago from Cat Bordhi's excellent book, Socks Soar on Two Circular Needles. A Good Yarn starts right out with a sock pattern by Nancy Bush (she is the matriarch of sock knitting books!) done on double pointed needles, and then the same pattern is given again by Cat Bordhi for two circular needles. The story is about a group of women who learn to knit socks as taught in Cat's book and so I felt like I was right in the room with them, because I knew exactly what they were knitting!

    This second knitting novel by Debbie Macomber (the first is Blossom Street) is a wonderful gift for any knitter or even for any woman who appreciates true friends. There's a bunch of knitting novels now, from mysteries to Debbie's wonderful books. I read Knitting: a Novel recently and it is very good too, but not as easy to follow as this one. Cat Bordhi also wrote a novel that has sock knitting in it and even tree house knitting (no kidding). The book is called Treasure Forest.It kept me up all night too turning the next page until the very end.

    3-0 out of 5 stars A Good Yarn
    Another class is about to start at A Good Yarn, and with it, more lives that are in need of repair have the opportunity to come together and be reknit. There is Elise, a retired librarian who lost her heart and savings to Maverick Beaumont, a professional gambler, or more aptly, loser. Then comes Bethane, a woman whose husband ditched her for a younger model, leaving her to raise two teens who are in the throes of acting out. Finally, there is Courtney, a teen with a weight problem who does not want to be in that town, much less the class. Together with their teacher, Lydia Hoffman and her sister Margaret, these women will begin to weave new lives, ones that interlock with each others' in new and inspirational ways.

    *** Although the shifting perspective between first and third person, as well as the changing point of view between characters takes a while to get the hang of, in the end it is worthwhile to do so. This book is not billed as inspirational, per se, but you would not be wrong to look for inspiration herein. ***

    2-0 out of 5 stars Predictable and Bland
    I found the characters in A Good Yarn rather cliché: the divorcee who is still in love with her gambling ex-husband; the gambling ex-husband with a heart of gold; the woman who finds courage to start a career when her husband of 20-odd years dumps her for a younger woman; the rebellious teenager; the wise grandmother, ad nauseum.The plot was predictable: of course the teenager loses the weight and ends up going to the homecoming dance with the football teem quarterback/Homecoming King; of course the goodhearted ex-husband gambler is dying of cancer and mostly reformed.The best that can be said of the writing was that it was redundant; for example, Macomber writes how the gambler's luck at the casinos influenced his moods, and then tells us in the very next sentence that he was happy when he won and depressed when he lost, as if it would have been the other way around.I didn't particularly sympathize with any of the characters or their situations. ... Read more


    4. A Stroke of Midnight : A Novel (Meredith Gentry Novels (Hardcover))
    by LAURELL K. HAMILTON
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    Asin: 0345443578
    Catlog: Book (2005-04-12)
    Publisher: Ballantine Books
    Sales Rank: 6907
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    5. Cut and Run
    by Ridley Pearson
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    Asin: 0786867264
    Catlog: Book (2005-04-06)
    Publisher: Hyperion
    Sales Rank: 193859
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    The most harrowing and deeply emotional thriller to date from bestselling author RIdley Pearson.

    A spellbinding thriller pitting a U.S. federal marshal against the mob's most resourceful killer -- in a race to save the woman he loves.

    Six years ago witness protection agent Roland Larson did the unthinkable: he fell in love with Hope Stevens, a protected witness whose testimony had put away prominent members of the Romero crime family. They planned to "cut and run" together, escaping from both the government and the mob, but in the end only Hope ran-taking with her the daughter Larson never knew they had. Larson thought he would never see them again-but when the Romeros steal the master witness protection list from the Justice Department, Larson is put back on Hope's trail.

    In a series of terrifying encounters, Larson matches wits with a brutally ingenious henchman who has kidnapped Hope and Larson's daughter in his ruthless quest to destroy Hope. For Larson, the stakes couldn't be higher -- how can he continue to protect Hope, save the daughter he has never met, and prevent the mob from auctioning off the witness protection list, putting the lives of thousands of innocent people in jeopardy?

    Taut and edge-of-the-seat compelling, Cut and Run is a unique thriller that skillfully blends romance and suspense -- Ridley Pearson at his heart-pounding best. ... Read more


    6. Oceans of Fire
    by Christine Feehan
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    Asin: 051513953X
    Catlog: Book (2005-05)
    Publisher: Jove Books
    Sales Rank: 11663
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    7. Hawken's Heart
    by Suzanne Brockmann
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    Asin: 0778321665
    Catlog: Book (2005-04-01)
    Publisher: Mira
    Sales Rank: 597
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    Government agent Crash Hawken awakens in a Washington, D.C., hospital to learn that he is the prime suspect in the assassination attempt of a commanding officer. Charged with treason, conspiracy and murder, he is alone -- except for Nell Burns.

    Nell and Crash have a history -- as friends, as lovers. And she knows he could not have committed these crimes. Soon they are on the run, determined to uncover what really happened the night of the attempted assassination. But first they have to survive another day. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars This author delivers the bang for the buck!
    This author delivers the bang for the buck! Unforgettable characters, keep reading through the night suspense.

    Crash Hawken, government agent, becomes the prime suspect in the assassination attempt his commanding officer. He is charged with treason, conspiracy, and murder. The only friend he has left is Nell Burns, a woman who believes that a friend in need is a friend indeed. These two, who were once lovers, flee together in an effort to find the real killer and clear Crash's name.
    Nell and Crash have a history -- as friends, as lovers. And she knows he could not have committed these crimes. Soon they are on the run, determined to uncover what really happened the night of the attempted assassination. But first they have to survive another day.

    5-0 out of 5 stars "Die Another Day"
    HAWKEN'S HEART by amazing storyteller, Suzanne Brockmann, was such a good read.

    I have read literally ALL of this fabulous writer's books and have enjoyed each one of them.I'm such a fan.

    Ms. Brockmann has her own unique trademark in creating hot and believable characters, read-through without wanting to stop dialogue, and nail-biting suspensful plots that hold the reader captive for hours on end.

    She could have easily been the creator/writer for the newer James Bond stories, like, "Die Another Day."One of my favorite.

    If you are a die-hard romantic-suspense lover then, "HAWKEN'S HEART," is without question the book for you.You won't be disappointed!

    (Highly Recommended Novel!)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Fast Paced Plot
    This book is fast paced and the plot is tightly woven. The scenes are memorable and believable (I find that hard to concieve in some romance novels). So I rate this a high 5 and wish i could give it a 10 for page turning, keep you on your toes writting.
    recommending: Katlyn Stewart and Janet Evanovich

    4-0 out of 5 stars Another SEAL That Will Want For Your Own!!
    Typical of Ms. Brockmann and her SEAL team stories this read previouse released as "It Came Upon A Midnight Clear" offers the reader a smart fast paced read with one yummy hero and one fiesty heroine that will keep the reader entertained right up to the final page.

    Nell Burns is the personal assistant to Daisy Owens.Daisy is the cousin of William "Crash" Hawkins.Daisy has also found out that she has a brain tumor and will not survive.Nell goes to Crash to give him this bit of bad news.Hawkins can't believe that he's about to loose such an important person in his life.His life as a SEAL prevents him from getting involved with anyone.Problem is he was not counting on Nell.She speaks to him in a way that no woman ever has.But, he lets her walk away from him.Will he get a second chance with her?

    Nell falls, and falls hard for Hawkins.After just one night with her prince she walks away after he makes it clear to her that things would never work between them.Problem with this is Nell's heart doesn't get the message.A year later when Crash is arrested for murder, Nell, knows that he is innocent.She risks her life to help him and in the process they are thrown together and feels can't be ignored...or can they?

    Billy "Crash" Hawkins is one hero you will instanly fall in love with yourself.Nell is another Brockmann heroine that is just sassy and fiesty enough to handle her man.This was a fast paced read that will capture the readers attention.I love her SEAL series and this read was not exception.

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    5-0 out of 5 stars The best of the TDD books
    If you are even reading this review, you are probably a fellow Suzanne Brockmann fan.If not, buy this book and you will join the growing group of fans.Ms. Broackman's books always feel "real," no matter how far fetched the back of the book may make the plot seem.

    This book was previously released as "Upon a Midnight Clear," and is my favorite of the TTD books, and probably my favorite romantic fiction book period.

    One of the faults attributed to Ms. Brockmann is that her female characters are not as interesting or likeable as her male charaters.Ms. Brockmann herself has refered to this as the "too stupid to live" female lead problem. That is definately not the case with this book.Nell Burns is spunky and easy to root for.

    Crash Hawken, the title character, is one of the best written characters that you will find in the genre.I love every scene told from his point of view, and love whenever he appears is later TDD books, as you learn from this book what is going on behind his quiet demeanor.

    The sub-plot of this story is the lovely romance between Crash's surragete parents, his cousin Daisey and Jake Robinson (the lead charater of the Admiral's Bride).It is poingent, and makes you appreciate every day (and every sunset) you have with those you love.


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    8. Full Bloom
    by Janet Evanovich, Charlotte Hughes
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    Asin: 0312934300
    Catlog: Book (2005-04-05)
    Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks
    Sales Rank: 15005
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    The temperature's on "sizzle" again in Beaumont, South Carolina, where peach trees are in season and ripe for the picking. So is its newest entrepreneur, Annie Fortenberry, a divorcee who inherited her grandmother's Queen Ann mansion (and its wacky handyman Erdle Thorney). According to a local psychic she also inherited a spirit from its glory days as a brothel-not the kind of publicity the Peach Tree Bed & Breakfast needs if it's hosting millionaire Max Holt's upcoming wedding! If rumors of x-rated ghosts aren't stressful enough, Max's new partner has arrived with an eye on Annie's master suite. On the inside Wes Bridges may be corporate, but on the outside he's leather and denim, sporting a two-day beard, straddling a Harley, and sending the B&B's testosterone level through the roof. Annie's cool demeanor may be dropping as fast as Wes's jeans, but leave it to her ex to dampen the passion! His body's been discovered buried on the grounds along with a stash of illicit love letters and a photograph of one of the town's most prominent married ladies. Wrapped up in a murder plot, Annie must find the killer, save her own neck, and get back to where she was-wrapped up in Wes's strong loving arms...
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    9. Killing Time : A Novel
    by LINDA HOWARD
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    Asin: 034545345X
    Catlog: Book (2005-06-14)
    Publisher: Ballantine Books
    Sales Rank: 782
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    10. The Other Boleyn Girl
    by Philippa Gregory
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    Asin: 0743227441
    Catlog: Book (2002-06-04)
    Publisher: Touchstone
    Sales Rank: 241
    Average Customer Review: 4.52 out of 5 stars
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    Two sisters competing for the greatest prize: the love of a king

    When Mary Boleyn comes to court as an innocent girl of fourteen, she catches the eye of Henry VIII. Dazzled by the king, Mary falls in love with both her golden prince and her growing role as unofficial queen. However, she soon realizes just how much she is a pawn in her family?s ambitious plots as the king?s interest begins to wane and she is forced to step aside for her best friend and rival: her sister, Anne. Then Mary knows that she must defy her family and her king, and take her fate into her own hands.

    A rich and compelling tale of love, sex, ambition, and intrigue, The Other Boleyn Girl introduces a woman of extraordinary determination and desire who lived at the heart of the most exciting and glamorous court in Europe and survived by following her own heart. ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars Don't let the size of the book intimidate you! GO BUY IT!
    This story was an above all thrill! It captivates your imagination and takes you back to the days at the Englishg courts where King Henry the VIII rules and the Boleyn girls play a game of ambition,love, and desire for the throne.
    The narrator of the novel is the young Boleyn girl, named Mary, whom immediately catches the wandering eyes of a king, desperate for an heir, as soon as she arrives to court.
    With its twists and sudden turns the plot thickens ever so deep as soon as Mary is bumped out of the Kings vision and is replaced with Mary's older sister, Anne.
    Now that each sister clearly is envious of the other and that the desperate Boleyn family desires at least one of their daughters to assume the throne as soon as Queen Katherine, Henry's wife, croaks, the powerful Uncle of Mary and Anne blatantly decides Mary and Anne's fate for them.
    Mary, becoming quite lonely, for her family's attention is set upon Anne's happiness, falls in love with a man, named William, who is a mere servant for her Uncle, but she follows her heart for the first time in her life and marries whom she really loves despite the consequences and the wrath of her sister, Anne.
    It is quite clearly the story about Anne's rise and her sad and unexpected fall through the eyes of her sister Mary. And it shows the importance of family, for even though they grow terse and cruel towards each other, they are always there for one another when in need.
    With all this stories strong points the only reason I didn't give it five stars is because it gets a bit frustrating while reading it. Not because it's a hard read, far from it, but because poor Mary never stands up for herself and lets herself get beat up, verbally, by her Uncle, Mother, Father, Sister, Bother, and King. You just want to reach into the book and slap some sense into her! I EXTREMELY suggest that you go out and get yourself a copy, it is truely a wonderful tale.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Historical fiction at its best
    While indisposed for a few days, I have never considered myself luckier than to come upon a book so engrossing, intellectual and enjoyable. This book is an incredible telling of the rivalry (and often hatred) between the two Boleyn girls, Anne and Mary. This book contained such vivid detail and fabulous imagery I couldn't put it down! It is a fairy tale in setting and a horrorific battle, involving one of the most powerful families in Tudor England. The character profiles were flawless: I was entirely able to imagine Mary, Henry, William and Anne sitting by my side. As an avid fan of Elizabethan, Tudor and other English historical fiction, Philippa Gregory enchanted my mind. I continue to turn to the book and re-read passages. The wonderful literary style that Gregory drew into this book is unmatched and unequaled. Very few books I have read can rival this wonderful account of love, passion, anger, betrayl and feeling. Kudos to Gregory!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great work of historical fiction
    The Other Boleyn Girl tells the story of Mary Boleyn, sister to the infamous Anne Boleyn, second wife of Henry VIII. Mary becomes caught up in a series of political intrigues, as her family plots to become more powerful, especially against the Seymour family. Mary gives birth to Henry's child; in the meantime, Anne swoops in to take her place as Henry's mistress.

    Serving as backdrop is Henry VIII's court in the 16th century, where Henry and Katherine of Aragon's marriage is coming to an end. Tired of Katherine for not being able to produce a male heir, Henry breaks away from the Catholic Church in England and starts his own, so that he may divorce his wife. Philippa Gregory describes all of this in startling detail, as we watch Anne and Mary Boleyn vie for the King's affection. Power and status is what drives everybody involved. Its a fascinating look into life at court under the reign of Henry VIII.

    We get to see what Anne Boleyn was really like. Of course, we've heard stories, but I was amazed to see just what kinds of things she could do. Mary was the best kind of narrator for this novel, as we got to see firsthand the court and its going-ons. We often see Katherine of Aragon depicted in the history books as the frumpy, housfrou; here she becomes a real, genuine, loyal woman, who wouldn't give up her religion, no matter how much she loved her husband. That spoke of real character and courage on her part.

    The book takes us up to Anne's beheading. Again dissatisfied with the fact that he does not have a male heir, Henry trumps up charges of adultery against Anne. The ending is frightening, an account of what such a gruesome moment might have been like. It is said that, when the executioner lifted up Anne's head afterwards, the mouth moved. Gregory uses exquisite details to describe this event, and many others throughout the book.

    I've read many other works on historical fiction, and none other compares to The Other Boleyn Girl. It is very definitely a book worth reading.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Good Fiction-Poor Fact
    This is an interesting book when considered as a work of fiction alone. If one is looking for a book giving accurate historical details, this is not it. Anne, described as plain and flat-chested by her closest friends, is beautful while Mary, who had an affair with the French king before even arriving in the court of Henry VIII, is innocent. If you plan on researching the truth, enjoy this as a farce. If you don't know your history, aviod this fable.

    3-0 out of 5 stars It's okay
    Let me just say that I found this book to be a good "fluffy" read. I didn't love it, nor did I hate it--and I think that's because I kept wanting to slap the main charactor for being so weak willed. By the time I reached the end, I threw down the book and exclaimed, "Well, it's about time!" This book is a cross between Tudor England and Cosmo magazine: juicy with gossip but lacking any real depth. But, if you've got nothing better to do, and you happen to be a junkie for the Tudors...have at it! ... Read more


    11. Impossible
    by DANIELLE STEEL
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    Asin: 0385338260
    Catlog: Book (2005-03-01)
    Publisher: Delacorte Press
    Sales Rank: 4732
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    12. Pretty Woman: A Novel
    by Fern Michaels
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    Asin: 0743457811
    Catlog: Book (2005-04-05)
    Publisher: Pocket
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    13. Return of the Warrior
    by Kinley MacGregor
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    14. The Other Woman
    by JaneGreen
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    Asin: 0670034045
    Catlog: Book (2005-03-08)
    Publisher: Viking Adult
    Sales Rank: 1046
    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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    Jane Green’s bestselling novels are rich with wry, clever insights into the romantic livesof her idiosyncratic heroines, winning them a devoted fan base. Now, with The OtherWoman, Viking will reintroduce America to the inimitable Jane Green.

    If opposites attract, Ellie and Dan are perfect for each other. She’s impulsive; he followsall the rules. Ellie is a virtual orphan, whereas Dan’s family is as close-knit as they come.At first, Ellie is thrilled to be accepted into the Cooper clan and embraces Dan’s mom,Linda, as the mother she never had—until she begins to realize that Linda’s "mothering"is far more intrusive than even the best daughter-in-law can handle. What can Dan andhis mother possibly have to talk about on the phone twice a day? And how hasthe intimate civil ceremony Ellie always dreamed of turned into a black-tie affair thatwould rival a royal wedding? Suddenly, Ellie finds herself wondering if it’s possible toget an annulment—from Linda.

    A hilarious yet touching look at mothers-in-law and what they teach us about ourselves,The Other Woman is a brilliant hit from a novelist whose star just continues torise. ... Read more

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    3-0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
    I liked the characters, but just like in Bookends, the ending left me unfulfilled.I think the author avoided dealing with what could have been very dramatic writing by telling us about it later on; for example, when the baby is born.We are told it was very dramatic, after the fact, but why didn't she take us through the experience?This also happens again at the end of the book.As in Bookends, the characters are likeable, although the writing cliched, and the story ultimately disappointing in its conclusion.I think this will be the last book I read by this author.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Another Jane Green Jem
    Every time I see that Jane Green is coming out with a novel I prebuy it on amazon. This practice hasn't failed me yet. The Other Woman is another fantastic book. Written with enthusiasm and wit; this book looks at the life of a woman named Ellie Cooper. She finds the man of her dreams, gets married and then realizes she is also married to the other woman- her mother-in-law. I won't say this book is unpredictable but it will have you reading well into the night to finish it. The characters in the Other Woman are almost three dimensional and you will root for Ellie as she tries to sort out married life, in-laws, babies, etc.

    3-0 out of 5 stars What is the fuss about her mother in law?
    I was hoping to read an interesting novel about a really wicked mother-in-law (like mine), however Linda seems quite too nice. What was the fuss about her? But something that really was overbearing in this story was the constant reminder about Ellie's mother, her lonely childhood, etc. Get over that!
    About being spineless, both Ellie and Dan were. If they wanted a simple wedding, why not just stand for it? They seemed too undecided about these things and Linda took over the preparations. If they really wanted things different, just saying so will suffice.
    I finished this book with certain disappointment about wasting time and what for? A average to good mother-in-law and her paranoic daughter-in-law.
    And who Ellie thinks she is in judging her friend Lisa when she even tried to seduce another guy ?
    This heroin is judgmental about her friend Lisa's affair, about her friend Trish's parenting skills, about her mother-in-law efforts to be nice, about her father's love, about Dan's non involvement with these petty issues, really she is the one with a problem.


    3-0 out of 5 stars It's Okay, but definitely not as good as her previous books
    I LOVED Jemima J, Bookends, To Have & To Hold.This book is okay, but it just wasn't as compelling a read as they were.I didn't feel really engaged by the main character.The first half of the book I enjoyed, but later (without giving away any details) I didn't find the plot was going in any real direction - it seemed all over the place.There are some situations in the book that I found just ridiculous and unbelievable, which really isn't like most of Ms. Green's books.I look forward to reading more of her books in the future, but if you haven't read any of hers yet, start with Jemima J or To Have and To Hold or Bookends.

    2-0 out of 5 stars 2 1/2 stars
    This system really should be set up to accept half stars.I don't like giving this book two stars, but IMO it didn't warrant three.

    One reviewer remarked about some of the silly descriptive writing (cappucino machine greeting Ellie a 'shiny hello' was an excellent example); another reader said that this book was "character driven."I must respectfully disagree.Oh, there may have been lots of characters, but this was a PLOT driven book if I've ever read one.It reads like one reviewer described - as if someone was retelling a story to you - and you, the listener, has to just sit and nod your head.

    None of the characters are sympathetic, except for Linda.And not the Linda at the end of the book - the Linda from the almost the very beginning.I should say that I am not a mother-in-law - my children are nowhere near the marrying age - and I even have a crappy MIL of my own, in fact (for different reasons).What I saw in this book was not an evil MIL.I saw a misunderstood MIL, maybe a bit of an overbearing MIL who wasn't a good listener.But the problem was not with Linda, it was with Ellie - bitter, jealous, resentful, nitpicky, whiny-baby Ellie - who, we're supposed to believe, is a top-level executive at work, and has been for years an independent woman -but melts into a malleable puddle around her MIL.Please.I find it hard to believe that at age 33, she did not know how to translate her people skills over to her personal life.

    All these characters were two-dimensional.I did not know hardly anything, really, about any of them by the last page.Oh, sure, they all had lots of experiences, lots of things "happen" to them throughout the course of this 100-page-too-long book, but they did not come off the page for me.

    Supposedly Linda made Ellie's life a living hell.Ellie had lots and lots of reasons that she listed, lots and lots of offenses to her credit.But she did not once handle Linda like an adult.She carried on like a immature brat through the entire course of the book, thinking only of herself.Even using her own child against the so-called "evil" MIL.She even had her friends dropping her hints about how to remedy the situation and all she would do was bristle and get defensive.If ever there was a character in need of some intensive one-on-one therapy, it was Ellie Black Cooper, the daughter-in-law from hell.

    Another thing:Ellie was supposedly lacking a mother figure in her life due to the untimely death of her alcoholic biological mother.She didn't try to ferret out the good points in Linda and make them work for her, she found the bad and 1) didn't deal with them and 2) exacerbated them.Further, Ellie's bio mother was an alcoholic but aside from saying it, that component is never explored.In fact, I kept thinking it might be because in several spots Ellie is drinking to the point of slight inebriation.I would think, as a reader, that there would have been a connection explored there for the reader to warm up to the character.But no.I mean, why was Ellie such a martyr b----?

    After what Ellie discovered her "friend" Lisa up to toward the end of the book, I was dismayed that she insisted that she not "judge" Lisa.As if judging that type (no spoiler here) of behavior is incorrect.That type of behavior, which ruins families and relationships.What kind of person finds out what Ellie found out about a friend and decides to keep them on as a friend?Totally unrealistic and bizarre.

    And talk about a tidy ending!I won't mention details here, but could there be a book out there that is tied any tighter with a neat, shiny bow at the end?

    I understand that Jane Green has a big following.Another reviewer mentioned that Green's "singleton" books are better.I may go back to her at a later date and give this author one more shot.Or maybe not. ... Read more


    15. Marriage Most Scandalous
    by Johanna Lindsey
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    Asin: 1416505458
    Catlog: Book (2005-06-14)
    Publisher: Pocket
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    With the dazzling blend of romance, humor, and poignant storytelling that has made her one of the world's best-loved authors, Johanna Lindsey presents the passionate Regency-era tale of an earl's daughter who dares to pose as the wife of a deadly mercenary in order to save her former guardian.

    Lady Margaret Landor first met Sebastian Townshend as a child, when he caught her peeking into her older sister's engagement ball. Tall, dashing, and charming, Sebastian was one of the most sought-after bachelors in Kent and cut a romantic figure she would not soon forget. Never did she dream that one day she would be living at his family's magnificent estate with Sebastian's father, the eighth Earl of Edgewood, as her guardian--while Sebastian is banished from his family due to the tragic results of a duel.

    When life at Edgewood takes a sinister turn with the earl suffering a suspicious number of life-threatening accidents, Margaret wonders if Sebastian's younger brother and his wife have grown impatient to inherit the earldom. Setting out to find the one man she believes can set the situation to rights, she discovers that Sebastian Townshend has forged a new identity for himself on the continent.

    Now known as The Raven, a deadly mercenary, notorious for accomplishing any mission no matter how seemingly impossible, he has vowed never to return to England. Not until Margaret meets his outrageous monetary demands does Sebastian agree to return home, reluctantly posing as her husband in order to facilitate his return to society. When he learns she cannot afford to pay his fee, he suggests a scandalous trade.

    As Margaret and Sebastian work to uncover the intrigue at his father's estate, a fierce passion blooms that neither of them anticipated and neither can resist. But can Margaret persuade Sebastian to abandon the dark path he believes is his fate and claim the life--and love--he deserves? Breathtaking in scope and wondrously passionate, Marriage Most Scandalous is Johanna Lindsey at her finest.

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    16. Can't Get Enough : A Novel
    by CONNIE BRISCOE
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    Asin: 0385501625
    Catlog: Book (2005-04-26)
    Publisher: Doubleday
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    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    4-0 out of 5 stars A Real Page Turner...
    Again, Connie has delivered a great story line which is the sequel to her best selling novel"P.G. County".Good story telling of greed, jealousy, bitterness, adultry and betrayal.This story will capture your attention and hold it until the very end.Although it's been a while since P.G. County was published, the sequel picks right up where the other book left off and I was able to roll right along with the entire story non-stop.Great writing, great characters and I look forward to her next book.

    5-0 out of 5 stars This is the making of a franchise
    I really enjoyed this follow-up to PG County. It felt just like a soap opera and I loved every last word of it. I truly hope Ms. Briscoe makes a series of these characters.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Oh, How the Tables Turn
    In P.G. County, you couldn't help but feel sorry for Barbara Bentley, but in this book, your cheering for her; In this book, she's gotten sober, sexy and savvy as a part time real estate agent, and a new interest which has turned the tables on her hubby, who know doesn't know what to do; Jolene comes back with a roller coaster of her own; licking her wounds and missing her now the well is dry ex hubby, and plots to get him back from Pearl with no success; And a mysterious countess builds a major mansion in the neighborhood which has everyone guessing her identity; Juicy, racy and bound to keep you turning the pages;

    4-0 out of 5 stars GREAT FOLLOW-UP TO P.G.......!!!
    In this sizzling sequel to the P.G. County the drama continues.Barbara Bentley, THE social scion of Silver Lake has had it with her philandering husband Bradford.All the bling in the world does not take the place of attention and affection...add to that the fact that Barbara is keeping company with a handsome and much younger co-worker, and you have a very vulnerable fifty-one year old woman.Suddenly Barbara is much happier, begins dressing more hip, and begins "working" even more... doesn't she deserve some happiness of her own?So what if what makes her happy is only 38 years old...but what will happen if Bradford finds out?

    Jolene Brown has reached her lowest point ever.She's screwing the company painter who just happens to be an ex-con, she's lost her husband to that fat matronly Pearl Jackson, and she has been ostractized from all social events at Silver Lake.But things may be looking up for Jolene; she's just hit the Maryland lottery for a cool five million, and she's got an agenda to win her husband back.When she finds that he cannot be swayed by money or cleavage, she enlists the help of her ex-con lover Brian in a scheme to ruin the new lady in his life, Pearl.But Brian is greedy and vindictive, and suddenly Jolene finds herself right back where she started...

    Pearl Jackson realizes that her new life with boyfriend Patrick is far from a bowl of cherries..between that horrid ex-wife Jolene and his two teenage girls---to say that their relationship is a challenge would be an understatement.But Pearl seeks solace in her pride and joy....her beauty salon, her very own business. And business is good, until the night that Pearl receives an uninvited guest......

    And through it all, everyone in Silver Lake is waiting to find out who is building that huge new mansion....is it a celebrity, or royalty, as some are saying?And into the lives of the ladies of Silver Lake steps Baronness Veronique, socialite extraordinaire, the woman that everyone wants to be friends with...but could it be that the Baronness has come to bring even more turbulence to the lives of the ladies of Silver Lake?In true P.G. County fashion, the author brings hot drama to the pages and to her fans in this sequel.


    DYB

    3-0 out of 5 stars PG County Continued....
    Can't Get Enough, Connie Briscoe's follow up to PG County, returns us to the prestigious Silver Lake community and continues where its predecessor ended.It instantly reconnects with Maryland's Prince George County's most memorable cast of characters who, for the most part, are still rich and still restless - a perfect combination for trouble and drama.Barbara, the wife of philandering millionaire Bradford Bentley, has sobered up and now takes her frustrations out in the gym instead of drowning her sorrows in Belvedere vodka.The results are fantastic - she is feeling good and looking even better.When her real-estate colleague, Noah, 15 years her junior openly flirts with her, he awakens feelings and thoughts that even the most faithful of attention-starved housewives cannot ignore.She wrestles with her feelings for both her husband, Bradford, whose womanizing ways led him to ignore and embarrass her for years by openly conducting affairs with younger women, and Noah, a handsome, attentive and sensual being, who is playing for keeps.

    A newcomer to Silver Lake, a one "Baroness Veronique," befriends Barbara and plays devil's advocate to the blossoming romance between Barbara and Noah.However, it is revealed much later that this royal newcomer has ulterior motives with an interesting twist near the end of the story.The Baroness is the envy of the neighborhood after building a replica of a French chateau directly across the street from the conniving Jolene, the latest former mistress of Bradford.Jolene is a scantily clad pariah, shunned by most of Silver Lake for her involvement with Bradford.However, public scorn only fuels her desire to win back Patrick, her well-respected and admired ex-husband.She stoops low and uses their daughter Juliette in a ploy to seduce him. Patrick, however, is smitten with good-natured Pearl, the sweetheart of the neighborhood and friend to everyone.When Patrick rejects Jolene, she, in an act of desperation, retaliates against Pearl in such a mean spirited and hurtful manner that startles all of Silver Lake.

    There is no peace, even for the "nice guy" as lovable Patrick struggles to raise Lee, his troubled teenaged daughter from a previous relationship.Lee's half-sister, Juliette, adds gasoline to the fire when she starts to exhibit traces of Jolene (evoking a "Mini Me" persona of her man-chasing mother) when she sets her eyes on her Lee's boyfriend.

    Reminiscent to a daytime soap opera, the setting is posh.Everyone is beautiful, possesses an American Express Black card, drives luxury cars and wears designer attire. It seems like owning Armani suits, furs, Jimmy Choo shoes and Mikimoto pearls are an unwritten prerequisite for Silver Lake residents. Briscoe masters the storytelling aspects well by devoting alternating chapters to each main character which allows them to develop nicely while building suspense in an entertaining melodramatic offering.She adds solid doses of scandalous behavior, lying, cheating, double-crossing, and scheming to keep the pages turning until the end.

    Reviewed by Phyllis
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    17. He Loves Lucy
    by Susan Donovan
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    Catlog: Book (2005-04-05)
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    Marketing exec Lucy Cunningham is thrilled when her firm lands The Palm Club account. The campaign concept for Miami's hottest fitness club was Lucy's idea: take one fitness-challenged woman, put her in front of TV cameras, and into the hands of the club's top personal trainer, Theo Redmond. And there's a big cash reward for each pound shed. It seems like a brilliant idea-until Lucy gets picked to be the guinea pig. It's obvious she needs to drop the pounds, but the idea of letting it all hang out in front of some Malibu Ken jock has her choking on her Milk Duds before she even begins!

    After one meeting, Theo knows Lucy will be his toughest client and one of the most unforgettable women he'll ever meet. Smart-mouthed and stubborn, it's clear she isn't fond of marching to anyone's drumbeat but her own. But she shocks Theo by rising to the challenge like a pro. And he finds his heart in jeopardy long before Lucy starts to slim down and turn heads.

    As Lucy sweats her way into a whole new life, things start to heat up between her and Theo. But trust doesn't come easy for either of them. They've both been burned by romance in the past. Now Lucy and Theo are about to discover that appearances can be deceiving-and in the end, true love lies somewhere between pizza and Pilates...
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    18. Master of the Moon
    by Angela Knight
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    Publisher: Berkley Publishing Group
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    19. Two Of A Kind : Impulse\The Best Mistake
    by Nora Roberts
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    20. Tie Me Up, Tie Me Down
    by Sherrilyn Kenyon, Melanie George, Jaid Black
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    Asin: 1416501592
    Catlog: Book (2005-02-01)
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