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    1. Black Rose (In the Garden)
    by Nora Roberts, Susie Breck
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    Asin: 1593556136
    Catlog: Book (2005-05-31)
    Publisher: Brilliance Audio Unabridged
    Sales Rank: 10045
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    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 Carnegie 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. Pretty Woman : A Novel (Michaels, Fern)
    by Fern Michaels
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    Asin: 0743536258
    Catlog: Book (2005-04-05)
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
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    3. Survivor in Death (In Death)
    by J.D. Robb, Susan Ericksen
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    Asin: 1596001666
    Catlog: Book (2005-02-01)
    Publisher: Brilliance Audio on CD Unabridged
    Sales Rank: 47554
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    No affairs. No criminal connections. No DNA. No clues. Eve Dallas may be the best cop in the city - not to mention having the lavish resources of her husband Roarke at her disposal - but the Swisher case has her baffled. The family members were murdered in their beds with brutal, military precision. The state-of-the-art security was breached, and the killers used night vision to find their way through the cozy middle-class house. Clearly, Dallas is dealing with pros. The only mistake they made was to overlook the nine-year-old girl cowering in the dark in the kitchen. . .

    Now Nixie Swisher is an orphan - and the sole eyewitness to a seemingly inexplicable crime. Kids are not Dallas's strong suit. But Nixie needs a safe place to stay, and Dallas needs to solve this case. Not only because of the promise she made to Nixie. Not only for the cause of justice. But also to put to rest some of her own darkest memories - and deepest fears. With her partner Peabody on the job, and watching her back - and with Roarke providing the kind of help only he can give - Lieutenant Eve Dallas is running after shadows, and dead-set on finding out who's behind them.
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Great read
    I consider Survivor in Death which is the latest story in the In Death series to be by far the most sensational, thrilling, fast-paced, chilling, and rich in plot . It brought memories of DISCIPLES OF FORTUNE.This book follows the death of an entire family, with the sole survivor being Nine-year-old Nixie Swisher. So, Lt Eve Dallas leads a team that not only works hard to ensure that Nixie stays alive, but also carries out a diligent pursuit to uncover the killer. Serious in content but also rich in humor, tragedy, loyalty, drama, mystery and sex, this is a book that is difficult to put aside. The moment you start, you get hooked. One thing for sure is that you will laugh, shed a tear or two and smile in turns, because this is a compelling and provocative story. This is a sure keeper.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Emotionally satisfying and exciting futuristic mystery
    Nixie Swisher only meant to get an orange fizzie--but being away from her bedroom meant that the assassins didn't see her, killed her family and her best friend, but left her alive. Now, police Lieutenant Eve Dallas has promised to find the men who killed Nixie's parents and her brother--and make sure they're locked away so they can never kill again. Unfortunately, it's harder than it seems. The Swishers seem unconnected to any sort of crime. But Dallas thinks it's personal and she keeps digging.

    Author J. D. Robb (Nora Roberts) continues her Eve Dallas futuristic mysteries series with an emotional and compelling story. Nixie's experience is a distorted mirror of Dallas's own experience--both found themselves covered with their parents' blood. Dallas is certain she would be no good as a parent, but a strange and disfunctional relationship still springs up between the two badly damaged females.

    Dallas's rich and formerly criminal husband, Roarke, continues to provide computer assistance, good food, and sex. Dallas's partner, Peabody, now has her own successful romantic relationship and is largely recovered from injuries sustained in their last adventure. But this time, the criminals are tougher than usual. They seem to have military training, top-notch equipment, and enough money to pose a serious threat to Dallas herself, as well as to the Swishers.

    Fans of the Eve Dallas series will definitely want to get their hands on this emotionally satisfying and exciting story.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Good read, but a little different than the others...
    One of my favorite series...Nora Roberts writing as J. D. Robb in the "In Death" series.The latest is Survivor In Death, and as usual I enjoyed it a lot.Not quite her best, and a slightly different structure, but still good...

    Dallas gets tagged on a scene where a family has been murdered at night in a military-style operation.Everyone's throat is cut except for the daughter, who happened to be down in the kitchen getting a soda and was overlooked.She's able to call 911 and crawls through the blood of the parents to hide in the shower of the master bathroom.When Dallas finds her there, it brings back all the pain and suffering of her own abusive childhood, and she has to figure out how to deal with that.The child is taken into Dallas and Rourke's home for protective custody until they can find the killers.But few clues are left, and people related to the case are getting killed as the murders try and finish their job.Dallas has to figure out who did the killings, why the family was killed, keep the girl safe, and not have a total emotional breakdown in the process.

    This story seems to deal with more human emotion than most in the series.The child's situation and how Dallas responds to her is a central theme in the book.Summerset, the butler, also plays a much bigger role here than in most of the books.The strange part is how little time is spent viewing the actions of the killers.Often the story lines play out on both sides (cop vs. killer) and merge together at the end.In Survivor, it's almost as if the killers are simply decoration for the emotional conflict playing out in the Rourke household.Not necessarily bad, but not quite the same fast-paced action as I'm used to seeing.

    Definitely a good read, and I still rate this as one of my all-time favorite series.This one's just a bit different, however...

    4-0 out of 5 stars More hardboiled and case-oriented than usual
    I have read all of the books in the "In Death" series, and "Survivor" is by far the most hardboiled cop story of the bunch. Roberts also confronted head-on what she has been hinting at in the background throughout the series: Roarke wants children one day, and Eve is not ready to even think about it.

    It took some getting used to, but in the end I really liked this book. It has a distinctly different flavor from the rest. Eve was under a lot of personal pressure on this case because of Nixie Swisher, the only survivor of a mass murder of her whole family. Eve was irritable and angry, yes, but this case was very much a reminder of her own abuse-ridden past and it put her in the hot-seat because she actually had a survivor asking her "have you caught them yet?" Roberts has been writing Eve in more and more situations directly confronting her abused childhood, and this book was an excellent extension of that process.

    "Survivor" is a perfect example of the main character reacting realistically to tremendous stress and life knocking them around a bit in real situations, both personal and professional. Eve was less supercop and more human in "Survivor" and I really enjoyed the change. The main drawback is that if someone picked up "Survivor" without having read the rest of the series, they would be very surprised and possibly disappointed that the other books are a lot more blended scifi/romance/police story than just plain cop story.

    If you like the "In Death" series but have had the feeling recently that Roberts has been stuck in a rut based on the numerous characters' quirks and series conventions that "always" had to appear, then this book is going to seriously appeal to you. It really breaks the series mold and forces the characters into a new mode. I wouldn't necessarily want this "new mode" to become the order of the day, but if you take the story as a refreshing change that will put a spin on stories to come that could not have existed before, you will "get" what I believe Roberts was trying to do.

    And one final thought: I think that those who read Roberts primarily for romance stories and consider the "In Death" series to be her "adventure out of the genre" are going to be in for a rude surprise. Yes, there is some relationship stuff, but at this point Roberts is spending less time on the romance novel convention of explaining relationships in detailed exposition, and has with "Survivor" firmly settled the writing into "just getting on with it" and letting the characters tell the story. I liked it because frankly this series is very mature and I don't think that it is necessary "explain" the well-established relationship of Eve and Roarke in such detail. If you read the series, you get how these two great characters function together, and you can remember things that have happened before and let those memories inform the dialogue and interactions on the page now. Those who still prefer to have the focus soley on romance should look elsewhere, because I don't see Roberts returning to that in this series at this stage in the game. I for one say that it's about time, and I'm glad that NR decided to take the plunge. Cruise control makes for a smooth ride, but punching the gas every once in a while keeps things interesting.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Falters in the Third Act
    The latest installment of the "In Death" series hits the ground running and builds steadily until about 3/4ths the way through.

    Then, as others on here have noted, it seems the author abruptly changed her mind about the direction of the book and quickly wrapped up the story. Of course, it is always the author's perogative to take the story where they want it to go, but I felt the change in direction was jarring at best. In addition, the story screamed for two denouements- One to resolve Nixie's immediate situation, and two- to give more insight into the villains' minds in Interview- always compelling scenes in this series. In other words, the book needed about 20 more pages.

    ***SPOILERS*** I felt that the author had created a very good scenario for bringing a child into Eve, Roarke and Summerset's lives without the career disruption of a pregnancy. This scenario was set up to go hand in hand with Eve coming more to terms with her childhood. For whatever reason, it was decided not to go down that road and that's too bad. I think it would have made for fascinating interactions in the books ahead. ... Read more

    4. Cut and Run
    by Ridley Pearson, Dick Hill
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    Asin: 1596001755
    Catlog: Book (2005-04-06)
    Publisher: Brilliance Audio Unabridged
    Sales Rank: 77952
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    While Ridley Pearson's Lou Boldt series seems to have run out of steam lately, his new stand-alone thriller shows this perennial best-selling author at the top of his form. It begins with a taut prologue introducing federal marshal Roland Larson and his protected witrness, Hope Stevens, whose testimony will send the Romero crime family to jail if she ever makes it to court. When Hope walks away from the witness protection program, she takes Larson's heart with her; he hesitates just long enough to regret it; and spends the next six years searching for her. Then she surfaces again in connection with the disappearance of another protected witness, a computer expert who holds the safety of everyone in the program in the top secret software program he developed. Noone wants access to that program more than the Romero family, and Hope Stevens is the first and most important target of their wrath. As a member of the elite Fugitive Apprehension Task Force, Larson races the clock to find the man whose knowledge threatens the life of the woman he still loves…and the child he never knew he had. A heart-pounding thriller that's impossible to put down, this is Pearson's best to date. --Jane Adams ... Read more

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    1-0 out of 5 stars predictible and boring
    This book is written badly and boring.Before the author finishes one thought he is going on to another, never to come back to the first.Parts of the plot are unfinished.

    The "bad" guy, like so many thrillers (book or movie form), is the only developed character, and even that is pushing it.Every character is stereotyped. The bad guy is Latina, the main female character "smart AND beautiful", the main male character ismuscular and always one step ahead of the game.

    Don't waste your time, find some good literature and expand yourmind instead of reading this (...).

    4-0 out of 5 stars Pure entertainment
    Hope Stevens disappeared from the witness protection program and from agent Roland Larson's life. The problem is that Larson fell in love with her and wants to find her again. When the list of protected witnesses disappears into the hands of the mob who want Hope dead, Larson must find her in order to save her life- and the life of a daughter he never knew he had.
    CUT AND RUN is a very fast paced novel that starts slow but gains increasing momentum. As the action picks up, the chapter length shortens thereby creating quick vignettes. This is the same technique James Patterson uses to keep his books lightening quick. There are many faults with the book including the stereotypic characters. The main purpose is pure entertainment and in this it readily succeeds.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Action-packed thriller
    Roland Larson, U.S. Marshal, six years ago, did what he was not supposed to do, fall in love with a protected witness, Hope Stevens. You get a very brief glimpse at their romance before the action takes off. Fast forward six years, and Larson is still looking for Hope; for instance sitting in on Shakespeare events just hoping to find her. Hope Stevens is now Alice Stevenson who has a very precocious five-year old daughter named Penny. They're constantly on the run, and Penny has had enough. She walks right into the trap set by the Romero brothers, the family who wants to kill her mother. At the same time, the Federal Witness Protection list is in jeopardy when the computer genius behind the list is kidnapped. Once Larson, a gruff, no-nonsense U.S. Marshal finds Hope, he behaves like an awkward adolescent in love. Their love story is not well developed but the quick-moving action more than makes up for this shortcoming.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Much better than his last
    Once the action starts, the reader is along for the ride. Our hero's love life, however, is like watching a teen pine for his perfect love, very hard to take. But overall a very good adventure.

    3-0 out of 5 stars When Hope is Lost ...
    "Cut and Run" is predictable entertainment - the thriller that is decent fun while it lasts but will be forgotten by next month.Ridley Pearson is accomplished in the craft of pop fiction, and true to form he keeps the action moving unencumbered by any in-depth character development or complicated plotting."Cut and Run" does offer some insight into the Federal Witness Protection program, as we find deputy federal marshal Roland "Lars" Larson falling in love with a protected witness, Hope Stevens.But that was six years in the past, and the program is so successful in hiding its participants that even Larson is unable to track down his lost love.When the massive data base tying protected witnesses with their true identity falls into the wrong hands, all hell breaks loose as Lars rushes to catch the bad guys, while at the same time finding and save poor Hope.Much what follows is formulaic: sadistic criminals, kidnappings, nail-biting cliffhangers, heavy weapons, murder and mayhem enough to fill a couple of hours on the big screen.Pearson fans will no doubt adore this latest installment; others will find "Cut and Run" more than sufficient fill for the long plane ride or lazy afternoon on the beach. ... Read more

    5. Nora Roberts Irish Trilogy Collection: Jewels of the Sun/Tears of the Moon/Heart of the Sea (Irish Jewels Trilogy)
    by Nora Roberts
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    Asin: 1590865413
    Catlog: Book (2003-06-01)
    Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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    6. The Wedding
    by Nicholas Sparks
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    Asin: 1586215620
    Catlog: Book (2003-09)
    Publisher: Time Warner Audiobooks
    Sales Rank: 48200
    Average Customer Review: 4.06 out of 5 stars
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    From #1 New York Times bestselling author Nicholas Sparks comes the long-awaited follow-up to his classic tale of enduring love, The Notebook.After 30 years, Wilson Lewis, son-in-law to Noah and Allie (of The Notebook fame), is forced to admit that the romance has gone out of his marriage. Despite the shining example of his in-laws' 50-year love affair, Wilson himself is a man unable to express how he truly feels. With the distractions of his daughter's upcoming wedding he is forced to realize how close he is to losing his own wife Jane. But if Wilson is sure of anything, it's this: His love for his wife has only intensified over the years, and he wants nothing more than to make their marriage work. Now, with the memories of his in-laws' inspiring life together as his guide, Wilson pledges to find a way to make his wife fall in love with him...again. ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars Another romantic tale by Nicholas Sparks
    THE WEDDING by Nicholas Sparks

    I'm a big Nicholas Sparks fan, so I may be somewhat biased as I review this book. THE WEDDING is the sequel to THE NOTEBOOK, the love story of Noah and Allie: a love that almost didn't happen. Now, in THE WEDDING, we meet the next two generations of family members, and a somewhat complex story is told.

    Noah is now living at Creekside, where he and Allie had moved toward the end of her life. He spends his time feeding a lone female swan, distinguished by a dark patch of color on her chest. Noah feels that this is Allie come back to him, and his children feel that he's lost touch with the world. Noah, however, never gives up on his theory and insists that it is his dear beloved wife.

    Noah and Allie's oldest daughter, Jane, is married to Wilson Lewis. They've been married for nearly 30 years and have raised three children, all of whom are now adults. Jane and Wilson's story is told in flashbacks, as Wilson remembers what brought him and Jane together all those years ago. The reason for his reflections, though, is that he knows Jane is very unhappy with their marriage. So unhappy, that she leaves town for a few weeks to spend with their son Joseph. She doesn't say exactly why she left, but Wilson knows she needs to get away to think things over.

    In the meantime, their oldest daughter Anna has announced that she and her boyfriend Keith plan to be married in a few weeks. She doesn't want anything fancy, and plans to marry at the justice of the peace. However, this is not what Jane wants for her daughter. Suddenly, Jane shows a new interest in life, and with the help of Wilson the two of them proceed to organize the best wedding any daughter ever had.

    As the wedding plans take shape, Wilson keeps Noah up to date. During their visits, Wilson notes how Noah dotes on the swan, talking to her and sharing his thoughts with her. A few odd events almost convince Wilson that maybe this is indeed Allie reborn, but he always keeps these thoughts to himself. And all through these visits, Noah reminisces about his wife, while Wilson remembers his own first love Jane.

    The title THE WEDDING is misleading, but this was Sparks' intention. Yes, the entire book is about the family getting ready for the big wedding, but the reader will realize by the end of the book that the story is much more than just THE WEDDING. The ending will surprise you, as it surprised some of the characters in the book. The story of the swan helps round out this tale of eternal love and may turn even the most cynical of persons into a romantic.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A wedding of great writing and heart
    The Notebook and The Bark of the Dogwood are two of my all-time favorite books. Now, add The Wedding to that list. I plan to read ever Nicholas Sparks book there is since I haven't gotten a bad one yet! The Wedding is a wonderful and moving novel. It reminds the reader to not take familiar relationships for granted and to treasure each moment together. Highly recommended!

    2-0 out of 5 stars Mediocre, at best!
    This is the first Nicholas Sparks books I have read and if, as some have complained, this is too much like his earlier books, then I am certain it will be my last. First and foremost, this is an unrealistic and forced story that could only happen as fiction. Our hero, Wilson, by his own admission, was distant, lacking in warmth or spontaneity, and somewhat unresponsive as both a husband and father. He relied on his wife, Jane, to fill in for him in both their marriage and the family while he pursued his career. However, after forgetting his 29th anniversary, he has a watershed moment in which it occurs to him his wife may no longer be in love with him. He "decides" to change, and suddenly becomes the sensitive, romantic and thoughtful husband Jane didn't have the good fortune to be married to for the first 29 years of her marriage. The new Wilson is simply filled to overflowing with loving gestures, words and thoughts. And, just like magic, Mr. Wonderful does all this without a single hour of therapy!

    It only it were that simple.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Recaptures Past Brilliance
    A wonderful return to his earlier form, "The Wedding" recaptures the fast, easy to read pace of Nicholas Sparks' "The Notebook" and Rikki Lee Travolta's "My Fractured Life." Although I loved "Message in a Bottle" and "A Walk to Remember", as Sparks moved forward in his writing many books lost that fast paced narrative that captured me with "The Notebook". I found myself partnering Sparks' later, slower works with those of other authors ("My Fractured Life", "The Time Traveler's Wife", "The Five People You Meet in Heaven" - all 5 star books also) in order to satisfy all my tastes. With "The Wedding" Sparks returns to his old form. It is a fantastic book.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Great summer read
    This excellently paced story was just the thing for a summer read. I Never really found anything about his story that totally turned me away. I found the story, touching and sweet. I think that Sparks did an excellent job in describing human life. He did not take anything to extremes or make anything seem surreal. I think anyone who loves a good story, and a few tissue moments will enjoy Sparks' book. Would also recommend two other COMPLETELY different books, but great reads all the same. The Life of Pi is one, and The Bark of the Dogwood is the other. ... Read more

    7. The Ghost
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    Asin: 0553478826
    Catlog: Book (1997-11-05)
    Publisher: Random House Audio
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    Average Customer Review: 3.99 out of 5 stars
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    With a wife he loves and an exciting London-based career, architect Charles Waterston's life seems in perfect balance. Nothing prepares him for the sudden end to his ten-year marriage-or his unwanted transfer to his firm's New York office.

    Christmas is approaching when Charlie leaves New York, heading to Vermont to ski. But a sudden snowstorm strands him in a small Massachusetts town. There Charlie meets an elderly widow who offers to rent him her exquisite lakeside chateau. Hidden deep in the woods, it once belonged to a woman who lived there two centuries before named Sarah Ferguson. And from the moment Charlie sets foot inside the chateau, he feels her presence.

    When Charlie first glimpses her, a beautiful young woman with jet-black hair, he thinks it is a neighbor playing a joke. Until he finds her diaries hidden away in an old trunk. As he begins to turn the brittle, dusty pages, the spirit of Sarah Ferguson seems to fill his life. Sarah's first entry is dated 1789 as she writes of her harrowing journey from her native England, having fled the brutality of her aristocratic husband. Settling in Massachusetts, Sarah finds an unfamiliar land seething with the turbulence of the Indian wars. As she builds her home in the wilderness and meets a man who will transform her life, Sarah finds freedom from the torment of her past. His name is Francois de Pellerin, a French nobleman adopted by Indians and drawn into the battle for the growing nation. Their fateful union is a testament to a love so powerful it reaches across the centuries. And for Charlie Waterston, their story gives him the courage to let go of his past, and the freedom to grasp a future that is right before his eyes.

    In The Ghost, Danielle Steel brilliantly interweaves past and present, bringing to life two stories, centuries apart, in a timeless novel of courage, healing, and love. ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars The Ghost
    Did you ever want to live in a haunted house and discover that person's journals from the 1800's? Read the novel The Ghost by author Danielle Steel. The novel is about an American named Charles Waterston who lived in England until he got divorced from his wife. He decided to go back to the States and start a new life in New York. He doesn't like New York, so he decides to go skiing in Vermont. On his way there, a snowstorm makes him stop. He meets an old widowed lady, who lets him stay at her Bed & Breakfast. As the days go by, the elderly lady lets him rent out her other home in Deerfield. She tells him that Sarah Ferguson use to live there in the 1800's. When he moves in he sees Sarah's ghost, but he thinks it's his mind playing tricks on him. So the next day, he goes see Gladys and she knows that he had seen the ghost and he told her he did. She told him that when she was younger she had seen her ghost too, but has never seen it again. When Gladys son and his wife moved in, her daughter-in-law had seen Sarah's ghost too and decided to move out. This novel also tells the story about how Sarah had come to the states after she left her abusive husband in England. She takes the trip over on a boat that takes two months. Then in time, she meets her next husband Francois de Pelerrin, who is an Englishman, who is adopted by the Indians. This novel is amazing. Danielle Steel did a wonderful job combining two different stories from two different time periods; but in a way, the two stories do have some similarities between each other. I would recommend that whoever likes ghost stories to read this novel. It's a mix between romance and mystery.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Light, easy reading without too much fluff.
    I don't normally read Danielle Steele because I find her novels sooooo sappy, but this one was a gift from a friend. I enjoyed the love story between Francoise and Sarah, and I liked the way their love eventually affected the relationship between Francesca and Charlie. Danielle Steele does a fine job of not going overboard with the romance stuff, and the novel ends up believable and pleasant reading. It isn't a stay-up-all-night novel, but it's good reading for something to do. I thought the author carried off the ghost part well too, not making it too fantastic but just enough to keep the reader intrigued. All in all, a good (not great) job by Danielle Steele. Whoever found that photo of her on the back cover needs to not give up their day job.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Best Book I've Ever Read
    Annotation: "The Ghost" is about a named Charlie Waterston, who appeared to have the perfect life. He had a beautiful wife, a wonderful job and a great house in the heart of London, but his life comes crashing down when his wife leaves him for another man. Uncertain of what to do next, Charlie decides to take a ski trip to Vermont, where he meets an elderly widow, who shows him her family house and tells her the tale of the 18th century women, Sarah Ferguson, who once lived there. Drawn to the tale of love and heartache, Charlie Waterston finds the courage to open his heart and love again.

    Author Bio: Born and raised in New York, Danielle Steel began her writing career by writing and publishing poems in women's magazines in the 1970's. Her first novel, "Going Home", was published in 1973. Eighty five million copies of her books have been sold around the world to forty two different countries. Twenty-one of her novels have been made into movies. Along with mature, adult novels, Danielle Steel has also written numerous children stories.

    Evaluation: "The Ghost" is about a young man named Charlie Waterston, who lived a perfect life in London, or so it seemed. Charlie had the perfect life, a prosperous job and a wonderful house, but his world comes crashing down when his wife of thirteen years tells him that she is leaving him for another man. Heartbroken and ashamed, Charlie decides to move back to New York because his boss wanted him to work out of the New York branch instead of the London branch. Trying to look on the bright side of things, Charlie moves to New York. Once there, he decides he cannot work there and chooses to go on a much desired ski trip to Vermont. Caught in a terrible snow storm, Charlie pulls off the road and meets an elderly, widowed woman, who shows him her old family house, in which Charlie rents. The house was once owned by Sarah Ferguson, in the 18th century. Incredible things begin to happen in the house, and Charlie is convinced that it is haunted by a ghost. Interested, Charlie goes to the library and meets a wonderful woman, who has also given up on love. Charlie finds old diaries from Sarah and learns about her world. Bringing two worlds together, Charlie and the women from the library are encouraged by the dairies to give love another try.
    This was by far my favorite book that I have read by Danielle Steel. I thought the book was very creative because it was like two stories in one. The story of Sarah Ferguson and her hardship coming to the new world was remarkable and exciting. Charlie's world has turned around after reading Sarah's dairies. He learned that you should never give up on love even if you have been hurt in the past. The diaries helped Charlie to love again. I feel that the whole book was based on fate. It was fate that there happened to be a snow storm in Vermont, and Charlie met the widowed woman, who in turn, rent out her family house to him. There, he was inspired by Sarah to not let life pass him by. I feel that the book was well written and exciting. I could not put the book down. It was a creative way to include two stories in one to show that no matter what happens life goes on.

    5-0 out of 5 stars read this book!
    If you want a good read, and a very detailed and lifelike story, read this. This is my favorite book, and it amazes me how much she can pull you into the story and make you feel like you are watching everything that is happening.. your emotions run high, just like the characters! This is an excellent book!

    4-0 out of 5 stars A bit strange
    This story is a bit of a strange one, as you're reading you're kind of thinking, "what is this?" It's different, and yet that's what makes it good. However, I don't think Steel quite pulled off this topic & I think her writing in this novel left something to be desired. If you're looking for an exciting & suspenseful story by Steel I'd recommend: Secrets, Kaleidoscope, Vanished, Malice, Jewels & Message from Nam. ... Read more

    8. Northern Lights
    by Nora Roberts, Gary Littman
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    Catlog: Book (2004-10-01)
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    Lunacy was Nate Burke's last chance. As a Baltimore cop, he'd watched his partner die on the street-and the guilt still haunts him. With nowhere else to go, he accepts the job as Chief of Police in this tiny, remote Alaskan town. Aside from sorting out a run-in between a couple of motor vehicles and a moose, he finds his first weeks on the job are relatively quiet. But just as he wonders whether this has been all a big mistake, an unexpected kiss on New Year's Eve under the brilliant Northern Lights of the Alaska sky lifts his spirit and convinces him to stay just a little longer.

    Meg Galloway, born and raised in Lunacy, is used to being alone. She was a young girl when her father disappeared, and she has learned to be independent, flying her small plane, living on the outskirts of town with just her huskies for company. After her New Year's kiss with the Chief of Police, she allows herself to give in to passion-while remaining determined to keep things as simple as possible. But there's something about Nate's sad eyes that gets under her skin and warms her frozen heart.

    And now, things in Lunacy are heating up. Years ago, on one of the majestic mountains shadowing the town, a crime occurred that is unsolved to this day-and Nate suspects that a killer still walks the snowy streets. His investigation will unearth the secrets and suspicions that lurk beneath the placid surface, as well as bring out the big-city survival instincts that made him a cop in the first place. And his discovery will threaten the new life-and the new love-that he has finally found for himself.
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    9. Origin in Death (In Death)
    by J.D. Robb, Susan Ericksen
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    Asin: 1596001690
    Catlog: Book (2005-08-09)
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    Set in 2059 in New York City, the number-one bestselling In Death series has given fans a searing glimpse into near-future law and order. Now, as scientists work to expand the limits of technology, Detective Eve Dallas tracks the cunning, cold-blooded killer of a father and son.

    A pioneer of modern reconstructive and cosmetic surgery, Dr. Wilfred B. Icove, is found dead in his office – murdered in a chillingly efficient manner: one swift stab to the heart. Struck by the immaculate condition of the crime scene, Dallas suspects a professional killing. Security disks show a stunningly beautiful woman calmly entering and leaving the building – the good doctor’s final appointment.

    Known as “Dr. Perfect,” the saintly Icove devoted his life to his family and his work. His record is clean. Too clean for Dallas. She knows he was hiding something and suspects that his son – and successor – knows what it is. Then, like father, like son, the young Dr. Icove is killed…with the same deadly precision.

    But who is the mystery woman – and what was her relationship with the good doctors? While her husband, Roarke, works behind the scenes, Dallas follows her darkest instincts into the Icoves’ pasts. What she discovers are men driven to create perfection – playing fast and loose with the laws of nature, the limits of science, and the morals of humanity.

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    10. Seduction in Death (J.D. Robb, 13)
    by J. D. Robb, Susan Ericksen
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    Asin: 1587886812
    Catlog: Book (2001-09-01)
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    Eve Dallas seeks a killer who uses a poetry chat room to lure victims drawn to his facade of the "perfect man." ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars A Satisfying Read
    I've now read all 13 novels in the "in Death" series as well as the two short stories and I still haven't gotten enough of the main characters, Eve and Roarke. In this latest installment, Lt. Eve Dallas is investigating the serial murder of women who participated in on-line poetry chat rooms, each the apparent victim of romance gone horribly wrong.

    This novel is a little different than most of the others in the series in that you know early on "who done it". The suspense comes in wondering if Eve will figure it out before anyone else is murdered and in hoping Eve can beat the killer at his own game.

    In this novel, J.D. Robb re-introduces us to Charles Monroe and Dr. Louise DiMatto (tertiary characters from previous novels) and continues their character development. Peabody and McNab are also at it again with verbal sparring and miscommunication abounding.

    "Seduction" is infused with taught suspense, laugh-out-loud wit, bad guys you love to hate, and a little romance thrown in for good measure. Please tell me there's more to come!

    4-0 out of 5 stars Another solid entry
    Eve's latest case is a killer who seduces his victims via internet chat rooms, killing her on their first date. Eve has always been passionate about her job, but the predatory nature of the crimes makes her even more determined than usual to catch him before he has the chance to kill again.

    "Seduction" is slightly different stylistically from the previous books, in that Robb shows the reader whodunnit from very early on, enabling the author to shift focus from solving a mystery to character exploration. At centerstage, as always, is Eve & Roarke's relationship, with a bit of Peabody & McNab thrown in for comedic relief. The secondary characters who have been given recurring roles in the series have very little to do in this book, so with little to temper Eve's manic energy, the pace seldom lets up.

    This is a good read for those who enjoy futuristic fiction and/or hardboiled female detectives, but I would highly recommend that readers new to the "In Death" series begin at the beginning. Eve & Roarke have changed quite a bit from the early books, and their relationship is best understood as it unfolds and not in the middle.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The 13th Eve Dallas - J.D. Robb -- timely, fun, great !
    Nora Roberts writing as J.D. Robb for this "...In Death" series, has developed a winning formula that seems to produce a gripping and delightful outing every time; and Seduction In Death is no exception. Our heroine, NYPD Homicide Lieutenant Eve Dallas, together with a broad supporting cast of regulars who we enjoy seeing back -- NcNab, Peabody, Feeney, Summerset, Mavis, and of course, Eve's husband and billionaire entrepreneur "Roarke" -- solves a serial killing spree thankfully spanning only a few days in fictional time. In this tale, we're told the identity of the killer up front and get both sides of the hunt and chase, which is a very interesting technique much in the mode of John Sandford's "Prey" series. The use of Internet chat rooms and budding relationships via email certainly add to the currency of the proceedings. The plot is complex and suspenseful, and entertaining from start to finish.

    Two somewhat unusual elements add greatly to the appeal of this series. First, the stories are set ahead 50 years in time -- so there is an element of creative science fiction exhibited by voice-commanded computers, video cellphones, some sort of personal air travel vehicles, artificial food prepared by machines, and "droids" that look and act like humans but are really robots. Most of this borders on the believable and adds to the interest of the stories without detracting from credibility. The other angle is the "romantic thriller" relationship between Eve and her husband Roarke. While he is immensely wealthy now, he shares a poor and troubled upbringing as did Eve, a background that frequently allows our leading characters to find much solace in each other. For those that care, there are some fairly steamy, "R"-rated sex scenes between the two...

    We join the audience who look forward to each new entree in this appealing, out of the ordinary, set of police mysteries. The evocative commentary, the case intrigue, the action, and a set of very interesting characters add up to top rate enjoyable reading. How does Nora keep pumping them out?!?!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Fantastic series
    I started reading this series around a year ago and fell in love with all the charcacters especially Eve and Roark. they match each other so well that are like one. She is a fantastic cop and he the entrepenure. All the minor characters Feeny,Mavis,Peabody,and espically Summerset and Mcnab all work so
    well together. I find myself hoping that Peabody and Mcnab get serious even though Eve is not crazy about that situation. I hope that a child is not going to show up for another year,I want Eve to find a member of her real family that left her,and come to terms with her childhood. She will be a better mother knowing more of her situation and childhood and know where she will be going. I am looking forward to her next book,and I have all of her series ,and I love her books.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent as always
    This is a continuation of what I condisider a most brilliant series.. I would never have thought that reading 15 stories about the same people would have me hooked BUT I AM and after reading the last page.. I look forward to the next.. This time the story is of a topical subject.. Internet Chat Rooms and sexual crime.. date rape drugs.. Eve and Rourke together with many of the charactors in her previous books work together to solve the murders... This however, the feeling within are close to home... I love the way J.D.Robb aka Nora Roberts draws you into the she does with many of her books..I shall look forward to many more... ... Read more

    11. Full House
    by Janet Evanovich
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    Asin: 1559277920
    Catlog: Book (2002-09-21)
    Publisher: Audio Renaissance
    Sales Rank: 595791
    Average Customer Review: 2.26 out of 5 stars
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    Filled with Evanovich’s trademark style and wit, Full House is romantic suspense with a twist . .

    Polo instructor Nicholas Kaharcheck senses danger the minute he sees Billie Pearce.She represents everrythings he's so srtfully avoided.Happy in her home llife,a divorced mother of two, Billie is the epitome of stability.They have nothing in common.

    To his horror, Nick is fascinated - and irresistibly attracted.When Billie generously offers to share her home with Nick's carzy cousin Deedee for a while, Nick finds himself visiting - often.And while each is slowly seduced by the other's charms, and both are wildly encouraged by devious Deedee,Billie and Nick find out that what they have in common is most important of all.But neither one knows that danger is lurking where they least expect it, and a killer is closing in on them.
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    2-0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
    Since I'm a huge fan of Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series, I eagerly picked up this book, expecting the snappy, witty voice I've come to expect. Unfortunately, that wasn't the case. In fact, the style is so different, if I hadn't seen Evanovich on the cover I would never have identified it as one of hers. Although I understand this is a revised version of an earlier book, FULL HOUSE wasn't THAT much earlier (four or five years at the most) than the first Plum book, so I wouldn't have expected such vast differences between the two. While there are flashes of cleverness in some of the dialogue, the prose is often sluggish and predictable, the chemistry between the protagonists is flat, and the frequent, and unclear, point of view changes are exhausting. Compared with the Plum books, this one seems extremely amateurish in comparison.

    I'm not sure I understand how the collaboration between Evanovich and Charlotte Hughes was supposed to "improve" this early work. For someone with such a wonderful, and well deserved, reputation to team up with another writer -- when this is the result -- makes little sense to me. I will anxiously await the next Evanovich book, whether a new Stephanie Plum or not, but will be steering clear of any future books written by this team.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Wildly disappointing
    I am a BIG fan of the Stephanie Plum novels. They are such fun to read, so I decided to try other books by Ms. Evanovich, starting with Full House.

    The first half of the book was rather vanilla, but not intolerably so. There was little plot, the characters were uninteresting, and the viewpoint was a hodge-podge of omniscient and third person subjective which was so confusing at times, I had a hard time separating truth/fact from character opinion. For someone as well-published as Evanovich, this book was very poorly written. It reads like someone's first novel. When I learned it was one of her earlier works, I thought I could cut her some slack, but to find out this is a re-written version of it -- BLECH. She should have known enough about how to tell a story by now. This book should have been allowed to go quietly out of print.

    I lost interest half-way through the book, and while I am struggling to force myself through it, I don't think I'm going to make it. The dialog is boring, the characters cardboardy, and the plot has simply died. There's nowhere for them to go. The conflict has just petered out, so it's more like looking in the window of an ordinary person, watching their ordinary daily lives. Yawn. Don't waste your money. Get a Stephanie Plum novel if you want a fun read.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Sugar but no Plum
    Apparently Janet Evanovich wrote romances in an earlier incarnation and this is one of them. Macho men aren't supposed to read romances but there's only one new Stephanie Plum a year and my addiction is such that I had to scrape the barrel.
    As regrards plot it has the one size fits all plot derived from "Pride and Prejudice". Elizabeth Bennett is played by Billy Pearce, a divorced 38 year old mother of two. Darcy is played by Nicholas Kaharchek,a millionaire newspaper owner and polo horse trainer There are some misunderstandings between them but then in the end you'll never guess what happens.
    Are there any traces of the brilliance of the One, Two, Three ...Nine series? Occasionally - there's a good scene of buying a wedding dress with a salesperson whose previous job was IRS auditor. The writing is full of cliches. On one page we have"expert hands" "Thoughts into a tailspin""utterly confused""fresh-scrubbed look""simple nature""put on airs" and a man wonders "What was the power she had over him that made him desire her." I've read that romance writers deliberately stick to stereotyped plots and use cliches so maybe it's not all JE's fault. A lot of people like romances and many art forms use conventional formulas. (And Pride and Prejudice is a great novel.}
    It's interesting from the point of view of Evanovichian scholarship and I'd love to know what the input of Charlotte Hughes was and to lay my hands on an unaltered early work.

    1-0 out of 5 stars --This is a boring dud!--
    FULL HOUSE does not deserve the time it takes to read it. It's not worth the money and I feel annoyed that I even paid for it. The story is stupid and has nothing amusing about it or the characters. I purchased it on a whim because while I was in the store someone mentioned to me that the book took place in my area of Virginia. That was a big mistake! Where it took place didn't really make much difference to the sorry plot. Janet Evanovich is trading on her success with the Stephanie Plum books, and this story has nothing redeeming about it.

    This is the first time in years that I've purchased something without looking it up and reading the Amazon customer reviews. I apologize to my fellow reviewers.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Possibly the worst book I ever read
    I am still amazed I finished this book - just a sickness I guess - I never allow myself to NOT finish a book. What is even more amazing is that this piece of garbage ever got published. It is absolutely HORRIBLE - stupid drivel. STAY AWAY. ... Read more

    12. After the Fire
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    Asin: 0553526952
    Catlog: Book (2000-04-18)
    Publisher: Random House Audio
    Sales Rank: 1269393
    Average Customer Review: 3.62 out of 5 stars
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    5 hours 15 minutes

    It began almost like a fairy tale. Plain Jane and Prince Charming met in college, fell in love, and were married soon after graduation. She shelved her dreams of a career as a painter to help him through medical school, and to be the perfect doctor's wife. He became a successful plastic surgeon and they had two beautiful children together.

    But real life is no fairy tale. Suspecting there was another woman behind his erratic schedule, she went to his office to confront him. What happens that night leads to the end of a marriage and the break up of a family.

    Like Whispers, Belva Plain's novel about spousal abuse, After the Fire deals with one of the more provocative issues of our time: the battle of child custody as a woman finds herself overpowered by her husband's ruthless actions. Here is the story of one such woman who, in the aftermath of an ugly divorce, alone must rebuild her world, find the strength and wherewithal to live in it, and regain a life with her chilren.

    Only Belva Plain, with her insight into the American family and the hearts of those who comprise it, could create a novel like this, showing that sometimes even real life can have a happy ending.
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    2-0 out of 5 stars Sorry I read this title!
    Belva Plain is one of those authors who I still insist uon reading. But now, after finishing After the Fire, I may very well pass on reading her books in the future. Known for her blockbuster hit Evergreen and the continuation of this family saga, some years ago Plain ventured into more contemporary subjects. I for one sure wish she hadn't especially after reading this book and Homecoming and Fortune's Hand among other titles. Concentrating on today's issues liek spousal abuse, black mail, family issues, adultery and child abuse, I still long to read a book like Evergreen or even her more recent Legacy of Secrets which was her last good book.

    The theme of After the Fire is once again rich girl marries poor doctor man and while their lives should be picture perfect, they're not. And in one moment the husband is in a position not only to divorce hsi wife but also sue her for custody of their children. The remainder of the book is predictable but all the whiel I wondered why the woman didn't pursue his allegations.

    I'm sorry I can't recommend this book, even as a beach read and am still longing for another great read from Belva.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Is Belva Plain kidding?
    This book isn`t worth the paper it is written on!!It contained nothing of substance.Where did this couple live?What were their last names?What was a day like at home for the mother(Hyacynth)?What were her children like?What was important to her?These are just a few of the subjects not even touched upon by the author.I couldn`t get past the first 100 pages.I hav not read any of this authors other books since Evergreen,which I loved.This book was a waste of my time and money.I will not ever waste anymore money on this authors books.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Well-Written Book-All About Truthfulness in Relationships
    In this story, the picture-perfect marriage dissolves when Hyacinth's physician-husband, is found to be having an affair. One terrible night she commits an act that she will regret for the rest of her life. An act that gives her husband the ultimate weapon; blackmail. The price of his silence is uncontested custody of their two children.

    When her own beautiful, angry mother wants to know why Hyacinth won't fight for custody, she can give no anwers. For she alone knows, or believe she knows, what really happened on that fateful night.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Pleases again
    This is the story of the marriage of Hyacinth and Gerald. Hyacinth is a romantic, naïve, young artist who believes in true love and in the integrity of Gerald; her new husband fresh out of medical school. Gerald has big plans for the future and a need for the society that Hyacinth's family can provide. Hyacinth's needs are those of any wide-eyed young girl who has lived in the shadow of a beautiful mother. She needs only the true love that she doesn't believe she truly deserves.

    The reader enters Hyacinth's world, feels her trust in the man she loves, and lives her heartbreak as the marriage slowly dissolves, taking her children with it in an ugly divorce based on blackmail. We follow Hyacinth as she finds the courage to make her way alone, while grieving for her children and for the comfort and warmth of the home she had made with them. Her intense love for Gerald turns to hate and to a fierce determination to get her children back. In After the Fire, Belva Plain skillfully weaves the tendrils of suspense in a story filled with joy, betrayal, sadness, and ultimate victory!

    5-0 out of 5 stars This book is a straight 5 starts!!
    I'm an avid reader of Belva Plain's books, and After The Fire is just another one of her masterpieces. I really don't understand how anyone who've read this book can think otherwise. ... Read more

    13. Nora Roberts Collection: The Quinn Brothers Trilogy : Sea Swept/Rising Tides/Inner Harbor
    by Nora Roberts
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    Catlog: Book (2002-08-01)
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    14. Impossible
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    Asin: 0739313371
    Catlog: Book (2005-03-01)
    Publisher: Random House Audio
    Sales Rank: 358347
    Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars
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    1-0 out of 5 stars One of her WORST
    This has to be one of the WORST DS books I ever ever bought and I own them all. The plot was obvious from the first chapter and sadly it happens exactly as predicted, which is totally NOT believable. I am so disappointed as her books seem to be losing their grip and bite that keeps you waiting anxiously to read her next books.The last few have been okay at best but this one definitely a waste of time and money.I hope she is paying attention to our comments as she will be losing another lifelong reader and fan.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Terribly written and very predictable (as usual)
    I have read all of Ms. Steel's previous books and they seem to be getting worse as time goes on.Any author that pumps out 3-4 books a year is not spending enough time on producing a quality novel.I'm tired of the poor English usage, the incomplete sentences and the overuse of certain phrases throughout each book.If I ever have enough time and am bored to death, I will flip through this book and count how many times she uses the words "wacky artist".I'm certain this will be the final book I will read by Ms. Steel.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Ms. Steel Does It Again
    Ms. Steel Does It Again, and this time it isn't some young beauty that gets to capture the attention, but a sweet old woman (mid 40's) that gets to recieve the sweet wonders of love. I truly enjoyed this book and am glad to see older woman (like myself) being captured in sexy lives.
    another good read: Fire In The Ice by Katlyn Stewart

    1-0 out of 5 stars The bottom of the barrel
    I've been reading DS for years - it's like cotton candy - you know it's bad for you but somehow you eat it anyway.This novel is the worst I've ever read - maybe out of all books I've EVER read, not just DS.Does she even use an editor anymore?I didn't count the number of times she used the phrase "Wacky Artist" but it was about every other page, if not more.Reading this book felt like watching a bad movie where the only sound you heard was a voice-over.The characters had no voices or personality of their own.I wish I had read the reviews on Amazon before I checked this out of the library and wasted my time.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Love comes in all sorts of combination.
    This old-fashioned 48 year old heroine had it all, family, prestige and wealth. She is content with her life until a free thinking, morally lacking, young artist shakes up her peaceful little world. Soon she is breaking every rule she lives by and engages in a backstreet affair with this laid back rebel. Worse still, is the fact that her discomfort with the situation leads to unresolved arguments. A fascinating novel about the older woman, younger man relationships. Love comes in all sorts of combination. You'll enjoy this unusual storyline. ... Read more

    15. Reunion in Death (In Death, 14)
    by J. D. Robb, Susan Ericksen
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    Asin: 1587886855
    Catlog: Book (2002-03-01)
    Publisher: Brilliance Audio Unabridged
    Sales Rank: 70824
    Average Customer Review: 4.51 out of 5 stars
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    A birthday bash sets the scene for a frightening reunion with a killer from Eve Dallas's past. ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars Eve Dallas Rocks!
    A rich, well loved older man is poisoned on his birthday. The family is devastated and Eve Dallas gets the call. Eve quickly realizes who did the deed. The perpetrator is someone who has a personal vendetta against Eve herself and taunts Eve with every body that falls at her feet. Now Eve must find the murderer before they can target Roarke. Also, Eve finally confronts her tragic past. Oh, yeah the final confrontation between Eve and the murderer is worth a couple of re-reads.

    There are a lot of familiar things about this book. First there is Eve. She is still the tough as nails cop with a deep heart and a bruised soul that we were first introduced to in "Naked in Death." I like the progression I've seen in the books. That first book had a very isolated Eve haunted by suppressed memories of her horrific childhood. This 14th book has an Eve is completely surrounded by friends and people who love her and she (and we) finally get the whole story behind her childhood. Usually Peabody gets the best lines, but in this one Eve gets few. There are some real smile-out-loud moments when Eve is confronted with the wide-open spaces of Texas and cows and horses.

    And then there is everyone else. The usual suspects makes their appearance. Peabody is still at Eve's side and gets to take on a case of her own; McNab is still flashy; Charles the LC and his new girlfriend Dr. Louise are minor supporting characters and of course Roarke is still the sexiest fictional character around.

    I really enjoy this series and look forward to the next one in six months. These books are truly Nora Roberts at her best!

    4-0 out of 5 stars 14th in Eve Dallas Series; Great Suspense and Entertainment
    J.D. Robb (Nora Roberts) is writing this "... In Death" series at the incredible pace of two per year. The debut in 1995 opened us to a new world of NYC homicide crimes set in the year 2058. Various high tech phones, personal air travel vehicles, and human-like "droids" (worker-bees) add an imaginative touch to these police procedurals. In this the 14th of the set, homicide lieutenant Eve Dallas, along with a now familiar cast of regulars, especially her aide Peabody and her zillionaire husband Roarke, is again hard at work trying to run down a killer she sent to jail ten years ago, Julianna Dunne. Out of prison on parole, this time Dunne's hitting random male targets instead of just marrying rich men before she offs them. Eve suspects a personal competition with Dunne, and fears Roarke might be on the hit list with little more than one-upsmanship (with a little revenge thrown in) as a motive. The intensity of the hunt, the interaction of Eve and her cohorts, and the climactic conclusion left us feeling wrung-out from suspense.

    While these books take on a predictable form, Robb's plots never fail to please. Moreover, we get to know the lead players better with every book, and take some degree of pleasure in their growth and development. (Peabody solves her first murder in this one, to the delight of all, in a small sub-plot.) The relationship studies between Eve and Roarke pose many questions about the solidarity of marriage and the care and feeding of one's partner; the troubled childhoods of our protagonists only add to the complexity of their pursuit of happiness.

    So add it up -- edgy, compelling stories; torrid romance and relationships; futuristic settings; and intense crime fighting: sounds like a great mystery book!

    5-0 out of 5 stars She Does It Again!!!
    I am truly amazed by Nora Roberts writing. How does she crank out so many books, all with the quality and zest that each and every one seems to have.
    This book is the latest in her In Death series written under the name of J.D. Robb.
    This time, Eve Dallas faces serial killer Julianna Dunne, whose recent release from prison has not seemed to help. She is out for payback against the one person in the world she respects, Eve. And the payback involves the murderous Julianna playing hardball on Eve's New York City area and she even stalks Roarke.

    Eve's vulnerabilities are seem to show, to Roarke and the reader.
    Julianna Dunne is a brilliant adversary, and she has done her homework well.

    This installment does seem to drag very slow in the beginning but sure picks up pace. All the characters seem to build and I do enjoy that part and getting to know the crew better. This was not the best In Death book but it was sure worth the read. If you enjoy this series then you do not want to miss it. If you are new to the series then start at the very beginning with Naked in Death and you sure will be delighted!

    5-0 out of 5 stars "EVE THE PROTECTOR"
    One of Eve's past case comes back to haunt her. Julianna Dunne has been relaesed early for good behavior. Now she's out for revenge. She killed one man to get Eves attention. She kills two more to keep it.Eve figures out she'll go after Roarke. He's not Julianna's mo, but he is Eves after all. Can Eve catch her before she can get Roarke? Or will Julianna get her revenge? Check it out. Eve Dallas is wonderful. Also does Peabody solve her first cold case?

    4-0 out of 5 stars I can always count on JD Robb to suck me into a story....
    I can always count on JD Robb to suck me into a story and this book was no exception. It seems that her villains are becoming more focused on revenge against Eve as this series develops. In this story, the villain is someone who Eve caught years ago and wants to get even on a personal level - by going after Roarke. It definitely kept the suspense up!

    More of Eve's childhood came out in this book as well, so that was an interesting twist.

    This is definitely JD Robb formula writing, but still a pleasant way to waste a day. ... Read more

    16. Beautiful Dreamer
    by Elizabeth Lowell, Laural Merlington
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    Asin: 1567403964
    Catlog: Book (2001-01-01)
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    Sales Rank: 682604
    Average Customer Review: 4.11 out of 5 stars
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    Nevada's rugged, majestic beauty is a balm for the aches of Hope Gardener's heart. But the ranch she loves is dying of thirst, thanks to the worst drought the area has ever seen, Hope needs a miracle -- and one day it comes to the Valley of the Sun.

    A man out of time, Rio is an anachronism in the modern-day West, bringing with him a reputation for finding water in any desert. Hope has no choice but to trust this dark stranger who claims to make dreams real. And Rio, who has never had a dream of his own to follow, has found something in this extraordinary lady whose passion tempts him to defy his own rules.In the midst of adversity, two free spirits must now explore the most closely guarded corners of their they search for a beautiful dream big enough to hold them both.

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Lowell January 31, 2001
    What better way to spend an enjoyable afternoon than with a reread of "Valley of the Sun" or a first time read of "Beautiful Dreamer", by Elizabeth Lowell! Rio is a mysterious,intelligent, gorgeous guy, if somewhat dubius of his potential, who thinks he is unable to have any life other than a wanderer. Hope (don't you love this name?) knows only that she wants to preserve her ranch at all costs. Allows herself to dream of a future even though she has fallen in love with a man who thinks he cannot dream. Glorious, colorful, western background surrounding an unforgettable romantic struggle.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Sweet - but predictable
    I chose this book because it had Elizabeth Lowell's name on it, and ordered it before there were any reviews. I expected the usual gripping suspense, twisting plots, and exciting romance. I didn't know it was an expanded version of a release from some 16 years ago. Well, there wasn't the gripping suspense, the plot had no unexpected twists, and you knew from the start that eventually Hope's beloved Valley of the Sun would be saved, and the couple would live happily ever after.

    What held me enthralled and gave this book the 4 stars it deserved was Lowell's ability to strongly develop her characters. You couldn't help but get involved in Hope's dream - you felt the physical exhaustion as she struggled to do the work what had to be done to bring water to her cattle. You saw the world through Rio's heart and soul as he was determined to help her find the water to save the ranch, as he struggled not let a romance develop between them as he would have to move on and didn't want to hurt her. You felt Rio's pain that no white woman would ever want to have a child his mixed breed bloodline. You couldn't help but get caught up in the passion of the love between Hope and Rio.

    It was enough. Lowell's creative magic made for a very enjoyable evening's entertainment.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Western dreams
    I like western romance novels, and nothing comes close to Beautiful Dreamer. The plot line is refreshingly original, the characters are believable and have won a place in my heart. Elizabeth Lowell paints the west so vividly. I've read several other of Lowell's books, and this is undoubtably my favorite. I really wish there were more books like this. Thanks!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Incredibly Romantic
    The hero (Rio) in this book is one of my favorites. Although he struggles with his past and his own pain, he his strong, sexy and givng. What I like about this book is that Rio and Hope don't waste thier time fighting all of the time. You can feel thier care and feelings for one another. Hope is strong and independant without being abrasive. The love scenes in this book are sensual without being filthy. I HIGHLY recommend this book!!!! You won't be sorry!!!!

    4-0 out of 5 stars Can Rio find water and love?
    Not a bad story. This is the story of Hope Gardner who lives in the Valley of the Sun. This is her heritage and the land she loves more than anything else in life. She has modeled to make money to drill for a new well. But no one thinks she can find water on her land. Especially the lecherous neighbor who has been after her for years.

    Along comes Rio who is part Native American and who is no longer a dreamer but he can find water if it exists. But can he do it without loosing his heart to Hope and finding he has dreams after all.

    You spend a lot of time listening to the philosophy of the Native Americans and looking into the sole of the main characters but it is a heartfelt romance. ... Read more

    17. Imitation in Death (In Death, 17)
    by J. D. Robb
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    Asin: 1590867238
    Catlog: Book (2003-08-01)
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    Average Customer Review: 4.12 out of 5 stars
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    Summer is drawing to a violent close when a killer makes his debut with the mutilation of a prostitute. His calling card: a personal note to Lieutenant Eve Dallas. ... Read more

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    3-0 out of 5 stars Not the best in the series
    Personal notes attached to the victims draw Eve Dallas into a case where she trails a murderer imitating historical serial killers. Peabody is worried about her detective's exam and moving in with McNab. Unfortunately, that pretty much sums up this book. The other 'In Death' murder mysteries were usually gripping and new readers could enjoy those stories, even if they were unfamiliar with the series' characters. I don't believe that is the case with this book. I found the murder mystery to be recycled and predictable and thought the story just dragged. All the regular chararacters were stagnant. Mavis, Nadine, Feeney, Morris, Trueheart and even Summerset were thrown into the story as afterthoughts. Some of the scenes with Eve and Roarke were cute but there was no additional evolution of their relationship.

    I have followed the 'In Death' series from the first book, but this is my least favorite. Like the other fans of the series, I'm hooked and will buy the future 'In Death' novels as soon as they come out, but I definitely do not recommend this book for a new reader. If this was a reader's first book in the series, they would never pick up another and that would be a shame because most are really good stories.

    5-0 out of 5 stars One of the better "In Death" books
    I rushed down to the store to get this yesterday, and unlike the last one [Portrait], which left me feeling a bit hurried and miffed, this one had a lot of the best things about this series. Eve Dallas has some very good moments in this book - the mystery makes sense (the murderer is actually one of the main suspects this time), still managing to keep the reader guessing. It plays out well, and the murders manage to impress upon the reader the appropriate sense of disgust intended.

    The main characters mostly have some good points in this book, although I was a bit weirded out by Roberts' description of Morris (he is suddenly described with the adjective 'exotic' on two consecutive pages). Peabody is taking the detective exam, McNab is being lovey-dovey with the aforementioned, and Roarke is getting through the loss discovered in Portrait. There's a lack of Feeney in this book, as well as Nadine, but it plays out better for it, especially since Portrait had characters experiencing Significant Moments of Life every five pages. Not that this book isn't lacking in the odd character moment here and there, but it works anyway. For Lt. Dallas herself, there is a big flashback - and a fascinating one, for it's about the person that her brandy-colored eyes are from - and no, it's not her dad.

    One of my favorite aspects of this series is the Eve-Roarke dynamic, and in this book, they're awfully cute in this book, and such fun to read. I don't mean gushy cute, thank goodness, but they're a highly amusing couple. A favorite moment of mine is Eve watching, with some baffled horror, as Roarke cooks, and I don't mean with an Auto-Chef. More than ever, I think this couple has really settled into a comfortable dynamic, the way that only they can do it.

    One of the reasons it's such fun to read this is because of how the characters have grown throughout the books. I feel that Roberts' other books often lost realism in the characters, with the books themselves too often ending with a tidily engaged couple and pregnant female. However, the In Death series gives her the chance to naturally grow these characters, and it's really evident in this book. Compare Imitation to Naked or Glory, and it's actually a little scary to see how these characters - especially Eve and Roarke - have changed, but they've done so together, and it's sweetly romantic.

    Last word: this isn't a book for new readers. It would be completely confusing, very bizarre, and without the enjoyment of seeing how these beloved characters continue to change. There is an unusually high amount of references to other J.D. Robbs here(there was even a reference to Interlude in Death), and although it's nice for the devoted reader, it can be nothing but bizarre to a newbie. In the end, this was a very entertaining book - I think one of the best in this series - and though there were no previews, I look very forward to buying Remember When in a few weeks and Divided in Death in the new year. :>

    4-0 out of 5 stars Strong police procedural highlights 17th Eve Dallas !
    We continue to be astounded at the publishing pace of Nora Roberts. Despite her "regular" books under her own name, these fun NYPD homicide Lt. Eve Dallas stories, written as "JD Robb", keep coming at the rate of one or two a year. "Imitation...", the 17th entry in the "... In Death" series, is not the emotional blockbuster of the just prior two ("Purity..." and "Portrait..."), but nonetheless entertains throughout this tough-minded police procedural. When a licensed companion (that's a "hooker" in year 2059 parlance) is found brutally murdered in the style of Jack the Ripper, followed in quick succession by the killing of a popular female apartment dweller, slain Boston Strangler style, it doesn't take the two notes recovered from the bodies, on unusual stationary, to clue any of us that a vicious copycat serial killer is on the loose. When it turns out the notes are addressed to Dallas personally, it's also clear that she herself is probably on the intended hit list, providing immense worry to her billionaire but loving husband Roarke. His role in this novel, as in many of the prior tales, is one of Eve's crime-solving sidekick, along with faithful aide Officer Delia Peabody. Fortunately, the notepaper provides a small roster of immediate suspects, but Robb cleverly keeps us guessing, 'til like ten pages before the end, which of the half dozen users of the stationary might be the real sicko. While a sub-plot of sorts involves Peabody's trials and tribulations getting ready for her detective's exam, the storyline is very much ala Ellery Queen in terms of clues, follow-up, and solid police work. Eve's intuition serves her well, but her assembling and processing of the clues is flawless as she gradually zeroes in, then sucks in, the bad guy.

    Eve's hardships as an abused young girl, and her husband's often "shady" background provide the usual backdrop to much of the motivation of the principals. Their marital relationship is always a subject of both display and discussion. Meanwhile, Peabody's moving in with McNab, another regular, provides a foil in "examining" the nature of adults living together. We're still big fans of the whole set, and at the point when many similar ongoing character series novels have long gone stale, find continued enjoyment in Dallas' pursuits. We think you will too!

    5-0 out of 5 stars A great addition to the series
    I really enjoyed this addition to the In Death series.

    Eve is on the trail of a serial killer who is imitating famous killers of the past. I thought the mystery was really well done and I really didn't know who the killer was until the end (and I'm one of those people who usually figure it out early :)

    I also liked the theme of mothering and how that fit into more understanding of Eve and Roarke's relationships with their mothers.

    What I most appreciated was the humor. The book could have been especially dark because of the killer but there was enough humor sprinkled throughout that I had MANY laugh out loud moments - great story!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Intriguing reading!
    Eve Dallas, a police lieutenant, faces the most challenging case of her career, when she has to track down a serial killer that duplicates the brutal killing styles of notorious serial killers. A prostitute (LC is the term used in the book) is killed in the style of Jack the Ripper and the next victim meets their fate a la Boston Strangler style. With each murder, a personal note is left for Eve as the killer singles her out. Roarke, Eve's husband, is not the least bit amused with this last fact.

    Robb, a.k.a. Nora Roberts, offers a splendid blend of mystery, thriller action, internal friction amongst the principle characters and poignant intimacy spiced with a dash of sex to make this a very interesting read. I recommend this book. ... Read more

    18. A Good Yarn CD
    by Debbie Macomber
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    Asin: 0060582006
    Catlog: Book (2005-05-01)
    Publisher: HarperAudio
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    19. Key of Valor (Key Trilogy, 3)
    by Nora Roberts, Susan Ericksen
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    Asin: 1590863275
    Catlog: Book (2003-12-01)
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    Sales Rank: 138446
    Average Customer Review: 4.45 out of 5 stars
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    It all comes down to this--the conclusion to the Key trilogy.

    Three women. Three keys. Each has 28 days to find her key. If one fails, they all lose. If they all succeed, money, power, and a new destiny awaits.
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Nice finish to the triology!
    I've been enthralled with the Key trilogy since I picked up KEY OF LIGHT a short few months ago! The three books are about three women (Malory, Dana and Zoe) who embark on a quest to recover three keys in order to unlock the Box of Souls where three Celtic demigoddesses are trapped. Oh, there's also an evil sorcerer named Kane who is trying to stop them. Sounds silly, but Nora Roberts manages to pull it off!

    This final book is Zoe's story. Zoe was a struggling hairdresser until the quest started, now she is on her way to a better life, starting a business with Malory and Dana and entering in to a relationship with the enterprising Brad Vane (who is also connected to the quest along with Flynn and Jordan).

    The chemistry between Zoe and Brad is great, though I was a bit disappointed in this novel! In the first two, they were constantly at each other's throats, and suddenly in this book Zoe has an almost complete attitude change towards him. Even so, that's a minor complaint and the rest of the novel was great!

    I really enjoyed reading the conclusion to the story, and Nora Roberts ties up all the loose ends wonderfully. I adore her trilogies and this is one of my favorites! I highly recommend all three books, and for those who like her stories - check out the Chesapeake Bay trilogy! It's one of my favorites!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Best of the Three
    I wish I had not finished this book so very fast (but who could help it?) because I loved it half to death. The third in Roberts' new "Key" trilogy, "Key of Valor" tells the story of Zoe, the last of the three seemingly ordinary Pennsylvania women who must find a magic key as part of a Celtic quest.

    As I mentioned in my reviews of the two earlier books, "Key of Light" and "Key of Knowledge," only Nora Roberts could make such an outlandish plot completely believeable. You've got your basic gods and goddesses--stuck in our world for over 3000 years. You've got a nasty evil sorcerer. You've got your magic spells, your swirling fogs, your not-so-coincidental coincidences. Sigh. And it all makes a perfect whole.

    Zoe, a highly self-sufficient woman who had a son out of wedlock at the age of 16, has fought every day since to make a good life for her beloved child and for herself. And by taking on odd jobs, pinching pennies, and becoming a master at do-it-yourself projects, she has succeeded beyond her wildest dreams. Only Zoe cannot see the gift she has brought to others--she is too busy raising her son and fighting like a tigress against anyone who wants to help her. But she must have help if she is to find the final key to unlock the captive souls of three half-human, half-goddesses.

    That would mean she needs a male in the picture, perhaps one Bradley Vane IV, man of privilege and family. And that is the very last thing she wants or needs, even though he attracts her like no other.

    A perfect Nora plot, a perfect Nora ending. Read it and treat yourself to some mindless bliss.

    5-0 out of 5 stars fitting end to a wonderful paranormal series!
    Key of Valor is fitting end to the Key trilogy. It lacks the wonder of "new" of the first book, and does not back the emotional pack of the second, but it sustains the series end ends it with style. The thrill of paranormal books is being able to set your own rules and boundaries, and Roberts handles this with skill and fun.

    They three books really need to be read together and in order, for it's very clear Roberts presumes you have read the book(s) that came before with each. But they are fast reads, enjoyable reads, and you are coming late to the series, as I have, you have the chance to read them all at once instead of waiting between installments.

    This is some of the best writing Roberts has done this decade, and it's exciting to see Roberts venture in to the paranormal element so strongly based on Pict-Celt lore and myths as the foundation.

    In the final tale, the quest to find the third key falls to Zoe McCourt, the mother. It's clear to us, if not to Zoe, that her ability to finding the third key, to release the demi-goddesses from their imprisonment by the evil sorcerer Zane, is her ability to find love with Brad Vane. It's not easy for Zoe, a girl raised in a trailer park. Her father left her and her three siblings to be raised alone by her hairdresser mother. It was a rough beginning leaving a young Zoe to yearn for finer things in life. The path to that better life seemed to fall apart when at sixteen Zoe became pregnant. Once again, the man in her life deserts her, leaving her to make a life for her and her son, Simon. That the father of Simon was a rich boy only makes it harder for Brad ¯ a very rich man ¯ to convince Zoe he truly wants a role in her life. Brad is determined to be at Zoe's side as she searches for the key, but Zoe's past experience with men sees her expecting Brad to bail one the quest is over and she doesn't want to be hurt again, doesn't want her son hurt.

    This book sees Rowanne and Pitte taking a stronger role in the outcome. Since Zane has failed to abide by the rules of the Enchantment, Rowanne and Pitte risk their chance to return to the magical kingdom, in order to protect Zoe and her son.

    It's a super ending to the trilogy. So if you like paranormals, don't miss this very fresh and vital tales!

    5-0 out of 5 stars very enjoyable!
    leave it to me to go on a long drive and pick up the third book in the series instead of the 1st. HAD to read something so I went ahead and read it. And really joyed the premise. Very fresh tale from Roberts. Going back to start over and I am sure I will enjoy it more once I have read the first two

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Trilogy where the last book was the best book
    Roberts truly saved the best for last when writing this book. Zoe McCourt is a strong yet fragile character, and the final quest for the key was the strongest. After finishing this series, I wish there was more to read about them, as they were truly interesting women. A must for any fan of Nora Roberts! ... Read more

    20. Outlander
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    Catlog: Book (1994-10-01)
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    Claire Randall is leading a double life.She has a husband in one century, and a lover in another...

    In 1945, Claire Randall, a former combat nurse, is back from the war and reunited with her husband on a second honeymoon—when she innocently touches a boulder in one of the ancient stone circles that dot the British Isles. Suddenly she is a Sassenach—an "outlander"—in a Scotland torn by war and raiding border clans in the year of our Lord...1743.

    Hurled back in time by forces she cannot understand, Claire's destiny in soon inextricably intertwined with Clan MacKenzie and the forbidden Castle Leoch. She is catapulted without warning into the intrigues of lairds and spies that may threaten her life ...and shatter her heart.For here, James Fraser, a gallant young Scots warrior, shows her a passion so fierce and a love so absolute that Claire becomes a woman torn between fidelity and desire...and between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives.
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Once in the Highlands....
    The book and series were recommended by some friends of my Mum's and she went searching. Not really a "romance" kinda gal, the book store lady assured us--in glowing terms usually reserved for the most elite of movie stars and politicians--that these books were the read of the century. Well, she said the magic words to me--"time travel" and "Scotland." Hey, I'm there. What I was not prepared for was not only an action packed piece of historical fiction, but a hero that I fell in love with as well. There is something so unique and endearing about Jamie Fraser, that I couldn't help it. He is, in turn, the hard headed, pragmatic Scot of his time (1743) and the big, dumb, romantic kid with his wide eyed innocense of love and marriage. And his ability to whip out the one liners had me laughing hysterically. But this book is action from beginning to end as we, through Claire, discover life in the Highlands prior to the Culloden uprising. It was brutal and not at all the romance we've been led to know. Ms. Gabaldon has written an incredible piece with real characters performing real life and I was so caught up, I stayed up far too late to read. I was not disposed to put it down to sleep or eat. I doubt you will be either. I've started the next book in the series and the promise of holding me rapt is there as well. Bottom line...GET THIS BOOK!!! READ THIS BOOK!!!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Adsolutely Enthralling! I'm Still Entranced By This Book!
    I came across this book by accident, and it turned out to be one of the best books I've read in recent years. Having just read J. Suzanne Frank's "Reflections in the Nile," I came across a review of her book that commended Frank's work as equally satisfying as Gabaldon's. From that review, I decided to buy "Outlander" and quickly became absorbed in this well-crafted tale of history, romance, gallantry, and desire.

    Despite it's voluminous size, I read it every night well into the wee hours of the morning as if I could finish it in a day. I was enraptured by the vividly-drawn 18th century characters of Dougal, Collum, Captain Randall and of course...Jaime Frasier and Claire Beauchamp. The detailed intermingling of historical events, time-travel, adventure, and of timeless love blew me away. This book made me cry, hold my breath in suspense, laugh out loud, and share in the escapades of Jaime and Claire as if I were there myself. I felt their pain, triumph, and undying love, and wished I was Claire being comforted by Jaime's strong enbrace.

    I was a bit depressed to come to the end of this book, but absolutely elated to find that it was simply the first of a six-part series. I promptly ordered the next three installments and found myself waiting impatiently for them to arrive. I guess I'm lucky that I stumbled onto this remarkable series late in the game...I don't have to wait so long to read each successive novel. I will order the fifth installment when it's released and will likely hold my breath waiting for the sixth. I can't wait to see how the story of Claire and Jaime and their colorful supporting players unravels.

    Diana Gabaldon is an extraordinary writer with a penchant for mixing history with romance. If J. Suzanne Frank whetted my appetite for historical romance adventures, Gabaldon certainly sealed my fate as a fan for life.

    3-0 out of 5 stars This book is a bodice-ripper romance
    I had heard wonderful things about it, and for the first couple of hundred pages, really enjoyed it. But let's face it, this is a historical romance -- great if that's what you like. I learned that I really don't like historical romances any better than I like romance novels. I quit reading about halfway through -- the book just went on and on, and after a while, the novelty of the device (time travel) seemed to have lost interest for the author, because we were totally imbedded in the earlier time period.

    If you love romances, this will probably be just your cup of tea. If you don't normally read romance novels, be warned.

    5-0 out of 5 stars I would give Outlander a 10 if I could!
    The ENTIRE series is magnificently written and the love story between Claire and Jaime is beautiful. Never have I read of another couple so in love with and dedicated to one another. EVER. That is saying alot when I have read so very, very, many, many, many, many, romance novels. Truthfully, I think that I continued to read -and reread- the series because I was so enamored of Jamie and his utter gallantry and sexiness. I do not believe that I have ever -or since- fallen so deeply and terribly in love with another romance hero the way I fell in love with Jaime Fraser. To give Claire her due, I must say that she was so kick ass. She does not fade into the background nor does she let any situation get her down. This fact is impressive when you find that many heroines at some point cease to be themselves and are sucked up into whatever the hero wants them to be. Claire remains Claire. And Jaime{sigh}well Jaime loves her with all his heart. This is a story that will make you laugh, rage, and weep with sorrow. Jaime and Claire's story will haunt you and remain with you long after you have read the last word. Theirs is a love that you know will never die.You will be DRIVEN to read the next book in the series.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
    I LOVED this book, and all the sequels! Diana Gabaldon is an amazing writer, and therefore the books are very well written. The romance is wonderful, and the main character is an amazing woman. I LOVED IT!!!! ... Read more

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