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    1. Black Rose (In the Garden (Paperback))
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    2. Mission: Irresistible
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    3. A Good Yarn
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    4. Full Bloom
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    5. Hawken's Heart
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    6. Impossible
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    7. Pretty Woman: A Novel
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    8. The Other Woman
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    9. Marriage Most Scandalous
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    13. Sam's Letters to Jennifer
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    14. The Shop On Blossom Street
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    16. Jamie (Zebra Contemporary Romance)
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    20. Can You Keep a Secret?

    1. Black Rose (In the Garden (Paperback))
    by NoraRoberts
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    Asin: 0515138657
    Catlog: Book (2005-05-31)
    Publisher: Jove
    Sales Rank: 17
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    Number-one bestselling author Nora Roberts presents the second novel of her In the Garden trilogy (following Blue Dahlia), as three women must discover the secrets from the past contained within their historic home...

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

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

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

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

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

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

    3. A Good Yarn
    by Debbie Macomber
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    Asin: 0778321444
    Catlog: Book (2005-05-01)
    Publisher: Mira
    Sales Rank: 236
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    You might have heard about a wonderful little yarn store in downtown Seattle. Debbie Macomber can take you there! Thousands of women discovered it when they read her bestselling novelThe Shop on Blossom Street.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Reviews (7)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    4. Full Bloom
    by Janet Evanovich, Charlotte Hughes
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    Asin: 0312934300
    Catlog: Book (2005-04-05)
    Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks
    Sales Rank: 15005
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    The temperature's on "sizzle" again in Beaumont, South Carolina, where peach trees are in season and ripe for the picking. So is its newest entrepreneur, Annie Fortenberry, a divorcee who inherited her grandmother's Queen Ann mansion (and its wacky handyman Erdle Thorney). According to a local psychic she also inherited a spirit from its glory days as a brothel-not the kind of publicity the Peach Tree Bed & Breakfast needs if it's hosting millionaire Max Holt's upcoming wedding! If rumors of x-rated ghosts aren't stressful enough, Max's new partner has arrived with an eye on Annie's master suite. On the inside Wes Bridges may be corporate, but on the outside he's leather and denim, sporting a two-day beard, straddling a Harley, and sending the B&B's testosterone level through the roof. Annie's cool demeanor may be dropping as fast as Wes's jeans, but leave it to her ex to dampen the passion! His body's been discovered buried on the grounds along with a stash of illicit love letters and a photograph of one of the town's most prominent married ladies. Wrapped up in a murder plot, Annie must find the killer, save her own neck, and get back to where she was-wrapped up in Wes's strong loving arms...
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    5. Hawken's Heart
    by Suzanne Brockmann
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    Asin: 0778321665
    Catlog: Book (2005-04-01)
    Publisher: Mira
    Sales Rank: 597
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    Government agent Crash Hawken awakens in a Washington, D.C., hospital to learn that he is the prime suspect in the assassination attempt of a commanding officer. Charged with treason, conspiracy and murder, he is alone -- except for Nell Burns.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    (Highly Recommended Novel!)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    6. Impossible
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    Asin: 0385338260
    Catlog: Book (2005-03-01)
    Publisher: Delacorte Press
    Sales Rank: 4732
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    7. Pretty Woman: A Novel
    by Fern Michaels
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    Asin: 0743457811
    Catlog: Book (2005-04-05)
    Publisher: Pocket
    Sales Rank: 452345
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    8. The Other Woman
    by JaneGreen
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    Asin: 0670034045
    Catlog: Book (2005-03-08)
    Publisher: Viking Adult
    Sales Rank: 1046
    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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    Jane Green’s bestselling novels are rich with wry, clever insights into the romantic livesof her idiosyncratic heroines, winning them a devoted fan base. Now, with The OtherWoman, Viking will reintroduce America to the inimitable Jane Green.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    9. Marriage Most Scandalous
    by Johanna Lindsey
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    Asin: 1416505458
    Catlog: Book (2005-06-14)
    Publisher: Pocket
    Sales Rank: 995
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    With the dazzling blend of romance, humor, and poignant storytelling that has made her one of the world's best-loved authors, Johanna Lindsey presents the passionate Regency-era tale of an earl's daughter who dares to pose as the wife of a deadly mercenary in order to save her former guardian.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

    Reviewed by Phyllis
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    11. Two Of A Kind : Impulse\The Best Mistake
    by Nora Roberts
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    Asin: 0373285159
    Catlog: Book (2005-05-01)
    Publisher: Silhouette
    Sales Rank: 3754
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    12. He Loves Lucy
    by Susan Donovan
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    Asin: 0312992335
    Catlog: Book (2005-04-05)
    Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks
    Sales Rank: 47085
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    Marketing exec Lucy Cunningham is thrilled when her firm lands The Palm Club account. The campaign concept for Miami's hottest fitness club was Lucy's idea: take one fitness-challenged woman, put her in front of TV cameras, and into the hands of the club's top personal trainer, Theo Redmond. And there's a big cash reward for each pound shed. It seems like a brilliant idea-until Lucy gets picked to be the guinea pig. It's obvious she needs to drop the pounds, but the idea of letting it all hang out in front of some Malibu Ken jock has her choking on her Milk Duds before she even begins!

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

    As Lucy sweats her way into a whole new life, things start to heat up between her and Theo. But trust doesn't come easy for either of them. They've both been burned by romance in the past. Now Lucy and Theo are about to discover that appearances can be deceiving-and in the end, true love lies somewhere between pizza and Pilates...
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    13. Sam's Letters to Jennifer
    by James Patterson
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    Asin: 0316710571
    Catlog: Book (2004-06-28)
    Publisher: Little, Brown
    Sales Rank: 391
    Average Customer Review: 3.71 out of 5 stars
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    Laced with mystery, SAM'S LETTERS TO JENNIFER combines two unforgettable love stories in a novel that's absolutely impossible to put down. Jennifer returns to the resort village where she grew up to help a beloved relative--and ends up experiencing not one but two of the most amazing love stories she's ever known.

    The first is completely unexpected. In a series of letters that Jennifer finds, her relative reveals that she has concealed a huge secret for decades: Her great love is not the man she was married to for all those years. As Jennifer reads about this passionate partnership, she learns more about love's imperatives and secrets than she ever dreamed possible.

    And then comes the biggest surprise of all. At a time when she thought she could never love again, Jennifer lets her guard down for a moment--and is suddenly caught up in the greatest flight of exhilaration she's ever known.But, just as suddenly, she learns that this new love comes with an unbearable cost.Jennifer doesn't think she can survive the pain--but the letters she's been reading make her think that love may help her find a way. James Patterson's most recent major international bestseller is The Lake House.He is the author of 26 books and lives in Florida. ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars Vintage Patterson
    Sam's Letters to Jennifer is truly vintage James Patterson. This novel is an extremely fast (2 hour) read and grossly satisfying. I strongly recommend just creating a short block of time for this book and read it through as a short story. In typical Patterson form, the chapters are short, yet telling with plenty of surprises to keep you turning the pages.

    The premise of the story surrounds heart-broken Jennifer and her grandmother Sam who starts the story in a coma. Jennifer rushes to see Sam (really her onlly family left) and stays in Lake Geneva at Sam's home visiting her every day at the hospital. Sam and Jennifer have always been very close and turns out Sam had left Jennifer a series of letters detailing her life and making relevent comparisons to much of the feelings Jennifer had recently experienced. This novel is about second chances, learning who you are, and who your loved ones have been. Expect another hit for Patterson.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Two entwined love stories
    "What are we but our stories?" asks Jennifer, a widow and newspaper columnist who is summoned to a Lake Geneva Wisconsin hospital where her beloved grandmother Sam lies in a coma. Jennifer spends the rest of the summer at Sam's home on the lake, reliving her memories of time she spent at the lake as a child and waiting for Sam to awaken from her coma. She discovers a bundle of letters that her grandmother wrote to her which uncover secrets about Sam's unhappy marriage and a mysterious lover simply called "Doc." She renews the acquaintance of an old friend, Brendan, and falls in love with him.

    Similar in tone to Patterson's "Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas," this short novel tells two entwined stories: that of Sam through her letters to Jennifer and that of Jennifer herself as she deals with her grandmother's illness and lets love back into her life. This is a tale of love, loss, and making the most of the precious time we have on earth. Both sentimental and suspenseful, this is a quick and enjoyable read.

    Eileen Rieback

    2-0 out of 5 stars Eh
    James Patterson lost his touch in this book. The romance seemed too forced and the plot didn't flow as smoothly as you would expect it would from a Patterson novel. The fact the the reverend is shacking up with a married women is never discussed. Jennifer becomes romantically involved with a man she knew when she was too young to remember him and the apprehensions about becoming involved so recently after her first husband's death are only lightly discussed. The story seems too forced and Patterson should stick to mystery thrillers.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Where is the love?
    Patterson has tapped into the broken heart of America and modern life. The only good thing to come out of the stinking holy war is it has people searching for meaning and signs of connection outside themselves. Or, as the Blackeyed Peas sang it: WHERE IS THE LOVE? Modern love sprouts between tragedy and hope and that is what Patterson writes about in this book. He does a pretty job but he lays on the syrup too thick, which is to be expected from so commercial a writer. Most big selling writers go sugary when writing about the emotional life and I'm not sure it's helping. Anyway, a book with stark psychological insights that I recommend is IN THE GHOST COUNTRY a reflective and sometimes shocking examination of the dead in one man's life.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Beautifully loving
    Sam's Letters to Jennifer is another wonderful love story from James Patterson. Be forewarned though, you WILL need a box of Kleenex standing by.

    Departing from his infamous Alex Cross murder mystery genre, Patterson has written a very loving book on relationships. Sam is Jennifer's grandmother and the bond that they share is incredibly special. Through a series of letters left to Jennifer by Sam, Jennifer finds out that the grandmother that she has known throughout her life has secrets of her own. Jennifer reads these letters at her grandmother's house, while not knowing if her grandmother will be pulling out the coma after her unexpected fall.

    Jennifer not only learns about herself in these letters, but also finds the "real" woman her grandmother is and has been and Jennifer is drawn even closer to her grandmother. Not believing in love after the loss of her soul-mate husband, Jennifer learns to open up the door to the possibility of love and finds that magic still does exist for her.

    This was a very quick read and the reader is totally absorbed into the secret of the letters and what Jennifer will do with her new awareness of her grandmother.

    This book is wonderful, with several surprises along the way, keeping the reader guessing on just what will happen. Full of love and caring on each of the character's parts, this story will stay with you for awhile, as well as bring tears and smiles along with the knowledge that the power of love is indeed strong and eternal.

    I absolutely "loved" this book and wish that Patterson would write more books like this. His sensitivity and insight are remarkable. If you have not read his previous book, Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas, I would also highly recommend that incredible love story, which is an actual true story.

    This book is special and I am sure that a little of its' magic will spill into your life! ... Read more

    14. The Shop On Blossom Street
    by Debbie Macomber
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    Asin: 0778320448
    Catlog: Book (2004-05-01)
    Publisher: Mira
    Sales Rank: 4461
    Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars A Good Yarn!!
    Debbie Macomber does a superb job of weaving together a tale of women from different age groups and backgrounds. Each of the women shows moments of courage, fear, turmoil, truimph, and love. If you were a fan of Thursday's at Eight, you'll love this book too.
    The group starts out knitting a baby blanklet and ends up creating a friendship. I loved the way each of the characters relates to each other in their struggles (health, infertility, broken relationsips, etc.). In both little and large ways, the friendship that is created is stronger and more lasting then any of the blankets knitted.

    5-0 out of 5 stars deep character study
    Lydia Hoffman has defeated cancer twice. To celebrate life, Lydia opens A Good Yarn, a knitting supplies store in Seattle. She also teaches a class on knitting. The first lesson is "How to Knit a Baby Blanket".

    Jacqueline Donovan reacts poorly to her son's news that she is to be a grandmother for the first time. She does not like her daughter-in-law Tammie Lee. Maybe her bitterness is because she knows her marriage to Reese, a partner in an architectural firm, is dying. She must make amends with her son Paul so she joins A Good Yarn knitting class.

    Desperate to become pregnant, Carol Girard joins the class seeking hope that her and her husband Doug's final attempt with in vitro pregnancy succeeds. This is her last chance to have the child she craves.

    The court ordered Alix Townsend to do community service as part of her sentencing. She decides that knitting for the Linus Project should satisfy her case worker. However, she needs to first learn to knit so she joins the class too.

    This four diverse women bond in friendship and love as they work on the baby blanket. Though their individual dreams may not be answered, a group dream forges as each learns the meaning of life.

    THE SHOP ON BLOSSOM STREET is a fabulous deep character study that rotates the narration between the women so that the audience has four subplots that cleverly knit together into a powerful look at the ups and downs of modern day living. Though not all dreams are fulfilled and some change for instance to cooking, fans will enjoy Debbie Macomber's strong tale of four females struggling to overcome different setbacks.

    Harriet Klausner

    5-0 out of 5 stars THE SHOP ON BLOSSOM STREET
    WOW! Another one from Debbie. You can never go wrong in one of her books. When you are reading it, it makes you feel like you are there. Heart warming. Get this book. When you do get two. Share one. I did.
    Thanks again Debbie

    4-0 out of 5 stars A Heartwarming Yarn
    The shop in THE SHOP ON BLOSSOM STREET is a yarn shop on a quiet Seattle street that is just on the cusp of gentrification. The shop itself is not merely a backdrop for the plot of Debbie Macomber's sweet new novel; it's also the catalyst that brings together four dissimilar women and helps them weave together a friendship out of the different-colored threads of their lives.

    For each of the four women, knitting represents the fulfillment of a wish or dream. For Carol Girard, it's the overwhelming desire to have a child. When Carol hears about the new yarn shop on Blossom Street and learns that the beginning knitting class will be knitting a baby blanket, she knows it's a sign. Carol and her husband have tried for years to conceive a child; now, about to undergo their third in vitro procedure, their time and insurance dollars are running out. Carol has given up so much to have a child --- her normal fast-paced routine, even the high-stress job she loves --- and she hopes that knitting can also fill empty hours in her new slower-paced lifestyle.

    For Jacqueline Donovan, it's the hope that she can be a good grandmother despite her loathing for her daughter-in-law. Jacqueline, a fixture at the country club and charity events, has been in a loveless marriage for years. She claims to despise Tammie Lee because she's southern, blonde and ditzy --- in reality, though, Jacqueline is jealous of the obvious love that exists between her son and Tammie Lee. At her husband's request, Jacqueline enrolls in the beginning knitting class, hoping she can knit a baby blanket as a peace offering.

    Alix Townsend, the youngest member of the group, also seems the least likely knitter. She signs up for the beginning knitting class in the hopes that donating her baby blanket for charity can knock off some of her court-mandated community service hours; secretly, though, knitting is part of Alix's fantasy of a mother she never had. She hopes that by taking up knitting she can recapture some of the nurturing she missed out on as a child. Rebellious and bitter, Alix rubs just about everyone the wrong way until they discover her vulnerability and kindness, hidden under her dyed hair and black leather.

    Most poignant of the four women in THE SHOP ON BLOSSOM STREET is Lydia Hoffman, the owner of the yarn shop. For Lydia, knitting in general and owning a yarn shop in particular symbolizes life, a life she couldn't imagine just a few years ago. Having survived two bouts of brain cancer, Lydia never expected to live to thirty, let alone to open her own business. Lydia says, "The shop was my affirmation of life." Although Lydia has taken a leap of faith by opening her yarn shop, she is less courageous when it comes to romance.

    With their varying backgrounds and different agendas, it's not surprising that these four women clash when they come together for their first knitting class. Jacqueline and Alix, in particular, are at each other's throats from the start. It's also no surprise that over the course of the summer, these four women form a close bond of friendship that is tested when tragedy threatens one of their own. The characters, despite their emotional development, are not really developed beyond their initial preoccupations. However, it's a rare novel that manages to be sweet without becoming syrupy, and THE SHOP ON BLOSSOM STREET achieves that balance.

    Both knitters and non-knitters will find much to enjoy here. Knitters have a bonus: a free baby blanket pattern (the same one the characters learn to knit) is included at the start of the novel, and quotes from well-known knitters are scattered throughout. Non-knitters can still find many pleasures in this satisfying, if somewhat predictable, tale. And who knows --- maybe Lydia and her friends will inspire readers to take up needles themselves!

    --- Reviewed by Norah Piehl

    5-0 out of 5 stars All tied up..
    Can four women who have nothing in common bond over the course of a knitting class being offered at a new shop, you bet they can. Debbie Macomber weaves a wonderful story about friendships and how the least likely people can relate to each other when they find they have a common ground on which to stand. ... Read more

    15. Superstition
    by KarenRobards
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    Asin: 0399152806
    Catlog: Book (2005-04-26)
    Publisher: Putnam Adult
    Sales Rank: 1653
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    Sparks fly between a police chief and a reporter who are thrown together when a brutal killer comes out of hiding after fifteen years.

    Pawleys Island, South Carolina. Sunny, idyllic, and picture perfect, until a tabloid news program airs a splashy segment about the community's only unsolved murder-the grisly stabbing of teenager Tara Mitchell and the subsequent disappearance of her two best friends, both thought to be long dead. In the years since the murders, several families have moved into the mansion where the crime occurred, each claiming that the dead girls still haunt the house. Beautiful redheaded reporter Nicole Sullivan, sensing the story that could be her big break, arranges for her mother, a renowned psychic, to contact the three victims via a live siance on the show Twenty-four Hours Investigates.

    But something goes terribly wrong during the segment, and a young woman is murdered in the exact same manner as Tara Mitchell was fifteen years earlier. Pressured by her producers to get the inside story, Nicole is ordered to continue to investigate. As an attraction grows between Nicole and police chief Joe Franconi, another identical murder occurs, along with a menacing note warning that the original killer is back to claim three more lives. The body count rises, and so does the danger to Nicole, who is attacked, barely escaping with her life. She and Joe are forced to join forces as it becomes clear that the killer has set his sights on Nicole as his next victim.

    Tightly plotted and deeply suspenseful, Superstition is Karen Robards's most captivating work yet.
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Delightful
    A little mystery, a little intrigue and full of passion. This one is a keeper and I am not one to usually write reviews of any kind. So this has to be good.
    another keeper is: Fire In The Ice by Katlyn Stewart

    4-0 out of 5 stars great, but....
    i thought this was a great book and had a great plot, etc. etc.
    but i continued to get aggravated with the indept descriptions of every little thing and the different little sayings.i like to know what things look like to put me in that place, but some of the detail wasn't really necessary.keep it up though.

    2-0 out of 5 stars UH-OH
    Nicole Sullivan is a host for a show similar to one on Court TV. She returns to her home island to investigate a 15 year old murder. She is hoping to revive a dying career. Her mother is a psychic and she wants to televise her mother trying to contact the spirits in the murder house.

    Joe Franconi is the Police Chief of the Island. HE is a burnt out cop who got wounded when a bust went bad. He does not expect a murder to happen on his little island. He and Nicky seem to get together very quickly.

    This sounds like a good plot, but beware, Nicky is a media vulture, out for the fame. And Joe is just burnt out. I wait a year for each new Karen Robards book and I was disappointed. The first 350 pages try to get you to empathize with the main characters, the last 65 you get all the action and explaination and let say it was not worth it.

    With everyone seeing ghosts and old or possibly new murderers doing their best to kill Nicky, she is struggling for her 15 minutes of fame to catch the notice of a Morning News Show looking for a co-host. Joe is trying to live with a ghost he keeps seeing from his last bust. There was a great potential here for a great book. But the ending is so simple and straight forward ( even with two murderers ) that you just feel let down.

    I could have had better feelings for the book if our two main characters had a little more character or integrity. The fact that they both got their best outcome was beside the point. I have been able to find something in everyone of Karen's previous characters. But Nicky was a total selfish fish.This one did not do it for me. Like I always say different strokes for different folks, so you may like it. But these are my thoughts and I hate to pay so much for a book and be let down. How about you?

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent tale of suspense
    Karen Robards writes a spin tingling tale in her newest novel Superstition.

    Nicky Sullivan, top reporter for a 24 hour Investigates is back in her hometown of Pawley Island SC. Fifteen years ago there was a brutal murder in town. Nicky has her mother a noted psychic to help solve the case.Another murder occurs on the night of the broadcast. This puts Nicky and her family and crew in danger.

    Police chief Joe Franconi came to quiet Pawley Island to simplify his life. These TV people are making his life a three-ring circus.Plus he is attracted to its star Nicky. When the terror escalates Joe will protect Nicky with his life.

    Superstition is a riveting tale of evil that lurks where you least expect it.The story pulls you and doesn't let go.The dynamics of Nicky's family is funny, sweet and touching.Nicky and Joe are two strong willed characters that deserve a chance at love.

    1-0 out of 5 stars OUCH
    I don't usually stop after reading the first third of a book and write a review, but this book more than warrants it.Do you remember being assigned a 500 word essay in school and how you just described everything to a fault to fit in all those words....?Well, Karen Robards must be being paid by the word.She never uses one when 500 will do instead.
    The first third of this book contains one of the longest run-on sentences known to mankind; not to mention the sentence that contains more commas than any grammar book known.Robards' editor must be on maternity leave because no one could have read this before they published it.Adjectives are attached to the wrong nouns, totally changing the meaning of the sentence.It is so awful you have to read and re-read and then re-read it again to get through one sentence.She took well over SIX FULL PAGES to describe a few minutes of activity.I shudder to think what awaits me in the rest of the book.Drivel is the best word I can think of:lots and lots of drivel!
    I know some will disagree with me - but I bid you read a book by Stephen White and see what fabulous writing is - concise, smooth and suspenseful.This is none of those things. ... Read more

    16. Jamie (Zebra Contemporary Romance)
    by Lori Foster
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    Asin: 0821775146
    Catlog: Book (2005-06-05)
    Publisher: Zebra Books
    Sales Rank: 183
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Jamie is the cream!
    If you've not ordered it yet, then what are you waiting for?

    I knew, JUST KNEW, that I would not put this book down once I started reading, and I didn't want it to be over, so I waited a few days before reading it and then when I did, I took all of Saturday, reading...

    "Breathtakingly perfect ending to a sensual and warmhearted series"

    Problem is, I'm sad. I want more of Visitation... LOL... I'm not done with those folks yet, not by a long shot! I'm like a child here!

    and that Jamie...***Big Sigh***... wow... veryhot... he's my new favorite hero, and dangit he's mine, mine, all mine!

    5-0 out of 5 stars fantastic Visitation tale
    In Visitation, North Carolina Mountain Man recluse Jamie Creed prefers to remain in the background hiding in the shadows rather than living life to the fullest.However, in spite of his need to stay hidden and encouraged by the townsfolk, Jamie feels obsessed to help anyone he deems in trouble.

    On a stormy day, Faith soaked to the bone and shivering from a fever climbs the mountain seeking Jamie's help.He finds her almost unconscious and naked; he carries her to his hideaway.When she recovers enough to say more than her name, she refuses to explain why or what she requires of him.Still his fixation kicks in and he feels obligated to assist the woman anyway he can.Instead she tells him nothing believing deep in her soul that she first must earn his trust before she can reveal her secrets and her mission.As he wonders about the enigmatic female chatterbox, Faith begins to explain in bits and pieces their previous connection, why she need his help, and how much she loved him and still does or her quest will fail.

    Since the first Visitation tale introduced readers to celibate hermit Jamie, readers have waited for his tale to be told; fans of the mini series will agree that the wait was worth it.The story line is character driven as Jamie who feels he must avoid human contact because of his special or curse skills has met his match in Faith who believes they belong together.Lori Foster meets the pressure to deliver as she hooked her audience with Jamie's tale long before the first page of this solid regional romance.

    Harriet Klausner

    5-0 out of 5 stars A 5 Star plus story
    Jaime by Lori Foster combines all of the elements that make her books treasures. family, love, friendship and a searing passion.

    Jaime Creed has lived a solitary existence in Visitation, NC. He mostly keeps to himself high up in his mountain home. Jaime has slowly been drawn into the lives of the citizens of Visitation when his visions compel him to act.

    On one dark and rainy night someone comes looking for him. Faith Owen was sent by her daughter to find Jaime. Her daughter has the same abilities as Jaime and knows that Jaime is their only hope.

    Jaime's past has made him weary of strangers especially females. Faith is unlike any women he has ever known. She has the ability to block him out of her mind and she is extremely trusting.

    Neither can ignore the passion that is there between them. Jaime and Faith sizzle when they give into their desires. But as they draw closer so does the danger.

    It seems like Jaime's story has taken forever to arrive. Bit and pieces of his character have been mentioned in previous books since "Say No To Joe". This book is well worth the wait. Lori Foster weaves a compelling tale that explains Jaime's past and gives him a future. Reading this book was a treat, its funny, sexy and a keeper. I loved how all the past characters have their part in this awesome book.

    This is a book to be re-read many times. Lori Foster has another winner.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Jamie - He cleans up well !!!
    Jamie is the fifth and final book of Visitation Series written by Lori Foster. This is a book I have been waiting on. In the first four books Ms Foster gave the readers a brief glimpse of a mystical prognosticator named Jamie. Jamie is a mountain man living in a hidden cabin away from everyone. But suddenly he is seen carrying an unconscious and naked woman through the woods. Faith is a woman who needs Jamie help. She know Jamie's secret but he does not remember her from his past. Ms. Foster has crafted a fine story that will keep you guessing until the end what the connection is between Jamie and Faith. It was great to visit with the other citizens of Visitation and see their concern and friendship for Jamie. Plus the secondary story of Alyx and Scott was very entertaining. **** I was afraid that Ms Foster could not equal the build up from the first books (Say No to Joe?, The Secret Life of Bryan, When Bruce Met Cyn, and Just a Hint - Clint.) But she not only equal but surpass my expectations. This is truly a fun and sexy ending to a place I have enjoyed visiting.
    Also recommended: All of Lori Foster's Visitation Series. Star Quality with Lori Foster, Dianne Castell and Lucy Monroe

    5-0 out of 5 stars Finally!!
    For a few years now, Lori Foster has given us glimpses of the mysterious mountain man named Jamie Creed. Now the wait is finally over and it is more then worth the wait.Jamie has a secret about why he has lived for so long in the mountains, with only a few people he can call friends, but his past may be revealed when Faith comes to town.

    Faith knows everything that happened to Jamie and why he is living the hermit lifestyle, but she needs his help. It doesn't hurt that Jamie is hotter and sexier then any man should either.

    Jamie is well worth the wait and as and added bonus we get Alyx and Scott's story too. Run, do not walk to the store and get this really awesome book. :)

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    17. The Wedding
    by Nicholas Sparks
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    Asin: 0446693332
    Catlog: Book (2004-07-01)
    Publisher: Warner Books
    Sales Rank: 2459
    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 Sparks Hit
    Wilson Lewis is like most men his age. He's spent his whole life working hard but now he feels like he's also spent his whole life neglecting his wife.

    Sure, he always made sure she had food and a roof over her head. But she deserved so much more. More of him and his love.

    Wilson's in-laws Noah and Allie Calhoun are the trophy couple he wishes he and Jane were. Noah and Allie's romantic journey can be relived in The Notebook.

    As Wilson's daughter prepares for her own marriage, he's reminded of many memories with his Jane - from how they met to how she looks tonight. Wilson decides to plan the ultimate surprise.

    He seeks out the help of his family and friends to pull off his surprise. His goal is to give Jane something she deserves - the husband she never had.

    The Wedding is the perfect book to curl up with in front of the fire or read while laying on the beach. Fans will enjoy reading about Wilson's dilemma, appreciate his guilt and be shocked (and envious) about his plans for his wife.

    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

    18. O'Hurley's Return
    by Nora Roberts
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    Asin: 0373285078
    Catlog: Book (2005-02-01)
    Publisher: Silhouette
    Sales Rank: 18051
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    19. Northern Lights
    by Nora Roberts
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    Asin: 0399152059
    Catlog: Book (2004-10-12)
    Publisher: Putnam Publishing Group
    Sales Rank: 257
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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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    20. Can You Keep a Secret?
    by Sophie Kinsella
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    Asin: 0385336810
    Catlog: Book (2004-05)
    Publisher: The Dial Press
    Sales Rank: 678
    Average Customer Review: 4.38 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars I'll never tell...okay, I'll tell you!
    I bought this book last night I finished reading it just a few hours later. It tells the story of how the white lies of Emma's life have defined all of her relationships. She's a twenty-something who has struggled to find her way in the last few years and tries to make her relationships with others smoother by telling them mostly what they want to hear, all the while not she's not happy. On a bumpy flight home from a bumpy business meeting, she tells all of the secrets she's been keeping from everyone to a complete stranger confident that she'll never see him again. Only, it doesn't quite work out that way...

    I loved this book! As a twenty-something who's going through my own bumpy life, I completely identified with Emma and loved her to pieces. I think Ms. Kinsella's writing style and storylines have improved so much over the Shopaholic series (which I loved) and it allowed me to enjoy all of the characters. It's very similar to the Shopaholic books as it addresses the need for honesty in all relationships in order to be happy but at the same time taking in to consideration the needs of the other people we interact with in our lives. I found myself laughing out loud at many points and crying at several as well. Chaucer this book is not, but it IS a standout in a world cluttered with mediocre chick lit

    5-0 out of 5 stars Hilarious, Endearing and Too True
    Sophie Kinsella is one of my absolute favorite authors of all time. I was excited when "Can You Keep a Secret" came out. Somehow I knew that it would be as good as the Shopaholic series. And I was right! It was a fantastically funny and touching read.

    The main character, Emma Corrigan, is your normal 25-year old and somewhat-insecure woman. She is trying to get a promotion at work, has a fantastic boyfriend, and is very happy with life, or so she thinks. On an extremely turbulent flight back from a business trip from Glasgow, Emma's secrets unwillingly spill out to a total stranger next to her. She ends up telling this handsome American stranger nearly every secret she has, and then some. When the plane lands, she is embarrassed but figures she'll never see him again.

    When this American stranger ends up being the owner at her job, Emma is mortified and determined to act like nothing happened. But Jack, the American stranger, has other ideas. Emma seems to have touched him in some way. And Emma, who thought she was totally happy with her perfect boyfriend, starts to wonder.

    I recommend everyone to read "Can You Keep a Secret" by Sophie Kinsella. It will keep you turning page after page until you finish it; Emma is a delightfully imperfect heroine that many can identify with. Make sure not to miss this fantastic book! Now if Sophie Kinsella can just write books faster...

    5-0 out of 5 stars Hilarious!
    Okay, Emma is slightly dopey with all her little secrets, but haven't we all at one time or another left the scene of the copy room when the paper got jammed? Believing she'll never lay eyes on the handsome stranger who sits beside her on a turbulent flight, Emma reveals her innermost secrets and most fatal character flaws. The fun begins when the stranger turns up on her job. He's the CEO! Be prepared to laugh uproariously.

    4-0 out of 5 stars WITTY SUMMER BEACH READ
    This is a fantasic read. Emma is a character everyone of us can relate to. She is a little off the walls but a true princess. She is constantly being caught in the act if not with her boring boyfriend Connor then its nipping off for coffee with her collegue.
    Jack her boss who she deeply fancys but will not acknowledge is every girls dreams, full of surprises. This book captures your imagination. From secrets of uncomfortable thongs to poisioning spitefull friends plants, you will laugh out loud for the entire book. You will not be able leave this down.

    5-0 out of 5 stars LOVED IT LOVED IT LOVED IT
    Loved every word of the book -- could not put it down. Very quick read. I loved the shopaholic books and waited a long time for this one to be released and it was well worth it. It is a FABULOUS book. READ IT!! ... Read more

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