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1. Impossible (Random House Large
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2. The Guardian
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3. Miracle (Random House Large Print)
4. Northern Lights (Thorndike Press
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5. The Wedding
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6. Nights in Rodanthe (Random House
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7. Land of My Heart (Heirs of Montana)
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8. Beyond the Gathering Storm
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9. Bend in the Road (Random House
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15. An Accidental Woman : A Novel
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20. Sacred Sins (Random House Large

1. Impossible (Random House Large Print)
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Asin: 0375434445
Catlog: Book (2005-03-01)
Publisher: Random House Large Print
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2. The Guardian
by Nicholas Sparks
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Asin: 0446532312
Catlog: Book (2003-04-08)
Publisher: Warner Books
Sales Rank: 86370
Average Customer Review: 3.98 out of 5 stars
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The #1 New York Times bestselling author of Nights in Rodanthe explores a darker realm of the heart in an explosive and emotional tale of love and obsession. At 29, Julie Barenson is too young to give up on love. Four years after her husband's tragic death, she is finally ready to risk giving her heart to someone again. But to whom? Should it be Richard Franklin, who is handsome and sophisticated and treats her like a queen, or Mike Harris, who is Julie's best friend in the world, though not as debonair? Now, with a decision that should bring her more happiness than she's had in years, Julie's life is about to become a living nightmare, as one man's jealousy spins into a deadly obsession. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Nicholas Sparks does it again!
The Guardian is a fictional book, a mystery, but at the same time a love story. It takes place in present time in the United States. The theme of the book is love, danger, and dealing with the loss of a spouse. It is about a women, Julie, who has lost her husband at a young age. He leaves her with a puppy, named Singer to watch over her. She feels like she is ready to start dating again and when she starts looking she finds a man named Richard but there is also Mike Harris, her husband's best friend. Soon, when Julie finally thinks she's happy, strange things start happening to her and she realizes if she doesn't take action soon, she will pay the ultimate price- her life.
I loved everything about this book. It was most definitely a page turner, especially toward the end. I usually read the most before I go to bed. One night, I started reading around ten, and I literally could not put it down! I read a little over 200 pages, and I didn't stop reading until 3 a.m. when my mom finally came in and told me I had to go to bed because I had to get up in another two hours. The book put me through a lot of emotions as it went on, I was excited, happy, mad, scared and sad. Even though "The Guardian" is a fictional book, it deals with real situations. It made me more aware of some dangerous things that could happen in real life, to real people. Most people think "this could never happen to me", but this book shows it can.
I think that this book targets many different types of people. Some people like action books, some like romance, but this books satisfies both wants and ties them together very well. The two elements in the story were perfectly balanced, and the way he paced the story, I never lost the slightest bit of interest. I enjoyed the novel and would definitely recommend it to I couldn't ask for more in a book.
By: JB

5-0 out of 5 stars Nicholas Sparks does it again!
The Guardian is a fictional book, a mystery, but at the same time a love story. It takes place in present time in a little town in North Carolina. The theme of the book is love, danger, and dealing with the loss of a spouse. It is about a women, Julie, who has lost her husband at a young age. He leaves her with a puppy, named Singer to watch over her. She feels like she is ready to start dating again and when she starts looking she finds a man named Richard but there is also Mike Harris, her husband's best friend. Soon, when Julie finally thinks she's happy, strange things start happening to her and she realizes if she doesn't take action soon, she will pay the ultimate price- her life.
I loved everything about this book. It was most definitely a page turner, especially toward the end. I usually read the most before I go to bed. One night, I started reading around ten, and I literally could not put it down! I read a little over 200 pages, and I didn't stop reading until 3 a.m. when my mom finally came in and told me I had to go to bed because I had to get up in another two hours. The book put me through a lot of emotions as it went on, I was excited, happy, mad, scared and sad. Even though "The Guardian" is a fictional book, it deals with real situations. It made me more aware of some dangerous things that could happen in real life, to real people. Most people think "this could never happen to me", but this book shows it can.
I think that this book targets many different types of people. Some people like action books, some like romance, but this books satisfies both wants and ties them together very well. The two elements in the story were perfectly balanced, and the way he paced the story, I never lost the slightest bit of interest. I enjoyed the novel and would definitely recommend it, I couldn't ask for more in a book.
By: JB

4-0 out of 5 stars Can't put it down
This book was one of the best books. I have only read two books by Sparks, this being the second, but the story is really good. It's one of those books that you can't put down. Sparks puts you into suspense, the ending is kind of predictable, but all the twists and turns that lead up to it are enjoyable.

4-0 out of 5 stars A great summer read!
This was a great easy read. A little different from the usual Sparks book. Cry at the beginning, suspense in the middle and cry again at the end. With a broken ankle, this book was done in 2 days.

5-0 out of 5 stars Best I have read for long time
Best book for good summer read on the beach. ... Read more

3. Miracle (Random House Large Print)
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Asin: 0375435034
Catlog: Book (2005-06-28)
Publisher: Random House Large Print
Sales Rank: 834133
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4. Northern Lights (Thorndike Press Large Print Basic Series)
by Nora Roberts
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Asin: 0786266333
Catlog: Book (2004-12-09)
Publisher: Thorndike Press
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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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5. The Wedding
by Nicholas Sparks
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Asin: 0446533114
Catlog: Book (2003-09)
Publisher: Warner Books
Sales Rank: 91079
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

6. Nights in Rodanthe (Random House Large Print)
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Asin: 0375430881
Catlog: Book (2002-09-24)
Publisher: Random House Large Print
Sales Rank: 62709
Average Customer Review: 3.28 out of 5 stars
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At 45, Adrienne Willis must rethink her entire life when her husband abandons her for a younger woman. Reeling with heartache and in search of a respite, she flees to the small coastal town of Rodanthe, North Carolina, to tend to a friend's inn for the weekend. But when a major storm starts moving in, it appears that Adrienne's perfect getaway will be ruined-until a guest naed Paul Flanner arrives.At 54, Paul has just sold his medical practice and come to Rodanthe to escape his own shattered past. Now, with the storm closing in, two wounded people will turn to each other for comfort-and in one weekend, set in motion feelings that will resonate throughout the rest of their lives. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars An outstanding romantic novel
"Nights in Rodanthe," by Nicholas Sparks is a phenomenal love story. I've read "The Notebook," "A Bend in the Road" and "A Walk to Remember" by Nicholas Sparks and with my past experiences reading his literature I knew to keep a box of tissues by my side. Sure enough I used about half the box reading "Nights in Rodanthe."

I must be honest, I'm not one to read a book in one sitting but sure enough I was up till 3 o'clock in the morning reading "Nights in Rodanthe." I couldn't put the book down. I had to know what was going to happen next or how it was going to happen.

I was a little disappointed with the way the book began because by page 7, I already knew how the book was going to end. Amanda, Adrienne, the main character's daughter, is going through a hard time due to the lose of her husband to cancer and accuses her mother of not knowing what she is going through. In the book, Nicholas Sparks writes "Adrienne had said nothing, but when Amanda left the room, Adrienne lowered her head and whispered a single word. Rodanthe." (Chapter 1, page 7)

Despite the fact I already knew the ending from that simple paragraph I still couldn't put the book down. I had to know every detail to Adrienne's story and how she and Paul, the love of her life, met, fell in love and hoped to spend the rest of their lives together. I had to know what kept them apart and even though I already knew what happened to them, I had to know how it happened.

I strongly recommend "Nights in Rodanthe" to all romanticist. The novel is full of romantic scenes and if you've ever been in love you'll be able to relate with Adrienne and Paul as they fall in love. The book is hard to put down and I often found myself rushing through one page to get to the next to find out what was going to happen. One word of advice, keep a box of tissues handy.

4-0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable and quick read
This is not my favorite Sparks book, but it was still very enjoyable. It was a quick read (even for a slow reader like me!) and very difficult to put down. As with other Sparks books, you'll feel tugs at your heartstrings. This is a good book to read to escape the chaos of life and be part of a good love story.

4-0 out of 5 stars Well written
Sparks is a very good writter. And this book is well written and short. But so far it has been my least favorite of all his books. With this, his latest love story, he tells us the story of two shattered people. Both sadly scarred by past experiences. Who find each other late in life and realize they are soul mates.

The story takes place in a small coastal town of Rodanthe, North Carolina where Adrienne Willis is tending to a friends Inn as she re-thinks her life. Her husband had left her three years earlier for a younger woman. And the Inn's only guest, Paul Flanner who has just sold his medical practice and has come to Rodanthe to escape his own shattered past.

This meeting of the two takes place within the midst of major storm. Which brings these two people closer toegther. And we share their weekend together. A weekend that will change them. As well as affect the rest of their lives.

4-0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down!
This is one of the best books I've read in a while (last one: "Girl With A Pearl Earring"). Actually I don't read as much as I should or want to, but since I have a "touch" of ADD, the storyline really has to grab my attention. And, this one did a good job. I told a friend of mine about it and I traded it for one she had just finished....."The Guardian". I had already bought "The Wedding", but since now I see that "The Notebook" is a prequel to that, I'll go ahead and read "The Guardian" before I start "The Notebook". Whoa.....I'm all "sparked" out!! Another reason I liked "Nights" was that it was fun reading about familiar names, places, etc. since we lived in Raleigh, NC for 10 years and went to the beach a lot in the summertime. I think I've finally found an author who can hold my attention,

4-0 out of 5 stars Satisfying and quick
This satisfying and quick read was just the thing for a rainy day. And be prepared to use more than one box of kleenex for this one--what a tear jerker it is! But aside from that, it is well written and the characters are some of the best to grace a written page. Granted, "Three Weeks" and "The Wedding" are my all-time favorite Nicholas Sparks novels, but this one is good too. Of the three books I've recently come across (and all were excellent--Birth of Venus, Bark of the Dogwood, and "Nights") this one was the best. I did like the other three, but I'm a big Sparks fan from way back and no one does it like him. ... Read more

7. Land of My Heart (Heirs of Montana)
by Tracie Peterson
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Asin: 0764228994
Catlog: Book (2004-02-01)
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers
Sales Rank: 106906
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Book 1 of Heirs of Montana from bestselling author Tracie Peterson. Adventurers, families, outlaws...all driven west in the 1860s by a longing for endless blue sky along with wild and wide-open spaces. Tracie Peterson, from her own Montana home, paints an unforgettable portrait of this rich, rugged landscape, populated by strong and spirited characters. When Dianne Chadwick urges her family to move west to her uncle’s ranch in the Montana Territory, she has no idea that her new life in the rugged frontier—and even within her uncle’s home—will not be the idyllic adventure she expects. But first she has to survive the arduous wagon journey with the help of guide Cole Selby, whose heart seems to be as hard as the mountains he loves. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars I loved this book
I really liked this book, it was tragic story of a family, as far as romance it had enough to suit me, to prepare for the next book.

If you like this book also try the series by Liz Curtis Higgs, Thorn in my Heart and Fair is the Rose, those books are by far the best I have ever read

2-0 out of 5 stars Not for avid romance readers.
I haven't read much by Tracie Peterson but i was definitely expecting a little more romance in this book. There was so many sad events it was abnormal. I thought it was pretty boring and i didn't even end up finishing it.

4-0 out of 5 stars Diane is forced to suffer more than seems necessary.....
Somehow I felt Tracie Peterson went a bit heavy on the sad stuff, but perhaps that was the way it was. Dianne is featured along with her family which continues to decrease due to various reasons and some very tragic circumstances.

Diane and her Mother want to take the family and flee the war in Missouri- so- without her Father, they leave on a wagon train for Montana. If anything else went wrong there would not have been a book to write! Whites hating Blacks, Indians hating Whites, families in turmoil and through it all, a thread of hope and the Gospel. Enough happiness and success is present to continually nudge the reader to finish.

Tracie did a great job with proof of cultural differences and the grief they could cause through other people, especially in dealingwith the marriage of Bram and Koko.

I am anxious for book 2 in this series. Thank you Tracie Peterson.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great start to a new series
I enjoyed reading Land of My Heart. I don't believe I've read a book of Ms. Peterson's that I didn't enjoy though. The characters are intriguing, and the reader can't help but identify with them. I found Dianne's uncle's marriage to the Native American woman to be very interesting. I look forward to reading more about that, and about the other characters in the next book.

4-0 out of 5 stars A very Sad, but eye opening book
I thought the beginning was slightly boring but then it developed into a great story and I couldnt put it down. ... Read more

8. Beyond the Gathering Storm
by Janette Oke
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Catlog: Book (2000-07-01)
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Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Henry--a Canadian Mountie like his father--struggles between the call of duty and the call of his heart. When he informs a young logger’s wife of her husband’s death, the memory of that loss haunts him for years. Assigned to a new beat five years later, he rediscovers Amber and gains her trust...and eventually her heart. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A great novel!
I rally enjoyed this book, and highly recommend it for
anyone who enjoys Christian fiction novels.

5-0 out of 5 stars a 13 year old reader

5-0 out of 5 stars Realism meets fantasy
I was so excited when I saw this 5th book added to her Canadian West series!The children really go through a lot.It was suspenseful waiting for things to happen sometimes, but isn't that real life?:-)Janette Oke has produced yet another wonderful story that I couldn't put down until the end.Even then, her characters are so well written that it left me wondering if she would write one more for this series!

3-0 out of 5 stars Good book, but
To begin with, this is a good book if you enjoy reading fiction.It was wonderful to be reunited with old characters, and I liked how this book was slightly different from many of Janette Oke's other books in time period and style.Reading this book without the intent of being critical, this was a good book, and a must read for anyone who values Janette Oke's books.

However, to be perfectly fair and honest in my review, this book does have its flaws.I felt as though I grew somewhat attached to Christine and Henry, but this book lacked some of the necessary material and substance that causes the reader to truly bond with the characters.Furthermore, as much as I would love to say I enjoyed every aspect of this book, I was disappointed with Christine for her refusal to see sooner that Boyd wouldn't change.Christine seemed to be a smart, bright girl, but why did the matter of Boyd's attitude seem to be slightly glossed over?There was just something missing to make this a great book.Finally, the book ended very abruptly, in my opinion.Perhaps a sequal is in the making, but if not, Christine's story seemed to vanish near the end, leaving me feeling that her future, or even present, was unsolved.Then with Henry and Sam, I felt totally lost in the abruptness of the ending.Sure, I know what happened with them, but what about the void that gets them to where they are?

Despite my opinions (which provoked me to lower my rating to 3 stars), I still would recommend "Beyone the Gathering Storm" just because it was fun to read.

4-0 out of 5 stars Really Enjoyable
This book was really enjoyable more so because it sort of finished the Wynn and Elizabeth story from the Canadaian West Series, while starting on a new story. This book was much the same as her others really readable and too easy to read its over with much too quickly!.Can't wait for the next one ... Read more

9. Bend in the Road (Random House Large Print)
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Asin: 0375728198
Catlog: Book (2002-07-02)
Publisher: Random House Large Print
Sales Rank: 32570
Average Customer Review: 3.95 out of 5 stars
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Recently selected as the Best Author by readers of Entertainment Weekly, Nicholas Sparks is one of America's preeminent storytellers. Now Sparks spins a tale about a man, a woman, and the devastating secret that threatens to keep them apart...

Miles Ryan's life seemed to end the day his wife was killed in a hit-and-run accident two years ago. Missy had been his first love, and Miles fervently believes she will be his last. As a deputy sheriff in the North Carolina town of New Bern, Miles Ryan not only grieves for Missy, but longs to bring the unknown driver to justice.

Then Miles meets Sarah Andrews. The second grade teacher of his son, Jonah, Sarah had left Baltimore after a difficult divorce to start over in the gentler surroundings of New Bern. Perhaps it is her own emotional wounds that make her sensitive to the hurt she first sees in Jonah's eyes, and then his father's. Tentatively, Sarah and Miles reach out to each other. Soon they are both laughing for the first time in years...and falling in love.

Neither will be able to guess how closely linked they are to a shocking secret-one that will force them to question everything they ever believed in...and make a heartbreaking choice that will change their lives forever.

In A BEND IN THE ROAD Nicholas Sparks writes with a luminous intensity about life's bitter turns and incomparable sweetness. His affirming message carries a powerful lesson about the imperfections of being human, the mistakes we all make, and the joy that comes when we give ourselves to love. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A Romantic Mystery
Nicholas Sparks has created a beautiful, and thrilling story line in the book A Bend in the Road. This romantic, spellbinding book is narrated by the killer of Miles Ryan's wife, Missy. When Mile's son, Jonah, is having troubles in school, his young teacher, Miss Sarah Andrews makes an arrangement with Miles to discuss possible tutoring sessions. Miles had been grieving the mysterious hit and run accident of his much beloved wife, but was surprised when he met with Miss Andrews and found himself quite attracted to her. They soon begin to fall in love and everything seems to be perfect until a numbing secret is discovered in the case of how Missy Ryan was killed. After the truth comes out, Ryan and Sarah must reevaluate their love for each other.
The author was brilliant at keeping the reader interested because every few chapters, the killer would write a journal entry describing his/her emotions and thoughts on what was going on during the accident. I thought this book was interesting because of the way the author made everything seem so real. I could picture every little detail in my head and understand how each character was feeling.
The characters were very believable because they had so many emotions. You really get to know Miles Ryan and how his life was completely about his family and the pain and anguish he went through after Missy died. Then when he meets Sarah Andrews, it seemed as if his life lit up again and had a new outlook on life, which was very refreshing from his normal gloominess. You want to reach out to Jonah when he has his nightmares and questions about his mom that he hardly got to know. Sarah was also a touching character because she dealt with the unfortunate news that she could not produce babies, which made her ex-husband leave her. She moved away from the city and came to the country to live closer to her family and have a better sense of belonging.
The theme is based on moving on through hardships and finding love again. Miles had to deal with the death of his wife which he so dearly cared for, so he could take care of his son and make a living as the deputy sheriff. Once he fell in love with Sarah Andrews, and then discovered the haunting truth about the death of Missy, both him and Sarah have to decide whether to stay together or leave each other forever. The author made it clear that once you find the one you truly love, nothing can break that special relationship.
I really enjoyed this book and thought it was very well written. Sparks' choice of words were perfect for describing the scenery and surroundings. This is illustrated on page 111 in the quote "Friday brought the first truly crisp air of autumn. In the morning, light frost had dusted every grassy patch; people saw their breath as they climbed in their cars to go to work. The oaks and the dogwoods and the magnolias had yet to begin their slow turn toward red and orange and now, with the day winding down, Sarah watched the sunlight filtering through the leaves, casting shadows along the pavement." The first journal entry from the person who killed Missy ended in a shocking way because I didn't realize that it was killer who was writing until then. The last few sentences were "I needed to see Miles, needed to see Jonah. Even then, I knew that our lives would be forever intertwined. I had to be there you see. I was, after all, the one who'd been driving the car. There were also a few places where the author used foreshadowing to keep the audience on their toes. An example of this is from page 95 and read "Because, she said simply, I'd hate to see him get hurt again." It was ironic the way the story had almost replayed itself when Miles was in the accident towards the end of the book and realized that what had happened to his wife was really an accident too. The quote " In his mind, that might be how he saw it. Miles hadn't meant for it to happen, after all, so that made it an accident. As it had been with Missy?" was when Miles realized that Missy's death was also an accident.
I believe this book would be best suited for a young adult or adult because of the romantic content. I also think a female would appreciate it more than a male since it's a love story. Although anyone who enjoys a romantic mystery book, would find this book hard to put down.

5-0 out of 5 stars Hooray!! Finally a Nicholas Sparks Book I Loved
Generally speaking when I read a new author, I use a three book rule. If I'm not real happy after reading the first book I will always try another book by the author, sometimes even two books to see if I feel any differently. Then and only then do I allow myself to say I won't read the author again. But sometimes I even go the final distance and try a fourth book to make up my mind. And it may very well be this book which makes me a loyal fan and future reader of the author.

What I just described above is exactly what happened to me concerning Nicholas Sparks and his books. While many readers loved The Notebook, Message in the Bottle and A Walk to Remember (in my opinion a rehash of Love Story by Erich Segal), none of these books even remotely moved me as they did so many other readers.

And so I passed on reading The Rescue and never expected to pick up another Sparks book again, but then a funny thing happened to me while browsing the library shelves. Seeking a comfort book shortly after 9/11, I found msyelf looking at A Bend in the Road, thinking I'd try another Saprks book. Over the next two days I literally gulped down the pages and loved every word, characters and description. Finally, now I can shout out loud that I read a Nicholas Sparks book I loved.

The story of A Bend in the Road begins two years after Miles Ryan's high school sweetheart and wife dies in a hit and run accident. The responsible party has never been found and looking for this person consumes Miles who is also the town's deputy sheriff. Miles isn't the only one who misses Missy Ryan. There is also their 6 year old son Jonah who can't imagine what happened to his mother when he was so young. Now as each day passes, Miles is more and more determined to find the man or woman responsible for this tragedy.

Then Sarah Andrews, newly divorced and transplanted to the area, becomes Jonah's teacher. Discovering that he is weak in elementary skills she offers to tutor Joanh after school. This puts Sarah directly in Miles' path. At first reluctant to become involved in a realtionship with a woman who he is attracted to, Miles tries to steer clear of Sarah. But eventually their mutual interest in each other finds them dating and pursuing more than a friendship because of Jonah. Then as their relationship grows stronger, the past comes back to haunt the two of them. And all the while I was left furiously turning pages while sitting on the edge of my seat wondering as to the outcome of the book.

I truly loved this book and have learned a valuable lesson from reading this title. Just as we were taught never to judge a book by its cover, I also now understand why its important to sometimes give an author several chances before dismissing them entirely. For one may find, as I did, that it is the very next read which may be that special book that they will always remember. Hopefully, it won't take four other books till I find the one I really love.

5-0 out of 5 stars Listening is to believe....
I had the audio unabridged tapes. It just blew my mind. When
Miles's wife is the victim of a hit and run he is just too hurt.
Then when he meets his son's teacher named Sarah, his life seems to be on the right track to happiness. But when the secret is revealed Miles does not know if there is a future for
him and Sarah.

The readers of this book made it seem so real, I was near tears.
I have read: The Notebook
The Rescue
and I will say they are all excellent reading. If you like drama with romanace Nicholas Sparks has the best.

Try it you might like it.

2-0 out of 5 stars Not at all a page turner...
The book was OK, but not nearly as good as I thought it would be. All Nicholas Sparks books are so predictable and they're just so repetitive. I thought the characters in this book were especially unrealistic. Miles was ridiculous and irritating, and Jonah acted like he was 3 years old rather than 7.

3-0 out of 5 stars thanks a lot
thanks so much for ruining the end of the book need to purchase it now. a bit of advice, some people read these reviews to find new books to read, and don't appreciate when people ruin the book by giving away the ending. don't take my 3-star rating seriously, i didn't get to read the book. ... Read more

10. A Walk to Remember
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There was a time when the world was sweeter...when the women in Beaufort, North Carolina, wore dresses, and the men donned hats...when something happened to a seventeen-year-old boy that would change his life forever.

Every April, when the wind blows in from the sea and mingles with the scent of lilacs, Landon Carter remembers his last year at Beaufort High.

It was 1958, and Landon had already dated a girl or two. He even swore that he had once been in love. Certainly the last person in town he thought he'd fall for was Jamie Sullivan, the daughter of the town's Baptist minister.

A quiet girl who always carried a Bible with her schoolbooks, Jamie seemed content living in a world apart from the other teens. She took care of her widowed father, rescued hurt animals, and helped out at the local orphanage. No boy had ever asked her out.

Landon would never have dreamed of it. Then a twist of fate made Jamie his partner for the homecoming dance, and Landon Carter's life would never be the same. Being with Jamie would show him the depths of the human heart and lead him to a decision so stunning it would send him irrevocably on the road to manhood

No other author today touches our emotions more deeply than Nicholas Sparks. Illuminating both the strength and the gossamer fragility of our deepest emotions, his two New York Times bestsellers, The Notebook and Message in a Bottle, have established him as the leading author of today's most cherished love stories. Now, in A WALK TO REMEMBER, he tells a truly unforgettable story, one that glimmers with all of his magic, holding us spellbound-and reminding us that in life each of us may find one great love, the kind that changes everything... ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars A Book to remember
Nicholas Sparks is the author of many best-selling novels including THE NOTEBOOK, MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE, and his latest love story, A WALK TO REMEMBER. A WALK TO REMEMBER during year 1958, which is a heartwarming story that focuses on two restless young teenage on the account of young, innocent first love, which changes the outlook of the main characters towards life. The illustrations and descriptions of each character create a vivid image in the readers' mind. Landon and Jamie, the two main characters, are teenagers that live in a quiet coast in Morehead City in Beaufort, North Carolina. During those times, when there was nothing much to do, young people would walk around barefooted on wet mosses and mud during the months of April through October. The townspeople, on the other hand, greeted everyone, even if they were strangers. In other words, they were pretty friendly.

Landon Carter is a mid high school student who experiences what an average 17 year old doesn't. His father, working as a United States Congressman, pressures Landon to become a miniature version of himself by expecting Landon to run for the student body president. Due to the fathers' job, Landon was often left with his mother whom he loved more. Thus, the relationship between him and his "old man"(as Landon referred in the book) wasn't that firm. He pleases his father by running, and soon wins. Along with becoming a president, Landon obtains numerous responsibilities, including the attendance to the homecoming prom. Since his ex-girlfriend had dumped him, he has to find a date to go to the prom, to avoid embarrassment. An atypical high school girl who wears old sweaters, plaid skirts, and ties her hair up in a bun is the girl Landon decides to take. Jamie carries a bible every where she went and believed in situations in life according to the Lord's plan. Normally, she is not an approachable girl, being a minister's daughter, and not exactly a girl friend material. After the date at the prom, things turned out differently and were unexpected but successful. Willingly, Landon walks Jamie home with curiosity in his head about whether Jamie's kindness was a pretense. One walk back home led to many other late walks.

Landon takes part in a Christmas play after much pleading of Jamie. After much thinking, he thinks that she has done a lot from him, and therefore feels that she deserves something too. From, acting comrades, it develops into a more intimate relationship, until actually; they can't live without each other. Jamie diagnosed with a serious illness, Leukemia does not keep the love that these two share, apart. Romance, tears, and a well-developed character like Jamie, brings what one can't expect. Their romance is definitely the talk of the book.

This heart-wrenching plot touched me. I now really realize what people could do for love, and how a book, like Jamie and Landon, can't be judges by its cover. Jamie, a simple sweet girl and Landon, desiring prominence and popularity, both are different necessities. What touched me was how Jamie ended up changing Landon into a simple male like her, some one who he wasn't before. The walk after all, was a self-discovery for Landon, and his hidden love he had for Jamie. For all the lovers out there, you could possibly experience the exciting resolution that these two characters face. Furthermore, after reading the book, you could also purchase a video based on this plot, now available worldwide.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Story to Tug on Your Heartstring
This book was recomended to me by a close friend (who was still crying when she gave it to me by the way). "It's just the best book ever!" she said with tears running down her cheeks. I asked her what it was about. When she told me it was about a popular teenage boy falling in love with a nerdy girl, I thought to myself, "Oh great, this sounds like another one of those badly written teenage romance novels!" Still, I decided to read it. I took it home and that night. By the end of the first chapter, I was hooked. It is totally different from any book I have ever read! It is from the perspective of a 17 year old boy named Landon who must have had a GREAT sense of humor, because within that first chapter, I found myself laughing out lound by the little interesting thoughts of his added into the story (who would have guessed by the end I would be crying my brains out!) Landon finds himself falling for Jamie, the overly-perfect(not to mention over-religous, nice, and cheerful) minister's daughter. Landon finds himself as he falls into a deeper love than some people will ever know. By the way, the endng is REALLY good and gets you thinking. This novels pulls on your every emotion. I laughed, I cried! Sparks has outdine himself again!

5-0 out of 5 stars great book
do you enjoy
A. reading books
B. watching movies better?
THOSE WHO ANSWERED A. read the book first, it was a GREAT book (though i watched the movie first so i didnt think it was the BEST)
THOSE WHO ANSWERED B. watch the movie first (as i did...not even knowing there was a book)

the movie was my favorite movie in the world. However, when i read the book, i was slightly dissapointed (so different)
its ur choice which you should watch/read first. I persononly LOVED the movie, i would suggest watching the movie first, becasue i know most people need a great love story that is different than the tyical predictable love story. if you enjoy the movie/book i would highly suggest reading SARAH DESSEN'S books. THE MOVIE AND BOOK WERE BOTH GREAT, GET THE BOTH, BUT BE SURE IN WHICH ONE YOU WANT TO LIKE MORE WHEN YOU CHOOSE WHICH TO WATCH/READ FIRST!

2-0 out of 5 stars A highly predictable book
This is the first book I read by Nicholas Spark, after hearing many good reviews, and many translation of his work to movie screen. I pick this as the first book because of its size, a bit longer than 200 pages, so that I can finish it in 2 days.
I must say I am disappointed (not a bit, but quite a lot). Not only the plot was HIGHLY predictable, I don't think it is good on character development.
In Hong Kong, such similar themes have been repeated in the movies in the 50-60s . About 10 years ago, we had a movie called "C'est La Vie Mon Cherie" with similar theme, but with a much much much moving plot, much much much better characters. The female lead earned a best female actress award in the HK Movie Acadamy Award.

I know this review may piss some of the fans of the author, but I will keep on reading one or two more of his books to see whether I can change my mind.

1-0 out of 5 stars It is this kind of books
that makes one a sadistic and cruel person. This book is so sugary, simple, silly and shallow that I couldn't wait to see Jamie to die in the WORST possible way with unbearable AGONIES and her silly boyfriend to suffer IN THE WORST MANNER one can suffer in this world. I also felt like a dictator and wanted to BURN all the copies of this DRIVEL in a pile so that no more fresh and intelligent minds would be poisoned and opiniated by it. C'mon, the folks of the Great America, is this the best you can produce and read and PRAISE with five-stars? Unbelievable.

And I am sure there must be a CENSURESHIP committee, banning such books from publishing and PENALISING their publishers in the most deterring manner that any editor thinking that such garbage should be published has nothing to do but to leave the industry and take some other job somewhere that does not need any intelligence: for example watering gardens in suburbia. Considering that there are zillions of FIVE star reviewers here, the ordinary people cannot be trusted no more to have SOUND judgements.
Now that Stephen King, the last representative of the great and solid traditional American storytelling has retired, it is not so surprising that we are treated with such author-caricatures, like Dan Brown, Nicholas Spark, etc

Anyone with a brain instead of nails in his head should avoid this and similar items. ... Read more

11. Sam's Letters to Jennifer (Patterson, James(Large Print))
by James Patterson
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Catlog: Book (2004-06-28)
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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

12. When Tomorrow Comes
by Janette Oke
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Catlog: Book (2001-08-01)
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Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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As Canadian men volunteer for World War II in Janette Oke's WhenTomorrow Comes, Christine Delaney recovers from her broken heart and findssolace in helping her adored brother Henry settle into married life with thewidowed Amber and her young son Danny. However, the Delaney family'shappiness is shattered when a terrible auto accident mars an anticipated familycelebration. At this crucial turning point in her spiritual maturity, Christinemust decide if she is willing to give up her dreams of living in the North, andlet God help her choose between her suitors to find a lifelong love.

It's classic Oke here from cover to cover. Christian readers will appreciatethat no matter what the circumstances, God is praised and everything works outfor the best, even when things look grim. The writing is loose in spots-- characters "flush" repeatedly, and the dialogue is often stiff. Oke devoteeswill likely see these as minor glitches in a light, romantic novel that's pennedin the tradition they've come to expect and enjoy. Readers who loved Beyondthe Gathering Storm in Oke's "Canadian West" series will be more thancontent with this sweet sequel about the Delaney family. --Cindy Crosby ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars Compared to her best this doesn't measure up
I wanted to like this story, but it felt rushed and disjointed. She builds up a romantic story line and then skips over into another story entirely. I must admit I like the stories about settlers better than the more modern settings and situations. I suppose the wars aren't that modern but they're a less innocent time. I felt like she had cheated her readers by rushing this to press before taking the time to edit it properly. She had proved herself in the past and I'll buy her books again but it was really disapointing. A writer who can write Roses For Mama can do a lot better.

3-0 out of 5 stars When Tomorrow Comes
Being a Janette Oke and looking forward to reading her books, I was disappointed that the book did not end in the way I had expected. I was pleased to see that I wasn't the only one who holds this opinion. I thought that it would have been a much better ending had it been Christine and Laray, especially with him going to the North as well rather than Eric. I hope Ms Oke writes another one in the series where Christine changes her mind for laray, i really liked him!

5-0 out of 5 stars Janette Oke did it again!
This book tells the story of Christine, a woman that has suffered a broken heart and is searching for God's will for her life. Christine has choices to make and she seeks God's will as she makes those choices. There was information in this book that Ms. Oke weaves into the story about finding God's will that I found helpful for my own life. I enjoyed the story and it had a surprise ending....very different than I was expecting.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great story, although slow-moving at times
This is a great sequel to "Beyond the Gathering Storm."I notice that another reviewer complained that Christine couldn't possibly decide she was in love with Eric at the end of the book just by reading the Bible.Why not?Plenty of real-life people have made decisions that way!There have also been cases of people in love with someone for years before they knew it, I'm glad the story wasn't like that.Perhaps the reviewer has never had such an experience, but that doesn't mean they know everything!It's great to have stories where people read the Bible and act on what they've learned, and Janette Oke is one of my favorite Christian writers!My only complaint is that sometimes it took too long to get through a part of the story that seemed unimportant to me.

4-0 out of 5 stars Can Christine ever forget her beloved North?
Book 6 in Canadian West features the life of Christine.She is recovering from a near tragic relationship with Boyd from book 5, and World War II looms bigger and bigger.Between jobs as the book opens, Christine attends the wedding of her big brother and meets another Mountie, Laray. Is it love? Unable to decided, Christine leaves and cares for her injured Aunt Mary. She discovers a worthwhile ministry at the local Hope Canteen, sharing Christ with young servicemen and women. An automobile accident proves pivotal for both the story line and Christine's life.Oke introduces a handsome young resident at the hospital whose family helped found the town. Christine is torn about her future which seems to revolve around her beloved North. Oke has a very surprising ending to this book, one I was not prepared for nor particularly liked.Hope this book is not the end of the series. ... Read more

13. Second Chance (Steel, Danielle(Large Print))
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5-0 out of 5 stars Very highly recommended!
Fiona Monaghan, editor in chief of a high-fashion magazine, had vowed never to marry. She enjoyed the company of a few select men, but had determined that no man would ever have the opportunity to hurt her. When she was a child, her father had abandoned her and the pain of that experience reared its ugly head every time she allowed a man to become too close to her emotionally.

Fiona was not just beautiful; she was exotic. Although she certainly knew she was considered beautiful, she didn't seem to think too much about her looks. Her obvious weakness, and the one thing that seemed to consume her, was the clothing that filled her closets. Indeed, Fiona had often been known to say that no man would ever be worth giving up closet space for. As she wrapped herself in her high fashion job and lifestyle, her constant companion was a snoring English bulldog by the name of Sir Winston whom she loved completely.

Fiona lived her life in the style of her work, jetting to Europe for fashion shows and supervising model shoots on glamorous beaches, as if there was nothing else - and for her, there truly wasn't. She was at the peak of her career, totally self absorbed and enjoying every minute when John Anderson stepped into her life.

John is the head of a thriving ad agency, and is also a handsome widower with two daughters. Although John and Fiona are attracted to each other at first sight, it soon became clear (to Fiona at least) that they are total opposites. John doesn't seem to notice this small fact, though, and of course they do marry.

Throughout this story, we come to think of Fiona as oblivious to certain situations, inflexible and more than a little bit selfish - especially where John's living space and her clothes closets are concerned. On the other hand, we find that John is a headstrong widower who caters to the whims of his two almost-grown daughters, who are complete brats. Add to that mix Fiona's flamboyant houseman who runs around her apartment half-naked wearing her high heal shoes, and John's two brats and maniac housekeeper who sic the psycho dog from Hades on Fiona - not once but twice - and you have a story to hold your interest. It certainly held mine.

Divorce was inevitable, of course, because John finally realized that Fiona's lifestyle was vastly different from his - plus there were those two half-grown college-age brats (who wrapped him around their little fingers) to consider. So, less than a year after they married, John filed for divorce causing Fiona's worst fear to come true. Once again a man she loved abandoned her, and she was devastated. She quit her job, moved to Paris, and began to purge herself of her demons by writing a book that that closely resembled her life. That's where John found her again and thus the title of this book, Second Chance.

*****Because I could listen without interruption to Danielle Steel's latest book, Second Chance, on audio CD, I found lots of excuses to get into my car and run errands for everyone. I enjoyed it tremendously!*****

4-0 out of 5 stars Closet space aside, not a bad read
Fiona Monaghan is the best of the best in the magazine world. She is editor of Chic magazine. She meets John Anderson, head of an ad agency through the magazine. It is instant attraction for John but Fiona drags her feet when it comes to a romance between the two. She uses lack of closet space as a reason to not become close to John or any man for that matter. But as happens, opposites attract and the two soon find themselves in love--although it may not end with a happily ever after. Fiona is a steadfast woman who leads a somewhat exotic lifestyle with a house man who wears high heels and a dog whom she thinks of as a person. And John has issues of his own with his two grown daughters and his housekeeper and also the psycho dog from %&^$! These two must try to put their differences aside and deal with their different lifestyles while being a couple. It's a question though if they'll be able to succeed.

Second chance was an easy read. At just a little over 200 pages it is not a long read, though it is repetitive. Ms. Steel is still in her "repetitive stage" and tells the reader over and over again about the characters and their downfalls. This is a story though of opposites attracting and the problems that can spring up in a relationship of this kind. Being one half of an attracted opposites couple I could relate to the issues at hand here. It is sometimes hard to compromise with someone who is at times completely different than yourself. Ms. Steel did a good job of showing this aspect of the relationship.

While this isn't a deep, thought-provoking read, it is a nice quick, easy read for a sunny day outside.

3-0 out of 5 stars Not bad
I haven't read many of Danielle Steel's books, but from those that I have read they are your typical romance novels and this is no exception. That's not necessarily a bad thing and one can always use a little romance in their lives and I'm not exception.

I breezed through the book in one day not because I couldn't put it down, but because I was afraid that once I did I may not be motivated to pick it back up again. The characters were a bit whiny and a great deal of time was spent describing every detail of each person's wardrobe. While I realize fashion was a big part of Fiona's life, I thought it was a bit much at times. I enjoyed John and almost wished a man like him would come into my world until we met his two daughters and housekeeper. Eeee gads, had I been Fiona I would have run far away. It was to the point his relationship with his daughters was utterly ridiculous, but sadly that does happen quite often in our society.

If you're looking for a romance novel with some twists and turns that ultimately lead to a happy ending then this is the book. The author won't win awards for her writing style, nor will the ending surprise you, but whoever said that was a bad thing?

3-0 out of 5 stars A bit disappointing.....
I was very eager to read this book and did in 2 days time..but it was a bunch of whining and fighting. I didn't care much for Fiona, a spoiled. selfish, unbending woman, or John, a pushy widower with two spoiled brat kids. All we seemed to dwell on in this book was the lack of closet space in Fiona's house....BOY...what a crisis...she couldn't marry a man because she'd have to give up her closet space!!!! And John kept pushing her to marry him and then when she did...he expected things to go his way. Two spoiled selfish people in the book...neither willing to bend for the other. Sorry, Danielle, but you'll have to do better to earn my 5 stars!

4-0 out of 5 stars Typical DS!!
I am a big fan of Danielle Steel. If you are a fan you know that the ending is predictable. It follows the usual format of romance as is her custom.

It is a look into the world of women whose entire lives are wrapped around their jobs. Fiona lived, ate and enjoyed her job, her single life and all of the trappings. Meeting John was fun but love had a stronger tug despite Fiona's resistance to say no. Fiona had a very difficult road ahead as she wanted to know John's daughters but their resistance to her was even stronger.

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14. Are You Afraid of the Dark? LP
by Sidney Sheldon
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All around the globe, people are being reported dead or missing. At first these seem to be random incidents, but the police soon discover that all four of the victims are connected to Kingsley International Group, the largest think tank in the world.

Now someone is intent on murdering Kelly Harris and Diane Stevens, young widows of two of the victims. Forced together for protection, the two women embark on a terrifying game of cat and mouse against the unknown forces out to destroy them.

Taut with suspense and vivid characterization, the long-awaited Are You Afraid of the Dark? is Sidney Sheldon at the top of his game.

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15. An Accidental Woman : A Novel
by Barbara Delinsky
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Average Customer Review: 4.17 out of 5 stars
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New York Times bestselling author Barbara Delinsky returns to the town of Lake Henry, New Hampshire, scene of her beloved earlier novel Lake News, with an unforgettable story that explores the ways in which we limit our own chances for happiness -- and the accidents of fate that can set us free.

Heather Malone has made her home in Lake Henry for the last fourteen years. Known for her kind, gentle nature, she lives with Micah Smith, a widower, and his two young daughters. When the FBI takes her into custody on charges of flight to avoid prosecution, purportedly for a murder that took place in California, the local reaction is stunned disbelief. Yet, when those closest to her, including Micah, think back over the time they have known her, they realize that they have learned virtually nothing about her earlier life.

Poppy Blake is Heather's closest friend. A lifelong resident of Lake Henry, Poppy is confined to a wheelchair, the result of a snowmobile accident nearly a dozen years prior that left her a paraplegic and killed her male companion. Since then, she has worked hard to rebuild her life. Currently, she runs a local telephone messaging service out of her specially equipped house on Lake Henry. Fiercely independent, Poppy refuses to let her physical limitations break her spirit. However, it is her guilt over past mistakes, more than her present disability, which is holding her back from pursuing a future that includes a husband and family.

Writer Griffin Hughes originally traveled to Lake Henry to investigate a national news story involving Lily Blake, Poppy's older sister. What keeps him coming back is his attraction to Poppy. However, a chance comment made to his brother, an FBI agent, provides the thread that leads the law to Heather. To redeem himself, Griffin is compelled to solve the mystery of Heather's past. Along the way, he becomes key to freeing Poppy from her own past and helping her see the possibilities of a richer future.

Setting her story against the backdrop of a picturesque New England town during the maple syrup harvesting season, when the harshness of winter yields to the sweet promise of spring, and when the whole town is involved in the race to process the sap before the thaw sets in, Barbara Delinsky has written a tightly knit and compelling story that celebrates the values of community, friendship, and the redemptive power of love. ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars Could Have Been Better
Heather Malone?? Lisa Matlock??? Who is the woman living with Micah Smith and his two girls, Missy and Star? That's the question on everyone's mind when the Feds show up to arrest Heather Malone for flight to avoid prosecution. Then it seems as if everyone's friend Heather could be a murderer! This scandal has the whole town talking. And it brings Griffin Hughes to town to help solve the case. Griffin not only wants to solve the case but to become more than friends with Poppy Blake, who is wheelchair-bound from a snowmobile accident.

An Accidental Woman had a good storyline with the Heather/Lisa plot. This storyline takes a detour and becomes the love story of Poppy and Griffin. Their story takes center stage and the Heather/Lisa story becomes the secondary storyline in this book. The character of Heather, who I thought would be the main character but wasn't, barely says anything throughout the book. She seems spineless and not to seem to care about herself or her supposed loved ones--Micah and his daughters.

I thought this book was a little too technical with the description of syrup making. I found the parts with Micah and the neighbors in the sugarhouse and sugarbush boring. I could have lived without the sugar lessons. To me this seemed to add nothing of importance to the story. It just filled up space on the pages, making this book longer than necessary. I think this book could have been cut down by a hundred pages and been better. There was just too much "filler" to the story. I have read two other Delinsky novels with a "who are they really" plotline and liked them much better. The story Heather/Lisa should have been the main focus of the book but it becomes obvious this is just a way to get Griffin to Lake Henry so he can charm Poppy.

This book wasn't what I thought it was going to be. I was looking forward to a suspense story with maybe a touch of romance thrown in. This story disappointed me. The main story fell flat and the characters were not very real to me. I really didn't care about them that much.

If you're thinking of reading this book borrow it from your library. It isn't worth buying.

5-0 out of 5 stars excellent mainstream tale
The townsfolk of Lake Henry, New Hampshire consider Heather Malone as one of their own even though she only lived in the small New England town for fourteen years. Heather lives with Micah Smith and his two girls. They are a very happy family unit until the FBI arrests Heather. They believe she is Lisa Matlock, who killed a United States Senator's son fifteen years ago in California and then mysteriously vanished.

Griffin Hughes, a journalist, feels terrible because it was his conversation with his FBI brother that led to Heather's arrest. He travels to Lake Henry to work on his current assignment and see if he can use his contacts to help Heather and to romance Poppy, a paraplegic who fears that he is confusing pity with love. Griffin is determined that he will prove his love to Poppy no matter how long it takes.

Barbara Delinsky never fails to please her myriad fans and her latest mainstream work is no exception. AN ACCIDENTAL WOMAN stars a heroine who is impossible not to like and she's determined to be independent though she's wheelchair bound. The rather unusual courtship of Griffin and Poppy is realistic and charming. This novel will send Ms. Delinsky back to the New York Times bestseller lists.

Harriet Klausner

5-0 out of 5 stars A Great Read by Delinsky-Don't Miss!
This book was an excellent read, and I enjoyed it all the way through.

Heather Malone has a happy life with her lover Micah and his two daughter's of whom she considers like her own. But intertwined in this wonderful romance, is a hidden past. It comes to light when the FBI come knocking at the door one morning. They have Heather under arrest. But the thing is, they say she's really Lisa, and that she murdered Rob Dicenza who was her abusive husband in the past. So flabbergasted, Micah follows her to the police station where Heather will be held in jail without bond.

Up in arms about what to do, Micah will seek the advice of Poppy Blake, who is an investigative journalist, as well as Heather's dearest friend. If anyone can get Heather to talk, it is Poppy, who is now a paraplegic from a freak accident. Heather finally tells Poppy about Aiden Greene, but only briefly. It is there that Poppy will begin to uncover the whole case, which is shocking once found out.

Griffin enters Poppy's life to help solve the case, and in the meantime the story takes another twist as the two fall in love.

5-0 out of 5 stars I loved this book!
I was disheartened to read some of the reviews from this book. However, this doesn't take away anything away from my thinking. I loved this book from beginning to end. The ONLY thing that frustrated me is calling Lisa Heather after the fact. I loved this small town and all it's inhabitants and people sometimes really aren't what or who they seem to be. I haven't read any of Delinsky's other books, but won't hesitate to pick one up now!

2-0 out of 5 stars Might have to love these characters from elsewhere
This is the only book of this setting that I read by this author, and I found myself having a hard time caring about these characters. Maybe you have to read the other books to truly enjoy them. Poppy is supposed to be so admirable, being a spunky and independent disabled woman, but I would've enjoyed her more if it weren't made clear that her parents or mother had built her a specialized house and bought her a specialized van. How many other disabled people have these kinds of advantages? And her occupation is working the phone lines. It's made clear that people in her small town call her all the time to talk. To me, it sounds like she's a professional gossip. And her boyfriend Griffin is supposed to be so loving and accepting. Then why is such a big deal made about her putting on crutches and re-learning to walk? It ends up sounding like she had to seem more like a "normal" woman to truly be accepted, not just by him, but by the author and the readers. I think this is offensive to any disabled woman reading the story who doesn't have the option of walking using crutches.

And the part about Lisa/Heather and her silence about her past? I wanted to shout: just start talking for crying out loud! And her boyfriend at home, agonizing about opening her backpack, the one link to her past? Just open the darn thing!! These small town characters truly frustrated me. At the end of the book, I was glad to leave this stifling small town atmosphere. I always thought things would be better in a small town. If you end up meeting people like these, I'm not so darn sure. ... Read more

16. The Real Deal (Wheeler Large Print Book Series (Cloth))
by Fern Michaels
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Catlog: Book (2004-11-12)
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Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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With her bestselling mix of thrilling twists and characters to cheer for, Fern Michaels delves inside Washington, D.C.'s halls of power -- and into the heart of an independent woman driven by passion and bound by duty.

Raised by her loving but eccentric aunt, former F.B.I. agent Quinn Star has always relied on herself -- how else could she have survived the Bureau's old boys network, or navigated the heartbreak of a thwarted affair with her boss? Now Quinn risks her life every day in the Secret Service, protecting the First Lady of the United States. Only she can't safeguard her from the ruthless advisors intent on hiding the President's debilitating illness for their political gain. Suspecting a conspiracy that places the fate of the President, his wife -- and the nation -- on the line, Quinn whisks the First Lady out of the capital to her South Carolina home. But nowhere is truly safe from whoever is pulling the strings in a lethal game designed to keep Quinn from uncovering the truth. And no one can tell Quinn if she should risk her heart when a lover emerges from the shadows of the past.... ... Read more

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2-0 out of 5 stars So NOT the REAL deal.
This is the first of Fern Michaels I've read and I just could not take this book seriously. first of all the whole so called scam in the white house was so ridiculously far-fetched and the dialogues were so jumbled that you could literally forget how it actually started especially when the first lady rambled on and on. the characters of agent Star and Wilson were so not ofwomen aged 40 and who have such serious top-notch jobs, they were so immature. but im willing to try more of her books...lets see.

1-0 out of 5 stars Withholding Opinion
I've just started this book but am having a hard time taking it seriously.It is hard to visualize FBI or Secret Service agents behaving like these have so far.When did men need anything more than their underwear to sleep in? to need to wear a woman's nightgown? Give me a break!.And what's with the dog running the show? One can be a canine enthusiast without having them running the house where ever and when ever they go.It will have to get better before I can give it more stars. I have read several of Fern Michael's books or I probably would not have picked out this one.

2-0 out of 5 stars The Real Deal is not worth the time
Quinn Star seemingly has it all, a handsome fiancé, a house in Georgetown, teaching at the University, and a thriving law practice.Her life is turned upside down when her former boss, and lover, Erza Lapufsky reappears in her life and offers her the job she has dreamed of for years, being a part of the Secret Service detail.Not the President but guarding the First Lady.At first, Quinn does not want it at all thinking it was a babysitting job and tries to make all sorts of unreasonable demands to push Erza away.Erza is the Acting Associate Director of the FBI, and not one to give up and gets Quinn to agree to the deal.Her fiancé Alex Duval just happens to be up for the nomination of FBI Director.The comparisons between her old lover and new are so pointedly opposite that it seems fake.It just so happens that her Aunt Birdie is a friend with the first Lady, Letty Jaye.Quinn and her best friend Sadie join the Secret Service for three months. Very bothersome to me is the First Lady calling Quinn and Sadie "girls".Calling non-family members, grown women, and members of the Secret Service "girls" seems condescending and a little much.They learn that Lettie Jaye believes there is an imposter standing in for her husband as President of the United States.No one believes her but her complaints and her persistence start to make sense to Quinn and Sadie.The First Lady demands to go home to Charleston, South Carolina for the holidays.With the help of her beloved housekeeper Cassie, the first lady, Quinn, and Sadie escape from the Secret Service. Mrs. Jaye demands her husband back.You can almost guess the happily ever after ending.This book was a real disappointment.

5-0 out of 5 stars She does it again!
Fern Michaels is one of my favorite authors, and she does it again with The Real Deal! Quinn Star (what a great name!) engaged to a boring judge, steps out of the realm of everyday life in protecting the eccentric, wacky, First Lady of The United States.However, the First Lady is right on the map about her husband.Who would know better than she that the love of her life is in trouble?

I was intrigued with the tunnel that runs between the two houses in South Carolina, and I just had to laugh out loud at Quinn's (also wacky) Aunt Birdie who enjoys "doctoring" up dead people!

You can always tell when reading Ms. Michael's books that she is a canine advocate.Although I'm not real intrigued with dogs myself, I do enjoy the escapades that show up in the books by this author.I highly recommend this book for a lazy summer afternoon.

4-0 out of 5 stars exciting contemporary romantic suspense
After performing as a superstar in a male world, Quinn Star quit the old boy network because she could not crash through the glass ceiling.She blames much of her failure on her former lover and ex boss "Puff" Lapusky, who she felt held her back.Quinn enjoys teaching law at Georgetown and loves her fiancé Judge Alexander Duval, ironically nominated to be the next FBI Director.

For the first time in over seven years, Puff visits Quinn asking her to serve as a secret service agent protecting the First Lady Lettie Jaye, who has been acting strange. The Feds want her under surveillance and protected.Puff believes that Quinn is the best "man" for the job. The assignment proves problematical as Lettie uncovers a high level government conspiracy to hide the truth even if it means killing the current temporary occupants.The most difficult aspect of Quinn's job is not keeping the First Lady safe; it is the return of Puff. She now realizes that her negative feelings for him were a way of hiding her hurt because she still loves him.

Fern Michaels is THE REAL DEAL when it comes to an exciting contemporary romantic suspense.Her latest tale moves on two intertwined subplots.The romance between the engaged Quinn and the man she hates and loves Puff, who should have been fired for messing with a subordinate (where is Mr. Clinton?) is remedied a bit too easily.The exhilarating White House suspense plot is filled with twists that will fool the audience who will enjoy every moment of the manipulations of those in power. This exciting romantic political thriller will appeal to fans who like the works of Nora Roberts and Jayne Ann Krentz

Harriet Klausner
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17. Unexpected Blessings (Random House Large Print)
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18. Black Rose (Thorndike Press Large Print Core Series)
by Nora Roberts
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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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19. The Ranch (Random House Large Print)
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20. Sacred Sins (Random House Large Print)
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For those of you who can't get enough Nora Roberts, Roberts has dustedoff this romance thriller from the early '80s, slapped a new cover on it, andrepublished it. After so many years, Sacred Sins may feel a bit musty,but those readers just looking for a good time won't mind some outdatedattitudes or references when the timeless suspense and romance keep themflipping the pages.

With the talents that later led her to create her J.D. Robb line of In Deathromance thrillers, Roberts uses an "opposites attract" theory of appeal betweenher lovers and firmly places her heroine in the killer's sights. Dr. Tess Courtis a successful psychiatrist who is guilted by her senator grandfather intoadvising on a serial murder case. Detective Ben Paris hasn't much respect forshrinks after his brother's unsuccessful treatment for post-war depression.However, forces align to put these two together and things turn hot and heavy.As they work to uncover the murderer's motives, Tess and Ben realize that she isboth the killer's next likely victim and his best hope for a savior.

Tess has all the spunk and determination of a typical Roberts heroine with agreat wardrobe and elegant tastes to boot. Though the killer's motivationsremain somewhat simple, he is convincingly creepy, and this thriller willsatisfy loyal fans and new readers alike. --Nancy R.E. O'Brien ... Read more

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