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Author: Fern Michaels

Latest of Fern Michaels sisterhood series.  Features the main characters of the series!

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Title: Gotcha
Author: Fern Michaels

Another great gook from Fern Michael series of the sisterhood!

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Author: Sandra Brown

Another great audio book from Sandra Brown.  I love each and every one of her books!

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Author: Cara Putman

Another great book in this series of quilt mystery books!

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Author: Susan Page Davis

Another great book in this series of mystery quilt books!

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Author: John Sandford

Excellent book! Was told by a friend that I should read this series of books by John Sandford over a year ago, but had other books that I wanted/needed to read first. Really glad that I did listen to him when I was looking for a new series to read.

Usually read for 1/2hr to an hour a night before I go to bed. It's quite time and it lets my mind uncoil. Spent a good 1/2 longer than I wanted to reading because the story was so fast paced and enveloping. Could have read all night, but had to stop when I noticed it was a couple hours later.

 

Started on the second book in the series and will have to reserve the 3rd book so I can start reading that by the end of the weekend.

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Author: Maggie O'Farrell

This fast read leaves you with lots of food for thought. It has several mysteries running simultaneously. During parts of the book, the author uses a very interesting writing style in which she injects fragments of thought and/or action from the perspectives of different characters which also cover different periods in time. Don't let this put you off! Just keep reading and it will all come together!

Esme is the main character who is institutionalized for over sixty years. (She has been disrespected in a series of ways. First and foremost is that the administration in the asylum will not call her by the name that she goes by, Esme.) The psychiatric unit is closing down and a great niece named Iris finds out about Esme. She never knew about her great aunt before! Iris goes to meet Esme and feels responsible for her future. Iris feels connected to Esme on some level that she doesn't understand. She knows they are related but it goes deeper than that.

Esme and Iris have had a series of dysfunctional experiences and they intersect at the end over a horrifying realization.

I was especially put off by how men treated women in this book. Also, how the women were not familiar with their own sexuality. When you are done reading you are left wondering, was Esme sane or insane?

Good one!!!

(For some reason reminded me of THE DINNER, by Herman Koch.)

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Author: Bill Oreilly

This book gives a factual account of the events leading up to the assassination of a president who was greatly loved by many but not without his share of enemies. History buffs or anyone who has interest in the Kennedy family may enjoy this sad story.

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Author: Ann Hood

I have no idea what prompted me to take this book home to read- the title isn't all that catchy. But I am certainly glad that I did! This is one read that I had a hard time putting down. It is a tale of two women, without connection, until late in the novel- and their stories of love and loss. Spanning over decades, chapter by chapter, the women bring to life their experiences in love and life. The tales intertwine together in a most unexpected twist that only enhances the plot overall.

This is a story of a woman who found the love of her life, only to lose him in the great earthquake. She spends several years believing that he is yet alive and puts her life on hold for over a decade. The other story depicts a young married mother, feeling stifled by the limitations of her life in the early 1960's. She is infatuated with the Kennedy's, bored with her life "making her husband's life easy", and hungry for someone to listen to her and engage her in real conversation. Both tales of eras now past differ from opportunities afforded women now, but the quest for love and that connection is one that spans eternity.  I highly recommend it!

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Author: Marina Chapman

I found this book in a search for stories about feral /abandoned children.  It is the story of Marina Chapman, born in Columbia and kidnapped and abandoned in the jungle just before her 5th birthday.  Kidnapping and abandoning children is very common in Columbia due to drug trafficing.  Marina was adopted by monkeys and slowly learned to copy their behaviour in order to survive.  They taught her to find food, climb trees, etc After a few years she had lost her memory of human language.  One day she found a piece of a mirror and after looking into it realized how different she really was physically from the monkeys, then she also saw a pregnant woman in the jungle who had come away from her camp to give birth in private.  She knew at that point that she belonged to people and had a strong desire to be loved by a mother.  When 2 hunters, one of them a woman, came into the jungle, she showed herself  to them because she had such a strong desire to be a part of her own kind, even though she was very frightened.

But that is just the beginning of her story.  The hunters take her and sell her to a brothel which begins her new life back with humans and starts a story that is more exciting than any fiction book or movie one could ever make up.  I don't want to give it all away, but it was so exciting and moving that I couldn't put it down and has a happy (and true) ending.   And it only covered the first 15 years of her life, or so.

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