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Author: Fannie Flagg

This book is a reader's delight as all of Fannie Flagg's books are.

In Alabama, Sookie at age 60 swoons and is totally discombobulated when she discovers that she is adopted.  She finds that she has Polish relatives in Pulaski, Wisconsin

Her mother, Lenore, is quite excentric and quite domineering.  Sookie also has old relatives who are somewhat crazy; now Sookie feels great relief that she won't end up in a home for "nutty" people.

This story bounces back and forth in time.  Turns out that during WWII Sookie's birth mother and aunts and an uncle were all pilots in the airforce.  Her Aunt Fritzi was a famous, daring stunt flyer and wing walker.

Finally, after much anguish, Sookie travels to California to meet her Aunt Fritzi only to discover that Sookie's mother had been killed in a plane crash leaving behind her beloved baby, Sookie. 

Sookie's Polish family get together and show her the old filling station which was owned by the family and became extremely successful when it was operated by the four young sisters during WWII.

Customers came out of their way to see girls whizzing around on roller skates while taking care of business in the most extraordinary ways.

I love all of the funny and enduring characters in the book.  Definitely worth reading! 

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Author: Ann Leary

This was one of the most mesmerizing  and intriguing books that I have read in a long time.  I read it in two sittings.  Just couldn't put it down.  It's about Hildy, an alcoholic, who lives in a small New England town with her daughters families.  There are many subplots to which we see her react.  Sometimes I didn't know if she was living her experiences or just hallucinating from the alcohol.  At times I could actually feel what she must have been going through.  The author did a great job of making you think otherwise than the truth.  Very confusing at times, which is what an alcoholic must go through themselves at times.  Outstanding!!!

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Author: Daniel Silva

Another spy thriller episode with Gabriel Allon with the setting in France and Russia. When a Russian newspaper editor is murdered in an exclusive French hotel it calls the multi talented Israeli spy, Gabriel Allon into action. A Russian millionaire is determined to sell weapons of any size or type to Al Queda type individuals with the help of members of the Russian government. When he finds that his adversaries are members of the FSB (former KGB) it does not appear as though he will come out of this game of international intrigue alive or unscathed. Through investigation Allon learns that nuclear weapons might be some of the arsenal and he has to make alliances with various intelligence agencies of other countries, which is a problem in itself. When the millionaires wife becomes involved it complicates the operation and leads to some very intense moments. An overall nailbiting novel that will keep you on the edge of your seat.   

Engaging Story

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Author: Jojo Moyes

This was a very good read.  The story begins with 27-year-old Jennifer Stirling waking up in the hospital, recovering from an accident she cannot remember.  A man visits her every night, and people keep telling her he's her husband, but she is suffering from amnesia and doesn't know him at all.  In her heart she realizes she does not love this man.  She is sent home to recover and finds herself surrounded by supreme luxury complete with a mansion, clothing beyond her wildest dreams, servants, the whole works.  She learns her husband has made his millions from mining operations in war ravaged Congo.  She knows he has exploited the situation there.  She feels disoriented and is not the same person she was before the accident.

While cleaning out closets one day in an attempt to jar her memory, she finds a hidden love note to her from the mysterious "B".

Fast forward to 2003, when journalist Ellie is researching a story in her newspaper's morgue and comes across a love letter from "B" and decides to find out whether the passion expressed in the letter led to a a happy ending.

It's a well written book that delves into heartbreak, the politics of exploiting the land and people to make a fortune, and recovery from amnesia.  I do recommend this book.

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Author: Sarah Allen

Girl Who Chased the Moon is a beautifully magical world that I was instantly sucked into. Between a girl who has to live down her mother's teenage reputation while trying to find out what secrets her new home hides, and a woman who must confront her past in order to meet her future, this book had me on the edge of each page, excited and hungry to find out what happens next. A little faith, trust, and magicall moon dust (sort of), sprinkled on top of this gorgeous world and you have Sarah Allen's wonderful tale of fate, and the choices we make. A must read for anyone: young, old, or even for bedtime stories!

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Title: Sin Undone
Author: Larissa Ione

Larissa Ione is by far one of my favorite authors and this final installment has come too soon. In the final fight for what is right and what is evil, I feel as if my mind has been blown into dust by the sheer amount of awesome that Ione has unleased in this tale. Her characters, now fully aware and totally competent, have surpassed everything I could have thought of them and I have a feeling that there's more to come.

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Author: Larissa Ione

Ione has outdone herself in this amazing tale. The fourth book of her Demonica series is nearly impossible to set down, and the back story is so intense that I almost cried when it was over. So much to obsorb, such amazing characters, and somehow the plot keeps thickening.

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Author: Larissa Ione

So there I was, nose deep in the third installment of Ione's sexy world of demons, hunters, ghosts and werewolves, when I realized that no matter how slowly I read, the end of the book was coming, and quickly teared up. I couldn't help but instantly miss the female protagonist and all her innocence and her male counterpart with all his... well... dark, sexy yumness. The fourth book was quickly obtained.

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Author: Larissa Ione

Again I allowed myself to be thrown into Ione's devious world and have come out the other end unable to completely convey my enthrallment with her rounded characters and startelling plots. All I can say is, "Where's the next one?"

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Author: Larissa Ione

In this first book of demonic tendencies and delicious men, I was totally done in by the intensity of the characters and swept away by the sizzling passion. Deffinately a must read for all you supernatural romance lovers out there.