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Weekly Reread: Morning Comes Softly by Debbie Macomber.

Posted May 16, 2007 by Rowena in Reviews | 4 Comments

Published by Avon, Harper Collins


Rowena’s review of Morning Comes Softly by Debbie Macomber.

From the Publisher:

A shy Louisiana librarian, Mary Warner fears she’ll always be alone—so she answers a personals ad from a rancher in Montana. Never before has she done anything so reckless, casting the only life she knows aside to travel to a strange place and marry a man she’s never met. But something about this man calls to her—and she knows this may be her very last chance at happiness.

Tragedy made Travis Thompson the guardian of three orphaned children—and determination leads him to do whatever it takes to keep the kids out of foster homes. When he decides to take a long shot on a personals ad, the results are surprising, and before he knows it, he has agreed to marry a mysterious Southern woman sight unseen.

It could be the mistake of a lifetime. But Mary Warner may be exactly what this broken family needs. And with a little faith, a little trust, and a lot of love, two lonely hearts might just discover the true meaning of miracles.

I haven’t read too many books by Debbie Macomber. As a matter of fact, I think this is the one book of hers that I’ve read. And what’s even funnier is I picked up this book off my TBR shelf thinking I hadn’t read this book and when I was about half way through the book, I realized I had not only read the book, but I owned it as well, which means that I’ve got an extra book.

*sigh*

Oh well.

Not that I minded a reread of this book at all. When I started the book I noticed that the book sounded vaguely familiar. I couldn’t quite place where I had read this kind of storyline before, but as soon as the book picked up, I knew exactly when I read it and what I was going through when I read it. I was absorbed in Travis and Mary’s world and I just thought it was the cutest book.

Debbie Macomber’s world of cowboys and southern belle’s coming together over a want ad to raise three kids together made for a great and just fantastic story.

I enjoyed seeing them grow to love each other, these two perfect strangers who married not too long after they met. I enjoyed their interactions with the three kids that Travis inherited after a deadly car accident took his brother and sister in law out of their lives. I enjoyed seeing Travis come to love Mary even though he wasn’t the loving sort…or so he thought.

Seeing Travis and Mary fight with each other and make up with each other was an awesome treat for me because I’ve been having one of those crappy weeks. I really loved Debbie Macomber’s writing style and just the character development of each character was well written, I didn’t feel like it was rushed or anything, it was just right. The storyline was a good one, something I haven’t read before making it an original for me.

All in all this was a great reread and just a good time all over again, I picked a great Weekly Reread this week because I seriously want to hunt up some more Debbie Macomber books to add to my larger than my body TBR pile. I want more cute stories like this.

Has anyone read any Debbie Macomber books and can recommend some to me?

Grade: 4.75 out of 5

This book is available from Avon. You can purchase it here or here in e-format.


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Review: Key of Knowledge by Nora Roberts.

Posted May 13, 2007 by Rowena in Reviews | 2 Comments


Rowena’s review of Key of Knowledge (Key Trilogy #2) by Nora Roberts.

From Publishers Weekly:

Following hot on the heels of the first installment in Roberts’s Key trilogy, this second book (following Key of Light) continues the story of three contemporary female friends chosen to free the souls of ancient demigoddesses called the Daughters of Glass. This time, the heroine is Dana Steele, a librarian who is sure that the key she’s seeking lies in a book. As she begins her search, Dana renovates Indulgence, the gallery-cum-salon-cum-bookstore she is opening with her friends Malory Price and Zoe McCourt. She also spends sometimes passionate, sometimes vexing time with Jordan Hawke, the thriller writer who broke her heart years earlier when he abandoned her and their small Pennsylvania town of Pleasant Valley to seek fame in New York. Dana slowly realizes that the love they once felt for each other has not died-and that Jordan’s writing is inextricably entwined with her supernatural quest. In the end, Jordan must join with Dana to fight the spells of the sorcerer Kane and fulfill the terms of her quest. Despite lots of special effects, Kane isn’t powerful enough to create much suspense, and Dana is a surprisingly inefficient detective for one so bright. But Roberts’s zesty characterizations and fresh, energetic style succeed in drawing readers into this far-fetched tale. (Dec.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Book Two in this trilogy follows Dana Steele through her journey of finding the key of knowledge that will free the second daught of the glass. It follows her while she finds her destiny and deals with her past, her present and prepares for her future.

Dana is straight up and takes no bullshit from anyone. Most especially her exboyfriend, Jordan Hawke. The man who walked away from her and what they shared in the two years that they were together with no backward glance.

His up and leaving left her very bitter with him and men in general. She doesn’t trust him farther than she can throw him which isn’t at all. And with him back home and mixed up in this key business right along with her makes her madder than all get out. She hates that he’s back and in her life again because the last time he was in her in life and in her heart, he crushed it. She doesn’t trust herself to keep things light and friendly with him and she gets all pissed off when she finds out that in order for her to find the key that she needs to find, she needs to make things right with Jordan because Jordan is part of her quest in finding the key.

Dana needs Jordan in order to find her key and she needs to get to the bottom of why he left and see things from his perspective in order for her heart to survive another encounter with Jordan Hawke, who is the only man that she has ever loved.

This book was the bomb.

I’m serious, there wasn’t much I didn’t like about this story, I loved Dana’s hardheadedness where Jordan was concerned and I understood it. It did get on my nerves a bit but more over, I just plain understood why she was with the way she was with him but she wasn’t playing stupid over why she was acting unreasonable where he was concerned. She didn’t deny that she was still in love with him which made her the way she was around him, all surly and bullheaded.

I loved Jordan and all of his issues, his sense of humor and just everything about him. Jordan was a fantastic hero and I hella enjoyed reading about him trying to make things right with Dana. I loved reading his reasons for leaving and I loved reading how he wooed Dana back into his corner, I loved that he didn’t try to breeze right over what he did to her before but really wanted her to understand and forgive him for what happened between them before.

I loved his writing, I loved his role in all of this, I just plain loved Jordan Hawke. He was my most favorite thing about this book, maybe this series. He was my favorite hero in Key of Light and I really enjoyed him in this story but I have a feeling that Brad is going to be my favorite hero in this series…there’ s just something about Brad that I’m looking forward to reading in his book.

I loved how Dana and Jordan fought to overcome the evil bastard in this series, I loved how they fought together and their love was what got them through, corny as all get out but I was diggin’ it.

This book was another definite winner from Nora Roberts, although I’m having a hard time believing that Nora Roberts will write something that I don’t like. I just like her writing style, it’s the bomb diggity for me! She knows just how to rock her stories to get the most out of them and make me love the characters, the storylines and just everything about them!

One thing I didn’t really care about in this story was Jordan’s nickname for Dana, which was Stretch. That’s no fault of the author though since it only reminds me of a harsh nickname that a woman that I know was called when she was younger. They called her Stretch for an entirely different reason that Jordan called Dana that and so everytime Jordan called her Stretch, I cringed because I kept thinking about poor Amy.

But aside from that, the book was fantastic!

Grade: 4.75 out of 5

This book is available from Penguin. You can purchase it here.


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Review: Twilight by Meg Cabot.

Posted April 26, 2007 by Rowena in Reviews | 0 Comments

Review: Twilight by Meg Cabot.Reviewer: Rowena
The Mediator #6: Twilight by Meg Cabot
Published by Harper Collins
Publication Date: January 1st 2005
Genres: Young Adult
Pages: 256
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four-half-stars

Suze has gotten used to ghosts. They wake her up in the middle of the night. They haunt her locker at school. She's even spotted a few down at Carmel Beach. Suze is a mediator, after all, and communicating with the dead is all in a day's work for her. The last thing she ever expected was to fall in love with one: Jesse, a nineteenth-century hottie.

But when she and Paul Slater, himself a mediator of undeniable power (and dubious intent), discover that the powers they share aren't limited to helping ghosts resolve their earthly woes, but can also be used to determine whether or not they become ghosts in the first place, Suze can't help but freak. Not because she suddenly knows how to alter the course of history, but because Paul can, too. And Paul would like nothing better than to prevent Jesse's murder, keeping him from becoming a ghost and allowing him to live a natural life at last ... but in the nineteenth century. Meaning Jesse and Suze would never meet.
Suddenly, Suze is faced with the most important decision of her life: allow the only guy she's ever loved to have the life he's always longed for ... or keep him anchored forever in half-life at her side. Will Jesse choose to live without her, or die to love her?

Will Jesse choose to live without her, or die to love her?

I finished this book earlier this week and I’ve got to say that I loved the way this series ended, because this series DID end with this book, right? Goodness, I hope so because the series needed to end just the way it did in Twilight.

Meg Cabot did an excellent job with this series and I’m being totally serious here. This is a series that I’m enjoying right along with my two nieces, Chloe and Chelsea. Brenna (my daughter) is excited to read it when she turns 14 and my nieces Meghan, Makenna, Chaylene and Cheridan are waiting in line to read this series as well. I’ve read aloud to them nightly and so they are all really looking forward to reading about Suze’s adventures being a mediator and pleasing the many ghosts who came knockin’ or really, yelling in her room.

Meg Cabot sure doesn’t disappoint with Twilight. It was an upbeat, funny story just like her other stories were but I’ve got to say that I wanted to strangle Suze more than once in this book. She was so hot damn whiny about stopping Paul from doing what she didn’t want him to do and if you ask me, her reasons for stopping Paul from doing what he wants to do…for Jesse are so effing selfish they made me want to bitch slap her upside her damn head and then karate chop her knee caps off.

Seriously, the dumb broad shows her age (all of 16) when she bitches and moans about why Paul can’t go through with his plan to “save” Jesse’s life.

I mean, she loved Jesse so much that she wanted him to stay dead and with her in her room for all of her years and however many years it took for him to move on, I guess.

It was so stupid!

But she makes up for her stupidness in the end and I was happy with the way the story ended. It’s all make believe and if I can read and love stories where Dark Hunters get their souls back and give up their immortality to be with the ones they love, I can totally dig ghosts and their lives and whatever that they have in this story.

I would totally recommend this series to anyone that wants to read great, teenage fun chasing ghosts and righting wrongs for the dead. It’s a laugh a minute and the characters are sweet, warm and very lovable.

Get these books now and read them, a treat for all ages!! =)

I read and reviewed the rest of this series over at my old book blog, Sanctuary’s Finest so you can find the other reviews here:

Book 1: Shadowland
Book 2: Ninth Key
Book 3: Reunion
Book 4: Darkest Hour
Book 5: Haunted
Twilight

Grade: 4.75 out of 5

four-half-stars


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Review: Haunted by Meg Cabot.

Posted April 26, 2007 by Rowena in Reviews | 2 Comments

Review: Haunted by Meg Cabot.Reviewer: Rowena
Haunted by Meg Cabot

Publication Date: October 6th 2009
Genres: Young Adult
Pages: 288
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five-stars

Suze is used to trouble, but this time she's in deep: Ghostly Jesse has her heart, but Paul Slater, a real flesh—and—blood guy, is warm for her form. And mediator Paul knows how to send Jesse to the Great Beyond. For good.

Paul claims he won't do anything to Jesse as long as Suze will go out with him. Fearing she'll lose Jesse forever, Suze agrees. But even if Suze can get Jesse to admit his true feelings for her, what kind of future can she have with a guy who's already dead?

This book was a trip.

Paul Slater is so slimy and bad for Suze but I can’t help but like him, only because he’s a bad ass and all women like the bad asses! The other reason I thought that Paul was better suited for Suze (totally against my better judgement of course) is because he’s, well alive. The only other person that could capture Suze’s heart, is a dead guy who lives in her room named Jesse and as much as I loved Jesse, I didn’t see how they could have a future together with her growing older and Jesse staying 20 forever as a ghost.

If you think about it, Suze would never get to introduce her boyfriend to her parents, friends and loved ones. She would never go out on an official date because well, Jesse doesn’t eat and no one can see him, so while she’d be out on their “date” she’d be talking to herself and her family would probably check her into the nearest mental institution.

See her dillemma there?

With Paul, underneath all of the Billy Bad Ass techniques, he’s got a heart beating somewhere in there and he really likes Suze, so it would just go to show that he’d change for her, right? He was totally redeemable in this story, I mean, he got on my hot damn nerves with how persistent and how truly unlikeable and shady he could be but what great hero doesn’t need a total makeover in the character department before turning into the man we all know and love in the end? I had every faith that Meg Cabot could turn his character around…

…well atleast I hoped he would….

…in the beginning and middle of the book.

And then I came to my senses. Jesse is where my heart belonged and he was the man that I wanted Suze to somehow end up with. I didn’t care how Meg brought them together, I only knew that it was those two that I wanted standing in the end, riding off into the sunset together.

With all the crap that Jesse has pulled Suze out of and all of the feelings bottled up inside of Suze for Jesse, they totally deserve some kind of happy ending and I was so anxious to read it.

This book was fanfrickin’tastic!

There was more Brotherly love from the Akerman brothers toward Suze and I seriously loved reading the scene where Brad and Jake’s party totally crashed and burned. I loved seeing the fight between Suze’s “men” and the coming out of Jesse to her friends. I loved how CeeCee, who didn’t believe in ghosts and all of that crap that her Aunt is famous for, believed in Suze and was curious to find out all about “Jesse”.

I enjoyed the scenes with Father Dominic, Adam, Brad, Andy, Jake and even nerdy David. This series is filled to the brim with fabulous characters that reach right into your insides and squeeze your heart with loads of laughter and just all around good characteristics. This is an all star cast and I am totally in love with this little Mediator World that Meg Cabot has created.

Haunted is a great story and I had high hopes for Twilight.

Great, great book!

The Reading Order: I read and reviewed the other books in this series over at my old book blog, Sanctuary’s Finest, but here are the links to the other reviews I did for this series.

Book 1: Shadowland
Book 2: Ninth Key
Book 3: Reunion
Book 4: Darkest Hour
Haunted.
Twilight.

five-stars


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