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My Love Affair with England
My Love Affair with England
von Susan Allen Toth
  Taschenbuch

5.0 von 5 Sternen Almost as good as being there, 1. August 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: My Love Affair with England (Taschenbuch)
Since I won't be able to go to England this year, this book nearly made up for it and I became an armchair traveler instead. The author writes as if she is talking to her best friend about her trips - there were several times when I wanted to chime in or ask her more questions! I am looking forward to reading the other two books she has written about England and would love to be a part of a tour group she leads!


Against His Will
Against His Will
von Trish Jensen
  Taschenbuch

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5.0 von 5 Sternen A Fun Read!, 25. Juli 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Against His Will (Taschenbuch)
This book is a contemporary comedy/drama which is reminiscent of the books of Jennifer Crusie. Jake Donnelly's beloved aunt has died and instead of the cabin in PA that he wanted, she has left him her bulldog, Muffin. With Muffin comes control of her $20 million estate -- but there are stipulations, one being he has to spend two weeks with Muffin at a doggy spa. The FBI agent had other ideas as to how to spend his summer vacation but knows this is the way he will eventually obtain what he wants. He doesn't expect to fall in love with the owner of the doggy spa,LeAnne, an animal psychologist. In fact, he is skeptical at first wondering how in the world this elaborate place was paid for. There is action, too, when his partner at the FBI decides that a trial witness whose life they are trying to protect would be well-hidden at the spa with the Jake. I loved this story and would highly recommend it to readers who like a bit of drama with witty repartee and lots of sexual tension.


Sullivan's Island: A Lowcountry Tale (Lowcountry Tales)
Sullivan's Island: A Lowcountry Tale (Lowcountry Tales)
von Dorothea Benton Frank
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 5,80

5.0 von 5 Sternen An oustanding new voice!, 15. Juli 2000
Dorothea Benton Frank is a outstanding new voice for women's fiction, acombination of the southern voice of Deborah Smith, the mainstream women fiction voice of Patricia Gaffney, and the humor of Jennifer Crusie. Although I have never visited Sullivan's island, the author's vivid descriptions placed me firmly in the Lowcountry. I am looking forward to the author's next book, which appears to be a sequel. It can't be published soon enough for me!


Spotlight
Spotlight
von Carole Bellacera
  Gebundene Ausgabe

5.0 von 5 Sternen One of the Best Books of the Year!, 4. Juli 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Spotlight (Gebundene Ausgabe)
Carole Bellacera has done it again! She has followed her outstanding debut novel, BORDER CROSSINGS with a book that's as good, if not better. Wonderfully romantic and suspenseful, SPOTLIGHT is the story of American Fonda Blayne, a writer/photographer for an American rock magazine, Spotlight. She has been assigned to do a book on charismatic Irish rock star Devin O'Keefe who, despite growing up in Northern Ireland advocates peace instead of violence to deal with "The Troubles." However a woman from Devin's last is using him, without his knowledge, to further her cause which includes bombings and other violent acts.
As Devin and Fonda's relationship escalates from a professional to a personal level, can Devin tell Fonda the truth about this woman from his past and still hold on to her love?
This is an outstanding book from its haunting prologue to its exciting conclusion. I absolutely could NOT put it down and was up until 3AM finishing it. I highly recommend this book as one of the best books of the year.


Woman of Grace (Brides of Culdee Creek)
Woman of Grace (Brides of Culdee Creek)
von Kathleen Morgan
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 11,70

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Awesome, 27. Juni 2000
I didn't think Morgan could top DAUGHTER OF JOY but she's certainly done it with WOMAN OF GRACE. This story picks up where DAUGHTER OF JOY left off and is the story of the ex-prostitute, Hannah who Abby rescued from the brothel. Hannah and her baby have found a home at Culdee Creek and Hannah has been assisting Devin MacKay's wife. There are a lot of surprises in this story and to tell too much would rob the reader of much of the pleasure if too much is told. Suffice to say it's another powerful read from master storyteller Kathleen Morgan.


Reilly's Law (Irish Blessings)
Reilly's Law (Irish Blessings)
von Elizabeth Keys
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 4,33

5.0 von 5 Sternen An impressive debut!, 26. Juni 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Reilly's Law (Irish Blessings) (Taschenbuch)
REILLY'S LAW is an exciting story from beginning to end. The story of solicitor/boat captain Bryan Reilly and the young woman he meets when she literally flings herself into his arms is a joy to read. Bryan Reilly is traveling to England to secure financing for his family's fledgling ship yard while Emilynne Wellesley needs to flee Ireland and the man bent on obtaining custody of her young niece and nephew. Emilynne doesn't trust Thaddeus Whyte and with good reason. All he cares about is gaining control of the estate of Emilynne's recently deceased brother and sister-in-law -- he could care less about the children. This story was quite a pleasant surprise. Rarely does one find a first-time author with such maturity. This is the first of a trilogy and I can hardly wait for the next two stories!


The Decision (Palisades Pure Romance)
The Decision (Palisades Pure Romance)
von Gayle Roper
  Taschenbuch

5.0 von 5 Sternen The Conclusion to an Oustanding Series!, 23. Juni 2000
In the conclusion to the series, THE DECISION, Cara's recently-vacated rooms are rented by Rose Martin, a young RN/EMT who has been the home health nurse for the recently injured Mary Zook. Rose has just seen her patient killed in a car bombing and it soon becomes evident that someone wants Rose dead as well. Several years previously Rose had saved Jake Zook's life in the accident in which he was paralyzed. She becomes Jake's friend but doesn't tell him she is the one who sat with him until the paramedics arrived. Jake thinks himself of not worthy of the love of his kind woman and resists any effort at a relationship. He feels particularly helpless when he's unable to protect Rose from whoever is stalking her. But Rose is harboring guilt of her own - she can't forgive herself for causing the death of her father and sister many years previously. Jake, who has left his Amish roots is not a believer at all, while Rose cannot wholly give her heart until she learns to forgive herself. Two subplots add depth to this story -- the first of an Amish teenager who has moved in with her grandparents after becoming pregnant and now lives there with her infant son who is very ill with heart problems. The second subplot deals with Esther, a young woman who has moved in with the Zook family to help out while Mary Zook recovers from injuries sustained in fall, and the Zook's son Elam - who is pining away for a woman he cannot have and is blind to the lovely Esther who loves him.
For readers who like those wounded heroes, there isn't a better one than Jake Zook. What a wonderful couple Jake and Rose make - but will his belief that he is not worthy keep them from the happiness they deserve?
This is one series I hated to see end - even after reading them one after another. I will definitely be on the look out for other books by this talented author.


The Document
The Document
von Gayle Roper
  Taschenbuch

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5.0 von 5 Sternen The Second in an Outstanding Series, 23. Juni 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: The Document (Taschenbuch)
In THE DOCUMENT, romance writer Cara Bentley has just discovered her recently-deceased grandfather's adoption papers and decides to search for his biological family - a search which brings her to Lancaster Co., PA where she rents the rooms recently vacated by Kristie Matthews. The attorney she employs to assist her in her search? Kristie's ex-boyfriend Todd. It's soon apparent Cara and Todd are much more suited than Kristie and Todd were. But there's someone who doesn't want Cara to find her grandfather's family.
The author gives insights into Amish culture including several traditions which are hard for the English (anyone not Amish) to understand. THE DOCUMENT is doubly enjoyable as its romance-writer heroine talks about the respectability of romance and even mentions having more difficulty chosing what books to take on a trip than what clothes to pack, something many romance readers can certainly identify with! THE DOCUMENT also will appeal to readers who share an interest in family history and/or adoption search.
This is an outstanding series with a wide appeal. Thank you, Ms. Roper!


The Key
The Key
von Gayle Roper
  Taschenbuch

4.0 von 5 Sternen The First Book in an Outstanding Series, 23. Juni 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: The Key (Taschenbuch)
In THE KEY, artist and schoolteacher Kristie Matthews yearns for a simpler life. The day she moves into her new apartment, she sustains a dog bite necessitating a trip to the emergency room. Jon Clarke Griffin, who is at the farm to visit his friend, Jake, takes her to the hospital. While she is in the Emergency Room, a stranger hands her a key telling her to keep it for him but to tell no one she has it. She ends up befriending the elderly stranger as he is hospitalized recovering from a heart attack. She has no idea she is putting herself in danger as well. Meanwhile Kristie breaks off the relationship with her lawyer boyfriend, Todd Reasoner and soon thereafter begins seeing Clarke Griffin. Soon a series of peculiar events including a break-ins, make Kristie wonder what she has gotten herself into.
The three books in this series, set on the Zook's Amish farm, each have an element of suspense in addition to the romance. Each story is told in first-person from the heroine's point of view. Gayle Roper is a master at storytelling! I also heartily recommend THE DOCUMENT and THE DECISION as well as THE KEY - it's been a long time since I read all three books in a series back-to-back, but I really couldn't put these down.


Daughter of Joy (Brides of Culdee Creek)
Daughter of Joy (Brides of Culdee Creek)
von Kathleen Morgan
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 11,00

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4.0 von 5 Sternen Powerful Read, I couldn't put it down, 19. Juni 2000
Set in 1890s Colorado, this is the first book in the Brides of Culdee Creek series. Abigail (Abby) Stanton has lost nearly everything important to her firt her husband and now more recently, her five-year-old son. Deciding she needs a place away from those memories she takes a job as a housekeeper for obstinate rancher Conor MacKay and as schoolteacher for his equally-as-difficult daughter, Beth. It's a good thing Abby hasn't lost her faith as she will need every ounce of it to deal with these two! I absolutely could not put this book down and can hardly wait to read book 2. Morgan is a gifted writer.


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