01. June 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Fiction, Historical Fiction, Kim, Romance

Sweet vengeance by Kat Martin, read by Kim, on 05/29/2014

A woman driven by the fires of vengeance…a man consumed by the flames of desire…a passion as dangerous as it is irresistible…

With her cascading raven curls and sleek, sinewy curves, Jocelyn Asbury was a woman any man would want. And Rayne Garrick, 4th Viscount Stoneleigh, wanted Jocelyn…in his arms, and in his bed. He’d found her among a ragtag band of scamps and cutthroats, and saved her from a fate worse than death. But even as she yielded to him with a blazing hunger that matched his, she would soon betray him…in a night of shocking violence that would plunge them both into a world of treachery, danger, and all-consuming passion.

From the teeming slums of London to its scandalous salons and dazzling ballrooms, from a vast estate on Hampstead Heath to the stone walls of Newgate Prison and a magnificent plantation on the shores of Jamaica, her is Kat Martin’s most thrilling, sensual tale yet!

01. June 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Fiction, Historical Fiction, Kim, Romance

Devil's prize by Kat Martin, read by Kim, on 05/31/2014

They Played For High Stakes–Passion, Honor, And Revenge… 
Damien, Lord Falon, made his ruthless proposal to Alexa Garrick at a gaming table where he’d cheated the exquisite young heiress out of a fortune–one night with him would discharge her debt. Yet, as claimed his prize, the handsome earl fought a craving for more than Alexa’s body..and when a twist of fate turned seduction into matrimony, rapture and rage warred within him. How could he love the woman whose flirtation had destroyed his brother? 
Alexa knew of Damien’s French blood, scandalous liaisons, and the whispers that branded his a smuggler. Though she was playing with fire, the dark, devilish earl’s hungry embrace plucked at her heartstrings with a haunting song of desire. But was Damien spinning a web of deceit and treason, as he brought her to his surfswept castle? 
From London’s glitter to the dangerous decadence of Napoleon’s Paris, Kat Martin will dazzle you with her riches, most sensuous romance ever!

28. May 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Fiction, Historical Fiction, Kim, Romance

Gypsy Lord by Kat Martin, read by Kim, on 05/28/2014

He was Dominic Edgemont, Lord Nightwyck, heir to the Marquis of Gravenwold. But he was also a dark-eyed, half-gypsy bastard…

When tall, handsome Dominic sees one of his Romany band whipping a beautiful, flame-haired captive, he never dreams she is a pampered heiress stolen fro the English court. To have her, he will pay a king’s ransom and make himself her lord.

Lovely Catrina forbids Dominic her bed, but her fiery temper is no match for his cool determination to take her as his lover. Still, she will not be passion’s slave forever. She and her Gypsy Lord will meet again-in a glittering London setting, far from the rustic tent they shared. Will her desire for revenge overwhelm her natural urge to love?

28. May 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Fiction, Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction, Noelle

The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver, read by Noelle, on 05/27/2014

I swear I’m not trying to read all of the books from Oprah’s club, it just so happens to be working out that way recently.  I loved this book, and I particularly loved the character Adah’s narration.

In 1959, Nathan Price, a fierce, evangelical Baptist, takes his four young daughters, his wife, and his mission to the Belgian Congo — a place, he is sure, where he can save needy souls. But the seeds they plant bloom in tragic ways within this complex culture. Set against one of the most dramatic political events of the twentieth century — the Congo’s fight for independence from Belgium and its devastating consequences — here is New York Times-bestselling author Barbara Kingslover’s beautiful, heartbreaking, and unforgettable epic that chronicles the disintegration of family and a nation.

 

28. May 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Fiction, Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction, Noelle · Tags: , ,

Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd, read by Noelle, on 05/16/2014

Kidd’s sweeping novel is set in motion on Sarah’s eleventh birthday, when she is given ownership of ten year old Handful, who is to be her handmaid. We follow their remarkable journeys over the next thirty five years, as both strive for a life of their own, dramatically shaping each other’s destinies and forming a complex relationship marked by guilt, defiance, estrangement and the uneasy ways of love.

As the stories build to a riveting climax, Handful will endure loss and sorrow, finding courage and a sense of self in the process. Sarah will experience crushed hopes, betrayal, unrequited love, and ostracism before leaving Charleston to find her place alongside her fearless younger sister, Angelina, as one of the early pioneers in the abolition and women’s rights movements.

Inspired by the historical figure of Sarah Grimke, Kidd goes beyond the record to flesh out the rich interior lives of all of her characters, both real and invented, including Handful’s cunning mother, Charlotte, who courts danger in her search for something better.

This exquisitely written novel is a triumph of storytelling that looks with unswerving eyes at a devastating wound in American history, through women whose struggles for liberation, empowerment, and expression will leave no reader unmoved.

 

27. May 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Fiction, Historical Fiction, Kim, Romance

Natchez flame by Kat Martin, read by Kim, on 05/27/2014

A woman of courage and honor. She sold everything she owned to go west and marry a powerful land baron she’d never seen. But Priscilla Wills hadn’t counted on the gunfight or the gunfighter who would change her life: the tall, broad-shouldered man who killed her guardian in self-defense. Reluctantly he agreed to take her through the dangerous Texas back country to her fiance’s ranch. She hadn’t planned on a journey that would take her into a stranger’s soul as he delivered her into another man’s waiting arms.

A man who lived by the gun. He was an outlaw yet Brendan Trask unleashed in the prim and proper Priscilla a fiery passion that matched his own. But a man running for his life couldn’t afford a woman who hungered for the security that only her wealthy fiance could provide.

27. May 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Fiction, Historical Fiction, Kim, Romance

Savannah heat by Kat Martin, read by Kim, on 05/25/2014

Despite her disguise as Silver Jones, tavern maid, Lady Selena Hardwich-Jones was captured by bounty hunters combing the Georgia cost for the runaway with hair pale as spun silver and eyes like soft brown velvet. Forced onto a ship headed for her home in the West Indies, Silver vowed to make her break for freedom. But in the vessel’s brash owner she found a will to match her own. Major Morgan Trask was determined to deliver his lovely human cargo safely to the aristocrat he had long admired.

Was the ship’s dashing captain Silver’s stern captor–or her gallant protector? Tormented by doubts, tantalized by desire, Silver’s emotions were in turmoil. For a secret shame kept her from telling Morgan. Trask the real reason for her flight, all the while fearing–and yearning –to trust him.

As they sailed into treacherous waters, their very lives in peril, Silver and Morgan could no longer deny their hunger for each other … as they surrendered to a passion that burned hotter than the Savannah heat.

27. May 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Fiction, Historical Fiction, Kim, Romance

Creole Fires by Kat Martin, read by Kim, on 05/24/2014

When a former Southern debutante arrives at the plantation of a wealthy New Orleans landowner, as his servant no less, a fire is ignited in this steamy historical romance.

27. May 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Fiction, Historical Fiction, Kim, Romance

The fire inside by Kat Martin, read by Kim, on 05/23/2014

Kassandra “Kitt” Wentworth was no ordinary young woman. Headstrong and rebellious, this daughter of a viscount had no intention of obeying her father, submitting to a husband … or falling in love. But she never thought a man like Clayton Harcourt would pursue her. As the bastard son of a wealthy duke, Clay was no stranger to scandal. Taking a wife was not his plan, but Kitt’s wild spirit drew him like a flame in the darkness, and the gossip swirling around her awakened a desire to tame and protect her. When Clay lays a trap for marriage, Kitt can’t help but surrender to the passion he stirs within her. But will a secret from her past keep her from trusting her heart to the magnificent rogue who arouses her most burning desires?

19. May 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Fiction, Historical Fiction, Kim, Romance

Heartless by Kat Martin, read by Kim, on 05/19/2014

To escape her life of poverty as a tenant farmer’s daughter, Ariel Summers made a bargain with the devil–she would become the Earl of Greville’s mistress in exchange for the schooling and refinements of a lady. But she couldn’t foresee the earl’s timely death, or her own disturbing attraction to his bastard son and heir, Justin Ross. 
Justin never meant to demand payment from the tempting young woman his father had so callously planned to ruin. But her innocent allure provoked his ruthless nature and he vowed he would have her in his bed. 
Seduction was his plan, but Justin never suspected Ariel’s innocent passion would awaken emotions he had long believe dead. Now mistrust and betrayal threaten the fragile happiness the two of them have found, and Justin must convince Ariel he isn’t the heartless man she believes him.

19. May 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Fiction, Historical Fiction, Kim, Romance

Wicked Promise by Kat Martin, read by Kim, on 05/18/2014

A Lady’s Desperate Choice
When the loathsome Lord Bascomb tries to force her into marriage, Elizabeth Woolcot, against her will, must applea to her influential guardian. Nicholas Warring, known as the Wicked Early, is a darkly handsom charasmatic figure–with the power to save her but a past that could put her reputation dangerously at risk. A ruthless womanizer, he has also been convicted of murder–and barely escaped hanging.

A rogue’s tainted honor
Elizabth can’t help her attraction to the man who haunts her dreams–nor he his hunger for her. But she knows it can never be. For Nicholas is a married man. Then a heinous crime shatters their lives–and Nick is the natural suspect. Elizabeth wants to believe in his innocence more than life and love itself–but can she trust a man who has killed before?

19. May 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Angie, Children's Books, Contemporary Fiction, Fiction, Historical Fiction

Seeing Red by Kathryn Erskine, read by Angie, on 05/19/2014

Red Porter comes from a long line of Porters. He is proud of his family heritage and his place in the world and his community. Then his daddy dies and suddenly mom is talking about moving them from Virginia to Ohio. Red doesn’t want to leave his home or the shop and store his daddy owned. He tries everything he can think of to stop his mom from selling even if that includes enlisting the help of Darryl Dunlop. The Dunlops have been the Porter’s neighbors for a hundred years and there has always been bad blood between. The Dunlops and Porters couldn’t be more different. The Porters are pillars of the community whereas the Dunlops beat their kids and cause trouble. 

Red is also having trouble reconciling the racism he sees in his community with his own beliefs. Red is learning that just because it is the 1970s that doesn’t mean racism is gone. There are still people who want to put Blacks in their place and keep them separated from the whites. Red is friends with Ms. Georgia, an old Black lady who lives up the road from his family. Her grandpa was murdered 100 years ago on land he was buying from the Porters. Red decides to try and solve the mystery of where the Freedom Church was and what really happened the night George Freeman was murdered. This leads him to some hard truths about his family and the Dunlops. 

There is a lot going on in this book. It is a book that would spark a lot of discussions on civil rights, women rights and racism. It is also a good discussion book on grief and how different people deal with a loved ones death. Red wants to hold onto everything related to his father, but his mother can’t stand being around everything without his father. I liked the progression of the characters. Red grows up a lot during the course of the book. He learns to stand up for what he believes in and not to give in to the bigots and racists. His mother also changes. She is devastated with grief at the beginning, barely able to function, but by the end she is strong and more than what she was.

14. May 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Fiction, Historical Fiction, Kim, Romance

Lord of Devil Isle by Connie Mason, read by Kim, on 05/12/2014

Nicholas Scott is lord of Devil Isle in all but name, and rules both his ship and the inhabitants of Bermuda with a masterful touch. But fiesty Eve Upshall will be ruled by no man, especially not the arrogant privateer who rescues her from drowning and a shark attack.

14. May 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Fiction, Historical Fiction, Kim, Romance

Yesteryear by Dorothy Garlock, read by Kim, on 05/04/2014

Addie Hyde spent four years waiting to see if the high-spirited husband she had married in haste would come back after the South lost the war. Yet Kirby Hyde was never among the Confederates in rags and tatters straggling through Arkansas.

Addie always had spunk, but now she also had a young son, two foster children she cherished, and trouble. Deserters and drifters were making Addie’s isolated farmhouse a dangerous place for a pretty woman without a man—until John Tallman showed up in town.

He asked about Addie, he watched for her, and suddenly he was using his guns and fists to protect her. His kindness showed Addie not to fear him. Her heart soon told her more. John Tallman had a shadow about him that even love might not chase away. And although yesteryear was gone, it could take all a woman’s caring, and all her courage, to make tomorrow theirs.

14. May 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Fiction, Historical Fiction, Melody, Romance

Scandal's Darling by Nancy Bush, read by Melody, on 05/13/2014

Lady Veronica Elizabeth Ashworth was the talk of London, ever since society gossip linked her with a notorious rake. To save the family reputation, her cold-hearted father vowed to choose her a husband – unless she found a fiancé herself, by the end of the Marquess of Wilshire’s ball. As the dancers whirled and the deadline neared, beautiful, headstrong Veronica set tongues wagging again, as she swept in from the balcony on the arm of a handsome American stranger…

Samuel Danner was as exotic as the Oregon frontier from which he hailed – and as uninterested in marriage as any man could be. He was searching London for the man who had killed his beloved wife when Lady Veronica offered help – if he would pose as her fiancé. Refusing her offer was the right thing to do, but Veronica’s quick mind and vibrant spirit spoke a language Samuel could not resist…as fate transformed her from scandal’s darling into a proud, courageous woman who would risk her life for the man she adored. But only when he thought he’d lost her forever would Samuel recognize that Veronica could lighten the darkness of his soul and be the woman of his dreams.

07. May 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Fiction, Graphic Novel, Historical Fiction, Kristy, Teen Books

Boxers by Gene Luen Yang, read by Kristy, on 04/15/2014

China, 1898. Bands of foreign missionaries and soldiers roam the countryside, bullying and robbing Chinese peasants.

Little Bao has had enough. Harnessing the powers of ancient Chinese gods, he recruits an army of Boxers–commoners trained in kung fu–who fight to free China from “foreign devils.”

Against all odds, this grass-roots rebellion is violently successful. But nothing is simple. Little Bao is fighting for the glory of China, but at what cost? So many are dying, including thousands of “secondary devils”–Chinese citizens who have converted to Christianity.

07. May 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Fiction, Graphic Novel, Historical Fiction, Kristy, Teen Books

Saints by Gene Luen Yang, read by Kristy, on 04/20/2014

China, 1898. An unwanted and unwelcome fourth daughter, Four-Girl isn’t even given a proper name by her family when she’s born. She finds friendship–and a name, Vibiana–in the most unlikely of places: Christianity. 

But China is a dangerous place for Christians. The Boxer Rebellion is in full swing, and bands of young men roam the countryside, murdering Westerners and Chinese Christians alike. Torn between her nation and her Christian friends, Vibiana will have to decide where her true loyalties lie…and whether she is willing to die for her faith.

07. May 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Children's Books, Fiction, Historical Fiction, Kristy

The Circuit: Stories from the Life of a Migrant Child by Francisco Jiménez, read by Kristy, on 04/30/2014

These independent but intertwined stories follow a migrant family through their circuit, from picking cotton and strawberries to topping carrots – and back again – over a number of years. As it moves from one labor camp to the next, the little family of four grows into ten. Impermanence and poverty define their lives. But with faith, hope, and back-breaking work, the family endures.

06. May 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Children's Books, Fiction, Historical Fiction, Lisa, Mystery

Twelve Minutes to Midnight by Christopher Edge, read by Lisa, on 04/30/2014

Penelope Tredwell is the feisty thirteen-year-old orphan heiress of the bestselling magazine. The Penny Dreadful. Her masterly tales of the macabre are gripping Victorian Britain. even if no one knows shes the real author. One day a letter she receives from the governor of the notorious Bedlam madhouse plunges her into an adventure more terrifying than anything she ever imagined – A thriller with a fast-paced cinematic style. Twelve Minutes to Midnight is an electrifying story from an exciting new author.

06. May 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Children's Books, Fiction, Graphic Novel, Historical Fiction, Lisa

Hidden: A Child's Story of the Holocaust by Loïc Dauvillier, Marc Lizano (Illustrations), Greg Salsedo (Ink), Alexis Siegel (Translator), read by Lisa, on 04/07/2014

In this gentle, poetic young graphic novel, Dounia, a grandmother, tells her granddaughter the story even her son has never heard: how, as a young Jewish girl in Paris, she was hidden away from the Nazis by a series of neighbors and friends who risked their lives to keep her alive when her parents had been taken to concentration camps.

Hidden ends on a tender note, with Dounia and her mother rediscovering each other as World War II ends . . . and a young girl in present-day France becoming closer to her grandmother, who can finally, after all those years, tell her story. With words by Loïc Dauvillier and art by Marc Lizano and Greg Salsedo, this picture book-style comic for young readers is a touching read.