24. March 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Fiction, Humor, Pamela, Romance · Tags:

Stop the Wedding! by Stephanie Bond, read by Pamela, on 03/23/2014

weddingDivorce attorney, Annabelle Coakley is quite upset that her mother is planning to remarry.  And, marrying washed up film star, Martin Castleberry, to boot.  She heads to Atlanta with one goal in mind – stop the wedding!

Clay Castleberry, the groom’s son, leaves unfinished business in Paris to hopefully buy off the new lady in his father’s life.

Even though Annabelle and Clay don’t get off on the right foot, they decide to join forces and work together to stop their parent’s wedding.  They soon discover they have feelings for one another, although neither will admit it.

This was a cute little romance; sort of predictable; and available only on book on CD in our library.  Enjoy!

14. March 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Drama, Fiction, Pamela, Romance

Still Life with Bread Crumbs by Anna Quindlen, read by Pamela, on 03/09/2014

bread crumbsRebecca Winter, a once famous photographer, sublets her Manhattan apartment, to hopefully, pay the monthly expenses she has become responsible for and, to inject some cash flow into her dwindling bank account.  This is a story of city mouse moves to the country and finds that life isn’t all that bad.  She finds subject matter for a new photo collection and unexpected love in a man 30 years her junior.

This is the first book by Anna Quindlen that I’ve read and thoroughly enjoyed it.  I think you will, too.

03. March 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Drama, Fiction, Mystery, Pamela

Welcome to the World, Baby Girl by Fannie Flagg, read by Pamela, on 02/27/2014

baby girlDena Nordstrom, a 70′s television news person, is on her way up the ladder of success when she gets side tracked by illness and a desire to find out what happened to her mother.  Her mother disappeared one Christmas when Dena was young, never to be heard from again.

There is a colorful cast of characters within the pages of this book.  Norma and Macky Warren and Aunt Elner from Elmwood Springs, Missouri, cousins and aunt, respectively, nutty in their own way, and so proud of Dena; Ira Wallace and Sidney Capello, two cut throat modern day sleaze journalists; and Sookie, Dena’s college roommate, who would do just about anything for her; Kappa sisters forever.

The book quickly wraps up in the last several pages with an ending I didn’t see coming.  More to come in the Elmwood Springs series with “Standing in the Rainbow”.

27. February 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Children's Books, Fairy Tales and Folklore, Fiction, Pamela

Arabian Nights by Martin Waddell, read by Pamela, on 02/26/2014

arabian nightsTwo little stories children will just love.

When an evil magician needs Aladdin to fetch a magic lamp, Aladdin is too smart for him. But the magician soon wants his revenge. And, the Youngest-of All tried to please her two sisters. But they want to spoil her happiness. Can she still marry her beloved prince?

26. February 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Inspirational, NonFiction, Pamela

The Four Doors by Richard Paul Evans, read by Pamela, on 02/24/2014

4 doorsThe Four Doors is Evans’s message to those who seek inspiration in their lives. It began as a talk he gave on the spur of the moment, and over the course of ten years, it has evolved into a message he has shared with successful business people, students, and even addicts and prisoners. It includes stories his readers have told him, stories about great achievers who overcame hardships, and stories about his own struggle growing up in a large family with financial difficulties and a suicidal mother, and about his diagnosis of Tourette’s Syndrome later in life. These inspiring stories are woven through his identification and careful explanation of the four doors to a more fulfilling life:

BELIEVE THERE’ S A REASON YOU WERE BORN

FREE YOURSELF FROM LIMITATION

MAGNIF Y YOUR LIFE

DEVELOP A LOVE-CENTERED MAP

Evans believes that we all want to know the meaning of our lives. In The Four Doors, he shows how even the most quiet life can be full of purpose and joy, if we choose to take that first step over the threshold.

If you’re a Richard Paul Evans fan, I think you’ll like this book. It’s a quick read, short and concise.

25. February 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Children's Books, NonFiction, Pamela · Tags: ,

Raisel's Riddle by Erica Silverman, read by Pamela, on 02/22/2014

riddleThis is lovely Jewish version of the Cinderella story.  Raisel was raised by her grandfather, a poor scholar who studied day and night.  When Raisel’s grandfather dies she travels to the nearby city and comes to live in a rabbi’s home.  She is belittled by the cook (wicked stepmother) and made to work harder than she ever has in her life.  An old beggar woman (fairy godmother) visits her and gives her three wishes.  The one caveat is the wishes do not last past midnight.  Raisel attends the Purim ball where no one recognizes her.  She poses a riddle (lost slipper) to the rabbi’s son, then quickly leaves as it is getting close to midnight.  The rabbi’s son eventually finds the woman who shared the riddle and they live happily ever after.

16. February 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Fiction, Pamela

The Island by Elin Hilderbrand, read by Pamela, on 02/15/2014

islandBirdie Cousins has thrown herself into the details of her daughter Chess’s lavish wedding, from the floating dance floor in her Connecticut back yard to the color of the cocktail napkins. Like any mother of a bride-to-be, she is weathering the storms of excitement and chaos, tears and joy. But Birdie, a woman who prides herself on preparing for every possibility, could never have predicted the late-night phone call from Chess, abruptly announcing that she’s cancelled her engagement.

It’s only the first hint of what will be a summer of upheavals and revelations. Before the dust has even begun to settle, far worse news arrives, sending Chess into a tailspin of despair. Reluctantly taking a break from the first new romance she’s embarked on since the recent end of her 30-year marriage, Birdie circles the wagons and enlists the help of her younger daughter Tate and her own sister India. Soon all four are headed for beautiful, rustic Tuckernuck Island, off the coast of Nantucket, where their family has summered for generations. No phones, no television, no grocery store – a place without distractions where they can escape their troubles.

But throw sisters, daughters, ex-lovers, and long-kept secrets onto a remote island, and what might sound like a peaceful getaway becomes much more. Before summer has ended, dramatic truths are uncovered, old loves are rekindled, and new loves make themselves known.
13. February 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Children's Books, Fairy Tales and Folklore, Graphic Novel, Pamela

Fractured Fables by Multiple Authors, read by Pamela, on 02/08/2014

fablesKids will get a kick out of these well known fairy tales and fables that have been rewritten and illustrated in comic book fashion.

This is a humorous take on 30 familiar fairy tales and fables where Cinderella and Pinocchio have attitude, the Little Mermaid has really bad luck, and Little Red Riding Hood karate kicks the big bad wolf all the way back to his house.

04. February 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Children's Books, Fairy Tales and Folklore, NonFiction, Pamela

Favorite Fairy Tales Told in Scotland by Virginia Haviland, read by Pamela, on 02/02/2014

scotlandSix traditional fairy tales from Scotland. . .The Page Boy and the Silver Goblet, The Wee Bannock, Peerifool, The Brownie o’ Ferne-Den, The Good Housewife and Her Night Labors, and Assipattle and the Giant Sea Serpent.

30. January 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Fiction, Pamela

Brava, Valentine by Adriana Trigiani, read by Pamela, on 01/26/2014

bravaThis is the second book in the Valentine trilogy.  Be sure to read Very Valentine first – lots of back story that’s necessary to make this book more enjoyable.  Valentine Roncalli is nearly on her own now that her grandmother has married and moved to Italy.  Her grandmother has teamed Valentine with her only brother, Alfred, in the family shoe business, Angelini Shoes.  The dynamics of this Italian family are hilarious and probably a lot like many families in America.  A family secret leads Valentine to Buenos Aires, where she meets a long lost cousin, who, not surprisingly, is a shoemaker, too.  There’s a love story woven throughout the pages of this novel as well as lots of family drama.  Very enjoyable.

29. January 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Fiction, Pamela, Romance · Tags:

White Christmas by Diana Palmer, read by Pamela, on 01/28/2014

white christmasTwo romantic little Christmas stories to warm your heart – even after the holidays.

28. January 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Pamela · Tags:

A Redbird Christmas by Fannie Flagg, read by Pamela, on 01/20/2014

redbird christmasOswald Campbell has been given less than a year to live.  He moves from Chicago, Illinois to Lost River, Alabama hoping the warmer weather will ease his passing. Lost River is a quaint little town, full of all sorts of characters.  A little girl with a crippled leg and a lame little redbird bring all the town’s residents together to usher in a Christmas miracle.  The characters are endearing; the town happenings are charming.  This is a book about hope and friendship.

14. January 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Fiction, Mystery, Pamela, Thriller/Suspense

Zoo by James Patterson, read by Pamela, on 01/10/2014

zooAnimals are planning and systematically attacking humans all over the globe. The theory - HAC, Human Animal Conflct.  Jackson Oz has been pushng this theory for years.  Now that it’s happening and thousands are dying, it’s up to Oz and other scientists to figure out what’s causing it and stop it.

You won’t believe the solution to the world wide problem.

But, you will believe that when the U.S. government gets involved, there’s no way the solution will work.

What will happen to society if no one adheres to the solution, especially our government officials?

Instead of man against man, it’s man against nature. This book is a little out of the norm for Patterson, but interesting none the less.

03. January 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Fiction, Mystery, Pamela, Thriller/Suspense

Kiss the Girls by James Patterson, read by Pamela, on 12/30/2013

girlsIn Los Angeles, a reporter investigating a series of murders is killed. In Chapel Hill, North Carolina, a beautiful medical intern suddenly disappears. In Washington D.C. Alex Cross is back to solve the most baffling and terrifying murder case ever. Two clever pattern killers are collaborating, cooperating, competing–and they are working coast to coast.

23. December 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Christian, Fiction, Pamela · Tags:

A Christmas Gift for Rose by Tricia Goyer, read by Pamela, on 12/21/2013

roseRose turned her back on the man she loves after he assisted the Englisch during World War II—only to discover she’s an Englischer herself. Born in the midst of the hardships of The Great Depression, Rose grew up in Berlin, Ohio, in the arms of a loving Amish family. But she is overwhelmed by self-doubt when she learns that she was born Englisch and abandoned when her family moved West in search of work. When the man she loves leaves her behind, Rose is certain he left for good. Yet Rose discovers sometimes our greatest gifts are the ones we fear.

18. December 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Drama, Fiction, Historical Fiction, Pamela

Prayers for Sales by Sandra Dallas, read by Pamela, on 12/17/2013

prayersSet in the high country of Colorado and during the Depression, this is a story of women’s strengths and friendships amid the harshest living conditions.  Hennie Comfort has lived in Middle Swan for seventy years.  She doesn’t sell prayers, but Nit Spindle, a young wife new to the area, wants to buy one for her little girl who passed away before they moved to Colorado.  This is the segue that Hennie needs to befriend Nit and over the course of the story they share their deepest hardships and secrets while visiting, quilting, and walking the hills in spring.  A few twists and turns in this story line kept me listening to this book.  It’s not all gloom and doom – lots of good things happen to the characters.  Recommended to those who like a little history woven within a story.

14. December 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Fiction, Mystery, Pamela, Thriller/Suspense

Along Came a Spider by James Patterson, read by Pamela, on 12/10/2013

spiderA missing little girl named Maggie Rose . . . a family of three brutally murdered in the projects of Washington, D.C. . . . the thrill-killing of a beautiful elementary school teacher . . . a psychopathic serial kidnapper/murderer who is so terrifying that the FBI, the Secret Service, and the police cannot outsmart him – even after he’s been captured.

Gary Soneji wants to commit the crime of the century. Alex Cross is the brilliant homicide detective pitted against him. Jezzie Flanagan is the first female supervisor of the Secret Service who completes one of the most unusual suspense triangles in any thriller you have ever read.

Alex Cross and Jezzie Flanagan are about to have a forbidden love affair–at the worst possible time for both of them. Because Gary Soneji is playing at the top of his game. The latest of the unspeakable crimes happens in Alex Cross’s precinct. It happens under the noses of Jezzie Flanagan’s men. Now Alex Cross must face the ultimate test: How do you outmaneuver a brilliant psychopath?

02. December 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Autobiographies, History, Memoirs, NonFiction, Pamela

I, Toto by Willard Carroll, read by Pamela, on 11/27/2013

I totoDuring the expansion of the Ventura Freeway in Los Angeles, Willard Carroll unearthed a leatherbound scrapbook from a site that was once a pet cemetery. To his amazement, its yellowing pages contained the rags-to-riches story of Terry, the cairn terrier who played Toto in the enduring film The Wizard of Oz. Reprinted here in its entirety, I, Toto traces the canine star’s tragic beginnings, her exhilarating film career, and her happy retirement in Southern California. Best of all, it offers the inside scoop on Toto’s signature role, her costars, and the making of The Wizard of Oz.

There are also some endearing passages about Terry’s (a.k.a. Toto) interaction with Clark Gable, Shirley Temple, and Spencer Tracy.  A book written from a dog’s point of view is not unique, but from this famous dog’s point of view it is unique.

Children and adults alike will like this book.  There are plenty of pictures to entertain the young ones while an adult reads the story.  It’s a very quick read and packed with lots of entertainment about a very special little dog.

01. December 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Fiction, Pamela, Romance

Heartwishes by Jude Deveraux, read by Pamela, on 11/25/2013

heartwishesHistorian Gemma Ranford lands the job of a lifetime researching the Frazier family history purchased from a family estate in England.  Colin Frazier, the oldest Frazier son, is immediately attracted to Gemma and together they work to find the Heartwishes stone that’s been missing for over one hundred years.  A doctor, a lawyer, an international thief, and a host of nosy neighbors keep this romance moving right along.

26. November 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Fiction, Pamela, Romance

Very Valentine by Adriana Trigiani, read by Pamela, on 11/23/2013

very valentineThe Angelini Shoe Company is the setting for this Italian American tale which crosses generations and continents and brings to light the wants and needs of two women two generations apart.  Teodora Angelini, owner of one of the last family owned businesses in Greenwich Village, New York, has not told all to her granddaughter and apprentice, Valentine Roncalli.  The business is in trouble of going under and it falls to Valentine to bring the company into the 21st century with new designs that can be sold to the masses or allow her brother Alfred to sell the property to the highest bidder.  A trip to Italy lends itself to a romantic revelation for one of the main characters, and Valentine’s design for the shoe that could put the Angelini Shoe Company on the map finds itself in the hands of a master.  Family dynamics thread their way through this novel as in all Trigiani works.

I grew up in the shoe industry, so this book was of personal interest to me.  I must say some of the descriptions tended to get me bogged down at times and I couldn’t wait for the next exchange of dialogue.  I can’t wait to read the next installment in this series.