FORGIVING BY LaVyrle Spencer

Book details

Mass Market Paperback: 452 pages

Published: February 1st 1992 by Berkley Books (first published 1991

ISBN: 0515108030 (ISBN13: 9780515108033) 

Edition language: English 

Original title: Forgiving

Characters: Noah Campbell, Sarah Merritt
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Forgiving

There’s a place in every heart for forgiving….

SARAH

She came to Deadwood, a rough and tumble western town, with an ambitious dream of starting a newspaper. But her journey had another purpose–to find her sister and mend the family tie that was severed years ago, when Addie left home with a hardened heart–and without an explanation.

NOAH

The thought of this headstrong woman turning his town upside down riled Marshal Campbell to no end. But there was something about Sarah that the lawman found irresistible. Inside, he longed to treat her like a lady. But outside, he’d keep up his ornery image–and give her a rocky welcome to town…

Two strong-willed souls, Sarah and Noah would discover the timeless beauty of love–when the heart learns to take back the past and start again…

From Publishers Weekly

The latest saga from Spencer ( Bitter Sweet ) is an uneven western romance that will no doubt please her fans–but just barely. Sarah Merritt arrives in Deadwood, Dakota territory, in 1876 with her father’s printing press and two ambitions–to find her sister Addie and to establish a local newspaper. In a town of mining bachelors, Sarah quickly becomes the center of attention in more ways than one, particularly when she knocks heads with marshal Noah Campbell, her soon-to-be romantic interest. Sarah finds Addie working in a local brothel and commences a long struggle to win back her affection and her soul. She writes to Addie’s former fiance, who comes to Deadwood and joins her in pursuing Addie’s salvation, an endeavor which will force them all to confront an ugly secret from the past. Sarah begins as a likable if irascible figure and Noah is predictably taciturn, but their romance drags on even after Addie achieves domestic bliss. Spencer’s prose occasionally sinks to the level of B westerns, there are confusing shifts of perspective and occasional intrusive commentary by the author. Pedestrian even for a horse opera. Doubleday Book Club main selection; Literary Guild alternate.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

LaVyrle Spencer is an American best-selling author of contemporary and historical romance novels. She has successfully published a number of books, with several of them made into movies. Twelve of her books have been New York Times bestsellers, and Spencer was inducted into the Romance Writers of America Hall of Fame in 1988.

Spencer is known for creating realistic characters and stories that focus on families rather than only the relationship between a man and woman. These “ordinary” men and women are warm and vulnerable and are always portrayed sympathetically.[1] Her heroines tend to be a mix of fire and warmth, strength, savvy and soft–heartedness who must overcome some sort of adversity, such as pregnancy, divorce, a lengthy separation, the loss of a loved one, and then undergo a catharsis. The stories center on themes of abiding love, family ties and strength in difficult times.

In the 1980s and 1990s Spencer wrote 12 New York Times Bestsellers. Her books have been sold to book clubs worldwide, and have been published around the world. Condensed versions of many of her novels have appeared in Reader’s Digest and Good Housekeeping.

She retired from writing in 1997

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ANNE FRANK: THE DIARY OF A YOUNG GIRL

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Author: Anne Frank

Original title: Het Achterhuis

Translator: B.M.Mooyaart Doubleday        
   
Cover artist: Helmut Salden
 
Country: Netherlands

Language: Dutch 

Genre: Autobiography   

  Publisher: Contact Publishing

Publication date: June 25, 1947

Published in: English 1952 

  Original text: Het Achterhuis at Dutch Wikisource

Subjects:
World War II
Nazi occupation of the Netherlands

BACKGROUND

During the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands, Anne Frank received a blank diary as one of her presents on June 12, 1942, her 13th birthday. According to the Anne Frank House, the red, checkered autograph book which Anne used as her diary was actually not a surprise, since she had chosen it the day before with her father when browsing a bookstore near her home. She began to write in it on June 14, 1942, two days later.

On July 5, 1942, Anne’s older sister Margot received an official summons to report to a Nazi work camp in Germany, and on July 6, Margot and Anne went into hiding with their father Otto and mother Edith. They were joined by Hermann van Pels, Otto’s business partner, including his wife Auguste and their teenage son Peter. Their hiding place was in the sealed-off upper rooms of the annex at the back of Otto’s company building in Amsterdam. Otto Frank started his business, named Opekta, in 1933. He was licensed to manufacture and sell pectin, a substance used to make jam. He stopped running his business while in hiding. But once he returned, he found his employees running it. The rooms that everyone hid in were concealed behind a movable bookcase in the same building as Opekta. Mrs. van Pels’s dentist, Fritz Pfeffer, joined them four months later. In the published version, names were changed: The van Pelses are known as the Van Daans, and Fritz Pfeffer as Albert Dussel. With the assistance of a group of Otto Frank’s trusted colleagues, they remained hidden for two years and one month.

In August 1944, they were discovered and deported to Nazi concentration camps. They were long thought to have been betrayed, although there are indications that their discovery may have been accidental, that the police raid had actually targeted “ration fraud”. Of the eight people, only Otto Frank, the oldest, survived the war. Anne died when she was 15 years old in Bergen-Belsen, from typhus. The exact date of her death is unknown, and has long been believed to be in early March, a few weeks before the prisoners were liberated by British troops in April 1945. However, research in 2015 indicated that Anne may have died in February.

In the manuscript, her original diaries are written over three extant volumes. The first volume (the red-and-white checkered autograph book) covers the period between June 14 and December 5, 1942. Since the second surviving volume (a school exercise book) begins on December 22, 1943, and ends on April 17, 1944, it is assumed that the original volume or volumes between December 1942 and December 1943 were lost – presumably after the arrest, when the hiding place was emptied on Nazi instructions. However, this missing period is covered in the version Anne rewrote for preservation. The third existing volume (which was also a school exercise book) contains entries from April 17 to August 1, 1944, when Anne wrote for the last time before her arrest.

The manuscript, written on loose sheets of paper, was found strewn on the floor of the hiding place by Miep Gies and Bep Voskuijl after the family’s arrest, but before their rooms were ransacked by the Dutch police and the Gestapo. They were kept safe, and given to Otto Frank after the war, with the original notes, when Anne’s death was confirmed in the spring of 1945.

SYNOPSIS

Anne had expressed the desire in the rewritten introduction of her diary for one person that she could call her truest friend, that is, a person to whom she could confide her deepest thoughts and feelings. She observed that she had many “friends” and equally many admirers, but (by her own definition) no true, dear friend with whom she could share her innermost thoughts. She originally thought her girl friend Jacque van Maarsen would be this person, but that was only partially successful. In an early diary passage, she remarks that she is not in love with Helmut “Hello” Silberberg, her suitor at that time, but considered that he might become a true friend. In hiding, she invested much time and effort into her budding romance with Peter van Pels, thinking he might evolve into that one, true friend, but that was eventually a disappointment to her in some ways, also, though she still cared for him very much. Ultimately, it was only to Kitty that she entrusted her innermost thoughts.

In her diary, Anne wrote of her very close relationship with her father, lack of daughterly love for her mother (with whom she felt she had nothing in common), and admiration for her sister’s intelligence and sweet nature. She did not like the others much initially, particularly Auguste van Pels and Fritz Pfeffer (the latter shared her room). She was at first unimpressed by the quiet Peter; she herself was something of a self-admitted chatterbox (a source of irritation to some of the others). As time went on, however, she and Peter became very close, though she remained uncertain in what direction their relationship would develop.

Publication in Dutch

The first transcription of Anne’s diary was in German, made by Otto Frank for his friends and relatives in Switzerland, who convinced him to send it for publication. The second, a composition of Anne Frank’s versions A and B as well as excerpts from her essays became the first draft submitted for publication, with an epilogue written by a family friend explaining the fate of its author. In the spring of 1946, it came to the attention of Dr. Jan Romein and his wife Annie Romein-Verschoor, two Dutch historians. They were so moved by it that Anne Romein made unsuccessful attempts to find a publisher, which led Romein to write an article for the newspaper Het Parool

This apparently inconsequential diary by a child, this “de profundis” stammered out in a child’s voice, embodies all the hideousness of fascism, more so than all the evidence of Nuremberg put together.— Jan Romein in his article “Children’s Voice” on Het Parool, April 3, 1946.

This caught the interest of Contact Publishing in Amsterdam, who approached Otto Frank to submit a Dutch draft of the manuscript for their consideration. They offered to publish, but advised Otto Frank that Anne’s candor about her emerging sexuality might offend certain conservative quarters, and suggested cuts. Further entries were also deleted. The diary – which was a combination of version A and version B – was published under the name Het Achterhuis. Dagbrieven van 14 juni 1942 tot 1 augustus 1944 (The Secret Annex. Diary Letters from June 14, 1942 to August 1, 1944) on June 25, 1947. Otto Frank later discussed this moment, “If she had been here, Anne would have been so proud” The book sold well; the 3000 copies of the first edition were soon sold out, and in 1950 a sixth edition was published.

In 1986, a critical edition appeared, incorporating versions A and B, and based on the findings of the Netherlands State Institute for War Documentation into challenges to the diary’s authenticity. This was published in three volumes with a total of 714 pages.

The diary is not written in the classic forms of “Dear Diary” or as letters to oneself; Anne calls her diary “Kitty”, so almost all of the letters are written to Kitty. Anne used the above-mentioned names for her annex-mates in the first volume, from September 25, 1942 until November 13, 1942, when the first notebook ends.[22] It is believed that these names were taken from characters found in a series of popular Dutch books written by Cissy van Marxveldt.[22]

Anne’s already budding literary ambitions were galvanized on 29 March 1944 when she heard a London radio broadcast made by the exiled Dutch Minister for Education, Art, and Science, Gerrit Bolkestein,[20] calling for the preservation of “ordinary documents—a diary, letters … simple everyday material” to create an archive for posterity as testimony to the suffering of civilians during the Nazi occupation. On May 20, 1944, she notes that she started re-drafting her diary with future readers in mind.[23] She expanded entries and standardized them by addressing all of them to Kitty, clarified situations, prepared a list of pseudonyms, and cut scenes she thought would be of little interest or too intimate for general consumption. By the time she started the second existing volume, she was writing only to Kitty.

DANGEROUS LADY BY MARTINA COLE

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Paperback: 566 pagesPublished 2005 by Headline (first published 1992

ISBN:  0747239320 (ISBN13: 9780747239321) 

Edition language: English 

Original title: Dangerous Lady

Characters: Maura Ryan, Michael Ryan

SYNOPSIS

No one thinks a seventeen-year-old girl can take on the hard men of London’s gangland, but it’s a mistake to underestimate Maura Ryan: she’s tough, clever and beautiful —and she’s determined that nothing will stand in her way. Which makes her one very dangerous lady.
Together, she and her brother Michael are unbeatable: the Queen and King of organised crime, they run the pubs and clubs, the prostitutes and pimps of the West End. With Maura masterminding it, they pull off an audicious gold bullion robbery and have much of the Establishment in their pockets.
But notoriety has its price. The police are determined to put Maura away once and for all —and not everyone in the family thinks that’s such a bad idea. When it comes to the crunch, Maura has to face the pain of lost love in her past —and the dangerous lady discovers her heart is not made entirely of stone.

Maura had never dreamt that she could feel like she felt at this moment. She had indeed burnt her boats. But she smiled while she did it.

Life is like a shit sandwich. The more bread you’ve got, the less shit you have to eat.


When I did Dangerous Lady, they told me it was too violent and I said – she’s hardly going to hit them with her handbag!

Martina Cole

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Reviews

Cole is brilliant at portraying the good among the bad, and vice versa, so until the very end we never quite know who to trust. This is the very stuff that makes her so compelling’ Daily Mirror ‘Right from the start [Cole] has enjoyed unqualified approval for her distinctive and powerfully written fiction’ The Times Intensely readable Guardian ‘Martina Cole explores the shady criminal underworld, a setting she is fast making her own’ Sunday Express ‘Utterly compelling’ Mirror ‘The story will grip you from the first pages’ Best ‘Gritty novel from an author who knows intimately the world she writes about’ Express

Dangerous Lady

Ducking and diving is a way of life down Lancaster Road; all the Ryans are at it. But Michael, the eldest, has ambitions way beyond petty crime. At first, his little sister Maura, turns a blind eye to her beloved brother’s misdeeds. Then Maura decides to join the family ‘firm’. No one thinks a seventeen-year-old girl can take on the hard men of London’s gangland, but it’s a mistake to underestimate Maura Ryan: she’s tough, clever and beautiful – which makes her one very dangerous lady. Together, she and her brother Michael are unbeatable but notoriety has its price. The police are determined to put away Maura once and for all – and not everyone in the family think that’s such a bad idea. When it comes to the crunch, Maura has to face the pain of lost love in her past – and the dangerous lady discovers her heart is not make entirely of stone. DANGEROUS LADY was adapted for television in 1995, starring Susan Lynch, Jason Isaacs and Owen Teale.

UNDER CURRENTS BY NORA ROBERTS

Book details

Hardcover: 436 pages

Published: July 9th 2019 by St. Martin’s
Press

ISBN: 1250207096 (ISBN13: 9781250207098) 

Edition language: English 

Original title: Under Currents

Characters: Zane Begelow, Britt Bigelow, Darby McCray

SUMMARY

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Under Currents

by Nora Roberts (Goodreads Author) 

For both Zane and Darby, their small town roots hold a terrible secret. Now, decades later, they’ve come together to build a new life. But will the past set them free or pull them under?

Zane Bigelow grew up in a beautiful, perfectly kept house in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains. Strangers―and even Zane’s own aunt across the lake―see his parents as a successful surgeon and his stylish wife, making appearances at their children’s ballet recitals and baseball games. Only Zane and his sister know the truth, until one brutal night finally reveals cracks in the facade, and Zane escapes for college without a thought of looking back…

Years later, Zane returns to his hometown determined to reconnect with the place and people that mean so much to him, despite the painful memories. As he resumes life in the colorful town, he meets a gifted landscape artist named Darby, who is on the run from ghosts of her own.

Together they will have to teach each other what it means to face the past, and stand up for the ones they love.

‘[Under Currents] is brilliantly plotted and unrelentingly propulsive. It is a beautifully written story about the fragility of life and the power of the past and the need to fight back… a highly recommended novel for this summer.’ The Washington Book Review

‘…full of powerful, magnetic characters’ – Publishers Weekly

Reader Reviews:

‘started with a bang and was nearly impossible to put down’

‘I read it in one sitting through the night’

‘The story grabs you’

SYNOPSIS

Every town has its ugly little secrets…

From the outside, the house in Lakeview Terrace looks perfect and the Bigelows seem like the perfect family: the respected surgeon father, the glamorous, devoted mother and two beautiful children. A perfect family, in a perfect house living their perfect lives.

But perfect surfaces can hide dark undercurrents and behind closed doors lies a very different story. Teenager Zane and his younger sister, Britt, are terrorised by their violent father and dysfunctional mother. Too afraid to speak out, Zane does his best to protect his sister and counts the days until they can finally be free.

One dark, brutal night when their father’s temper takes a horrifying turn for the worse, the perfect façade is exposed for the lie it is and Zane and Britt manage to escape. With the help of their beloved aunt, they rebuild their lives a day at a time, creating new families and putting their past behind them. But a childhood like that can cast a shadow the length of a lifetime. Can Zane and Britt ever be free of their past? Or will those dark undercurrents rise to the surface, forcing them to fight for their lives once again…

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Title:Under Currents Author: Nora Roberts Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group, 2019 ISBN: 0349421919, 9780349421919 Length: 464 pages Subjects: Fiction › Romance › Suspense

Fiction / Family Life / Marriage & Divorce
Fiction / Family Life / Siblings
Fiction / Romance / Contemporary
Fiction / Romance / General
Fiction / Romance / Suspense
Fiction / Small Town & Rural
Fiction / Thrillers / Domestic
Fiction / Thrillers / Suspense

SEA SWEPT BY NORA ROBERTS

Book details

Mass Market Paperback: 330 pages

Published: January 1st 1998 by BerkleyBooks

ISBN:  0515121843 (ISBN13: 9780515121841) 

Edition language: English
 
Original title: Sea Swept

Characters: Anna Spinelli, Cameron Quinn 

Literary Awards:  All About Romance (AAR) Annual Reader Poll

SYNOPSIS

A champion boat racer, Cameron Quinn traveled the world spending his winnings on champagne and women. But when his dying father called him home to care for Seth, a troubled young boy not unlike Cameron once was, his life changed overnight…

After years of independence, Cameron had to learn to live with his brothers again, while he struggled with cooking, cleaning, and caring for a difficult boy. Old rivalries and new resentments flared between Cameron and his brothers, but they tried to put aside their differences for Seth’s sake. In the end, a social worker would decide Seth’s fate, and as tough as she was beautiful, she had the power to bring the Quinns together–or tear them apart..

SUMMARY

Cameron Quinn is a champion boat racer who travels the world and enjoys a lifestyle soaked in champagne and women. As a child, Cameron survived abuse before he was adopted by the Quinns after they caught him almost stealing their car. Now Cameron is called back to his childhood hometown of St. Christopher’s on the Chesapeake Bay, his father dying from a car accident. He has to leave his reckless life of a daredevil behind and fulfill his father’s wishes for him to take care of Seth, a troubled young boy who isn’t unlike Cameron once was. Like Cameron and his two brothers – Ethan and Phillip – Seth was adopted by Raymond Quinn in a difficult period of his life.

Cameron has to learn to live with his brothers once again, which isn’t easy for three powerful men well accustomed to their own lives. Soon the blossoming Boats by Quinn unites the four Quinns in a craft taught to them by Ray. Problems arise as it becomes apparent that Seth’s fate lies in the hands of a beautiful social worker, Anna Spinelli, and while the brothers fight for the right to adopt, Cameron soon finds himself drawn to the warm, driven social worker. While at first speculative, Anna quickly sees that these three men whose murky pasts mirror Seth’s are the best caretakers for the spooky, haunted boy. Her immediate attraction to Cameron, while unwelcome, isn’t something she can ignore. Meanwhile, Cameron struggles to move past the rhythm of life he was forced to sacrifice and earn the trust of a battered young boy whose story has yet to be told.

CHARACTERS

  • Cameron Quinn–Cameron is a champion boat racer, powerful and arrogant with a strong temper. Tall and well built, he has black hair and gray eyes. Before he was adopted by the Quinns, Cameron lived with his alcoholic, abusive father in Baltimore until he was thirteen. After a particularly hard beating, Cameron ran away, coming across the Quinns’ house and their white Corvette. Caught during his attempt to steal the car, the Quinns decided to offer Cameron a choice of juvenile hall or explaining himself. The second choice led to Cameron’s adoption as a Quinn. Of the three brothers, Cameron is the most impetuous.
  • Anna Spinelli–Anna is a social worker from Baltimore, strong, smart, and quick-witted. Anna has black hair and dark brown eyes. Of Italian descent, Anna is very dedicated and has Seth’s best interests first and foremost in her mind. Unlike the Quinn brothers, she strongly believes in the system she works for. After her mother was attacked and murdered in front of her, Anna finally found her balance after revolting against the system with the help of her maternal grandparents.
  • Seth DeLauter–Seth is the young boy Raymond brought home shortly before the car accident that would kill him. Seth is small for his age, with blond hair and blue eyes. Little is known of Seth’s past, only that his mother Gloria DeLauter practically sold her son to Raymond. Seth is angry and wary, initially very resentful and fearful of any physical contact. Referred to as “the latest of Ray Quinn’s lost boys.”[2]
  • Ethan Quinn–Ethan is a waterman on the Bay, quiet, faithful, and strong. Tall and powerfully built, he has light brown hair and blue eyes. Ethan’s past is very dark, arguably the darkest out of the three brothers. Before being adopted by the Quinns, Ethan’s drug-addict mother sold both her son and herself for money. However, he found his place among the Quinns and the two boys who became his two brothers. Of the three brothers, Ethan is the most steady.
  • Phillip Quinn–Phillip is an advertising executive in Baltimore, suave, confident, and clever. Tall like his brothers and sleek, he has dark blond hair and golden brown eyes. Phillip nearly died when he was thirteen as a bystander in a gang war, coming to the Quinns as a thief, drug-addict, and snarling degenerate. After falling in love with the Quinns, Phillip embraced school and life in St. Christopher’s, growing into a cultured, strong man. Of the three brothers, Phillip is the most elegant.
  • Raymond Quinn–Raymond was an English college professor. Topping out at 6′ 5″ with blond hair and blue eyes, Raymond was a big man with enough heart to take care of three half-grown boys drowning in a sea of violence. He dies in a car accident at the beginning of the book, but suspicions still live on about his connection to Seth.
  • Stella Quinn–Stella was a pediatrician. A small woman with red hair and green eyes, Stella was a strong, shrewd woman who helped her husband run herd over the three Quinn boys who had come to her not through blood but through circumstance. She died of cancer seven years before the start of the novel.

ight now or I swear I’m going to pull over and knock your heads together. Oh, my God.” He took one hand off the wheel to drag it down his face. “I sound like Mom. Forget it. Just forget it. Kill each other. I’ll dump the bodies in the mall parking lot and drive to Mexico. I’ll learn how to weave mats and sell them on the beach at Cozumel. I’ll be quiet, it’ll be peaceful. I’ll change my name to Raoul, and no one will know I was ever related to a bunch of fools.”
Seth scratched his belly and turned to Cam. “Does he always talk like that?”
“Yeah, mostly. Sometimes he’s going to be Pierre and live in a garret in Paris, but it’s the same thing.”
“Weird,” was Seth’s only comment. (…) Getting new shows was turning into a new adventure.

You mess with one Quinn, you mess with them all.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Nora Roberts is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than 200 novels, including Come Sundown, The Obsession, The Liar, and coming in December 2017, Year One — the first book in The Chronicles of The One. She is also the author of the futuristic suspense In Death series written under the pen name J.D. Robb. There are more than 500 million copies of her books in print.

TAMING HER IRISH WARRRIOR BY MICHELLE WILLINGHAM

Paperback: Harlequin Historical

Length: 288 pages

Published: October 2009 by Harlequin (first published 2009

ISBN: 0373295669 (ISBN13: 9780373295661) 

Edition language: English 

Original title: Taming Her Irish Warrior

Literary Awards: RITA Award by Romance Writers of America

SYNOPSIS

When did Ewan MacEgan grow to be so overwhelmingly strong and disarmingly sexy? He intends to wed Honora St. Leger’s demure sister–but why should that matter to her? Honora would rather wield a sword than a mending needle and, as a widow, she knows there is little pleasure in the marriage bed….

Ewan MacEgan has set his sights on a wealthy bride but, tantalizingly, he finds himself drawn to the forbidden Honora! One touch and he is longing to awaken her sensuality, for he suspects she will be as passionate in bed as she is on the battlefield!

About the author (2009)

RITA ® Award Finalist and Kindle bestselling author Michelle Willingham has written over forty historical romances, novellas, and short stories. Currently, she lives in southeastern Virginia with her family and her beloved pets. When she’s not writing, Michelle enjoys reading, baking, and avoiding exercise at all costs. Visit her website at: http://www.michellewillingham.com.

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Title: Taming Her IrishWarrior Author: MichelleWillingham Publisher: Harlequin,2009 ISBN: 0373295669, 9780373295661 Length: 288pages Subjects: Fiction › Romance › Historical › General

Fiction / Romance / General
Fiction / Romance / Historical / General

REVIEWS

A very detailed and interesting read. It makes the reader actually FEEL like they are living in the 1180s where men and women could not enjoy one another and married based on personal gain over love. This is the 1st book that I read of the series, and I plan on going back and trying to find the others to learn the rest of the stories of the MacEgan clan. I read this book in 2 days, and I plan on rereading it again and again as I do with all the books I call my favorites. A definate keeper.

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Andrea Guy rated it 5 Stars on Goodreads almost 10 years ago.

There’s a reason Michelle Willingham’s book is up for a RITA this year. Taming Her Irish Warrior is wonderful without being cliche. The main reason for this is that both lead characters showed great strength, even when things weren’t going their way.

Ewan MacEgan had come to win the hand of an heiress, Katherine, who just happens to be Honora’s sister. But even when he does win her, he finds himself with feelings for Honora that he just can’t ignore, and neither can she and Honora has problems of her own.

Her deceased husband’s son, wants to claim her as a lover so that he can gain a treasure his grandmother supposedly told her about. Because she’s left her husband’s land, John has abused the serfs. She’s desperate to find a way to remove John from power, even if she has to fight him, and Honora is just the woman to do that. She’s a tomboy in every sense of the word, and trained with Ewan, but Ewan would prefer her doing other things.

I loved how determined Honora was in helping her people and how determined Ewan was to help her so that she wouldn’t be hurt. They put everything aside for what or who they believed in.

This was my first book from Ms. Willingham and it won’t be my last.

THE MARRIAGE SEASON BY LINDA LAEL MILLER

Paperback: 304 pages

Published: May 26th 2015 by HQN Books (first published January 1st 2015

ISBN: 037377933X (ISBN13: 9780373779338) 

Edition language: English 

Original title: The Marriage Season

SYNOPSIS

Since Hadleigh, Melody and Bex—the best of best friends—entered into a marriage pact, two of them have found (and married) the men of their hearts. But Bex doesn’t think she’ll be as fortunate as the others. Her own first love died years ago in a faraway war, and Bex has lost hope for a happy marriage of her own. She concentrates on her business, a successful chain of fitness clubs, instead.

Then, when single father Tate Calder comes to Mustang Creek with his two sons in tow, who befriend Bex’s eight-year-old nephew, she and the handsome, aloof newcomer are constantly thrown together. But is the marriage season over? Or can a man with doubts about love be the right husband for a woman who wants it all?

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

The daughter of a town marshal, Linda Lael Miller is a #1 New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of more than 100 historical and contemporary novels, most of which reflect her love of the West. Raised in Northport, Washington, Linda pursued her wanderlust, living in London and Arizona and traveling the world before returning to the state of her birth to settle down on a spacious property outside Spokane.
Linda traces the birth of her writing career to the day when a Northport teacher told her that the stories she was writing were good, that she just might have a future in writing. Later, when she decided to write novels, she endured her share of rejection before she sold Fletcher’s Woman in 1983 to Pocket Books. Since then, Linda has successfully published historicals, contemporaries, paranormals, mysteries and thrillers before coming home, in a literal sense, and concentrating on novels with a Western flavor. For her devotion to her craft, the Romance Writers of America awarded her their prestigious Nora Roberts Lifetime Achievement Award in 2007.
Long a passionate Civil War buff, Linda has studied the era avidly for almost thirty years. She has read literally hundreds of books on the subject, explored numerous battlegrounds and made many visits to her favorite, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, where she has witnessed re-enactments of the legendary clash between North and South. Linda explores that turbulent time in The Yankee Widow, a May 7, 2019 MIRA Books hardcover, also available in digital and audiobook formats.
Dedicated to helping others, “The First Lady of the West” personally financed fifteen years of her Linda Lael Miller Scholarships for Women, which she awarded to women 25 years and older who were seeking to improve their lot in life through education. She anticipates that her next charitable endeavors will benefit four-legged critters.
More information about Linda and her novels is available at www.lindalaelmiller.com, on Facebook and from Nancy Berland Public Relations, nancy@nancyberland.com, 405-206-4748.

GENRE

The Marriage Season is the final charming installment in Linda Lael Miller’s The Brides of Bliss County series. In this outing, it is Bex Stuart’s turn to find love, but will she be able to let go of her fears and fulfill the marriage pact she made with her best friends Hadleigh and Melody?

Bex has not had a serious relationship since her fiancé died in Afghanistan ten years earlier. So when single dad Tate Calder moves to town, Hadleigh and Melody decide to do a little matchmaking for their friends. The only problem? Tate is interested in a relationship but he does not plan to re-marry while Bex thinks she is too busy for a relationship. Bex’s life becomes even more complicated when her sister Tara and six year old nephew Josh move in with her but neither she nor Tate can resist their attraction to each other. When Tate offers to include Josh in a weekend fishing trip with him and his two sons, he extends an invitation to Bex to join them. Their feelings for one another quickly deepen, but will Bex and Tate’s respective baggage prevent them from taking their relationship to the next level?

Bex is a successful business woman with a big heart. She is very loyal to her friends and family and she will do anything to help her loved ones. Bex has never recovered from losing her fiancé and although she knows her fears are unrealistic, she is terrified of making a permanent commitment.

Tate is devoted to his sons and he is willing to make any sacrifice for them. He left a lucrative career so he could spend as much time with them as possible and despite losing their mother, his kids are happy and well-adjusted. He moved to Mustang Creek to begin a horse breeding program and the construction on his home and ranch is nearing completion. Tate is taken off guard by his attraction to Bex but it does not take long for him to becomes serious about her.

Despite their baggage and reservations, neither Tate nor Bex fight their attraction. They quickly settle into their new relationship and for the most part, there is very little conflict between them. Bex is a bit skittish about their romance and she does need a little space to think things through. But once she works through her hesitation, she is fully committed to Tate. They are both honest about not wanting to marry, but as their relationship changes so do their expectations. Will the wounds from the past stand in the way of their future?


Kathy  rated the book 4 Stars

The Marriage Season by Linda Lael Miller

The Marriage Season (Brides of Bliss County Book 3)by Linda Lael Miller 

The Marriage Season is an absolutely enchanting addition to The Brides of Bliss County series. The plot is realistic and delightfully free of unnecessary drama or angst. The characters are beautifully developed with true to life problems to overcome. Linda Lael Miller concludes this terrific series with another heartwarming romance that old and new fans are going to love.

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JAGUAR FEVER BY TERRY SPEAR

SYNOPSIS

Book 2 in the Heart of the Jaguar Series

She’s being pursued by everyone, in more ways than one.

Even in an exotic world of humans, jaguars, and tantalizing creatures who shift between the two, Maya Anderson stands out from the crowd. Interest from human suitors is bad enough, but when male shifters give chase, the real trouble starts.

Who’s the hunter and who’s the prey?

Investigating the black marketing trade of exotic animals keeps Wade Patterson more than busy. When he and Maya both get entangled in a steamy jungle mission, it becomes impossible to tell who is being hunted or who the hunters are. Wade is desperate to survive this deadly game of cat and mouse. But it’s Maya’s piercing eyes that keep him awake at night.

Heart of the Jaguar Series:
Savage Hunger (Book 1)
Jaguar Fever (Book 2)
Jaguar Hunt (Book 3)
Jaguar Pride (Book 4)

Praise for Savage Hunger:
“Dark, sultry, and primal romance…will leave readers breathless.”—Fresh Fiction
“Humor, tenderness, and pure hot loving…an awesome and exciting new world.”—Long and Short Reviews, 5 stars
“A sizzling page-turner, Terry Spear is wickedly talented.”—Night Owl Reviews Reviewer Top Pick, 5 Stars
“Spear paints a colorful, vivid portrait of the lush jungle and deadly beauty…of jaguars.”—Publishers Weekly

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

USA Today bestselling author Terry Spear has written over two dozen paranormal romance novels and medieval Highland historical romances. In 2008 Heart of the Wolf was named a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year. A retired officer of the U.S. Army Reserves, Terry also creates award-winning teddy bears that have found homes all over the world. She lives in Crawford, Texas

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Title: Jaguar Fever Volume 2 of Heart of the Jaguar Author: Terry Spear Publisher: Sourcebooks2013 ISBN: 1402266960,9781402266966 Length: 320pages Subjects: Fiction › Romance › Paranormal › Shifters

Fiction / Romance / Contemporary
Fiction / Romance / Fantasy
Fiction / Romance / Paranormal / Shifters

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Our Review by LITERAL ADDICTION’s Pack Alpha – Michelle L. Olson:
*eARC received from NetGalley
-Actual Rating 3.5 Skulls

It was great to have Maya and Wade back, and I just love David; I can’t wait for his book!

Jaguar Fever was a good book, a solid 3.5 Skull read, but I keep wondering if it might have been better for me to wait and read it after the editing and BETA reading process was finalized. There were several things that just didn’t feel very ‘Terry Spear’ like to me – characters a bit on the shallow, underdeveloped side, some sub-plotlines that felt a bit like they were put in and yet to be expanded upon, etc, but knowing it was an un-edited copy, I tried to look past all of that and see the final product’s potential.

What you get with Jaguar Fever is a sweet paranormal romance with a bit of action and lots of family dynamic. I absolutely love the big cats, and Terry writes them in that form beautifully. I’m not sure that anything will beat the heart and soul she has poured into her wolves over the years in my personal opinion, but I’m excited to keep reading about our Special Forces Jaguars and the feisty women they fall in love with… 🙂

Jaguar Fever is the second book of the series, but it would stand very well on its own. If you are a fan of shifter romance and adventure, I do recommend Jaguar Fever and its predecessor Savage Hunger

NO GREATER LOVE BY DANIELLE STEEL

Mass Market Paperback, 416pages

Published May 29th 2007 by Dell (first published January 1st 1985

ISBN: 0440244048 (ISBN13: 9780440244042) 

Edition language:  English 

Original title:  No Greater Love

Characters: Edwina Winfield, Phillip Winfield, George Winfield, Alexis Winfield, Fanny Winfield

SYNOPSIS

In 1912, after visiting her aunt and uncle in England, Edwina Winfield, her parents, younger siblings and her fiancé, Charles, travel back to the United States on the maiden voyage of the RMS Titanic. When the ship sinks, Edwina’s fiancé and her parents die. After being rescued, Edwina and her siblings return to their home in San Francisco, where Edwina takes on the responsibility of raising her younger siblings. Some of her friends want Edwina to move on and find a new fiancé, and Ben, a family attorney, falls in love with her but Edwina doesn’t want to marry, only raise her new family.

Edwina’s father was the owner of a newspaper, and Edwina helps keep the newspaper running, expecting her oldest brother, Philip, to take over once he’s finished his education at Harvard. However, Philip enlists in the army during World War I and dies in combat. A younger brother, George, tries to help but has no interest in the newspaper and eventually leaves for Hollywood, wanting to become a movie producer. Edwina sells the newspaper and also inherit money from the aunt in England. George finds success in Hollywood and the younger sister Alexis desperately wants to be a movie actress. She runs off with a much older man, to England. Edwina goes after her, stepping on a boat for the first time since the Titanic disaster more than a decade earlier. On the boat, she falls in love with a man who turns out to be a cousin of her fiancé Charles. They have a short love affair but he is (unhappily) married and can not divorce because he is a Catholic. When she returns to the US, Edwina realizes she is now over Charles and can move on with her life and that she is in love with Sam, George’s father-in-law, a movie producer.

GOODREADS SYNOPSIS

While hearts may go on after a tragedy occurs, they are never the same. Prolific bestselling author Danielle Steel revisits this familiar theme in No Greater Love. Twenty-year-old Edwina Winfield is forced to assume the role of head of the household, becoming both mother and father to her five younger siblings after her parents and beloved fiancé drown during the disastrous sinking of the Titanic. Determined never to marry, Edwina must also run the family newspaper until her younger brothers are old enough to step in. But next-in-line Phillip heads first to Harvard and then is tragically killed during World War I. Fun-loving George is wooed by the lights of Hollywood and exquisite sister Alexis follows in his footsteps. While tending to the youngest children, Fannie and Teddy, Edwina must assist the rest of her siblings out of their many scrapes and escapades. Along the way, she comes to terms with her loss and is finally able to put the events of the fateful night of April 15, 1912, the night the Titanic made its final voyage to the bottom of the sea, behind her and let love into her heart once more. 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Since 1981, Ms. Steel has been a permanent fixture on the New York Times hardcover and paperback bestseller lists. In 1989, she was listed in the Guinness Book of World Records for having at least one of her books on the Times bestseller list for 381 consecutive weeks. But Guinness was premature. The fact is that one or more of Ms. Steel’s novels have been on the New York Times bestseller list for over 390 consecutive weeks.

Twenty-one of Ms. Steel’s novels have been adapted for television, each earning high ratings and critical acclaim, including two Golden Globe nominations for JEWELS, a four-hour mini-series that starred Anthony Andrews.

In addition, Ms. Steel is the author of the “Max and Martha” series of books for young readers. They are ten illustrated storybooks written to comfort the young as they face problems, such as a new stepfather, new baby, new school, loss of a grandparent, and other crucial dilemmas in a child’s life. She has also written the “Freddie” books, four of them, about real-life situations in children’s lives, like a visit to the doctor and the first night away from home. Ms. Steel has also written nonfiction, HIS BRIGHT LIGHT, about the life and death of her son Nicholas Traina, released by Delacorte Press in September 1998 and immediately jumped to the New York Times Non-Fiction bestseller list and “Having a Baby.” She has also written a book of poetry entitled LOVE: POEMS BY DANIELLE STEEL.

In 2002, Ms. Steel was decorated by the French government as an “Officier” of the distinguished Order of Arts and Letters, for her lifetime contribution to world culture. She was awarded the second highest rank of the Order.

Ms. Steel also has a passionate interest in emerging contemporary artists. She has had an art gallery for several years, and and continues to sponsor and organize free lance art shows and events to show the work of emerging and mid-career artists. She has a degree in design herself. In addition to her writing, Ms. Steel has varied philanthropic interests. She founded and runs two foundations, one named in honor of her late son, The Nick Traina Foundation, which funds organizations involved in mental illness and child abuse. The second was established to assist the homeless. She has won numerous awards for her personal work with mentally ill adolescents and children. Ms. Steel maintains a passionate interest in the welfare and well-being of children, particularly those in jeopardy. She has raised nine children of her own. And they continue to keep her busy, as she juggles writing and family. Her family is her first priority, despite her many interests.

From an education in New York and Europe to a professional background in public relations and advertising, and teaching, Ms. Steel moved on quickly to her literary career and has been hard at work writing ever since. She wrote her first book at nineteen. Often, she works on five books at a time — researching one storyline, writing another, and editing the third. Still, she often spends two to three years researching and developing a single project. In the heat of a first draft, it is not uncommon for her to spend eighteen to twenty hours a day glued to her 1946 Olympia manual typewriter.

Family, children, and young people are the central focus of her life, and her passion, which frequently shows in her writing. She deals with the themes that touch on the most pressing issues of real life, which makes her books universal, and touch so many people. She is fascinated by the pressing life situations that affect us all, how people handle them and are often transformed as a result. And her novels have explored subjects such as kidnapping, incest, mental illness, suicide, death, divorce, adoption, marriage, loss, cancer, war, among others. She also frequently writes about historical themes, shedding new light on familiar historical events with meticulously accurate research.

Things work out the way they’re meant to

Danielle Steel

FORGOTTEN DREAM BY KATIE FLYNN

Paperback: 512 pages

Published: November 15th 2007 by Arrow (first published August 28th 2007

ISBN: 009950314X (ISBN13: 9780099503149)

Edition language: English 
Original title: Forgotten Dreams

SYNOPSIS

Lottie Lacey and her mother, Louella, share a house in Victoria Court with Mr Magic and his son Baz. Lottie is a child star, dancing and singing at the Gaiety Theatre to an enraptured audience, whilst Louella acts as Max Magic’s assistant. But Lottie was in hospital for weeks after a road accident and has lost her memory. Louella tries to help but the white mist remains. Until Lottie meets a boy with golden-brown eyes who calls her “Sassy” and accuses her of running away.

It is after this meeting that the dreams start, dreams of another life, almost another world, and Lottie, sharing them with Baz, begins to believe he knows more than he chooses to tell. But then Merle joins the act and Lottie feels Baz and Merle, both older than she, are in league against her.

Then the dreams begin to grow clearer and Lottie realises she must find her past, at no matter what cost.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Katie Flynn was born in Norwich and attended Norwich High School, where she was extremely happy and extremely undistinguished. Published at the tender age of eight, in Enid Blyton’s Sunny Stories, she joined a Writers’ Circle as an adult, publishing short stories, articles, etc; only turning to novels in 1971 because the postal strike cut off her main source of income!
At first she wrote under several different names – Judith SaxtonJudy TurnerLydia BalmainJudith Arden – but her Katie Flynn books were a delight to write and proved far more popular than she had dreamed. She has now published nearly ninety novels, twenty-seven of which are Flynns. Her most recent titles are: Lost Days of Summer and Christmas Wishes.