Sunday, December 30, 2007

Books Read From January 2003 Through December 2007, alphabetical by title

  • Abandoned Prayers--Gregg Olsen (7/03)
  • Abner & Me--Dan Gutman (2/07)
  • Absolutely Captivated--Kristine Grayson (2/04)
  • Ace of Hearts--Barbara Metzger (12/05)
  • Across the Wide and Lonesome Prairie: The Oregon Trail Diary of Hattie Campbell--Kristiana Gregory (8/04)
  • Adventures of an Ice Princess--Liz Maverick (12/07)
  • Adventures of a Scottish Heiress--Cathy Maxwell (4/04)
  • The Adventures of Treehorn--Florence Parry Heide (4/03)
  • Again the Magic--Lisa Kleypas (1/04)
  • The Agony of Alice--Phyllis Reynolds Naylor (12/06)
  • Ain't She Sweet?--Susan Elizabeth Phillips (7/04)
  • Alex, Who Won His War--Chester Aaron (12/07)
  • The Alibi--Sandra Brown (1/06)
  • Alice's Tulips--Sandra Dallas (12/06)
  • All a Woman Wants--Patricia Rice (2/03)
  • All He Ever Wanted--Anita Shreve, read by Dennis Boutsikaris (8/07)
  • All I Want for Christmas--Sheila Rabe (11/05)
  • All Souls: A Family Story from Southie--Michael Patrick MacDonald (5/03)
  • Almost a Bride--Jane Feather (5/05)
  • Almost Like Being in Love--Christina Dodd (8/04)
  • Almost Perfect--Julie Ortolon (8/05)
  • Always--Jude Deveraux (1/05)
  • America's Dumbest Criminals: Wild & Weird Stories of Fumbling Felons, Clumsy Crooks, and Ridiculous Robbers--Daniel Butler, Alan Ray, and Leland Gregory (11/05)
  • Among the Hidden--Margaret Peterson Haddix (10/03)
  • The Angel Doll: A Christmas Story--Jerry Bledsoe (4/05)
  • The Angel of Darkness--Caleb Carr (7/04)
  • Angels Among Us--A Guideposts Book (4/03)
  • Angels Fall--Nora Roberts (11/06)
  • Another Chance, Another Time--Catherine Snodgrass (1/03)
  • The Anybodies by N. E. Body--Julianna Baggott (5/06)
  • Ares of Westford--Robin Hardy
  • Around the Next Corner--Elizabeth Warren (6/06)
  • The Artful Miss Irvine--Jennifer Malin (1/04)
  • As Big As Texas--K. N. Casper (2/06)
  • Autobiography of a Face--Lucy Grealy (1/05)
  • Awaken Me Darkly--Gena Showalter (8/07)
  • The Baby on the Car Roof and 222 More Urban Legends--Thomas J. Craughwell (6/03)
  • The Bad Beginning--Lemony Snicket (2/04)
  • The Bad Seed--William March (3/03)
  • The Ballad of Dixon Bell--Lynnette Kent (6/07)
  • Basket Case--Carl Hiaasen, read by the author (12/07)
  • Beautiful Child--Torey Hayden (1/03)
  • Beauty and the Beast--Hannah Howell (5/07)
  • Beauty Like the Night--Liz Carlyle (11/05)
  • Because You're Mine--Nan Ryan (6/05)
  • Been There, Done That--Carol Snow (8/06)
  • Bella at Midnight--Diane Stanley (10/07)
  • Be Mine Forever--Rosemary Laurey (1/06)
  • Best Laid Plans--Constance O'Day-Flannery (5/06)
  • The Best Man--Maggie Osborne (6/03)
  • The Betrayal--Beverly Lewis (9/03)
  • Betrayal in Death--J. D. Robb (7/05)
  • Bet Your Bottom Dollar--Karin Gillespie (6/06)
  • Beyond Paradise--Elizabeth Doyle (5/04)
  • Beyond the Burning Time--Kathryn Lasky (8/05)
  • Beyond the Highland Mist--Karen Marie Moning (6/04)
  • Big Cherry Holler--Adriana Trigiani (8/05)
  • Big Girls Don't Cry--Brenda Novak (2/06)
  • Billy Dead--Lisa Reardon (5/06)
  • Bird--Angela Johnson (2/07)
  • Birthright--Nora Roberts (5/03)
  • The Black Canary--Jane Louise Curry (12/07)
  • Blindsighted--Karin Slaughter (2/06)
  • Blizzard's Wake--Phyllis Reynolds Naylor (11/07)
  • Blood and Lust: The Best of Court TV--David Jacobs (7/03)
  • Blue Dahlia--Nora Roberts (10/04)
  • Blue Jasmine--Kashmira Sheth (1/07)
  • Blue Skies--Catherine Anderson (4/05)
  • Blue Smoke--Nora Roberts (12/05)
  • Blue Waltz--Linda Francis Lee (8/04)
  • Boo--Rene Gutteridge (9/03)
  • Boo Hiss--Rene Gutteridge (9/05)
  • Bookends--Jane Green (5/03)
  • Boo Who--Rene Gutteridge (9/04)
  • Born in Death--J. D. Robb (5/07)
  • Born in Sin--Kinley MacGregor (2/03)
  • Boston Jane--Jennifer L. Holm (4/03)
  • The Breaker Boys--Pat Hughes (3/07)
  • A Break with Charity: A Story About the Salem Witch Trials--Ann Rinaldi (7/06)
  • Breath of Scandal--Sandra Brown (3/05)
  • Brian's Return--Gary Paulsen (11/05)
  • Brian's Winter--Gary Paulsen (6/05)
  • The Bridal Veil--Alexis Harrington (7/03)
  • The Bride--Julie Garwood (12/05)
  • The Bride and the Beast--Teresa Medeiros (12/05)
  • A Bride Most Begrudging--Deeanne Gist (7/06)
  • The Bride Quilt--Pamela Quint Chambers (10/03)
  • Brides of Prairie Gold--Maggie Osborne (4/03)
  • Bridget Jones's Diary--Helen Fielding (6/03)
  • Broken Doll--Burl Barer (5/07)
  • The Bronze Bow--Elizabeth George Speare (5/06)
  • The Bronze Horseman--Paullina Simons (3/07)
  • The Buck Stops Here--Mindy Starns Clark (7/04)
  • The Cabin--Carla Neggers (10/05)
  • Calculated Loss: A Madeline Carter Novel--Linda L. Richards (8/06)
  • Carolina Isle--Jude Deveraux (12/06)
  • Caroline's Waterloo--Betty Neels (1/03)
  • A Case of Nosy Neighbors--Lori Copeland (10/04)
  • Catching Katie--Robin Lee Hatcher (12/03)
  • A Celebration of Babies--edited by Sally Emerson (6/03)
  • Chagall--Marie-Therese Souverbie (12/07)
  • Chalk's Woman--David Ballantine (10/04)
  • Change of Life--Judith Arnold (4/06)
  • Changing Habits--Debbie Macomber (5/03)
  • Charlie's Run--Valerie Hobbs (11/07)
  • Charming the Highlander--Janet Chapman (10/03)
  • Chesapeake Blue--Nora Roberts (10/03)
  • The Chick and the Dead--Casey Daniels (5/07)
  • The Children's Blizzard--David Laskin (9/05)
  • A Child's Promise--Deborah Bedford (1/05)
  • Chill Factor--Sandra Brown (8/05)
  • Chocolate for a Woman's Heart & Soul--Kay Allenbaugh (5/03)
  • A Christmas Baby--Annette Blair (3/06)
  • The Christmas Basket--Debbie Macomber (3/03)
  • The Christmas Blessing--Donna VanLiere (12/07)
  • The Christmas Doll--Elvira Woodruff (11/03)
  • Christmas in Canaan--Kenny Rogers & Donald Davenport (1/03)
  • A Christmas Legacy--Kathryn Shay (7/06)
  • The Christmas Quilt--Jennifer Chiaverini (11/05)
  • The Christmas Quilt--Thomas J. Davis (1/03)
  • The Christmas Train--David Baldacci (11/04)
  • The Cinderella Pact--Sarah Strohmeyer (6/06)
  • Claiming the Highlander--Kinley MacGregor (3/03)
  • Close to You--Christina Dodd (4/05)
  • Club Dead--Charlaine Harris (7/07)
  • A Coal Miner's Bride: The Diary of Anetka Kaminska, Lattimer, Pennsylvania, 1896--Susan Campbell Bartoletti (7/05)
  • Coffin on a Case--Eve Bunting (6/03)
  • Colliding Forces--Constance O'Day-Flannery (5/06)
  • Color the Sidewalk for Me--Brandilyn Collins (2/05)
  • Comanche Woman--Joan Johnston (11/04)
  • Complete Abandon--Cheryl Holt (6/04)
  • Completely Smitten--Kristine Grayson (11/03)
  • Copycat--Erica Spindler (5/06)
  • Coraline--Neil Gaiman (12/03)
  • The Cottage--Sandra Steffen (1/03)
  • Count on Me--Kathryn Shay (11/03)
  • The Courier--Melanie Jackson (5/06)
  • Courting Claudia--Robyn DeHart (9/05)
  • Covenant Child--Terri Blackstock (8/03)
  • Cowboy Cristmas--Catherine Palmer, Linda Goodnight, and Lisa Harris (9/04)
  • Crimson Stain--Jim Fisher (7/03)
  • Cruel Doubt--Joe McGinniss (7/03)
  • Cry for the Strangers--John Saul (7/04)
  • Crystal--V. C. Andrews (9/03)
  • Cupid's Dart--Maggie MacKeever (4/04)
  • Daisy's Back in Town--Rachel Gibson (8/04)
  • Damsel in Green--Betty Neels (7/03)
  • Dangerous Attractions--Colleen Easton (1/03)
  • Dangerous Evidence: The True Story of an Accused Man's Search for Justice--and the Woman Activist Who Fought for His Rights--Ellis A. Cohen with Milton J. Shapiro (2/05)
  • Dark Gold--Christine Feehan (5/06)
  • Dark Desire--Christine Feehan (5/06)
  • Dark Prince--Christine Feehan (5/06)
  • The DaVinci Code--Dan Brown (5/05)
  • Dead as a Doornail--Charlaine Harris (9/07)
  • Dead Certain--Mariah Stewart (6/05)
  • Dead Ends: The Pursuit, Conviction, and Execution of Female Serial Killer Aileen Wuornos, The Damsel of Death--Michael Reynolds (2/05)
  • Deadly American Beauty--John Glatt (11/05)
  • Dead to the World--Charlaine Harris (9/07)
  • Dead Until Dark--Charlaine Harris (7/07)
  • Dead Witch Walking--Kim Harrison (2/05)
  • A Deal with the Devil--Liz Carlyle (9/05)
  • Dear Dr. Bell...Your friend, Helen Keller--Judith St. George (5/06)
  • Dear Maggie--Brenda Novak (9/04)
  • Death, Bones, and Stately Homes--Valerie S. Malmont (5/06)
  • Deck the Halls--Arlene James (4/07)
  • Definitely Dead--Charlaine Harris (10/07)
  • Depraved: A True Story of Sadistic Murder in the Heartland--John Glatt (1/06)
  • The Destiny--Kathleen Givens (3/03)
  • The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America--Erik Larson (7/06)
  • Devilish--Jo Beverly (7/04)
  • The Devil's Heiress--Jo Beverly (5/04)
  • The Devil Wears Prada--Lauren Weisberger (5/05)
  • Dime Store Magic--Kelley Armstrong (11/05)
  • Divided in Death--J. D. Robb (1/04)
  • Dollar Daze--Karin Gillespie (11/07)
  • A Dollar Short--Karin Gillespie (6/06)
  • The Doll People--Ann M. Martin and Laura Godwin (5/03)
  • Don of the Dead--Casey Michaels (6/07)
  • Do They Wear High Heels in Heaven?--Erica Orloff (1/06)
  • Double Dare--Rhonda Nelson (11/04)
  • Dovey Coe--Frances O'Roark Dowell (11/05)
  • Down By the River--Robyn Carr (6/03)
  • Down the Rabbit Hole--Peter Abrahams (10/07)
  • Dream On--Beverly Brandt (2/05)
  • Dreamwold Castle--Florence Hightower (2/04)
  • The Drifter--Lori Copeland (5/06)
  • Dr. Laura: The Unauthorized Biography--Vickie L. Bane (1/05)
  • Drop-Dead Blonde--Nancy Martin, Elaine Viets, Denise Swanson, and Victoria Laurie (6/05)
  • The Duchess's Next Husband--Terri Brisbin (6/05)
  • Dwelling Places--Vinita Hampton Wright (4/07)
  • Dying Declaration--Randy Singer (5/06)
  • The Earth Dragon Awakes: The San Francisco Earthquake of 1906--Laurence Yep (11/07)
  • Eat Cake--Jeanne Ray (12/05)
  • Ellen Foster--Kaye Gibbons (2/03)
  • An Elm Creek Quilts Sampler--Jennifer Chiaverini (11/03)
  • Emma's Journal--Ed Rowell (11/03)
  • Empty Promises--Ann Rule (6/05)
  • The Enchanted April--Elizabeth Von Arnim, read by Josie Lawrence (11/07)
  • Enchanted, Inc.--Shanna Swendson (10/06)
  • Enchantress from the Stars--Sylvia Louise Engdahl (5/04)
  • The Endearment--LaVyrle Spencer (10/03)
  • England's Perfect Hero--Suzanne Enoch (9/04)
  • Every Storm--Lori Wick (7/04)
  • Everything's Coming Up Josey--Susan May Warren (7/06)
  • Every Which Way but Dead--Kim Harrison (7/05)
  • Evidence of Murder--Bill McClellan (7/03)
  • Evvy's Civil War--Miriam Brenaman (12/07)
  • Except My Love--Mary Burchell (5/05)
  • Eye of the Beholder--Ingrid Weaver (2/03)
  • The Eye of the Dream--Elizabeth Sinclair (8/06)
  • A Face First--Priscilla Cummings (1/04)
  • Fairest--Gail Carson Levine (12/06)
  • The Fairies of Nutfolk Wood--Barb Bentler Ullman (11/07)
  • Fanged and Fabulous--Michelle Rowen (8/07)
  • Fantasy Lover--Sherrilyn Kenyon (4/05)
  • Fast Food Nation--Eric Schlosser (2/06)
  • Fate Is Remarkable--Betty Neels (5/05)
  • Feet First--Leanne Banks (8/05)
  • Fever 1793--Laurie Halse Anderson (11/05)
  • Finders Keepers--Shirl Henke (12/05)
  • Finding Mary Blaine--Jodi Thomas (11/05)
  • Firestarter--Stephen King (9/03)
  • Firestorm--Iris Johansen (6/06)
  • The First Day--Barbara McMahon (11/04)
  • First Impressions--Jude Deveraux (11/06)
  • First Love, Second Chance--K. N. Casper (11/07)
  • A Fistful of Charms--Kim Harrison (7/06)
  • Five Children and It--E. Nesbit (7/06)
  • Five Kids, One Christmas--Terese Ramin (3/05)
  • The Five People You Meet in Heaven--Mitch Albom (2/05)
  • Flash Point--Sally John (2/06)
  • Flesh & Blood: Guilty As Sin, Erotic Tales of Crime and Passion--edited by Max Allan Collins & Jeff Gelb
  • The Florabama Ladies' Auxiliary & Sewing Circle--Lois Battle (11/04)
  • Flour Babies--Anne Fine (4/05)
  • Fog Magic--Julia L. Sauer (3/04)
  • For a Few Demons More--Kim Harrison (12/07)
  • Forbidden--Helen Kirkman (6/05)
  • Forbidden Magic--Cheyenne McCray (12/07
  • The Forest Lover--Susan Vreeland (1/06)
  • Forever and Always--Jude Deveraux (9/03)
  • Forgive the Wind--Cindy Holby (8/05)
  • Four to Score--Janet Evanovich (3/06)
  • Freedom's Wings: Corey's Diary, Kentucky to Ohio, 1857 (My America)--Sharon Denis Wyeth (7/06)
  • Friday--Robert A. Heinlein (1/05)
  • Friday's Child--Georgette Heyer (6/06)
  • Frisco's Kid--Suzanne Brockmann (5/06)
  • The Frog Princess--E. D. Baker (5/05)
  • Front Porch Princess--Kathryn Springer (2/07)
  • A Garden in the Rain--Lynn Kurland (5/04)
  • A Gentle Awakening--Betty Neels (2/03)
  • A Gentleman at Heart--Barbara Pierce (11/03)
  • A Gentleman By Any Other Name--Kasey Michaels (6/07)
  • Georgie's Moon--Chris Woodworth (12/07)
  • Getting Lucky--Susan Andersen (6/03)
  • The Ghost Children--Eve Bunting (9/05)
  • Ghost Girl--Torey L. Hayden (2/05)
  • Ghost Girl: A Blue Ridge Mountain Story--Delia Ray (8/04)
  • Ghost Stories of Ohio--Edrick Thay (11/06)
  • The Gift--Julie Garwood (4/03)
  • The Girl in the Blue Dress--Mary Burchell (5/06)
  • The Girls--Amy Goldman Koss (8/07)
  • Girls' Poker Night--Jill A. Davis (6/04)
  • The Goblin Wood--Hilari Bell (6/06)
  • The Good, the Bad, and the Undead--Kim Harrison (5/05)
  • Grail Prince--Nancy Affleck McKenzie (1/03)
  • A Great and Terrible Beauty--Libba Bray (12/06)
  • The Great Good Thing--Roderick Townley (5/03)
  • The Great Little Madison--Jean Fritz (9/06)
  • The Great Mom Swap--Betsy Haynes (5/06)
  • Gregor and the Prophecy of Bane--Suzanne Collins (9/04)
  • Gregor the Overlander--Suzanne Collins (6/04)
  • Growing Wings--Laurel Winter (1/04)
  • The Hadassah Covenant: A Queen's Legacy--Tommy Tenney and Mark Andrew Olsen (12/05)
  • Hadassah: One Night with the King--Tommy Tenney with Mark Andrew Olsen (3/04)
  • Half-Magic--Edward Eager (5/04)
  • Halos--Kristen Heitzmann (5/05)
  • Hand Quilted with Love--Joyce Livingston (6/05)
  • Hannah's Vow--Pam Crooks (1/05)
  • Hard Eight--Janet Evanovich (7/06)
  • Harmony--Jayne Ann Krentz writing as Jayne Castle (5/04)
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows--J. K. Rowling (7/07)
  • Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince--J. K. Rowling (4/06)
  • Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix--J. K. Rowling (6/03)
  • Hatchet--Gary Paulsen (5/05)
  • Haunted--Kelley Armstrong (1/06)
  • Haunted--Heather Graham (2/05)
  • Haven--Bobbi Smith writing as Julie Marshall (3/05)
  • Hawk's Way--Joan Johnston (11/03)
  • Head Over Heels--Susan Andersen (2/05)
  • Heart Choice--Robin D. Owens (8/05)
  • Heart Dance--Robin D. Owens (10/07)
  • Heart Duel--Robin D. Owens (3/04)
  • The Heart Reader--Terri Blackstock (8/05)
  • Heart Thief--Robin D. Owens (5/04)
  • Heaven on Earth--Constance O'Day-Flannery (9/04)
  • Hello, Darkness--Sandra Brown (9/03)
  • The Helmet of Navarre--Burke Wilkinson (11/05)
  • Here Today--Ann M. Martin (1/07)
  • Her Man Friday--Elizabeth Bevarly (12/05)
  • Hero Worship--Dawn Calvert (9/07)
  • Her Perfect Stranger--Jill Shalvis (11/04)
  • Hers to Desire--Margaret Moore (7/06)
  • Hidden--Tara Taylor Quinn (5/05)
  • High Energy--Dara Joy (6/04)
  • High Five--Janet Evanovich (3/06)
  • Highlander in Love--Julia London (8/07)
  • The High Rocks--Loren Estleman (3/07)
  • His Every Kiss--Laura Lee Guhrke (10/04)
  • Holding the Dream--Nora Roberts (3/04)
  • Holes--Louis Sachar (5/03)
  • Holly--Jude Deveraux (11/04)
  • Homeport--Nora Roberts (3/05)
  • Honey Moon--Susan Elizabeth Phillips (4/03)
  • Hosea's Bride--Dorothy Clark (4/05)
  • Hot and Bothered--Susan Andersen (4/05)
  • Hot Six--Janet Evanovich (6/06)
  • Hot Under the Collar--Kirstin Hill (10/03)
  • The House Where the Hardest Things Happened--Kate Young Caley (8/03)
  • Howl's Moving Castle--Diana Wynne Jones (10/04)
  • The Husband Quest--Lori Handeland (6/06)
  • The Ideal Bride--Stephanie Laurens (2/04)
  • The Ideal Bride--Nonnie St. George (1/04)
  • The Ideal Husband--Shari Anton (12/03)
  • I Do, I Do, I Do--Maggie Osborne (12/03)
  • If I Gained the World--Linda Nichols (8/04)
  • If Tomorrow Comes--Sidney Sheldon (6/06)
  • If You Could Read My Mind--Pamela Labud (5/07)
  • If You Only Knew (The Frienship Ring)--Rachel Vail (3/06)
  • If You Really Loved Me--Ann Rule (6/04)
  • I'll Be Home for Christmas--Linda Lael Miller, Catherine Mulvany, Julie Leto, and Roxanne St. Claire (1/07)
  • Imitation in Death--J. D. Robb (10/03)
  • In a Dark Wood--Amanda Craig (8/05)
  • In Deep Voodoo--Stephanie Bond (3/06)
  • An Independent Wife--Linda Howard (3/04)
  • An Independent Woman--Betty Neels (5/03)
  • Industrial Magic--Kelley Armstrong (12/05)
  • Infernal Affairs--Jane Heller (2/06)
  • Inklings--Melanie M. Jeschke (6/04)
  • The Inn at Oak Creek--Linda Barrett (2/04)
  • Innocent Traitor: A Novel of Lady Jane Grey--Alison Weir (5/07)
  • In Quest of Ghosts--Hans Holzer (7/04)
  • In Search of Eden--Linda Nichols (8/07)
  • In the Country of the Young--Lisa Carey (6/06)
  • In the Name of Love and Other True Cases: Ann Rule's Crime Files, Volume 4--Ann Rule (11/05; 9/07)
  • Into the Water--Diane Fanning (1/06)
  • Involuntary Daddy--Rachel Lee (8/05)
  • It Happened One Autumn--Lisa Kleypas (11/05)
  • "I" The Creation of a Serial Killer--Jack Olsen (5/04)
  • It's in His Kiss--Julia Quinn (9/05)
  • Jack and Jill--Louisa May Alcott (10/04)
  • Jack of Clubs--Barbara Metzger (3/06)
  • Jack of Hearts--Marjorie Farrell (9/03)
  • Jackson Rule--Dinah McCall (6/03)
  • Jane-Emily--Patricia Clapp (4/03)
  • Jane Millionaire--Janice Lynn (12/05)
  • Jane's Warlord--Angela Knight (1/06)
  • January 1905--Katharine Boling (11/06)
  • John Adams--David McCullough (5/07)
  • John the Deliverer--Rhiannon Neeley (8/03)
  • Journeys: A Reading and Literature Program--Richard J. Smith and Max F. Schulz (5/05)
  • Judas Child--Carol O'Connell (4/05)
  • Just Before Daybreak--Elizabeth Turner (1/03)
  • Just Ella--Margaret Peterson Haddix (4/03)
  • Just for Kicks--Susan Andersen (8/06)
  • Just Imagine--Pat Lowery Collins (10/07)
  • Just Over the Mountain--Robyn Carr (2/03)
  • Just Perfect--Julie Ortolon (9/05)
  • Just the Way You Are--Christina Dodd (6/03)
  • Kaleidoscope--Lauralee Bliss, Gloria Brandt, DiAnn Mills, and Kathleen Paul (3/04)
  • Kansas Brides: Four Marriages Face Conflict in the Town of Cedar Springs--Denise Hunter (4/05)
  • Katie's Dream--Leisha Kelly (10/04)
  • Katrina's Wings--Patricia Hickman (8/07)
  • Key of Knowledge--Nora Roberts (5/04)
  • Key of Light--Nora Roberts (5/04)
  • Key of Valor--Nora Roberts (5/04)
  • A Killing in the Family--Stephen Singular with Tim and Danielle Hill (6/04)
  • A Kingdom of Dreams--Julie Garwood (10/05)
  • King of Hearts--Pat Pritchard (10/03)
  • Kirsten on the Trail--Janet Shaw (2/06)
  • A Kiss for Julie--Betty Neels (3/04)
  • The Kissing Game--Kasey Michaels (3/03)
  • Kiss Me Again--Margaret Moore (1/04)
  • Kiss Me, Kill Me--Ann Rule (12/04)
  • A Kiss of Fate--Mary Jo Putney (6/06)
  • Kiss the Bride--Patricia Cabot (10/05)
  • The Kitchen Witch--Annette Blair (9/04)
  • The Kite Runner--Khaled Hosseini (12/06)
  • The Knight at Dawn: Magic Tree House #2--Mary Pope Osborne (1/06)
  • Kushiel's Avatar--Jacqueline Carey (5/03)
  • Lady Danger--Sarah McKerrigan (3/06)
  • A Lady of His Own--Stephanie Laurens (10/04)
  • Lancaster's Orphans--Robert J. Randisi (9/04)
  • Landing It: My Life On and Off the Ice--Scott Hamilton with Lorenzo Benet (2/06)
  • A Lantern in Her Hand--Bess Streeter Aldrich (9/03)
  • A Lawman for Christmas--Pat Pritchard (12/05)
  • Leaving Ireland--Ann Moore (3/05)
  • Leaving Protection--Will Hobbs (8/07)
  • The Legend MacKinnon--Donna Kauffman (9/04)
  • Lethal Lies--Laurie Breton (11/05)
  • Life in These United States--Reader's Digest (11/04)
  • Lincoln: A Photobiography--Russell Freedman (4/06)
  • The Living End--Lisa Samson (12/03)
  • Little Girl Blue--David Cray (9/03)
  • The Little Lame Prince and the Adventures of a Brownie--Dinah Maria Mulock Craik (3/06)
  • Live Bait--P. J. Tracy (2/07)
  • Living Dead in Dallas--Charlaine Harris (7/07)
  • Long Time Coming--Edie Claire (12/03)
  • Looking for Bobowicz--Daniel Pinkwater (2/07)
  • Looking for Lacey--Linda Francis Lee (7/03)
  • Lord Logic and the Wedding Wish--Melynda Beth Skinner(1/03)
  • Loser--Jerry Spinelli (6/06)
  • Lost and Found--Carolyn Parkhurst (8/06)
  • The Lost Boy--Dave Pelzer (12/05)
  • Love Comes Softly--Janette Oke (4/06)
  • Love, Loss and What I Wore--Ilene Beckerman (5/06)
  • Love of My Life--Meredith Bond (7/07)
  • Lover Beware--Christine Feehan, Katherine Sutcliffe, Fiona Brand, and Eileen Wilks 6/03)
  • Loverboy--Lauren Agony & Jan Springer (2/03)
  • A Loving Scoundrel--Johanna Lindsey (7/03; 12/04)
  • Lyon's Gate--Catherine Coulter (10/07)
  • Macaroni Boy--Katherine Ayres (10/07)
  • Maggie's Miracle--Karen Kingsbury (7/03)
  • Maggy--Sara Seale (11/03)
  • Magic Lessons--Justine Larbalestier (9/07)
  • Magic or Madness--Justine Larbalestier (9/06)
  • The Magic World--E. Nesbit (4/04)
  • The Mansion in the Mist--John Bellairs (10/03)
  • A Man to Call My Own--Johanna Lindsey (8/03)
  • March--Geraldine Brooks, read by Richard Easton (6/07)
  • The Marriage Contract--Cathy Maxwell (8/07)
  • Marriage Most Scandalous--Johanna Lindsey (11/06)
  • The Marriage Spell--Mary Jo Putney (6/07)
  • Master of Dragons--Angela Knight (11/07)
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  • Match Me If You Can--Susan Elizabeth Phillips (9/06)
  • The Meanest Doll in the World--Ann M. Martin and Laura Godwin (1/05)
  • Measle and the Wrathmonk--Ian Ogilvy (1/07)
  • Memory in Death--J. D. Robb (7/06)
  • Mercy--Jodi Picoult (2/06)
  • Mercy at Midnight--Lois Hoadley Dick (9/05)
  • The Messies Manual: The Procrastinator's Guide to Good Housekeeping--Sandra Felton (6/05)
  • Midnight Is a Place--Joan Aiken (9/04)
  • Midnight Magic--Avi (9/04)
  • Mind Game--Christine Feehan (2/07)
  • Mind Reader--Victoria Cole (2/06)
  • Mine for All Time--Julia Hanlon (12/03)
  • The Mirror--Marlys Millhiser (8/05)
  • The Misadventures of Maude March--Audrey Couloumbis (12/07)
  • Mischief and Marriage--Emma Darcy (11/04)
  • The Misconception--Darlene Gardner (5/04)
  • Missing Incorporated--Tess Pendergrass (5/06)
  • Miss Parker's Ponies--Victoria Hinshaw (9/03)
  • Mistress to a Tycoon--Emma Darcy (11/04)
  • Monkeewrench--P. J. Tracy (2/07)
  • The Monkey's Paw and Other Tales of Terror--read by Victor Garber (8/05)
  • Moon's Crossing--Barbara Croft (5/07)
  • The Moorchild--Eloise McGraw (6/06)
  • More Than You Know--Evelyn Rogers (9/05)
  • The Morning After--Lisa Jackson (12/05)
  • Mortal Sin--Laurie Breton (1/06)
  • Mossflower--Brian Jacques (4/06)
  • Mostly Mayhem--Lisa Manuel (11/05)
  • A Most Unsuitable Man--Jo Beverley (6/05)
  • Mr. Blue--Myles Connolly (7/05)
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  • The Mulberry Tree--Jude Deveraux (3/03)
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  • My Big Fat Supernatural Wedding--edited by P. N. Elrod (10/07)
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  • My Outlaw--Linda Lael Miller (9/03)
  • My Pleasure--Connie Brockway (10/04)
  • My Seduction--Connie Brockway (9/04)
  • My Sunshine--Catherine Anderson (9/05)
  • Nancy and Plum--Betty MacDonald (1/06)
  • Naples: 1940s to 1970s (Images of America)--Lynne Howard Frazer (5/07)
  • Natural Born Charmer--Susan Elizabeth Phillips (2/07)
  • Nellie Bly, Reporter--Nina Brown Baker (10/04)
  • Nerd in Shining Armor--Vicki Lewis Thompson (6/04)
  • Neurotica--Sue Margolis (5/04)
  • Never Mind--Avi and Rachel Vail (1/07)
  • The New Yorker Book of Lawyer Cartoons--The New Yorker (11/05)
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  • Night Fire--Catherine Coulter (3/04)
  • The Night Lives On--Walter Lord (1/05)
  • Night's Edge--Maggie Shayne, Barbara Hambly, and Charlaine Harris (11/04)
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  • No Flying in the House--Betty Brock (8/04)
  • No Need to Say Goodbye--Betty Neels (4/03)
  • No Ordinary Child--Darlene Graham (4/04)
  • No Regrets and Other True Cases: Ann Rule's Crime Files, Volume 11--Ann Rule (8/07)
  • Northern Lights--Nora Roberts (10/04)
  • No Safe Place--Bill G. Cox (7/05)
  • The No Spin Zone--Bill O'Reilly (1/03)
  • Not a Sparrow Falls--Linda Nichols (8/04; 12/06)
  • Nothing Sacred--Tara Taylor Quinn (1/05)
  • Not Just for Tonight--Susan Johnson, Katherine O'Neal, and Diane Whiteside (7/05)
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  • The Observatory--Emily Grayson, read by Laural Merlington (6/07)
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  • Once a Dreamer--Candice Hern (1/03)
  • Once Upon a Prince--Holly Jacobs (3/06)
  • One Day, My Prince--Linda Jones (8/03)
  • One Forbidden Evening--Jo Goodman (8/06)
  • One for the Money--Janet Evanovich (1/04)
  • One Good Knight--Mercedes Lackey (5/07)
  • One Last Christmas--Joyce Livingston (5/06)
  • One Last Time--John Edward (5/05)
  • One Night of Passion--Elizabeth Boyle (2/04)
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  • Only for a Knight--Sue-Ellen Welfonder (1/06)
  • Only the Wind Remembers--Marlo Schalesky (10/03)
  • The O'Reilly Factor--Bill O'Reilly (1/03)
  • Orphan Train West Collection--Jane Peart (3/07)
  • The Outlaw Groom--Pat Pritchard (2/06)
  • Over Hexed--Vicki Lewis Thompson (11/07)
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  • A Painted House--John Grisham (3/05)
  • The Painted Rose--Donna Birdsell (5/06)
  • Pamela's Second Season--Donna Simpson (2/03)
  • Passage--Connie Willis (12/06)
  • Passions of the Ghost--Sarah Mackenzie (9/07)
  • Patience--Lori Copeland (1/04)
  • Pay It Forward--Catherine Ryan Hyde (7/04)
  • The Peacemaker--Lori Copeland (5/06)
  • A Perfect Hero--Samantha James (1/06)
  • A Perfect Husband--Aphrodite Jones (2/05)
  • The Perfect Match--Susan May Warren (6/04)
  • The Perfect Wife--Jane Goodger (5/03)
  • The Perfect Wife--Lynsay Sands (12/06)
  • Phoebe--Diane Noble (10/03)
  • Picket Fence--Kimberly Cates (8/06)
  • The Pied Piper's Bride--Myrna MacKenzie (4/04)
  • Pilgrim's Promise--Emma Goldrick (1/03)
  • Pillow Talk--Hailey North (6/05)
  • A Place Called Bliss--Ruth Glover (9/06)
  • Plain and Simple: A Woman's Journey to the Amish--Sue Bender (11/05)
  • Plain Jane--Fern Michaels (9/05)
  • Plain Jane: A Novel of Jane Seymour--Laurien Gardner (6/06)
  • Playing with Fire--Gena Showalter (6/07)
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  • Poisoned Love--Caitlin Rother (4/07)
  • Poisoned Vows--Clifford L. Linedecker (6/05)
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  • Portrait of a Killer: Jack the Ripper Case Closed--Patricia Cornwell (3/05)
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  • Prairie Rose--Susan Kirby (3/05)
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  • Prince of Frogs--Barbara Plum (5/06)
  • Prince of Ice--Emma Holly (12/07)
  • The Prince of Midnight--Laura Kinsale (5/06)
  • Princess Academy--Shannon Hale (6/06)
  • Princess Charming--Beth Pattillo (6/04)
  • The Princess Diaries--Meg Cabot (10/04)
  • Princess Nevermore--Dian Curtis Regan (6/05)
  • Prisoners of Hope--Robin Hardy (10/05)
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  • A Rage to Kill and Other True Cases--Ann Rule (7/03)
  • Rainsinger--Ruth Wind (5/06)
  • Reason and romance--Debra White Smith (7/04)
  • Recipes for Easy Living--Curtiss Ann Matlock (10/03)
  • Reconstructing Natalie--Laura Jensen Walker (6/06)
  • Redeeming Love--Francine Rivers (10/03)
  • The Redemption of Sarah Cain--Beverly Lewis (12/04)
  • Red Lily--Nora Roberts (2/06)
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  • The Replacement--Anne Marie Duquette (8/03)
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  • Retrieval--Jeanie London (11/06)
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  • River Rising--Dorothy Garlock (5/07)
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  • A Rose for Her Grave and Other True Cases--Ann Rule (8/03)
  • Rose in Bloom--Louisa May Alcott (2/03)
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  • A Scandalous Marriage--Debbie Raleigh (4/03)
  • Scandalous Virtue--Brenda Hiatt (7/03)
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  • The School Story--Andrew Clements (6/06)
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  • Scrib--David Ives (4/07)
  • Seabiscuit: An American Legend--Laura Hillenbrand (7/03)
  • Searching for David's Heart--Cherie Bennett (9/06)
  • The Searching Hearts--Dorothy Garlock (8/05)
  • A Season of Miracles--Heather Graham (7/05)
  • Second Sight--Beth Amos (3/05)
  • A Secret Infatuation--Betty Neels (4/03)
  • Secret Santa--Robert Tate Miller and Beth Polson (7/04)
  • Secret Santa--Anne Osborn Poelman (8/04)
  • The Secret School--Avi (6/05)
  • The Seductive One--Susan Mallery (2/05)
  • Seeds of Hope: The Gold Rush Diary of Susanna Fairchild, California Territory, 1849 (Dear America)--Kristiana Gregory (3/05)
  • Seen By Moonlight--Kathleen Eschenburg (12/03)
  • Serial Murderers--edited by Art Crockett (7/03)
  • Seven Days to Forever--Ingrid Weaver (3/03)
  • Seven Up--Janet Evanovich (6/06)
  • Sex and the Single Vampire--Katie MacAlister (7/05)
  • Sex, Lies, and Vampires--Katie MacAlister (7/05)
  • Shades of Gray--Wendy Douglas (4/05)
  • The Shadow--Shelley Munro (6/06)
  • Shadowed Secrets--Lois Richer (5/06)
  • Shadow Game--Christine Feehan (7/03)
  • Shadowheart--Laura Kinsale (5/05)
  • Shattered Love--Richard Chamberlain (7/03)
  • The Sheriff of Heartbreak County--Kathleen Creighton (6/07)
  • She's Come Undone--Wally Lamb (10/04)
  • The Shop on Blossom Street--Debbie Macomber (7/04)
  • Shotgun Wedding--Maggie Osborne (11/03)
  • Silver Bells--Luanne Rice (11/04)
  • Silver Blades: In the Spotlight--Melissa Lowell (1/06)
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  • Silverbridge--Joan Wolf (6/04)
  • Silver Lining--Maggie Osborne (9/03)
  • Silverwing--Kenneth Oppel (2/06)
  • Simply Irresistible--Kristine Grayson (4/05)
  • Single White Vampire--Lynsay Sands (10/03)
  • Sins of Midnight--Kimberly Logan (9/06)
  • Sins of the Night--Sherrilyn Kenyon (9/05)
  • The Sister Secret--Jessica Steele (2/06)
  • Skating Shoes--Noel Streatfeild (6/03)
  • Skylark--Jo Beverley (3/05)
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  • Slow Way Home--Michael Morris (6/05)
  • The Smoke Thief--Shana Abe (11/06)
  • Snowbird--Stef Ann Holm (7/04)
  • Snow Treasure--Marie McSwigan (11/07)
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  • Somebody's Baby--Tara Taylor Quinn (12/06)
  • Some Like It Wicked--Deborah Raleigh (11/05)
  • Something Wicked--Evelyn Vaughn (6/07)
  • Son: A Psychopath and His Victims--Jack Olsen (7/03)
  • Song of Redemption--Lynn Austin (8/05)
  • Song of the Road--Dorothy Garlock (12/04)
  • Sophie and the Rising Sun--Augusta Trobaugh (4/07)
  • The Soul Collector--Kathleen Kane (5/03)
  • Special of the Day--Elaine Fox (5/05)
  • Spell of the Highlander--Karen Marie Moning (8/07)
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  • Spindle's End--Robin McKinley (1/04)
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  • Spy Goddess: Live and Let Shop--Michael R. Spradlin (1/07)
  • The Stand--Stephen King (12/04)
  • Standing in the Light: The Captive Diary of Catharine Carey Logan, Delaware Valley, Pennsylvania, 1763 (Dear America)--Mary Pope Osborne (6/05)
  • Stardust--Alane Ferguson (2/03)
  • Stargazer--Colby Hodge (5/07)
  • Star in the Storm--Joan Hiatt Harlow (11/07)
  • Stay with Me--Beverly Long (12/06)
  • A Stockingful of Joy--Mary Jo Putney, Jill Barnett, Justine Dare, and Susan King (5/07)
  • Stolen Magic--M. J. Putney (9/06)
  • The Stone Prince--Gena Showalter (3/07)
  • Stonewords: A Ghost Story--Pam Conrad (8/05)
  • Storm Front--Jim Butcher (10/07)
  • Storm Warning--Dinah McCall (1/03)
  • Strong for Potatoes--Cynthia Thayer (11/04)
  • Stuck on You--Patti Berg (2/03)
  • Suddenly Gone--Dan Mitrione (7/03)
  • The Sugar Camp Quilt--Jennifer Chiaverini (3/06)
  • Summer Breeze--Catherine Anderson (1/06)
  • Summer Lovin'--Carly Phillips (7/05)
  • Summer of Storms--Judith Kelman (2/03)
  • Summer Reading Is Killing Me!--Jon Scieszka (5/06)
  • Summer's End--Lyn Cote (10/03)
  • Sun and Candlelight--Betty Neels (10/03)
  • Sunwing--Kenneth Oppel (9/07)
  • Survivor in Death--J. D. Robb (10/05)
  • Sweet Adventure--Mary Burchell (8/05)
  • Sweet Deceit--Lynn McKay (7/04)
  • Sweet Everlasting--Patricia Gaffney (1/05)
  • Sweet Grass--Dee Marvine (7/06)
  • Sweethearts of the Twilight Lanes--Luanne Jones (4/04)
  • Sweet Hush--Deborah Smith (7/04)
  • Sweet Memories--LaVyrle Spencer (4/05)
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  • Temptation of a Proper Governess--Cathy Maxwell (8/04)
  • Tempting Fortune--Jo Beverley (4/05)
  • Tempting the Highlander--Janet Chapman (9/04)
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  • The Thief Lord--Cornelia Funke (6/06)
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  • The Things We Do for Love--Kristin Hannah (6/06)
  • This Is Graceanne's Book--P. L. Whitney (8/05)
  • Thorn in My Heart--Liz Curtis Higgs (2/03)
  • Thorns in Eden--Rita Gerlach (10/03)
  • Thoroughly Kissed--Kristine Grayson (11/03)
  • The Thrall's Tale--Judith Lindbergh (3/06)
  • Three Roads Home--Travis Thrasher (8/03)
  • Three to Get Deadly--Janet Evanovich (3/06)
  • Through the Window--Diane Fanning (5/03)
  • Thy Heart in Mine--Cara West (1/06)
  • Tiger Lillie--Lisa Samson (9/04)
  • Time and Again--Kathryn Jensen (1/05)
  • Time for Andrew--Mary Downing Hahn (6/03)
  • Time Stops for No Mouse--Michael Hoeye (9/05)
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  • To Find You Again--Maureen McKade (4/06)
  • To Love an Older Man--Debbi Rawlins (6/06)
  • To Love a Scottish Lord--Karen Ranney (1/05)
  • Tombs of Endearment--Casey Daniels (12/07)
  • Too Close to Home--Maureen Tan (10/06)
  • To Pleasure a Prince--Sabrina Jeffries (6/05)
  • Torvill and Dean: The Autobiography of Ice Dancing's Gold Medal Winners--Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean with John Man (9/07)
  • To Sing Me Home--Doris E. Smith (11/03)
  • To Sir Phillip, With Love--Julia Quinn (6/03)
  • Total Rush--Deirdre Martin (5/05)
  • To Tame a Highland Warrior--Karen Marie Moning (7/05)
  • To the Last Breath--Carlton Stowers (3/04)
  • Touch the Dark--Karen Chance (8/07)
  • Trading Places--Fern Michaels (3/04)
  • Triangle: The Fire that Changed America--David Von Drehle (1/05)
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  • Troll Fell--Katherine Langrish (11/05)
  • The Trouble with Harry--Katie MacAlister (7/04)
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  • Truesight--David Stahler, Jr. (3/07)
  • Truly a Wife--Rebecca Hagan Lee (7/05)
  • Trust Me: Men of Steele--Caroline Cross (1/06)
  • The Truth About Sparrows--Marian Hale (2/07)
  • Turnabout--Margaret Peterson Haddix (8/07)
  • Turning for Home--Sarah Challis (5/06)
  • Tweed--Lass Small (6/05)
  • The Twilight Before Christmas--Christine Feehan (1/04)
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  • Two Hearts in Time--Eugenia Riley (12/03)
  • Two Short and One Long--Nina Ring Aamundsen (10/03)
  • Tying the Knot--Susan May Warren (9/03)
  • Uncertain Magic--Laura Kinsale (5/04)
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  • Uncle John's Second Bathroom Reader--Bathroom Readers' Institute (6/05)
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  • Understudy--Carole Bellacera (6/03)
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  • Upon a Wicked Time--Karen Ranney (5/04)
  • Utterly Charming--Kristine Grayson (5/07)
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  • The Veil of Night--Lydia Joyce (5/05)
  • A Victorian Rose--Catherine Palmer (1/03)
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  • Vital Signs--Bobby Hutchinson (2/04)
  • Wait for the Sunrise--Cassandra Austin (6/06)
  • The Wall and the Wing--Laura Ruby (11/07)
  • Waltz with a Vampire--Maggie MacKeever (12/05)
  • Wanted Across Time--Eugenia Riley (7/04)
  • Warrior in Her Bed--Cathleen Galitz (7/06)
  • The Wedding--Nicholas Sparks (7/05)
  • The Wedding Deception--Adrienne Basso (11/05)
  • The Wedding Escape--Karyn Monk (6/03)
  • The Wedding Night--Barbara Dawson Smith (3/04)
  • A Week in the Zone--Barry Sears, Ph.D. (8/07)
  • Well Wished--Franny Billingsley (7/04)
  • What Do You Say to a Naked Elf?--Cheryl Stirling (5/05)
  • What Lies Beneath--Anne Stuart, Joanna Wayne, and Caroline Burns (11/04)
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  • When a Texan Gambles--Jodi Thomas (12/03)
  • When He Was Wicked--Julia Quinn (11/04)
  • When It's Perfect--Adele Ashworth (6/03)
  • When Will This Cruel War Be Over? The Civil War Diary of Emma Simpson, Gordonsville, Virginia, 1864 (Dear America)--Barry Denenberg (6/05)
  • When You Believe--Deborah Bedford (7/03)
  • Where I'd Like to Be--Frances O'Roark Dowell (6/06)
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  • Whispers--Belva Plain (11/04)
  • White Deception--Susan Edwards (8/05)
  • White Lies--Linda Howard (7/03)
  • Whose Child?--Susan Gable (8/05)
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  • The Winter Mantle--Elizabeth Chadwick (1/06)
  • Winter of Change--Betty Neels (5/04)
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  • The Wishing Chalice--Sandra Landry (4/04)
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  • A Woman in the House--William E. Barrett (9/04)
  • The Woman in the Wall--Patrice Kindl (1/03)
  • A Woman's Innocence--Gayle Callen (6/05)
  • World of Pies--Karen Stolz (9/05)
  • Ya-Yas in Bloom--Rebecca Wells, read by Judith Ivey (9/07)
  • A Year and a Day--Sara M. Harvey (12/07)
  • Yellow--Janni Visman (7/06)
  • Yesterday and Forever--Vickie Presley (10/03)
  • Yet Love Remains--Mary Burchell (5/05)
  • Young Pioneers--Rose Wilder Lane (5/04)
  • Yours Always--Gabriella Anderson (5/04)
  • Yours Until Dawn--Teresa Medeiros (11/04)
  • You Slay Me--Katie MacAlister (8/05)

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

The Restless Sleep, by Stacy Horn

Stacy Horn
ISBN: 0-14-303729-3
Book #07-077

Between 1985 and 2004, there were nearly 9,000 unsolved murders in New York City. The longer it takes to track down information and evidence about a murder, the more likely it is to go "cold," which often means the criminal goes free while the case is relegated to a back burner for lack of progress. In 1995, Jack Maple and Edward Norris came up with the idea that became New York City's Cold Case Squad, a group of detectives whose sole purpose was to examine file cases that had stalled and breathe new life into them in order to find the killer(s) and close the cases.

Stacy Horn has focused on several cases spanning fifty years: the 1951 strangulation of a young wife, the murder of a cop by a meat hook in 1979, the killing of a misfit girl in 1988, and a couple murdered in front of their three young sons in a 1996 drug-related incident. Horn does a good job of switching back and forth between the development of the Cold Case Squad and the details of the crimes and their related investigations. Her account of NYPD politics is riveting and insightful, and her take on the city's unsung heroes is clear-eyed and realistic.

Horn's prose is both compelling and easy to read, although some readers may be put off by her casual profanity. Each case is deftly introduced, and the victims, although clearly flawed, are nonetheless sympathetic figures. Horn is particularly adept at explaining the ins and outs of organized crime and its deterioration since its heyday. Readers will be invested in the outcome of the detectives' investigations and surprised at the differences between reality and popular TV crime shows. Ultimately, The Restless Sleep is a must-have addition to anyone's true crime library.

Saturday, August 25, 2007

Book Give-Away for September 1, 2007

For September 1, I'm giving away Ann Rule's book No Regrets and Other Cases--Ann Rule's Crime Files: Volume 11. My review of this book is already posted, for those who would like to know more about it.

To be entered into the drawing for this book, simply comment on this post. I will draw the winner on Saturday, September 1, and mail the book the following Monday. Be sure to check back on the first to see if you won!

No Regrets and Other True Cases, by Ann Rule

Ann Rule
ISBN: 0-7434-4875-8
Book #07-076
True Crime

Ann Rule is probably America's best-known true crime writer. In this volume of her accounts of case files, she focuses on crimes where the perpetrators apparently had no regrets about their actions.

The main case of the book is the mysterious disappearance of ship's pilot Rolf Neslund, an eighty-year-old man whose stellar career was eclipsed by one unfortunate event at its end, the crashing of the ship he was piloting into a bridge. Rolf's wife, Ruth, told various stories to explain his absence, but eventually two of her nieces came forward and claimed that their aunt had admitted to killing her husband and burning the pieces of his body. It took years for Ruth to be brought to justice. The highlight of this account are the limericks by horror author John Saul, whose poetry displays a keen wit and wicked humor.

The other cases in the book all share an improbable pathos. The young mother whose religious fervor led her to kill her two young children is especially tragic, because she sought help from multiple sources, who all brushed her off. The bank robber who shot an elderly man during his escape, the woman whose marriage fell apart after she was kidnapped and raped, and the teen runaway who teased her boyfriend until he murdered her are equally sad. The most memorable case, in some ways, is that of the young prostitute who was savagely beaten and left for dead, but managed to crawl for help. In an unusual oversight, Rule neglects to mention the fate of the young woman's infant son during the many hours of her ordeal.

As always, Rule gives readers her special insight into these cases, and shares her opinions of the various crimes. Her dry, biting humor is again on display. Readers will have NO REGRETS at spending several hours with Rule's rogues' gallery of hapless criminals.

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Book Give-Away for August 18, 2007

In memory of Ben, I am giving away two brand new sets of E. B. White paperbacks. They are still in shrink-wrap and do not have BookCrossing labels. I wanted this give-away to be totally altruistic in honor of my little friend, who was a fine reader and will be deeply missed.

Monday, August 06, 2007


I'm giving another book away. Sorry for the delay in the first one--I spent a chunk of my weekend in the hospital to find out why the right side of my face is paralyzed. Turns out I have Bell's Palsy, which, as a diabetic, I was four times more likely than the general population to contract. Sigh. I should see some improvement by the end of the week, and there's an 80% chance of full recovery within three months. Let me just say, I look and feel like a freak.

So, because I'm really stressed about this, my give-away book for the week is INSIDE MY HEART: CHOOSING TO LIVE WITH PASSION AND PURPOSE by Robin McGraw (AKA Mrs. Dr. Phil). There are likely to be several copies of this available in hardcover. These books are brand-new, except that there is a BookCrossing label inside each cover. Winners, please make a journal entry at when you recieve your books. You don't have to join BookCrossing, and you can do an anonymous journal entry that simply says that you received the book. After that, I don't care what you do with the books, because they will be yours.

I will choose and announce the winners here on Saturday, August 11th, and mail the books on the following Monday.

I hope to see a lot of entries this time out. Just make a comment on this post, and you will be entered. Good luck, everyone!

Friday, August 03, 2007

Living Dead in Dallas, by Charlaine Harris

Charlaine Harris
ISBN: 0-441-00923-9
Book #07-061

Sookie Stackhouse is an ordinary young woman with an extraordinary "dis"ability: she can read minds. This ability has caused her grief throughout her life, particularly when it comes to romance, because as she says, how can you make love with someone when you know what they really think about you and your body? When Sookie meets Bill the Vampire and realizes that she can't hear his thoughts, the mental silence is very attractive to her, and before long, she's got a real, live (not) boyfriend.

Being involved with a vampire has its own special problems. When Bill's vampire colleagues save Sookie's life, she feels obligated to accomodate when asked for a favor, she agrees to read the minds of people involved in the case of a missing vampire. Sookie's only condition is that if her abilities reveal the culprits, they must be handed over to the authorities and dealt with through legal channels.

Once in Dallas, Sookie encounters the Fellowship of the Sun, a fanatical anti-vampire group. The resulting chaos and carnage make for fast, frantic reading as Charlaine Harris masterfully pits the vampires and their foes against each other, with the intrepid Sookie smack in the middle. In this second installment of Harris's Stackhouse series, readers get more of Sookie's scrupulously honest self-analysis and her amusingly pragmatic approach to life. Harris has created a detailed depiction of vampire politics, and Eric, Bill's supervisor, proves to be a formidable enemy and a seriously good kisser.

Charlaine Harris keeps the action and the angst coming in this completely delectable page-turner. Sookie is a heroine readers can identify with, and her wise-cracking sense of humor leavens many a tense moment. Harris gives her imagination free rein, and the resultant account of modern vampire life is a marvel of wit and wonder. LIVING DEAD IN DALLAS is a breath of fresh air in a genre that is in high demand with readers, and that popularity shows no sign of declining any time soon. With Sookie Stackhouse, Charlaine Harris has earned her spot on the paranormal keepers shelf.

Mostly Paranormal Bookbox Going Out Soon

I've put together a box of paperback books that I no longer want, and I've made a list of people who would like to play bookswap with me. Basically, you get the box, take out the books you want and replace them with your own books that you no longer want, log the information on the list that you find in the box, then mail it off to the next person. When the box gets back to me, with any luck, I'll find books I haven't read, but more importantly, I've passed along books I've already read.

A few points of interest: all my books are logged at, so I expect people to make a journal entry on any of my books that they choose from the box. Usually people wait to make entries once they've read a book, but I need instant gratification that I've actually passed a book along, so I ask that the entry be made when a book is taken.

Postage for these boxes can vary, but they generally go media mail with delivery confirmation.

This box contains mostly paranormal romances, but there are books of other genres in it, too. You don't have to match genres, it's simply a one-for-one trade.

I'll have other boxes going out soon. One will be trade paperbacks, and one will be audiobooks on cassette and CD.

If this is something you'd like to do, please go to and sign up. Once I approve your membership, you will need to send me your mailing address so I can put you on the flight list. This box was supposed to go out a few weeks ago, but I'm notoriously poky about getting my boxes started. I will be sending it out next Thursday, the 9th of August.

Hope to see you there!

Saturday, July 28, 2007

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, by J.K. Rowling

Ordinarily, I have a format for my book reviews, and I follow it closely. I don't write in the first person, most of the time, and I try to give a summary of the book, followed by my reaction to it. This book is so big and so unique that I've chosen not to review it here because I don't want to spoil it for anyone, and because this is the final book in a series that has forever changed the landscape of children's literature. I don't think a review can truly do justice to the impact that J. K. Rowling and the Boy Who Lived have had on our culture.

That being acknowledged, I have to admit that I wolfed this book down in one day. We were on the second day of our road trip home to Georgia from Massachusetts, so I pulled out the book and hunkered down for a long day of travel. I didn't finish it before we got home, but I finished it before I went to bed, and I have been mulling it over ever since.

HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS was everything I'd hoped it would be, and I closed the book feeling satisfied, wistful that it was over, and sorry to say goodbye to characters who have come to mean so much to me over the years. I cried several times over the course of the day, and especially at the end, but they were cleansing tears of genuine emotion. Death came fast and furious in the final volume of this series, but various characters were vindicated, others got their just desserts, and some discovered things about themselves that we, the readers already knew.

We had just seen the new movie on Saturday, so the visuals of the characters was fresh in my mind, and I must say, everyone in films has been perfectly cast all the way along. Generally, when I read a book, I have vague images of what the characters look like, but reading the Potters has been enhanced by the spot-on performances of the actors chosen for each role. (I have one qualification--Michael Gambon as Dumbledore. He has grown on me, and I've come to appreciate him, but he has never had the requisite twinkle that is so inherently characteristic of Dumbledore, and I miss Richard Harris desperately.)

J.K. Rowling has said she's very proud that the cast is British, with no stunt-casting of Americans for box-office bonuses, and I have to agree that this has been part of the magic of this series. Honestly, could you imagine someone like Macaulay Culkin or Lindsay Lohan in this movie? I shudder to think how such casting would have compromised not only the integrity of the films, but also the very Britishness of the story. What makes this story so attractive to Americans is the combination of familiarity and foreignness, and I rejoice that Ms. Rowling has had the wherewithal to be true to her characters and her vision.

As sad as I was to close the book upon reading the final page, the thing that has kept my sorrow at bay is the knowledge that we still have a couple of films to go before it's well and truly over. I will likely reread the books someday, and I will listen to the audiobooks featuring the amazingly versatile Jim Dale, but I know that my time with these people is nearly over, and soon they will be fond memories from a place where I was happy for a time.

I look forward to Rowling's Harry Potter Encyclopedia, and I will gladly pick up anything else she writes, but I will miss Harry, Hermione, the Weasleys, the Hogwarts staff, and the rest of the characters.


I'm trying to get more traffic on my blog, so I've decided to do a give-away every week for the rest of the year. Everyone who leaves a comment here this week (after this blog entry!) will be entered into a drawing to win a copy of Industrial Magic by Kelley Armstrong. I will choose the winner on Saturday, August 4th, and will post again to announce the title for the next drawing. I will be giving away a variety of books and genres over the next several months, so check back every week, and please browse my posts! Good luck!

Friday, June 22, 2007

Playing with Fire, by Gena Showalter

Gena Showalter
ISBN: 0-373-77129-0
Paranormal Romance

Belle Jamison is an ordinary woman, albeit an underachiever and something of a slacker, with a cute figure and a bad attitude. Little does she know that she is one grande mocha latte away from being able to back up her attitude with a whole new set of skills. A stranger in a labcoat races into the coffee shop where Belle works, frantically begging for help, then disappears in the melee that follows, leaving everyone else in the shop to be interrogated by the three men who were chasing him. With the shop in a shambles, Belle is let go to attend a job interview, where a sudden illness prevents her from making a good impression.

The next thing Belle knows, she's waking up to a sexy stranger who tells her that she accidentally drank a formula that has given her supernatural powers, so she has to be neutralized. As Belle looks around the charred, water-damaged remains of her bedroom, she realizes that what she thought were dreams of fire, snow, and rain actually happened. The stranger, whose name is Rome, is regretful but determined to carry out his orders. In terror for her life, Belle manages to escape, and thus begins a merry chase, jam-packed with danger, adventure, and romance.

Gena Showalter has written a true sizzler, drawing readers in with the very first page and juggling an action-packed plot with ease. As Belle schemes to convince Rome to spare her life, the two are drawn closer in an attraction as irresistible as it is combustible. Belle's insecurities about Rome's feeling for her are funny and realistic, particularly after she meets the near-perfect Lexis, Rome's ex-wife and current partner. Belle befriends Tanner, the proverbial poor little rich boy who has some unusual abilities of his own, and before long, this group of diverse individuals begins to turn into a family. Even as the plot hurtles toward its climax, Ms. Showalter keeps readers guessing about Rome's intentions, Belle's dilemma, and everyone's survival.

The true magic of PLAYING WITH FIRE is in its blend of snappy dialogue, humor, and sexual tension. Nearly every character is keeping a secret or two, and the reveals are timed perfectly to keep the momentum building. Belle's interaction with Tanner provides much of the humor, and the "super-hero" names with which Belle, Rome, and Tanner dub each other provide a constant source of amusement. PLAYING WITH FIRE is a snappy, snarky sizzler of a read, perfect for a cold winter night or a scorching summer day.

Monday, May 21, 2007

The Chick and the Dead, by Casey Daniels

Casey Daniels
ISBN: 978-0-06-082147-0
Book #07-030

When Pepper Martin hit her head on the gravestone of mob boss Gus Scarpetti, she didn't just see stars, she began to see dead people. Gus needed Pepper to help him solve the mystery of his murder before he could succumb to his eternal rest. Once Pepper got the answer, she figured life would go back to normal, but Didi Bowman, a gum-chewing ghost in a poodle skirt and saddle shoes, has other ideas.

Didi claims to have written So Far the Dawn, a Gone with the Wind-type historical blockbuster that was made into a movie beloved by millions. The problem is, Didi died 50 years ago, before the book was published, and her sister Merilee, librarian and noted historian, has been lauded for decades as the author of the bestseller. When Merilee comes to town to donate the Bowman family home for a SFTD museum, Didi demands Pepper's help to reveal the truth. Caught between a rock and a hard place (reveal the truth and break the hearts of the nation, or refuse to help Didi and be haunted forever), Pepper reluctantly gives in.

Laid off from her job at the cemetery where the Bowmans are buried, Pepper finagles a job as Merilee's secretary. This gives her an insider's view of life with the diva, but it also keeps her in close contact with a weirdly unsettling cast of characters, including Elizabeth and Kurt, the spectral stars of the So Far the Dawn film, and Bob, the taciturn caretaker of the Bowman homestead. As Pepper unearths the details of Didi's short life, she discovers that there were several people who might have wanted the blonde bombshell dead: any of her numerous lovers, her granddaughter by her illegitimate (and now deceased) daughter, and, of course, her script-stealing sister. Is Pepper finally in over her head?

Casey Daniels has written a charmer of a mystery, with laugh-out-loud moments and plot twists aplenty. With two mysterious men popping in and out of her life and her penchant for poking her nose in where it doesn't belong, Pepper Martin may remind readers of Janet Evanovich's wildly popular Stephanie Plum. Pepper has all of Stephanie's wry spunkiness, and Daniels keeps the action and the comedy coming without ever hurtling over the top and straight into slapstick. Given the current popularity of paranormal plots, readers may pick up THE CHICK AND THE DEAD out of simple curiosity, but Daniels' skillful writing and delightful heroine will leave them quoting author Emilie Richards: "Write faster, Casey Daniels."

Bad Reading Year So Far

This has not been the best reading year for me. I've been distracted and unfocused, and have not felt the need to write about what little reading I've done. By this point in the year, I'm usually closing in on 100 books read, but this year, I barely have 40. It's been better this month, but the apathy continues to be a problem. I hope this improves soon.

Wednesday, March 07, 2007

The High Rocks, by Loren Estleman

Loren Estleman
ISBN: 0-812-53566-9
Book #07-017

After three years of harsh winters, the people of Staghorn, Montana, have their work cut out for them in recovering from the depradations of severe weather. As bad as they have it, however, that Bear Anderson has it worse. Bear lives alone in the heights of the Bitterroot Mountains, where he works as a trapper when he's not busy hunting down and scalping Flathead Indians in revenge for their massacre of his family. Unfortunately, Bear's quest for vengeance has created a political impasse: the US government wants to negotiate a peace treaty, but the Indians won't cooperate until Bear is brought to justice.

Enter Page Murdock, US Deputy and childhood friend of one Bear Anderson. Murdock agrees to try to bring Bear down from the mountain, but it's going to take a lot of skill and even more luck. There's a trio of bounty hunters trying to beat Murdock up the mountain, and the Flatheads have decided to take matters into their own hands and bring the big man down themselves.

Loren Estleman has written a cunningly convoluted story that twists and turns like the narrow passages in the mountains he writes about. Murdock is a likeable protagonist, and Estleman makes Bear sympathetic and scary at the same time. As in the best caper yarns, the upper hand changes frequently, and Estleman keeps the action coming relentlessly. THE HIGH ROCKS is a hard-charging story in which the protagonist faces danger from every direction: the bounty hunters, their prey, the Indians, his former friend, and a pack of ravening wolves that shadow him on the trail. Readers will want to read more about Page Murdock.

Friday, March 02, 2007

The Stone Prince, by Gena Showalter

Gena Showalter
ISBN: 0-373-77007-3
Paranormal Romance
Book #07-16

Katie James has five older brothers and a father who has very decided ideas about what a woman's place is. At six feet tall and in great shape, however, Katie is hardly a frail, wilting flower of a woman. She makes her living buying and restoring houses, then reselling them for profit. Her current project, a Victorian home, comes complete with a pleasure garden which features nude statues in various poses of self-gratification.

One of those statues holds an irresistible allure for Katie, and she daydreams about it constantly. When she finally gives in to her fantasy and kisses the statue, it comes to life in her arms. Jorlan en Sarr was encased in marble through a curse by his brother. Jorlan has two weeks to make Katie fall in love with him or he'll turn back into marble, and this time, the transformation will be irrevocable. Katie is definitely attracted to this warrior from another world, but his domineering masculinity is all too reminiscent of the James family males, and Katie is determined not to fall for a man who cannot recognize her as his equal in all things.

THE STONE PRINCE is a funny, frisky fable that many readers will find completely enjoyable. Its biggest weakness is the repetition of the same arguments about whether or not Katie will obey Jorlan. Katie's rules and Jorlan's counter-rules are amusing, and Jorlan's weapon of choice is truly giggle-worthy. The secondary characters are not fully developed and are mostly given short shrift(particularly Jorlan's mother), a flaw which could be remedied in a future book since this is first in a series. (The preview of Showalter's next book doesn't seem to leave that possibility open.) However, readers who wanted to know more about Jorlan's home planet of Imperia are likely to enjoy THE PLEASURE SLAVE, Showalter's follow-up to THE STONE PRINCE. Katie and Jorlan were fun to read about, but THE STONE PRINCE left this reader wanting more, and not in a good way.

Saturday, February 24, 2007

Natural Born Charmer, by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

Susan Elizabeth Phillips
ISBN: 0-06-073457-4
Book #07-014

When Dean Robillard, star of the Chicago Stars football team, first encounters Blue Bailey, she is dressed in a beaver costume and intent on killing Monty, her ex-lover. Unfortunately for Blue, her bank account has been wiped clean and kicking Monty's butt just isn't satisfying. Dean, who's on his way to his farm in Tennessee, takes advantage of the diversion Blue presents and allows her to ride along with him since she has nowhere else to go, anyway. Blue pretends not to recognize the famous athlete. Her refusal to swoon over him as other women do both amuses and annoys Dean, but adds humor and snappy dialogue to the already sparkling plot.

Dean's farm is being renovated, but he's been unable to get in touch with his housekeeper. Upon arrival in Tennessee, he discovers why: his estranged mother has been doing the job under a made-up name. Riley, Dean's half sister, shows up in the middle of the night after running away from home, she is soon followed by the father Dean has never acknowledged. To complicate matters, Blue offends the matriarch of Dean's new hometown, and the old woman has Blue arrested and strongarms the workers into boycotting construction on Dean's house.

NATURAL BORN CHARMER is full of SEP's trademark sizzle and snap. Dean and Blue are lovers of the more adventurous sort, and Phillips conveys that without going into too much detail. Blue's constant snarkiness toward elderly Nita is hilarious in a hands over mouth, Oh-no-she-did-NOT! fashion. The adults in the story deal with Riley's painful pre-pubescent angst in ways that are true to their individual characters, and while everything turns out much as epxected, Phillips makes the journey worthwhile.

The biggest problem with NATURAL BORN CHARMER is Dean's behavior during an impromptu visit from his Chicago friends. Dean is incredibly unkind to Blue during that interlude, and the requisite grovel is glossed over far too quickly and perfunctorily to provide the emotional payoff readers have come to expect from Susan Elizabeth Phillips. Further, the Annabelle readers met in MATCH ME IF YOU CAN is not the same Annabelle who shows up in a cameo in NATURAL BORN CHARMER, to the detriment of all concerned. More time to develop the climax of this story and give the characters their due would have resulted in a more emotionally fulfilling novel. As it is, the traces of saccharine at the end of an otherwise wonderful book leave a bittersweet aftertaste of artificiality. NATURAL BORN CHARMER doesn't quite satisfy.

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Mind Game, by Christine Feehan

Christine Feehan
ISBN: 0-515-13809-6
Paranormal Romance
Book #07-010

Dahlia LeBlanc has the amazing ability to manipulate energy, which allows her to perform such feats as "walking" on the ceiling. Her gift comes with a high price, because Dahlia is unable to spend more than a few minutes at a time with other people, whose emotional energy inflicts psychic pain. Dahlia has been able to use her talents to help the government recover lost or stolen items, and has created a relatively satisfying, if lonely, life for herself.

When her latest mission goes wrong and Dahlia and her partner are nearly assassinated, Dahlia has nowhere to turn, except to Nicolas Trevane. Nicolas is a GhostWalker, with some of the same talents Dahlia possesses, and others she can only imagine. Nicolas shares his past with Dahlia and reveals that they were both at the mercy of Dr. Whitney, who started his experiments on children and graduated to soldiers in an attempt to engineer and enhance his subjects' psychic abilities. Whitney's daughter, Lily, had no idea what her father was doing, but when she discovered his research tapes, she vowed to track his subjects and help them cope with the side effects of their talents. It is Lily who sends Nicolas and his warrior team to Dahlia's rescue.

As a romantic couple, Nicolas and Dahlia generate a lot of heat, in more ways than one. MIND GAME, however, is a bit stilted in places, and some of the dialogue seems forced. Feehan is at her best when writing about the rapport between the male GhostWalkers. When Nicolas and his buddies are exchanging barbs or teasing each other, the action flows fast and furious. Feehan is masterful with love scenes, as well. It's the rest of the story that doesn't quite work in this novel. Dahlia comes off a bit whiny and sorry for herself, despite Feehans' attempts to make readers emapthize with her, and Feehan too often resorts to telling readers things they should be shown. Dahlia's reluctance to talk to Lily when Nicolas has her on the phone is a contrivance that strains credulity. Her capitulation to desire is also a bit awkward, and her reunion with Lily is disappointing. Readers will enjoy the GhostWalkers and want their favorites to have their own stories, but they should hope that the next installment of this series flows more smoothly than MIND GAME does.

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Front Porch Princess, by Kathryn Springer

Kathryn Springer
ISBN: 0-373-78558-5
Women's Fiction
Book #07-009

Elise Penny has spent much of her life dreaming of getting away from small-town Prichett, Wisconsin. Falling for Sam and giving birth to Breanna before their first wedding anniversary has effectively tied Elise to the life she wanted so much to escape. Now that Bree is a teenager and has set her sights on a local boy, Elise is terrified that her daughter will waste her potential and end up stuck in Prichett, too.

When Bree enters Elise in a Christian beauty pageant, Elise does her best to get out of it, b ut soon realizes that the whole town is invested in the competition. Elise is the only one who seems to be avoiding preparations for the pageant as she helps her friend Bernice through a family crisis, becomes friends with (and mentor to) the new pastor's wife, and finds herself up to her ears in local events. Meanwhile, Sam is feeling hurt that even after all their years together, Elise still hasn't given up on her belief that rural life is inferior to the life she thinks she gave up to marry him. Bree is angry that Elise is pushing her so hard to go to college and shake the dust of Prichett off her feet. And Elise is bewildered that the town's view of her is so different from her own view of herself. The more Elise learns about the Proverbs 31 Woman, the less qualified she feels to compete for the title.

Kathryn Springer has written an engaging, funny, and ultimately heartwarming story about the power of dreams and faith to shape our lives. Elise's reaction to Annie, the pastor's wife, is wry and touching as she deals with the younger woman's conviction that they are friends. Bernice, the town hairdresser, is a bit brash, but her larger-than-life personality is masking a grief that adds a level of realism to the story. Readers will be pleased to learn that Bernice gets her own book, as author Springer leaves plenty of tantalizing business unfinished at the end of FRONT PORCH PRINCESS. Sam is a husband to die for, and Elise's adventures as the pageant draws near will leave readers smiling, if not laughing outright.

FRONT PORCH PRINCESS is a down-home treasure, sure to be savored for its easy-going approach to everyday faith.

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

The Truth About Sparrows, by Marian Hale

Marian Hale
ISBN: 0-8050-7584-4
Young Adult
Book #07-008

Sadie Wynn is very happy with her life in Missouri. When she learns that her father is planning to move the whole family to Texas to find better opportunities in the midst of the Great Depression, Sadie immediately begins scheming to find a way back to her old home. She misses her best friend Wilma, whose family moved to California for the same reasons the Wynns moved, and is upset that her letters to Wilma have gone unanswered. Meanwhile, Sadie begins to see her family in a new light.

Marian Hale gifts young readers with a family that is strong and loving. Although Sadie's father's faith may not be conventional, Sadie marvels that he can always find a Bible verse for her to study that applies directly to whatever is happening in her life. Sadie's mother is fond of saying that people can see what is on the inside of others, and Sadie wonders if that means they can see her doubts and selfishness. Sadie's father is clever and ingenious, able to build things out of wood with very little scrap left over, and coming up with a way to drive the family car. The bond between Mr. and Mrs. Wynn is truly special, particularly as readers learn more about Sadie's father and his personal challenges.

In terms of Depression era history, the Wynns fall somewhere in the middle of experiences. They give up their relatively nice home and furniture to seek a better life somewhere more promising. Although their diet is rather unvaried, they never seem to be truly hungry. Sadie witnesses firsthand the depths to which deprivation has taken others she encounters through the course of the novel, and their misfortune opens her eyes to the bounty within her own life, while simultaneously strengthening her resolve to work her way back to Missouri.

Sadie's new friend Dollie, a cheerful redhead, guides her through life on the Texas coast, helping her to get a job in the shrimp factory and showing her the ropes in Sadie's new school. Unfortunately, Sadie is so focused on her promise that she and Wilma will always be best friends that she is unable to make room for Dollie. Dollie's elder brother, Davis, shows some interest in Sadie until Sadie says something so cruel that she realizes she's as bad as the girl at school who's been tormenting Sadie and Dollie. Sadie's concern for a homeless man (whom she calls Mr. Sparrow) eventually is the key to Sadie's epiphany about friendship and love for one's fellow man.

THE TRUTH ABOUT SPARROWS is a lovely book by first-time author Hale. Young readers will find it easy to relate to Sadie and her concerns. Although this book features a female protagonist, the boys in Sadie's life will keep young men engrossed in the story. THE TRUTH ABOUT SPARROWS is a new classic.

Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Monkeewrench, by P.J. Tracy

P.J. Tracy
ISBN: 0-451-21157-x
Book #07-008

Grace McBride and her partners in Monkeewrench are a group of computer whizzes who have created the game, Serial Killer Detective, despite the objections of one of their members. The game is in limited release, allowing players the chance to try it out and giving the Monkeewrench crew a last chance to tinker with it. When a couple of murders make the headlines, Grace realizes that someone is using her game as a prototype in real life. Now the Monkeewrench group must make a decision: Do they tell the police what they know and risk being put at the top of the suspects list, or do they keep their suspicions to themselves and take the chance that the killer won't finish the other eighteen scenarios?

Leo Magozzi is the primary detective on the Monkeewrench murders. All evidence to the contrary, he believes Grace is not the killer, but his frustration mounts as more people are murdered and the Monkeewrench gang protect their firewall of silence. When a pair of homicides in Wisconsin seems to tie in with the murders in Minneapolis, and everything traces back to long-forgotten records, Magozzi turns to the most unikely source of help in cracking the paperwork logjam: the Monkeewrench gang themselves.

Grace's partners are an interesting group, whose loyalty to McBride is unwavering. There's Roadrunner, a lycra-clad pencil of a man; Mitch, married to an up-and-coming artist; Harley Davidson, the bearded biker; and Annie, two hundred pounds of glamour and sex appeal on the hoof. P.J. Tracy juggles the characters deftly, honoring their individuality without ever losing sight of the fact that Grace is the cog of the Monkeewrench wheel. As the story hurtles toward its climax, readers are treated to a bravura demonstration of literary sleight-of-hand in which the possible killer's identity seems to shift as rapidly as images in a hall of mirrors.

MONKEEWRENCH is the first novel by mother-daughter writing team P. J. Tracy, but its taut, sleek writing indicates superb mastery. Tracy handles the large cast of characters with assurance, maintaining a tantalizing balance of humor and suspense that keeps pages turning in rapid abandon. The premise of the novel is deeply original in its execution, and the suspects are just as interesting as the detectives. As the reveals come quick and fast in the latter half of the book, readers will find it utterly impossible to put the book down and will resent anything that comes between them and the solution to this convoluted roller-coaster of a thriller.

Saturday, January 27, 2007

Spy Goddess: Live and Let Shop, by Michael P. Spradlin

Michael P. Spradlin
ISBN: 0-06-059407-1
Young Adult
Book #07-005

Rachel Buchanan is the ultimate California princess: wealthy and spoiled in everything except her parents' time and attention, she has made a career of getting in trouble to get attention. Unfortunately, her parents' solution to the problem is to sic their lawyer at her, so when Rachel gets arrested for grand theft auto (she simply happened to be in the car when it was stolen and was the only one who got caught), naturally the lawyer is left to handle the legalities. Unfortunately for Rachel, her smart mouth draws the judge's ire, and she is sentenced to a year at Blackthorn Academy. The Pennsylvania boarding school is under the direct supervision of headmaster Jonathon Kim, a former special forces agent who is universally admired by his students. Except, of course, for Rachel, who is completely focused on escaping Blackthorn and getting back to her friends in California.

Rachel's misfortune proves to be the making of her, however. Her protests are met with Mr. Kim's quietly dignified reasoning, and her outbursts are ignored. As she finds herself outwitted at every turn, Rachel reluctantly concedes her admiration for Mr. Kim. Her innate curiosity leads to the discovery that Mr. Kim is running a covert spy operation, and when the headmaster disappears mysteriously, it is Rachel who convinces the other students that their leader is in trouble and it is up to them to save him.

SPY GODDESS: LIVE AND LET SHOP is first in a series that promises to be very successful. Rachel is an appealing amalgam of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Sidney Bristow. (Adult readers may find Rachel rather similar to Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum.) Her smart mouth and self-consciousness will appeal to girls of all ages, but the martial arts and mystery subplot will draw in male readers, as well. The mystery was a bit skimpy and incoherent, but the action and dialogue make up for that, and the relationships between the characters are far more interesting, anyway. Reluctant readers will find the brisk pace captivating. All in all, SPY GODDESS: LIVE AND LET SHOP is an appealing story that will leave readers wanting more.

Here Today, by Ann M. Martin

Ann M. Martin
ISBN: 0-439-57944-9
Book #07-004

Eleanor Roosevelt Dingman lives with her family on Witch Tree Lane, which is her town's version of the wrong side of the tracks. In 1962, it's not normal to have a mother whose focus in life is to be a star, but Ellie loves her beautiful mother even as she's embarrassed by her too-tight clothing and her endless quest to thrust herself into the spotlight. As Ellie struggles to survive the bullying and harrassment inflicted on the denizens of Witch Tree Lane, she must also try to hold her family together as her father passively accepts his wife's defection and her younger siblings cope in their own ways.

Ellie is an admirable heroine, plucky and intelligent, but not overly precocious or cloyingly precious. Ann M. Martin's skill as a writer of hundreds of books serves her well. Through Ellie's eyes, readers will experience the horror of anti-Semitism and gay-bashing (although the latter is not explicitly identified--younger readers may not actually understand why the spinster couple's mailbox is constantly being destroyed). Readers facing the pain of divorce will identify with Ellie's desperate search to find her mother in the city and force her to make the Dingman family whole again.

Martin brings the turbulent 1960s to life with vivid accuracy, especially the nationwide grief after President Kennedy's assassination. The games that Ellie makes up for her siblings and their friends to play are amusing, and readers will appreciate Ellie's desire to fit in with the popular kids. Mr. Dingman is a quiet presence in the book, and Ellie's frustration at his response to his flamboyant wife is understandable, though eventually tempered by the realization that we cannot compel those we love to be what we want them to be, no matter how hard we try. Ultimately, Martin has penned a poignant coming-of-age tale that is destined to become a classic.

Measle and the Wrathmonk, by Ian Ogilvy

Ian Ogilvy
ISBN: 0-06-058686-9
Book #07-003

Measle Stubbs is an orphan who lives with his guardian, the scarily dreary Basil Tramplebone. Basil's hobby is his train set, which he keeps in the attic and forbids Measle to touch. When Basil catches Measle playing with the trains, he unleashes some very powerful magic on the boy, leaving Measle in horrible straits, indeed. As Measle learns how clever one small (make that one-half of an inch) boy can be, he bands together with Basil's other victims to thwart the Wrathmonk and win back their freedom.

Fans of the Lemony Snicket books will undoubtedly enjoy this rather macabre tale, particularly as it ends on a better note. Basil is a deliciously repellent villain whose diet of donuts and lemonade may put young readers off sweets for a while. Basil's other victims are a well-rounded cast: the capable Kip, high-strung Lady Grant and her precious Manolos, nimble Kitty, Frank the electrician, William the encyclopedia salesman, and the redoubtable Prudence and her dog, Tinker. In their eyes, Measle grows to his full potential, proving himself both intelligent and resourceful. Trapped in an artificial world on a tabletop, the group must avoid Basil during the day, and Cuddlebug, Basil's horrible pet, at night, all the while looking for a way out of their predicament.

Ian Ogilvy has written a charming book that will appeal to young readers of both sexes. Boys will especially enjoy Measle's hygiene issues, and all children will likely appreciate the horrors of trying to escape from giant cockroaches and other creepy things. MEASLE AND THE WRATHMONK is a delight from start to finish, but readers can look forward to the next Measle book, MEASLE AND THE DRAGODON.

Sunday, January 14, 2007

The Prophecy of the Stones, by Flavia Bujor

Flavia Bujor
Translated by Linda Coverdale
ISBN: 078681835-2
Book #06-152

On their fourteenth birthday, three girls, strangers to each other, are sent on a quest to save the land of Fairytale. Each bearing the stone she is named for, Jade, Opal, and Amber form an uneasy alliance as they try to discover exactly what it is they are meant to do. Meanwhile, in a world much more like our own, a young girl lies comatose in a hospital bed, dreaming uneasy dreams about three girls whose success or failure will mean life or death to her.

Flavia Bujor was thirteen when she wrote this book, and fifteen when it was published. THE PROPHECY OF THE STONES wants to be a lovely fairy tale imbued with serious thoughts about the state of the world, but it never quite hits the mark. It's difficult to tell if this is due to the translation from the original French, or to the author's youth and inexperience. Long descriptive passages contradict themselves, and are filled with words that often fail to be coherent. Bujor fails to tie her two worlds together, except through characters' names: the modern story gets short shrift and is left hanging, while the fairy tale resolves itself in a string of cliches. There is no doubt that young Ms. Bujor has a great deal of talent, but she needs to do a lot more reading and writing to help it mature, and spend some time with a judicious editor who will help her sharpen her plotting and imagery.

Angels Fall, by Nora Roberts

Nora Roberts
ISBN: 0-7862-8829-9
Romantic Suspense
Book #06-157

Reece Gilmore is a top chef who survived a brutal slaying at a restaurant back east. On the run from the terrifying memories and nightmares that have haunted her, Reece ends up in the tiny town of Angel's Fist, Wyoming. Captivated by the scenery and in need of car repairs, Reece takes the Help Wanted notice at the local diner as a sign that she should stop in Angel's Fist for a while. Unfortunately, the idyllic scenery is no guarantee against violence, and when Reece witnesses a murder, yet the local authorities can find no evidence of it, the terrors are back with a vengeance. The locals all seem to wonder if Reece is a couple of fries short of a happy meal, but Brody, the ruggedly good-looking author Reece encounters while hiking, is the only one who believes her story, and he agrees to help her try to track down the victim.

Nora Roberts is possibly the best-selling author ever, and ANGELS FALL will only add to that reputation. Her plot is taut and twisting, deflecting suspicion in several directions and making full use of a very well-written take on GASLIGHT. The supporting cast is colorful. Reece's boss, Joanie, is also her landlady and mother of the town hunk, affectionately called Lo (short for Lothario) for his luck with the ladies. Mac Drubber, owner of the general store, is Reece's self-appointed sponsor in town, but even he questions her sanity as events spiral out of control. Kindly Doc Wallace seems to believe Reece, and Linda-gail, her new best friend, is supportive, but her relationship with Lo makes her suspect. No small town would be complete without a sheriff, and Rick Marsdon is on hand to help Reece remember the details of her story, although he remains skeptical, particularly as unnerving things keep happening to Reece and no one else is around to witness them.

ANGELS FALL is a long, satisfying read that will help readers while away a few cold winter evenings with breathtaking suspense and Roberts' trademark dry humor and hot romance. Reece and Brody are probably her best lead couple since Jed and Dora in HIDDEN RICHES. ANGELS FALL showcases one of the romantic greats at the top of her game, and is highly recommended.

Friday, January 12, 2007

Stay with Me, by Beverly Long

Beverly Long
ISBN: 0-425-20062-0
Book #06-166

Sarah Jane Tremont is a social worker at an elementary school. Burned out by the futility of trying to help impoverished families, Sarah quits her job and drives to the beach to consider her options. Talking on her cell phone, she realizes she has the information she needs to help one of her clients, but her path has led her to follow a strange set of footsteps along the shore. As a sudden storm builds out of nowhere, Sarah turns to see a huge wave of water bearing down upon her. The next thing she knows, she's in Wyoming Territory in 1888.

John Beckett knows trouble when he sees it, and when his dead brother's wife turns up in skimpy clothing, looking thin and helpless, he knows he's got a problem on his hands. Sarah seems different, though, and her behavior is not that of the selfish, grasping woman who made life hell for the Becketts. It's not like Sarah to help out a friend in need, take up for the underdog, and work to earn her keep. When the town starts buzzing that Sarah was seen in the middle of the night with John's best friend, Fred, John is furious to have fallen for the woman's lies and feels betrayed by Fred. A few home truths later, all seems to be mended, but Sarah must first overcome the enmity of the other woman in John's life: his mother.

Beverly Long's book is an engaging entry in one of the more popular paranormal sub-genres. Even better, it looks like there will be a sequel to STAY WITH ME, as George follows Sarah's footsteps into the future with a message for Rosa, Sarah's client. STAY WITH ME is sure to please.

Tuesday, January 02, 2007

The Promise of Happiness, by Betty Neels

THE PROMISE OF HAPPINESS (Harlequin Romance #2301)
Betty Neels
ISBN: 0-373-02301-4
Book # 06-154

When Becky learns that her nasty stepbrother plans to kill her beloved pets, Becky runs away from home. Stranded in the rain, she encounters Baron Raukema van den Eck, who offers her a job looking after his mother. Naturally, the job involves travel to Holland and a glimpse into a life Becky could only have imagined. Becky finds herself enjoying her new life, although worried that her stepbrother or stepmother will track her down. Worse, though, is the realization that she has fallen hopelessly in love with her new employer, who will never notice a timid mouse of a girl.

There are rarely surprises in a Betty Neels novel, but that's not what her fans are looking for from her books. All the typical Neels characteristics are fully in place in this book: older hero who is kind to children and animals, proud and sweetly stubborn heroine, a beautiful potential rival, fabulous menus with amazing desserts, and snippets of travelogue woven into the course of the story. Neels never disappoints, and in THE PROMISE OF HAPPINESS, she ties up loose plot ends with a satisfyingly terse finality along the route to the happy ending.

Monday, January 01, 2007

Carolina Isle, by Jude Deveraux

Jude Deveraux
ISBN: 1-4165-0972-0
Book #06-168

Sara and Ariel are cousins who look exactly alike, but the resemblance ends there. Sara is the daughter of a Southern belle who was disowned by her family for marrying beneath her, while Ariel is wealthy and so pampered that she's never worn clothing that wasn't made specifically for her. Ariel's mother has already chosen Ariel's prospective husband: David, the best friend and closest companion of her childhood. When Ariel sees Sara's boss, R. J., she falls for him and coaxes Sara to swap lives with her so she can be closer to R.J. and get to know him. Sara, longing to meet the family she's been estranged from all her life, agrees to the switch. With a little help from Ariel, both couples end up in Arundel, North Carolina (Ariel's hometown) as R.J. explores the possibility of buying a small offshore island to develop as a resort.

Once on King's Isle, which the quartet have been warned is peculiar and dangerous, the four are soon locked up in the local jail, charged with running over a dog in the street. Outraged, because the dog had clearly been mistreated and starved, R. J. tries to argue, to no avail. Released on bond, the four are warned not to try to leave the island before their appointment with the local judge. They find rooms at a boarding house run by an aging, predatory woman, but that's not all they find. Someone has murdered Nezbit, the owner of the dog they supposedly killed, and R.J. and Sara realize that the plot to swindle money from R.J. has escalated. With a handful of local oddballs helping them, R. J., Sara, David, and Ariel determine to try to locate Nezbit's legendary cache of hidden treasure. As they get closer to their goals, Sara and Ariel find themselves re-evaluating exactly what they want out of life and love.

Jude Deveraux has always had the ability to weave magical tales that tinge humdrum reality with a sheen of fantasy, and CAROLINA ISLE has that same fey quality. As Sara and Ariel impersonate each other, it becomes clear that although they are remarkably alike, they are also not as different as they thought they were. R. J. is a nice change from Deveraux's usual heroes, not especially good-looking (although fabulously wealthy), but older and a bit more sarcastic, too. David turns out to be more than just a pretty face, blessed as he is with diplomacy and focused on his political ambitions. One does not enter Jude Deveraux's universe expecting things to be as they are in real life, but that escapism is her trademark and one she has honed to perfection. CAROLINA ISLE is a nice vacation destination for the homebound.

The Books of 2006


Title, Author, Total Pages

The Alibi--Sandra Brown (490)
Silver Blades: In the Spotlight--Melissa Lowell (131)
A Perfect Hero--Samantha James (376)
Thy Heart in Mine--Cara West (301)
Depraved: A True Story of Sadistic Murder in the Heartland--John Glatt (241)
Only for a Knight--Sue-Ellen Welfonder (383)
The Winter Mantle--Elizabeth Chadwick (506)
The Knight at Dawn: Magic Tree House #2--Mary Pope Osborne (66)
Be Mine Forever--Rosemary Laurey (350)
Jane's Warlord--Angela Knight (312)
Into the Water--Diane Fanning (244)
Haunted--Kelley Armstrong (495)
Mortal Sin--Laurie Breton (384)
Summer Breeze--Catherine Anderson (432)
Do They Wear High Heels in Heaven?--Erica Orloff (320)
The Forest Lover--Susan Vreeland (AUD)
Trust Me: Men of Steele--Caroline Cross (185)
Nancy and Plum--Betty MacDonald (190)

The Outlaw Groom--Pat Pritchard (349)
Mercy--Jodi Picoult (400)
Kirsten on the Trail--Janet Shaw (48)
Mind Reader--Victoria Cole (252)
As Big As Texas--K. N. Casper (296)
Red Lily--Nora Roberts (371)
Fast Food Nation--Eric Schlosser (364)
Landing It: My Life On and Off the Ice--Scott Hamilton with Lorenzo Benet (324)
Silverwing--Kenneth Oppel (216)
Infernal Affairs--Jane Heller (319)
Silver Blades: The Competition--Melissa Lowell (116)
The Sister Secret--Jessica Steele (189)
Blindsighted--Karin Slaughter (389)
Sweet Violet--Catherine Palmer (337)
Schoolroom in the Parlor--Rebecca Caudill (117)
Big Girls Don't Cry--Brenda Novak (298)
Flash Point--Sally John (348)
Two for the Dough--Janet Evanovich (312)

Three to Get Deadly--Janet Evanovich (344)
Four to Score--Janet Evanovich (338)
High Five--Janet Evanovich (340)
The Little Lame Prince and the Adventures of a Brownie--Dinah Maria Mulock Craik (327)
In Deep Voodoo--Stephanie Bond (372)
Once Upon a Prince--Holly Jacobs (187)
The Thrall's Tale--Judith Lindbergh (450)
The Sugar Camp Quilt--Jennifer Chaiverini (306)
The Thief and the Beanstalk--P. W. Catanese (272)
If You Only Knew (The Friendship Ring)--Rachel Vail (226)
A Christmas Baby--Annette Blair (299)
Ruthie's Gift--Kimberly Brubaker Bradley (150)
Jack of CLubs--Barbara Metzger (343)
Lady Danger--Sarah McKerrigan (333)

Love Comes Softly--Janette Oke (188)
To Find You Again--Maureen McKade (342)
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince--J. K. Rowling (652)
Change of Life--Judith Arnold (252)
Mossflower--Brian Jacques (376)

Prince of Frogs--Barbara Plum (320)
Colliding Forces--Constance O'Day-Flannery (342)
Love, Loss, and What I Wore--Ilene Beckerman (139)
Best Laid Plans--Constance O'Day-Flannery (344)
The Painted Rose--Donna Birdsell (325)
The Bronze Bow--Elizabeth George Speare (254)
The Courier--Melanie Jackson (322)
Rainsinger--Ruth Wind (248)
The Prince of Midnight--Laura Kinsale (405)
The Peacemaker--Lori Copeland (298)
Sleeping Beauty--David Halliday (76)
The Drifter--Lori Copeland (292)
Shadowed Secrets--Lois Richer (277)
The Great Mom Swap--Betsy Haynes (149)
One Last Christmas--Loyce Livingston (170)
The Girl in the Blue Dress--Mary Burchell (188)
Dark Desire--Christine Feehan (315)
Turning for Home--Sarah Challis (313)
Missing Incorporated--Tess Pendergrass (299)
Copycat--Erica Spindler (400)
Dying Declaration--Randy Singer (417)
Dear Dr. Bell...Your friend, Helen Keller--Judith St. George (89)
Death, Bones, and Stately Homes--Valerie S. Malmont (295)
The Anybodies by N. E. Bode--Julianna Baggott (276)
Frisco's Kid--Suzanne Brockmann (249)
Summer Reading Is Killing Me!--Jon Scieszka (73)
Dark Gold--Christine Feehan (312)
Billy Dead--Lisa Reardon (260)
Dark Prince--Christine Feehan (447)

The Winter of Red Snow: The Revolutionary War Diary of Abigail Jane Stewart, Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, 1777 (Dear America)--Kristiana Gregory (173)
Firestorm--Iris Johansen (339)
Wait for the Sunrise--Cassandra Austin (296)
Hot Six--Janet Evanovich (350)
In the Country of the Young--Lisa Carey (288)
Seven Up--Janet Evanovich (309)
Around the Next Corner--Elizabeth Wrenn (314)
The Reptile Room: A Series of Unfortunate Events, Book the Second--Lemony Snicket (190)
The Things We Do for Love--Kristin Hannah (433)
Plain Jane: A Novel of Jane Seymour--Laurien Gardner (342)
Where I'd Like to Be--Frances O'Roark Dowell (232)
The Thief Lord--Cornelia Funke (349)
Friday's Child--Georgette Heyer (480)
The Goblin Wood--Hilari Bell (294)
The School Story--Andrew Clements (196)
A Kiss of Fate--Mary Jo Putney (398)
The Shadow--Shelley Munro (398)
The Cinderella Pact--Sarah Strohmeyer (290)
The Moorchild--Eloise McGraw (241)
Mrs. Wiggs of the Cabbage Patch--Alice Hegan Rice (160)
Loser--Jerry Spinelli (218)
If Tomorrow Comes--Sidney Sheldon (408)
To Love an Older Man--Debbi Rawlins (249)
Princess Academy--Shannon Hale (314)
Reconstructing Natalie--Laura Jensen Walker (312)
Bet Your Bottom Dollar--Karin Gillespie (293)
A Dollar Short--Karin Gillespie (322)
The Husband Quest--Lori Handeland (296)

Sweet Grass--Dee Marvine (283)
Hard Eight--Janet Evanovich (341)
Freedom's WIngs: Corey's Diary, Kentucky to Ohio, 1857 (My America)--Sharon Dennis Wyeth (108)
The Wizard Test--Hilari Bell (166)
A Fistful of Charms--Kim Harrison (528)
An Unquiet Grave--P. J. Parrish (429)
The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America--Erik Larson (432)
A Break with Charity: A Story About the Salem Witch Trials--Ann Rinaldi (298)
Everything's Coming Up Josey--Susan May Warren (313)
Hers to Desire--Margaret Moore (376)
Yellow--Janni Visman (173)
A Christmas Legacy--Kathryn Shay (298)
A Bride Most Begrudging--Deeanne Gist (347)
Warrior in Her Bed--Cathleen Galitz (185)
Five Children and It--E. Nesbit (184)
Memory in Death--J. D. Robb (375)

One Forbidden Evening--Jo Goodman (444)
Calculated Loss: A Madeline Carter Novel--Linda L. Richards (408)
Lost and Found--Carolyn Parkhurst (292)
Picket Fence--Kimberly Cates (379)
Just for Kicks--Susan Andersen (379)
The Tea-Olive Bird Watching Society--Augusta Trobaugh (228)
The Eye of the Dream--Elizabeth SInclair (177)
Been There, Done That--Carol Snow (329)

Magic or Madness--Justine Larbalestier (271)
Searching for David's Heart--Cherie Bennett (220)
Sins of Midnight--Kimberly Logan (375)
A Place Called Bliss--Ruth Glover (239)
Stolen Magic--M. J. Putney (410)
With Love from Bliss--Ruth Glover (235)
Match Me If You Can--Susan Elizabeth Phillips (386)
A Pretend Engagement--Jessica Steele (185)
The Great Little Madison--Jean Fritz (153)

Where Mercy Flows--Karen Harter (418)
Enchanted, Inc.--Shanna Swendson (308)
Too Close to Home--Maureen Tan (296)

The Nobodies, by N. E. Bode--Julianna Baggott (292)
First Impressions--Jude Deveraux (340)
Marriage Most Scandalous--Johanna Lindsey (326)
Ghost Stories of Ohio--Edrick Thay (192)
The Prophecy of the Stones--Flavia Bujor (386)
The Smoke Thief--Shana Abe (324)
The Promise of Happiness--Betty Neels (187)
January 1905--Katharine Boling (178)
Retrieval--Jeanie London (340)
Angels Fall--Nora Roberts (717)

Fairest--Gail Carson Levine (326)
Alice's Tulips--Sandra Dallas (246)
The Kite Runner--Khaled Hosseini (371)
Visions of Sugar Plums--Janet Evanovich (230)
A Great and Terrible Beauty--Libba Bray (403)
The Agony of Alice--Phyllis Reynolds Naylor (131)
The Perfect Wife--Lynsay Sands (354)
'Tis Herself--Maureen O'Hara with John Nicoletti (308)
Stay with Me--Beverly Long (310)
Passage--Connie Willis (780)
Carolina Isle--Jude Deveraux (397)
Not a Sparrow Falls--Linda Nichols (351)
Somebody's Baby--Tara Taylor Quinn (298)

170 Books Total; 55,681 Pages