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The Tea Rose: A Novel
The Tea Rose: A Novel
by Jennifer Donnelly
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars A FAT JUICY READ........AND A TOUCHING STORY, May 2 2003
This review is from: The Tea Rose: A Novel (Hardcover)
There is something for everyone reading The Tea Rose. There is romance, action, murder, destruction, greed, ambition and even revenge. There are great characters in this story that you will not forget easily, especially Fiona Finnegan who is the central figure with great strength and fierce ambition.
From Whitechapel in East London in 1988 to New York City in all it elegance and glory, and the a return back to East London ten years later, we see Fiona Finnegan grow from a young girl into womanhood and we root for her, for she touches our lives, and we hold her close to our hearts as she faces a mixture of disappointments, stumbling blocks and successes, meeting each the only way she knows how.......with an enduringly tough spirit.
This is the first of Jennifer Donnelly's work that I have read and may I say it was extremely pleasurable for me. I hope there will be more from Ms. Donnelly for us readers who also have enjoyed the Tea Rose to the hilt. This book deserves more than five stars. Highly recommended!!!
Heather P Marshall

Sea Glass: A Novel
Sea Glass: A Novel
by Anita Shreve
Edition: Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars ENTERTAINING, Feb. 4 2003
This review is from: Sea Glass: A Novel (Paperback)
If you like short books, then this one's for you.
Set in the New Hampshire coast, it starts on a rather quiet note.
Honara, a bank teller meets Sexton Beecher a typewriter salesman and in two twos they are "walking up the aisle."
Renting an old beach house, Honora does her best to make it as clean and domesticated as possible, and a fine little place to call home; where she cooks delicious meals, all with Sexton in mind. When she is not doing these homely chores, she is walking the beach collect sea glass of all colours shapes and sizes. Sexton buys a Buick and they seem headed for a life of domestic and wedded bliss. But a turn of events due to the mill workers strike will shatter this safe repose, as the mill workers confront the authorities for more money and life now is different for all concerned.
Amongst the cast of characters you will meet Virginia who befriends Honora, Virginia's friend Dickie, Alphonse and of course McDermott a loom worker at the mill and develops a terrible crush on one of the ladies.
I'm sure that most of Ms. Shreve's followers won't want to pass up on this one. It's a cool read and should delight all.
Reviewed by Heather Marshall

Child of My Heart: A Novel
Child of My Heart: A Novel
by Alice McDermott
Edition: Hardcover
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4.0 out of 5 stars GOOD CHARACTERIZATION, Jan. 22 2003
If you like books about children, hop aboard.
In the summer of this year, we are introduced to Theresa, the expert baby-sitter who entertains her cousin Daisy up from Queens Village for the entire summer. Theresa works for the wealthy folk around her area, looking after their toddlers and sometimes walking and taking care of the owners pets.
She is so tender towards her cousin Daisy's, it's totally touching. Meet Flora the toddler who is constantly under her care and whose father is a painter, and quite attracted to Theresa.....the Morans kids of Janey, Judy, June
Tony and Petey and the Kaufmans, the Swansons and the rest of the neighborhood.
The story line was interesting and the characters more so, but it's a book that will keep you turning the pages as you will want to know what happens to these lovely children who spend their days on the beach and who dream about fairies and lollipops on weeping cherry trees.
A good holiday read.
Reviewed by Heather Marshall
January 15th, 2003

The Grapes of Wrath: (Centennial Edition)
The Grapes of Wrath: (Centennial Edition)
by John Steinbeck
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 13.72
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5.0 out of 5 stars HEARTWRENCHING......NOT FOR THE FAINT-HEARTED, Jan. 11 2003
At first when I started out, I wasn't too sure I would want to continue. This book is written in local dialect which I thought would be tedious but I was in for a surprise for it was not. After a while I began to love the dialect as much as I loved this book to tell the truth. No wonder John Steinbeck won the Pulitzer Prize in 1940 for this work.
The Grapes of Wrath centres on the Joads; a Dustbowl family from Oklahoma whose land was confiscated from them, along with others in the Midwestern states. All these families head for California where it is understood that there is lots of opportunity in that golden state to start again. This being in immigrant work or farm labour in grape, pear and peach reaping.The trek is long but it's supposed to be well worth it with expectant good wages. and somewhere decent to live, somewhere to call home.
Meet the Joad family of Ma Joad; a good Christian woman and as the strength and spine of the family, she holds a tight reign on the entire bunch of them retaining their team spirit, and keeping the morale alive amongst them. Then there is Casey a sometimes preacher man; Tom Joad her eldest son who is driven and afraid of nobody, but just anxious to get out to California to make some money; his brother Noah, a man consumed by quiet moments and little to say; Al the brother who drives the loaded down truck from Oklahoma, out to the West; Uncle John a restless soul, but who can blame him! These along with Pa Joad, the Joad sister Rose of Sharon, and the young ones Ruthie and Winfield, they make up the exodus. An exodus like none ever seen, we share in each heartache and disappointment as well as their hopefulness which Ma stokes daily.
As the Joad family turn from farmers in their own right to immigrant workers, it gets harder for the family to retain their dignity. The reader will find himself living through these characters lives, and experiencing gratefulness for the little things which are so often taken for granted day in and day out.
I would love to encourage anyone interested in good literature, to get your hands on this powerful book soon. It certainly encouraged me to look at life differently.
Reviewed by Heather Marshall
January 10th, 2003

Worship
Worship
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5.0 out of 5 stars Worship Wondeful Worship!, Dec 26 2002
This review is from: Worship (Audio CD)
What wonderful Worship! I received Worship as a Christmas gift from my mum. From early Christmas morning I was making this music snort. It has some of the best worship music I have heard and I thrive on this type of music. Michael W. Smith draws you in with him as he abandons himself in total worship which is so contagious. I was moved to tears by most of the songs but I loved especially, "Above All."
I would like to invite all Christians who might be having a hard start in their worship lives to buy Michael W Smith's CD, and move along with the flow. He makes it easy for you.
May God continue to bless him and his family and of course his music. Well done!

Good Harbor: A Novel
Good Harbor: A Novel
by Anita Diamant
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 11.68
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good Harbor.......peaceful.......serene, Dec 14 2002
This review is from: Good Harbor: A Novel (Paperback)
This novel is based in Cape Ann beach, Glouchester.
I had a great time reading this book, the first for me by Anita Diamante.
I love the way it is written. With touches of simplicity and gentleness; Good Harbor is all about a deep friendship between two women. Kathleen fifty nine is a librarian is troubled by Breast cancer; and Joyce a forty two year old writer who becomes her buddy and sounding board.....seeing her through her this desperate part of her life.
As Kathleen's radiation treatments start, the two women walk the beach each day. During these therapeutic walks, many secrets are exchanged and they discuss everything under the sun; health issues, their Jewish religion, food, relationships, their fears about their children....their husbands. All the big things they hold dear in their hearts to the little things of life, Joyce and Kathleen keep their talks centred on their lives.
A special book about two special families, this would make a wonderful gift for a sister or a special buddy.
reviewed by Heather Marshall
December 14th 2002

In the Grip of Grace: Your Father Always Caught You. He Still Does.
In the Grip of Grace: Your Father Always Caught You. He Still Does.
by Max Lucado
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars SUCH WONDERFUL GRACE, Dec 13 2002
God died for us all and by His Grace we are saved.
This is one of the best books that I've read by Mr. Lucado and is based on the book of Romans. Mr. Lucado is knowledgeable and such an excellent teacher, I try to share most of his books with my friends.
In The Grip Of Grace, he reminds us of the extent of God's love towards us. The extent that God will go to, proving his love for us. No psychologist, hypnotherapist, doctor, sweet talker can reach deep down into the pits of our souls and renew us with that sweet and wonderful gift of Grace. This gift that God so willingly offers to this suffering world as we reach out to him burdened with sin.
Thank you Mr. Lucado, this book has changed my way of thinking and it will certainly be read by lots of my friends.
reviewed by Heather Marshall.

Blue Note
Blue Note
by Charlotte Bingham
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars WONDERFUL...FULL OF ANTICIPATION, Nov. 30 2002
This review is from: Blue Note (Paperback)
This is a novel so heartbreaking........so touching it kept me glued to the pages just anticipating the outcome for these wonderful characters.
The novel is centred around three orphans: Teddy, Roberta, and Miranda, and as it is wartime in England, they are sent to Somerset to the adoptive care of two spinster sisters; Aunt Sophie and Aunt Prudence, living at a rectory. Although there is a war going on, their life with the sisters is idyllic and they are made to feel wanted and loved....more secure than they have ever imagined.
However, all good things soon come to an end, as the Committee for Evacuation moves in and Roberta is sent to another home.....seperating her from all the people she holds dear to her heart.
Life goes on and after the war the three meet under rare circumstances. Miranda is now a model and Teddy a Photographer. Roberta is working in Advertising. They have all changed tremendously, but the ties that bound them as youngsters, are ever present and the friendship continue from where they left off. See the stories they exchange with each other and where life takes them from this point.
A wonderful gift for an avid reader. I gave it five stars.
Reviewed by Heather Marshall (nettle-girl)

For All the Wrong Reasons: A Novel
For All the Wrong Reasons: A Novel
by Louise Bagshawe
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars Captivating!!, Nov. 2 2002
It was hard to put this book down once I got started, as the story line is excellent and filled with great entertainment.
FOR ALL THE WRONG REASONS delves into the lives of one social butterfly, Diana Foxton and her rich husband Ernie Foxton a successful head of a publishing empire.
Ernie relies heavily on Diana for lots of mortal support, for she has that personal touch filled with lots of class which is imperative for him when he entertains and wants to impress his business associates. As a "stay at home" wife who lunches daily with her aristocratic friends when she's not busily buying up the best in designers clothes, shoes, perfume and jewellery, her face is constantly splashed across the newspapers showing off her stunning good looks and her fashionable tastes.
However, all does not go well for very long, as she soon finds out her husband is having a torrid affair. She catches him right in the act so to speak, and leaves him immediately trying to keep her pride in tact.
Watch Diana move from riches to rags as she tries to recapture the life she once enjoyed, as her so called friends wait around with baited breath longing to see how this great lady will make it on her own. Does she have the brains to reestablish her place in society as well as a place in the business world, or is she just another pretty face with no change in her pocketbook? This you'll see for yourself in Ms. Bagshawe's new novel.
This could be a nice birthday gift for a sister or a best buddy.
Heather Marshall
November 3rd, 2002

What You Owe Me
What You Owe Me
by Bebe Campbell
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars IT SPELLS EXCELLENCE FOR BEBE CAMPBELL MOORE, Oct. 29 2002
This review is from: What You Owe Me (Hardcover)
I've read Brothers And Sisters and Your Blues A'int Like Mine, so I definitely could not resist the urge for What You Owe Me.
Based on deep love and betrayal, this work is set in Los Angeles, California. The story begins with Hosanna Clarke an African American and Gilda Rosenstein, a Holocaust survivor who are employed as maids in a downtown hotel. Their life is tough and after suffering much oppression from the boss and hotel owner who believes in cheap labour, the girls come together to set up a plan to make themselves some money of their own. Gilda is still hurting from the Holocaust and depends of Hosanna's encouragement day after day. But Gilda unravels a big secret when she lets Hosanna on to the fact that her family in Poland had a cosmetic factory and she had sneeked out with the formula. While still working at the hotel, they make plans on that score, and start buying the ingredients and using a room to manufacture the stuff, starting with the hand cream which Hosanna takes to her church and people start buying like hot cakes.
Money starts to pour in and with hopes of doing much better, they quit their laborious jobs, and open a joint bank account.
But the day soon dawns when Hosanna goes to the bank to withdraw money for supplies and discovers that Gilda has flown the coup taking all of their money and have closed the bank account with no forwarding address. Horrified and hurt Hosanna cannot believed that her friend whom she had grown to love so much and whom she had taught street smarts has betrayed her after all that they shared together.
After trying in vain to locate Gilda, Hosanna decides not to be trapped in despair. She continues with her own cosmetics but does not enjoy good health and eventually dies leaving two daughters.
The mysterious twist in the tale comes when her younger daughter Matriece who has heard all about the betrayal from Hosanna,joins Gilda Cosmetics in a top-of-the -line job and becomes Gilda's secondhand woman. This is where the entertainment starts and believe me if you have a chicken in the oven take it out; it you have to say your prayers say them now; if you have to give the baby a bath do that too, because you're not going to be able to tear yourself away from this page turner of a book. This is where this book actually begins. Plus there are tremendous characters gracing these pages like:
Montgomery; Matriece boyfriend.
Daniel and Rachel; Gilda's children.
Vondetta; Matriece's sister.
Kent; the accountant at Gilda's.
Sam; the car wash man.
Asia Pace; the hip-hop singer.
Boot; Vondetta's Mexican husband.
Calvin Meekes; the CEO at Radiance and Gilda's competitors.
Judd and Porter; Blair's son and husband.
Tavares and Shalimar; Vondetta and Boots' children.
This book just blows you away so be prepared. I loved it. A great gift for good friends.
Heather Marshall (nettle-girl

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