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Ruth Fever
Ruth Fever
by Beverly J. Scott
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful book sure to please readers, April 29 2004
This review is from: Ruth Fever (Paperback)
Beverly Scott has managed to produce another wonderful book that will please readers. Ruth Fever is a lovely story that touched my heart and made me cheer for two people, and a little boy, so deserving of love.
Ruth Dennison is a school teacher. She has lost her parents in a car accident and she is grieving. Ruth is a good woman, and she seeks the strength to forgive the drunk driver who took her beloved parents from her. To mask her depression and loneliness, Ruth gives all she has to her students, especially eight-year-old Jason Winters who has suddenly changed in behavior.
Ruth meets Wyndom Winters, Jason's father, a widower, who catches 'Ruth Fever'. Together they work to bring back to Jason the happiness he once knew.
Ruth Fever is a heartwarming story of love and forgiveness, the courage to go on when you have lost someone you love and to love the ones that follow. It is a thoroughly enjoyable read. This is a good book for book discussion groups. I highly recommend it.

Righteous Revenge
Righteous Revenge
by Beverly J. Scott
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars A good mystery read!, April 25 2004
This review is from: Righteous Revenge (Paperback)
Being an easterner when I read the words Des Moines, Iowa, I think of a quiet town surrounded by flat plains of wheat and corn, where very little happens especially a murder mystery. Beverly Scott changed my mind about that in her excellent murder mystery Righteous Revenge. Both good and evil intertwine like oil and water in the pages of her book.
Bethany is different from her parents and twin sister. Money and upper-class status do not matter to her. Rather a serene life is what Beth seeks. This character appears to be a kind, humble woman, but she is strong willed and honest, plus enterprising. She runs her own store called Bethany's Angels. It means more to her than a large house and a membership to a country club.
Her fiancé is cut from a different cloth. He is ambitious and money hungry, and more interested in Beth's talents in the bedroom than in her dreams. An aversion towards Brad starts growing in Bethany. Brad's amorous passes put her off, and she wonders if he is the man for her. When tragedy strikes, Beth and her sister Andrea become entangled in a dark web of deceit, betrayal, and fear. But I will not give the story away!
Righteous Revenge has certain segmented chapters that are italicized. I liked how Ms. Scott did this. It added tension to the story; for when I reached them, I knew I would be glued to the pages. These are the open doors that reveal a dark character whose cold-hearted crimes and hellish sins change Bethany and Andrea's lives forever. Immediately you despise him, and hope that he is hung, drawn, and quartered.
Bev Scott is a master mystery writer. I was as much intrigued by her story as those of Agatha Christi. Her characters are believable and her plot exhilarating. Mystery fans, Righteous Revenge is a must read! Literary agents, grab her up before someone else does!

The Huguenot
The Huguenot
by Jennifer Lynn Cary
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Book for Everyone, April 19 2004
This review is from: The Huguenot (Paperback)
It isn't often that a book is published by a direct descendent of a famous American hero. Equally, it is unusual to find a novel depicting the ancestral history of someone like Davy Crockett. Even more fascinating is author Jennifer Lynn Cary, direct descendent of Davy Crockett, brings to life not only Davy's heritage, but also her own in the novel The Huguenot.
It is important for the reader to know that the French Huguenots were French Protestants. The history of the Huguenots is one of persecution and suffering at the hands of intolerant leaders. Louis XIV, the Sun King, enforced his motto, "I am the state" upon this religious group. Under his rule rose the dreaded Dragonnades, the billeting of dragoons in Huguenot households, and a full-scale persecution of the Huguenots.
Ms. Cary does a fine job of bringing this period of history alive in the minds of her readers. The Huguenot begins with a prologue featuring Davy Crockett, as he is leaving his wife Lizzy Beth and the hills of Tennessee in 1835 for Texas. Then Chapter One starts and the reader is transported further into the past to meet Antoine de Crocketagne, a handsome commander of the palace guards, and Louise de Saix, the King's beautiful cousin, in Versailles, France, 1668. It isn't long before a tender love affair ignites between the couple.
Antoine and Louise's love is challenge by intrigue, espionage, and religious persecution. I was drawn into the characters as they faced these obstacles together in a compelling love story. It is clear to see savvy and courage flowed in the veins of the Crocketts long before Davy was born.
I found the book to be somewhat slow-paced. But the pace is a necessary aspect of the book in order to lay the foundation for the series. Some things must not be hurried. You have the rich and poor, the tolerant and intolerant, political leaders and frustrated peasants, amid two lovers whose passionate faith drives them to stand for what is just. The Huguenot is a book for old and young alike. It will leave you with the anticipation of what is to come next in the line of Crocketts in the sequel The Sojourners.

Courage in High Heels
Courage in High Heels
by Joyce S. Anderson
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful collection of true-life stories, April 8 2004
This review is from: Courage in High Heels (Paperback)
It is not often readers can find the life stories of individual women put together in one impressive book. Even the title Courage In High Heels sparks the interest. Who are these courageous women in Joyce Anderson's book? They are ordinary women from all walks of life, who have lived in extraordinary times. They are people like you and I, who faced stumbling blocks along Life's path, and turned them into stepping stones.
Courage In High Heels is an inspiring book for women. It shows the reader we are all have much to contribute, in wisdom and knowledge, in love and in loss, in triumph and in defeat.

They Stay the Same
They Stay the Same
by Toni Rich
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Strong Family Saga, April 5 2004
This review is from: They Stay the Same (Paperback)
They Stay the Same is a true to life story of two families. The Marenos are Italian Catholics, and the Rosens are Russian Jews. Al Mareno and Jake Rosen become business partners, and soon their relationship evolves into a close friendship. It is inspiring to the reader to see the characters' families grow close together in spite of their religious differences.

When their children, Gary Rosen and Tessa Mareno fall in love, the two families are thrown into turmoil. What they thought did not matter, suddenly does. The parents' intolerance split the families apart.

Unable to withhold their love, Gary and Tessa get married in secret the night of their senior prom. Soon graduation is over, and Tessa's grandmother Rose insists Tessa accompany her to Italy. While in Italy, Tessa is sick and her great-aunt quickly deduces what is wrong with Tessa. She is pregnant. Tessa is afraid to tell the families. Now that she and Gary are having a baby, they can no longer hide the fact they are married.

Neither family accepts the news well, and Gary and Tessa move in with Grandma Rose. Tessa gives birth to a baby girl, Ali. And so, the family saga moves forward, from one generation to the next. Ali faces many challenges, which become challenges for the Rosens and Marenos. Losses, breakups, and disappointments see to come one after another. Ali marries Mark, and their marriage also presents challenges.

The story moves forward at an even pace, to subsequent generations. They Stay the Same is a story of two families overcoming the obstacles of prejudice. It is a story of individual lives making decisions and facing the consequences, some of them being poor choices, acted quickly out of emotion or desperation, sometimes out of what they believe were moral choices, sometimes immoral. The message in They Stay The Same is that love binds people together in their families and friendships. On the opposite side of the spectrum, the book shows how prejudice can tear relationships apart. But the most important is that even when a parent, spouse, child, or friend disagrees with their love one's choices, love over shadows disappointment and grief.

They Stay the Same is a strong family saga, a difficult genre to write. I commend Toni Rich for her work.
Contains strong sexual content.

Sarawak
Sarawak
by Jerry D. Mohrlang
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Page Turner, Feb. 19 2004
This review is from: Sarawak (Paperback)
Jerry Mohrlang's novel is exotic as it is captivating. As I read the opening pages, I was squirming in my seat (figutively of course). Mr. Mohrlang's writing is supurb, and the setting of this epic novel is unusal. It is a well written book and I highly recommend it.

Personally or Professionally
Personally or Professionally
by Danielle M. Angeline
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars An very enjoyable read, Jan. 12 2004
It isn't often that I will read a contemporary romance. Historical fiction is my preference. Personally or Professionally is, however, an exception. I immediately became absorbed into the lives of Michael and Casey. Curiosity moved me to turn the pages.
Michael and Casey had been high school sweethearts. After the breakup of their relationship, Michael and Casey started their careers and quickly became the best in their fields. At the deathbed of Michael's sister, Michael promises to find Casey. Casey is fired from her job, and on the way out the door, she literally runs into Michael Sterling.
I don't want to give too much of the story away, but Casey and Michael both realize at that moment they still have deep feelings for each other. Michael offers Casey a job with his firm, which she accepts on the bases that everything will stay on a professional level.
Danielle Angeline has written an excellent story. Personally or Professionally is not just another romance novel. It is not your ordinary "pick this up in the grocery store line" book. It is unique in its own rite, and breaks out of the same old formula romance that the majority of romance novels are based upon. The story is unpredictable. The book is full of twists and turns, and a full cast of characters.
There is an interesting tension to the story. I found myself anxious wondering how, in the end, would Michael and Casey turn out. Would they choose a personal relationship or keep things strictly professional? Love is the foundation in this story, and built upon it is loyalty, friendship, and trust. However, there is an entity that would like nothing more than to see that foundation crumble.
Are Michael and Casey's feelings strong enough to overcome it? Can they find a balance between love and career? Can they discover what is most important? Can they forgive the past?
I thoroughly enjoyed reading Ms. Angeline's debut romance novel and look forward to reading the sequels. An agent or publisher dealing with contemporary romance should grab Danielle Angeline up before someone else does.

Crocodile on the Sandbank
Crocodile on the Sandbank
by Elizabeth Peters
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: CDN$ 9.89
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Delightful Mystery, Oct. 31 2003
Elizabeth Peters' is a master at mystery. I throughly enjoyed this book, and recommend it to anyone seeking a good mystery novel, especially one that seems to break out of the "norm". I was intrigued by the character of Amelia Peabody, by her personality, her spirit of adventure, and spinsterly ways. Written in first person, the narrative may seem somewhat long to some readers. But for me, it moved the story forward effortlessly. As a writer, I admire Dr. Peter's talent a great deal.

If I Perish
If I Perish
by Deborah R. Turner
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 30.67
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5.0 out of 5 stars A New Voice in Biblical Novels, Sept. 26 2003
This review is from: If I Perish (Paperback)
Deborah Turner's talent as a writer shines through the pages of her novel If I Perish. She took on the daunting task of writing a fictional account of the Biblical story of Queen Esther. Through vivid narrative and true-to-life dialogue, If I Perish is an excellent story that transports you thousands of years into the past, to the world of a young Jewish girl called of God to save her nation.
Esther risks her life to save her nation by entering the King's throne room. She knows the King trusts the evil prime minister Haman, but in spite of that, she follows through on a plan that had to be divinely inspired.
If I Perish is a book that is a reminder that self-sacrifice for the good of others is not only honorable but also far-reaching. If you have never read the Biblical account, If I Perish compels the reader to do so.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this novel and highly recommend it. In a world where most literature seems to be the same authors and the same kinds of stories, If I Perish is a refreshing change, with a fresh voice from a new writer who has great potential to take her readers into a new place. In your mind's eye, you see the luxurious palace, and the richly colored silks that adorned Esther. The role of the eunuchs is made clear to the reader, for they, too, were men who sacrificed much in order to fulfill their duty to the King.
If I Perish reminds us to stand up for those in need, those in danger, and those who are persecuted. I give this book five stars!

Dark Rooms
Dark Rooms
by Siddharth Katragadda
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 27.38
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5.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing Writing, Jan. 21 2003
This review is from: Dark Rooms (Paperback)
Dark Rooms is unlike anything I have ever read. Written in prose-like fashion, Dark Rooms is interesting and arresting. Here is a different culture, a different way of thinking and living. Dark Rooms is thought provoking to the western mind and should be considered as a literary work.

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