THE LONG WAY HOME

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THE LONG WAY HOME IS THE TENTH OF ELEVEN IN THE CHIEF  INSPECTOR GAMACHE SERIES AND I HAVE READ ONLY ONE OTHER (HOW THE LIGHT GETS IN #9 – http://wp.me/p3DlOf-5e).

THE STORY IS THE SEARCH FOR CLARA’S HUSBAND, PETER, WHO SHE SUGGESTED LEAVE OVER A YEAR AGO ON A TRIAL SEPARATION WITH A MEETING ONE YEAR LATER TO SEE WHERE THEY ARE AT.  MANY WEEKS AFTER THAT ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY PETER HAS NOT RETURNED HOME SO CLARA ENGAGES RETIRED CHIEF INSPECTOR GAMACHE TO HELP HER FIND HIM FEARING HE MUST BE DEAD.

PETER IS AN ARTIST WHO HAS TRAVELED THROUGHOUT EUROPE’S ARTIST REGIONS AND SOME OTHER STRANGER DESTINATIONS BUT IT DOES SEEM HIS TRAIL IS HEADING HOME WHEN THE TRAIL ENDS.  GAMACHE AND HIS COHORTS CONTINUE TO DIG AND UNCOVER MORE SURPRISES.  A GOOD READ THAT YOU WILL ENJOY AND INSPIRE YOU TO BEGIN TO READ THE REST OF THE SERIES!

PUBLISHER’S BLURB:

Happily retired in the village of Three Pines, Armand Gamache, former Chief Inspector of Homicide with the Sûreté du Québec, has found a peace he’d only imagined possible. On warm summer mornings he sits on a bench holding a small book, The Balm in Gilead, in his large hands. “There is a balm in Gilead,” his neighbor Clara Morrow reads from the dust jacket, “to make the wounded whole.”

While Gamache doesn’t talk about his wounds and his balm, Clara tells him about hers. Peter, her artist husband, has failed to come home. Failed to show up as promised on the first anniversary of their separation. She wants Gamache’s help to find him. Having finally found sanctuary, Gamache feels a near revulsion at the thought of leaving Three Pines. “There’s power enough in Heaven,” he finishes the quote as he contemplates the quiet village, “to cure a sin-sick soul.” And then he gets up. And joins her.

Together with his former second-in-command, Jean-Guy Beauvoir, and Myrna Landers, they journey deeper and deeper into Québec. And deeper and deeper into the soul of Peter Morrow. A man so desperate to recapture his fame as an artist, he would sell that soul. And may have. The journey takes them further and further from Three Pines, to the very mouth of the great St. Lawrence river. To an area so desolate, so damned, the first mariners called it The land God gave to Cain. And there they discover the terrible damage done by a sin-sick soul.

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VACATION

VACATION

NOW THIS WAS A ROMANCE I COULD TRULY ENJOY!  THE STORY WAS SO PURE AND TRUEDR. WILLIAM KOVAL IS AT HOME IN HIS LABORATORY.  HE TRULY LOVES HIS WORK BUT HE IS NOT COMPLETE SINCE HIS WIFE WAS KILLED BY A MENTALLY ILL MAN IN A 7-11 ON HER WAY TO A ROMANTIC DINNER WITH WILLIAM.  EVEN THOUGH CATHERINE WAS NOT ALWAYS FAITHFUL TO HIM, HIS LOSS IS CRIPPLING HIM.  LUCKILY HE HAS AT LEAST ONE GOOD FRIEND WHO ENCOURAGES HIM TO MOVE ON AND PERHAPS TAKE A VACATION.

WILLIAM BOOKS AN ENGLISH WALKING TOUR THAT HE AND CATHERINE WERE TO TAKE.  WHILE IT TURNS OUT TO BE ANYTHING BUT HISTORIC, HE DOES MEET SOME UNUSUAL CHARACTERS WHO BECOME BETTER FRIENDS BECAUSE OF THEIR PREDICAMENT.  THE TOUR IS A TOTAL SHAM.  YET WILLIAM FINDS HIMSELF ATTRACTED TO ONE OF THE WOMEN IN THE TOUR.  HE IS ALWAYS A BUMBLING FOOL AROUND HER BUT SHE REVEALS SHE IS ALSO ATTRACTED TO HIM!

THE HAPPILY EVER AFTER, HOWEVER, IS FAR FROM SEALED WHEN WILLIAM DISCOVERS AND UNBELIEVABLE CONNECTION BETWEEN THEM – ONE THAT TEARS THEM APART.  WILLIAM IS DEVASTATED.  ONCE AGAIN, HIS FRIEND STEPS IN AND LEARNS OF HIS DILEMMA.  STILL, SHE ADVISES WILLIAM TO GO FOR HER.

WILL LOVE WIN OUT IN THE END?

PUBLISHER’S EXCERPT:

Dr. William Koval, a pragmatist with little faith in humanity, prefers to dwell in the eerily comforting microscopic realm, where he is master of his domain. But his worldview is upended when he decides to go on the English walking tour his wife had been planning before her murder three years earlier. Only when William confronts his past, including his troubled marriage, will he find a way to rejoin the living, to move forward, and perhaps love again. The real journey, he discovers, lies within.

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UNSPEAKABLE PRAYERS

Unspeakable prayers by john ellsworth

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

UNSPEAKABLE PRAYERS WAS A SURPRISING CRIME THRILLER.  I WAS EXPECTING HISTORICAL FICTION BUT LOVED THE TWISTS OF FATEESPECIALLY THE TRIAL AT THE END!

IT’S THE STORY OF A BOY WHO MUST MAKE HARD CHOICES TO REMAIN ALIVE IN TREBLINKA, A GERMAN CONCENTRATION CAMP IN WWII.  HE IS FINALLY ABLE TO ESCAPE AND SOMEHOW SCRAPES UP ENOUGH MONEY FOR PASSAGE TO THE U.S.  ON THE LONG TRIP HE BEFRIENDS ANOTHER TREBLINKA ESCAPEE.  THEY DISCOVER THAT THERE ARE ALSO NAZIS FROM THE CAMP ABOARD AND DECIDE THEY MUST MAKE THESE NAZIS PAY FOR THEIR SINS AND TAKE MATTERS IN THEIR OWN HANDS.

EVENTUALLY, THE BOY MAKES HIS WAY TO CHICAGO WHERE HE IS ABLE TO LIVE WITH HIS UNCLE AND BEGIN A NEW LIFE.  HIS FRIEND ALSO MOVES TO CHICAGO WHERE THEY FIND THERE ARE MORE NAZIS CARRYING ON THE WHERE THEY LEFT OFF IN GERMANYHOW WILL THEY GET JUSTICE FOR THESE WAR CRIMINALS?

AN INTENSE STORY WITH A SURPRISING ENDING!  ENJOY!

PUBLISHER’S EXCERPT:

From the highly acclaimed attorney-turned-writer comes a historical thriller about a kidnapped Jewish boy and a Nazi army officer. Their paths collide in World War II and crimes follow crimes.

Seventy years later their case goes to trial in a legal drama set in Chicago. For the defense is Thaddeus Murfee, a Chicago attorney who refuses to lose cases, even where there’s a smoking gun. Courtroom drama takes over the final third of the book as Thaddeus puts on the stand the Nazi’s grandson, a Catholic priest, to help with the defense. A startling ending has readers everywhere discussing this timely thriller.

If you’re a fan of crime thrillers based on historical facts, here’s one you won’t want to miss. Unspeakable Prayers is a book you will never forget.

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BREATH TO BREATH

Breath to breath by carrie maloney

BREATH TO BREATH IS A VERY SWEET TALE OF A VETERINARIAN WHO SAVES A LITTER OF PUPS WHO HAVE BEEN BURIED ALIVE AFTER BIRTH.  THE MOTHER MADE SO MUCH NOISE HOWLING THAT THE NEIGHBOR DISCOVERED WHAT WAS HAPPENING AND WAS ABLE TO UNEARTH THE PUPS.  THE LOWLIFE RESPONSIBLE IS LOATHSOME – YOU WILL HATE HIM FROM THE START!

ONCE THE PUPS HAVE RECOVERED AND ARE READY FOR ADOPTION, THE VET PERSONALLY HAND PICKS THEIR NEW OWNERS WHO ONLY HAVE TO TELL A STORY ABOUT THE PUPPY ONCE A MONTH ON HER RADIO SHOW.  THE STORIES ARE HEART WARMING AND CUTE – YOU CAN PICTURE EVERY ONE.

THE LOWLIFE HAS TO MAKE RETRIBUTION BY DOING COMMUNITY SERVICE WITH THE VET WHICH IS A WHOLE OTHER TALE.  HE LEARNS A LOT FROM THE VET  INCLUDING A RESPECT FOR ANIMALS (AS WELL AS PEOPLE) THAT HE DID NOT HAVE BEFORE.

BREATH TO BREATH IS A FUN READ THAT WILL LIFT YOU UP!

PUBLISHER’S EXCERPT:

Veterinarian Anna Dunlop can recite all 230 bones in a cat’s body. She can listen to a dog’s chest and know instantly how to save its life. What she can’t seem to do is work her way through her own personal pain.

Sadness over her husband’s death hasn’t lessened with time, as the world promised it would. In fact, every year her grief burrows in more deeply, making good days seem dull, and upsetting days almost unbearable.

So when someone tries to do away with a litter of puppies, her world unravels.

She saves the pups and adopts them out to people in her community of Milk River, Wisconsin—on one condition. They must agree to gather monthly on her radio call-in show. It soon becomes clear that people cannot talk about their dogs’ lives without revealing what’s happening at home. Anna finds herself helping her new circle of friends work through their most intimate problems, live on air.

Meanwhile, the good doctor searches for a way to heal her own heart.

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A DAY IN DOGTOWN

THIS IS A VERY SWEET TALE OF A GIRL AND HER DOG WHO BECOME SEPARATED BECAUSE THE NEW APARTMENT WHERE HER FAMILY MUST MOVE DOES NOT ALLOW PETS.  THEO, THE CHOCOLATE LAB, HAS BEEN WITH COURTNEY HER WHOLE LIFE AND IS MORE IMPORTANT TO HER THAN ANY PERSON.  SO SHE SETS OUT IN SEARCH OF THEO WHO HAS RUN AWAY JUST AS COURTNEY’S DAD IS TAKING HIM TO THE ANIMAL SHELTER.  COURTNEY’S JOURNEY TURNS INTO AN AMAZING DAY IN DOGTOWN WHERE SHE LEARNS SHE WILL BE REUNITED WITH THEO FOREVER VIA THE RAINBOW BRIDGE.  A VERY QUICK AND SATISFYING READ.

PUBLISHER’S EXCERPT:

Ten year old Courtney Cromwell’s favorite person in the world isn’t a person, it’s a dog. Theo, her lovable chocolate Lab, has been her faithful companion since she was born. But now, as a result of the Great Recession, Courtney’s world is unraveling. Her father has been unemployed for a long time and the bank is about to foreclose on their home. Soon her family will be moving into an apartment that doesn’t allow dogs. Heartbreakingly for Courtney that means Theo won’t be able to come along.

After unsuccessfully trying to find someone to take the old dog, Courtney’s parents decide to take Theo to a no-kill animal shelter as a last resort. But when the day of reckoning arrives something completely unexpected occurs. It ends up leading Courtney on an extraordinary journey, which teaches her important life lessons and makes her understand that a dog’s love is forever.

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COLD FEAR

COLD FEAR IS A GREAT NOVEL OF SUSPENSE ABOUT A FAMILY WHO ON THE OUTSIDE APPEARS TO JUST BE ON A CAMPING TRIP TO BECOME ONE WITH NATURE.  BUT MOM HAS HIDDEN SECRETS SHE IS TRYING TO OVERCOME.  DAD TRIES TO BE SUPPORTIVE BUT LOSES HIS COOL AND ENDS UP CUTTING HIMSELF BADLY WHILE CHOPPING WOOD FOR THEIR FIRE.  AND THEIR DAUGHTER GETS LOST IN THE REMOTEST PART OF MONTANA.  MEANWHILE A CONVICT HAS BEEN SENTENCED TO DEATH YET HE IS CONNECTED WITH THIS FAMILY.

THE HUNT FOR THE DAUGHTER HAS MANY BELIEVING THAT THE PARENTS ACTUALLY KILLED HER AND DUMPED HER BODY SOMEWHERE.  STILL OTHERS BELIEVE SHE IS DEAD FROM EXPOSURE TO THE ELEMENTS OR A BEAR ATTACK.  FEW HOLD OUT MUCH HOPE THAT SHE HAS SURVIVED.  THE END  HOLDS AN UNBELIEVABLE TWIST THAT SENDS YOUR MIND REELING.  A FANTASTICALLY WOVEN TALE!

PUBLISHER’S EXCERPT:

In the remote, rugged corner of Montana’s Glacier National Park known as the Devil’s Grasp, little Paige Baker of San Francisco disappears with her dog, Kobee, while on a camping trip with her family; or so her mother and father have told authorities.

A multi-agency task force launches a massive search as Paige fights to survive in the wilderness. Time hammers against her and soon the nation is gripped by the life-and-death drama.

Secretly, behind the scenes, the FBI grows suspicious of Paige’s parents. Their recent history and disturbing evidence links them to a horrible secret from the past.

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FESTIVE IN DEATH

Cover of Festive in Death

BOY DO YOU GROW TO HATE TREY ZIEGLER, A PERSONAL TRAINER AT ALL THE RICH AND FAMOUS’ GYM.  HE STARTS MAKING HOME VISITS FOR MASSAGE THERAPY WITH A SPECIAL TEA AND ENDS UP SLEEPING WITH MOST OF THE TOWN’S WOMEN.  THE SORDID TALE GROW EVEN BIGGER WITH THE HUSBANDS PAYING TREY TO SLEEP WITH THEIR WIVES IN HOPES OF GRAND DIVORCE SETTLEMENTS.  TREY HAS FOUND HIS NICHE AND IS RAKING IN THE CASH UNTIL HE ENDS UP WITH HIS SKULL BASHED IN AND A KITCHEN KNIFE IN HIS CHEST.  THERE ARE SO MANY SUSPECTS BUT THE ONE WHO IS TRULY THE BEST SUSPECT MAY HAVE BEEN SET UP!  IT’S A FUN READ ESPECIALLY AROUND THE CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY BUT YOU CAN ENJOY IT ANYTIME – I DID!

PUBLISHER’S EXCERPT:

Eve Dallas deals with a homicide—and the holiday season—in the latest from the #1 New York Times bestselling author.

Personal trainer Trey Ziegler was in peak physical condition. If you didn’t count the kitchen knife in his well-toned chest.
Lieutenant Eve Dallas soon discovers a lineup of women who’d been loved and left by the narcissistic gym rat. While Dallas sorts through the list of Ziegler’s enemies, she’s also dealing with her Christmas shopping list—plus the guest list for her and her billionaire husband’s upcoming holiday bash.
Feeling less than festive, Dallas tries to put aside her distaste for the victim and solve the mystery of his death. There are just a few investigating days left before Christmas, and as New Year’s 2061 approaches, this homicide cop is resolved to stop a cold-blooded killer.

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THE ACCIDENTAL LIFE OF GREG MILLAR

THE ACCIDENTAL LIFE OF GREG MILLAR MOVED ME TO TEARS.  I WASN’T EXPECTING A ROMANCE AND I CERTAINLY WASN’T EXPECTING THAT GREG’S “HIGH” WAS ANYTHING BUT DRUGS.  WHEN I DISCOVER IT IS THE HIGH OF BIPOLAR DISEASE I AGAIN REALIZE HOW MENTAL ILLNESS AFFECTS SO MANY AND THAT SO MANY DON’T GET PROPER DIAGNOSIS AND TREATMENT.  IT TAKES A CARING AND LOVING INDIVIDUAL LIKE LUCY TO SUPPORT GREG AND GET HIM THE HELP HE NEEDS WHILE CARING FOR HIS CHILDREN WHO CAN’T STAND HER!  THE “NANNY” IS A HUGE PROBLEM WHO MAKES BOTH GREG AND LUCY FIGHT FOR EVERYTHING THAT IS IMPORTANT TO THEM IN A COURT OF LAW.

Jacket Cover Synopsis:

From the best selling author of Pause to Rewind comes this moving family drama about the lengths we go to for the people we love.

Lucy Arigho is not the sort of woman to be swept off her feet. She is sober, career-minded and numb since the death of her fiancé. So it’s completely out of character for her to race a man in traffic – and even more unusual when they meet again and she is irritated, intrigued and finally enraptured by the driver, writer Greg Millar. Within eight weeks, she is seriously considering his pleas to marry him and wondering if she can take on his two motherless children. But before she can make a decision about becoming part of Greg’s world, events plunge her right into it. Her careful existence is shattered as she has to figure out how to handle two vulnerable children and face the fact that she doesn’t really know the man whose life has so overwhelmed hers.

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THE UNLIKELY PILGRIMAGE OF HAROLD FRY

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I NEVER EXPECTED HAROLD TO KEEP WALKING WHEN HE WENT TO MAIL A LETTER TO QUEENIE HENNESSEY, AN EX-COWORKER HE HASN’T SEEN IN TWENTY YEARS,  SHE IS DYING OF CANCER BUT HAROLD OWES HER MORE THAN YOU KNOW.  IT IS A 600 MILE WALK TO HOSPICE FOR WHICH HAROLD IS ILL PREPARED IN MANY WAYS.  HE MEETS MANY PEOPLE ALONG THE WAY WHO ARE GENEROUS AND CARING BUT AS HIS STORY SPREADS OTHERS WHOSE INTENTIONS ARE NOT AS PURE START TO TAG ALONG.  THESE LEACHES BOTHER ME TO NO END WITH THEIR OWN IDEAS AND POT STIRRING AND EVEN GREED TO STEAL HAROLD’S LIME LIGHT.

HAROLD, HOWEVER, IS ON A JOURNEY NOT ONLY TO SAY GOODBYE TO QUEENIE BUT TO COME TO TERMS WITH HIS OWN EXISTENCE; HIS MARRIAGE TO MAUREEN, HIS RELATIONSHIP WITH HIS SON DAVID; HIMSELF.  THE UNLIKELY PILGRIMAGE OF HAROLD FRY HAS SO MUCH HIDDEN BENEATH THE WALK TO SAVE A FRIEND!  ENJOY!

PUBLISHER’S BLURB:

“[Rachel] Joyce’s beguiling debut is [a] modest-seeming story of ‘ordinary’ English lives that enthralls and moves you as it unfolds.”–People (four stars)

Meet Harold Fry, recently retired. He lives in a small English village with his wife, Maureen, who seems irritated by almost everything he does. Little differentiates one day from the next. Then one morning a letter arrives, addressed to Harold in a shaky scrawl, from a woman he hasn’t heard from in twenty years. Queenie Hennessy is in hospice and is writing to say goodbye. But before Harold mails off a quick reply, a chance encounter convinces him that he absolutely must deliver his message to Queenie in person. In his yachting shoes and light coat, Harold Fry embarks on an urgent quest. Determined to walk six hundred miles to the hospice, Harold believes that as long as he walks, Queenie will live. A novel of charm, humor, and profound insight into the thoughts and feelings we all bury deep within our hearts, The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry introduces Rachel Joyce as a wise–and utterly irresistible–storyteller.

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