Reviews for 'Adult Summer Reading 2015'


127 reviews available
Title
Body in the Birches
Author
Katherine Hall Page
Review
At a 4th of July party on Sanpere Island, a body is found in the woods near the Birches --a 20th century cottage. At the same time the family has been called to determine who will inherit the historic house. Then another death transpires. Is the killer too close to home?
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8/1/2015
Title
Seven Sisters
Author
Lucinda Riley
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The sisters come to lake geneva upon the death of their father. At that time, all the sisters, who were adopted at birth, are given a clue to their true heritage. Their intertwining stories set decades apart shows one's courage to accept love when offered.
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Date Posted
8/1/2015
Title
Dream Lover
Author
Elizabeth Berg
Review
This is a novel of George Sand's life. It is written beautifully with insight into the heart of a woman who was considered a gifted genius in her time.
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Date Posted
8/1/2015
Title
Canary
Author
Duane Swierczynski
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Honor student Sarie becomes a confidential informant in order to avoid destroying her future after doing her boyfriend a favor.
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Date Posted
8/1/2015
Title
The Guest Cottage
Author
Nancy Thayer
Review
Hannah has it all, a loving husband, home and 2 children. After a heated argument, she disappears. Now it is up to her husband to piece together what happened to her. It is really like looking at a marriage through a lens.
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Date Posted
8/1/2015
Title
A Paris Affair
Author
Tatiana De Rosnay
Review
With a Paris background, the short stories of boyfriends and girlfriends, lovers, husbands and wives prevail in forbidden relationships -- some tragic, some funny and some heartfelt.
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Date Posted
8/1/2015
Title
Idea of Love
Author
Patti Callahan Henry
Review
After a tragic sailboat accident in which her husband dies saving her, Ella has to convince people that it was an accident. She becomes involved with Hunter, a screenwriter and when lies are formed, they must be undone.
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Date Posted
8/1/2015
Title
Country
Author
Danielle Steel
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I did enjoy this book as it showed Stephanie's empowerment as a woman over her friend and family.
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Date Posted
8/1/2015
Title
The Birth of Venus
Author
Sarah Dunant
Review
What a delightful historical fiction book! Alessandra Cecchi is only 15 when she is promised for marriage to a wealthy older man who in reality loves her brother. She is attracted to a northern European painter her father summoned to decorate their Florentine palazzo. It is a story of love, art, religion and power through her young voice as Florence is amidst a struggle politically with the Medici state as the story's backdrop. Alessandra is a heroine similar to her beloved city. Being a child of the Renaissance illuminates her story.
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Date Posted
8/1/2015
Title
Mapmaker's Children
Author
Sarah McCoy
Review
Abolitionist John Brown's daughter, Sarah, is the protagonist of this novel as her life is dramatically changed as she comes upon her father's work on the Underground Railroad. When Sarah meets up with a modern-day woman, Eden who finds a doll with a secret message. Their connection with the past and present forces them to define courage, family, love and their legacy in an entirely different manner.
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Date Posted
8/1/2015
Title
Little Black Lies
Author
Sandra Block
Review
Being an adoptee, I always enjoy books about the search for a birth mother and/or family connection. Dr. Zoe Goldman is not only searching for her birth mother, but her adoptive mother as she is on the early onset on Alzheimer's Disease.
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Date Posted
8/1/2015
Title
Manhattan Mayhem-anthology
Author
Mary Higgins Clark, editor
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Short stories from current authors all with Manhattan as a back drop. The new stories are from the likes of Mary Higgins Clark, Lee Child, Jeffrey Deaver and others. Each was well done.
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Date Posted
8/1/2015
Title
Summer Secrets
Author
Jane Green
Review
A family secret confronts 20 year old Cat Coombs and leads her on a long downward trend. She makes a terrible mistake one night. Upon returning home, she faces the reality of her life and takes more responsibility. She isn't sure she will ever be able to earn the forgiveness from those she loves.
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Date Posted
8/1/2015
Title
French Coast
Author
Anita Hughes
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As new editor of Vogue, Serena has the dream job and her man, Chase to love. She flies to Cannes Festival while Chase
works at home. After a mix up with hotel reservations, she meets a quirky young woman who opens her suite to Serena. While there, Serena learns the disturbing news about the secrets in her parent's marriage. She uses her journal skills and her new friendship to put her own life in order.
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Date Posted
8/1/2015
Title
Our Souls at Night
Author
Kent Haruf
Review
A charming little book. Two widowed neighbors decide upon Addie's request to Lois, to end the night time loneliness by his spending the night at her house for comfort and (no sex) company. Despite the local gossip and disapproval of their children, they continue with dignity and enjoy the situation.
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Date Posted
8/1/2015
Title
A Man Called Ove
Author
Fredrik Backman
Review
A grumpy, unhappy soul Ove would rather adhere to his staunch principles, strict routines and short fuse. Unlikely friendships and the unreliability of first impressions serve as a reminder of how good life is when shared with others.
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Date Posted
8/1/2015
Title
Church of Marvels
Author
Leslie Parry
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In NY, 1895, this book takes you back to this city of hardships and dreams, loneliness, love, hope and danger.
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Date Posted
8/1/2015
Title
Paris, He Said
Author
Christine Sneed
Review
Jayne Marks, struggling to pay her bills in Manhattan after college has a chance to move to Paris with a wealthy lover and benefactor, Laurent Moller. Laurent has other women in his life,and Jayne does have an ex-boyfriend whom she still has feelings for. Besides beauty,desire and appreciation, this book illustrates that you need to find your true self when faced with the things you always believed you wanted in search of happiness.
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Date Posted
8/1/2015
Title
Day Shift
Author
Charlaine Harris
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Once vampires appeared so did my interest in this book.
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Date Posted
8/1/2015
Title
Enchanted August
Author
Brenda Bowen
Review
In Brooklyn, two friends Lottie and Rose opt to take a break and find 2 other individuals to help pay for the rental of a Hopewell Cottage, Little Lost Island, Maine. Throughout their enjoyable summer, they gradually open up to one another and to the possibilities of lives different from their present ones.
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Date Posted
8/1/2015
127 reviews available