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review 2018-12-16 02:32
Dirty Little Secret (Wild Rose Ranch #1) by Jennifer Ryan
Dirty Little Secret - Jennifer Ryan



Ryan does it again. Dirty Little Secret steams up the bookshelf as it puts a move on even the hardest heart. Roxy and Noah are forced their painful pasts to have a chance at a happy future. She's run long enough. Now's the time to face some hard truths about herself and the people who were supposed to love her. He's the heartache she never saw coming. She's the drama he can't forget. Can a father she lost, a last name she shares and a ranch she never wanted, give her the chance at the family she never hoped to have. A heartwarming scorcher.

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review 2018-12-13 01:36
The Three Secret Cities by Matthew Reilly (Book 5 in the Jack West Jr. series)
The Three Secret Cities - Matthew Reilly

Holy moly...this book was something!! The thrills just keep on coming, but that ending...oh, that ending....I was crying, then I was like, "say what?!"

It royally sucks to have to wait for the next one!


Do not attempt to read this if you have not read the Jack West series, it will not have the same impact.

And dang, I also want to see another Scarecrow book!


5 stars for never-ending thrills and because I love this character!

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text 2018-12-09 21:57
24 Festive Tasks: Door 15 - St. Nicholas' Day / Sinterklaas, Task 4 (Books Featuring Children Rescued from Peril)
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer - Mark Twain,Guy Cardwell,John Seelye
The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett
The Black Stallion - Walter Farley,Keith Ward
M - Jon J. Muth

I suppose Harry Potter and just about every children's / YA fantasy (or mystery) series would fill this bill, but big HP and Three Investigators fan though I am, let me offer these for consideration instead:


1.  Mark Twain: The Adventure of Tom Sawyer -- Tom and Becky Thatcher in McDougal's Cave (rescued thanks to Tom's tenacious search for an exit), and Tom and Huck Finn up against Injun Joe; inter alia, listening to Joe's and his cohorts' plans at the peril of their own death in case they are discovered, and Tom incurring the same risk by speaking up at Injun Joe's trial (after which Joe escapes through a window).


2.  Frances Hodgson Burnett: The Secret Garden -- At the beginning of the book, Mary is sent to England to stay with her uncle to save her from the cholera epidemic that will shortly thereafter kill both of her parents, who have remained in India.


3.  Walter Farley: The Black Stallion -- Alec and "The Black" become friends when they help each other to survive on a desert island after being shipwrecked.


Honorable mention:


"M" (screenplay, not book): A chillingly creepy 1930s movie,  concerning the hunt for a pedophile serial killer -- starring Peter Lorre (pre-Hollywood) as the pedophile and directed by Fritz Lang.


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review 2018-12-04 14:57
Good Story and Good Characters
My Sister's Secret - Tracy Buchanan

Willow is with Ajay on the way to the wreck dive. She would not have been on this dive without Ajay. Willow and Ajay talked to the rest of the divers. . Guy is one of the divers and Ajay told him willow had dived the Russian tanker with him. That had a good job. Willow had been in between contracts when Ajay contacted her to see if she was free to work this dive. The dive was a cruise liner that had sunk from a rogue wave. It so happened it was Willow’s father’s and her parents had died when the liner sank. Willow was seven when her parents died. Willow had been raised by her aunt who had been watching her when the ship sank. The commercial diving world is tight and it’s hard to fit in especially being a woman. Ajay thinks Willow is too fussy when it comes to men comparing them all to her father. The Guy mentions the rich person who owned the liner had died to and Willow says that had been her dad. Willow had wanted this dive for a long time. Willow felt an unbearable sadness when she seen the liner lying broken at the bottom of the sea. Willow now had to try to stifle her grief and sadness and concentrate on this dive. Willow was the first one going into the ship the other divers fell back. Than less than five minutes and something was wrong and Willow and all the divers were forced to leave. Willow told Guy she had got into swimming because of her parents. The next morning Willow got a call from Ajay and he said the divers found something that may have been her mother’s. It was the purse Willow had bought with her dad for her mother’s thirty fifth birthday. But there was a pendant in the purse with the initials C & N on it. Thought Willow’s moms name was Charity , her dads name had been Dan. When Willow got back to her room she called her aunt and asked her about the pendant but her aunt was lying and Willow knew it. Willow went to her childhood home as her Aunt had finally convinced her to sell it. She had never went back after her parents had died. Than Willow finds an envelope with her name on it that was about a photographer’s exhibit but her Aunt had thrown it away without even telling Willow. She then learns her mother had loved submerged forests and had wanted to visit every one of them in the world. Niall Lane was the photographer who’s exhibit she had been invited to view and her mom used to dive together. When charity had been younger she had two sisters but one-faith had died in a tragic car accident. Niall had been Charity’s first love. This managed to come between the other two sisters - Charity and Hope. charity had a secret based on Faith’s death and Charity kept the secret to protect those she loved the most. Charity ended her loving relationship with Niall because of Niall’s involvement in Faith’s death as Hope couldn’t stand being around Niall after that. Charity went on to marry Dan but she still remained close to Niall.

I really enjoyed this book. I liked the plot and the pace. It was an emotional good read. There is: romance, first loved, submerged forests, treachery, death, secrets, lies, mystery, lose of a sibling, death of parents, and so much more. I liked the two POVs in this book. I didn’t mind jumping between the past and the present and that usually annoys me but the way the author did this just was great. I liked the surprise at the end of this book a lot. This story grabbed me from the start and kept me until the end of the book. I didn’t want to put it down. I loved the characters and the twists and turns of this book and I recommend it.  

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review 2018-11-29 13:31
Culture Change: "The Secret of Chimneys” by Agatha Christie
The Secret of Chimneys - Agatha Christie

(Original Review, 1981-01-10)

By the time she died, few people probably remembered the casual Antisemitism of Agatha Christie's early books (try “The Secret of Chimneys”); the prejudice had ceased to be fashionable, and she'd stopped expressing it. Chesterton's antisemitism was deeper, and maybe he'd have kept it up longer; but his basic good sense and kindness would surely have ruled that odious tic out, in a different age.



If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review.

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