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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Written in My Own Heart's Blood by Diana Gabaldon

Arrrgghhh!!!  It’s over once again and I’m completely bereft!  The Outlander series is by far my favorite series of books-ever.  And that’s saying something… 
Like the others preceding it, Written in My Own Heart’s Blood is brilliant in every way- the research, the characters, the creativity, the humor, the suspense, the family drama.  It has it ALL.  I am so attached to the characters, I feel a physical loss each time I finish another book in the series.  I hope I have not said goodbye to the Frasiers and company for the final time…

There are so many great parts in this eighth book but I think the best of the best comes on the final page.  Don’t skip ahead and ruin it for yourself!  Get there the old-fashioned way and love every minute of it.

You will find an official plot line description at: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/11710373-written-in-my-own-heart-s-blood?from_search=true.

Days of Rage by Brad Taylor

Secret agents, spies, and international intrigue aren’t novel ingredients that spark my interest; however, I was gifted a copy of this newest Pike Logan thriller from Dutton Publishing and was happy to give it a try.  After all, our taste buds renew every ten days, why not our reading preferences?  

I haven’t been reformed into a die-hard fan but I’ll admit to staying up past bedtime to finish the final pages of Days of Rage.  I struggled through the majority of this novel because I just couldn’t get interested enough to read it for more than a few minutes at a time.  Until the last 100 pages… Then I couldn’t put it down!  The ending is as suspenseful as the book jacket promises it will be and for anyone who likes this kind of thriller, I would definitely recommend Brad Taylor. I know a number of readers who will enjoy this one very much and they’ll be happy to hear about this new release.

You will find an official plot line description at: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18693800-days-of-rage?from_search=true.

It Comes in Waves by Erika Marks

I'm not a huge fan of "chick lit". Standards from the genre feel redundant to me after indulging in a few consecutive chick-lit choices. That said, there are times when I need a little chick lit in my life. Periodically I need a story about a woman getting the job, getting the guy, getting rich, maybe even getting it ALL. It Comes In Waves filled my chick-lit requirement perfectly.

The novel switches from present day to 20 years prior, tying events of the past to the adults those events ultimately shape. Marks juggles past and present flawlessly. Every chapter left me wanting to know more. It Comes In Waves is a rewarding and heartwarming novel about love in its many expressions, parental, romantic, and friendly, with the perfect number of happy endings to make the journey satisfying without becoming saccharine.

Despite my love for the majority of the book, my final opinion was slightly compromised by the lack of closure in what I felt was the key relationship in the novel. Still a worthwhile read that I enjoyed immensely.

You will find an official plot line description at: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18693668-it-comes-in-waves.