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    1. HEARTS DIVIDED 5-B Poppy Lane by Debbie Macomber (A) All her life, Ruth Shelton has loved visiting her grandmother in Cedar Cove, Washington. Now Ruth
    Message 1 of 5 , Jul 1, 2010
      1."HEARTS DIVIDED" "5-B Poppy Lane" by Debbie Macomber (A) All her life, Ruth Shelton has loved visiting her grandmother in Cedar Cove, Washington. Now Ruth comes to ask advice about her own romance with a soldier - and discovers a secret in her grandmther's past. "The Apple Orchard" by Katherine Stone (B) Clara MacKenzie's granddaughter Elizabeth arrives at Clara's Oregon farm needing comfort. That's exactly what Clara offers - and so does a childhood friend named Nick Lawton. But Nick wants to offer Elizabeth more than comfort. More than friendship. "Liberty Hall" by Lois Faye Dyer (A) When Professor Chloe Abbott finds herself caught up in a troublesome mystery, she turns to her grandmother. She needs Winifred's expertise as a wartime code breaker. She doesn't need suggestions about her love life - all of which involve former-marine Jake Morrissey!
      2."CHANCE MEETING" by Laura Moore (A++) Growing up trapped by her father's wealth, awkward Ty Stannard found freedom on horseback. A talented equestrian, she yearned to ride as well as her idol, champion Steve Sheppard. Worshiping the handsome Kentuckian, she treasures the lucky medallion he gives her the day they happen to meet. But then a nasty fall changes everything, and Ty is forced to leave her dreams behind. Now a beautiful woman, determined to live life on her own terms, Ty learns that Steve stands on the brink of ruin. Moved by memories of his kindness to her, she offers him financial backing, but Steve perceives only a selfish socialite amusing herself at his expense. In a daring move, he challenges Ty to be not only a financial partner - but a full-time farmhand as well, expecting she'll tire of the hardships of a working stable. To Steve's surprise, Ty takes up his challenge. As they rebuild Southwind, Steve's beloved stable they find unexpected strength and comfort in each other - and a passion neither can deny. But their fragile love will be tested by not only those who seek to destroy what they have built, but also the insecurities and doubts that shadow their own very vulnerable hearts.
      3."ONLY HIS" by Elizabeth Lowell (Only #1) (A+) With a team of prize Arabian horses, Willow Moran leaves her Civil War ravaged home, hoping to join her brother in the Colorado Rockies - entrusting her fate to a dangerous gunfighter who is torn by twin passions for revenge and a woman's tender touch. As wild as the uncivilized land he loves, Caleb Black guides the gently reared Willow with revenge in his heart - challenged at every turn by the spirited southern lady who has become a fever in his blood...and who awakens within him a need so fierce he must possess her at any cost.
      4."LUCKY MAN" by Michael J. Fox (A++) (abridged Audio CD) In September 1998, Michael J. Fox stunned the world by announcing that he had been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease - a degenerative neurological condition. In fact, he had been secretly fighting it for seven years. The world wide response was staggering. Fortunately, he had accepted the diagnosis, and by the time the public started grieving for him, he had stopped grieving for himself. With the same passion, humor and energy that he has invested in his dozens of performances over the last eighteen years, he tells the story of his life, his career and his campaign to find a cure for Parkinson's.
      5."SEALED WITH A KISS" by Carly Phillips (Ty and Hunter #2) (A) On the outside, Molly Gifford has it all - a hot legal career and Daniel Hunter, her equally hot boyfriend. But what she really wants is a family. So when she discovers her real father, she doesn't hesitate to pack her bags. Even though it means leaving her old life behind. A year later Daniel Hunter is still trying to get on with his life. Then Molly shows up at his door, begging for help. Her newfound father is under arrest for murder, and she's convinced Hunter is the only attorney with the skill and reputation to get him off. Hunter can't resist helping an innocent man. But this time he'll be the one walking away - even if it breaks both their hearts to do it.
      6."SHADOWS OF YESTERDAY" by Sandra Brown (unabridged Audio CD) (B) Leigh...she was terrifyingly alone on a Texas highway about to deliver her first child when a rugged stranger in a pickup truck stopped to help her. Leigh Bransom had lost her husband eight months before when he was tragically killed on the job. Now a fateful meeting on a lonesome highway brought a new man into her life - one with secrets and the power to make her lonely once again. Chad...a man who pursued a dangerous business. Chad Dillon kept his past a mystery. He was determined to make Leigh care for him, but there were no guarantees that his love could protect her from the very thing she feared most.
      7."UNDER THE COLOR OF LAW" by Michael McGarrity (Kevin Kerney #6) (A++) Newly installed Santa Fe police chief Kevin Kerney receives a deadly welcome when Phyllis Terrell, a U.S. ambassador's wife, is brutally stabbed to death in her home. Before Kerney can even investigate, an FBI antiterrorism team takes over the case - forcing Kerney to watch from the sidelines as the crime scene is sanitized, potential witnesses disappear, and the case is closed with trumped-up evidence. After refusing to accept the FBI's whitewash, Kerney is warned, threatened, and put under surveillance - because there is something much more sinister than one murder on the line. And the harder he hunts for the truth, the more he knows that he may not survive the chase.
      8."ON THE DOORSTEP" by Dana Corbit (Love Inspired - Tiny Blessings #3) (B) To: Meg, Rachel, Anne From: Pilar Re: My exciting day - Hola, Amigas! You'll never guess what I found on my way to work today...a baby! His name is Gabriel, and he is certainly heaven-sent. And so is Zach Fletcher, the dedicated detective assigned to find the mother. This is the first time we've spoken, even though we attend the same church. I'm torn. I want the girl to be found but I also want to keep Gabriel for myself - my biological clock has been ticking like crazy! And I've been fantasizing about Zach rounding out my dream family.
      9."SOFT FOCUS" by Jayne Ann Krentz (unabridged Audio Cassette) (A) With millions at stake, trust can turn to betrayal in the blink of an eye. Elizabeth Cabot is all business. She knows how to maximize her investments and can cut her losses - in both her career and her personal life. So when she discovers that Jack Fairfax has deceived her, she's determined to end their relationship. Putting a stop to their budding romance is easy, but breaking up their business deal will be more difficult. Despite all her efforts, she has no luck disentangling herself from Jack's client company, Excalibur. But the situation becomes even more strained when a lethal act of sabotage threatens to put both their companies out of business for good. Elizabeth is no fool. If she can help Jack save Excalibur, she'll recoup her substantial investment plus millions in profits. Putting her emotions aside, she insists on helping him search for the scientist who's disappeared with a valuable new crystal that could revolutionize their high-tech industry. She'll go in, solve the problem, and get out. The trail leads Elizabeth and Jack to a fringe film festival, but their goal is as elusive as the shadowy black-and-white images from the classic noir films. Life starts to imitate art, and double-dealing seems to be the name of the game. For these business adversaries turned reluctant partners, keeping an eye on each other - and the lid on their sizzling attraction - seems the only insurance against further treachery.
      10."ALL THOSE YEARS AGO" by Emilie Richards (A+) Teenage Meredith Robbins experienced despair at the tragic loss of a special friend, then borne the anguish of having to give up their child. Now, years later, she painstakingly avoided emotional entanglements - until Garrett Quinn's warmth and sincerity challenged her to become a woman, awakening her to the need to see her child, just once. But if she faced the past, would she lose Garrett - and the future?
      11."DEEP DISH" by Mary Kay Andrews (abridged Audio CD) (A) Chef extraordinaire Gina Foxton doesn't expect anything to be handed to her on a platter. After years of hard work, she's now the host of her own local Georgia public television show called Fresh Start, and she's dating the show's producer. But when her show gets canceled - and she hears about her boyfriend being in flagrante delicto with the boss's wife - Gina realizes that she's meant for bigger and better things. The Cooking Channel is looking for its next big star, and Gina is certain that she fitsw the bill. Trouble is, the execs also have their eye on Tate Moody, the star of a hunting, fishing, and cooking show called Vittles. Little does Gina know, though, that she and Tate are soon to embark on the cook-off of their lives, spiced up by a little ingredient called love.
      12."THE FACE OF DECEPTION" by Iris Johansen (Eve Duncan #1) (A++) An unidentified skull...a trail of terrifying secrets...and a woman whose talented hands could reveal the shocking truth. As a forensic sculptor, Eve Duncan helps identify the dead from their skulls. With her own daughter murdered and her body never found, the job is Eve's way of coming to terms with her personal nightmare. But more terror lies ahead when she accept work from billionaire JOhn ZLogan. Beneath her gifted hands a face emerges from the skull he has given her to reconstruct - a face no one was ever meant to see. Now Eve is trapped in a frightening web of murder and deceit. Powerful enemies are determined to cover up the truth, and they will make certain that the truth goes to the grave...even if Eve gets buried with it.
      13."SULLIVAN'S ISLAND" by Dorothea Benton Frank (A Lowcountry Tale) (abridged Audio Cassette) (A++) Born and raised in idyllic Sullivan's Island, Susan Hayes navigated through her turbulent childhood with humor, spunk, and characteristic Southern sass.But years later, she is a conflicted woman with an unfaithful husband, a sometimes resentful teenage daughter, and a heart that aches with painful, poignant memories. And as Susan faces her uncertain future, she realizes that she must go back to her past. To the beachfront house where her sister welcomes her with open arms. To a place haunted by long-held secrets and devastating betrayals. To the one place she can truly call home.
      14."AMBER BEACH" by Elizabeth Lowell (Donovans #1) (unabridged Audible) (A) Donovan International is a power to be reckoned with in the dazzling and cutthroat worldwide gem trade and is therefore a target for the murderous green of unscrupulous competitors. Though a shrewd business woman, Honor Donovan has been effectively shut out of the dangerous family enterprise by the Donovan males until her favorite brother, Kyle, mysteriously vanishes along with a fortune in stolen amber. Now, linking up with "fishing guide" Jake Mallory whose prevfious association with the Donovans has bred mistrust and suspicion Honor sets out for the Pacific Northwest in search of answers. But old wars and new politics have lured ruthless, high-stakes players from around the globe into a deadly game. And suddenly, elsive trust can be the only salvation and death the penalty for deceit - if Honor and Jake hope to survive the perilous intrigues surrounding a breathtaking lost Czarist treasure known as the Amber Room.
      15."NIGHT MAGIC" by Karen Robards (A) Romance writer Clara Winston pens sizzling novels that always star the kind of guy she hopes to meet. At night, with only her cat, Puff, for company, Clara wonders if she will ever find a real man who can meaure up to her dreams. Then hard reality suddenly shatters her world. Vicious criminals break into her home, and she's forced to put her safety in the hands of a total stranger, someone as handsome and exciting as her fictional heroes. Jack McClain is a CIA agent who's running from a deadly enemy...and forced to take Clara - and Puff - with him. Now Jack and Clara must uncover the truth behind a lethal international conspiracy. As she finds herself drawn to the mysterious Jack, can Clara really trust him with her life...and her heart?
      16."THE BLACKSHEEP PRINCE'S BRIDE" by Martha Shields (Royally Wed #10) (A) A devoted member of Edenbourg's royal household, lady-in-waiting Rowena Wilde was determined to obtain answers regarding the king's disappearance - starting by playing nanny to the prime suspect's son. Yet the harder she tried to prove Jake Stanbury's guilt, the more she found herself defending his innocence. But when Jake proposed a marriage of convenience to retain custody of his son, could Rowena accept a temporary union when her heart begged him to give her forever?
      17."WASHINGTON: FOR MIKE'S SAKE" by Janet Dailey (Americana #47) (A) "I don't care why you came back." Maggie's eyes flashed angrily as she added, "You're the father of my son - but that's all. I divorced you five years ago because I wanted you out of my life. I don't want you now!" It was a lie. The divorce hadn't stopped Maggie from loving Wade. Only pride kept her from admitting it. And pride made her contain her curiosity about Wade's return. He'd said he merely wanted to visit their son, MIke. But Maggie secretly feared there was something more.
      18."THE COLOR OF DEATH" by Elizabeth Lowell (unabridged Audio CD) (A) It is the opportunity of a lifetime for Kate Chandler, the chance to cut seven rare, priceless sapphires and solidify her reputation as a world-class jewel cutter. But something goes tragically wrong during the transfer of goods. The sapphires vanish without a trace. Missing also is the man Kate trusted to transport the gems, her half-brother Lee, who now quite possibly is dead. Suddenly, she is on the run, pursued by federal agents who suspect her of being the criminal mastermind of a cunning bait-and-switch scheme. Special Agent Sam Groves, an essential member of the FBI's strike force, could never be scammed by a beautiful confidence woman. But something is troubling about this assignment: someone else is chasing Kate Chandler as well. Kate suspects the awful truth: she has stumbled into a conspiracy that goes far beyond a simple jewel heist. Getting Groves, her constant shadow, to believe her is a step in the right direction - because the order has already been passed down to a ruthlessly efficient assassin: Kate Chandler must not be allowed to live.
      19."PLANTATION" by Dorothea Benton Frank (A Lowcountry Tale) (abridged Audio Cassette) (A++) When Caroline Wimbley Levine learns that her mother, Miss Lavinia, has supposedly gone mad, she leaves the big city bustle of Manhattan and returns to Tall Pines Plantation. Caroline originally left Tall Pines to escape her feisty, eccentric mother and her drunken brother, Trip, but when Miss Lavinia dies, Caroline is forced to come to terms with her familys troubled history as well as her failing relationship with her husband. As Caroline reminisces about her past rebelliousness and her childhood, she realizes that her father's sudden and tragic death many years before served as a catalyst for the family's disintegration. Caroline and Trip also learn that their seemingly selfish and self-assure3d mother was not so uncaring after all.
      20."THE KILLING FLOOR" by Lee Child (Jack Reacher #1) (A++) Ex-military policeman Jack Reacher is a drifter. He's just passing through Margrave, Georgia, and in less than an hour, he's arrested for murder. Not much of a welcome. All Jack knows is that he didn't kill anybody. At least not here. Not lately. But he doesn't swtand a chance of convincing anyone. Not in Margrave, Georgia. Not a chance in hell. (Ex-MP Jack Reacher goes into action to find his brother's killers, after a series of brutal crimes terrorizes tiny Margrave, Georgia, only to uncover the dark and deadly conspiracy concealed behind the town's peaceful facade.)
      21."HEAT WAVE" by Jill Marie Landis (Twilight Cove #2) (A+) After private investigator Kat Vargas's dream life with her first love was shattered by tragedy, she swore never to get too close to anyone again. But when Ty Chandler shows up at her door, she is moved by his stubbornness and sincerity - not to mention his killer smile - and takes his case.Chandler is desperate to locate a child he fathered nineteen years ago. Although he's no stranger to heartache, he is drawn to the vibrantly alluring P.I. Their search leads them not only to Ty's troubled daughter but into each other's arms. While Kat courageously works to help Ty reunite his family, she's terrified of confronting a painful secret of her own - one that may cost her the love of the only man capable of tearing down the walls she's built around her heart.
      22."HEARTBREAK HOTEL" by Jill Marie Landis (Twilight Cove #3) (A+) A supportive wife and mother, Tracy Potter has always maintained a perfect home. But after her husband's sudden death, she learns that all she believed in - from their wealth to their marriage - was a perfect life. Forced to start over, Tracy vows to believe in no one but herself and puts her energy into resurrecting the long-abandoned ocean-side Heartbreak Hotel. When the mysterious loner Wade MacAllister checks in, Tracy finds herself attracted to the handsome stranger whose eyes mirror her own disillusionment. But Wade hides a shocking past, and by the time Tracy discovers his true identity, there's much more at stake. She is forced to risk another broken heart, learn to trust again, and fight to make Wade believe in love.
      23."LOST & FOUND" by Jayne Ann Krentz (abridged Audio CD) (A) Cady Briggs is very useful to Mack Easton - her expertise in art and antiques helps his shadowy, low-profile company, Lost & Found, find missing treasures for high-paying clients. But, as Cady's beloved Aunt Vesta warns her, being useful to a client is one thing - being used is another. Still, Cady finds it hard to resist the magnetic pull Mack exerts, an attraction she felt from the first time she heard his voice on the phone. And as their work together puts them in an explosive situation, Cady wonders just how much she'd risk for the thrill of being with this man. When Aunt Vesta dies suddenly, and strange developments affect her family's prestigious gallery, Cady must turn to a man she isn't sure she can trust. And instead of tracking down missing masterpieces, they'll be hunting down a killer.
      24."THE FIXER UPPER" by Mary Kay Andrews (A) After her boss in a high-powered Washington public relations firm is caught in a political scasndal, fledgling lobbyist Dempsey Jo Killebrew is left almost broke, unemployed and homeless. Out of options, she reluctantly accepts her father's offer to help refurbish Birdsong, the old family place he recently inherited in Guthrie, Georgia. All it will take, he tells her, is a little paint and some TLC to turn the fading Victorian mansion into a real-estate cash cow. But, oh, is Dempsey in for a surprise when she arrives in Guthrie. "Bird Droppings" would more aptly describe the moldering Pepto Bismol-pink dump with duct-taped windows and a driveway full of junk. There's also a murderously grumpy old lady, one of Dempsey's distant relations, who has claimed squatter's rights and isn't moving out. Ever. Furthermore, everyone in Gutherie seems to know Dempsey's business, from a smooth-talking real-estate agent to a cute lawyer who owns the local newspaper. It wouldn't be so bad if it weren't for the pesky FBI agents who show up on Dempsey's doorstep, hoping to pry information about her ex-boss from her. All Dempsey can do is roll up her sleeves and get to work. And before long, what started as a job of necessity somehow becomes a labor of love and, ultimately, a journey that takes her to a place she never expected - back home again.
      25."LOST & FOUND" by Jacqueline Sheehan (A) Rocky's husband Bob was just 42 when she discovered him lying cold and lifeless on the bathroom floor and Rocky's world changed forever. Quitting her job, chopping off all her hair, she leaves Massachusetts - reinventing her past and taking a job as Animal Control Warden on Peak's Island, a tiny speck off the coast of Maine and a million miles away from everything she's lost. She leaves her career as a psychologist behind, only to find friendship with a woman whose brain misfires in the most wonderful way and a young girl who is trying to disappear. Rocky, a quirky and fallible character, discovers the healing process to be agonizingly slow. And then she meets Lloyd. A large black Labrador retriever, Lloyd enters Rocky's world with a primitive arrow sticking out of his shoulder. And so begins a remarkable friendship between a wounded woman and a wounded, lovable beast. As the unraveling mystery of Lloyd's accident and missing owner leads Rocky to an archery instrutor who draws her in even as she finds every reason to mistrust him, she discoversthe life-altering revelation that grief can be transformed and joy does exist in unexpected places.
      26."PEARL COVE" by Elizabeth Lowell (Donovan's #3) (abridged Audio Cassette) (B+) It is desperation that inspires young widow Hannah McGarry to call Archer Donovan. As a silent partner in Pearl Cove, her late husband's pearl farm business, Donovan might be willing to help her...if the price is right. Hannah faces the mystery of her late husband's death, the prospect of bankruptcy and the disappearance of the Black Trinity, a necklace containing a three million dollar fortune in black pearls. Archer would rather forget he'd ever heard of Pearl Cove. It links him to memories of a life that taught him to trust no one but family.
      27."AMAZING GRACIE" by Sherryl Woods (A) When Gracie MacDougal returns to Seagull Point, Virginia, seeking to reform her workaholic ways, she discovers more than relaxation. The picturesque town calls to her, as does the waterfront Victorian house she envisions as the perfect bed-and-breakfast. But one person stands between Gracie and her goal and he isn't budging. Southern charmer Kevin Daniels isn't interested in selling Gracie's dream house, but he's definitely interested in something else...her. Enticing the upright businesswoman into letting down her hair becomes his new mission in life, but beyond that? He already has way too many people depending on him, and has no intention of adding one more. Gracie's not looking for a home. Kevin's not looking for a wife. But sometimes even the best intentions can wind up going wonderfully awry.
    • superauntkx9_@live.ca
      That is quite a list you have read and listened to Nance... I put a few books on my tbr list... Kathleen Fro 1. HEARTS DIVIDED 5-B Poppy Lane by Debbie
      Message 2 of 5 , Jul 1, 2010
        That is quite a list you have read and listened to Nance... I put a few books on my tbr list...
        Kathleen
        Fro

         

        1."HEARTS DIVIDED" "5-B Poppy Lane" by Debbie Macomber (A) All her life, Ruth Shelton has loved visiting her grandmother in Cedar Cove, Washington. Now Ruth comes to ask advice about her own romance with a soldier - and discovers a secret in her grandmther's past. "The Apple Orchard" by Katherine Stone (B) Clara MacKenzie's granddaughter Elizabeth arrives at Clara's Oregon farm needing comfort. That's exactly what Clara offers - and so does a childhood friend named Nick Lawton. But Nick wants to offer Elizabeth more than comfort. More than friendship. "Liberty Hall" by Lois Faye Dyer (A) When Professor Chloe Abbott finds herself caught up in a troublesome mystery, she turns to her grandmother. She needs Winifred's expertise as a wartime code breaker. She doesn't need suggestions about her love life - all of which involve former-marine Jake Morrissey!
        2."CHANCE MEETING" by Laura Moore (A++) Growing up trapped by her father's wealth, awkward Ty Stannard found freedom on horseback. A talented equestrian, she yearned to ride as well as her idol, champion Steve Sheppard. Worshiping the handsome Kentuckian, she treasures the lucky medallion he gives her the day they happen to meet. But then a nasty fall changes everything, and Ty is forced to leave her dreams behind. Now a beautiful woman, determined to live life on her own terms, Ty learns that Steve stands on the brink of ruin. Moved by memories of his kindness to her, she offers him financial backing, but Steve perceives only a selfish socialite amusing herself at his expense. In a daring move, he challenges Ty to be not only a financial partner - but a full-time farmhand as well, expecting she'll tire of the hardships of a working stable. To Steve's surprise, Ty takes up his challenge. As they rebuild Southwind, Steve's beloved stable they find unexpected strength and comfort in each other - and a passion neither can deny. But their fragile love will be tested by not only those who seek to destroy what they have built, but also the insecurities and doubts that shadow their own very vulnerable hearts.
        3."ONLY HIS" by Elizabeth Lowell (Only #1) (A+) With a team of prize Arabian horses, Willow Moran leaves her Civil War ravaged home, hoping to join her brother in the Colorado Rockies - entrusting her fate to a dangerous gunfighter who is torn by twin passions for revenge and a woman's tender touch. As wild as the uncivilized land he loves, Caleb Black guides the gently reared Willow with revenge in his heart - challenged at every turn by the spirited southern lady who has become a fever in his blood...and who awakens within him a need so fierce he must possess her at any cost.
        4."LUCKY MAN" by Michael J. Fox (A++) (abridged Audio CD) In September 1998, Michael J. Fox stunned the world by announcing that he had been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease - a degenerative neurological condition. In fact, he had been secretly fighting it for seven years. The world wide response was staggering. Fortunately, he had accepted the diagnosis, and by the time the public started grieving for him, he had stopped grieving for himself. With the same passion, humor and energy that he has invested in his dozens of performances over the last eighteen years, he tells the story of his life, his career and his campaign to find a cure for Parkinson's.
        5."SEALED WITH A KISS" by Carly Phillips (Ty and Hunter #2) (A) On the outside, Molly Gifford has it all - a hot legal career and Daniel Hunter, her equally hot boyfriend. But what she really wants is a family. So when she discovers her real father, she doesn't hesitate to pack her bags. Even though it means leaving her old life behind. A year later Daniel Hunter is still trying to get on with his life. Then Molly shows up at his door, begging for help. Her newfound father is under arrest for murder, and she's convinced Hunter is the only attorney with the skill and reputation to get him off. Hunter can't resist helping an innocent man. But this time he'll be the one walking away - even if it breaks both their hearts to do it.
        6."SHADOWS OF YESTERDAY" by Sandra Brown (unabridged Audio CD) (B) Leigh...she was terrifyingly alone on a Texas highway about to deliver her first child when a rugged stranger in a pickup truck stopped to help her. Leigh Bransom had lost her husband eight months before when he was tragically killed on the job. Now a fateful meeting on a lonesome highway brought a new man into her life - one with secrets and the power to make her lonely once again. Chad...a man who pursued a dangerous business. Chad Dillon kept his past a mystery. He was determined to make Leigh care for him, but there were no guarantees that his love could protect her from the very thing she feared most.
        7."UNDER THE COLOR OF LAW" by Michael McGarrity (Kevin Kerney #6) (A++) Newly installed Santa Fe police chief Kevin Kerney receives a deadly welcome when Phyllis Terrell, a U.S. ambassador's wife, is brutally stabbed to death in her home. Before Kerney can even investigate, an FBI antiterrorism team takes over the case - forcing Kerney to watch from the sidelines as the crime scene is sanitized, potential witnesses disappear, and the case is closed with trumped-up evidence. After refusing to accept the FBI's whitewash, Kerney is warned, threatened, and put under surveillance - because there is something much more sinister than one murder on the line. And the harder he hunts for the truth, the more he knows that he may not survive the chase.
        8."ON THE DOORSTEP" by Dana Corbit (Love Inspired - Tiny Blessings #3) (B) To: Meg, Rachel, Anne From: Pilar Re: My exciting day - Hola, Amigas! You'll never guess what I found on my way to work today...a baby! His name is Gabriel, and he is certainly heaven-sent. And so is Zach Fletcher, the dedicated detective assigned to find the mother. This is the first time we've spoken, even though we attend the same church. I'm torn. I want the girl to be found but I also want to keep Gabriel for myself - my biological clock has been ticking like crazy! And I've been fantasizing about Zach rounding out my dream family.
        9."SOFT FOCUS" by Jayne Ann Krentz (unabridged Audio Cassette) (A) With millions at stake, trust can turn to betrayal in the blink of an eye. Elizabeth Cabot is all business. She knows how to maximize her investments and can cut her losses - in both her career and her personal life. So when she discovers that Jack Fairfax has deceived her, she's determined to end their relationship. Putting a stop to their budding romance is easy, but breaking up their business deal will be more difficult. Despite all her efforts, she has no luck disentangling herself from Jack's client company, Excalibur. But the situation becomes even more strained when a lethal act of sabotage threatens to put both their companies out of business for good. Elizabeth is no fool. If she can help Jack save Excalibur, she'll recoup her substantial investment plus millions in profits. Putting her emotions aside, she insists on helping him search for the scientist who's disappeared with a valuable new crystal that could revolutionize their high-tech industry. She'll go in, solve the problem, and get out. The trail leads Elizabeth and Jack to a fringe film festival, but their goal is as elusive as the shadowy black-and-white images from the classic noir films. Life starts to imitate art, and double-dealing seems to be the name of the game. For these business adversaries turned reluctant partners, keeping an eye on each other - and the lid on their sizzling attraction - seems the only insurance against further treachery.
        10."ALL THOSE YEARS AGO" by Emilie Richards (A+) Teenage Meredith Robbins experienced despair at the tragic loss of a special friend, then borne the anguish of having to give up their child. Now, years later, she painstakingly avoided emotional entanglements - until Garrett Quinn's warmth and sincerity challenged her to become a woman, awakening her to the need to see her child, just once. But if she faced the past, would she lose Garrett - and the future?
        11."DEEP DISH" by Mary Kay Andrews (abridged Audio CD) (A) Chef extraordinaire Gina Foxton doesn't expect anything to be handed to her on a platter. After years of hard work, she's now the host of her own local Georgia public television show called Fresh Start, and she's dating the show's producer. But when her show gets canceled - and she hears about her boyfriend being in flagrante delicto with the boss's wife - Gina realizes that she's meant for bigger and better things. The Cooking Channel is looking for its next big star, and Gina is certain that she fitsw the bill. Trouble is, the execs also have their eye on Tate Moody, the star of a hunting, fishing, and cooking show called Vittles. Little does Gina know, though, that she and Tate are soon to embark on the cook-off of their lives, spiced up by a little ingredient called love.
        12."THE FACE OF DECEPTION" by Iris Johansen (Eve Duncan #1) (A++) An unidentified skull...a trail of terrifying secrets...and a woman whose talented hands could reveal the shocking truth. As a forensic sculptor, Eve Duncan helps identify the dead from their skulls. With her own daughter murdered and her body never found, the job is Eve's way of coming to terms with her personal nightmare. But more terror lies ahead when she accept work from billionaire JOhn ZLogan. Beneath her gifted hands a face emerges from the skull he has given her to reconstruct - a face no one was ever meant to see. Now Eve is trapped in a frightening web of murder and deceit. Powerful enemies are determined to cover up the truth, and they will make certain that the truth goes to the grave...even if Eve gets buried with it.
        13."SULLIVAN'S ISLAND" by Dorothea Benton Frank (A Lowcountry Tale) (abridged Audio Cassette) (A++) Born and raised in idyllic Sullivan's Island, Susan Hayes navigated through her turbulent childhood with humor, spunk, and characteristic Southern sass.But years later, she is a conflicted woman with an unfaithful husband, a sometimes resentful teenage daughter, and a heart that aches with painful, poignant memories. And as Susan faces her uncertain future, she realizes that she must go back to her past. To the beachfront house where her sister welcomes her with open arms. To a place haunted by long-held secrets and devastating betrayals. To the one place she can truly call home.
        14."AMBER BEACH" by Elizabeth Lowell (Donovans #1) (unabridged Audible) (A) Donovan International is a power to be reckoned with in the dazzling and cutthroat worldwide gem trade and is therefore a target for the murderous green of unscrupulous competitors. Though a shrewd business woman, Honor Donovan has been effectively shut out of the dangerous family enterprise by the Donovan males until her favorite brother, Kyle, mysteriously vanishes along with a fortune in stolen amber. Now, linking up with "fishing guide" Jake Mallory whose prevfious association with the Donovans has bred mistrust and suspicion Honor sets out for the Pacific Northwest in search of answers. But old wars and new politics have lured ruthless, high-stakes players from around the globe into a deadly game. And suddenly, elsive trust can be the only salvation and death the penalty for deceit - if Honor and Jake hope to survive the perilous intrigues surrounding a breathtaking lost Czarist treasure known as the Amber Room.
        15."NIGHT MAGIC" by Karen Robards (A) Romance writer Clara Winston pens sizzling novels that always star the kind of guy she hopes to meet. At night, with only her cat, Puff, for company, Clara wonders if she will ever find a real man who can meaure up to her dreams. Then hard reality suddenly shatters her world. Vicious criminals break into her home, and she's forced to put her safety in the hands of a total stranger, someone as handsome and exciting as her fictional heroes. Jack McClain is a CIA agent who's running from a deadly enemy...and forced to take Clara - and Puff - with him. Now Jack and Clara must uncover the truth behind a lethal international conspiracy. As she finds herself drawn to the mysterious Jack, can Clara really trust him with her life...and her heart?
        16."THE BLACKSHEEP PRINCE'S BRIDE" by Martha Shields (Royally Wed #10) (A) A devoted member of Edenbourg's royal household, lady-in-waiting Rowena Wilde was determined to obtain answers regarding the king's disappearance - starting by playing nanny to the prime suspect's son. Yet the harder she tried to prove Jake Stanbury's guilt, the more she found herself defending his innocence. But when Jake proposed a marriage of convenience to retain custody of his son, could Rowena accept a temporary union when her heart begged him to give her forever?
        17."WASHINGTON: FOR MIKE'S SAKE" by Janet Dailey (Americana #47) (A) "I don't care why you came back." Maggie's eyes flashed angrily as she added, "You're the father of my son - but that's all. I divorced you five years ago because I wanted you out of my life. I don't want you now!" It was a lie. The divorce hadn't stopped Maggie from loving Wade. Only pride kept her from admitting it. And pride made her contain her curiosity about Wade's return. He'd said he merely wanted to visit their son, MIke. But Maggie secretly feared there was something more.
        18."THE COLOR OF DEATH" by Elizabeth Lowell (unabridged Audio CD) (A) It is the opportunity of a lifetime for Kate Chandler, the chance to cut seven rare, priceless sapphires and solidify her reputation as a world-class jewel cutter. But something goes tragically wrong during the transfer of goods. The sapphires vanish without a trace. Missing also is the man Kate trusted to transport the gems, her half-brother Lee, who now quite possibly is dead. Suddenly, she is on the run, pursued by federal agents who suspect her of being the criminal mastermind of a cunning bait-and-switch scheme. Special Agent Sam Groves, an essential member of the FBI's strike force, could never be scammed by a beautiful confidence woman. But something is troubling about this assignment: someone else is chasing Kate Chandler as well. Kate suspects the awful truth: she has stumbled into a conspiracy that goes far beyond a simple jewel heist. Getting Groves, her constant shadow, to believe her is a step in the right direction - because the order has already been passed down to a ruthlessly efficient assassin: Kate Chandler must not be allowed to live.
        19."PLANTATION" by Dorothea Benton Frank (A Lowcountry Tale) (abridged Audio Cassette) (A++) When Caroline Wimbley Levine learns that her mother, Miss Lavinia, has supposedly gone mad, she leaves the big city bustle of Manhattan and returns to Tall Pines Plantation. Caroline originally left Tall Pines to escape her feisty, eccentric mother and her drunken brother, Trip, but when Miss Lavinia dies, Caroline is forced to come to terms with her familys troubled history as well as her failing relationship with her husband. As Caroline reminisces about her past rebelliousness and her childhood, she realizes that her father's sudden and tragic death many years before served as a catalyst for the family's disintegration. Caroline and Trip also learn that their seemingly selfish and self-assure3d mother was not so uncaring after all.
        20."THE KILLING FLOOR" by Lee Child (Jack Reacher #1) (A++) Ex-military policeman Jack Reacher is a drifter. He's just passing through Margrave, Georgia, and in less than an hour, he's arrested for murder. Not much of a welcome. All Jack knows is that he didn't kill anybody. At least not here. Not lately. But he doesn't swtand a chance of convincing anyone. Not in Margrave, Georgia. Not a chance in hell. (Ex-MP Jack Reacher goes into action to find his brother's killers, after a series of brutal crimes terrorizes tiny Margrave, Georgia, only to uncover the dark and deadly conspiracy concealed behind the town's peaceful facade.)
        21."HEAT WAVE" by Jill Marie Landis (Twilight Cove #2) (A+) After private investigator Kat Vargas's dream life with her first love was shattered by tragedy, she swore never to get too close to anyone again. But when Ty Chandler shows up at her door, she is moved by his stubbornness and sincerity - not to mention his killer smile - and takes his case.Chandler is desperate to locate a child he fathered nineteen years ago. Although he's no stranger to heartache, he is drawn to the vibrantly alluring P.I. Their search leads them not only to Ty's troubled daughter but into each other's arms. While Kat courageously works to help Ty reunite his family, she's terrified of confronting a painful secret of her own - one that may cost her the love of the only man capable of tearing down the walls she's built around her heart.
        22."HEARTBREAK HOTEL" by Jill Marie Landis (Twilight Cove #3) (A+) A supportive wife and mother, Tracy Potter has always maintained a perfect home. But after her husband's sudden death, she learns that all she believed in - from their wealth to their marriage - was a perfect life. Forced to start over, Tracy vows to believe in no one but herself and puts her energy into resurrecting the long-abandoned ocean-side Heartbreak Hotel. When the mysterious loner Wade MacAllister checks in, Tracy finds herself attracted to the handsome stranger whose eyes mirror her own disillusionment. But Wade hides a shocking past, and by the time Tracy discovers his true identity, there's much more at stake. She is forced to risk another broken heart, learn to trust again, and fight to make Wade believe in love.
        23."LOST & FOUND" by Jayne Ann Krentz (abridged Audio CD) (A) Cady Briggs is very useful to Mack Easton - her expertise in art and antiques helps his shadowy, low-profile company, Lost & Found, find missing treasures for high-paying clients. But, as Cady's beloved Aunt Vesta warns her, being useful to a client is one thing - being used is another. Still, Cady finds it hard to resist the magnetic pull Mack exerts, an attraction she felt from the first time she heard his voice on the phone. And as their work together puts them in an explosive situation, Cady wonders just how much she'd risk for the thrill of being with this man. When Aunt Vesta dies suddenly, and strange developments affect her family's prestigious gallery, Cady must turn to a man she isn't sure she can trust. And instead of tracking down missing masterpieces, they'll be hunting down a killer.
        24."THE FIXER UPPER" by Mary Kay Andrews (A) After her boss in a high-powered Washington public relations firm is caught in a political scasndal, fledgling lobbyist Dempsey Jo Killebrew is left almost broke, unemployed and homeless. Out of options, she reluctantly accepts her father's offer to help refurbish Birdsong, the old family place he recently inherited in Guthrie, Georgia. All it will take, he tells her, is a little paint and some TLC to turn the fading Victorian mansion into a real-estate cash cow. But, oh, is Dempsey in for a surprise when she arrives in Guthrie. "Bird Droppings" would more aptly describe the moldering Pepto Bismol-pink dump with duct-taped windows and a driveway full of junk. There's also a murderously grumpy old lady, one of Dempsey's distant relations, who has claimed squatter's rights and isn't moving out. Ever. Furthermore, everyone in Gutherie seems to know Dempsey's business, from a smooth-talking real-estate agent to a cute lawyer who owns the local newspaper. It wouldn't be so bad if it weren't for the pesky FBI agents who show up on Dempsey's doorstep, hoping to pry information about her ex-boss from her. All Dempsey can do is roll up her sleeves and get to work. And before long, what started as a job of necessity somehow becomes a labor of love and, ultimately, a journey that takes her to a place she never expected - back home again.
        25."LOST & FOUND" by Jacqueline Sheehan (A) Rocky's husband Bob was just 42 when she discovered him lying cold and lifeless on the bathroom floor and Rocky's world changed forever. Quitting her job, chopping off all her hair, she leaves Massachusetts - reinventing her past and taking a job as Animal Control Warden on Peak's Island, a tiny speck off the coast of Maine and a million miles away from everything she's lost. She leaves her career as a psychologist behind, only to find friendship with a woman whose brain misfires in the most wonderful way and a young girl who is trying to disappear. Rocky, a quirky and fallible character, discovers the healing process to be agonizingly slow. And then she meets Lloyd. A large black Labrador retriever, Lloyd enters Rocky's world with a primitive arrow sticking out of his shoulder. And so begins a remarkable friendship between a wounded woman and a wounded, lovable beast. As the unraveling mystery of Lloyd's accident and missing owner leads Rocky to an archery instrutor who draws her in even as she finds every reason to mistrust him, she discoversthe life-altering revelation that grief can be transformed and joy does exist in unexpected places.
        26."PEARL COVE" by Elizabeth Lowell (Donovan's #3) (abridged Audio Cassette) (B+) It is desperation that inspires young widow Hannah McGarry to call Archer Donovan. As a silent partner in Pearl Cove, her late husband's pearl farm business, Donovan might be willing to help her...if the price is right. Hannah faces the mystery of her late husband's death, the prospect of bankruptcy and the disappearance of the Black Trinity, a necklace containing a three million dollar fortune in black pearls. Archer would rather forget he'd ever heard of Pearl Cove. It links him to memories of a life that taught him to trust no one but family.
        27."AMAZING GRACIE" by Sherryl Woods (A) When Gracie MacDougal returns to Seagull Point, Virginia, seeking to reform her workaholic ways, she discovers more than relaxation. The picturesque town calls to her, as does the waterfront Victorian house she envisions as the perfect bed-and-breakfast. But one person stands between Gracie and her goal and he isn't budging. Southern charmer Kevin Daniels isn't interested in selling Gracie's dream house, but he's definitely interested in something else...her. Enticing the upright businesswoman into letting down her hair becomes his new mission in life, but beyond that? He already has way too many people depending on him, and has no intention of adding one more. Gracie's not looking for a home. Kevin's not looking for a wife. But sometimes even the best intentions can wind up going wonderfully awry.

      • Kelly Spadini
        Chance Meeting sounds good. I recently started Remember Me, by her and also first in a series. I put it aside to read other books, but I definitely want to get
        Message 3 of 5 , Jul 1, 2010
          Chance Meeting sounds good. I recently started Remember Me, by her and also first in a series. I put it aside to read other books, but I definitely want to get back into it. I might just buy it so I can take my time. I will add Chance Meeting to my list too.

          Kelly



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          1."HEARTS DIVIDED" "5-B Poppy Lane" by Debbie Macomber (A) All her life, Ruth Shelton has loved visiting her grandmother in Cedar Cove, Washington. Now Ruth comes to ask advice about her own romance with a soldier - and discovers a secret in her grandmther's past. "The Apple Orchard" by Katherine Stone (B) Clara MacKenzie's granddaughter Elizabeth arrives at Clara's Oregon farm needing comfort. That's exactly what Clara offers - and so does a childhood friend named Nick Lawton. But Nick wants to offer Elizabeth more than comfort. More than friendship. "Liberty Hall" by Lois Faye Dyer (A) When Professor Chloe Abbott finds herself caught up in a troublesome mystery, she turns to her grandmother. She needs Winifred's expertise as a wartime code breaker. She doesn't need suggestions about her love life - all of which involve former-marine Jake Morrissey!
          2."CHANCE MEETING" by Laura Moore (A++) Growing up trapped by her father's wealth, awkward Ty Stannard found freedom on horseback. A talented equestrian, she yearned to ride as well as her idol, champion Steve Sheppard. Worshiping the handsome Kentuckian, she treasures the lucky medallion he gives her the day they happen to meet. But then a nasty fall changes everything, and Ty is forced to leave her dreams behind. Now a beautiful woman, determined to live life on her own terms, Ty learns that Steve stands on the brink of ruin. Moved by memories of his kindness to her, she offers him financial backing, but Steve perceives only a selfish socialite amusing herself at his expense. In a daring move, he challenges Ty to be not only a financial partner - but a full-time farmhand as well, expecting she'll tire of the hardships of a working stable. To Steve's surprise, Ty takes up his challenge. As they rebuild Southwind, Steve's beloved stable they find unexpected strength and comfort in each other - and a passion neither can deny. But their fragile love will be tested by not only those who seek to destroy what they have built, but also the insecurities and doubts that shadow their own very vulnerable hearts.
          3."ONLY HIS" by Elizabeth Lowell (Only #1) (A+) With a team of prize Arabian horses, Willow Moran leaves her Civil War ravaged home, hoping to join her brother in the Colorado Rockies - entrusting her fate to a dangerous gunfighter who is torn by twin passions for revenge and a woman's tender touch. As wild as the uncivilized land he loves, Caleb Black guides the gently reared Willow with revenge in his heart - challenged at every turn by the spirited southern lady who has become a fever in his blood...and who awakens within him a need so fierce he must possess her at any cost.
          4."LUCKY MAN" by Michael J. Fox (A++) (abridged Audio CD) In September 1998, Michael J. Fox stunned the world by announcing that he had been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease - a degenerative neurological condition. In fact, he had been secretly fighting it for seven years. The world wide response was staggering. Fortunately, he had accepted the diagnosis, and by the time the public started grieving for him, he had stopped grieving for himself. With the same passion, humor and energy that he has invested in his dozens of performances over the last eighteen years, he tells the story of his life, his career and his campaign to find a cure for Parkinson's.
          5."SEALED WITH A KISS" by Carly Phillips (Ty and Hunter #2) (A) On the outside, Molly Gifford has it all - a hot legal career and Daniel Hunter, her equally hot boyfriend. But what she really wants is a family. So when she discovers her real father, she doesn't hesitate to pack her bags. Even though it means leaving her old life behind. A year later Daniel Hunter is still trying to get on with his life. Then Molly shows up at his door, begging for help. Her newfound father is under arrest for murder, and she's convinced Hunter is the only attorney with the skill and reputation to get him off. Hunter can't resist helping an innocent man. But this time he'll be the one walking away - even if it breaks both their hearts to do it.
          6."SHADOWS OF YESTERDAY" by Sandra Brown (unabridged Audio CD) (B) Leigh...she was terrifyingly alone on a Texas highway about to deliver her first child when a rugged stranger in a pickup truck stopped to help her. Leigh Bransom had lost her husband eight months before when he was tragically killed on the job. Now a fateful meeting on a lonesome highway brought a new man into her life - one with secrets and the power to make her lonely once again. Chad...a man who pursued a dangerous business. Chad Dillon kept his past a mystery. He was determined to make Leigh care for him, but there were no guarantees that his love could protect her from the very thing she feared most.
          7."UNDER THE COLOR OF LAW" by Michael McGarrity (Kevin Kerney #6) (A++) Newly installed Santa Fe police chief Kevin Kerney receives a deadly welcome when Phyllis Terrell, a U.S. ambassador's wife, is brutally stabbed to death in her home. Before Kerney can even investigate, an FBI antiterrorism team takes over the case - forcing Kerney to watch from the sidelines as the crime scene is sanitized, potential witnesses disappear, and the case is closed with trumped-up evidence. After refusing to accept the FBI's whitewash, Kerney is warned, threatened, and put under surveillance - because there is something much more sinister than one murder on the line. And the harder he hunts for the truth, the more he knows that he may not survive the chase.
          8."ON THE DOORSTEP" by Dana Corbit (Love Inspired - Tiny Blessings #3) (B) To: Meg, Rachel, Anne From: Pilar Re: My exciting day - Hola, Amigas! You'll never guess what I found on my way to work today...a baby! His name is Gabriel, and he is certainly heaven-sent. And so is Zach Fletcher, the dedicated detective assigned to find the mother. This is the first time we've spoken, even though we attend the same church. I'm torn. I want the girl to be found but I also want to keep Gabriel for myself - my biological clock has been ticking like crazy! And I've been fantasizing about Zach rounding out my dream family.
          9."SOFT FOCUS" by Jayne Ann Krentz (unabridged Audio Cassette) (A) With millions at stake, trust can turn to betrayal in the blink of an eye. Elizabeth Cabot is all business. She knows how to maximize her investments and can cut her losses - in both her career and her personal life. So when she discovers that Jack Fairfax has deceived her, she's determined to end their relationship. Putting a stop to their budding romance is easy, but breaking up their business deal will be more difficult. Despite all her efforts, she has no luck disentangling herself from Jack's client company, Excalibur. But the situation becomes even more strained when a lethal act of sabotage threatens to put both their companies out of business for good. Elizabeth is no fool. If she can help Jack save Excalibur, she'll recoup her substantial investment plus millions in profits. Putting her emotions aside, she insists on helping him search for the scientist who's disappeared with a valuable new crystal that could revolutionize their high-tech industry. She'll go in, solve the problem, and get out. The trail leads Elizabeth and Jack to a fringe film festival, but their goal is as elusive as the shadowy black-and-white images from the classic noir films. Life starts to imitate art, and double-dealing seems to be the name of the game. For these business adversaries turned reluctant partners, keeping an eye on each other - and the lid on their sizzling attraction - seems the only insurance against further treachery.
          10."ALL THOSE YEARS AGO" by Emilie Richards (A+) Teenage Meredith Robbins experienced despair at the tragic loss of a special friend, then borne the anguish of having to give up their child. Now, years later, she painstakingly avoided emotional entanglements - until Garrett Quinn's warmth and sincerity challenged her to become a woman, awakening her to the need to see her child, just once. But if she faced the past, would she lose Garrett - and the future?
          11."DEEP DISH" by Mary Kay Andrews (abridged Audio CD) (A) Chef extraordinaire Gina Foxton doesn't expect anything to be handed to her on a platter. After years of hard work, she's now the host of her own local Georgia public television show called Fresh Start, and she's dating the show's producer. But when her show gets canceled - and she hears about her boyfriend being in flagrante delicto with the boss's wife - Gina realizes that she's meant for bigger and better things. The Cooking Channel is looking for its next big star, and Gina is certain that she fitsw the bill. Trouble is, the execs also have their eye on Tate Moody, the star of a hunting, fishing, and cooking show called Vittles. Little does Gina know, though, that she and Tate are soon to embark on the cook-off of their lives, spiced up by a little ingredient called love.
          12."THE FACE OF DECEPTION" by Iris Johansen (Eve Duncan #1) (A++) An unidentified skull...a trail of terrifying secrets...and a woman whose talented hands could reveal the shocking truth. As a forensic sculptor, Eve Duncan helps identify the dead from their skulls. With her own daughter murdered and her body never found, the job is Eve's way of coming to terms with her personal nightmare. But more terror lies ahead when she accept work from billionaire JOhn ZLogan. Beneath her gifted hands a face emerges from the skull he has given her to reconstruct - a face no one was ever meant to see. Now Eve is trapped in a frightening web of murder and deceit. Powerful enemies are determined to cover up the truth, and they will make certain that the truth goes to the grave...even if Eve gets buried with it.
          13."SULLIVAN'S ISLAND" by Dorothea Benton Frank (A Lowcountry Tale) (abridged Audio Cassette) (A++) Born and raised in idyllic Sullivan's Island, Susan Hayes navigated through her turbulent childhood with humor, spunk, and characteristic Southern sass.But years later, she is a conflicted woman with an unfaithful husband, a sometimes resentful teenage daughter, and a heart that aches with painful, poignant memories. And as Susan faces her uncertain future, she realizes that she must go back to her past. To the beachfront house where her sister welcomes her with open arms. To a place haunted by long-held secrets and devastating betrayals. To the one place she can truly call home.
          14."AMBER BEACH" by Elizabeth Lowell (Donovans #1) (unabridged Audible) (A) Donovan International is a power to be reckoned with in the dazzling and cutthroat worldwide gem trade and is therefore a target for the murderous green of unscrupulous competitors. Though a shrewd business woman, Honor Donovan has been effectively shut out of the dangerous family enterprise by the Donovan males until her favorite brother, Kyle, mysteriously vanishes along with a fortune in stolen amber. Now, linking up with "fishing guide" Jake Mallory whose prevfious association with the Donovans has bred mistrust and suspicion Honor sets out for the Pacific Northwest in search of answers. But old wars and new politics have lured ruthless, high-stakes players from around the globe into a deadly game. And suddenly, elsive trust can be the only salvation and death the penalty for deceit - if Honor and Jake hope to survive the perilous intrigues surrounding a breathtaking lost Czarist treasure known as the Amber Room.
          15."NIGHT MAGIC" by Karen Robards (A) Romance writer Clara Winston pens sizzling novels that always star the kind of guy she hopes to meet. At night, with only her cat, Puff, for company, Clara wonders if she will ever find a real man who can meaure up to her dreams. Then hard reality suddenly shatters her world. Vicious criminals break into her home, and she's forced to put her safety in the hands of a total stranger, someone as handsome and exciting as her fictional heroes. Jack McClain is a CIA agent who's running from a deadly enemy...and forced to take Clara - and Puff - with him. Now Jack and Clara must uncover the truth behind a lethal international conspiracy. As she finds herself drawn to the mysterious Jack, can Clara really trust him with her life...and her heart?
          16."THE BLACKSHEEP PRINCE'S BRIDE" by Martha Shields (Royally Wed #10) (A) A devoted member of Edenbourg's royal household, lady-in-waiting Rowena Wilde was determined to obtain answers regarding the king's disappearance - starting by playing nanny to the prime suspect's son. Yet the harder she tried to prove Jake Stanbury's guilt, the more she found herself defending his innocence. But when Jake proposed a marriage of convenience to retain custody of his son, could Rowena accept a temporary union when her heart begged him to give her forever?
          17."WASHINGTON: FOR MIKE'S SAKE" by Janet Dailey (Americana #47) (A) "I don't care why you came back." Maggie's eyes flashed angrily as she added, "You're the father of my son - but that's all. I divorced you five years ago because I wanted you out of my life. I don't want you now!" It was a lie. The divorce hadn't stopped Maggie from loving Wade. Only pride kept her from admitting it. And pride made her contain her curiosity about Wade's return. He'd said he merely wanted to visit their son, MIke. But Maggie secretly feared there was something more.
          18."THE COLOR OF DEATH" by Elizabeth Lowell (unabridged Audio CD) (A) It is the opportunity of a lifetime for Kate Chandler, the chance to cut seven rare, priceless sapphires and solidify her reputation as a world-class jewel cutter. But something goes tragically wrong during the transfer of goods. The sapphires vanish without a trace. Missing also is the man Kate trusted to transport the gems, her half-brother Lee, who now quite possibly is dead. Suddenly, she is on the run, pursued by federal agents who suspect her of being the criminal mastermind of a cunning bait-and-switch scheme. Special Agent Sam Groves, an essential member of the FBI's strike force, could never be scammed by a beautiful confidence woman. But something is troubling about this assignment: someone else is chasing Kate Chandler as well. Kate suspects the awful truth: she has stumbled into a conspiracy that goes far beyond a simple jewel heist. Getting Groves, her constant shadow, to believe her is a step in the right direction - because the order has already been passed down to a ruthlessly efficient assassin: Kate Chandler must not be allowed to live.
          19."PLANTATION" by Dorothea Benton Frank (A Lowcountry Tale) (abridged Audio Cassette) (A++) When Caroline Wimbley Levine learns that her mother, Miss Lavinia, has supposedly gone mad, she leaves the big city bustle of Manhattan and returns to Tall Pines Plantation. Caroline originally left Tall Pines to escape her feisty, eccentric mother and her drunken brother, Trip, but when Miss Lavinia dies, Caroline is forced to come to terms with her familys troubled history as well as her failing relationship with her husband. As Caroline reminisces about her past rebelliousness and her childhood, she realizes that her father's sudden and tragic death many years before served as a catalyst for the family's disintegration. Caroline and Trip also learn that their seemingly selfish and self-assure3d mother was not so uncaring after all.
          20."THE KILLING FLOOR" by Lee Child (Jack Reacher #1) (A++) Ex-military policeman Jack Reacher is a drifter. He's just passing through Margrave, Georgia, and in less than an hour, he's arrested for murder. Not much of a welcome. All Jack knows is that he didn't kill anybody. At least not here. Not lately. But he doesn't swtand a chance of convincing anyone. Not in Margrave, Georgia. Not a chance in hell. (Ex-MP Jack Reacher goes into action to find his brother's killers, after a series of brutal crimes terrorizes tiny Margrave, Georgia, only to uncover the dark and deadly conspiracy concealed behind the town's peaceful facade.)
          21."HEAT WAVE" by Jill Marie Landis (Twilight Cove #2) (A+) After private investigator Kat Vargas's dream life with her first love was shattered by tragedy, she swore never to get too close to anyone again. But when Ty Chandler shows up at her door, she is moved by his stubbornness and sincerity - not to mention his killer smile - and takes his case.Chandler is desperate to locate a child he fathered nineteen years ago. Although he's no stranger to heartache, he is drawn to the vibrantly alluring P.I. Their search leads them not only to Ty's troubled daughter but into each other's arms. While Kat courageously works to help Ty reunite his family, she's terrified of confronting a painful secret of her own - one that may cost her the love of the only man capable of tearing down the walls she's built around her heart.
          22."HEARTBREAK HOTEL" by Jill Marie Landis (Twilight Cove #3) (A+) A supportive wife and mother, Tracy Potter has always maintained a perfect home. But after her husband's sudden death, she learns that all she believed in - from their wealth to their marriage - was a perfect life. Forced to start over, Tracy vows to believe in no one but herself and puts her energy into resurrecting the long-abandoned ocean-side Heartbreak Hotel. When the mysterious loner Wade MacAllister checks in, Tracy finds herself attracted to the handsome stranger whose eyes mirror her own disillusionment. But Wade hides a shocking past, and by the time Tracy discovers his true identity, there's much more at stake. She is forced to risk another broken heart, learn to trust again, and fight to make Wade believe in love.
          23."LOST & FOUND" by Jayne Ann Krentz (abridged Audio CD) (A) Cady Briggs is very useful to Mack Easton - her expertise in art and antiques helps his shadowy, low-profile company, Lost & Found, find missing treasures for high-paying clients. But, as Cady's beloved Aunt Vesta warns her, being useful to a client is one thing - being used is another. Still, Cady finds it hard to resist the magnetic pull Mack exerts, an attraction she felt from the first time she heard his voice on the phone. And as their work together puts them in an explosive situation, Cady wonders just how much she'd risk for the thrill of being with this man. When Aunt Vesta dies suddenly, and strange developments affect her family's prestigious gallery, Cady must turn to a man she isn't sure she can trust. And instead of tracking down missing masterpieces, they'll be hunting down a killer.
          24."THE FIXER UPPER" by Mary Kay Andrews (A) After her boss in a high-powered Washington public relations firm is caught in a political scasndal, fledgling lobbyist Dempsey Jo Killebrew is left almost broke, unemployed and homeless. Out of options, she reluctantly accepts her father's offer to help refurbish Birdsong, the old family place he recently inherited in Guthrie, Georgia. All it will take, he tells her, is a little paint and some TLC to turn the fading Victorian mansion into a real-estate cash cow. But, oh, is Dempsey in for a surprise when she arrives in Guthrie. "Bird Droppings" would more aptly describe the moldering Pepto Bismol-pink dump with duct-taped windows and a driveway full of junk. There's also a murderously grumpy old lady, one of Dempsey's distant relations, who has claimed squatter's rights and isn't moving out. Ever. Furthermore, everyone in Gutherie seems to know Dempsey's business, from a smooth-talking real-estate agent to a cute lawyer who owns the local newspaper. It wouldn't be so bad if it weren't for the pesky FBI agents who show up on Dempsey's doorstep, hoping to pry information about her ex-boss from her. All Dempsey can do is roll up her sleeves and get to work. And before long, what started as a job of necessity somehow becomes a labor of love and, ultimately, a journey that takes her to a place she never expected - back home again.
          25."LOST & FOUND" by Jacqueline Sheehan (A) Rocky's husband Bob was just 42 when she discovered him lying cold and lifeless on the bathroom floor and Rocky's world changed forever. Quitting her job, chopping off all her hair, she leaves Massachusetts - reinventing her past and taking a job as Animal Control Warden on Peak's Island, a tiny speck off the coast of Maine and a million miles away from everything she's lost. She leaves her career as a psychologist behind, only to find friendship with a woman whose brain misfires in the most wonderful way and a young girl who is trying to disappear. Rocky, a quirky and fallible character, discovers the healing process to be agonizingly slow. And then she meets Lloyd. A large black Labrador retriever, Lloyd enters Rocky's world with a primitive arrow sticking out of his shoulder. And so begins a remarkable friendship between a wounded woman and a wounded, lovable beast. As the unraveling mystery of Lloyd's accident and missing owner leads Rocky to an archery instrutor who draws her in even as she finds every reason to mistrust him, she discoversthe life-altering revelation that grief can be transformed and joy does exist in unexpected places.
          26."PEARL COVE" by Elizabeth Lowell (Donovan's #3) (abridged Audio Cassette) (B+) It is desperation that inspires young widow Hannah McGarry to call Archer Donovan. As a silent partner in Pearl Cove, her late husband's pearl farm business, Donovan might be willing to help her...if the price is right. Hannah faces the mystery of her late husband's death, the prospect of bankruptcy and the disappearance of the Black Trinity, a necklace containing a three million dollar fortune in black pearls. Archer would rather forget he'd ever heard of Pearl Cove. It links him to memories of a life that taught him to trust no one but family.
          27."AMAZING GRACIE" by Sherryl Woods (A) When Gracie MacDougal returns to Seagull Point, Virginia, seeking to reform her workaholic ways, she discovers more than relaxation. The picturesque town calls to her, as does the waterfront Victorian house she envisions as the perfect bed-and-breakfast. But one person stands between Gracie and her goal and he isn't budging. Southern charmer Kevin Daniels isn't interested in selling Gracie's dream house, but he's definitely interested in something else...her. Enticing the upright businesswoman into letting down her hair becomes his new mission in life, but beyond that? He already has way too many people depending on him, and has no intention of adding one more. Gracie's not looking for a home. Kevin's not looking for a wife. But sometimes even the best intentions can wind up going wonderfully awry.


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