Thursday, June 25, 2009

17. On What Grounds by Cleo Coyle

This is the first in the coffeehouse series and what a delight it was to read. Although the Berkley typeface drives me crazy because it is so small, the book was so good that I couldn't stop turning the pages. I love the characters and the ambiance of the coffeehouse. I can just imagine cuddling up there with a good book and brew. There was a lot of insight into the coffee world and tips I would have never asked about espresso even though I am quite the connoisseur. I am picking up the second book right away and can't wait to see what is in store in "Through the Grinder".

Sunday, June 21, 2009

16. Murder Over Easy by Jimmie Ruth Evans

So I read the second book in this series without realizing it at all. It was the only book by Jimmie Ruth Evans in my library. I was delighted to be introduced to the Mississippi world of the Culpepper family. The characters were very well developed and the storyline was strong. There was a theme in the book about TJ that I defnitely picked up on before the big reveal but other than that it was a smooth read.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

15. The Persian Pickle Club by Sandra Dallas

This book was so hard to get through. It was selected as the book of the month for my bookclub back in December or January and I just now finished it. It was a slow read as it should have been for its setting in the 1930's Dustbowl era. I am a fast paced type of gal so it did drag. Out of 196 pages, it finally picked up around 101 and I couldn't put it down. The story is of a women's quilting club and the fabric that knits these groups of ladies together. A newcomer joins them and stirs up a deep old secret that the club has sworn to take to the grave. The story is heartfelt and shows the warmth that women can share in friendship.

14. The Memory Keeper's Daughter by Kim Edwards

This book was a long one and at times difficult to continue. It was full of emotion and a wrencher from beginning to end. I was pleasantly surprised by the ending although I wish things had gone differently in the middle. Do not read this book at a time that you are emotionally charged ro vulnerable as you will be a basketcase until you are done. I would read it when life is relatively good and not in turmoil. I really enjoyed this book and would gladly recommend it to a friend.

Monday, June 1, 2009

13. Peach Cobbler Murder by Joanne Fluke

I can't remember which number in the series this is but the Cookie Jar is full of excitement in this one. Shwna Lee is back and rears her ugly head in this one by opening up a rival bake shop right across from Hannah's. SHe gets hers in the end though and Delores is smitten with Winthrop. Lisa and Herb get married in this one as well. I really enjoyed it and the surprise proposal was a cliffhanger!

12. Gregor and the Code of Claw

This is the fifth and final book of the Underland series. It made me so sad to leave this wonderful world of underground fantasy. I wish that Gregor could stay with Luxa forever. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and have been recommending this series to others. I say that even if this isn't your genre, this series is a heartwarming one that will expand your reading horizons.