Book Review Tuesday

July 15, 2008 · 4 comments

(yeah, I probably won’t do it every Tuesday, but I got nuthin else for a title this morning!)

I just finished 2 really good books (yes, I read fast).  I would recommend them both.

The first is Tribute by Nora Roberts.  I’m a big fan of hers, having read a majority of her books as herself, and all of them as JD Robb.  This specific book is a little bit mystery, a fair amount of romance and a little bit self-discovery for the main character.  I had dreams about this book after I finished it, which is often an indication of how involved I was with it.

Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley is a long way from Hollywood. And that’s exactly how Cilla McGowan wants it. Cilla, a former child star who has found more satisfying work as a restorer of old houses, has come to her grandmother’s farmhouse, tools at her side, to rescue it from ruin. Sadly, no one was able to save her grandmother, the legendary Janet Hardy. An actress with a tumultuous life, Janet entertained glamorous guests and engaged in decadent affairs,but died of an overdose in this very house more than thirty years earlier. To this day, Janet haunts Cilla’s dreams. And during waking hours, Cilla is haunted by her melodramatic, five-times-married mother, who carried on in the public spotlight and never gave her a chance at a normal childhood. By coming east, rolling up her sleeves, and rehabbing this wreck of a house, Cilla intends to find some kind of normalcy for herself.

Plunging into the project with gusto, she’s almost too busy to notice her neighbor, graphic novelist Ford Sawyer, but his lanky form, green eyes, and easy, unflappable humor (not to mention his delightfully ugly dog, Spock) are hard to ignore. Determined not to perpetuate the family tradition of ill-fated romances, Cilla steels herself against Ford’s quirky charm, but she can’t help indulging in a little fantasy.

But love and a peaceful life may not be in the cards for Cilla. In the attic, she has found a cache of unsigned letters suggesting that Janet Hardy was pregnant when she died and that the father was a local married man. Cilla can’t help but wonder what really happened all those years ago. The mystery only deepens with a series of intimidating acts and a frightening, violent assault. And if Cilla and Ford are unable to sort out who is targeting her and why, she may, like her world-famous grandmother, be cut down in the prime of her life. (From NoraRoberts.Com)


The second book was one I picked up at Target the other day: The Secret Life of CeeCee Wilkes by Diane Chamberlain.  I had a really hard time putting this one down.  It follows the life of a young girl as she makes some very bad choices in her life and how that affects her later down the road.  I felt for the young girl, CeeCee, and, well, I can’t tell you much more because the details would probably ruin the book.  So just read it. 🙂

(And it’s part of Target’s Bookmarked book selections, so it was like 20% off, and it is a paperback).


Today I shall go in search of yet something else new to read.  I have another book I have to return to Borders so I’ll probably pick up at least one of Diane Chamberlain’s other books.

My boys are leaving in a little while to go with their GramBo to have a playdate with their cousins, so I get some much desired and appreciated alone time today!!  :lol: After the bookstore, I’ll probably do some scrapbooking…or just sit on the swing on the deck and read in the sun.  Either way, catch ya later!!

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Clara July 15, 2008 at 9:28 pm

I enjoy Nora Roberts books too.

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pgoodness July 15, 2008 at 10:41 pm

Thanks for commenting! She has like a bazillion! I used to visit her website-she would actually talk to people on the forums – pretty cool!

(PS) can you tell me if you got an email from me about this comment? lol

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Clara July 16, 2008 at 2:21 pm

Nope, didn’t get an email. I even looked in the bulk mail I just massively deleted, nothing popped out at me.

I know, I can’t believe the amount of books she produces. I used to read her a lot when I worked, I listened to the books on tape. They were pretty addicting. I’ll have to check out her website.

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