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Queen's Gambit by Elizabeth Fremantle
Queen's Gambit

janmah51, October 24, 2013

At age 31, Katherine Parr finds herself twice a widow. She returns to court and falls in love with Thomas Seymour. But when she catches the eye of the king, Henry sends Seymour away.
Henry is old and ailing but must has Katherine as his queen. She will be his sixth and last queen.
This book has all the intrigue, passion and betrayal you'd expect. It is well written and vividly describes the time and the pomplex people and the ways of the royal court.
I love all things Tudor. The TV shows, movies and books. I was excited to get this book and to read it. I knew little of Katherine Parr so this was a new turn on a well loved story. I enjoyed it.
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Still Life with Bread Crumbs by Anna Quindlen
Still Life with Bread Crumbs

janmah51, September 30, 2013

Rebecca Winter is a 60-yr. old photographer whose career is on the down turn. As is her bank account. She leaves New York City and moves to the country. She is awakened by a scary noise in her attic. The noise turns out to be a raccoon. She calls a local roofer, Jim Bates who rids the attic of the raccoon. He is young, 30 and hunky, an unlikely love interest for Rebecca. Rebecca prides herself on the fact that she photographs things as she finds them. She finds a group of white crosses scattered across a hillside near her home. There is a trophy near one, a blue ribbon near another along with other objects. When she later learns of the true nature of who placed them there and why, it will rock her world.
I loved this book. I love reading Anna Quindlen and this did not disappoint. Will it change your life? Rock your world? No, but it will make you feel good and it will make you smile.
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Forever, Interrupted by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Forever, Interrupted

janmah51, September 16, 2013

I call this Weekend, Interrupted. I received a copy on Friday and read it nonstop through the weekend. It was very engaging.
It tells the story of Ben and Elsie. They have a short courtship and a quick, quiet marriage. Ben hasn't even told his mother. Ben goes out on an errand and dies in an accident.
The rest of the book goes back and forth between the love affair and the aftermath of the accident. Elsie meets Ben's mom, Susan, in the ER. Susan doesn't know Elsie exists let alone that she is married to her son. The character, Susan, was too close to an ex's mother for me to feel sorry for her. It takes a while for the two women who loved Ben to connect, but they do. Elsie is blessed with good friends who help her along the way. This was a touching story and sometimes surprisingly funny.
I enjoyed it and look forward to Taylor Jenkins Reid next book.
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Anonymous Sources by Mary Louise Kelly
Anonymous Sources

janmah51, July 16, 2013

This is an exciting spy thriller. The characters are well written, and the story will keep you turning pages.
Alexandra James is a young, red-headed beauty who is a reporter for the Boston Chronicle. Her usual beat is education, interesting but rarely dangerous. That all changes when Thom Carlyle, the son of a powerful Washington lawyer, dies from a fall from a tower on the Harvard campus. Did he fall, was he pushed or did he jump. Alexandra is determined to find out. Add to the mix a sexy grad student she begins an affair with, the CIA, the FBI, and Pakistan scientists. Plus it seems, everyone in the White House. The action takes place all over the world and the pace is non stop. This was a great read and hard to believe it was a debut novel. I look forward to reading more of Mary Louise Kelly books in the future.
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Anonymous Sources by Mary Louise Kelly
Anonymous Sources

janmah51, July 16, 2013

This is an exciting spy thriller. The characters are well written, and the story will keep you turning pages.
Alexandra James is a young, red-headed beauty who is a reporter for the Boston Chronicle. Her usual beat is education, interesting but rarely dangerous. That all changes when Thom Carlyle, the son of a powerful Washington lawyer, dies from a fall from a tower on the Harvard campus. Did he fall, was he pushed or did he jump. Alexandra is determined to find out. Add to the mix a sexy grad student she begins an affair with, the CIA, the FBI, and Pakistan scientists. Plus it seems, everyone in the White House. The action takes place all over the world and the pace is non stop. This was a great read and hard to believe it was a debut novel. I look forward to reading more of Mary Louise Kelly books in the future.
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