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After the Fall by Patricia Gussin
After the Fall

sheila_clover, March 11, 2015

It’s not long before the first murder and you know exactly who is behind it. It’s not really a mystery, though the main character has some history she’s afraid to reveal that remains a mystery for a while and that was good. This is a thriller, filled with suspense and realistic characters. The author is a family physician and the book reflects a deep knowledge of the medical field. You feel that the medical details could have leapt right off any medical chart it’s so real and exact. I love well researched books, so this was a real treat for me.
The characters feel so real that at one point, as they were telling Laura she’d never be able to do surgery again I actually got very emotional and near tears. The main character’s dedication to her job, to all she does to help people, to her relationships, her family, they all feel so deep-seeded that you immediately feel a strong connection to her.
The villain may not be a mystery, but he adds so much to the story as it grows more and more complex. You even feel you can relate to him on some level. I understood his desperation and it was propelled by the love of a woman. This is such a well-crafted villain and he gets a lot of stage time in the book.
The overall story isn’t just that Laura took a fall and can’t be a surgeon. That’s just the first part of how she ends up in the crosshairs of a killer. This brings you inside a pharmaceutical company creating a break-through drug that could really make a difference in the lives of millions. Unfortunately, one of the scientists on the project, a beautiful Middle Eastern woman named Adawia will be sent back home to Iraq and forced to marry a man she does not love. The time period of the book puts us in a Hussain Iraq, when it was even more dangerous and horrible to be a woman. You don’t want her to go back either. And it is her lover who is bent on saving her, at the cost of other people’s lives.
The story is complex in a way I appreciate. It’s intelligent and well written giving all the characters layers and intricacies that keep those final chapters moving fast and hard to put down.
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Kimani Romance #399: Love by Design by Lisa Watson
Kimani Romance #399: Love by Design

sheila_clover, October 1, 2014

Love is a hard game to play, especially when entrepreneurial success is the primary driving force in one's life. Dakota Carson is one of those people who has been burned before by love, but she does not let it get her down. Instead, she focuses her efforts on improving her image specialist company's reputation and status. When an opportunity to work directly with the highly successful Belle Cove Resorts is presented to her, it seems like a chance she could never refuse. The problem for Dakota is that the CEO of the resort is Logan Montague, a successful businessman in his own right and the one who broke Dakota's heart when he dropped everything in his personal life to excel professionally in his family's business. Both Dakota and Logan are determined to make this professional opportunity mutually beneficial, but Logan is taking this second chance at love very seriously, and he has his matchmaking aunt on his side. Can he find a way to regain Dakota's trust and win back her heart? Will it be business or pleasure�"or both�"in Love by Design? This piece is the latest installment of the Harlequin Kimani Romance/The Match Broke series and the most recent title from author Lisa Watson. Watson, in addition to being a great romance author who writes memorable, realistic, and charming characters, is co-publicist for the RT BookReview Magazine's annual RT Booklovers Convention and host of Reader's Entertainment Radio show. The book does a great job of exploring what happens when second chances come our way, as if by design (hence the title). Turn up the heat this season with Love by Design, out now in paperback and digital formats.
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Ready to Kill (Nathan McBride Novels) by Andrew Peterson
Ready to Kill (Nathan McBride Novels)

sheila_clover, May 3, 2014

A note referencing a secret US operation appears in Nicaragua, and there is only one man suited to the task of making this information compromise disappear. His name is Nathan McBride, ex-Marine Corps sniper and newly retired CIA operations officer. McBride is about to be called out of retirement, and, with the aid of his longtime companion Harv, he must journey to the jungles of Central America on a mission to stop a dangerous enemy. Unfortunately, McBride knows this destination all too well�"he nearly did not escape it decades ago, and the experience has left him physically and emotionally scarred. In order to be successful in his mission, he must first overcome these personal obstacles. And he also has to survive a showdown with the most effective killer in the region...the one McBride trained himself. Survival necessitates being Ready to Kill. The fourth installment of the Nathan McBride thriller series, Ready to Kill, is Andrew Peterson's latest contribution to the action-packed world of military-style thriller fiction. His oft-described “wildly popular series” follows the life and career of Nathan McBride as he effectively navigates the trickiest and deadliest of scenarios. If you are a thriller fiction fanatic (then you probably already knew this book was out and had it pre-ordered awhile ago), do not miss Andrew Peteron's Ready to Kill, out now and available from major bookstores everywhere. For those of you who appreciate thriller style fiction but have yet to read Peterson's best-selling work, it would behoove you to start from the beginning of the series, but Ready to Kill will make an excellent addition to your collection.
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Broken Childhood: Forgiveness by Lydia Ola Taiwo
Broken Childhood: Forgiveness

sheila_clover, September 2, 2013

Nightmares normally end when we awaken. But what if your waking hours
actually were your nightmare? In her first book, `A Broken Childhood',
Lydia Taiwo opened her heart and showed us how she survived horrific
abuse as a child.

In ‘A Broken Childhood: Forgiveness’, Lydia’s story
continues when her parents finally decide to take her back to Nigeria.
However any hopes that life will improve are swiftly dashed by her
mother. Alone in a strange country, she is determined to survive, but
when she finally escapes her parents clutches, Lydia will find that
the hardest battle of all is learning how to come to terms with the

Gripping in its intimate narrative, the book is unnervingly direct but
retains a quiet, hopeful sparkle and optimism that carries us along.

In it, Lydia reflects on her past but it is her ability to forgive
that truly inspires. I’m not sure many readers faced with the
devastating and perpetual abuse could find it in their hearts to do
the same.

As Lydia herself admits, learning to forgive was the beginning of a
journey of redemption and in turn, led to her being able to move on
and build a remarkable life. A happily married mother of six, and a
scientist, Lydia now devotes much of her time to helping those whose
lives have been ruined by abuse and neglect."
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The Nine Fold Heaven by Mingmei Yip
The Nine Fold Heaven

sheila_clover, June 25, 2013

The latest book from author Mingmei Yip takes the reader on an epic journey ��" both emotional and geographically. The Nine Fold Heaven is the story of a young Chinese woman, Camilla who is taken from an orphanage at the age of four, and forced to work for one of the worst gangs in Shanghai. Not that she has a bad life with them. In exchange for her various “services” to the gang, from sexual favors to singing entertainment to assassinations, she is well taken care of, as least in material objects. Her emotional life however, has been completely deprived and suffocated.
Camilla’s emotions refused to be suppressed, and love finds a way through the darkness. After taking a lover she gives birth to a son, and the small seed of emotion, feelings and love that had sprouted were now in full bloom. She escapes her “gilded cage” only to return and fight for her child.

The journey she takes will leave the reader breathless, in tears, and cheering her on. Camilla will do whatever is necessary to free her child from the world she escaped, even forming an alliance with the enemy.
The Nine Fold Heaven will also take the reader to some of the darkest areas in the Asian world. Unlocking places foreigners never see or even know exist. The Nine Fold Heaven is written from Chinese perspective, giving non-Asian readers an entirely new experience as to how they are perceived by the ancient Chinese culture.

Told in first-person it allows the reader to delve deeper in the character, deeper into the dark world most of us miss. A thoroughly intriguing and provoking read.
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