Fleeing an abusive marriage, Faye accepts a job in London, and moves there with her two young children. The surly landlady instructs Faye not to bother her elderly mother (“Crazy Wendy”) who lives upstairs. But Wendy welcomes the children’s visits, and as Jack, a handsome scientist, and Faye draw closer to her, they learn more of Wendy’s story—she claims to be the Wendy that Peter Pan took to Neverland. I enjoyed reading this page-turner with well-developed characters (each with an intriguing back story) and a delightful touch of magic.
This is a VERY EARLY piece, without the well-drawn characters and interesting plot lines Michaels has lead us to expect. It is a “penny romance” and several breaks in plot seem to have slipped by the editors. For those of us who have favorite authors and are compelled to read everything the author has written, you can still skip this one. Cherry Hill Library patron AO
Sharon McCone is a detective working in San Francisco for the All Souls Legal Cooperative. What was presented to Sharon as a routine investigation turns into something much more, and she finds herself in the midst of murder. The San Francisco ambiance of these books really envelops you—if you have ever been there you will feel right at home. If you’ve never visited, this is a great way to do so vicariously.
Charlie, a journalist, grew up in Detroit, and came back to write for its newspaper after working at the New York Times. The stories he tells are often shocking, sad, and disturbing, but mostly chronicle the downfall of what was once one of the greatest manufacturing cities in the world. He weaves his own family stories in with vivid descriptions of politicians, police and firefighters, people who still care about the city despite the corruption and financial mismanagement, and those who have aided in its downfall. A compelling book you won’t soon forget.
The last thing Gwen Cooper needed was another cat. At age 27, she already had two, and was just getting out of a relationship. But when the vet called her and asked her to take a blind 4 week old kitten, she couldn’t say no. (Homer had been found with a virulent eye infection which would have been fatal if the vet had not removed his eyes.) She soon realized that this cat was no object of pity—he was remarkable! An uplifting story all animal lovers will enjoy.
Susan Wiggs is a master of storytelling. With beautiful writing and an interesting plot, she rolls out the story as several different puzzle pieces. By and by, they all fall into a complete picture seamlessly–the book is mesmerizing! Tess Delaney works for a San Francisco auction house as provenance specialist. She is good at finding and identifying valuable antique treasures. As an only child born out of wedlock, she is always longing for the warmth of a family. One day out of blue, she is approached by a handsome banker, who tells her that she has inherited a 200 acre apple orchard in the picturesque Sonoma wine country. On top of that, she has a grandfather who is in a coma and a lovely half sister. As the story proceeds, she finds out that her family background is as mysterious and challenging as searching for a misplaced treasure. There are also recipes (which were somewhat distracting) included in each chapter.
Anyone who enjoys a good love story and excellent writing, don’t miss out this one!
A haunted abbey, a dead body in the pond, and a long missing governess combine to pique the curiosity of spinster Dido Kent. Dido simply must get to the bottom of the mysteries even though detecting is not traditionally a woman’s role. Fans of Jane Austen will enjoy the Regency setting; fans of a good mystery will eagerly follow Dido as she peels away layers of the various mysteries. You may want to begin with the first book in the series, Bellfield Hall.