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Staying hidden has kept her alive…But now she’s been found.

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It's never too late for love in the small Texas ranch town of Silverlake.

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Laura Joh Rowland is back the case of a mutilated "Sleeping Beauty" washed ashore in London.

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Once she got away, but this time it's a dead end

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Grim Reaper Charley Davidson is back in the final installment of Darynda Jones’ New York Times bestselling paranormal series

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Sin may find the Saint she never knew she needed.


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The Grace Kelly Dress
by Brenda Janowitz
"Impactful story about grace and love."
Posted January 21, 2020

THE GRACE KELLY DRESS is an innocuous title to a surprising impactful story spanning many years and evolving around brides and their wedding gowns. Grace Kelly was an American actress who met a prince and became a princess. You can’t get any more romantic than that. So Read more...

The Mail Order Bride's Secret
by Linda Broday
"Filled with adventure and memorable characters..."
Posted January 16, 2020

Let’s face it: there is nothing positive you can say about having secrets especially from those you care for. Secrets are toxic to a relationship. For some, their lives are steeped in secrets and it’s a wonder that they can keep them straight. At first Read more...

Shawls, Wraps, and Scarves
by Louisa Harding
"Gorgeous collection of shawls, wraps and scarves to knit."
Posted January 8, 2020

SHAWLS WRAPS AND SCARVES is a delicious collection of knitted items that are obviously designed and constructed to practically flow. All the items in SHAWLS WRAPS AND SCARVES are knit in various patterns using mostly basic knit stitches. There are certainly many that contain some more advanced steps but Read more...

Huckleberry Lake
by Catherine Anderson
"Awesome new story that will make you believe in love."
Posted December 12, 2019

Catherine Anderson is the acknowledged master of pairing rather unconventional characters. I am admittedly rather smitten with this talented, truly awesome writer. Her Kendrick/Coulter/Harrigan books are definitely some of my all-time favorites. And HUCKLEBERRY LAKE is the fifth book in her Read more...

Colton's Lethal Reunion
by Tara Taylor Quinn
"Continues the saga of the Coltons of Mustang Valley"
Posted December 9, 2019

COLTON'S LETHAL REUNION by Tara Taylor Quinn is the second in the Coltons of Mustang Valley series. Having read the first book in the series, written by a different author, I can safely say that each book stands on its own merit. The storyline has a Read more...

by Kelly Rimmer
"Important message in this amazing tale by Kelly Rimmer"
Posted November 20, 2019

Before I begin my review of UNSPOKEN by Kelly Rimmer, I have to admit that there are many books penned by this talented author that have been duly noted as my favorite. How can there be so many favorites written by one person? That is the struggle I faced Read more...

Knitted Toys
by Jody Long
Posted November 15, 2019

In KNITTED TOYS, by Jody Long, you get a bunch of knitting patterns for some adorable toys for boys and girls at the cost of about one dollar a piece. For those of us that frequently stroll through websites looking at patterns - that price is really reasonable. One of Read more...

Dirty Little Secret
by Jennifer Ryan
"First book in the Wild Rose Ranch starts off with a bang."
Posted November 15, 2019

Ever start reading a book and realize you hadn’t read the first in the series. Often wonder if it really matters and usually authors go out of their way to make each book autonomous. However when it comes to Jennifer Ryan I do my best to avoid Read more...

Wind River Protector
by Lindsay McKenna
"Beautiful story about families that work."
Posted November 15, 2019

WIND RIVER PROTECTOR is number 8 in the Wind River series and centers around Andy Whitcomb the oldest of four abandoned children adopted by Maud and Steve Whitcomb. Each of the Whitcomb children are now adults and have entered careers Read more...

Harry and Meghan Paper Dolls
by Eileen Rudisill Miller
"Prince Harry & Meghan Paper Dolls."
Posted November 15, 2019

HARRY & MEGHAN PAPER DOLLS is a narrow 6 by 11 softcover book that contains a set of paper dolls of Prince Henry of Wales and his wife Megan Markle. The outfits highlight various moments of their dating, engagement, and official outings. The book is intended to commemorate their Read more...

Cut & Assemble Haunted House
by Matt Bergstrom
"Easy-to-make paper model of haunted house."
Posted November 15, 2019

Matt Bergstrom makes amazingly detailed somewhat miniature versions of houses and landmarks possible to construct. He uses his talents as a graphic designer, photographer, and artist to illustrate detailed scenes. His drawings are gorgeous. And so I wasn't the least bit surprised at the miniature sections depicting all Read more...

Cut & Assemble Haunted House
by Matt Bergstrom
"Easy-to-make paper model"
Posted November 15, 2019

All you need is a pair of scissors. Matt Bergstrom makes some of the most amazingly detailed, and somewhat miniature, versions of houses and landmarks possible to construct. He uses his talents as a graphic designer, photographer and artist to illustrate detailed scenes. His drawings are gorgeous, and so Read more...

The Book Woman Of Troublesome Creek
by Kim Michele Richardson
"Historical fiction at its best."
Posted November 15, 2019

I am astonished by the amount of research authors ferret through for facts to support an idea. In THE BOOKWOMAN OF TROUBLESOME CREEK author Kim Michele Richardson has created a story enriched by the slightly altered -- literary license and all -- to provide the reader with an extraordinary look into Read more...

Whimsical Stitches
by Lauren Espy
"Great collection of Amigurumi crochet items."
Posted November 15, 2019

WHIMSICAL STITCHES a Modern Makers Book of Amigurumi Crochet Patterns by Lauren Espy is a testimony to her grandmother and her own journey of sorts through this wonderful medium. Amigurumi is a unique art form where incredible items are created using scraps of yarn, string, filling, buttons, paper, etc Read more...

Princess Party
by Imagine That Publishing
Posted November 15, 2019

PRINCESS PARTY is a scratch & sketch adventure book. If you are not familiar with the sketch books, they simple are blackened pages that reveal a rainbow color design when scratched with a wooden stylus. PRINCESS PARTY comes with many activities. First is a lovely adventure story starting at Read more...

Creative Haven Christmas Color by Number
by George Toufexis
"Beautiful adult color by number book"
Posted November 15, 2019

Simply put, CHRISTMAS COLOR BY NUMBER by George Toufexis is a gorgeous adult coloring book. CHRISTMAS COLOR BY NUMBER contains forty-six fabulously detailed holiday scenes on perforated unbacked pages. What that means for a newcomer to adult coloring books is that you can remove the design you wish Read more...

Dumpling Cats
by Sarah Sloyer
"Another great crochet fun book."
Posted November 15, 2019

DUMPLING CATS by Sarah Sloyer is just plain adorable. Written in a larger print that makes it so much easier to follow row by row details. The photos of various steps, along with that of the final product, make it easy to compare your work and progress. All and Read more...

Dumpling Pups
by Sarah Sloyer
"Dumpling Pups is just plain adorable."
Posted November 15, 2019

Without any doubt, in my mind, DUMPLING PUPS by Sarah Sloyer is just plain adorable. It is written in a larger print that makes it so much easier to follow row by row details. The photos of various steps, along with that of the final product, make it easy Read more...

Creative Haven Fanciful Sea Life Coloring Book
by Marjorie Sarnat
"Delightful adult coloring book to help relieve stress (and just have fun)"
Posted November 15, 2019

FANCIFUL SEA LIFE is part of the Creative Haven series of coloring books. FANCIFUL SEA LIFE coloring book contains thirty-one pages of beautiful aquatic scenes, rich in detail but less than some mandala designs. This makes FANCIFUL SEA LIFE an excellent choice for a younger artist as well Read more...

Knitted Animal Friends
by Louise Crowther
"Gorgeous knitted heirloom animals for any age"
Posted November 15, 2019

If I had to describe KNITTED ANIMAL FRIENDS by Louise Crowther in just two words they would be gorgeous heirlooms. KNITTED ANIMAL FRIENDS is a meticulously well thought out construction book on how to knit the most beautiful friendly animals. It includes detailed well written knitting instructions for thirteen Read more...

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Re: Heartache Falls (11:34am April 28, 2011):

Okay I'm hooked - definitely have three more books to add to my must read list. Dogs love us unconditionally - you can't really say that about anyone or anything else. My Maxwell will always have a special place in our hearts along with our Coco and Shani. Now we have a rescue grand doggie Annie who loves her little girl sooo much.

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