Archive for October, 2011

Wicked Appetite by Janet Evanovich

Monday, October 31st, 2011

A Halloween book review by Joan Badie

In a Salem setting, the main character, Lizzie Tucker, is amusingly described and possesses beyond normal traits.  She inherits a historic saltbox that brings her to Massachusetts and takes a job as pastry chef for Dazzle’s Bakery.  She finds she has unusual talent for making cupcakes and one special customer orders two dozen a day that sets the stage for the first of Seven Deadly Sins, Gluttony.

As in the Stephanie Plum series, two intriguingly different men appear in Lizzie’s life to enhance the adventure of finding the first of seven stones that represent the seven Deadly Sins. Lizzie is told she is one of only two humans with the supernatural power to find the mystic stones.  This truly is great Halloween reading, and the story has you begging for more.

The Reader by Bernhard Schlink

Friday, October 28th, 2011

In celebration of National Reading Group Month, many thanks to all the West Deptford Free Public Library readers who shared their thoughts on summer reads online and in person this year.

The following is the last summer reader review posting from 2011 WDFPL summer readers:

The Reader by Bernhard Schlink
A Novel Destinations book review



I think this one was inspiring in ways.  Sometimes one doesn’t realize how much their insecurities and inabilities hold us back from opportunities; and in this love.  Hanna’s illiteracy disabled her not only from love, but her freedom as well.

PLEASE pick me!  I aspire to be more adventurous!” was the reviewer’s closing line.

The final reviewer did not win the backpack this year, however I suspect the Novel Destinations backpack winner will make good use of the backpack as well.

Congratulations to our Novel Destinations booklovers backpack winners.

 

Happy Birthday by Danielle Steel

Friday, October 28th, 2011

A Novel Destinations book review by Miriam

Great “beach reading,” all fluff and no real substance.

Dream When Your’re Feeling Blue by Elizabeth Berg

Monday, October 24th, 2011

A Novel Destinations book review by Natalie

This was a great read about three sisters during World War II who wrote letters to their boyfriends throughout the war.  They learn things about how strong love is and how strong families HAD to be because of the war.  This was very empowering and allowed me to step in their shoes and acknowledge not only what soldiers sacrificed, but also understand those battling their own wars on the home front.

The Cardinal’s Blades by Pierre Pevel

Friday, October 21st, 2011

A Novel Destinations book review by Eileen

The Cardinal’s Blades is set in the time of the Three Musketeers in an alternate 17th century France, an elite swashbuckling guards corps is reactivated for a new mission to foil a sinister plot to destablize the ruling order that will require overcoming shadows from the past and disentagling the shifting alliances of friend and foe.

Cold Hit by Stephen J. Cannell

Friday, October 14th, 2011

A Novel Destinations book review by Miriam

Shane Scully is a detective with a rogue spirit.  Unfortunately, he is married to his boss in the Los Angeles Police Department.  These detective/thriller novels  have well-developed characters and superb plots.  It makes for better reading and continuity if you read them in order, since the plots include Scully’s growing son.  Each novel can stand alone, but if you enjoy the interplay among the characters, it makes sense to read all of them.

Jewels of the Sun by Nora Roberts

Thursday, October 13th, 2011

A Novel Destinations book review by Pat

This book is the first  on the Gallaghers of Ardmore and about the first of them to marry.  It is the first step to breaking a spell so two lovers can reunite.  Tears of the Moon by Nora Roberts is the second love story and more of the beautiful folklore of Ireland.

 

Beatrice and Virgil by Yann Martel

Wednesday, October 12th, 2011

A Novel Destinations book review by Ellen

Beatrice and Virgil is another masterpiece!  I loved it.

It was a quirky story that evoked empathy and understanding without being extremely dark.

The Sugar Camp Quilt by Jennifer Chiaverini

Tuesday, October 11th, 2011

A Novel Destinations book review by Eileen

As her rural border community struggles with the issues of slavery and abolition in 1850s Pennsylvania, quilter Dorothea Granger must search her convictions and decide whether she has the courage to help runaway slaves and protect her family from those who pursue them.

The Saturday Big Tent Wedding Party by Alexander McCall Smith

Monday, October 10th, 2011

A Novel Destinations book review by Charlynne

This is one of a series from “The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency.”  All of these books are funny and entertaining.  They are also quick and easy reads.