Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Reading Challenges Catch UP

I want to share with you the books I have read for January and February for the various challenges I have signed up for:

Off the Shelf &Finishing the Series - Sea Swept (Chesapeake Bay) Book 1.  This was a good book setting the stage for the stories of Ian, Ethan, Phillip and Seth after the death of the father who adopted them all to keep them out of trouble. This is the first book in the series and it centers on the life of Ian and how his life changes when his father dies in a car crash just after he takes in a troubled kid named Seth.  Ian lives a pretty selfish, single, rich guy, kind of life and has to learn to make changes for Seth's sake. He has a romantic interest in Seth's social worker and struggles with his brothers to get her approval of their life style as caregivers to Seth.

Glad Tidings by Macomber also 50 Harbor Street. The Cedar Cove series always makes me want to go to Seattle and especially to see Port Orchard and meet the folks that these stories are about. The stories always hold my interest with plenty of feel good and twists and turns.

Fearless Fourteen and Finger Lickin' Fifteen by Evanovich. These books are good for nothing but laughs. They are funny because the main character,
Stephanie Plum is always getting dirty or getting her car blown up, but she always brings in the bad guys.

Off the Shelf:  Lost Dogs and Lonely Hearts (see review below)

European Reading - Lost Dogs and Lonely Hearts by Dillon was a wonderful book which I gave a 5/5.  Rachel (the main character) inherits her Aunt's home in England.  The estate includes a rescue kennel that has several dogs needing to be re=homed. Rachel is not a dog person so when her aunt also willed her Gem a boder collie she a bit irritated. Of course Gem wins her heart and helps her adjust to her new life. There are folks helping in the kennels and friends she meets who adopt the dogs.  There's a little romance too which gets very complicated and adds the serious part to this delightful book. This is the perfect book for dog lovers.      

Goodreads 2012 - A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick. It is without a doubt the weirdest book I have ever read. There is SO much talk about sex, not necessarily the act but what is on the minds of the characters. That could wear one out. But what kept me turning the pages was to see whether the characters gained a concience and what dirty deeds they plotted against each other and whether they would be successful. It is written in the dark style of Wuthering Heights and Leave Her to Heaven but was not as good as these classics. This was a good book in an odd way but I probably won't read this author again. Probably won't read this author again.

I love doing these challenges and I'm on to my next book: The Waiting Time by Eugenia Price for the Southern Literature challenge!


  1. Hi Lorelei! Congratulations on finishing one of your books for the European Reading Challenge.

    I can't find your review of the book, or I would post the link to it on the challenge review list. So please go to this page and enter the link to your review post (not your main blog address) in the Mr. Linky. It should show up immediately.

    Let me know if your have any trouble.

    Rose City Reader

  2. hi lorelei!!
    i love the stephanie plum books for laughs, esp. all the earlier ones!! and, the reliable wife WAS one of the weirdest books i have read!! i still think about that book!

    some books that i have enjoyed recently are the Maisie Dobbs series by Jaquelin Winspear, there are 7 in paperback now, i love finding new, exceptional series!!

    so good to see you at starby's today and i have enjoyed browsing your blog and looking at all the wonderful artwork!! i DID get in trouble at the fabric store too!! met up with lily, luxely (grandbaby) and jasi there! so fun....
    you take care and hope to see you soon!

    1. Kim, Thanks for the tip on the series. It was great to see you! I look forward to seeing you again soon!