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In the mail and from the library…

May 30th, 2009 by Debbie's World of Books

This has been a great mail and library week.  I got in the mail:

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Ms. Taken Identity by Dan Begley (Thanks to Miriam at Hachette Book Group!)

PhD candidate Mitch Samuel’s life isn’t going exactly according to plan: his girlfriend just dumped him (to be fair, he did forget to pick her up at the airport), his estranged father has landed in the hospital, and his literary masterpiece-one part Shakespeare, one part Steinbeck, and all parts lyrical epic-has been rejected for the umpteenth time.

However, after a chance encounter at Starbucks with the queen of women’s fiction- Katharine Longwell-who seems to take a liking to him, he senses an opportunity for literary riches, if not reputation. After telling her that his (imaginary) female cousin is an aspiring chick-lit author, he secures a promise from her that she’ll help his “cousin” get published. The only problem is, Mitch needs a manuscript, and fast.

Unfortunately, try as he might to get inside a woman’s head by reading Vogue and Cosmo, watching Oxygen and Oprah, nothing seems to work. That’s when his roommate Bradley suggests that he try a dance class at the studio where Bradley’s sister Marie takes lessons. Self-conscious about his own skills, and unwilling to reveal his true intentions, Mitch attends the first class under an alias: Jason Gallagher, pharmaceutical rep. What could go wrong?

Nothing, except that Mitch/Jason quickly finds himself hooked on dancing, and on the charming Marie. Who has no idea who he really is. Or that he knows her brother. Or why he’s there. Suddenly, his novel-writing project is becoming a lot more than he bargained for…

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Any Minute by Deborah Bedford & Joyce Meyer (Thanks to Miriam at Hachette Book Group!)

Sarah Harper is driven to achieve success no matter what the cost. She wants to do good and not hurt the people she loves–especially her son, Mitchell, and her husband, Joe–but her desire to succeed in her career too often leaves little time for family.

One cold, autumn afternoon, all of that changes when Sarah’s car plunges off a bridge and into a river. She is pronounced clinically dead to those on the “outside,” but Sarah’s spirit is still very much alive. What she discovers on the other side transforms everything about Sarah’s view of life–past, present, and future.

When Sarah is revived, she is a changed woman. And the unsuspecting world around her will never be the same again.

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If I Stay by Gayle Forman (Thanks Tina at Fantastic Book Review)

In a single moment, everything changes. Seventeenyear- old Mia has no memory of the accident; she can only recall riding along the snow-wet Oregon road with her family. Then, in a blink, she fi nds herself watching as her own damaged body is taken from the wreck…

A sophisticated, layered, and heartachingly beautiful story about the power of family and friends, the choices we all make—and the ultimate choice Mia commands.

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The Actor and the Housewife by Shannon Hale (From Bloomsbury through Shelf Awareness)

What if you were to meet the number-one person on your laminated list—you know, that list you joke about with your significant other about which five celebrities you’d be allowed to run off with if ever given the chance? And of course since it’ll never happen it doesn’t matter…

Mormon housewife Becky Jack is seven months pregnant with her fourth child when she meets celebrity hearththrob Felix Callahan. Twelve hours, one elevator ride, and one alcohol-free dinner later, something has happened…though nothing has happened. It isn’t sexual. It isn’t even quite love. But a month later Felix shows up in Salt Lake City to visit and before they know what’s hit them, Felix and Becky are best friends. Really. Becky’s husband is pretty cool about it. H er children roll their eyes. Her neighbors gossip endlessly. But Felix and Becky have something special…something unusual, something completely impossible to sustain. Or is it?

I also received 3 audiobooks from Hachette Book Group:

 accountantsstoryundressmeintempleofheavenageofunthinkable

I stopped requesting books from the library because I needed to catch up on the books I had at home to read but somehow I still managed to pick up 4 books from the library today.

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Cracked Up To Be by Courtney Summers

Perfect Parker Fadley isn’t so perfect anymore.  She’s quit the cheerleading squad, she’s dumped her perfect boyfriend, and she’s failing school.  Her parents are on a constant suicide watch and her counselors think she’s playing games…but what they don’t know, the real reason for this whole mess, isn’t something she can say out loud.  It isn’t even something she can say to herself.  A horrible thing has happened and it just might be her fault.  If she can just remove herself from everybody–be totally alone–then everything will be okay…The problem is, nobody will let her.

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Daughters of the Flame by Zoe Marriott

Inside an ancient temple in the mountains, fi fteen-year-old Zira trains in the martial arts to become a warrior priestess who can defend the faith of the Ruan people. Bearing a scar on her face from the fire that killed her parents, the orphaned Zira is taught to distrust the occupying Sedornes. Terror strikes when the forces of the tyrannical Sedorne king destroy the only home she knows. To survive, Zira must unravel the secrets of her identity, decide her people’s fate — and accept her growing feelings for a man who should be her enemy.

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Danger in the Shadows by Dee Henderson

Introducing the O’Malleys, an inspirational group of seven, all abandoned or orphaned as teens, who have made the choice to become a loyal and committed family. They have chosen their own surname, O’Malley, and have stood by each other through moments of joy and heartache. Their stories are told in CBA best-selling, inspirational romantic suspense novels that rock your heart and restore strength and hope to your spirit.

Sara is terrified. She’s doing the one thing she cannot afford to do: fall in love with former pro-football player Adam Black, a man everyone knows. Sara’s been hidden away in the witness protection program, her safety dependent on staying invisible–and loving Adam could get her killed!

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Clubbed to Death by Elaine Viets

In the Superior Club’s complaint department, Helen Hawthorne has to deal with the rich and spoiled. Then her deadbeat ex-husband sails back into her life aboard the yacht of his new lady—known as the “Black Widow” because of her string of dead spouses. When Helen’s ex goes missing, she fears the Black Widow may have struck again.

Helen’s barely begun digging when a club patron is found with his membership permanently expired. Now Helen must find her ex and get to the truth—without getting clubbed herself…

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2 Responses

  1. Belle

    What a great list of books! Ms. Taken Identity looks like great fun. I find the premise in Danger in the Shadows quite interesting. Have a good reading week!

  2. dsuzuki

    Thanks!

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