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Vacation Reads

June 10, 2005

I’m back from vacation and boy did I get some good reading in! What a week of no cell phones, no computers and no television can do to catch you on your “to be read” pile!

MAINE MUTINY by Donald Bain
I started the week by reading one of the latest in the Murder, She Wrote series “The Maine Mutiny”, written by Donald Bain. I love watching reruns of this series on A&E and just love getting the latest copy of these books when they come out! In fact, I e-mailed Donald Bain and told him to keep on writing, because I would keep on buying and he personally wrote me back to say he was glad to know he had readers out there!

After my mystery fix, I had to get some romance in and boy did I pick a pair of winners! I read some rave reviews of Nora Roberts new Garden series so I stopped by my local bookseller and bought the first two that were out.

Blue Dahlia by nora roberts
The series begin with Blue Dahlia , published last November and let me tell you, it was a great read! I loved the romance, the suspense, the mystery! Did I mention that there is a ghost involved? And it takes place in Memphis, so the allure of the South, plus the descriptions of all those plants and flowers had me staying up way late into the night, because I just could not put this book down! And the love story between Logan and Stella (now, how Southern are those names?) made me so happy!

BLACK ROSE by Nora RobertsBook two of the Garden series is Black Rose which came out last month (I know…I’m a bit slow). This book was also a wonderful read. Again, romance, suspense, mystery and the ghost also makes another spectacular appearance. But this time, we find out more of her story. Readers also are treated to another love story, this time between a man and women who have passed the first blush of their youth (they are in their 50’s) but have found that they are willing to love again…sigh.

I just can’t wait until December when Nora Roberts concludes the Garden trilogy with Red Lilies, the story of Haley, they youngest member of the clan. Plus, I bet we learn the full story of the ghost!

Next up on my to be read list, in an ebook, Bayou Rhapsody by Sarah Storme from Echelon Press. This book is set in 1920’s Louisiana…how exciting!

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