Book Review: A Love Of Her Own by Maggie Brendan

June 25, 2010 at 3:07 am | Posted in Books | 1 Comment
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Maggie Brendan in her new book, “A Love Of Her Own” Book Three in the Heart of the West series published by Revell concludes the series and brings us to Montana in 1896.

April McBride receives an invitation from her brother, Josh, to attend his wedding to Juliana, the characters from the second book, The Jewel Of His Heart.  I found that is was not necessary to have read the previous two books to enjoy this one even though the other characters are involved.  Even though her parents are traveling abroad April decides that she must not miss her brother’s wedding and that she will make the trip from their home in Colorado to where he is in Lewistown, Montana.   This is not an easy thing as it will require a long train ride then a stagecoach journey and time is of the essence as the invitation was delayed in getting to her.  Events occur that require April to finally take a horse into town wearing a man’s shirt, jeans, cowboy hat and boots.  No one pays her any attention as they think she is a man and she has no time to change and is forced to attend the wedding dressed like that.

After the wedding she cannot take a room at the hotel as it is full and must room at the boarding house where she must, for the first time, do things like laundry and take care of herself.  Up until this point April McBride has been a very spoiled young lady used to having everything handed to her.  April also had her guards up on her heart as she had been wounded previously but then she meets Wes Owen.

This book is more than just a great love story it is all about growing up and responsibility and how our attitudes affect others.  Ms. Brendan needs to be commended on how she shows us the process of the change and growth in April instead of just telling us that she is changing.  All the characters are likable and Ms. Brendan has a way of making the Old West very real so that we feel that we are walking the dusty streets or seeing the blue skies of Montana.  I think I want to go and get the other books for myself and see what I missed.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Revell.   I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

“Available June 2010 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.”

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TV Review: Leverage

June 24, 2010 at 1:46 am | Posted in Television | Leave a comment
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In December 2008 “Leverage” made its television premiere on cable channel TNT.  The show runs on the premise that a group of five individuals who are high grade thieves in their own fields can work those skills together to bring down bad guys and bring justice to those that have been hurt by the bad guys.

Timothy Hutton is Nathan Ford, the head of the team and the only “good” guy.  He is an ex-insurance investigator who learned all the tricks of a con and, therefore, knows how to run one.  He is helped by Gina Bellman who plays Sophie whose character is the Grifter.  She is the front person who spins the con.  Then there is Aldis Hodge who plays Hardison the Hacker.  He can break into anything including an airline’s electronic system from 3,000 miles away.  There is Christian Kane, the soft spoken Eliot, who is the Hitter.  When there is a need for physicality Eliot is the person the team relies on.  He is also very good at cooking and disguises.  Finally there is Beth Riesgraf as Parker who is the Thief.  While all of them are thieves she is incredible and has the ability to rappel down skyscrapers.

“Leverage” is like a 21st Century Mission:  Impossible the 1960’s show that also ran incredible cons using high class spies to save countries.  Like them this five person team also uses the con to take down the bad guys and provide justice to the individuals that have been previously wronged and hurt.

CBS DVD (distributed by Paramount) has released Season 1 and Season 2 of Leverage”  on DVD so, if you are like I was and missed the first season on TV then you can quickly catch up while staying current with Season Three which is currently airing.  This is a wonderful series!  This show is clever, smartly written, well acted and great fun to watch.

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Audio Book Review: Face Of Betrayal by Lis Wiehl with April Henry

June 23, 2010 at 1:56 am | Posted in Audiobooks | 2 Comments
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“Face Of Betrayal” Book One in The Triple Threat series written by Lis Wiehl with April Henry has been released in audiobook format by Oasis Audio and this is a winner.  There is a reason why children love to hear stories read to them by their parents and they enjoy the reading even more when the parent uses voices to identify the characters; it makes the reading much more enjoyable.  And while we may grow taller we never outgrow the love of having stories told to us in voices and Oasis Audio meets that need.

Katie takes the dog for a walk in her hometown of Portland meets someone and is never heard from again.  She is a 17 year old who was working as a Senate Page and now the manhunt is on.  Cassidy Shaw is the reporter who is tracking the case for the news, Allison Pierce is the Federal Prosecutor and Nicole Hedges is the FBI Special Agent assigned to the case.  Together these three women are the Triple Threat so named after a desert that they enjoy.  It takes the three of them, working together, to find out what happened, how it happened and who are the persons involved.

It is an injustice to say that Pam Turlow is the reader of this book.  Pam Turlow really is the actress who brings the characters to full life.  There are many characters and Ms. Turlow uses her voice to give unique voice to them all.  I would think that, for a woman, male voices would give her a problem; that is not the case.  Each of the three women have their own voice as well, especially Nicole with her Southern accent and it is a marvel that Ms. Turlow was not only able to remember each voice but switch so effortlessly between them.

This is an exciting book, extremely well paced and suspenseful.  I know when you hear this audiobook you will be like me eager to hear the next offering in the series.  I think because of the incredible vocal acting ability of Pam Turlow that it makes the story even more exciting.  This is the first book in the series but be of good cheer, there is another in the series and, of course, read by the remarkable Pam Turlow.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this audiobook free from Oasis Audio.   I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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