Monthly Archives: April 2014

The Weird Sisters by Eleanor Brown

The Weird Sisters

The three Andreas sisters face individual challenges while helping their mother face cancer. The eldest, Rose, must overcome her fear of change or she might lose her fiancee. Middle sister Bianca must face the emptiness of her glamorous lifestyle or it will destroy her. Young wanderer Cordelia must learn not to run away or she will never be happy. Can they find the courage to solve their problems and rejuvenate their frayed sisterly bond?

The sisters are compelling because their flaws and responses to setbacks feel real. Brown provides a strong sense of how being sisters can be strengthening and challenging. Her use of “I” and “our” in relating each sister’s thoughts shows how sisters can be individual and interconnected. Brown also provides the feel of a college town and a loved one having cancer. The story leaves the reader feeling uplifted. The Weird Sisters could be a match for those looking for compelling characters and tales of sisterhood.

Want other books like The Weird Sisters?

A pair of sisters remember old secrets and face current challenges when they reconnect a great-aunt’s funeral in I See You Everywhere by Julia Glass.

The great-granddaughters of Jo from Little Women struggle with challenges and learn about sisterhood through their great-grandmother’s letters in The Little Women Letters by Gabrielle Donnelly.

Two sisters move in with their mother after their parents divorce and unexpectedly change their lives in The Three Weissmanns of Westport by Cathleen Schine.


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The Final Cut by Catherine Coulter and J.T. Ellison


The Final Cut (A Brit in the FBI, #1)

When Inspector Elaine York is murdered while guarding a famous crown diamond in New York her colleagues want justice. Determined to find her killer, Chief Inspector Nicholas Drummond joins the FBI investigative team in New York. When the diamond is stolen, and people turn up dead, it becomes clear Elaine’s death is only the beginning. Was Elaine involved in the theft? Who is the mysterious thief who stole the diamond? Why was the diamond stolen and can Drummond and his team get it back?

The Final Cut gives a flavor of law enforcement and some glamorous locales. The reader gets to see new technology and commitment required in law enforcement. New York, Paris and Geneva are shown as elegant and having dangerous elements. The question of Elaine’s innocence, the diamond thief’s ploys and other surprises give the plot plenty of twists and turns. The commitment, skill and loyalty that Drummond and the other law enforcement characters possess make the reader root for them. The thief causes various emotions while other villains’ pure ruthlessness makes reader want their defeat. The Final Cut could be a match for readers wanting a law enforcement thriller, a trip to glamorous locales, a suspenseful tale and/or characters to root for.

Want other books like The Final Cut that feature law enforcement characters?

Two FBI agents must figure out a way to stop a series of murders targeting newlyweds in Second Honeymoon by James Patterson.

When CIA consultant Stone Barrington wakes up after a flight to Paris with no memory of why he wanted to go there he must find the answers in Unintended Consequences by Stuart Woods.

More about the Koh-i-Noor diamond’s history, and a real-life suspenseful tale, can be found in Chasing the Mountain of Light : Across India on the Trail of the Koh-I-Noor Diamond by Kevin Rushby.



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The Boleyn King by Laura Andersen

The Boleyn King (Boleyn Trilogy, #1)

What if Anne Boleyn produced the male heir Henry VIII wanted? William Tudor prepares to ascend the throne and usher England into a new Golden Age. He relies on his loyal childhood friends: his wise sister Elizabeth Tudor, steady Dominic and joyful Minuette. What will England’s future be as treacherous politics, forbidden romance and religious tensions threaten William’s rule?

William’s presence affects relationships with Europe and people who died in our timeline are still alive to plot. One romance evokes elements of the Arthur-Genevieve-Lancelot love triangle. The characters have vivid elements which grab attention such as Elizabeth’s loyalty encountering ambition. The royals strive to keep their emotions hidden while looking for others’ true motivations. The Boleyn King could be a match for those looking for alternate history, romance, Tudor England and/or a tale of royalty.

Want more books like The Boleyn King?

See a portrayal of young Elizabeth Tudor’s dangerous and tumultuous life in our timeline in The Lady Elizabeth by Alison Weir.

A lady-in-waiting must choose between her husband and her queen in Roses Have Thorns by Sandra Byrd.

In another alternate history tale see England strive to free itself after it fell to the Spanish Armada in Ruled Britannia by Harry Turtledove.



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Black Moon by Kenneth Calhoun

Black Moon

The world is slowly falling to an insomnia epidemic. Of those few who can sleep, some focus on a cure, others on reuniting with loved ones and some on getting rich. As five sleepers navigate a disintegrating world will any of them find what they seek?

The plot is thought provoking and suspenseful. Calhoun causes thought about the purpose of dreams, the nature of reality and modern life’s impact on humanity. There is suspense as the reader wonders if the sleepers will survive and find what they seek. Calhoun shows the characters as ordinary people, not superheroes, and that makes the reader care about them. Black Moon feels chillingly realistic. The sleepless are not cheesy zombies and the details of society falling apart feel believable. Black Moon could be a match for readers looking for a thought provoking, suspenseful and believable feeling tale of a worldwide epidemic.

Want other books like Black Moon?

A pilot seeks other survivors of a worldwide epidemic after he hears a radio transmission in The Dog Stars by Peter Heller.

A woman searches for her missing father as overeliance on technology causes the destruction of language and an epidemic of aphasia in The Word Exchange by Alena Graedon.

The accounts of various survivors tell the tale of humanity’s battle against those turned into zombies by an epidemic in World War Z by Max Brooks.

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