Book Review: Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

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outlanderOutlander by Diana Gabaldon

Goodreads.com Synopsis:

The year is 1945. Claire Randall, a former combat nurse, is just back from the war and reunited with her husband on a second honeymoon when she walks through a standing stone in one of the ancient circles that dot the British Isles. Suddenly she is a Sassenach—an “outlander”—in a Scotland torn by war and raiding border clans in the year of Our Lord…1743.

Hurled back in time by forces she cannot understand, Claire is catapulted into the intrigues of lairds and spies that may threaten her life, and shatter her heart. For here James Fraser, a gallant young Scots warrior, shows her a love so absolute that Claire becomes a woman torn between fidelity and desire—and between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives.

My Review:
5 out of 5 stars. I started the Outlander series back in 2006ish and have wanted to start over so many different times but I never seemed to find the time up until recently. Hello Audible.com. Since I’m on the road a lot for work, I finally found the time to start the series over. The Outlander books are ginourmous and have tiny print. I’m talking like 1700 pages per book. And because I love to read so much, I didn’t want to feel burdened by a long read (if you could only see my to-read pile, you’d understand this last statement). ;) Anyways…I truly do recommend this series. The first book get the action going. It’s beautifully written and the characters really do come back to life. I love learning about the history of the period as the story progresses. Whether to schlep out the time to read the book or listen to it on audio, I HIGHLY recommend this series. Historical fiction with some time travel thrown in. Definitely a great book investment!!!

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Book Review: Delicious! A Novel by Ruth Reichl

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DeliciousDelicious! by Ruth Reichl

Goodreads.com Synopsis:
Billie Breslin has traveled far from her California home to take a job at Delicious, the most iconic food magazine in New York and, thus, the world. When the publication is summarily shut down, the colorful staff, who have become an extended family for Billie, must pick up their lives and move on. Not Billie, though. She is offered a new job: staying behind in the magazine’s deserted downtown mansion offices to uphold the “Delicious Guarantee”-a public relations hotline for complaints and recipe inquiries-until further notice. What she doesn’t know is that this boring, lonely job will be the portal to a life-changing discovery.

Delicious! carries the reader to the colorful world of downtown New York restaurateurs and artisanal purveyors, and from the lively food shop in Little Italy where Billie works on weekends to a hidden room in the magazine’s library where she discovers the letters of Lulu Swan, a plucky twelve-year-old, who wrote to the legendary chef James Beard during World War II. Lulu’s letters lead Billie to a deeper understanding of history (and the history of food), but most important, Lulu’s courage in the face of loss inspires Billie to come to terms with her own issues-the panic attacks that occur every time she even thinks about cooking, the truth about the big sister she adored, and her ability to open her heart to love.

My Review: 5 out of 5 stars. I always love a good mystery and when it’s combined with a story centered around food, it’s like a match made in heaven. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I loved how Reichl created a story around legendary chef James Beard. It was a feel good book for me. Nothing scary. Great conversations between the characters. Food. What else could you ask for?? ;)

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Book Review: Pros and Cons by Janet Evanovich, Lee Goldberg

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Pros and ConsPros and Cons by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg

Goodreads.com Synopsis:

Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg have teamed up for a dynamic new series featuring an FBI agent who’s on the hunt—and a master con artist who’s enjoying the chase. The con is on in this eBook original short story that’s a triumphant prequel to The Heist.

FBI special agent Kate O’Hare has made it her mission to nail international con artist Nicolas Fox. When she discovers his plot to plunder a venture capitalist’s twentieth-story Chicago penthouse of all its cash and treasures at the same time that the self-proclaimed “King of Hostile Takeovers” is getting married, Kate is 85 percent—okay maybe 92 percent—sure that she’s finally going to bag Nick Fox.

Problem is, first Kate has to convince her boss, building security, and maybe even herself, that wedding planner Merrill Stubing is actually Nicolas Fox. Second, she has to figure out how to corner and capture him without disrupting the event of the year. And third, what’s going to happen once O’Hare finally gets her hands on Fox? It’s going take a pro to catch a con before the fireworks over Lake Michigan go off.

My Review: 5 out of 5 stars. This is a short story within the Fox and O’Hare Series. A great series with a kick butt FBI agent, Kate O’Hare. I’ve read everything in the series and there is a new one on the horizon that I’m super excited to get my hands on!!

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