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A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park

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A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park is one of those reads that stay with you forever.  The book uses two story lines to share the story of children growing up in a dry, war torn country. The daily need for food and water are the key elements of Nya and Salva life.  

What makes the story fascinating is that the stories are 20 years apart. Salva was one of the the lost boys of the Sudan.  His story is told almost without emotion - a relaying of facts and fears. Nya’s story, while much shorter is more poignant with her constant journey for water for her family.  The dangers outlined are so different from our ordinary life that it is hard to accept that there are places in the world where their life is normal.

This is the book, the students and I are reading this quarter.  Already the students are seeing the differences in their lives compared to Nya and Salva.  A Long Walk To Water by Linda Sue Park is a great read.


The Texas Ranger by James Patterson and Andrew Bourelle

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James Patterson books seem to always catch my attention fully.  The writing styles fo the various authors that work with him seem to mesh sufficiently well for me to be all in.  That was the case in the new novel The Texas Ranger by James Patterson and Andrew Bourelle.

Rory Yates is a Texas Ranger.  He is bold and brash and sometimes does not wait before jumping into a conflict.  It has gotten him in trouble in his past. He gets a call from his ex-wife needing his help and decides to take some time to regroup, help Anne out and check in with his family.  Only nothing is quite that simple. By the time, he finishes the drive his ex-wife is murdered and he throws himself into the investigation, despite being on the list of suspects.  There are some nice twists and turns. There are family issues and perhaps even a new love interest. The story is a sold mystery with good elements.

I liked the character of Rory Yates, despite his need to be all that.   I liked the family dynamics and the small town feel. The Texas Ranger by James Patterson is a good read.  


The President is Missing by Bill Clinton and James Patterson

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The President is Missing by James Patterson and Bill Clinton is a fabulous read. There is suspense, subterfuge, backdoor politics, terrorism, betrayal and a fast paced plot that holds your attention! To me the scariest part is how real it could be!

My favorite quote from the book:

“What does it mean to be an American today?  It’s a question that will answer itself if we get back to what’s brought us this far: widening the circle of opportunity, deepening the meaning of  freedom, and strengthening bonds of community. Shrinking the definition of them and expanding the definition of us. Leaving no one behind, left out, looked down on.”

“We must get back to that mission.  And do it with both energy and humility, knowing that our time is fleeting and our power is not an end in itself but a means to achieve more noble and necessary ends.”

“The American Dream works when our common humanity matters more than our interesting difference and when together they create endless possibilities.”  

James Patterson/Bill Clinton . The President is Missing

The Rancher by Kate Pearce

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The Rancher by Kate Pearce is the sixth book in the Morgan Ranch Series. This book focuses on Rachel Morgan, the lost daughter of the Morgans.  Rachel had just completed her engineering degree and had come to Morgan Ranch to spend time with her family - a family that is all new to her. She is especially interested in the old silver mine that straddles Morgan and Lymond land.  That is how she meets Cauy Lymond.

Cauy Lymond has just returned to his family’s ranch.  His “father” left him a dilapidated farmhouse with a farm that has been left abandoned.  He has decided to start again and work on the ranch. His father hated the Morgans and often railed against them, but Cauy was not surprised since his father treated him the same way.  Riding the fence line he ran across an intruder (Rachel), taking pictures of a fallen fence line.

Rachel is concerned with the mine and the sinkhole, crevice making hole.  Cauy is concerned that she is a Morgan on his land. I have enjoyed everyone of Kate Pearce’s books in this series.  I like the way she writes. I like the way her characters interact with each other. I like the way the family works together and helps everyone. It is clear to me that the area of the Sierras where the Morgan Ranch is a difficult place to live, but beautiful place.  The Rancher by Kate Pearce is a great read.

Shattered Silence by Marta Perry

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Shattered Silence by Marta Perry was a clean contemporary romantic thriller.  The story highlights the main character, Rachel. Her ex husband seems to have disappeared with key information about his company’s newest ideas.  Rachel was the last to see him as she wanted him to sign the paperwork to put the house on the market. Only that brief meeting starts a series of events that has caused Rachel to be attacked which sends Rachel on the run to her family to hide.  Only she is not even safe there! Meanwhile a private investigation firm is also tracking down Rachel’s ex-husband and are determined to keep safe.

I loved Rachel’s family and how caring they were.  I loved how Clint fit in with her family and how he was not perfectly suave, but a character struggling to find his way forward.  Rachel and Clint work to figure out what happened and what would happen next. Rachel was determined to hear and speak the truth. Clift often had his foot in mouth.

Shattered Silence is the third book in a series called Echo Falls.  Marta Perry has written a book that brings you along on an adventure with twists and turns.  The story certainly shook Rachel’s trust, but allowed her to find a new path. Shattered Silence was a good read.  


Faking It by Carly Phillips and Erika Wilde

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A professional matchmaker looking for her newest digs meets a realtor who really digs her. Faking It by Carly Phillips and Erika Wilde is another sexy, hot book!  Hailey is a professional matchmaker and is looking into purchasing a new space to work out of.  Max, her realtor, thinks she is hot, but does not mix business with pleasure.  Hailey has made up a fake fiance to help her out, after all every matchmaker should have a match for herself.  However, before she can even ask, Max jumps in to help her out and a bargain is made.  We know that nothing is ever that easy and there are always people who want to make problems.  A minefield for Max and Hailey is ahead…

I love the duo of Carly Phillips and Erika Wilde!  Their books are fun, hot, sexy reads! Read Faking It!

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24.12 | 00:28

Always look forward to your weekly blog, Marti ... safe travels this week. Merry Christmas!

23.10 | 11:23

Awesome interview! B.J. Daniels books are just GREAT!! Always anticipating the next one! Appreciate her talent, and bringing us wonderful hours of reading!

22.10 | 18:12

For one, I’m glad you can come up with ideas and that the characters talk to you. Keep them talking and thank you and your characters.

22.10 | 17:30

I adore B J Daniels’ books. She grabs me from the first sentence and doesn’t let go until the last sentence. I loved this interview.

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