The world's most dysfunctional family is poised to make it big as soon as the youngest sibling turns 40. The anticipation in cashing in on the family nest egg has led their lives - pay off mortgages, college tuition, live the good life but they didn't count on something going terribly wrong. Leo has maimed a young woman who was with him in a drunken car accident and the nest is gone. Each of the siblings must deal with the result and not kill Leo or each other in the process. This sums up every family every where at one time or another. You will find yourself laughing at their antics and amazed that their family is even more messed up on a good day than you thought your own family is at their worst.
Will Rhodes is an international travel writer - the sights, the food, the drink, the temptations...oh the temptations. He is married to another travel writer who left the friendly skies so that one of them would be home but what Will doesn't realize is that Chloe might not be quietly sitting at home. When Will acts impulsively on one of those many temptations his life is thrown out of whack. Who can he trust and how can he get off the hamster wheel of lies and deceit become the important questions. Did he just get recruited into the CIA? I see Brad and Angelina in the screen version of this powerful thriller in glorious locations all over the world. It is a game of cat and mouse in this world of double agents, deceit and secrets for hire. No one is who they say they are, no one is telling the truth and no one is innocent - they are just travelers.
For fans of "Jane Eyre" who prefer a sharp honed edge of steel to lace handkerchiefs, "Jane Steele" will not disappoint. Jane is orphaned at an early age and cast away, after an unfortunate incident involving her cousin, to a horrible school for governesses. While there she learns that the meek stay meek and everyone else does something about their situation only to find herself in trouble again. Fast forward to a post as governess to a delightful young girl and her unusual household, Jane has tried to bury her past. Some things just don't stay buried. Delightful, witty dialogue combined with a hint of the old classic story and a wicked twist. Jane will become your heroine after the first few pages. After all dear reader, it wasn't entirely her fault all those people died.
Ben is a go-to-guy who can be found on a really lonely stretch of highway in the middle of Utah. He goes where UPS and FedEx won't and hauls whatever you need without questions. He has seen unusual things and his clients are unusual but when he sees the woman playing a cello in an empty model home his life changes forever. Soon Ben is involved in a dangerous game of outwitting the bad guys and trying to protect the good guys. His business is shot, he loves a woman who might not be good for him and his best friend has a secret that could unravel everything. Strong characters and a tight tense plot make this debut remarkable. For fans of the underdog, the good guy trying to save the world and lonely hearts everywhere - Ben Jones is your guy and "The Never-Open Desert Diner" is your book.
1914 before the war in a little village life is easy for the privileged. A young Latin teacher begins a relationship with two young men and their aunt in the summer before World War I. Their world is very much "Downton Abbey" in that life consists of teas and parties but Beatrice is caught between two worlds. She must now work for a living after the death of her father leaves her penniless but still enjoys the companionship of Hugh and Daniel and other well off families in the area.
Beatrice is trapped between the life she knows, wanting to be loved and have a family and wanting to be a free spirit left to pursue her writing and creative side. Aunt Agatha is the pivotal character, rallying the village to put on parades and organizing for the upcoming war all the while knowing that their lives will soon change and even she will not be able to guide her charges for what comes next.
There is a good mix of characters, straight forward thinkers and free spirited wanton types whose lives will all change after that summer. The parties will cease, young people will be forced to grow up quickly and many young men will not be coming home but they will carry on.
The doomed flight of the Hindenburg is something that we know a bit about but this book takes into account the politics, intrigue and atmosphere of the world before Hitler's surge to power. We view a collection of diverse people - the only female flight attendant and her would-be boyfriend, the journalist couple whose son is being held hostage to insure their loyalty, the military, the wealthy businessman and his family and the American whose reason for being on board is suspicious. Ariel Lawhon has taken this flying Nazi hotel and made it real for us. We have access to the late night conversations in the smoking lounge, the strained dinners between the diverse passenger list as well as the dreams and fears of those aboard. Who the good guys and the bad guys aboard the ship of dreams are is as cloudy as the skies above. Historical fiction with the all too real politics makes for one really great mystery.
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