Monday, January 11, 2010

Weekly Finds: 1/11/10 - Part 1 (A day late)

I'm not sure why I didn't get this up yesterday, but here it is now.  These are all books that I purchased with gift cards that I received for Christmas.

Death on Demand by Carolyn Hart

From the back of the book:  At Annie Laurance's Death on Demand bookstore on Broward's Rock Island, South Carolina, murder more foul suddenly isn't confined to the well-stocked bookshelves.  Author Elliot Morgan's abrupt demise during a weekly gathering of famous mystery writers called the Sunday Night Regulars is proof positive that a bloody sword is sometimes mightier than a brilliant pen.

Who could plot a murder better than a mystery writer?

With Annie in the unenviable position of primary police suspect, the pretty young mystery maven and her wealty paramour, Max Darling, embark on an investigation into a classic locked-room mystery with high stakes.  For failing to unmask a brutal and ingenious killer could mean prison for Ms. Laurance.  Whilesuccess could mean her death.

Through The Dark Woods: A Young Woman's Journey Out Of Depression by James Jones

From the back of the book:  Depression is dubbed 'the common cold of mental health'.  One in five will experience depression.  Sufferers include Winston Churchill, Henri Nouwen, Joni Mitchell, Vincent Van Gogh, and the preachers Luther, Spurgeon and Wesley.

Jo Swinney stresses the importance of correct diagnosis.  She addresses the impact on relationships - what happens to romance?  To your job prospects? To your longsuffering family? - and explains how depression affects your relationship with God.

She also outlines sensible, practical strategies that have helped her and others: keep a journal, pray short punchy prayers, find safe places, pay attention to your dreams, laugh at silly jokes.  This is a delightful, shrewd, warm book by a survivor.

Fragile Eternity by Melissa Marr

From the inside cover:  Seth never expected he would want to settle down with anyone - but that was before Aislinn.  She is everything he'd ever dreamed of and he wants to be with her forever.  Forever takes on a new meaning, though, when your girlfriend is an immortal faery queen.

Aislinn never expected to rule the very creatures who'd always terrified her - but that was before Keenan.  He stole her mortality to make her a monarch, and now she faces challenges and enticements beyond any she'd ever dreamed.

In Melissa Marr's third mesmerizing tale of Faerie.  Seth and Aislinn struggle to stay true to themselves and each other in a milieu of shadowy rules and shifting allegiances, where old friends become new enemies and one wrong move could plunge the Earth into chaos.

Rumors by Anna Godberson

From the back of the book:  As rumors fly about the ultimely demise of New York's brightest star, Elizabeth Holland, all eyes are on those closest to the dearly departed: her sister, Diana, the family's only hope for redemption; Henry Schoonmaker, the flame Elizabeth never extinguished; Penelope Hayes, poised to claim all that her best friend left behind; even Elizabeth's former maid, Lina Broud, who discovers that while money matters and breeding counts, gossip is the new currency.  Inn this delicious sequel to the New York Times best selling The Luxe, nothing is more dangerous than a scandal...or more precious than a secret.

Tehanu by Ursula K. Le Guin

From the back of the book:  Years before, they had escaped together from the sinister Tombs of Atuan - she, an isolated young priestess, he, a powerful wizard.  Now she is a farmer's widow, having chosen for herself the simple pleasures of an ordinary life.  And he is a broken old man, mourning the powers lost to him not by choice.

A lifetime ago, they helped each other at a time of darkness and danger.  Now they must join forces again, to help another - the physically and emotionally scarred child whose own destiny remains to be revealed.

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