Sunday, July 28, 2013

#BookReview--> Whitehorse, Montana: Winchester Ranch Series Book #1- Gun-Shy Bride by B.J. Daniels



The first time I came across a book by B.J. Daniels, it was by accident. I was not very keen on romances and so I had practically passed judgement on the book without even reading it once!!
But when I read the book, I loved it so much that I read more of her books and have never looked back since... :)

As I can confidently claim now, B.J. Daniels is one author who never disappoints. All her books are a treat and that is the reason she is a highly acclaimed author who has written more than fifty books and won numerous prestigious awards. I simply love her books.. :)

Gun-Shy Brideis the first book in the Winchester Ranch series and takes us on a roller coaster ride to the wilds of Montana,

Saturday, July 20, 2013

#BookReview--> Moriah's Landing #4 : Behind the Veil by Joanna Wayne



Becca Smith is new to the town of Moriah's Landing but she feels that she has a connection to the place and its this connection that has drawn her here. Becca has some secrets of her own,

#BookReview--> Moriah's Landing #3- Scarlet Vows by Dani Sinclair



Brianna Dudley is a young waitress in a diner while Andrew Pierce is the older son of the most prominent family in the town of Moriah's Landing. They seem to have no connection since Brianna or Brie is poor while Andrew is exceedingly rich. Where Brie is a waitress, Andrew is running for Mayor. Where Brie comes from the wrong side of the town, Andrew's family lives in lavish surroundings with everything that money can buy. In spite of all these apparent differences in their worlds, they both share a history and a secret that Brie is determined to keep for it can ruin Andrew's future.

Years ago they shared one night of passion and though for Andrew it was just some fling, it changed Brie's life forever. Now that Andrew is back in town and running for Mayor, she has to work even harder to keep her secret and protect her family.

Andrew had buried Brie's memory somewhere in the depths of his mind but when he sees her again he is stunned by the intensity of emotions he feels towards her. Everything comes back with a vengeance, his longing for the one woman he truly loved and one who got away is so strong that he is unable to deny the attraction he had first felt for her five years ago and when he comes to know that Brie has a daughter named Nicole, who when he sees her for the first time is surprised to see his own eyes staring back at him !

He is determined to never let Brie and Nicole get away again. They marry but are their marriage vows OF LOVE or is it just a marriage of CONVENIENCE?

Brie has loved Drew for like forever and she always dreamt of a marriage based on love with Drew but not this formality that she feels she is getting.

While Brie and drew have to solve the mysteries of their heart and realize their true feelings for each other so that they can build a future for their daughter together, the wife of the well-known research doctor and gene therapy expert, Leland Manning is killed and rumors about "who killed her" start to fly.

Brie turns to Manning as the last attempt at saving her mother's life who is suffering from inoperable cancer and even agrees to let him take her blood sample for his study on witches since apparently Brie comes from a prominent line of witches. But then Brie is attacked and Nicole taken and it becomes clear that they have become the next target of the killer. 
Its up to Andrew and Brie now to let go of their differences and save their child before its too late while solving the mystery of her disappearance.

Who has taken Nicole?
Who is the killer and why is he after Nicole?
Is the murder and disappearance related to the murders from twenty years before?
Can Drew and Brie save their daughter in time?
What is the role of the mysterious Dr. Leland Manning in all of this?
Are all these events related to the secret society of scientists who want Brie and Nicole for their twisted lab experiments? 
Will Drew and Brie admit their love before it is too late?

The third book in the Moriah's Landing series, Scarlet Vowsis another treat to read. This is the story of Brie who is always looking out for others more than herself. She had once loved a man and got burned in the process. Now she has decided never to let any man again in her heart. Her life revolves around her young daughter, Nicole, and her ailing mother. 

Drew is the prodigal son returned and is expected to follow in the footsteps of his father and become the mayor. He seems reserved at first but his true nature is revealed when he first sees Brie in the diner and when he comes to know about his daughter. He is adoring, responsible and a man who can charm anyone. A pillar of the society, he charms the readers and makes one fall in love with him. Brie is fiercely independent and has a hard time accepting help from anyone specially from Drew, who is running for Mayor and who she feels can be adversely affected if involved in her situation

Dr. Leland Manning is a mysterious and a dark character, who it seems sometimes can read even your most intimate thoughts, is a suitable personality for encouraging all the wild stories about the illegal and secret experiments he is doing in his secluded lab, giving the reader the creeps.

The book, Scarlet Vowsis an engrossing read where the reader turns pages quickly in his excitement to know the answer to the mystery. The author has given the story the appropriate dark and mysterious setting required for the story to progress and is successful in efficiently providing the next piece in the puzzle via this book. It doesn't seem like the book is written by a different author, such is the skill with which Dani Sinclair picks up her story in the already running chain of events and gives a story which is expertly thought, linked and executed.

I had already met Brie in the previous books and it was interesting to read her own story. I give Scarlet Vows a 4.5 out of 5 and recommend its entry in the "must-read" list of books.


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Thursday, July 18, 2013

#BookReview--> Moriah's Landing #2 : Howling in the darkness by B.J. Daniels



Kat Ridgemont is a P.I in the seemingly ordinary town of Moriah's Landing. But all is not what meets the eye and Moriah's Landing as well as the people in it have secrets of their own. 

Have you ever felt like there is someone with you in your room but unable to find anyone?

#BookReview--> Moriah's Landing #1 : Secret Sanctuary by Amanda Stevens


Can a place be evil? 
Can it induce people towards crimes? 
Are witches and ghosts real? 


Moriah’s Landing, a small port town, looked ordinary at first glance. A small town where everyone knows everyone and where the major income is through tourism , one wouldn't suspect anything out of the ordinary ever happening but

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

#BookReview--> Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach



Have you ever felt like you are meant for something but have never got around doing it ?
Maybe because it goes against the expectations that

#BookReview: Tuesdays With Morrie By Mitch Albom

Book Review:

As the cover rightly states, Tuesdays With Morrie is a book about an old man, a young man and life's greatest lesson.

Morrie Schwartz was no super hero, no celebrity either rather he was a "small man who takes small steps, as if a strong wind could, at any time, whisk him up into the clouds",  who had been a Professor when the author Mitch Albom was a student at the Brandeis University.
Then the question arises, what was it about him that made Mitch think that he was worth writing a book about?

The answer to that question is that he didn't think any such thing. Morrie's only claim to fame had been an appearance on a show called Nightline and it was through this that Mitch came to know that his old professor whom he had not met for some twenty years was dying of ALS. It saddened Mitch and he decided to meet him. What was initially a reunion of an old professor and his student became a final lesson on life's complexities.

I was touched by Morrie and his optimistic approach towards life. He was brave, lively, sensitive, compassionate and someone who knew how to break life's complexities into simple steps.
Morrie had been a grandparent, a teacher, a colleague, a friend. He had been someone who could listen patiently to all that you had to say without passing judgement. He made you see the world as a more profound place, and guided you whenever you faltered. "You" here being all his students especially Mitch and all the people who came to him. But most importantly he was someone who was dying and therefore had become more interesting to people.In his own words,

"People see me as a bridge. I'm not as alive as I used to be, but I'm not yet dead. I'm sort of... in-between."
"I'm on the last great journey here - and people want me to tell them what to pack."

His appearances on TV where his way of reaching out to people all over the world and giving them hope.

His mantra "When you learn how to die, you learn how to live." was something that he wanted people to know. Morrie was a brave man, a compassionate man who knew the value of time and even in his last moments chose to make himself an example where others could see and take his lead to live fully even in the face of death like he was doing.

Mitch and Morrie subsequently spent the next sixteen Tuesdays together exploring many of life's fundamental issues like Death, fear, aging, greed, marriage,family, forgiveness,society,a meaningful life. Morrie was giving his last lecture while Mitch was writing his final thesis. Even when dying Morrie was imparting his wisdom to people around him. He was truly "A Teacher to the Last".


Mitch has captured Morrie's deteriorating condition, his courage and his zest to life in a simple yet captivating way. The reader feels myriad emotions while reading the book from happiness to acute sorrow, from evaluating one's own life to planning the future on Morrie's principles.

The scene that specially stuck with me was the one where Morrie tells Mitch about the place where he has planned to be buried and asks him to visit, telling him to make it a tuesday as they are "Tuesday people".
As for talking, he has a simple solution for Mitch

"After I'm dead, you talk. And I'll listen."

The final class with Morrie changed Mitch and as he says

"I look back sometimes at the person I was before I rediscovered my old professor. I want to talk to that person. I want to tell him what to look out for, what mistakes to avoid. I want to tell him to be more open, to ignore the lure of advertised values, to pay attention when you loved ones are speaking, as if it were the last time you might hear them."

He also accepts that he cannot "undo" the past but one thing that he learned from his professor was that there is no such thing as "too late" in life. Morrie was changing until the day he said good bye!!

The book left me wiping my tears and left me with an acute sense loss and of re-evaluation of my life. The things that we take for granted like a normal day was something that had become just wishful thinking for someone like Morrie who could not even wriggle his toes at his will!

Life is short, make the most of it.

The book, Tuesdays With Morrie deserves a 5 out of 5 and Morrie is someone who will always remain in the memories of thousands of people to whom he gave hope and introduced them to a path of happiness and contentment. I respect him and hope his message reaches far and wide. Do read the book, for Morrie's class is a success!!




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Sunday, July 14, 2013

#BookReview--> The Lucky One By Nicholas Sparks



"How far would you travel to find love?" is the question asked on the cover and this was what made me pick this novel in the bookstore,

Sunday, July 7, 2013

#BookReview--> The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch



If you are asked to give a lecture titled The Last Lecture in which you have to envision yourself as dying.

What will you say? 
What is it that you will convey to your loved ones, friends and colleagues before you die?
What wisdom will you impart to the world if you knew it was your last chance to do so?

All these questions and more come to mind when one thinks of such a possibility. It looks surreal that such a situation might arise because we by design are meant to deny the inevitable i.e. DEATH.

When Randy Pausch, a computer science professor at Carnegie Mellon, was asked to give such a lecture he didn't have to imagine himself dying as he had been recently diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and had only a few months to live.

 Randy, a dying man, wanted to leave a legacy for his children, a guide that would help them achieve their dreams, a medium to know their father who would soon be dead and not be a part of their lives....
So he did what he was good at. Being a professor, he lectured and named it "Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams".

 “If I were a painter, I would have painted for them. If I were a musician, I would have
composed music. But I am a lecturer. So I lectured.”

It’s a touching journey and a last lecture that will force you to re-evaluate your life...

He was faced with the challenge to deliver a lecture which would be his last offering to everyone and that is what it became. An unforgettable legacy to people around the world about living your life to the fullest, enjoying each moment, achieving your dreams and adopting a never say die attitude.

Randy aptly named his last lecture as "Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams" which was not about dying but about overcoming obstacles in your life, achieving your dreams while enabling the dreams of others, seizing each opportunity you get to make a memory because “time is all you have… and you may find one day that you have less than you think”.

As he said, “We cannot change the cards we are dealt, just how we play the hand”  and that's what he did. He played the cards that were dealt to him to the best of his capabilities. Although he was dying but Randy was giving death a run for its money by not letting himself succumb to the grief, hopelessness and sadness associated with his condition. He was living his life, was busy creating memories with his kids and wife and preparing his family for a life after his death.

This book is a legacy for his children as well as for everyone. It acts as an eyeopener to the fact that life is unpredictable and while we have it we should be grateful and never have any regret in our lives. He has combined his wisdom with humor, intelligence, inspiration and a moral that will be shared for generations.

Experience is what you get when you didn't get what you wanted. And experience is often the most valuable thing you have to offer.”

 Randy shares his experiences from his life and provides a deep insight into his life, his beliefs, his inspirations and the motives that drove him.

The experiences, situations, the decision phases that he faced feel valid for our lives also. The morals, conclusions, wisdom give a solution to some or the other situation that we faced or might be facing.
The story is saddening but inspiring and leaves you feeling sad for the family and for Randy.
I also felt cheated, cheated of an opportunity to interact with this terrific guy because I got to know of this book and about him too late. He had already left this world. :(

Randy proved that no matter what card he was dealt he was capable to taking the best of it. He was a man who is an inspiration and will continue to inspire all through his book to go out there and succeed. Work hard and “Dreams will come to you”.

This is a book that moved me immensely and made me re-evaluate the choices that I was making. It inspired me to take chances and work hard to achieve my goals and even if I fail at least have the satisfaction of having tried.

The Last Lectureis a must have on everyone's book list and is a compelling story of a dying man who lived thirty years in a matter of a few months. He enjoyed life till the very end and even in death came out a winner who never quit.

I give The Last Lecture a 5 on 5. An ultimate guide on how to live your life, I strongly recommend it to everyone.

You can also watch The Last Lecture given by Randy at www.thelastlecture.com

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

#BookReview--> Fugitive Bride By Miranda Lee



Fugitive Brideby Miranda Lee revolves around Leah , an innocent and naive girl who marries Gerard Woodward, who is everything a woman dreams of - powerful, wealthy and handsome.

#BookReview--> Hercule Poirot #37- Elephants Can Remember By Agatha Christie



I can’t say that I have not loved any of Agatha Christie’s books and Elephants Can Remember is no exception.
A very bossy woman, Mrs Bourtan-Cox confronts Mrs Ariadne Oliver, a famous detective fiction novelist, at a literary event and asks her the mysterious question

‘Did her mother kill her father or was it the father who killed the mother?’

The question is in retrospect of two deaths that occurred fifteen years ago of General and Lady Ravenscroft. Both shot dead but were they murdered? Who killed who? Was it a suicide pact? A crime of passion?  Or A cold blooded murder?

The police had left an open verdict and now Mrs Oliver decides to take the help of her friend, Hercule Poirot and solve this cold case. The case is old and the trail has gone cold with no witnesses apparent but as they delve into the past they discover that 'Old sins leave long shadows' and that people like elephants, can remember!

 
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