Thursday, September 17, 2009

Book Description: Gooding, Texas, is about to gain a double blessing--a veterinarian and a doctor. But when siblings Enoch and Taylor Bestman arrive, the discovery that the long-awaited doctor is in fact a woman has the town up in arms. Karl Van der Vort is no exception, though he becomes Taylor's first patient...against his will. Karl finds he can't deny Taylor's doctoring skills, but he also can't come to terms with her unladylike occupation. Taylor, on the other hand, wants only to prove that doctoring is her life's calling, despite the town's opposition. But when her practice--and Taylor herself--are threatened, Karl's protectiveness flares into a different emotion altogether. As Pride Meets Attraction Head-On, Sparks Begin to Fly!

My Thoughts: Fraternal twins, Enoch and Taylor come to Gooding, TX to open their medical practices. Enoch a veterinary practice, and Taylor a medical practice. There is quite a stir in the town because Taylor is a FEMALE, and not everyone is thrilled with having a woman caring for them. Especially the MEN. The idea for the story was a good one, and it started out great. However, the story just didn't flow and it seemed to me that Hake got confused as to what part of the country she was writing in. Throughout the book there were lots of Amish words used and that seemed strange language to me in Gooding, TX. This wasn't a home run for me. If you like historical fiction with strong female heroines I say give this one a shot.

Review of In The Arms of Immortals by Ginger Garrett

Description: The time of the angels is over. "Never again will men believe in unseen goodness. "The age of fear has begun."
Sicily, 1347. It starts with a strange ship in the village harbor. That night an old man falls ill.then the baker's wife.then a street urchin. By morning half the townspeople are dead and more are dying-horribly. Civic order breaks down. Wolves are moving in from the countryside. And no one has a clue what is happening or how to stop it. Not the local priest. Not the rich baron. Not the baron's proud daughter, nor the powerful knight who loves her. Certainly not the outcast healer whom many call a witch.
Only the Destroyer and the unseen Watchers know the real story.along with an unwilling visitor from another time. Mariskka recognizes the Black Death that soon will decimate Europe. But she has no voice to speak, no way to help.until she dares open her pain-hardened heart to unfathomable truth. Richly imagined tautly suspenseful, and deeply moving.another heart-stopping historical thriller from the author of In the Shadow of Lions.

My Thoughts: I loved the Shadow of The Lions and this book was just as intriguing, mysterious, and suspensful. Being that I am Italian, I loved the setting, and Ginger Garrett was able to make it so real you actually felt like you were there. If you enjoy historical fiction I highly recommend this. You will want to revisit Mariskka, and Sicily again, and again.

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