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Sunday, May 29, 2011

She wants to change the world.
He wants to change her mind.

It's the beginning of a new century at Lake Manawa resort in Iowa, but some things never change. When Emily Graham's meddlesome aunts and grandmother take it upon themselves to find her a husband among the resort guests, the spunky suffragist is determined to politely decline each and every suitor. She has neither the time nor the need for a man in her busy life.

Carter Stockton, a recent college graduate and a pitcher for the Manawa Owls baseball team, intends to enjoy every minute of the summer before he is forced into the straitlaced business world of his father.

When their worlds collide, neither Emily nor Carter could have guessed what would come next. Will Carter strike out? Or will Emily cast her vote for a love that might cost her dreams?

My Thoughts: This is one of my favorite books so far this year!!! Emily is my kinda girl! She is spunky and not afraid to speak her mind! Poor thing she has these aunts who just won't stop matchmaking her with these horrible men. She goes roller skating one afternoon and runs into an old friend of her brother's Carter Stockton . . and if he isn't a looker! He has just graduated from college, and is the new pitcher for the baseball team in town. Their paths continue to cross and Emily finds she is having the time of her life. The only problem is she is wanting to change the world, well the world for women that is, giving women the right to vote. Will her political stance affect her romance stance??? You'll have to read this book and find out. You don't want to miss this one! This is a summer beach must read!!!!!

The Lightkeeper's Ball reviewed

Olivia Stewart's family is one of the Four Hundred-the highest echelon of society in 1910. When her sister dies under mysterious circumstances, Olivia leaves their New York City home for Mercy Falls, California, to determine what befell Eleanor. She suspects Harrison Bennett, the man Eleanor planned to marry. But the more Olivia gets to know him, the more she doubts his guilt-and the more she is drawn to him herself.

When several attempts are made on her life, Olivia turns to Harrison for help. He takes her on a ride in his aeroplane, but then crashes, and they're forced to spend two days alone together. With her reputation hanging by a thread, Harrison offers to marry her to make the situation right. As a charity ball to rebuild the Mercy Falls lighthouse draws near, she realizes she wants more than a sham engagement-she wants Harrison in her life forever. But her enemy plans to shatter the happiness she is ready to grasp. If Olivia dares to drop her masquerade, she just might see the path to true happiness.

My Thoughts: This was quite a story! I really love the Gilded Age. It is such a fascinating time period. The cover art is just beautiful! When Olivia's sister Eleanor goes missing she decides to go and find out what happened. Her death is especially questionable because the family is told Eleanor died from drowning, and she couldn't swim. In trying to find out what happened to her sister mysterious things happen to Olivia. This was a great whodunit, I couldn't figure out who was behind any of what was going on, just when I thought I had it figured out, I didn't. I highly recommend this one!
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