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Friday, May 15, 2009

Friday Finds 5-15-2009

Here are my finds this week!

Secrets She Left Behind by Diane Chamberlain
Publisher: Mira
Found through Shelf Awareness

I could not find a synopsis of this book - but did find some others by this author that looked good too!

The Secret Life of CeeCee Wilkes

An unsolved murder.

A missing child.

A lifetime of deception.

In 1977, pregnant Genevieve Russell disappeared. Twenty years later, her remains are discovered and Timothy Gleason is charged with murder. But there is no sign of the unborn child.

CeeCee Wilkes knows how Genevieve Russell died, because she was there. And she also knows what happened to the missing infant, because two decades ago she made the devastating choice to raise the baby as her own. Now Timothy Gleason is facing the death penalty, and she has another choice to make. Tell the truth, and destroy her family. Or let an innocent man die in order to protect a lifetime of lies…

Before the Storm

Fifteen-year-old Andy Lockwood is special.

Others notice the way he blurts out anything that comes into his mind, how he cannot foresee consequences, that he's more child than teenager. But his mother sees a boy with a heart as open and wide as the ocean.

Laurel Lockwood lost her son once through neglect. She's spent the rest of her life determined to make up for her mistakes, and she's succeeded in becoming a committed, protective parent—maybe even overprotective. Still, she loosens her grip just enough to let Andy attend a local church social—a decision that terrifies her when the church is consumed by fire. But Andy survives…and remarkably, saves other children from the flames. Laurel watches as Andy basks in the role of unlikely hero and the world finally sees her Andy, the sweet boy she knows as well as her own heart.

But when the suspicion of arson is cast upon Andy, Laurel must ask herself how well she really knows her son…and how far she'll go to keep her promise to protect him forever.

The Courage Tree

Eight-year-old Sophie Donohue just wanted to be like every other little girl. Which is why her mother, Janine, reluctantly agreed to let her go on the weekend camping trip with her Brownie troop. But when Janine arrives to pick up Sophie after the trip, her daughter is not with the others. Somehow, along the forested route from West Virginia, Sophie has disappeared.

But Sophie is no ordinary eight-year-old. She suffers from a rare disease, and Janine has recently enrolled her in an experimental treatment as a last effort to save her life—despite the vehement objections of her ex-husband, Joe. Without her medication, Sophie cannot survive long. All her mother's instincts tell Janine that Sophie is alive, but time is running out.

Deep in the Virginia forest, another drama unfolds. Sophie finds refuge in a remote cabin inhabited by Zoe, a woman who wants nothing to do with the child. Zoe is struggling to save her own daughter from the law, and Sophie's presence jeopardizes any chance of that happening. She is as determined to save her daughter as Janine is to save Sophie…and only one of them can succeed.

What great books did you find this week?? Stop over at Should Be Reading and share yours!

All descriptions are from the Mira website.


Literature Crazy said...

Her books always seem like something I'd like to read (although I've never gotten around to it). Her covers, especially, in their simplicity, do something for me.

Jess said...

I haven't heard of this author before... fantastic covers and great finds!

gautami tripathy said...

I love the covers of all those books. Seems like a great find. Must check out this author.

Here is my find

-.- said...

She has really great covers for her books. I haven't heard of her before, but she sounds like someone I should check out.

~ Popin

Lusty Reader said...

I haven't heard of this author before either. Out of all the summaries The Secret Life of CeeCee Wilkes appeals the most to me

Jo-Jo said...

These are great finds...I have heard of this author but haven't read any of her books yet myself. My find is here.

Alyce said...

I hope they're good! I love it when I find a new author that already has a lot of great books published.

Becca said...

I have not read any of these books, but I think The Secret Life of CeeCee Wilkes and The Courage Tree look really good.


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