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Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Library Loot: 1-13-2010

More great books this week - These are all to be blamed on fellow bloggers!

Library Loot is hosted by Eva at A Striped Armchair and Marg at Reading Adventures.

The House of the Spirits
by Isabel Allende

Here, in an astonishing debut by a gifted storyteller, is the magnificent saga of proud and passionate men and women and the turbulent times through which they suffer and triumph. They are the Truebas. And theirs is a world you will not want to leave, and one you will not forget.

ESTEBAN - the patriarch, a volatile and proud man whose lust for land is legendary and who is haunted by his tyrannical passion for the wife he can never completely possess.

CLARA - the matriarch, elusive and mysterious, who foretells family tragedy and shapes the fortunes of the house of the Truebas.

BLANCA - their daughter, soft-spoken yet rebellious, whose shocking love for the son of her father's foreman fuels Esteban's everlasting contempt...even as it produces the grandchild he adores.

ALBA - the fruit of Blanca's forbidden love, a luminous beauty, a fiery and willful woman...the family's break with the past and link to the future. (inside cover)

Waiting for the Moon
by Kristin Hannah

Before she soared up national bestseller lists with her contemporary fiction, Kristin Hannah wrote stunning historical tales of destiny and magic. Waiting for the Moon is one of her most unforgettable novels--a haunting, lyrically written tale of obsession, redemption, and the healing power of love.

Selena doesn't remember who she is or how she came to the hidden mansion on the isolated Maine coast. Lost in a confusing world filled with strangers, she finds comfort in a man whose eyes reflect her own desperate loneliness. Dr. Ian Carrick invites her into his mysterious sanctuary where he has retreated from the world that betrayed him. For her, he begins to believe in himself once more. But even love cannot protect her from her own terrible secrets... (back cover)

The Wedding Girl
by Madeleine Wickham

From the author of the internationally bestselling Sophie Kinsella novels, Madeleine Wickham's The Wedding Girl is a delightful comedy about a secret that becomes the ultimate wedding crasher!

At the age of eighteen, in that first golden Oxford summer, Milly was up for anything. Now, ten years later, she is a very different person. Engaged to a man who is wealthy, serious, and believes her to be perfect, she is facing the biggest and most elaborate wedding imaginable. But one small episode from the past has the power to completely derail her carefully planned nuptials. Milly has locked away this history so securely that she has almost persuaded herself it doesn't exist--until, with only four days to go, her secret catches up with her...And when "I do" gives you deja vu, it could be a problem. (inside cover)

One Good Turn
by Kate Atkinson

On a beautiful summer day, crowds lined up outside a theater witness a sudden act of extreme road rage: a tap on a fender triggers a nearly homicidal attack. Jackson Brodie, ex-cop, ex-private detective, new millionaire, is among the bystanders.

The even thrusts Jackson into the orbit of the wife of an unscrupulous real estate tycoon, a washed-up comedian, a successful crime novelist, a mysterious Russian woman, and a female police detective. Each of them hiding a secret, each looking for love or money or redemption or escape, they all play a role in driving Jackson out of retirement and into the middle of several mysteries that intersect in one sinister scheme.

Kate Atkinson "writes such fluid, sparkling prose that an ingenious plot almost seems too much to ask, but we get it anyway," writes Laura Miller for Salon. With a keen eye for the excesses of modern life, a warm understanding of the frailties of the human heart, and a genius for plots that turn and twist, Atkinson has written a novel that delights and surprises from the first page to the last. (inside cover)


Anonymous said...

A good haul. I loved the Kate Atkinson and i have fond memories of The House of the Spirits. Happy reading!

Linda said...

Great loot. Looks like some great books!

bermudaonion said...

You found some great books! The Wedding Girl and One Good Turn both catch my eye. I'll be watching for your reviews.

Dar said...

Looks like you picked up a lot of good ones there. The House of the Spirits looks like something I would like.

pussreboots said...

I had House of Spirits on my TBR shelf for ages but ended up giving the book to a friend. If I get the desire to read it I can (as you did) borrow it from my library. My post is here.

Christine said...

Enjoy your loot!

I have to say I'm relieved to find someone else participating in Library Loot with only a single armful of books. I usually only borrow 1-3 books at a time but so many people borrow 5-15! How do they do it? LOL

Nise' said...

Great loot. I am going to have to check out Kristin Hannah's book.

Aths said...

Great books!! I'm eager to know how you find Waiting for the Moon and The Wedding Girl. I've read only True Colors by Kristin Hannah, and wasn't too impressed. I've been hesitant to read Madeleine Wickam since many say they are not as good as the books she writes under Sophie Kinsella.


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