Thursday, February 6, 2014

Library Journal's Reader's Shelf


From Library Journal

Hold the Bonbons, Add the Adventures




Outlander
Outlander
By Gabaldon, Diana
2001-07 - Delta
9780385319959 Check Our Catalog

Unrivaled storytelling ... unforgettable characters ... rich historical detail ... these are the hallmarks of Diana Gabaldon's work. Her "New York Times bestselling Outlander novels have earned the praise of critics and captured millions of readers.
Here is the story that started it all, introducing two remarkable characters, Claire Randall and Jamie Fraser, in a spellbinding novel of passion and history that combines exhilarating adventure with a love story for the ages....
The year is 1945. Claire Randall, a former combat nurse, is back from the war and reunited with her husband on a second honeymoon -- when she walks through a standing stone in one of the ancient stone circles that dot the British Isles. Suddenly she is a Sassenach -- an "outlander" -- in a Scotland torn by war and raiding Highland clans in the year of Our Lord ... 1743.
Hurled back in time by forces she cannot understand, Claire is catapulted into intrigues and dangers that may threaten her life ... and shatter her heart. For here she meets James Fraser, a gallant young Scots warrior, and becomes a woman torn between fidelity and desire ... and between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives.
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A Discovery of Witches
A Discovery of Witches
By Harkness, Deborah E.
2011-12 - Penguin Books
9780143119685 Check Our Catalog


Debut novelist Harkness has crafted a mesmerizing and addictive read, equal parts history and magic, romance and suspense--a richly inventive novel about a centuries-old vampire, a spellbound witch, and the mysterious manuscript that draws them together.
If you enjoy a bit of Academia in your escapism, A Discovery of Witches is a wonderful treat.  Unlike some other works involving the occult or supernatural, the emphasis on storytelling was richly interwoven with history and the history of science.  This reader savored various parts of Harkness' writing of describing a strong female character who's pursuit of knowledge opened doors of the past as well as eventual knowledge of the character's self and her own power.
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Madam, Will You Talk?
Madam, Will You Talk?
By Stewart, Mary
2003-11 - HarperTorch
9780060093563 Check Our Catalog

Now gorgeously repackaged, three classic tales of romantic suspense by the "New York Times" bestselling author are available once again. Reissue. …More


The River of No Return
The River of No Return
By Ridgway, Bee
2014-03 - Plume Books
9780142180839 Check Our Catalog

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The Lost Sisterhood
The Lost Sisterhood
By Fortier, Anne
2014-03 - Ballantine Books
9780345536228 Check Our Catalog

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Poison Study
Poison Study
By Snyder, Maria V.
2008-11 - Mira Books
9780778327110 Check Our Catalog

The first novel in Snyder's series set in a Renaissance-like world. About to be executed for murder, Yelena is offered an extraordinary reprieve. She'll eat the best meals, have rooms in the palace--and risk assassination by anyone trying to kill the Commander of Ixia. …More