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Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Some last minute summer reads!

Carol Wolper
Gallery Books
ISBN: 978-1-4516-5722-7
July 2012
Anne Boleyn is high on romantic optimism. She is dating her sister’s ex-boyfriend, Henry Tudor, a wealthy Hollywood power broker. Anne is well aware that she can be replaced in a nanosecond. So she utilizes everything she has to continue her reign as Henry’s favorite.
Ms. Wolper tries to embrace the historical Anne Boleyn in this modern adaptation. She implements jealous and back-stabbing friends, an ex-wife and one-sided Hollywood politics. Is it equivalent to the true story of Anne Boleyn and the Tudors? It certainly tries to; but a true history buff will be disappointed, however,I found the book unique and quite entertaining.
Reviewed by Charlene McConnell
Rating: 4
Brenda L. Baker
New American Library
ISBN: 978-0-451-23689-0
July 3, 2012
Women’s Fiction
Watching a man in a coffee shop isn’t out of the ordinary for investigator Jason Cheddick, but getting caught doing it, is unusual. When the man suddenly collapses minutes into their conversation, Jason finds out that he man has two identities: one as Eric McCoy and also as David McCoy.
Kendra McCoy is an ambitious business woman. Her husband, Eric, a political analyst, is “perfect” because he allows her to concentrate solely on her catering business. Lesley McCoy, a daycare worker, is married to David, a wildlife guide. Even though he is gone for weeks at a time, Lesley is content.
The two women meet at the hospital, both finding out their husband is in a coma, they are faced with defining the biggest lie of their lives.
This book grabs your attention from the very first page. Ms. Baker surprises everyone when she reveals the “real McCoy!”
Reviewed by Charlene McConnell
Rating: 4
David Cristafano
Grand Central Publishing
ISBN: 13-9780446582216
March 2010
Contemporary Fiction
At the age of six, Melody McCartney and her parents witnessed a brutal murder committed by Tony Bravaro, a New York mob boss. The family is forced into the Witness Protection Program to keep them safe. Twenty years later, Melody is weary of her life. To overcome boredom, she uses the Witness Protection Program to relocate and reinvent herself.
Unexpectedly, Melody is faced with two new men in her life. Sean, her new caseworker, who is trying to transition Melody to her new location and Jonathon Bravaro, son of Tony, who promises her freedom and a normal life. Does she ignore the Feds and believe the words of the son of a Mafioso killer? Melody begins an unpredictable and dangerous journey.
This is Mr. Cristafano’s debut novel and it is very well-written and enormously entertaining! Definitely one of the best books I’ve read this year!
Reviewed by Charlene McConnell
Rating: 4 1/2

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