Braille Book Review

September-October 2004
Books for Adults--Fiction


The Reluctant Suitor BR 14639
by Kathleen E. Woodiwiss
5 volumes
Lady Adriana Sutton and Colton Wyndham were betrothed as children by their parents. Opposed to his father's plans, Colton left for the Napoleonic wars. He returned to find Adriana a charming and lovely young woman. His decision to marry her leads to some surprising discoveries. Some explicit descriptions of sex. Bestseller 2003.

Certain Prey BR 14728
by John Sandford
3 volumes
Clara Rinker, raped at sixteen, kills her assailant and becomes a hit woman for the Mafia. A job "working" for Carmel Loan, a Minneapolis defense attorney, hits a snag, and Clara and Carmel must save themselves from Minneapolis policeman Lucas Davenport. Strong language and some descriptions of sex. 1999.

Knock Me off My Feet BR 14730
by Susan Donovan
3 volumes
Autumn Adams, a.k.a. "Homey Helen," Chicago's version of Martha Stewart, receives threatening letters. Detective Stacey Quinn, assigned to the case, is determined to thoroughly examine Autumn's past. He just doesn't expect to find himself falling in love. Explicit descriptions of sex and strong language. 2002.

The Outlaw and the Lady BR 14732
by Lorraine Heath
2 volumes
Fortune, Texas; 1891. Outlaw Lee Raven and his gang kidnap a bank robbery witness and realize later that beautiful Angela Bainbridge is blind. At Raven's Mexican home the two fall in love before the Texas Rangers arrive. Explicit descriptions of sex, some violence, and some strong language. 2001.

The Second Summer of the Sisterhood BR 14736
by Ann Brashares
3 volumes
In this sequel to The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (BR 13765), four lifelong friends--Bridget, Lena, Tibby, and Carmen--continue to share a pair of magic blue jeans over the summer vacation. Although miles apart, they all experience family problems, romance, friendship, and betrayal. For senior high readers. 2003.

A Foreign Field BR 14738
by Gillian Chan
1 volume
During World War II, fourteen-year-old Ellen Logan of Ontario, Canada, meets seventeen-year-old RAF pilot Stephen Dearborn, who is training at a nearby air force base. Over time they become close friends as Stephen struggles with fear and nightmares before shipping out. Some strong language. For senior high readers. 2002.

Frozen Rodeo BR 14739
by Catherine Clark
2 volumes
Sixteen-year-old Peggy Fleming Farrell spends the summer working at a gas station coffee bar, yearning for a boyfriend, and helping her mother through Lamaze classes. Meanwhile her dad tries to make a comeback as a professional ice skater. For senior high readers. 2003.

Officer Friendly and Other Stories BR 14743
by Lewis Robinson
2 volumes
Eleven short stories set primarily in the seaside town of Point Allison, Maine. In "The Diver," a yuppie boater is challenged by a knife-wielding local hired to free the boat's propeller. In the title story, the arresting officer of two teenage hoodlums has a heart attack. Strong language, some descriptions of sex, and some violence. 2003.

The Scent of Spiced Oranges and Other Stories BR 14745
by Les Roberts
2 volumes
Ten stories of mystery and surprise. In "Little Cat Feet," felines help a private investigator solve his case. In the title work, a married man on a lonely stretch of highway acts in response to his infatuation with another driver. Violence and some strong language. 2002.

Shutter Island BR 14802
by Dennis Lehane
3 volumes
The events of four strange days in late summer 1954, when two U.S. marshals arrive on tiny Shutter Island to investigate a female patient's disappearance from a locked room in the asylum for the criminally insane. And that is only one aspect of the case. Some strong language. 2003.

The Quilter's Legacy: An Elm Creek Quilts Novel BR 14817
by Jennifer Chiaverini
3 volumes
While preparing for her wedding to Andrew, Sylvia searches for her late mother Eleanor's heirloom quilts but discovers they were sold decades ago. Pursuing leads to find them, she learns more about Eleanor's past and events touching her, such as the sinking of the Titanic and the flu epidemic of 1918. 2003.

The Captain's Wife BR 14820
by Douglas Kelley
3 volumes
In 1856, the captain of the clipper ship Neptune's Car falls ill at sea, leaving his pregnant young wife to command the vessel and its mutinous crew as they round treacherous Cape Horn. Kelley's novel is based on the true story of Joshua and Mary Patten. Some explicit descriptions of sex. 2001.

Alt Ed BR 14829
by Catherine Atkins
2 volumes
Six troubled students are assigned to an after-school alternative education class instead of being expelled. The coach's overweight daughter, Susan Callaway, recounts what happens in these sessions and how a gay guy becomes her best friend. Strong language and some descriptions of sex. For senior high readers. 2003.

Blood of My Blood BR 14832
by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings
2 volumes
In this autobiographical first novel--unpublished until 2002--by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Yearling (BR 12512), Rawlings chronicles her growth as an artist. Includes portrayals of her sympathetic father; her cold, domineering mother; and some pioneer ancestors. 1928.

Death Comes for the Archbishop BR 14859
by Willa Cather
2 volumes
A tale about the exploits of Bishop Jean Latour and Father Joseph Vaillant, French Catholic priests who organized pioneer and Indian missions throughout the newly created diocese of New Mexico in the second half of the nineteenth century. 1927.

Moon over Manhattan: Mystery and Mayhem BR 14862
by Larry King and Thomas H. Cook
2 volumes
Wealthy teenager Allison Vandameer, daughter of a liberal television commentator in New York City, plots a fake elopement to blackmail dad into letting her attend film school. The plan goes awry when her dim-witted boyfriend, Goonie, gets confused. Further schemes involve Goonie, a doorman, a reporter, and other hustlers. Some strong language. 2003.

Deception on His Mind BR 14864
by Elizabeth George
6 volumes
Sergeant Barbara Havers of Scotland Yard probes the murder of a wealthy Pakistani immigrant in a sleepy Essex resort town. As community liaison in the ethnically sensitive case, Havers must bridge a cultural gulf to complete the complex investigation. Descriptions of sex, violence, and strong language. Bestseller 1997.

Cyanide Wells BR 14870
by Marcia Muller
2 volumes
The disappearance of Matthew Lindstrom's wife fourteen years ago, just before their divorce, branded him a murderer and destroyed his career. When he discovers Gwen is alive, Matt heads for California to look for answers and possibly revenge--but instead finds her lesbian lover and an even bigger mystery. Some strong language. 2003.

A Place of Hiding BR 14871
by Elizabeth George
6 volumes
Scotland Yard Inspector Thomas Lynley's colleague, forensic scientist Simon St. James, comes to the aid of his wife's American friend China River. China is accused of murdering millionaire Guy Brouard on the island of Guernsey after she and her half-brother deliver a package of blueprints to him there. Strong language and some violence. 2003.

The Best Mysteries of Mary Roberts Rinehart BR 14885
by Mary Roberts Rinehart
5 volumes
Collection of four classic mystery tales by Mary Roberts Rinehart (1876-1958), written in the early twentieth century. Includes The Circular Staircase, The Man in Lower Ten, The Window at the White Cat, and The Buckled Bag. 2002.

The Song of the Earth BR 14895
by Hugh Nissenson
2 volumes
Mock biography of John Firth Baker, the first genetically engineered visual artist, born in 2037. On the tenth anniversary of Baker's murder at nineteen, a young reporter pieces together interviews and documents to portray his life, homosexuality, and art--a blend of science and religion. Strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2001.

Playing for the Ashes BR 14896
by Elizabeth George
6 volumes
Detective inspector Thomas Lynley and his partner Barbara Havers investigate the murder of cricket star Kenneth Fleming. While having an affair with Gabriella Patten, Fleming had been living with his former teacher, Miriam Whitelaw, whose daughter is dying. Some explicit descriptions of sex and some strong language. Bestseller 1994.

The Enemy Has a Face BR 14922
by Gloria D. Miklowitz
1 volume
Middle schooler Netta Hofman and her family have temporarily moved to Los Angeles from Israel when her seventeen-year-old brother disappears. Netta becomes convinced that Arab terrorists are involved, even as she befriends a Palestinian boy at school. For junior and senior high readers. 2003.

The Year of the Hangman BR 14923
by Gary Blackwood
2 volumes
Unruly fifteen-year-old Creighton Brown, banished from England in 1777, goes to live with his uncle in the American colonies, then nearly defeated by British forces. Abducted by patriot rebels en route to Florida, Creighton is taken to New Orleans, where he soon has to choose sides. For junior and senior high readers. 2002.

My Heart's Desire BR 14935
by June Masters Bacher
2 volumes
Covered-wagon era, the westward push to Oregon. In this sequel to Seasons of Love (BR 10473), Yolanda's wedding day dawns bright, but is shattered when Blue Bucket Mine explodes, claiming the life of her new husband and of Rachel's husband, Cole. As both women struggle to understand God's will, new men enter their lives. 1986.

The Heart Remembers BR 14936
by June Masters Bacher
2 volumes
Oregon Territory, nineteenth century. After ten years in prison Julius Doogan returns to Lordsburg, and Yolanda fears he will jeopardize her marriage to Maynard Killjoy. She relies on her faith in God and the strength of her best friend, Rachel, as she and Maynard face several crises. Sequel to My Heart's Desire (BR 14935). 1990.

From This Time Forth BR 14937
by June Masters Bacher
2 volumes
Oregon Territory, nineteenth century. In this sequel to The Heart Remembers (BR14936), Yolanda's sister Callie has fallen in love with teacher Bonaparte Bixby. Unfortunately Bixby has his own reasons for being in Lordsburg. Yolanda and her best friend, Rachel, unite with the town women to deal with Bixby and other unsavory arrivals. 1991.

The Chili Queen BR 14986
by Sandra Dallas
2 volumes
On the train to Nalgitas, New Mexico, brothel owner Addie French meets Emma Roby, a mail-order bride. When Emma's prospective husband fails to show, Addie takes her in at her "boarding house"--the Chili Queen. There Emma meets Welcome, the African American cook, and Ned, an outlaw. Together they devise a moneymaking scheme. Spur Award. 2002.

Abandon in Place BR 14987
by Jerry Oltion
3 volumes
When astronaut Rick Spencer boards a ghost Saturn V rocket, he can't resist landing on the moon--collecting his girlfriend and a mission astronomer on the way. During their return quarantine, Rick and Tessa discover they have psychic powers. Expanded version of Nebula Award-winning novella. Some strong language. 2000.

Lost BR 15073
by Joy Fielding
3 volumes
Toronto divorcée Cindy Carver's twenty-one-year-old daughter, Julia, fails to return home after an audition with a famous Hollywood director. Cindy suspects all her acquaintances in the disappearance--even her ex-husband. She feels remorse that she never really connected with her self-absorbed firstborn. Some strong language. 2003.

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