Full Bloom by Janet Evanovich and Charlotte Hughes

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Book Description

Publication Date:May 6, 2008
Dear Reader,
The temperature’s on “sizzle” again in Beaumont, South Carolina, where peach trees are in season and ripe for the picking. So is its newest entrepreneur, Annie Fortenberry, who has inherited her grandmother’s B&B (and its eccentric handyman Erdle Thorney). According to a local psychic she also inherited a spirit from its glory days as a brothel-not the kind of publicity the Peach Tree Bed & Breakfast needs if it’s hosting millionaire Max Holt’s upcoming wedding! If rumors of a naughty, prank-playing ghost aren’t stressful enough, a mysterious man has arrived with an eye on Annie and her master suite. Wes Bridges is all leather and denim, sporting a two-day beard, straddling a Harley, and sending the B&B’s testosterone level through the roof. Annie’s cool demeanor may be dropping as fast as Wes’s jeans, but leave it to her missing ex-husband to dampen the passion! Turns out someone has done him in, and all evidence points to Annie! Wrapped up in a murder plot, Annie must find the killer, save her own neck, and get back to where she was-wrapped up in Wes’s strong loving arms…
We guarantee that you’re going to have as much fun reading Full Bloom as we had writing it! (Even if we were surprised by the ending!) And you won’t want to miss the hair-raising shenanigans when Fleas, the hound dog, meets the most cantankerous, snooty, bad-tempered, twenty-two pound orange cat….
Janet and Charlotte
Review-
This is only the second book I’ve read by this author. The first was Manhunt  in May of 2009.  To me they are good as “fluff” reading or listening because you don’t have to think while time passes. After reading The Infection by Craig DiLouie I was ready for something less deadly,menacing, and world ending so I choose this and besides our local public library has a horrible selection of audio books and I didn’t have much choice.
It was a murder mystery mixed with romance and a ghost.  It was pleasant to listen to and I didn’t have to work my brain too hard, which is nice once  in awhile.

Donuts by Julia Dweck

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Book Description

Publication Date:September 20, 2012
Donuts is a fairy tale with a modern day appeal. Meet Merl, a plucky, young squirrel who makes his home in a vast wilderness where all the trees have been cut to the ground. When Merl finds the very last acorn, he makes an extraordinary wish, resulting in one final oak tree sprouting. However, Merl’s wish is far from granted when the tree’s sprawling branches fail to bloom one single nut. A visit to a park turns Merl’s world upside down and his tree will never be the same. This is a majestic and poignant tale that exemplifies the beauty of loyalty in the friendship that grows between a squirrel and his tree. Donuts will touch the hearts of readers and make the most ardent cynic, smile. Stunning illustrations and melodic rhyming text make this enchanting adventure a memorable read.
Review –
I decided to read this on a fluke because I LOVE DONUTS but it surprised me and brought a smile to my face and tears to my eyes. It’s about friendship and loyalty and we can all take a lesson from Merl. The beautiful illustrations were a bonus and fit the characters perfectly.
I recommend this book for everyone.        
 

Nano by Robin Cook

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Book Description

Publication Date:December 4, 2012
After a tumultuous year in which her mentor is murdered and her estranged father comes back into her life, Pia Grazdani, the embattled medical student from Death Benefit, decides to take a year off from her medical studies and escape New York City. Intrigued by the promise of the burgeoning field of medical technology and the chance to clear her head, Pia takes a job at Nano, LLC, a lavishly funded, security-conscious nanotechnology institute in the picturesque foothills of the Rockies. Nano, LLC is ahead of the curve in the competitive world of molecular manufacturing, including the construction of microbivores, tiny nano-robots with the ability to gobble up viruses and bacteria.
But the corporate campus is a place of secrets. She’s warned by her boss not to investigate the other work being done at the gigantic facility, nor to ask questions about the source of the seemingly endless capital that funds the institute’s research. And when Pia encounters a fellow employee on a corporate jogging path, suffering the effects of a seizure, she soon realizes she may have literally stumbled upon Nano LLC’s human guinea pigs. Is the tech giant on the cusp of one of the biggest medical discoveries of the twenty-first century—a treatment option for millions—or have they already sold out to the highest bidder?
Review  –
I am so glad that I read Death Benefit before reading this book because in it  I was introduced to the main characters of Pia Grazdani and her former medical school classmate, George Wilson, who is totally infatuated with her.   This story is a follow-up of Death Benefit  and I was glad to have the background information it provided.
Nano is fantastic if you can get passed all of the medical jargon and description, which is essential to the story.  Luckily, I chose the audio version and had no problem at all.  It is an action packed thriller with a subject very much in the NOW of medicine and what we can expect in the near future. Or, who knows, maybe it exists already but we just don’t know it.  I highly recommend this book.