In bestselling author, Johanna Lindsey, latest romance, When Passion Rules, Alana raised by the assassin who was hired to kill her in infancy must come back to homeland to face her past.Forced to flee Napoleon’s rampaging army on the continent, orphaned Alana Farmer and her eccentric guardian make a new home for themselves in London. There, Alana enjoys every privilege a daughter of the nobility could hope for, plus an education fit for a queen. Now, on the eve of her debut into London Society, she learns the shocking secret of her birthright. Can it be true? Is she really the lost princess of the European kingdom of Lubinia? Persuaded by her guardian to return to their homeland to quell a bloody revolt, Alana finds herself in an isolated, mountainous country whose customs strike her as medieval!With controversy and intrigue brewing around the beautiful newcomer, Christoph Becker, the captain of the palace guards, arrests Alana on suspicion that she is either a wily imposter or a seductive spy working for the shadowy figures determined to depose the king. This was a fun romp through a fictionalized country replete with all the necessary ingredients—handsome hero, beautiful heroine and a happy ending.
Okay, okay, alright already—-I admit it. I did laugh. Evanovich’s characters can still make me laugh, but I also must admit…the stories really don’t change from book to book anymore. Smokin’ Seventeen featuring the spunky Stephanie Plum and her two love interests Morelli and Ranger are back once again with once again another story of New Jersey mayhem. Dead bodies start to show up in shallow graves in the site of Vinnie Plum’s bond office. And each one has a note to Stephanie. Creepy but true, though the creep factor is toned down with Grandma Mazur and Stephanie’s cohort, Lula. There is still plenty to enjoy, but I hope her next one has bit more plot. Speaking of which–there is already a new Plum book on the horizon. Explosive Eighteen is due out November 22, 2011.
What a dilemma. Do you read the book first or see the movie first. Most of the time the book comes out before there’s any talk of a movie and then when the movie comes out you are disappointed to see all the great things they left out of the movie. In the case of Something Borrowed by Emily Giffin, I happened to see the movie before ever hearing of the book and it was an entertaining romantic comedy/drama. Then I got the book and liked it even better than the movie. Since it is a romance, the ending is fairly predictable so in this case I vote for seeing the movie first.
A Cup of Friendship by Deborah Rodriguez is the story of a group of women who meet at a coffee house in Kabul. The coffee house is run by an American named Sunny and the building is owned by an Afghan woman named Halajan. Sunny takes in a pregnant widow, Yazmina, from the mountains of Afghanistan who was sold to druglords to pay off her uncle’s debt and discarded when they found out she was pregnant. A British journalist, Isabel, and an American woman, Candace, who is helping her Afghan lover raise money for his school, complete the group. This is the story of how these women meet and work together to keep the coffee house going while Kabul is experiencing bombing and how they help each other deal with the men in their lives and become great friends in the process. It is a touching story and you learn a lot about the culture of Afghanistan and their view of foreigners coming in to take over the country.