Wednesday, June 20, 2012

New summer reading is found @ your library

Guilty Wives by James Patterson and David Ellis

Kirkus Reviews –

A girls-only weekend turns deadly for four friends who find that what happens in Monte Carlo definitely doesn't stay in Monte Carlo. Locked in an unspeakable French prison, Georgetown literature professor Abbie Elliot recalls the glamorous prologue to her murder conviction. Former U.S. Olympic skier Serena Schofield footed the bills for Abbie, British diva Winnie Brookes and South African beauty Bryah Gordon as they prepared for an unforgettable weekend of drinking, dishing and sexual adventures. Abbie doesn't know that Devo, the man Winnie hooks up with, has actually been her lover for a year, or that he's the President of France. Nor does she know that her husband Jeffrey, along with the husbands of Serena, Bryah and Winnie, is watching the four buddies as they sashay around Monte. When someone shoots Devo and the race car driver who turns out to be his bodyguard, the police arrest the four friends, but it's clear that one of the four husbands (maybe more than one--they're all so unappealing that it doesn't much matter) has framed them for murder. There follows a trial during which Abbie keeps getting reminded that they're not in an American courtroom, a prison stint marked by threats, bullying and worse (think Caged Heat), and a daring escape that leads to a high-fatality climax. Patterson (The Christmas Wedding, 2011, etc.) and Ellis (Breach of Trust, 2011, etc.) make the pages fly without creating a single memorable character or asking you to take any of their variously glossy or gritty menace seriously.

Heaven Is Here: An Incredible Story of Hope, Triumph, and Everyday Joy by Stephanie Nielson

Kirkus Reviews –

Family, friends and faith support a woman through personal tragedy. As a young stay-at-home mother, Nielson was living the rewarding life she had always dreamed about. She had a loving husband who worked hard to support her and their four healthy children, a nice home, compassionate friends and extended family, a strong Mormon faith and a successful blog read by people around the world. Life only promised to get better when her thoughts turned to the possibility of another child. Then tragedy struck when Nielson and her husband, Christian, were badly injured in a plane crash. The author suffered disfiguring burns over 80 percent of her body and was in a coma for four months. Her husband suffered a broken back and burns on 40 percent of his body. Nielson recounts the ensuing months of struggle to regain some semblance of her former life. Graphic details of the numerous surgeries, physical therapy and daily existence as a severely burned patient are interconnected with the emotional roller coaster Nielson rode throughout her months of recovery. Her yearning desires were to tend to her children, husband and home, but she battled depression as she watched her children pull away from her disfigured body. Ultimately, self-determination, the encouragement of Christian, empathetic relatives and total strangers and Nielson's devout faith helped her reclaim many aspects of her former life. Strength found through faith helps a woman combat personal disaster--will appeal most to Christian readers.

The Innocent by David Baldacci

From Barnes & Noble –

Will Robie is the guy who lawmen call when the law doesn't seem to work. Sent in to do their dirty work, he never flinches; never, that is, until he gets a kill assignment that he refuses to perform. That unexpected act of rebellion makes him a wanted man, but that new danger isn't his only problem: As Will is fleeing, he encounters an endangered teenage girl runaway. Her story will entangle them both in a conspiracy that takes no prisoners. Supple prose; fast breaking action. Editor's recommendation.                                                                    — Sessalee Hensley

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