Recent Reads

Jeannie Out of the Bottle by Barbara Eden with Wendy Leigh (2011)--Autobiography.  When I was a little girl, I wanted to either be Jeannie from I Dream of Jeannie or Samantha from Bewitched.  Yep, a genie or a witch--and I still wish those could be options.  Eden shares her actual life story, personal and career, with humor and grace.  Recommended.

Knight in Black Leather by Gail Dayton (2011)--Romance.  Thirty-nine-year-old widow Marilyn is saved from a mugging by twenty-five-year-old Eli, only to rescue him the same night from a severe beating.  The unlikely pair slowly moves into a strong relationship complicated by their family commitments and Eli's sad, troubled past.  Honestly, I wasn't sure this book would provide a HEA ending, and that's not a negative.  Highly recommended.

Bone Deep by Bonnie Dee (2012)--Historical romance.  In 1946, war widow Sarah lives alone on her husband's family farm until Tom, completely covered in body art, escapes from the abuse he faces in a traveling carnival to hide on her farm.  Dee excels at writing about unique people who build strong relationships despite societal disapproval.  Highly recommended.

A Hearing Heart by Bonnie Dee (2012)--Historical romance.  In 1902, Catherine travels from New York to teach in a small school in Nebraska.  Her relationship with deaf stable hand Jim starts when she offers to teach him to read and sign.  Although Catherine seemed a little snobby at first, she grew into a nicer person as she helped Jim.  Recommended.

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