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Balancing Act by
Publication Date: 1997-07-01
Library Journal: Elise Jeffries's marriage, friendships, integrity, and probationary job as media spokesperson for Houston-based ScanTron Security International are challenged when a suicidal driver crashes into a gate at a remote warehouse complex in mostly African American Flatwoods. The ensuing fire consumes the compound and many nearby homes and sickens residents. As a former Flatwoods resident, Elise is torn between supporting a husband intent on leaving his secure job to start a risky business, helping endangered friends, and representing the company. With the support of the company president, she and a former friend uncover the secrets buried in the ashes and in the past. This combination environmental/industrial thriller and character study is overly melodramatic. Nevertheless, this new novel by the author of Black Gold (LJ 12/93) belongs in most popular fiction collections for its portrait of a competent career woman balancing multiple demands and expectations.--V. Louise Saylor, formerly with Eastern Washington Univ. Lib., Cheney
The Green and the Red by
Publication Date: 2014-04-15
She's a vegetarian. He's a carnivore. Will it be a table for one? Meet Léa. She's the idealistic owner and chef of La Dame Verte, a vegetarian restaurant struggling in a small French town in Brittany.Meet Mathieu. He's the carnivorous marketing director of the town's biggest pork producer, which is trying to put Léa out of business to take over the restaurant's prime real estate.When Léa and Mathieu first cross paths, it is under false pretenses--Mathieu is posing as a vegetarian, infiltrating the local animal rights community for information that will force Léa's restaurant toward a swifter demise. And while Léa suspects that Mathieu isn't all that he appears to be, she has no idea how deep his culinary deception goes. Neither of them can deny the attraction they feel for each other, and it seems as though they might be setting a table for two ... until Léa learns the truth.Translated from the French (Le Vert et Le Rouge), The Green and the Red is at once a romantic comedy and a comedy of errors--two people from different worlds coming together in a small French town immersed in the culture of food.
Looking for Peyton Place by
Publication Date: 2005-07-12
Publishers Weekly: With her mother deceased and her older sister suffering similar symptoms, successful 30-something novelist Annie Barnes turns detective—Erin Brokovich-style—when she reluctantly returns to her "stifling, stagnant, and cruel" New Hampshire hometown of Middle River in Delinsky's diverting latest (after The Summer I Dared ). A company town dominated by Northbrook Paper Mill, owned by the powerful Meades, Middle River's real claim to fame, according to Annie and other townspeople, is that it was the model for the once notorious bestseller Peyton Place by Grace Metalious. Annie's neighbors are equally sure that she's returned to dig up their dirt, and, like Metalious, write about it. Though Annie is less concerned with gossip than possible mercury poisoning, Metalious speaks to her from beyond the grave, egging her on in her investigation. (Reviewed May 23, 2005) (Publishers Weekly, vol 252, issue 21, p54)
Hardly Working by
Publication Date: 2005-11-01
Dinah Nichols has it pretty good doing PR work for Green World International, an environmental-protection agency. She's friendly with almost everyone in the office, save for Penelope, a self-righteous virgin who looks down on Dinah. But when upper--management guru Ian Trutch comes in to examine the company's financial state, Dinah and her co-workers get very worried about their jobs, especially after their biggest contributor goes bankrupt.
Catch the Moon by
Publication Date: 2003-08-05
Booklist: When deputy district attorney Alicia Maldonado gets the call that Daniel Gaines, a wealthy candidate for governor, has been murdered, she realizes it could be the case of a lifetime. Standing in her way is the arrogant Kip Penrose, who wants the case for himself and has been doing his best to drag Alicia’s career down ever since he took office. The case itself seems simple enough: Gaines was killed with an arrow, most likely from the bow of an environmental activist known as Treebeard. But Treebeard claims he’s innocent, and Alicia begins to have nagging doubts about Gaines’ widow, Joan, whose shopping sprees suggest she’s none too saddened by her husband’s passing. (Reviewed August 1, 2003) -- Kristine Huntley
Waltzing in Ragtime by
Publication Date: 1997-06-01
Publishers Weekly: Award-winning YA author Charbonneau (The Ghosts of Stony Clove) successfully crosses over to adult fiction with this lively historical novel spiked with steamy romance. In 1903, Olana Whittaker, the spoiled 23-year-old daughter of a timber tycoon, is covering the grand opening of Sequoia National Park for a San Francisco newspaper when she meets Matthew Hart, the park's long-haired, bearded ranger, who is determined to keep lumber interests away from the magnificent trees. After rescuing Olana during a blizzard in the Sierra Nevada mountains, Matthew brings her back to his tree house, where he uses primitive remedies to heal her severe frostbite, and the two begin a simmering romance.
The Lady of the Butterflies by
Publication Date: 2011-07-05
Publishers Weekly: A lady lepidopterist may seem an unlikely real-life subject for historical romance, but Mountain (Bloodline ) makes it work in this first-person account of the life of Eleanor Glanville, the late 17th-century naturalist accused of madness because of her devotion to studying butterflies.... Butterflies become her passion even as she marries Edmund Ashfield, to whom she must cede control of her land, and it is Edmond's lack of passion that drives her into the arms of his dashing friend, Richard Glanville, whom she later marries, though neither husband proves as steadfast as the London apothecary with whom she corresponds about science. In later years, Richard and Eleanor's eldest son join forces to have her declared insane in order to gain control over her property so they can drain the wetlands. In fact, drainage—battles over it, the implications of it—is a huge piece of the novel and provides the most original passages of a lush and confidently plotted historical. (July) --Staff (Reviewed April 5, 2010) (Publishers Weekly, vol 257, issue 14, p42)
Gulf Breeze by
Publication Date: 2003-12-11
A wildlife biologist returns to the Texas Gulf Coast to manage a habitat project, where she meets a woman wildlife photographer with whom she falls in love.
The Dangerous Protector by
Publication Date: 2005-04-26
Publishers Weekly: Coastal Maine serves as the appealing backdrop for this charming but clichéd novel of romantic suspense from Chapman (The Seductive Imposter) . When a lobsterman alerts state Assistant Attorney General Willow Foster to the presence of contaminants in Puffin Harbor, she begins a secret investigation. She's unofficially assisted by bar owner and former salvager Duncan Ross, whose offers of both marriage and passion she's been resisting since a one-night stand 18 months earlier. As the two explore both the corporate paper trail and the local seascape, Duncan reveals that he's actually a Scottish lord, while Willow is forced to grapple with her fear of commitment. The story's use of old-fashioned romantic conventions often seems silly in this modern context. Corporate polluters call their victims "Miss," while Duncan's sister's Internet lover arrives from New Zealand carrying family heirlooms to ask for permission to court. Chapman's mimicry of Duncan's brogue is also unfortunate, making him sound more like Popeye ("Can ya climb with yar splint?") than an aristocratic adventurer. This novel works best when it focuses on the timeless bonds between friends and family, community and place. Agent, Grace Morgan Literary Agency. (May) --Staff (Reviewed March 28, 2005) (Publishers Weekly, vol 252, issue 13, p63)
Calder Born, Calder Bred by
Publication Date: 2009-10-12
Kirkus: Somehow, with almost as many planes as horses, this present-day windup to the Calder saga doesn't have quite the Yippee Ti Yi Yo spirit of its predecessors--but once again Dailey does an energetic job with all the old ranch-melodrama standbys. The hero this time around is Chase Calder's son Ty, who, after childhood in California with mother Maggie, arrives at the Triple C ranch as a teenager: he brings his folks together again. But Ty remains somewhat distant from the seasoned hands, especially when he insists on going to college--where he meets gorgeous, greedy Tara, Dior-wearing daughter of creepy Texas moneyman E. J. Dyson. (Dyson's too-quiet partner Striklin is often seen cleaning his nails with a knife.) And soon, despite a drunken one-night stand with adoring ranch-gal Jessy Niles, Ty marries Tara...as her father E.J. hatches a plot to snatch a wealth of Iow-sulphur coal by strip-mining on a portion of the Triple C ranch. (Kirkus Reviews, October 1, 1983)
Trash Sex Magic by
Publication Date: 2004-06-01
Publishers Weekly: There are some pretty weird things going on in the backwoods along the Fox River, just beyond Chicago's far-western suburbs. Twenty-four-year old Raedawn Somershoe and her mom Gelia are trailer trash, women of ill repute, who have worked their sexual wiles on many men in nearby Berne, Ill., not to mention any number of truckers and passing strangers. They live just outside of town with a variety of ill-sorted, half-feral family members and lovers and are mostly content with life. Then a corrupt developer decides that he wants their riverside property as the site for posh new townhouses and he won't take no for an answer. This turns out to be a mistake because the Somershoes have a powerful sexual magic, magic rooted deeply in the trees and the river, and the earth itself. Alexander Caebeau, a homesick Bahamian who runs heavy machinery for the construction company building the townhouses, quickly falls under Raedawn's spell. Then, after an enormous piece of construction machinery is found disassembled overnight, Caebeau is made night watchman and discovers that he has a marvelous and marvel-filled fate in store for him. Filled with oddly bent characters, lovingly detailed descriptions of the Illinois countryside, and just the right amount of magic, Stevenson's first novel is at once sexy, beautifully written and passing strange.
Still Waters by
Publication Date: 1999-03-01
Reporter Lauren Sterling receives a tip about an environmental time bomb in her town, and though it's the scoop of a lifetime, it may very well cost her a lot more than she'd bargained for.
Catch of a Lifetime by
Publication Date: 2010-02-01
3rd book in the Tritone Trilogy
When a real live mermaid named Angel jumps into his fishing boat to escape a shark, single dad Logan Hardington agrees to help her in her mission to stop humans from destroying the oceans and, in return, she grants his young son Michael his birthday wish.
Sleeping with the Fishes by
Publication Date: 2006-11-28
When strange levels of toxins are found in the local water, Fred, a mermaid, is asked to help investigate by a gorgeous marine biologist and her mer-person ruler.
A Kiss to Seal the Deal by
Publication Date: 2011-08-02
A city lawyer is forced to return to his coastal hometown and discovers that conservationists plan to carve up his family farm. His initial fury is abated when he meets the woman in charge--a seal researcher whose passion for her precious seals touches his heart.
Crimson Moon by
Publication Date: 2005-01-04
Booklist: Who is Sam Morgan? Wealthy investor with entree into upper-crust society? Environmental activist who uses robbery to bring down major polluters? Or is he bad-boy werewolf Johnny Marshall, long believed dead? When he infiltrates a party at the Woodlock mansion to plan a caper to take what is most dear to the man who is decimating a Washington forest, he isn’t expecting to meet a woman who will awaken his werewolf craving for a partner for life. Later, when his robbery goes wrong, he discovers that Woodlock’s adult children, Olivia and Colin, and Colin’s lover, Brice, had actually been setting him up because they needed a thief to redeem for them something that was stolen, the loss of which imperils the Woodlock family. Once again, York delivers an exciting and suspenseful romance with paranormal themes that she gets just right. This is a howling good read that connects beautifully with the earlier tales of Sam’s brothers, Killing Moon (2003) and Witching Moon (2003). -- Diana Tixier Herald (BookList, 01-01-2005, p833)
Restless in Carolina by
Publication Date: 2011-07-19
Book 7 in a series
Tree-huggin’, animal-lovin’ Bridget Pickwick-Buchanan is on a mission. Well, two. First she has to come to terms with being a widow at thirty-three. After all, it’s been four years and even her five-year-old niece and nephew think it’s time she shed her widow’s weeds. Second, she needs to find a buyer for her family’s estate—a Biltmore-inspired mansion surrounded by hundreds of acres of unspoiled forestland. With family obligations forcing the sale, Bridget is determined to find an eco-friendly developer to buy the land, someone who won’t turn it into single-family homes or a cheesy theme park. -- Publisher information.