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Thursday, July 3, 2014

The Big Names in August

This is a little early because of the July 4th holiday - a long weekend for me. There are a few big names coming out with titles in August. I've summarized the ones that I think might interest you.

Colleen McCullough gives us Bittersweet on August 19th. This is being advertised as her 'first sweeping romance' since Thornbirds - and that was a long, long time ago. Reviewers seem to have loved it or thought it was boring. I think that romance literature has moved quite far beyond the pace in Thornbirds. Those who loved it, loved the pace though so.....if you liked Thornbirds than of course you will want to read this story of the Latimer sisters. Edda, Tufts, Grace and Kitty are the four sisters (2 sets of twins) and the events take place between the 1st and 2nd World Wars. All enroll in a training program for nurses and all experience problems in the male dominant society.

Debbie Macomber has her third Rose Harbor novel coming on 8/12, Love Letters. It returns us to the B & B of Jo Marie Rose and deals with the problematic relationships of her guests and really of Jo's as well. At some time in the past, someone has written them a letter that will help them in the current day. The novel deals with the courage it takes to be willing to open yourself to love.

One Kick by Chelsea Cain arrives on 8/19. I heard Cain during Book Expo talk about this new effort which perhaps be a new series. She said she started this book because she wanted to write something her father could read. Therefore, if you find her Sheridan/Lowell series too explicit, give this one a chance. This one features Kick Lannigan who had been kidnapped by a child predator at 6 and rescued at 11. She had been trained in bomb making and killing. After her rescue, she took training in the martial arts. It should come as no surprise that she has 'issues'. She is a private investigator when a mysterious man named Bishop asked her to help with a missing child case. I have read a portion of it, it is fast paced and grabs you from the first page.

Margaret Maron returns with her 19th Judge Deborah Knott title, Designated Daughters, on 8/12. Knott along with her husband, Deputy Sheriff Dwight Bryant investigate her dying Aunt Rachel when she is smothered to death in hospice. Was it murder or was it mercy? Soon, they realized that Rachel's last words held a deep secret. Maron's sense of place is always strong and her quirky characters are interesting. For those who enjoy her, this one is a must read.

James Patterson and Michael White have co-authored Private Down Under which comes out on 8/26. This is obviously in the Private series. Here, surprise, surprise, the agency opens an office in Sydney Australia. P.I. Craig Gisto is the head of this branch. He is celebrating at the launch party when a young man with his eyes gouged out arrives. This isn't the only case of course. Get ready for more Patterson taking place in Australia. Most of the comments I've read have been from annoyed Aussies because although the names and places are correct, all the slang and terminology is strictly American. Don't know if that will bother us.

That's it for the big names. There are more secondary ones or even unknown authors but those I will save for the rest of July. Happy 4th!

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