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Ma, I've reached for the moon and I'm hitting the starsMa, I’ve reached for the moon and I’m hitting the stars / Martha Long

After a failed suicide attempt and recovery in the mad house, Martha is heading for France to be reunited with the one true love of her life. Father Ralph Fitzgerald rescued her from the streets when she was sixteen and was the first person to show Martha true love and affection. But their relationship threatened his vocation and he eventually fled to Africa to take up missionary work.
Martha never got over losing him and now, after nearly twenty years, he has made contact again. She sets off on a mission to find him and uncover his motives for getting in touch. Does he still love her? Has he left the priesthood? Is he now free to marry her? She needs to know what the future is going to hold.

It was a very personal and insightful approach to dynamics of life. It leaves the reader with a certain feeling that reflection on one story is necessary to create a distance to the problems. Very inspiring experience it was!
Rating 4/4

Everybody was a baby onceEverybody was a baby once / Allan Ahlberg

They’re back! The inspired creators of THE RUNAWAY DINNER and THE PENCIL serve up a shouting, screaming, smiling, whistling, playing, chasing, rhyming romp. Nineteen impishly illustrated poems present a unique cast of babies and witches, sausages and robbers, and a few favorite nursery-rhyme characters sure to entice everybody who ever was a baby.
Very enjoyable short poems. A great book I would not usually think to pick up.
Rating: 4/4

Beautiful Darkness is the second novel in the Caster Chronicles series by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl and continues the journey commenced in  Beautiful Creatures (recently released as a major motion picture).

The Marraige CharmThe Marriage Charm / Linda Lael Miller

The women of Bliss County have a pact—to find husbands. The right husbands.

One already has: Hadleigh Stevens, who married rancher Tripp Galloway a few months ago. Now Melody Nolan thinks it's her turn. Melody has recently found success as a jewelry designer, and her work is the focus of her life. She's not exactly unhappy, but she wants more. She's always been attracted to Spence Hogan, the local chief of police, but she's convinced that Spence, a notorious charmer, isn't what you'd call husband material.

Spence is a good cop who isn't scared of anything—except love. And he's done everything he can to preserve his reputation as a womanizer—a reputation that keeps marriage-minded women, including Melody, at bay. And yet…there's something about Melody he can't forget. Something his heart can't ignore.

Clichéd but very well written. Romantic but predictable. The Characters lack depth
Rating: 2/4

The Cuckoo's Calling is a fantastic detective novel available for loan from the Library. This crime novel isn't all about sexy detectives and excessive violence, but rather celebrates the unfurling of a mystery and the personable characters that make for truly great reading.

The Spider of SarajevoThe spider of Sarajevo / Robert Wilton
"From the secret archives of the Comptrollerate-General for Scrutiny and Survey. Summer 1914: Europe is on the brink. As Britain's enemies grow stronger, the Comptroller-General must confront the man with whom he has struggled for a generation - a man he knows only as the Spider. In a desperate gamble, he sends four agents out across the continent, on a mission they do not understand...The future of British intelligence - of the British Empire - is in their hands. Not all of them will return. Unique and resourceful, hunted and deceived, they have embarked on a journey that will climax in the town of Sarajevo on the 28th of June 1914."
He was a bit boring unfortunately did not have my interest at all. Male readers would be more interested.
Rating: 1/4

A contemporary thriller with plenty of twists and turns to capture your interest!

Hatred is contagious, but Georg finds that kindness can be, too. The companion book for HITLER′S DAUGHTER, PENNIES FOR HITLER examines the life of a child during World War 2, from a different perspective.

From the first time I read Oscar Wilde’s play ‘ Importance of Being Earnest’ it became one of my favourite works of fiction. This play is short, sharp, cynical, highly amusing and to me, a hilarious commentary of human nature and the English class system.

'Hollow earth' by John and Carole E Barrowman is  about twins Matt and Emily ("Em") Calder who share an ability that allows them to make artwork come to life, due to their powerful imaginations. Their ability is sought after by many who wish to use it in order to breach Hollow Earth—a realm in which all demons and monsters are trapped.

A Paranormal Vampire Romance, a unique fantasy story that has lots of nice surprises...check out our review of 'Parched' by Z. L. Arkadie.