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Wednesday, November 19, 2008

In her first novel, Diamond Duo, Marcia Gruver gives us a look at the historical town of Jefferson, Texas and it’s rather unusual citizens. When a beautiful young woman named Bessie steps off the train in this small town, Bertha Biddie decides then and there that the woman would be the perfect one to help Bertha charm Thaddeus Bloom into proposing. The friendship grows into a close relationship that Bertha’s friends don’t understand. Thaddeus is confused by Bertha’s behavior, and even though he wants to proclaim his love for her, Bessie’s needs keep getting in the way by calling Bertha away. A subplot along the way also make for interesting reading with Sarah and Henry, freed slaves who are trying to make a life in Jefferson. Marcia weaves all these lives together in an engaging story that will have you laughing and crying all the way through.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Love Finds You in Snowball, Arkansas

From the first moment that Lucy sets her cap to attract Justin Gerard, Sandra Bricker takes the reader on a merry chase that takes you to a camping spot in Snowball, Arkansas where Lucy and her friends encounter all sorts of adventures made more exciting by Lucy’s mishaps trying to fish, ride in a hot air balloon, explore a cavern and ride a snowmobile; all things she tried to do in order to attract Justin. From bug bites to a sprained ankle, Lucy endures it all for love, but is it the wrong love? Is what she truly wants right under her nose?

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