Beautiful Storm (Lightning Strikes Trilogy – Part 1) – Barbara Freethy

Beautiful Storm (Lightning Strikes, #1)Beautiful Storm by Barbara Freethy
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Beautiful story of family, friendship and love. Barbara Freethy seems to have the right recipe for this mix. Alicia and Michael find themselves in the midst of an investigation into the disappearance of Michael’s childhood friend, Liliana. Their search for the truth behind her disappearance leads to even more questions. Both are taken along a path that leads to family, to self-discovery, and to each other. This was a well written story that I definitely recommend. Looking forward to the next book in this series!

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Lightning Lingers ( Lightning Strikes Trilogy – Part 2) – Barbara Freethy

Lightning LingersLightning Lingers by Barbara Freethy
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review. Without reservation, I can safely say that it was amazing! The story of the Monroe family continues here, with the return of Jake’s high school girlfriend, Katherine. He grudgingly agrees to go to Mexico together with Katherine to try to save her brother who has found himself in the midst of a fatal conspiracy at his workplace. Yes, the same unresolved situation at MDT that Jake’s sister Alicia and her fiance Michael dealt with in the previous book. Jake and Katherine are forced to take another look at the past and suddenly, the years of separation and maturity give them new perspectives. Jake unearths new information about his father, but is it enough to bring his family closure? This is a beautiful and heartfelt story about homecoming, self-discovery and forgiveness. In spite of differing dynamics, the role of the family is underscored, both in the cases of Jake and Katherine. This book did not disappoint and I can’t wait for Danielle’s story.

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Summer Rain (Lightning Strikes Trilogy – Part 3) – Barbara Freethy

Summer Rain (Lightning Strikes Book 3)Summer Rain by Barbara Freethy
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I received an ARC of this book in return for an honest review. I thoroughly enjoyed this last instalment of the Lightning Strikes trilogy. It delivered fully on the promises of romance and suspense. The contrast in setting as compared to the previous two parts serves to highlight just how far-reaching conspiracies can go. Dani is forced to accept her grandmother’s ring and prophecy that she would be the one to find the last piece of the puzzle of her father’s death. In the previous two parts of the trilogy, Dani seems to be the sceptic and is the one sibling who refuses to give in to the theories held by her sister and brother. But, fate would have none of it. As with the other two Monroe siblings, Danielle gets her chance at love and happiness as she works to uncover the mysteries surrounding the death of her father.Patrick Kane finds an unwilling kindred spirit in Dani as he seeks to find the truth behind his own mother’s death. Are the two deaths related? I highly recommend that you grab a copy and find out.This was a great read.

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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo -Stieg Larsson

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Millenium, #1)The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was a great chilly read about skeletons in the family closet. Salander’s own personal demons are her driving force, while Blomkvist is spurred on by the challenge to redeem himself.

For once, I did not guess the ending of this thriller! As the story unfolded, the Vanger family became less of a mystery, but our girl Lisbeth became a more complex character. And now, onto “The Girl Who Played with Fire“…

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Tiger Paw – Charles A. Cornell

Tiger PawTiger Paw by Charles A. Cornell

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I’m glad a got a chance to read Tiger Paw. This novel is a great combination of old world and modern day evil. All the bases are covered as far as your fears go – be it the supernatural/spiritual kind or the more real-world financial mess/killer-on-your-tail kind. For me, this mix was unusual, but pleasantly so. The connection is of course,a surprise and gets you thinking. Tiger Paw demonstrates that the battle between good and evil endures across time and place. Good and evil are after all, relative.

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Can the standard font you use to type up essays say anything about you? I remember looking at my handwritten essays from sixth form and I can clearly see at which point I got desperate to finish on time! I’m sure the teachers knew also…

Robin Coyle

An article in today’s paper gave me pause. Cursive handwriting has one foot in the grave.

A debate wages as 45 states adopt school curriculum guidelines for 2014 that exclude cursive handwriting, but do require keyboard proficiency by the time students exit elementary school.

You can read the full article here, but some highlights are:

“ . . . it has teachers and students divided over the value of learning flowing script and looping signatures in the age of touchpads and mobile devices. Some see it as a waste of time, an anachronism in a digitized society where even signatures are electronic, but others see it as necessary so kids can hone fine motor skills, reinforce literacy, and develop their own unique stamp of identity.”

“When a kid can text 60 words a minute, that means we’re headed in a different direction. Cursive is becoming less important.”

“School assignments…

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