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Christmas Shorties!

16 Dec

I will be the first to admit that I have not been delving into romances lately. The monotony of the storylines finally got to me and I decided to expand my tastes. Something happened yesterday though. I found myself craving a little romance and that is exactly what I got in these Christmas novellas. Ok, the Nora Roberts is not explicitly Christmas themed. In fact the book was released two years ago around April May. But it still served to give me some holiday cheer. Hope these lovely stories will warm your evening as they did mine.

A Little Christmas Romance by H.M. Ward

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There’s no such thing as second chances, and Brooke would know. This Christmas will be spent alone and celebrated, same as the last. It doesn’t matter that she’s a disgruntled mall elf, standing next to a chimney-scented Santa with the most annoying co-worker ever. It doesn’t make Christmas more magical. It’s just another day to endure, and the holiday can’t pass fast enough. That is, until her old flame, Chris, spots her. After taking a picture with Brooke in her elf costume, things take an unexpected turn. Maybe getting through the night won’t be so difficult after all.

 

Winter Rose by Nora Roberts

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On a remote island cursed with eternal winter, a young queen heals a wounded soldier – and warms her heart with the joys of true love…

Happy Reading :)

 

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Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

8 Dec

I have not touched an African book in more that 6 years so I  could not believe myself when I downloaded this one. The description said that she was like the female Chinua Achebe or something and I snorted, thinking that the person who wrote that had no idea what they were talking about. Yet, that is how I would describe this writer. The modern, female African writer that totally impressed me and made me yearn for more authentic writing. I absolutely hate it when people describe African writing as rich and authentic so it is really sad that those are the same adjectives I so badly want to use. *sigh*

It touched something in me. Something that wants to grow an afro (just kidding)…I especially loved those random blog posts in the book that made me think. Really think. As impressed as I was by the book, I knew the ending would be tricky and I was determined not to be sucked in until she proved that she could end it well-without making it too easy for the characters. Hmm, still thinking about the ending but I have downloaded another of her books so I guess am sucked in.

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Book Description

From the award-winning author of Half of a Yellow Sun, a dazzling new novel: a story of love and race centered around a young man and woman from Nigeria who face difficult choices and challenges in the countries they come to call home.

As teenagers in a Lagos secondary school, Ifemelu and Obinze fall in love. Their Nigeria is under military dictatorship, and people are leaving the country if they can. Ifemelu—beautiful, self-assured—departs for America to study. She suffers defeats and triumphs, finds and loses relationships and friendships, all the while feeling the weight of something she never thought of back home: race. Obinze—the quiet, thoughtful son of a professor—had hoped to join her, but post-9/11 America will not let him in, and he plunges into a dangerous, undocumented life in London.

Years later, Obinze is a wealthy man in a newly democratic Nigeria, while Ifemelu has achieved success as a writer of an eye-opening blog about race in America. But when Ifemelu returns to Nigeria, and she and Obinze reignite their shared passion—for their homeland and for each other—they will face the toughest decisions of their lives.
Fearless, gripping, at once darkly funny and tender, spanning three continents and numerous lives, Americanah is a richly told story set in today’s globalized world: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s most powerful and astonishing novel yet.

Happy Reading:)

 

 

Genuine Lies by Nora Roberts

8 Dec

I used to be a huge fan of Nora Roberts and I still consider her one of my favorite writers, but sometimes I just can’t read her books and I need to take a break. So I took a break and tried some other writers and then, Genuine Lies happened. I read what it was about and I did not have to think twice about downloading it. I thought it was one of her recent books until I Googled it and found a book review on the CNN website from 1998! That should not deter you though because this book is simply amazing. It had this Jackie Collins Hollywood feel to it but the writing was purely Nora Roberts and that had me hooked for a weekend.

Hope you enjoy it too.

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Book Description

A book to die for…

Eve Benedict is the last of the movie goddesses, a smoky-voiced sex symbol with two Oscars, four ex-husbands, and a legion of lovers to her name. There is no secret, no scandal she doesn’t know. Now Eve has decided to write her memoirs–no holds barred. All Hollywood begs her not to. But Eve has her reasons….

Julia Summers is the biographer Eve has handpicked to tell her story. Transported from her quiet life in Connecticut to glitzy Beverly Hills, Julia hates the limelight but loves her work–and the home it built for the ten-year-old son she’s raising alone. How can she refuse this chance of a lifetime?

But Eve’s elegantly sexy stepson, Paul Winthrop, will challenge Eve’s determination to tell her story–and Julia’s resolve to guard her heart. And as Julia learns just how far Eve’s enemies will go to keep her book from publication, she also discovers that Eve has one last, dark secret to share. It is one that will change Julia’s life–and could cut it brutally short.

Happy Reading :)

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