Braille Book Review

September-October 2007
Books for Adults--Fiction


Pashazade: The First Arabesk BR 16404
by Jon Courtenay Grimwood
3 volumes
After escaping from prison, ZeeZee flies to Ottoman North Africa and assumes the identity of Pashazade Ashraf al-Mansur. Suspected of murdering a woman claiming to be his aunt, Ashraf searches for the real killer and his own true heritage. Strong language, some explicit descriptions of sex, and some violence. 2001.

Toxic Bachelors BR 16425
by Danielle Steel
3 volumes
Three bachelor friends spend summers cruising the Mediterranean. Philanthropist Charlie, celebrity attorney Adam, and artist Gray unexpectedly find true love. Strong language and some descriptions of sex. Bestseller 2005.

Halfway to Forever: Forever Faithful, Book 3 BR 16441
by Karen Kingsbury
3 volumes
Hannah and Matt Bronzan move beyond tragedy and try to adopt a daughter, a younger sister for Jenny. Meanwhile, Jade and Tanner Eastman are expecting, but the pregnancy puts Jade's life in jeopardy. Love and faith help the couples persevere. 2002.

Girl, (Nearly) 16, Absolute Torture BR 16444
by Sue Limb
2 volumes
Jess is in the midst of first love when her mum ruins the summer by insisting that they travel to the English seaside to scatter her grandfather's ashes and visit Jess's dad. Sequel to Girl, 15, Charming but Insane (BR 16173). For senior high readers. 2005.

Somewhere in Time BR 16535
by Richard Matheson
3 volumes
California, 1971. Richard Collier, a young writer with a brain tumor, becomes obsessed with nineteenth-century actress Elise McKenna and travels back in time to woo her. Originally published as Bid Time Return. Basis for the film starring Christopher Reeve. Some explicit descriptions of sex and some violence. 1980.

The Viaduct: A Harlem Thriller BR 16536
by Grace F. Edwards
2 volumes
Harlem, 1972. Vietnam veteran Marin Taylor defends himself against two robbers, killing one. The survivor vows revenge and kidnaps Marin's newborn daughter. Marin enlists the help of his army buddy Chance to find his baby. Violence and strong language. 2004.

Cycle of the Werewolf BR 16545
by Stephen King
1 volume
Someone--or something--is attacking residents of rural Tarker's Mills, Maine, during the full moon. Only Marty Coslaw, a ten- year-old who uses a wheelchair, knows the identity of the monster, but no one will believe him. Basis for the 1985 movie Stephen King's Silver Bullet. Strong language and some violence. 1983.

Saved in the City BR 16574
by Jacquelin Thomas
3 volumes
New York City. Three beautiful women try to succeed as black models: Macy, who flunked out of college; Patterson, who escaped rural Georgia; and widowed L.A. social worker LaRue. As the three become friends and face inevitable challenges, they trust in God's plan for their happiness and fulfillment. 2005.

Looking for Peyton Place BR 16621
by Barbara Delinsky
3 volumes
Thirty-three-year old novelist Annie Barnes returns to her hometown in New Hampshire after her mother mysteriously dies. The locals fear that Annie will denigrate their town, which was the basis for Peyton Place (BR 12566). Instead Annie discovers environmental pollution and falls in love. 2005.

Jude's Law BR 16623
by Lori Foster
3 volumes
Gallery owner May Price turns to actor Jude Jamison, an ex- prizefighter, when a loan shark gives her brother, Tim, an ultimatum: repay his fifty-thousand-dollar debt, kill Jude, or die. May hides at Jude's estate while Jude investigates the threat. Explicit descriptions of sex, strong language, and some violence. 2006.

Becoming Strangers BR 16680
by Louise Dean
2 volumes
Middle-aged Belgian Annemieke De Groot and her terminally ill husband, Jan, vacation at a Caribbean resort where they meet elderly Britons George and Dorothy Davis. Over two weeks friendships form, affairs spark, and revelations surface that change the couples' relationships forever. Some explicit descriptions of sex and some strong language. 2004.

Summer Breeze: The Coulter Family, Book 7 BR 16686
by Catherine Anderson
3 volumes
Colorado, 1880s. Rachel Hollister isolates herself after her parents and siblings are murdered during a picnic. Five years later terror returns when her foreman, Darby, is shot near the same area. Neighbor Joseph Paxton offers his help and falls in love with Rachel. Explicit descriptions of sex. 2006.

The Ladies of Garrison Gardens BR 16687
by Louise Shaffer
3 volumes
The Three Miss Margarets (BR 14840) are down to two with the death of Peggy Garrison. And Laurel Selene McCready, who was like the daughter Peggy never had, has inherited everything. When Laurel begins going through Peggy's things, she uncovers some long-hidden secrets. Some strong language. 2005.

How Elizabeth Barrett Browning Saved My Life BR 16688
by Mameve Medwed
2 volumes
Mourning her mother's death and her own romantic breakup, Abigail Randolph drops out of Harvard to run an antiques stall. When, on Antiques Roadshow, Abigail discovers that her inherited chamber pot belonged to Elizabeth Barrett Browning, former friends and lovers return with demands. Some strong language. 2006.

Upstate BR 16691
by Kalisha Buckhanon
2 volumes
Teenaged Antonio, jailed for his father's murder, corresponds with his girlfriend Natasha in Harlem. Over the years Natasha attends college, Antonio adjusts to prison life, their feelings inevitably change--and the truth about the killing comes out. Strong language and some violence. For senior high and older readers. Alex Award. 2005.

Monkey Town: The Summer of the Scopes Trial BR 16704
by Ronald Kidd
2 volumes
Tennessee, 1925. Frances is fifteen when her father hatches a publicity stunt by arresting a young bachelor high school teacher, John Thomas Scopes, for teaching evolution. As the trial progresses, Frances reevaluates her religious beliefs, concepts of truth, and feelings about her father. For junior and senior high readers. 2006.

Keegan's Lady BR 16705
by Catherine Anderson
4 volumes
Colorado, 1885. Ace Keegan returns to avenge his stepfather's murder and his mother's rape. The killer, Conor O'Shannessy, is dead but O'Shannessy's daughter, Caitlin, has inherited the ranch. Ace compromises Caitlin's reputation but proposes a marriage of convenience as compensation. Descriptions of sex, some violence, and some strong language. 1996.

Genetopia BR 16706
by Keith Brooke
3 volumes
Flint, a truebred human, becomes separated from his sister, Amber, at a market festival where genetically impure "mutts" are auctioned. Flint believes their abusive father sold Amber to the mutt trade and ventures into the wildlands to find her. Strong language, some explicit descriptions of sex, and some violence. 2006.

Beloved BR 16707
by Toni Morrison
3 volumes
Nobel Prize laureate's novel of slavery's aftermath. In post- Civil War Ohio, ex-slave Sethe hides a terrible secret about her past that alienates her children and community and threatens her burgeoning romance with another former slave, Paul D. Some descriptions of sex, some violence, and some strong language. Pulitzer Prize. 1987.

Under the Baseball Moon BR 16711
by John H. Ritter
2 volumes
Fifteen-year-old California trumpeter Andy Ramos and softball pitcher Glory Martinez pursue their dreams together. When Andy plays at her games, Glory excels and Andy gets publicity. Their success is threatened after Andy makes a deal with a mysterious stranger promising fame and fortune--for a price. For senior high readers. 2006.

Sackett: The Sacketts BR 16712
by Louis L'Amour
1 volume
Just south of the Tetons, eldest Sackett brother William Tell finds a fortune in gold and an even greater treasure--beautiful Ange Kerry. Tell will do anything to protect his claim and his sweetheart from outlaws, but his violent methods could drive Ange away. Some violence. 1961.

Solstice Wood BR 16713
by Patricia A. McKillip
2 volumes
Part-fay bookstore owner Sylvia returns to her ancestral home of Lynn Hall for her grandfather's funeral and joins her grandmother's sewing circle--really a coven of witches stitching magical barriers to keep the "Others" at bay. But as their spells unravel, the realms threaten to collide. Some strong language. 2006.

Requiem for a Nun BR 16714
by William Faulkner
2 volumes
Eight years after the events in Sanctuary (BR 12478), African American nursemaid Nancy is sentenced to death for the murder of Temple Drake's youngest child. In an attempt to gain a pardon for Nancy, Temple implicates herself in the crime. Strong language. 1950.

The Dragon and the Gnarly King BR 16716
by Gordon R. Dickson
4 volumes
Robert, the adopted infant son of twentieth-century academics Jim and Angie Eckert, is kidnapped and held captive by the Gnarly King. Jim, who is baron of Malencontri, assumes dragon form to save Robert and uncovers a plot with royal connections. Sequel to The Dragon and the Djinn (BR 10692). 1997. 1997.

The Dragon and the George BR 16717
by Gordon R. Dickson
3 volumes
Scholar Jim Eckert is transported to a magical, medieval realm after following his fiancée, Angie, through an astral- projection machine. Jim awakens in the body of a dragon named Gorbash, but Angie has remained a human (a "george" in dragon- speak). When another dragon abducts Angie, Jim attempts to save her. 1976.

Shogun: A Novel of Japan BR 16719
by James Clavell
11 volumes
Seventeenth-century Japan. Saga of the struggle between Japanese warlords vying for the military title of shogun. John Blackthorne, a shipwrecked British sea pilot, and Mariko, a Japanese noblewoman, figure prominently in the intrigues and confrontations. Explicit descriptions of sex, violence, and strong language. 1975.

Treasure Mountain: The Sacketts BR 16720
by Louis L'Amour
2 volumes
New Orleans, 1870s. Brothers Orrin and Tell Sackett investigate the decades-old disappearance of their father, who was last seen guiding an expedition for hidden gold. But they are tracked by a dangerous group who will do anything to keep the father's fate and the treasure's location secret. Some violence. 1972. 1972.

Two Days after the Wedding: Ladies of Covington BR 16727
by Joan Medlicott
2 volumes
The women of Covington have doubts about their relationships. Grace's friend Bob moves next door, while Max presses Hannah to set a wedding date. Meanwhile, Amelia takes her photographs to New York for an exhibit. The ladies finally learn to trust their emotions and enjoy life. 2006.

An Untamed Land: Red River of the North, Book 1 BR 16728
by Lauraine Snelling
3 volumes
1880. Roald Bjorklund, his wife Ingeborg, and their five-year-old son Thorliff leave Norway in search of a better life in America. They journey to the Dakota Territory where they build a homestead in the Red River Valley with faith, love, and hard work. For senior high and older readers. Angel Award. 1996.

Rash BR 16729
by Pete Hautman
2 volumes
United Safer States of America, 2070s. Sixteen-year-old Bo Marsten is locked up for unsociable behavior like fighting. At an Arctic work camp, he's recruited to play the illegal game of football until the disgruntled warden releases him into a wilderness full of polar bears. For senior high readers. National Book Award. 2006.

A New Day Rising: Red River of the North, Book 2 BR 16730
by Lauraine Snelling
3 volumes
Dakota Territory, 1884. Ingeborg Bjorklund struggles to run her Red River Valley farm after losing her husband, Roald. Roald's distant cousin Haakan arrives to help and brings a new chance at love. Roald's newly arrived younger brother from Norway also faces romantic dilemmas. For senior high and older readers. 1996.

Rabbit Is Rich BR 16731
by John Updike
4 volumes
1979. Forty-six-year-old car dealer Harry "Rabbit" Angstrom lives in comfortable affluence with his wife and mother-in-law in Brewer, Pennsylvania. But his son's return and unresolved issues about sex and death threaten Rabbit's contentment. Sequel to Rabbit Redux (BR 10982). Strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. Pulitzer Prize. 1981. 1981.

American Pastoral BR 16733
by Philip Roth
4 volumes
After serving in World War II, "Swede" Levov weds Miss New Jersey, takes over the family business, and moves to the suburbs. His dream life unravels in the late 1960s when daughter Meredith joins an antiwar terrorist group bent on undermining all that Swede values. Strong language. Pulitzer Prize. 1997.

A Dream to Follow: Return to Red River, Book 1 BR 16737
by Lauraine Snelling
3 volumes
North Dakota, 1893. In this continuation of the Red River saga, seventeen-year-old aspiring journalist Thorliff Bjorklund applies to college. But once accepted Thorliff faces a dilemma--follow his dreams or stay and help his family on the farm. He turns to God for help. For senior high and older readers. 2001.

Fashionably Late BR 16740
by Beth Kendrick
2 volumes
Becca Davis breaks up with her fiancé and moves in with her sister in Los Angeles to pursue a career in fashion design. While waiting for her big break, Becca works as a hostess and falls for sexy restaurant owner Connor Sullivan. Strong language and some descriptions of sex. 2005.

We Are All Welcome Here BR 16741
by Elizabeth Berg
2 volumes
Tupelo, Mississippi; 1964. Thirteen-year-old Diana, raised by her quadriplegic mother and their African American caregiver Peacie, yearns for freedom. Life changes for all three that summer when a social worker investigates and Peacie's boyfriend becomes involved in civil rights. Strong language and some descriptions of sex. 2006.

Nothing but the Truth (and a Few White Lies) BR 16742
by Justina Chen Headley
2 volumes
Washington state. Fifteen-year-old Patty Ho, half-Taiwanese and half-white, feels like she never fits in. However, when her strict mother sends her to summer math camp at Stanford, Patty begins to accept her biracial heritage and has her first brush with romance. For senior high readers. 2006.

Banner of Souls BR 16744
by Liz Williams
3 volumes
Martian Matriarchy elders send warrior Dreams-of-War to Earth to protect Lunae, a genetically engineered girl who can manipulate time. Perceiving the child as a threat, rival clan leader Elaki orders her niece Yskatarina to kill Lunae and destroy the Matriarchy's power. Some descriptions of sex and some violence. 2004.

More than a Dream: Return to Red River, Book 3 BR 16745
by Lauraine Snelling
3 volumes
1890s. Thorliff Bjorklund, an aspiring journalist attending college in Minnesota, begins thinking of future doctor Elizabeth Rogers as more than a friend. But when tragedy strikes his family in North Dakota, Thorliff returns home to help. Meanwhile, Elizabeth works in a Chicago hospital. For senior high and older readers. 2003.

My Dad's a Punk: Twelve Stories about Boys and Their Fathers BR 16783
edited by Tony Bradman
2 volumes
Short stories by teen authors from America, Great Britain, and Australia explore the connections between fathers and sons. Includes all sorts of dads, including one from the future. In the title story by Sean Taylor, competitive swimmer Martyn's father is a rock musician. For junior and senior high readers. 2006.

Desert Crossing BR 16784
by Elise Broach
2 volumes
Along with his fourteen-year-old sister Lucy and friend Kit, eighteen-year-old Jamie Martinez is driving to Phoenix to visit his father during spring break. In the New Mexico desert, they collide with a young woman's corpse and encounter a murder mystery. For senior high readers. 2006.

A Land to Call Home: Red River of the North, Book 3 BR 16786
by Lauraine Snelling
3 volumes
Dakota Territory, 1880s. Ingeborg and Haakan Bjorklund and their extended Norwegian family face hardships at their Red River Valley homestead. Fire erupts, an infant is born deaf, and another relative gets hurt in a train accident. But they persevere with faith and love. For senior high and older readers. 1997.

Thirteen Moons BR 16793
by Charles Frazier
4 volumes
Will Cooper reminisces about his long adventurous life. At the age of twelve, Will traveled to North Carolina's Smoky Mountains to run a trading post. He befriended a Cherokee tribe, fell in love, witnessed the Trail of Tears, and joined the Confederacy. Violence and strong language. 2006.

Megiddo's Shadow BR 16794
by Arthur Slade
2 volumes
After the death of his beloved older brother in World War I, sixteen-year-old Edward leaves the Canadian family farm to enlist. Edward is assigned to the cavalry, with his own horse, before being sent to Palestine, where he learns the horror of war. For junior and senior high readers. 2006.

The Golden Ball and Other Stories BR 16799
by Agatha Christie
2 volumes
Fifteen short mysteries of bizarre romantic entanglements, supernatural visitations, and classic murder written in the 1920s and 1930s. Includes "The Girl in the Train," "The Rajah's Emerald," "Swan Song," "The Hound of Death," "The Gipsy," "The Strange Case of Sir Arthur Carmichael," "The Call of Wings," and others. 1924.

Rules of Prey BR 16800
by John Sandford
3 volumes
Maddog, a serial rapist and murderer, is terrorizing Minneapolis. At each crime scene he leaves one of his rules of killing. Detective Lucas Davenport exploits the media to try to catch the culprit but becomes a target in the deadly game. Explicit descriptions of sex, violence, and strong language. 1989.

First Impressions BR 16803
by Nora Roberts
2 volumes
Sharpsburg, Maryland. Wealthy Vance Banning retreats to the countryside for peace and quiet and anonymity while neighbor Shane Abbot transforms her grandmother's house into an antique store. Vance resists his physical attraction to Shane and her cheerful optimism as long as he can. Some explicit descriptions of sex. Bestseller 1984.

Under Orders: A Sid Halley Mystery BR 16807
by Dick Francis
3 volumes
One-armed jockey-turned-private-investigator Sid Halley investigates Internet gambling and possible race fixing for various clients. After jockey Huw Walker is murdered during a race on Cheltenham Gold Cup Day, Sid suspects the homicide is connected to his investigation--especially after Sid's girlfriend is threatened. Bestseller 2006.

A Higher Geometry BR 16809
by Sharelle Byars Moranville
1 volume
Midwest, 1959. Fifteen-year-old farm girl Anna, a math genius, yearns to go to college, but her skeptical parents--and society-- expect her to become a housewife. Anna dates artistic basketball star Mike, and both long to fulfill their dreams. For senior high readers. 2006.

The Necessary Beggar BR 16810
by Susan Palwick
3 volumes
Darroti's entire family is exiled to the planet Earth after he is accused of killing a high-born woman. The clan is interned in a Nevada refugee camp where Darroti commits suicide. Surviving family members escape with the help of an American. For senior high and older readers. Alex Award. 2005.

Santa Cruise: A Holiday Mystery at Sea BR 17061
by Mary Higgins Clark and Carol Higgins Clark
2 volumes
Millionaire Randolph Weed organizes a holiday charity cruise. Invited guests include a writers group, lottery winners Alvirah and Willy Meehan, and private detective Regan Reilly and her husband Jack. Weed's nephew Eric also smuggles aboard two wanted felons who plan to escape once they reach the Caribbean. Bestseller 2006.

Copper Sun BR 17067
by Sharon M. Draper
2 volumes
Amari is taken from her African village when she is fifteen and sold to a southern plantation owner in America. Amari and Polly, a white indentured servant, risk everything to escape. Descriptions of sex and violence. For senior high and older readers. Coretta Scott King Award. 2006.

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