What I've Read - February 2011

Hooking up with Misti for "What I've Read".  Join us!

I'm a month behind.  Sorry charlie, but this still counts, right?


Claire Shipley is a single mother haunted by the death of her young daughter and by her divorce years ago. She is also an ambitious photojournalist, and in the anxious days after Pearl Harbor, the talented Life magazine reporter finds herself on top of one of the nation's most important stories. In the bustling labs of New York City's renowned Rockefeller Institute, some of the country's brightest doctors and researchers are racing to find a cure that will save the lives of thousands of wounded American soldiers and countless others—a miraculous new drug they call penicillin. Little does Claire suspect how much the story will change her own life when the work leads to an intriguing romance.

So far the best book of the year. I was drawn to the book cover – I’m a sucker for vintage photography and anything to do with epidemics and pandemics. I blame it on my 8th grade research paper on the pandemic of 1918. That aside, though, this was an excellent book. I highly recommend it. Intelligent, romantic, mournful and full of intrigue. And good insight into how the world operated during that time. Five stars!

Yale professor Dr. Edward Kender's father is undergoing chemotherapy when the supply of a critical accompanying drug, Culovort, suddenly runs out. Unwilling to accept the drug manufacturer's disingenuous excuse of production line problems, Dr. Kender hires private investigator Erin Pulaski to prove that something more sinister is going on at Schiffer Hartwin. Meanwhile, in Maryland, married FBI agents Lacey Sherlock and Dillon Savich are investigating a rather unusual case: Senator David Hoffman is experiencing a ghostly apparition with possible malicious intent. The case is baffling, and Sherlock and Savich are not sure what to believe, even after witnessing the disturbing specter for themselves. They're no closer to cracking the case when a call comes in from Connecticut: A top foreign Schiffer Hartwin employee has been found murdered behind the drug company's U.S. headquarters.

So remember January’s list? When I actually typed “As always, I was sucked in....but I swear I won't read or listen to another one of this series.” Yeah. I did it. And still feel the same way. I think my library branch is out to get me. One star.

"That's when I saw him—the cowboy—across the smoky room."

I'll never forget that night. It was like a romance novel, an old Broadway musical, and a John Wayne western rolled into one. Out for a quick drink with friends, I wasn't looking to meet anyone, let alone a tall, rugged cowboy who lived on a cattle ranch miles away from my cultured, corporate hometown. But before I knew it, I'd been struck with a lightning bolt . . . and I was completely powerless to stop it. Read along as I recount the rip-roaring details of my unlikely romance with a chaps-wearing cowboy, from the early days of our courtship (complete with cows, horses, prairie fire, and passion) all the way through the first year of our marriage, which would be filled with more challenge and strife—and manure—than I ever could have expected. This isn't just my love story; it's a universal tale of passion, romance, and all-encompassing love that sweeps us off our feet. It's the story of a cowboy. And Wranglers. And chaps. And the girl who fell in love with them.

PDub at her best! For those not familiar with the Pioneer Woman – click now to go directly to her blog. She’s awesome. I’m a fan, can you tell? She wrote a cookbook last year and this year she’s also coming out with a children’s book, but this one….it’s the best. I had read a large chunk of the book on her blog, so I thought I wouldn’t be terribly interested in re-reading it. But I was immediately hooked. It’s light, easy reading, but don’t be fooled, there’s some real emotion in there, too. Four and a half stars!

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