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Books Read and Listened To Part 1

First half of another rather large batch:

Thornyhold
by Mary Stewart
Published by Hodder
Print book
ISBN 9781444715057

http://www.bookdepository.co.uk/Thornyhold-Mary-Stewart/9781444715057

Blurb:
Thornyhold is a house deep in a wild wood like somewhere out of a fairy tale. To Gilly, it is an enchantment. Her very own enchantment, left to her by the cousin whose occasional magical visits had brightened her childhood. And as she explores, she discovers more about the woman who had come to seem like a fairy godmother for her: her herbalists's skills, her still room, her abilities to foresee and to heal. She discovers also that the local people believe that Gilly has inherited not just the house but the magical spell-weaving powers that live on in the house and garden. Slowly, quietly, she comes to realise that they are right.

Goodreads:
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/882893163

A lovely little historical set in more or less the middle of the twentieth century (either side of WWII), with vague hints of magic, or possibly just ancient superstition, running through it. There's a romance in there, but it's more about the heroine finding herself after a rather neglectful childhood.


Thrown for a Curve (Perfect Fit Book 2)
by Sugar Jamison
Published by St. Martin's Paperbacks
eBook
ISBN 9781466826298

http://us.macmillan.com/thrownforacurve/SugarJamison

Blurb:
WHEN YOU’RE A big girl

Cherri has often wished she were thin and graceful like a ballerina instead of being a six-foot-tall blonde with curves that require serious caution. Surely a charming Irishman like her new boss Colin, with his throaty brogue and to-die-for bod, would never go for someone like Cherri. Unless maybe he’s looking for the exact opposite of a delicate lass?

there’s more of you to love

When Colin hired Cherri to work in his furniture-restoration shop, he had his eyes, first and foremost, on her artistic talents. But now he can’t help but see Cherri for the lush, spirited beauty that she is…and, soon enough, he finds himself mixing business with pleasure. But Cherri turns out to be more vulnerable than she appears. Is she in need of more than Colin can give? Or could it be that a feeling stronger than lust has him thrown for a curve?

Goodreads:
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/892145670

Reviewed on The Good, The Bad, & The Unread.


Frog Music: A Novel
by Emma Donoghue
Published by Picador
eBook
ISBN 978144724974001

http://www.picador.com/books/frog-music

Blurb:
It is 1876, and San Francisco, the freewheeling “Paris of the West,” is in the fierce grip of a record-breaking heat wave and a smallpox epidemic. Through the window of a railroad saloon, a young woman called Jenny Bonnet is shot dead.

The survivor, her friend Blanche Beunon, is a French burlesque dancer. Over the next three days, Blanche will risk everything to bring Jenny’s murderer to justice—if he doesn’t track her down first.

The story Blanche struggles to piece together is one of free-love bohemians, desperate paupers and arrogant millionaires; of jealous men, icy women and damaged children. It’s the secret life of Jenny herself, a notorious character who breaks the law every morning by getting dressed: a charmer as slippery as the frogs she hunts.

In thrilling, cinematic style, Frog Music digs up a long-forgotten, never-solved crime. Full of songs that migrated across the world, Emma Donoghue’s lyrical tale of love and bloodshed among lowlifes captures the pulse of a boom town like no other. Like much of Donoghue’s acclaimed fiction, this larger-than-life story is based on real people and documents. Her prodigious gift for lighting up forgotten corners of history is on full display once again in this unforgettable novel.

Goodreads:
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/899994644

Reviewed on The Good, The Bad, & The Unread.


Wife by Wednesday (Weekday Brides Book 1)
by Catherine Bybee
Published by Montlake Romance
eBook
ISBN 2940013652019

http://www.apub.com/book-detail?asin=B009LM4EBO

Blurb:
A wife by Wednesday... a love for a lifetime

Blake Harrison:
Rich, titled, and charming…and in need of a wife by Wednesday. Blake turns to Sam Elliot, who isn’t the businessman he expected. Instead, Blake is faced with Samantha Elliot, beautiful and feisty with a voice men call 1-900 numbers to hear.

Samantha Elliot:
Owner of matchmaking firm Alliance and not on the marital menu…that is, until Blake offers her ten million dollars for a one-year contract. And there’s nothing indecent about this proposal. The money will really help with her family’s medical bills. All Samantha will need to do is keep her attraction to her new husband to herself and avoid his bed.

But Blake’s toe-curling kisses and sexy charm prove too difficult for Sam to resist. It was a marriage contract that planned for everything... except falling in love.

Goodreads:
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/899986576

Reviewed on The Good, The Bad, & The Unread.


Married by Monday (Weekday Brides Book 2)
by Catherine Bybee
Published by Montlake Romance
eBook
ISBN 2940014353243

http://www.apub.com/book-detail?asin=B009LM4E9G

Blurb:
Sequel to Wife by Wednesday—The New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling novel that launched Bybee’s Weekday Brides series

Carter Billings:
Sandy blond hair and Hollywood good looks, Carter could have any woman he wants. When he makes his bid for governor of California, he knows he must settle down and become a family man. His choice for a running mate between the sheets: matchmaker Eliza Havens.

Eliza Havens:
Eliza’s happy that her best friend has a wealthy, adoring husband. It’s the husband’s best friend—sexy, dashing Carter Billings—that drives her crazy. No man has ever squabbled with Eliza this much…or made her heart race this fast. Matching couples is how she earns a living, but long-held secrets mean getting married isn’t an option. Until now.

Goodreads:
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/900002515

Reviewed on The Good, The Bad, & The Unread.


Senna Versus Prost: The Story of the Most Deadly Rivalry in Formula One
by Malcolm Folley
Published by Random House UK
Print book
ISBN 9780099528098

http://www.bookdepository.co.uk/Senna-versus-Prost-Malcolm-Folley/9780099528098

Blurb:
In the late eighties and early nineties, Formula One was at its most explosive, with thrilling races, charismatic drivers, nail-biting climaxes - and the most deadly rivalry ever witnessed in sport. Two of Formula One's most honoured champions and iconic figures drove together for McLaren for two seasons, and their acrimonious and hostile relationship extended even after one of them had left the team. Alain Prost, France's only F1 world champion, the intelligent, smooth driver with the epithet 'Le Professeur'. Ayrton Senna, the mercurial kid from a privileged background in Sao Paolo who would become the most intense and ruthless racing driver the world has ever seen. It was a story that would have a tragic ending. As the great rivals raced to victory, their relationship deteriorated badly, beginning with the breaking of a gentleman's agreement, and public spats followed, culminating in Prost accusing Senna of deliberately trying to ride him off the circuit, and fearful that the Brazilian would get someone killed with his daring overtaking feats. And the final, sad act of this drama happened at the San Marino Grand prix at Imola in May 1994, when Senna was killed. Featuring a rare interview with Prost, and insight from Martin Brundle, Damon Hill, Sir Frank Williams, Bernie Ecclestone, Derek Warrick, Johnny Herbert, Gerhard Berger, plus McLaren insiders and other F1 figures, Malcolm Folley provides us with a breath-taking account of one of the all-time classic sporting rivalries.

Goodreads:
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/885750541

A highly researched, though at times rather partisan view of some of the great GP races of their era and the characters behind the headlines. At times it felt that much remained untold, but given the depth this went into, the full story would have taken many volumes.
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