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High Five

Dr. Linda Hancock Book Reviews Fiction

Stephanie Plum has a serious and dangerous job as a bail enforcement in bail enforcement. She works for her cousin Vinnie who puts up money for individuals who are in trouble with the law but then skip their hearing. Vinnie doesn't want to lose his investment, so he pays Stephanie ten percent of the bail if she finds them by the date given. Stephanie needs the money to pay her bills because she was laid off from her position as lingerie purchaser. She doesn't have training and often makes risky and foolish decisions. At times, she has to call in...

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Ada's Rules

Dr. Linda Hancock Book Reviews Fiction

"Ada's Rules" is the fictional story of a preacher's wife who has always thought that big is beautiful. She and her husband are so involved in the needs of their congregation and the work of the church that their own relationship begins to drift. Ada is concerned about her aging parents who seem to need her to cook and clean for them. Although her twin daughters are adults now, they tend to rely on her for support. The families at the daycare where she works depend on her. There is little time for Ada and Preach to be together and...

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Four to Score

Dr. Linda Hancock Book Reviews Fiction

Stephanie Plum was laid off from her job and ended up becoming a bounty hunter is desperation. In each of the fictional stories written about her, she sets out to capture someone who has sought help with bail money from her cousin Vinnie and then not appeared in Court when required to do so. Vinnie doesn't want to lose the money that he lent and therefore gives Stephanie a deadline as to when she is to turn the offender into the police. In this book, Stephanie is looking for "skippers" such as Maxine Nowicki, a waitress, who apparently stole the...

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Hot Six

Dr. Linda Hancock Book Reviews Fiction

In the fifth book of the Stephanie Plum series, Stephanie is faced with a real dilemma. Her mentor who has taught her everything about apprehending fugitives is now one of her cases and she is assigned to apprehend him! Carlos Manoso, known as Ranger was a Special Forces agent and also, according to other characters in the book, sexually interested in Stephanie. He is wanted for murder and Stephanie isn't sure if he is guilty, if she can capture him or even if she should. Her enemy from childhood, Joyce, is also looking for Ranger and Stephanie certainly doesn't want...

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Three to Get Deadly

Dr. Linda Hancock Book Reviews Fiction

"Three to Get Deadly" is the third book in Janet Evanovich's series about Stephanie Plum, bounty hunter. This story focusses on the mystery associated with the disappearance of the man everyone in the community loved and called "Uncle Mo". He owned the candy store where children and adults alike had good memories. He was stopped by a rookie cop when he was doing ten miles above the speed limit. Mo had been carrying a concealed weapon and was arrested because of this. Stephanie's cousin Vinnie had posted bail on behalf of Uncle Mo but, when Uncle Mo didn't appear when...

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Two for the Dough

Dr. Linda Hancock Book Reviews Fiction

"Two for the Dough" is the second in Janet Evanovich's series about Stephanie Plum, the bounty hunter. Stephanie was financially desperate after she lost her job as a lingerie buyer for a department store. She didn't know what to do or how to earn money. Then she stumbled onto an opportunity to earn commission chasing individuals who didn't want to be found. Without any experience or training she began working for her cousin Vinnie who ran a bail bond office. In "Two for the Dough" Stephanie is still not very skilled or competent in her job. She doesn't have the...

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One For The Money

Dr. Linda Hancock Book Reviews Fiction

Stephanie Plum lost her job as a lingerie buyer for a department store and this resulted in severe financial problems. She didn't want to move into the Trenton New Jersey home where she had been raised. In fact, it was very stressful for her to even visit there as her parents and maternal grandmother put pressure on her to find a job and get married. But Stephanie found herself going there for meals at times just to survive. During one of these, it was suggested that she go to see her cousin who might have a job for her. She...

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Theodore the Activist Boone

Dr. Linda Hancock Book Reviews Fiction

Theodore is the only child of two lawyers who practice in the small town where they live. Every day after school he heads to the law office where he also, despite his young age, has an office. Theodore is interested in the grade eight debate club, camping with his scout troop and helping people to solve their problems. Most of all, however, he loves his dog who is appropriate named Judge because it was a local Judge who convinced the family to take the stray into their homes and lives. Because Theodore and his parents are interested in current events...

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Seven Year Switch

Dr. Linda Hancock Book Reviews Fiction

Seven Year Switch is one of seven novels written by Claire Cook who won the Grand Prize of the 2010 Beach Book Festival award. In this book, the main character Jill Murray is a single parent who has been struggling to care for her ten-year old daughter. Seven years beforehand, her husband who is the father of the child, left them in the middle of the night with only a note. Jill was devastated and was forced into trying to financial support Anastasia and herself through work with a travel agency and presentation of cultural classes. Over the years, however,...

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Snowfall at Willow Lake

Dr. Linda Hancock Book Reviews Fiction

Sophie Bellamy, the main character in Susan Wiggs book "Snowfall at Willow Lake" was determined to make a difference in the world. As an international lawyer, she focussed every waking hour to help people from war-torn countries. After years of dedication she was invited to meet Queen Beatrix of Holland who would present her with a medal for her work. The night of the award ceremony, however, led to traumatic incidents that would change Sophie's life forever. Sophie witnessed guests at the ceremony being killed and beaten. Then she was taken hostage and, while travelling with her captors, decided that...

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A Wife for Mr Darcy

Dr. Linda Hancock Book Reviews Fiction

Mary Lydon Simonsen, the author of "A Wife for Mr. Darcy" is passionate about history and the novels of Jane Austen so combines these when she writes her own stories. This book takes us back to an age when communications were through letters that were sent by horse-ridden delivery men and a class system was prevalent in society. Elizabeth Bennet is one of five girls, none of whom are married. Her older sister, Jane, has a suitor who has been formally courting her according to proper customs of the times. Her fiance's friend, Mr. Darcy, made a rude comment about...

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Countess in Cowboy Boots

Dr. Linda Hancock Book Reviews Fiction

Very seldom do I read Harlequin Romance novels but I was visiting my sister in ICU and purchased one from the Gift Store second-hand cart. The book did the trick considering that I wanted something that I could read in short segments without losing the story line. Lacey McCoy was a small-town Texas girl who had big dreams. Some of them were realized when she married a count and was thrown into a role as the "Cinderella" who had all the material benefits the world had to offer. But, none of this seemed to make up for the fact that...

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Wizard

Dr. Linda Hancock Book Reviews Fiction

Sophia Bennett was the only child of two university researchers and professors who were classed as geniuses. Because of this, her parents expected that she would follow in their footsteps. As a result, they enrolled her in special classes and were seldom told the truth about her from her teachers who were afraid to disappoint them. Sophia therefore grew up quite unhappy, particularly when she was surrounded by what she termed as "Wizards". She didn't like the fact that she didn't measure up academically. She knew that no matter how hard she tried, she just didn't have the ability of...

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One Summer

Dr. Linda Hancock Book Reviews Fiction

David Baldacci is a bestselling author who has published in more than 45 languages and 80 countries. "One Summer" is the beautifully told story of a four-generational family who have to face a number of traumatic difficulties. Jack Armstrong served time in the military and not only survived but was awarded medals for his service. His wife, Lizzie invested a great deal of her time raising their three children, Michelle, Cory and Jack Jr. and therefore knew each of them intimately. When Jack returned home, he resumed his work as a building contractor but began to experience poor health. In...

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Be Mine

Dr. Linda Hancock Book Reviews Fiction

Laura Kasischke is the author of four novels and six poetry collections. This fictional work takes the reader into the very intimate thoughts of its main character, Sherry, who is a teacher at Community College. Sherry and her husband, Jon, are living on their own since their only son Chad left to pursue his education. Even though they have a beautiful home and good careers, Sherry seems rather sad and bored with her life. But on Valentine's Day everything changes for her, however, after she receives an unsigned message from a secret admirer. She and her friend, Sue, try to...

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The Friday Night Knitting Club

Dr. Linda Hancock Book Reviews Fiction

New York City is the setting for Kate Jacobs' warm and intimate book "The Friday Night Knitting Club." It promotes the ideas of loyalty, friendship and support that can develop when a group of women share their stories and their lives with each other on a regular basis. Georgia is a single mother of a teenage daughter. She is also the owner of a knitting shop called "Walker and Daughter", a place where women come to purchase supplies and learn how to create crafts. Over time, a group of women begin meeting at the same time each week and eventually...

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Balancing Acts

Dr. Linda Hancock Book Reviews Fiction

"Balancing Acts" is a novel that focusses on the lives of four women who reconnect at a school reunion. Each of them has built a career but the main character, Charlie, seems to be the only one who is satisfied with hers. She left a high-paying position on Wall Street when she was only thirty years old and set up a yoga studio with two partners. The only thing that at first appears to be lacking, is paying clients. Charlie prepared fliers for her yoga studio and went to the reunion with the hope that she would be able to...

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Dolci Di Love

Dr. Linda Hancock Book Reviews Fiction

"Dolci di Love" by Sarah-Kate Lynch is a novel that takes the reader from the boardrooms of Manhattan to the streets of Italy. Lily Turner, the main character is a woman who has become highly successful in business and believes that she also has a loyal husband - at least until she finds a photo of him with another woman and children in their closet. Lily is very distraught and decides that instead of trying to confront her husband who is in Italy on business, that she will travel there. That way she can try to determine exactly who the...

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Crazy For You

Dr. Linda Hancock Book Reviews Fiction

"Crazy For You" is one of several fiction works written by bestselling author Jennifer Cruise who is a contributor to the New York Times, Publishers Weekly and USA Today besides having written several books. Quinn McKenzie, the main character in "Crazy For You" is viewed by everyone in the small community as having it all. She is employed as a high school art teacher and is living with one of the other teachers who is very involved in sports programs. Quinn has friends and family who support her and her life is relatively problem free. But it is boring. That...

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The Lucky One

Dr. Linda Hancock Book Reviews Fiction

Nicholas Sparks has done it again! This fictional story tells a powerful tale that has been, like several of his other novels, made into a movie. The main character in "The Lucky One" is United States Marine Logan Thibault. During a tour in Iraq, he not only witnessed traumatic incidents, but also had a very unusual experience. After finding the photograph of a smiling woman in the dirt, he and his fellow soldiers begin to notice that he started having exceptionally good luck. At first, it was evident in simple things. He began to win cards games but, over time,...

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The Decision

Dr. Linda Hancock Book Reviews Fiction

In 2011, Penny Vincenzi presented her latest masterpiece to the world. This is her seventeenth book. "The Decision" is primarily set in sixties London and the United Kingdom countryside but there is also significant focus on Milan and New York as the characters live and travel throughout these countries. Eliza Clark, was raised in what might seem from the outside as an extremely wealthy family who has a country home that has been passed down through the generations. The truth, however, is that Summercourt is in desperate need of repairs that the family cannot afford and their hope is that...

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Almost a Crime

Dr. Linda Hancock Book Reviews Fiction

Things are almost never the way that they seem at first glance and this book emphasizes that point. Tom and Octavia Fleming looked good from the outside. They seem to have everything that would bring happiness: a good marriage, attractive looks, beautiful children, successful businesses, social connections and wealth. But things begin to fall apart when one of the children became ill and Octavia discovered the fact that Tom was having an affair. She just wasn't sure who he is seeing, hesitated to confront him and was then frustrated when he did not want to share that information with her....

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Something Dangerous

Dr. Linda Hancock Book Reviews Fiction

"Something Dangerous" is the second in a fascinating trilogy written by best-selling author, Penny Vincenzi. It continues the tale of the Lytton family introduced in "No Angel" who run a British Publishing House and the people who are prominent in their lives. The characters are older and all are affected by the war which has both personal nd business effects on them. Lady Olivia continues to play a strong and influential role with the Publishing house and in the lives of all of the other characters. She is respected for her accomplishments but also, at times, resented for the power...

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An Outrageous Affair

Dr. Linda Hancock Book Reviews Fiction

In 1993 Penny Vincenzi wrote a wonderful work with a fairly complex plot that quickly and easily captures the attention of the reader. The story spans three decades from 1942 to 1972 and the characters who live on two continents are from three generations of one family Caroline is the only child who feels trapped in a home where her mother suffers from mood swings and her father is rather distant. As she grows, she becomes interested in her own sexuality and, even though she gains short-term pleasure from the romantic relationships that she enters, each brings with it some...

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The Dilemma

Dr. Linda Hancock Book Reviews Fiction

Francesca thought that she had made a good decision when she agreed to marry Bard Channing. His business allowed both of them to have a lifestyle that offered every possible luxury. Her only real responsibilities were to work on committees and do charity work as there wasn't a need for her to have any form of income. In fact, she had staff to help her with the housework and the children. Everything seemed good until she became worried about her baby's health. One physician stated that the child had a cold and would be well in time but Francesca really...

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