Nadia Hashimi's literary debut is a searing tale of powerlessness, fate, and the freedom to control one's own fate that combines the cultural flavor and emotional resonance of the works of Khaled Hosseini, Jhumpa Lahiri, and Lisa See. In Kabul, 2007, Rahima and her sisters can only sporadically attend school and can rarely leave the house. Their only hope lies in the ancient custom of bacha posh, which allows young Rahima to dress and be treated as a boy until she is of marriageable age.
"A Story you will never forget"
For Julie Holt, travelling to the beautiful but ravaged coast of Biloxi, Mississippi, is a journey into a secret past, and a life she never expected.... Julie first knew loss at the age of 12, when her sister disappeared, never to be found. As her once close-knit family grew apart, Julie's mother obsessively searched for the girl, and when her mother died, Julie took up the search, never letting go of the hope. Then, at an art exhibition in New York, she meets Monica....
"Great book! Awful southern accent"
Calamity is confronting two big transitions: the death of her beloved father and the beginning of menopause, a physical shift that has rekindled her gift for finding lost things. Suddenly, she is getting hot flashes that seem to forge objects out of thin air, most notably a four-year old boy. As Calamity takes the child into her care, she discovers that all is not as it seems. Then, Calamity must reawaken to the mysteries surrounding her own childhood and the early disappearance of her mother.
"Not a bad book"
In the summer of 1942, 21 year-old Anne Calloway, newly engaged, sets off to serve in the Army Nurse Corps on the Pacific island of Bora Bora. More exhilarated by the adventure of a lifetime than she ever was by her predictable fiance, she is drawn to a mysterious soldier named Westry, and their friendship soon blossoms into hues as deep as the hibiscus flowers native to the island.
"I really enjoyed this story."
In 1890's London the highest paid private detective is a woman - Rebecca Bowen. After the untimely death of her husband, Lady Montbury holds a series of séances. Unfortunately the spiritual communication she's looking for isn't what she's expecting. The creature that has taken up residence in the manor is described as being like a cage full of fluttering birds. It is accompanied by an overpowering, putrid smell reminiscent of an open grave.
"I Married the Third Horseman," begins as filmmaker Cassie Van Deene discovers that she's married one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. In no time, Cassie's on the run and desperate to find a way to annul the worst marriage decision in history! In "I Am the Vorpal Blade," a daring experiment catapults journalist Alice Lydell into the distant future of a post-apocalyptic Earth! And it turns out that the future of our species hangs on the one thing that sets Alice apart from the rest of humanity.
"A bit of a mixed review, mostly good"
When a mysterious representative from Wonderland Bio-Engineering arrives on Alice's doorstep and makes her a "life-changing" offer, her first instinct is to throw him out the front door. But she's curious. She's an investigative journalist with an eye for a story. And she's got one hell of an ace up her sleeve. Her body contains something unique among the six billion people on the planet. And Wonderland believes that because of it, she is the key to humanity's conquest of space...or its very survival here on Earth!
When filmmaker Cassandra Van Deene takes the Sundance Film Festival by storm, it looks like the young, brash director has an unstoppable film career ahead of her. Then her fantasy lover - a handsome man on a white stallion - quite literally rides into her life! Mitchel Thantos, a man of shadowy means and with three mysterious brothers, sweeps her off her feet in a whirlwind romance, marries her, and takes her on a honeymoon to a tropical island made just for two.… And that's when everything in her perfect, happy-ever-after ending of a life that Cinderella herself would have pawned off a glass slipper for starts going straight to hell.
"Wonderful Modern Mythology-Hysterical Too!+++"