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Book Review of A Marriage in the Making by Natalie Fox

Name of Book: A Marriage in the making

Author: Natalie Fox

ISBN: 0-373-18690-8

Publisher: Harlequin Presents

Type of book: romance, island, separation, father-son relationship, adult, 1990s

Year it was published: 1997


The unmarried wife

Karis had been married once, and didn't intend to repeat the experience She was devoted to her baby daughter, and she loved working as a nanny to five-year-old Josh. She didn't need a husband--and, even if she did, Josh's father would be the last man she'd choose

But sometimes Karis felt more like Daniel Kennedy's wife than his employee. She shared a home with him, cared for his son...and found herself longing for his kisses And now Daniel was suggesting Karis share his bedroom. Would his next proposal be marriage?


The author does try to add dimension to the characters but the characters, to me personally, tend to be boring and predictable. Daniel's his fiancee's relationship barely makes any sense, especiall…

Part XVII: The personality analysis of Millicent, Stanford and Emily

Spoilers from:
Millicent Min, Girl Genius
Stanford Wong Flunks Big Time
So Totally Emily Ebers

One summer, three kids, three separate points of view in three books...

Millicent Min: 

"June 7 I have been accused of being anal retentive, an over-achiever, and a compulsive perfectionist, like those are bad things. My disposition probably has a lot to do with the fact that I am technically a genius. Unfortunately, this label seems to precede me wherever I go." (page 1)

With that opening paragraph, the reader is plunged into the strange and quirky world of Millicent Min, a Chinese-American eleven year old genius who will complete high school, attend college and wants a grand future of solving society's ills. Being a genius caused her to be unable to relate to kids her own age and thus, she was closed off from making friends, although she has tried multiple times, such as bringing Moon Pies to get people to like her which lasted for five minutes, or befriending a college stude…

Planned Books

Books I need to review:

Sweet Valley Twins Series
Jessica's Secret
Elizabeth's First Kiss

Books I'm Reading:
Persuasion- Jane Austen 47/254
East Wind, West Wind- Pearl Buck 58/277
Les Liaisons Dangereuses- Choderlos DeLaclos 322/393
A Marriage in the making- Natalie Fox 112/189
Having the Billionaire's Baby- Sandra Hyatt 40/178
Homeland- John Jakes 332/1174
Tender Assault- Anne Mather 39/186
Gone with the wind- Margaret Mitchell 61/1037
Bury Me Deep- Christopher Pike 73/211
Fall Into Darkness- Christopher Pike 87/213
The Eternal Enemy- Christopher Pike 57/180
Ivanhoe- Sir Walter Scott 29/405
The Age of Innocence- Edith Wharton 32/362

The House of Earth- Pearl Buck
2. Sons 177/313
The Story of the Stone- Xueqin Cao
4. The Debt of Tears 72/384
The First Native Americans Quartet- W. Michael Gear and Kathleen O'Neal Gear
3. People of the Earth 56/587
The Storyteller Trilogy- Sue Harrison
1. Song of the River 67/560
The Tigress Sextet- Jade Lee
6. Tempted Tigress 201…

Book Review of #2 People of the Fire by W. Michael Gear and Kathleen O'Neal Gear

Name of Book: People of the fire

Author: W. Michael Gear and Kathleen O'Neal Gear

ISBN: 0-812-52150-1

Publisher: TOR

Part of a Series: First North American Series

Type of book: Dancing, spiritual, families, fate, prehistorical, -8000, fire, adult, Native Americans

Year it was published: 1991


It is a time of fire. A small band of pioneers struggle valiantly to keep their ancestors' dreams alive in an unforgiving, drought-stricken land. Driven by the promise of an awesome vision, a heroic young dreamer and a fearless woman warrior unite to lead their people to a magnificent destiny.

A towering epic filled with tragedy and triumph, courage and conflict, People of the Fire is the second compelling novel novel in a majestic new saga of America's first peoples.


The characters are much more round and memorable than in People of the Wolf. Fire Dancer is somewhat similar to Wolf Dreamer and despite him hesitating to do what is right, he does it anyways. For me personal…

Book Review of #3 The Warning Voice by Xueqin Cao

Name of Book: The Warning Voice

Author: Xueqin Cao

ISBN: 0-14-044370-3

Publisher: Penguin Classics

Part of a Series: The story of the Stone Vols I-V

Type of book: China, Manchurian dynasty, 1700s, debt  deaths

Year it was published: 1760s, (version I have 1980)


Divided into five volumes, of which The Warning Voice is the third, it charts the glory and decline of the illustrious Jia family (a story which closely accords with the fortunes of the author's own family.) The two main characters, Bao-yu and Dai-yu, are set against a rich tapestry of humor, realistic detail and delicate poetry, which accurately reflects the ritualized hurly-burly of Chinese family life. But over and above the novel hangs the constant reminder that there is another plane of existence- a theme which affirms the Buddhist belief in a supernatural scheme of things.


I'm not sure whether or not the characters changed, but we get to meet new characters and there is more depth to the motives and w…

Book Review of The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas

Name of Book: The Count of Monte Cristo (abridged)

Author: Alexandre Dumas

ISBN: 0-553-21350-4

Publisher: Bantam Classics

Type of book: Revenge, generations, sea, Chateau D'if, unjust imprisonment, god, control, wealth, 1815-1840s?

Year it was published: 1844 (version I have 1956)


Set against the turbulent years of the Napoleonic era, Alexandre Dumas's thrilling adventure story is one of the most widely read romantic novels of all time. In it the dashing young hero, Edmond Dantes, is betrayed by his enemies and thrown into a secret dungeon in the Chateau d'If- doomed to spend his life in a dank prison cell. The story of his long, intolerable years in captivity, his miraculous escape, and his carefully wrought revenge creates a dramatic tale of mystery and intrigue and paints a vision of France- a dazzling, dueling, exuberant France- that has become immortal.


I found the characters to be flat, besides Edmond Dantes, but I think for this type of book its necess…

Book Review of Ready-made Family by Frances Salomon Murphy

Name of Book: Ready-made family

Author: Frances Salomon Murphy

ISBN:  0590020706

Publisher: Scholastic

Type of book: foster children, siblings, struggles, school children, families, 1950s, beauty, finances, young adult

Year it was published: 1953


Some money is missing! Hedy's foster mother doesn't know where it is but Hedy does. She knows who took it. Haven't her relatives always said that her brother Pete is a "natural born thief?"

What will happen now? Will Pete be sent to a reform school? Will little Mary Rose have to live in an orphanage? Will Hedy have to go back to her horrible cousin Hattie- and leave the best home she's ever known?


The characters are drawn realistically, with Hedy being frightened for her siblings that they would get beaten up or else abused and her being uncertain. But then thanks to the family she grows to become a mature young lady as well as discovering a number of unexpected friends. The character that the book most…

March 8th special- Top 8 Female Authors I like

In honor of Women's Day which is widely celebrated in Russia by men doing special things for the women in their lives, I've decided to create a short list of 8 female authors I like:

1. Margaret Mitchell

Why I like her books:

I am still in awe in how one human being could combine so many different things to make an incredible written novel of the way the civil war affected the South. I do agree that the novel tends to be slightly racist in some parts and perhaps some people didn't feel comfortable reading it because the author chose to whitewash certain issues and not bring slave sufferings to light, but if one reads it, one has to remember that the novel only switches points of view once or twice; first from Brent's to Scarlett's and at one point briefly to Ashley's. Most of all Scarlett witnesses and sees the world as she does and unfortunately she never questions or witnesses the mistreatment of slaves.

2. Jade Lee (She's one in green)

Why I like her books:

Book Review of Mansfield Park by Jane Austen

Name of Book: Mansfield Park

Author: Jane Austen

ISBN: 0-19-280264-X

Publisher: Oxford World's Classics

Type of book: Regency England, navy, Portsmouth, 1800s, repressive, acting, Lover's Vows, rank, first cousin marriage

Year it was published: 1814


 "Me!" cried Fanny..."Indeed you must excuse me. I could not act any thing if you were to give me the world. No, indeed, I cannot act."

At the age of ten, Fanny Price leaves the poverty of her Portsmouth home to be brought up among the family of her wealthy uncle, Sir Thomas Bertram, in the chilly grandeur of Mansfield Park. There she accepts her lowly status, and gradually falls in love with her cousin Edmund. When the dazzling and sophisticated Henry and Mary Crawford arrive, Fanny watches as her cousins become embroiled in rivalry and sexual jealousy. SHe struggles to retain her independence in the face of the Crawfords' dangerous attractions, and when Henry turns his attentions to her, the drama reall…

March 2012

Persuasion-Jane Austen
SR: March 1st, 2012
East Wind, West Wind- Pearl Buck
SR: March 1st, 2012
Les Liasons Dangereuses- Choderlos DeLaclos
SR: January 5th, 2012
The Count of Monte Cristo- Alexandre Dumas
SR: November 1st, 2011
FR: March 12th, 2012
A Marriage in the making- Natalie Fox
SR: March 1st, 2012
FR: March 24th, 2012
Desert Prince, Bride of Innocence- Lynne Graham
SR: March 1st, 2012
FR: March 16th, 2012 DNF
Having the Billionaire's Baby- Sandra Hyatt
SR: March 1st, 2012
Homeland-John Jakes
SR: February 1st, 2012
Desert Prince, Defiant Virgin- Kim Lawrence
SR: March 1st, 2012
FR: March 17th, 2012 DNF
Tender Assault- Anne Mather
SR: March 1st, 2012
Gone with the wind- Margaret Mitchell
SR: February 1st, 2012
Ready-made Family- Frances Salomon Murphy
SR: March 1st, 2012
FR: March 16th, 2012
Fall Into Darkness- Christopher Pike
SR: February 1st, 2012
Bury Me Deep- Christopher Pike
SR: February 1st, 2012