The Best of Friends

The Best of Friends belongs to the class of contemporary British novels with cozy settings and thoughtful, deeply-felt plots. I’m usually a sucker for these, and at times I enjoyed this one too. Unlike many novels of its ilk, this one is a quick evening’s read. But while it avoids the pitfalls of a plodding…

Lip Service

AAR was asked to review Lip Service because it’s being touted as a “sophisticated love story,” among other things. Due to the subject matter – explicit phone sex – most of our reviewers, including myself, were somewhat apprehensive about reading it. I like a little love and a lot of caring (along with a hot…

Tides of the Heart

Before I get started, I wanted to let you know right off that this is not a romance. It is a book stuffed full of relationships, both good and bad, but nary a romantic moment in sight. Lots of implied sex, none of the L-word. Despite these drawbacks to a romance fan, especially one who…

The Sisters

This is the engrossing, quickly-paced story of the extremely dysfunctional Ross family and the two sisters who are driven apart by volatile family dynamics and then, when tragedy strikes, rediscover themselves and each other. Elizabeth and Joanna (Joey) Ross are sisters who have been at odds since childhood. Elizabeth is a beautiful, successful lawyer working…

Hey Cowboy, Wanna Get Lucky?

Baxter Black is a former veterinarian, part-time rodeo rider and current cowboy poet. Hey Cowboy, Wanna Get Lucky? is an episodic and often hilarous book about the fortunes and misfortunes of two cowboys on the rodeo circuit. If you want a book with a tight plot and a story that actully goes somewhere, you might…

Homecoming

Belva Plain’s novels have a movie-of-the-week quality to them, and I don’t mean that in a pejorative sense. They remind me more of those Hallmark Hall of Fame movies than the Woman in Peril/disease-of-the-week variety that are staples today. It’s hard to say why her books have this quality, because they would not be particularly…

Mountain Heather

Mountain Heather is one of those books that refuses to be pigeon-holed. According to its spine, it is fiction, but the back blurb touts a romantic angle. It was originally published last year in Great Britain under the title Grianan, which makes much more sense, since there were neither mountains nor heather anywhere to be…

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