Reviews by Jennifer Schendel

D
Twist of Fate

Let me start off saying that in 99% of cases I'm against the death penalty. It's final and offers no way to undo it, and I'm also vengeful enough that I'd want a guilty person to spend years suffering for their crime. You'd think that I'd have enjoyed Mary Jo Putney's latest release, in which views ...

C-
Blind Run

I know it does not bode well for a book when I'd rather scrub my kitchen than read it. Sadly, that's what I was doing last night instead of reading Blind Run. There's lots of potential here, and I could appreciate the book, but I could not connect with the characters or story enough to want to read ...

C
Only by Your Touch

Catherine Anderson has a very easy-to-read style that pulls a reader in with its simplicity and flow. Unfortunately, the plot is also simplistic, many characters are clichéd or straight out of central casting, and I'm afraid I was just too cynical to enjoy much of the story. After a horrible ac ...

D
Into Danger

I've seen positive feedback for this book on message boards and it has all the ingredients I like in a book - SEALs, spies, action, adventure, and intrigue - so it surprised me when I was so under-whelmed by the story. Was I suffering from the general reading malaise many readers seem to be sufferin ...

B+
Birthright

What would you do if you found out that your identity was a lie? That you had been kidnapped as a child and sold to be raised as someone else? Those are the questions that confront Dr. Callie Dunbrook when she goes to rural Maryland to lead an archeological dig and finds more than just a prehistoric ...

B
Lost in a Good Book

Welcome to wild world of Thursday Next where the Crimean War has just ended, wooly mammoths migrate, Neanderthals are fighting for their civil rights, and to win public office in England you need to have the backing of the Shakespeare fanatics. It's also a world where a select few have the ability t ...

D
Red Shoes and a Diary

I can't recommend Red Shoes and a Diary. I tried to like it and there were brief glimpses of the book it could've been, but those scenes where writing sparkled or the characters were likable were limited to one or two. For the most part I was disgusted by the hero and left underwhelmed by the heroin ...

B+
All a Man Can Be

To say Mark DeLucca's life wasn't picture perfect would be an understatement. He's the product of alcoholic parents and a broken home. Despite his older sister's love and attempts at parenting he developed a strong dislike for authority that led to a few run-ins with the law. Given the choice of p ...

B-
Scent of Danger

Carson Brooks, CEO of Ruisseau Fragrance Corporation, has been shot in the back and may need a kidney transplant. Fortunately for him, he's just told his chief legal counsel and the closest thing he has to a son, Dylan Newport, about the child he may have fathered twenty-eight years earlier. ...

B-
In Her Shoes

Maggie Feller has the body, the attitude, and the dream of being a star; unfortunately she's also dyslexic and uses that learning disability as her excuse for everything that goes wrong in her life. Rose Feller has the brains, the Ivy League education, and the job at an upscale Philadelphia law firm ...