Reviews by Laurie Likes Books

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In Defense of Food

My husband does most of the cooking in our house. He loves to cook, to invent, and to nurture his family through the meals he creates. He's also keenly aware of the role nutrition plays in health, which dovetails quite nicely since he is of the "everything in moderation" school. We use real butter i ...

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The Fifth Mountain

Paulo Coelho's The Fifth Mountain is one of the most extraordinary works of historical fiction I've ever had the pleasure to read. The author fictionalizes the biblical story of Elijah, and as a very reformed Jew who welcomes the Prophet Elijah into the house every year at Passover to partake in a ...

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The Real Deal

Hands down, The Real Deal is my favorite book for 2004; it features so many of my favorite themes that I not only re-read the book immediately (and more than once), I also immediately wrote up an At the Back Fence column all about it. And did I mention the hero is scrumptious? Yum. ...

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A Family for Gillian

My only DIK, romance or otherwise, thus far for 2004 (it's now September) is A Family for Gillian, which I bought shortly after reading Jane's B+ review of it. Jane and I often laugh about being "separated at birth" in that many of our tastes are similar - and not only where reading is concerned. Ea ...

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The Phantom Tollbooth

I couldn't have been more thrilled when my daughter's fifth grade English class was assigned Norton Juster's The Phantom Tollbooth. This wonderfully clever fantasy, illustrated by Jules Feiffer, was written in 1961 and I believe it's never been out of print. I first read the book in junior high sc ...

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Chesapeake Blue

When I learned Nora Roberts hadn't originally planned to write Seth Quinn's story but changed her mind because readers clamored for it, I got a sinking, "Oh no" feeling - my opinion being that connected books should end where the author originally intended. But then I read Chesapeake Blue and have b ...

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My Favorite Bride

I've not read Christina Dodd in 2 1/2 years, and, after reading the reviews on her last two books, I had basically written her off. But that's before I read Jane's review, which you'll find below mine. Although The Sound of Music is not a favorite movie for me, any time I encounter such enthusiasm a ...

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The Beach House

Mary Alice Monroe's The Beach House is profoundly moving, from the short prologue in which a woman feels sorrow and regret about her relationships with her now-grown children, to the final pages in which hope replaces sorrow.Caretta Rutledge has been asked to visit her mother, Lovie, in their Lo ...

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The Star King

The Star King, Susan Grant's second novel, proves that her first terrific romance, Once a Pirate, was no fluke. This is an author who writes romantic and exciting books that conjure up exotic locales and peoples. Grant is equally at home creating an advanced civilization light years away as she was ...

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The Verificationist

When I read the raves about The Verificationist earlier this year, I bought a copy for myself and set it aside for a time when I needed a really great read to pull me out of the doldrums. This past weekend I decided I needed a boost and read it. Expecting both an odd read and a great one, I realized ...