Braille Book Review

November-December 2002
Books for Adults--Fiction


Lord of the Fire Lands: A Tale of the King's Blades BR 13417
by Dave Duncan
4 volumes
Desiring to avenge his family, Wasp follows his friend's lead and together they spurn the king's wishes. Now as outlaws, they are hunted by the very Blades whose ranks they were a breath away from entering. Companion to The Gilded Chain (BR 13416). Some violence. 1999.

Sky of Swords: A Tale of the King's Blades BR 13418
by Dave Duncan
4 volumes
With the death of her father, Malinda--now queen--searches for a way to protect her realm. But the Blades whom she can trust are in grave peril as the people revolt against them. Companion to Lord of the Fire Lands (BR 13417). Some violence. 2000.

Calder Born, Calder Bred: Calder Saga, Vol. 4 BR 13467
by Janet Dailey
4 volumes (Reissue)
Montana, late twentieth century. Ty Calder returns to his family ranch as a teenager, and soon succumbs to the glamorous lifestyle of Texas heiress Tara Dyson. But young Jessy Niles has other ideas. Sequel to This Calder Sky (BR 13466). Explicit descriptions of sex and some strong language. Bestseller 1983.

Daemonomania BR 13512
by John Crowley
5 volumes
In this sequel to Love and Sleep (BR 10083), the Faraway Hills provide the context for understanding the mysteries that blend past and present, magic and the mundane. Intertwined are the stories of historian Pierce Moffett, his lover Rose Ryder, and single mother Rosie Rasmussen, whose daughter seems possessed. 2000.

Mapping the Edge BR 13549
by Sarah Dunant
2 volumes
Single mother Anna fails to return to England after a brief vacation in Italy, leaving her seven-year-old to be cared for by an assortment of friends. They wonder whether Anna is having an affair, has been abducted, or is dead. Some explicit descriptions of sex and some strong language. 1999.

Silas Marner: The Weaver of Raveloe BR 13573
by George Eliot
2 volumes
Classic novel of an embittered, reclusive weaver in rural Victorian England who is robbed of his horded gold but later adopts a foundling he learns to cherish. Years later Silas and Eppie discover the truth of the girl's parentage--and the location of the lost treasure. With 1996 introduction and notes by David Carroll. 1861.

Magic Terror: Seven Tales BR 13579
by Peter Straub
3 volumes
Seven short stories of horror and suspense. In "Ashputtle" an obese, middle-aged kindergarten teacher harbors an evil secret that has caused her to keep moving to new schools in different states. Some violence and some strong language. 2000.

Honor's Price: Rocky Mountain Legacy, Vol. 2 BR 13582
by Kristen Heitzmann
3 volumes
Colorado, 1873. Montgomery Farrel returns from South Carolina and marries Abigail "Abbie" Martin. When someone begins sabotaging their land, a gun battle ensues. Montgomery begins to question his faith. Sequel to Honor's Pledge (BR 13505). Some violence. For senior high and older readers. 1998.

Honor's Quest: Rocky Mountain Legacy, Vol. 3 BR 13583
by Kristen Heitzmann
2 volumes
Colorado territories, 1870s. Abbie and Montgomery Farrel adopt his orphaned niece Jenny and are expecting their own child. Tragedy strikes, and Abbie has to find strength in God and old friendships in order to survive. Sequel to Honor's Price (BR 13582). For senior high and older readers. 1998.

Honor's Disguise: Rocky Mountain Legacy, Vol. 4 BR 13584
by Kristen Heitzmann
2 volumes
Colorado, 1870s. Widowed Abbie Farrel struggles on her ranch until her old suitor Cole Jasper returns to help. When Cole is captured by bounty hunters and returned to Texas, Abbie prays for his acquittal and then follows. Sequel to Honor's Quest (BR 13583). Some violence. For senior high and older readers. 1999.

Honor's Reward: Rocky Mountain Legacy, Vol. 5 BR 13585
by Kristen Heitzmann
3 volumes
Abbie marries her foreman, Cole Jasper. They raise her son, niece, and an orphaned girl as a family. Cole's newfound faith and family are jeopardized when outlaw Crete Marlowe arrives in Colorado seeking revenge. Sequel to Honor's Disguise (BR 13584). Some violence. For senior high and older readers. 2000.

Total Recall: A V.I. Warshawski Novel BR 13634
by Sara Paretsky
4 volumes
Pursuing two seemingly unrelated cases, the private eye explores insurance fraud and probes the past to help her mentor Dr. Lotty Herschel. Lotty is being stalked by a man who claims he's a child survivor of the Holocaust--and a relative. V.I. investigates whether he is an imposter. Bestseller 2001.

Call If You Need Me: The Uncollected Fiction and Other Prose BR 13639
by Raymond Carver
2 volumes
A collection of short stories--five previously unpublished-- essays, book reviews, and biographical sketches by the influential writer who died in 1988. Foreword by Carver's wife, poet Tess Gallagher. 2000.

A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court BR 13640
by Mark Twain
3 volumes
Classic satire about a nineteenth-century New England factory worker who is knocked unconscious and transported back to the year 528. Hank Morgan awakens in King Arthur's court in Britain, where he attempts to improve living conditions by introducing modern inventions and democratic ideas. For senior high and older readers. 1889.

I Am Morgan le Fay: A Tale from Camelot BR 13644
by Nancy Springer
2 volumes
In the olden time of knights and castles, Morgan, the future King Arthur's half-sister, gradually becomes aware of her magic gifts. Intrigued by the fairies, she explores her passions and her powers. Some descriptions of sex and some violence. For junior and senior high readers. 2001.

The Corrections BR 13651
by Jonathan Franzen
5 volumes
Because her husband, Alfred, has Parkinson's disease, elderly midwestern housewife Enid Lambert seeks to gather her grown children for one last Christmas together. But unhappily married banker Gary, recently fired professor Chip, and bisexual chef Denise have other ideas. Strong language and some descriptions of sex. Bestseller 2001.

Promise Me Tomorrow BR 13656
by Candace Camp
3 volumes
Orphaned Mary Chilton has only a vague memory of a loving family. After leaving the orphanage, she disguises herself as Mrs. Marianne Cotterwood and finagles her way into high society. She meets Lord Lambeth, who is fascinated by this mysterious woman and feels compelled to unravel her past. Some descriptions of sex. 2000.

Bowie BR 13658
by Randy Lee Eickhoff and Leonard C. Lewis
2 volumes
Fictional handling of incidents in the life of Jim Bowie, from riding alligators in the swamps in his childhood to the creation of the Bowie knife to Indian fights and duels, and culminating in his death at the Alamo in 1836. Some strong language. 1998.

The Smoke Jumper BR 13659
by Nicholas Evans
4 volumes
Julia Bishop meets Ed Tully first but soon is introduced to his best friend and fellow forest firefighter Connor Ford. That summer a catastrophic fire forces Julia to choose between the two men she has come to love. Some explicit descriptions of sex, some violence, and some strong language. Bestseller 2001.

All the Long Years: Western Stories BR 13662
by Bill Pronzini
2 volumes
Fourteen diverse tales of the West. In "Lady One-Eye," a male- female team of detectives investigates a lady gambler to ensure a fair game. In "Doc Christmas, Painless Dentist," a medical entrepreneur collects every fee. Some strong language. 2001.

The Invisible Heart: An Economic Romance BR 13663
by Russell Roberts
2 volumes
Bleeding-heart liberal Laura Silver is attracted to conservative capitalist Sam Gordon, a fellow teacher at an exclusive Washington, D.C., private school. Meanwhile, CEO Charles Krauss provokes the wrath of consumer watchdog Erica Baldwin when he moves his pharmaceutical company to Mexico. 2001.

Always Dakota: Buffalo Valley Trilogy, Volume 3 BR 13666
by Debbie Macomber
3 volumes
Buffalo Valley, North Dakota, is again a thriving town because of people like Lindsay Sinclair and Maddy McKenna. Residents are taking risks in their business and personal lives. One is rancher Margaret Clemens, who takes a chance on Matt Eilers. Sequel to Dakota Home (BR 12926). Some descriptions of sex and some strong language. 2000.

The Bishop and the Beggar Girl of St. Germain BR 13667
by Andrew M. Greeley
2 volumes
While visiting Paris, Bishop Blackie Ryan of Chicago is asked to investigate the disappearance of a beloved charismatic priest called Jean-Claude. Father Ryan hires a young musician-beggar, Marie-Bernadette, to translate for him. But not everyone is eager to locate the missing man. 2001.

A Perfect Arrangement BR 13669
by Suzanne Berne
2 volumes
Howard and Mirella, an upwardly mobile New England couple, think that they have finally found the perfect nanny in Randi. But as their difficult preschoolers become abnormally attached to her and their marriage begins crumbling, they realize they need to reassess their priorities. Some strong language. 2001.

Wanting You BR 13670
by Nan Ryan
2 volumes
Father Fitzgerald discovers a young woman living in an Arizona convent. He believes that she is the long-lost heiress Anna Regent Wright. Anna's grandmother is delighted. But Brit Caruth, who wants the inheritance promised to him, claims the woman is an imposter. Explicit descriptions of sex and some strong language. 1999.

Summer of Storms BR 13673
by Judith Kelman
3 volumes
Thirty-three-year old photographer Anna Jameson returns to work in New York City three decades after her sister Julie is murdered there during a hurricane. As she investigates the past and uncovers family secrets, she becomes a target of the killer, who is still very much alive. Some violence and some strong language. 2001.

Ready for Love BR 13674
by Debbie Macomber
3 volumes
Two novellas about the Dryden brothers, senior partners in a Boston law firm. In Ready for Romance, Damian falls in love with the girl-next-door who used to have a crush on his brother. In Ready for Marriage, Evan is reunited with his ex-fiancée, who needs legal help for her parents. Some strong language. 1994.

To the Far Blue Mountains BR 13675
by Louis L'Amour
3 volumes
Barnabas Sackett sails from England on a voyage to the New World, where a pretty girl is waiting to marry him. Once there he sets off for the Far Blue Mountains of Virginia, fighting Indians and other perils along the way. Sequel to Sackett's Land (BR 09555). 1976.

Touching Spirit Bear BR 13676
by Ben Mikaelsen
2 volumes
To avoid prison after viciously attacking a classmate, fifteen- year-old Cole agrees to a Native American tradition for healing-- one year alone on a remote Alaskan island. There Cole confronts a huge white Spirit Bear that changes his life. Some violence. For junior and senior high readers. 2001.

The Church Ladies BR 13686
by Lisa E. Samson
3 volumes
Middle-aged Poppy Fraser, mother of two young adults and one five-year-old, struggles to come to terms with being a minister's wife. After her husband Duncan's recent career change, Poppy must cope with competitive church life in a small town, finding help in weekly ecumenical meetings with other Christian women. 2001.

The Journey Home BR 13691
by Olaf Olafsson
2 volumes
Disa has enjoyed the quiet pleasures of managing an English country hotel for many years with her friend Anthony. But a diagnosis of terminal cancer sends her back to her Icelandic homeland to resolve personal issues from her past. Some descriptions of sex. 2000.

Love and Modern Medicine: Stories BR 13697
by Perri Klass
2 volumes
Eleven short stories, written by a pediatrician, that feature families who face medical or emotional issues. In "The Trouble with Sophie," a scientist is informed that her kindergartner needs therapy. In "Necessary Risks," a physician is terrified by the prospect of two weeks alone with her four-year-old. Some strong language. 2001.

Eclipse BR 13699
by John Banville
2 volumes
When actor Alex Cleave has an onstage career crisis at age fifty, he departs for "a brief respite from life." Against his wife's protests, he retreats to his empty childhood home to stop acting and simply be. But he is not alone there. Some explicit descriptions of sex. 2000.

Stranger in a Strange Land BR 13700
by Robert A. Heinlein
4 volumes (Reissue)
Born and raised on Mars, Valentine Michael Smith returns to Earth unfamiliar with its cultural and social customs. Tutored in earthly matters by Jubal Harshaw, Smith evolves into a messianic figure preaching free love. Some explicit descriptions of sex and some strong language. Hugo Award. 1961.

Long Time No See BR 13709
by Susan Isaacs
3 volumes
Despite her policeman lover's admonitions, amateur sleuth Judith Singer searches for clues to the murder of a neighbor. Courtney Logan disappeared on Halloween night, and now in May her body has been found in her own pool. Sequel to Compromising Positions (RC 11629). Strong language and some descriptions of sex. Bestseller 2001.

Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress BR 13711
by Sijie Dai
1 volume
Two privileged teenage boys are sent to a remote village for reeducation during China's Cultural Revolution. When they procure a supply of French books, they read novels to a pretty but uneducated seamstress, with surprising results. Some descriptions of sex and some strong language. Bestseller 2001.

The Curse of Chalion BR 13712
by Lois McMaster Bujold
4 volumes
Lupe dy Cazaril, once betrayed and sold into slavery, returns to the royal household he once served, hoping to find a menial job. Instead he is favored with the position of secretary-tutor to the royal princess. But a curse lies over the House of Chalion, endangering Cazaril and all within the royal circle. 2001.

Honeymoon and Other Stories BR 13714
by Kevin Canty
1 volume
Eleven short stories dealing with characters in complicated relationships. In "Red Dress," a boy watches his distant mother change personalities during cocktail parties. In "Sleepers Holding Hands," a retired physician has to again rescue his grandson from the boy's wayward mother. Some descriptions of sex and some strong language. 2001.

Bitterroot BR 13715
by James Lee Burke
3 volumes
Lawyer Billy Bob Holland, last seen in Heartwood (BR 13162), travels to Montana to assist old buddy Doc Voss in his fight against a mining company. But there is also danger from bikers, a local militia, gangsters, and an ex-con out for revenge. Violence, strong language, and some descriptions of sex. 2001.

The Gardens of Covington BR 13718
by Joan Medlicott
3 volumes
In this sequel to The Ladies of Covington Send Their Love (BR 13230), Hannah, Grace, and Amelia continue to enjoy life in the North Carolina foothills. When a developer threatens their peaceful environment, they rally their neighbors to maintain its natural beauty. 2001.

A Student of Weather BR 13720
by Elizabeth Hay
3 volumes
Saskatchewan, 1938. Naturalist Maurice Dove arrives at the farm where Lucinda and Norma Joyce Hardy live with their widowed father. Both girls fall in love with the young man from Ottawa and over decades and miles their lives intertwine with deception and rivalry. Some explicit descriptions of sex. 2001.

Field Guide BR 13722
by Gwendolen Gross
2 volumes
Twenty-eight-year-old American Annabel is researching bats in the Australian rainforest when her professor disappears. Having previously lost her brother in a diving accident, Annabel deals with her emotions as she assists the instructor's son, Leon, with the search for his father. Some descriptions of sex and some strong language. 2001.

Envy BR 13731
by Sandra Brown
4 volumes
Publisher Maris Matherly-Reed is so intrigued by the story line of a manuscript that she travels from New York to Georgia to meet the author. Her actions set in motion the uncovering of a rivalry between friends that sent one to prison and made the other famous. Strong language, some descriptions of sex, and some violence. Bestseller 2001.

Mojave Crossing BR 13735
by Louis L'Amour
1 volume
Set in the late 1870s. Cowboy Tell Sackett has no problem carrying thirty pounds of gold, but the hard part is ahead when he has to cross the desert. Sequel to Lando (BR 10378). 1964.

The Torturer's Apprentice: Stories BR 13747
by John Biguenet
2 volumes
Fourteen thought-provoking stories about pain, either mental or physical, by a prize-winning author. In the title piece, a medieval torturer is forced to use his cruel techniques on his own apprentice. In "The Work of Art," a buyer's obsession overwhelms his common sense. Some descriptions of sex, some violence, and some strong language. 2001.

Playing for Keeps BR 13748
by Joan Lowery Nixon
1 volume
Sixteen-year-old Rose accompanies her grandmother on a Caribbean cruise. She falls in love with another teenager on the ship-- seventeen-year-old Ricky. She later learns that he has been smuggled on board from Cuba, where he is wanted by the police. For junior and senior high readers. 2001.

The Fisher King BR 13749
by Paule Marshall
2 volumes
Brooklyn, 1949. West Indian musician Sonny-Rett and African American Cherisse fall in love. Opposed by their families, the lovers flee to Paris where they start a family and Sonny becomes famous. Years later their grandchild returns to New York with Cherisse's best friend, Hattie. ALA Black Caucus Award. 2000.

The Summons BR 13758
by John Grisham
2 volumes
Law professor Ray Atlee arrives at the family home in rural Mississippi and discovers his elderly father dead--and three million dollars in cash. Ray decides not to tell his drug- addicted brother about the loot. But someone is soon after him and the money. Some strong language. Bestseller 2002.

The Mitford Snowmen: A Christmas Story BR 13759
by Jan Karon
1 volume
The townspeople of Mitford hold a spontaneous snowman-building contest. Bestseller 2001.

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants BR 13765
by Ann Brashares
2 volumes
Four fifteen-year-olds, "Bridget the athlete, Lena the beauty, Tibby the rebel, and Carmen...the one with the bad temper," have been friends since childhood. During this first summer apart, they share a pair of used jeans that magically fits each of them perfectly and helps them through tough times. For senior high readers. 2001.

The Fire of Origins BR 13769
by Emmanuel Dongala
2 volumes
Epic magical-realist tale that encapsulates the history of a West African nation from the perspective of one man. A villager whose very birth is disputed, Mankunku grows in strength, moves to the city, defies the village sorcerer, and challenges colonial oppressors. Some strong language. Grand Prix Litt. d'Afrique Noire. 2001.

Brazen Virtue BR 13783
by Nora Roberts
2 volumes
Mystery writer Grace McCabe comes to Washington, D.C., to visit her sister, Kathleen, hoping for rest and a sisterly bond. But everything changes when Kathleen, who works at night as a phone- sex operator, is strangled to death. Violence, strong language, and some descriptions of sex. Bestseller 1988.

He Sees You When You're Sleeping BR 13823
by Mary Higgins Clark and Carol Higgins Clark
1 volume
Sterling Brooks has been waiting to enter heaven for forty-six years. He finally gets a chance to redeem his life by returning to Earth and helping someone. He chooses Marissa, a seven-year- old desperately missing her father and grandmother, who are in the witness protection program. Bestseller 2001.

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