The Noel Diary by Richard Paul Evans


Genre: Fiction

Page Count: 283

Publication Date: 2017

Summary: Jacob Churcher, a famous author, hasn’t seen his mother since she kicked him out of the house when he was sixteen years old.  When he finds out that she has passed away, he has to return to his childhood home to take care of the estate.  He finds a diary that ends up leading him on a journey to find his roots as well as true love.

Recommended: Yes.  It was a nice, quick read over the holidays.  Some of the romance in the story was cliche, but the rest of the plot was interesting.

Watch Out For: Child Abuse, Suicide Attempts

Noteworthy Excerpts: “This time I drove a turbo Porsche Cayenne, which is basically a rocket disguised as an SUV. I can’t remember the last time I’d driven the speed limit.”     “I was drunk.’ ‘Sometimes it takes a little alcohol to be honest.”

Annie’s Wild Ride by Alina Adams


Genre: Romance

Page Count: 282

Publication Date: 1998

Summary: Anne and Paul, now divorced, are both in the Air Force and both thrive on being the best at whatever they do.  When Anne is flying with their daughter Amelia in a snowstorm and crashes, Paul will do whatever it takes to save his ex-wife and daughter.  Will almost losing Anne (again) be what it takes for Paul to let his real feelings show?

Recommended: Yes, though I will warn you, Paul is a very difficult character to like.  The story is told in the present and in flashbacks to the past.

If You’re Offended: Look out for moderate swearing, including the use of GD.  There are also sex scenes.

Noteworthy Excerpts: “The splintering glass, the screech of wheels, the howl of the wind, and the groan of the tree ripped out by its roots and splitting a portion of wing off along with it, made it impossible for Anne to hear the bone in her arm shatter.”    “If you can not loan me a helicopter to rescue a fellow officer, then, in the name of God, as one merciful human being to another, loan it to me so I can save my family.”

When a Man Loves a Woman by Alina Adams


Genre: Romance

Page Count: 377

Publication Date: 2000

Summary: Deborah Brody and James Elliot have been best friends since medical school.  When Brody’s husband Max suddenly dies, she finds herself grieving and needing comfort – and she finds it in the arms of Elliot.  They struggle to figure out if they can really remain just friends after that night of passion.

Recommended: OH MY GOSH YES! This is one of those books that you get sucked into and stay up late into the night reading.  The tension and the passion between the two doctors is sizzling and you just keep thinking to yourself “Just get together already!” The drama in the hospital is also really exciting.

If You’re Offended: The author manages to use the word “damn” in some form an impressive 60 times but other swearing is kept to a minimum.  There are some sex scenes.

Noteworthy Excerpts: “Make a list of the hundreds of children who are alive today because of your choice to become a neurosurgeon instead of a mother. How the hell can you feel guilty in the face of that?”       “I am not mad at you. I wish I were. Because mad… mad burns hot and bright, and then mad goes away. Mad is easy to fix. But I’m not mad. I’m hurt. And hurt is forever.”