Crossworder’s Delight

From Elaine Pasquali

Title:  Crossworder’s Delight

Author:  Nero Blanc

Nero Blanc is the pen-name for husband and wife writers and crossword puzzle buffs Frances Biddle and Steve Zettler.  A framed copy of Longfellow’s “The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere,”  the hiding place for stolen art circa World War 11, goes missing.  At the same time, an old recipe book and a just as old  unsolved murder in a chocolate factory come to light.  Crossword editor, Belle Graham and PI husband, Rosco Polycrates set about investigating the incidents.  Crossword puzzles (with solutions) and chocolate dessert recipes are included in the book.  A fast, uncomplicated read.

 

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Cowboy Under My Christmas Tree

From Terry DelBalso
Title:  Cowboy Under My Christmas Tree
Author:  Janet Daily
If you are looking for a book with a deep story line and character development; this is not the one. However if you want an easy ready during the Holiday rush and desire that extra warm Christmas feeling, the book will do the trick. It is about a Colorado Cowboy that comes to NY for a one month job and falls in love with a beautiful girl that is on an assignment designing Holiday window displays. The girl is also attracted to him but wary. The story takes you through the journey of his winning her over.

Wishin’ and Hopin’

From Rebecca Segers
author: Lamb, Wally
 Wishin’ and Hopin’
It’s 1964 and Felix Funicello is in 5th grade.  His family has three reasons to be famous in their small town in Connecticut.  His mother is a finalist in the Pillsbury Bake-off – she’s be on TV with Art Linkletter and Ronald Reagan.  His Junior Midshipmen Troop is going to be on TV, too – the Ranger Andy show in Hartford.  Plus the capper is that his very own cousin is the famous Annette Funicello.  The story is a slice of life adventure from the beginning of school to the Christmas show at his parochial school, told in the voice of an 11-year-old boy from a more innocent time.  This nostalgic read is light, entertaining and leaves the reader with a song and a smile.

Skipping Christmas

From Elaine Pasquali
author: Grisham, John
 Skipping Christmas
This novel is a marked departure from Grisham’s other books.  Grisham uses Luther Krank’s (crank?)jaundiced eyes to take a tongue-in-cheek look at the frenzy, chaos, and commercialism surrounding Christmas.  With the departure of his daughter to Peru for a year in the Peace Corps, Luther convinces his wife to skip Christmas and take a cruise instead.  Luther’s attempts to march to a different drummer encounter obstacles, but will he utimately succeed?  To find out, you’ll have to read the book.  This book is not only a light-hearted summer read but the power of suggestion may also have a cooling effect on a hot summer day.

The Christmas Box

From Charlene Muhr
author: Evans, Richard Paul
The Christmas Box
A few months ago, I went to a library conference and attended a lecture by Richard Paul Evans.  I was so moved by his talk that I purchased his book and had it autographed.  He wrote and self-published the Christmas Box in 1993, a Christmas story that he had written for his children.  The Christmas Box is a touching story of the real meaning of Christmas.  A couple, Richard and Keri, and their daughter, Jenna, are hired as caretakers for an elderly and ailing widow, Mary, who resides in a Victorian mansion.  It’s not long before Richard and his family become very fond of Mary.  As the holiday approaches, Mary is concerned about Richard’s obsession for success and his failure to recognize the emotional needs of his family.  One day, Richard discovers an ornate, heirloom box that contains love letters and is the key to a secret that Mary is holding close to her heart. This is guaranteed to be a tear jerker.