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Staff recommendations and reviews from the Plainfield Public Library


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Mr. Rochester by Sarah Shoemaker

At the tender age of eight years old, Edward Rochester is sent away from his home at Thornfield Hall to begin his education. Since he is the second son, it will be up to Edward to make the most of his education, and whatever opportunities come his way. As a young man, fortune finds Edward in Jamaica, where he has taken over his father’s sugar plantation, and where he meets the beautiful young heiress who will soon become his wife. It soon becomes apparent that in marrying his lovely wife, Edward has taken on much more than he bargained for. Now, back at Thornfield Hall many years later, Edward meets his ward’s governess – a Miss Jane Eyre. For the first time, Edward begins to dream of a new life – one that he wants to share with Jane. But how?

Based on characters from Charlotte Bronte’s beloved Jane Eyre, this novel tells the story from Rochester’s perspective. Since Jane Eyre is one of my all-time favorite books, I was skeptical, but this book stays true to the writing style and atmosphere of the original. Definitely a good read. If you’d like Bertha Rochester’s perspective, try Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys.

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Everything, Everything

Maddy has just turned 18 and has never been outside. She has a rare disease were her immune system is basically non-existent.  Her dad and brother died in a car accident when Maddy was a baby, so it is just Maddy and her mom. But everything changes when Olly moves in next door.

This movie is based on the book by the same title by Nicola Yoon. I did not read the book but I did enjoy the movie. It was a good story with likable characters. Rated PG-13


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The Mountain Between Us By Charles Martin

Dr. Ben Payne is trying to get home. His flight is delayed and then canceled because of the weather. He needs to get home because he has surgeries to perform the next day. Journalist Ashley Knox also needs to get home. She is getting married. Ben finds a small charter plane that is willing to fly in this weather. Ben having met Ashley and hearing her dilemma, invites her to share the plane.  Soon they are in the air, making small talk, when the pilot has a heart attack and the plane crashes.

Ben and Ashley survive but Ashley’s leg is broken. And they are in the middle of a mountain in the wilderness. Luckily, Ben is a doctor and a mountain climber. In the beginning, they stay close to the plane but soon realize that help isn’t coming. The only way out is to walk. As they make there way out of the wilderness, they grow close. If they make it out alive, how will this experience change them?

The main reason I picked up this book is because it is being made into a movie starring Idris Elba and Kate Winslet. I am glad I read it. It was exciting to find out how they would survive. I definitely recommend this one and you should read it before the movie comes out in October.


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Then Came You by Jeannie Moon

The suicide of her sister leaves Mia DeAngelis with her ten-year old nephew, Ben, in her care, so she makes the move to Compass Cove, Long Island, the idyllic small town where Mia and her sister used to spend a few months every summer with their grandmother. A librarian at the local college, Mia believes it is the perfect place to raise Ben, even though he seems to have trouble fitting in. During an argument with Mia, he takes off to the football field where he meets the college’s coach, Adam Miller.

All curves and totally different from the type he usually dates, Mia is a knockout, and Adam offers to help her and Ben shop for a bike. The chemistry is undeniable from the start and with Mia, Adam sees he could have the family he never knew he wanted. When an issue with Mia’s adoption of Ben arises, Mia is torn between what is the right thing to do and what is best for Ben, and Adam’s stance could jeopardize their relationship.

Moon (Daring the Pilot) creates a strong sense of home and a convincing love story with moderate love scenes that will overcome even the most cynical of readers.

Originally published in Xpress Reviews: E-Originals | August 11, 2017


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Royally Romanov by Teri Wilson

Lucky to be alive, an attack near Paris’ Notre Dame Cathedral left Maxim Laurent with temporary memory loss. The only item he has in his possession is a leather journal that claims he is Maxim Romanov, descent of the Russian Imperial Romanov and grandson to Anastasia, who purportedly could have escaped execution and lived in exile.

He visits a local bookstore where author and assistant curator at the Louvre, Finley Abbot, is holding a book signing about her book on Romanov history. Finley agrees to help Maxim in his quest for answers. There’s chemistry between the two, even at first sight, but her interest in Maxim and in learning the truth causes a conflict of interest that might jeopardize her career.

As Maxim slowly begins to regain his memory, he discovers he might not be the person he claims and will have to hide the truth to protect the woman who has captured his heart.

A contemporary retelling of Anastasia chalk full of elegance in the most romantic city in the world is a delight in this second book in The Royals series. Wilson (Royally Roma) crafts love scenes that are sexy and passionate and align perfectly with the backdrop and absorbing plot that will have wide appeal.

Originally published in Xpress Reviews: E-Originals | July 7, 2017


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Tempting Levi by Jules Barnard

Although an injury left him unable to fight fires anymore, Levi never expected to trade in his work boots for a suite and tie, but the death of his father left Levi Cade and his four brothers in charge of their family’s luxury resort, Club Tahoe. His new assistant is Emily Wright, the younger half-sister of his ex, Lisa.

Apparently his father had mentored the young girl and stipulated in his will that she would be assisting Levi after his death. Emily has held a secret crush on the sexy Cade brother who is now her new boss, but she is nothing like her curvy sister, who is the type that attracts him. Besides being beautiful in her own way, Emily is intelligent and her fresh ideas might help save the failing Club.

That is, if Levi can keep his hands to himself. But Levi can’t offer a commitment, and Emily wants so much more that to be a one-night stand. It might take losing her for Levi to see that this Wright sister is the one for him.

In this offshoot of Barnard’s “Men of Lake Tahoe” series, Barnard (Cocky Prince) cooks up a dreamy lead man in a exquisite locale who falls for the nerdy girl next door. The tension between the Cade brothers adds to the entertaining, although predictable, plot. The ending perfectly sets up the next book, featuring third-oldest Cade brother, Wes.

Originally published in Xpress Reviews: E-Originals | June 23, 2017


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Crazy For You by Rina Gray

Overworking her body, Charlotte Jones passes out at the nonprofit where she teaches dance. Yankees playboy pitcher Jake Ross happened to be nearby admiring her moves and rushes to her side. At the hospital, Jake poses as her boyfriend so the staff will let him in.

With a multi-million dollar endorsement on the line from a family-oriented company, Threx isn’t sure they want a notorious ladies man to represent their brand. His publicist Gina suggests Jake and Charlotte continue the “relationship” ruse so Jake can secure the contract. In return, Jake offers to be Charlotte’s personal trainer so that she loses the weight the right way. Although she is protective of her heart, Charlotte is falling hard for Jake even though she knows it is not forever.

When a stalker, who may be one of Jake’s former lovers, threatens Charlotte, Jake finally realizes he will do whatever it takes to protect the woman he loves.

In this series finale, Gray’s (It’s Been You) romantic set up starts strong but falls flat with a predictable and cliched subplot (the stalker uses cut-up magazine letters to draft the threats), and the readers will figure out the culprit early on. This is standard fare that most readers have seen before.

Originally published in Xpress Reviews: E-Originals | May 19, 2017