Saturday, September 25, 2010

On My Wish List (2)

This is a new meme that I am going to be participating in on Saturdays, hosted by Book Chick City. The idea is to spotlight books we have on our Wish Lists, that we really want to read, but haven't had a chance to buy yet. They can be old or new books and a Mr. Linky is provided so that we can keep up with each others choices each week.

I have decided to choose three books each week. Here are my choices for this week:

The Stuff That Never Happened by Maggie Dawson. I saw this one featured on a blog not to long ago and decided it was something I really wanted to read. I think the blurb will explain why.

Synopsis:

What if you were married to a wonderful husband for twenty-eight years but in love with another man? What if you were in love with them both?

Annabelle McKay knows she shouldn't have any complaints. She's been in a stable marriage that's lasted almost three decades and has provided her with two wonderful children, thousands of family dinners around a sturdy oak table, and a husband so devoted that he schedules lovemaking into the calendar every Wednesday morning. Other wives envy the fact that Grant is not the type of man who would ever cheat on her or leave her for a younger woman. The trouble is Annabelle isn't sure she wants to be married to Grant anymore. The trouble is she's still in love with someone else.

In the early tumultuous years of her marriage, Annabelle carried on a clandestine affair with the one person whose betrayal would hurt her husband the most. When it ended, she and Grant found their way back together and made a pact that they would never speak of that time again. But now years later, with her children grown and gone, and an ominous distance opening between them, she can't help but remember those glorious, passionate days and wonder if she chose the right man.

Then, when called to New York City to help care for her pregnant daughter, Annabelle bumps into her old lover. Offered a second chance at an unforgettable love, she must decide between the man that possesses her heart and the husband who has stood squarely by her side. A journey into the what-ifs that haunt us all, The Stuff That Never Happened is an intricate, heartfelt examination of modern marriage that brims with truths about the nature of romantic love.

The Tattoo Shop mystery series by Karen Olson. These books are another great find from a blog I was visiting. It's clear to see where I get most of my readers suggestions LOL. These books look so interesting to me. I love the covers and the whole Tattoo shop vibe. I definitely want to pick these up. Just some cool mysteries with a cool setting and the plots are soooo Vegas, baby! Here are the blurbs for the first three books in the series.

The Missing Ink by Karen Olson.

Synopsis:

Murder leaves a mark

Brett Kavanaugh is a tattoo artist and owner of an elite tattoo parlor in Las Vegas. When a girl makes an appointment for a tattoo of the name of her fiance embedded in a heart, Brett takes the job but the girl never shows. The next thing Brett knows, the police are looking for her client, and the name she wanted on the tattoo isn't her fiance's...


Pretty in Ink by Karen Olson.

Synopsis:

Murder in the city of sin...

Brett Kavanaugh is a tattoo artist and owner of Vegas' hottest tattoo shop, The Painted Lady. And in her spare time, she does some sleuthing. After Brett and company ink Sin City's newest drag queens, they're invited to opening night at the strip's glamorous Nylon and Tattoos show - which ends in disaster when a stranger with a Queen of Hearts tattoo fatally injures Britney Brassieres with a champagne cork. And when another drag queen is found poisoned , it looks like someones targeting Vegas' fabulous femmes...

Driven to Ink by Karen Olson.

Synopsis:

The latest in the cleverly designed tattoo shop mystery series.

Brett Kavanaugh is a tattoo artist and owner of Vegas' hottest tattoo shop, The Painted Lady. And in her spare time, she does some sleuthing. After discovering the corpse of a Dean Martin impersonator - sporting a spider web tattoo and a clip cord from a tattoo machine wrapped around his neck - Brett infiltrates, That's Amore, a drive-through wedding chapel, as a bride-to-be looking for the mark of a murderer...


House of Sand and Fog by Andre Dubus III. There are a lot of reasons I want to read this book. By some it is considered a modern classic. It was an Oprah book pick once upon a time and has won tons of awards. I guess it goes to show that my reading tastes are truly eclectic, to go from tattoo mysteries to a book about the American Dream gone awry LOL!...

Synopsis:

Colonel Massoud Amir Behrani was once a powerful and respected officer in the Shah of Iran's air force. Having fled the country with his family, he works by day spearing trash on California highways and by night as a clerk in a convenience store while deceiving his family into believing that he has a loftier job. Now, willing to risk the modest remainder of his fortune to restore his families dignity, he buys a small house at a county auction, planning to sell it again for three or four times what he paid. But the house has been auctioned by bureaucratic error, and Behrani's fragile plans are jeopardized when Kathy Nicolo, the owner of the house begins to protest the sale.

A recovering alcoholic and addict, Kathy is desperate to regain her only tie to stability - her home. In doing so, she enlists the help of the Deputy Sheriff Lester Burdon, a married man who has fallen precipitously in love with her. As Kathy and Lester become obsessed with seeking justice by whatever means possible, the three characters converge on an explosive collision course. Combining unadorned realism with profound empathy, House of Sand and Fog is a devastating exploration of the American Dream gone awry.

8 comments:

Lori said...

I never heard of these books, but the covers are cute. I hope that you get them all and that they are enjoyable. Check out what is On My Wishlist.

Jude said...

These are all new titles to me. Here's hoping you get to read them soon.

Here is my wishlist for this week.

All the best
J x

Melissa said...

Those ones by Karen Olson really look like my kind of read! :) Thanks!

jackie b central texas said...

Maddie Dawson's book "The Stuff That Never Happened" is probably one I should read. Am hitting 29 years in December and even with the best husband on earth have never forgotten my first love, never had an affair with him but still never forgotten....

"The House of Sand and Fog" is one that have heard of, probably because of Oprah not sure...


I hope you get them all Debbie and thanks for stopping by my wish list post earlier when I was out running errands...

jackie ^_^

Kah Woei said...

The Stu ff That Never Happened sounds interesting. Definitely a choice not to be taken lightly.

pussreboots said...

I read The House of Sand and Fog six years ago. Although it's not a realistic depiction of how that sort of situation would play out legally it was still a fascinating read.

Mystica said...

The House of Sand and Fog (hadn't heard of it even) but it sure sounds good.

samantha.1020 said...

I think the tattoo mystery series sounds like fun! Definitely some books to add to my own wishlist :)