Guest Post: The Golden Urchin by Madeline Brent

photo_9181_20091029The Golden Urchin by Madeline Brent is by far the best book I’ve ever read! I have worn out my paperback copy and am currently working on wearing out my hardback copy. I read this book at least 3 or 4 times a year. It is my “comfort book”, as Jessica described in a previous post. The hardest thing about reading this book, is finding a copy!
This story is based around 15 year old Meg. She was raised by the Aborigines as a “freak” because of her white skin and red hair. She leaves her tribe and comes across Luke, who is close to death from lack of water. He takes her to his house, and she is taught English and how to be “proper” by Luke’s wife, Rosemary. After a series of events, she finds out there is someone after her, trying to kill her for her fortune that her real parent’s had left her. During this time, she comes to find that she is in love with Luke and she thinks that he hates her.
There are some interesting characters that you come across with Meg. I really enjoy Meg’s character, she is strong, naive, and says how things are and you know where she stands on things. There is a little violence in this book, but not until the end. There is some swearing, but is very mild.
Jocee is a stay at home mom with three very active children under the age of five.  I shared a bedroom with her for the first seventeen years of her life, luckily we both survived that and now are good friends.  As proof of how much I love her, I gave her my only copy of this book (which was hardbound) because hers is being held together with a rubber-band, destroyed from her frequent readings.
Rating: 1
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Crime Scene at Cardwell Ranch by B.J. Daniels

photo_6433_20090515 I thought I would post about a free ebook available right now.  Harlequin Publishing is celebrating it’s 60th Anniversary and, in honor of that, is giving away 16 books online.  There is no sign up required, no fees, they are just giving the books away.  If you have a Kindle, you can also find all the free ebooks in the Kindle store. The website to get the free ebooks is here. Crime Scene at Cardwell Ranch by B.J. Daniels is an interesting mystery.  I felt bad and sympathetic for both main characters, good character development and believable plot line. I liked how there were so many possible suspects and it was hard to guess who did it but there were some clues, looking back.  I have to admit I was disappointed that Jordan didn’t do it because he was just an obnoxious brother and I wanted him to be the bad guy (sorry for the spoiler but I couldn’t help myself).   Reference to sex and some graphic kissing but not full on sex scene, so I give it a four rating.

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