Put down whatever you are reading and pick up “Mightier Than The Sword,” the fifth installment of The Clifton Chronicles. Prepare to be mesmerized once again in the world Jeffrey Archer began in “Only Time Will Tell.” This time the story begins in 1964 and concludes somewhere in the 1970’s. There are three separate storylines that move along until the cliff hanger ending. Though the wait has been almost a year, it is as if we have never been away as the story unfolds and takes readers along for a very satisfying journey. Archer is a first class story teller and “Mightier Than The Sword” continues to show why.
St Martin’s Press
175 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10010
9781250034519, $27.99, www.amazon.com
“Driven to Matrimony” is a comical romance novel that moves along to its final fun ending. Dina Maitland has a problem. Her famous movie star mom has let her know she is engaged to a man who is more than 30 younger. Dina leaves her job to confront her mother about her engagement. She meets Ben Cutler the father of the groom at a car rental place. Through a strange twist of fate they are thrown together but Dina does not let Ben know who she really is. They both have the same objective of stopping this relationship from going any further. There are enough twists and turns that stirs the story along with well defined characters, and an easy writing style makes “Driven to Matrimony” so enjoyable.
The Wild Rose Press Inc
PO Box 708, Adams Basim, NY 14410-0708
9781628392950, $12.99, www.amazon
Though geared as a Christmas season novel “The Christmas Wedding” can be read anytime of the year and enjoyed. Patterson and DiLallo tell the story of a woman who has decided she is going to marry on Christmas one of three men she has been very close to through the years after her first husband died. She sends messages to all of her children that she wants all of them to attend the wedding she is planning. The novel is also about the lives of her children. When I was reading “The Christmas Wedding” I was reminded of the show “Brothers and Sisters” and how Nora Walker dealt with her children. “The Christmas Wedding” is another enjoyable Patterson novel.
James Patterson & Richard DiLallo
Grand Central Publishing
c/o Hachette Book Group USA
237 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10017
9780446571753, $9.00 www.amazon.com
While other authors have one novel a year Woods produces at least four books a year and he keeps the quality very high for each one. “Insatiable Appetites” is one of the best Stone Barrington novels ever. This time there are several story lines that race the tale along to the end. He also settles the dilemma Stone has of where to have dinner now that Elaine’s is no longer in business. One in particular is that there is a new president elected. On the very day of the election one party says in a secret meeting they will not work with the president elect at all and will do everything they can to stop any legislation from being passed by this new president. Stone Barrington learns of this plan and is caught up in revealing the members of this covert meeting. Woods has a page turner in “Insatiable Appetites” that also has a lot to say about the present climate of politics.
c/o Penguin Group USA
375 Hudson Street, New York, NY 10014
9780399169151, $27.95, www.amazon.com
Seventy years ago this year, prisoners in the Nazi death camps like Auschwitz were freed by the Allied forces. “Measure of a Man: From Auschwitz Survivor to Presidents’ Tailor” is the first hand account by one of those victims of how he lived through the darkest time of the world’s history to become a world respected tailor of suits and other clothes of some of the most famous people from many walks of life including presidents of The United States. Greenfield tells about the death camps he was taken to, the loss of his family in them, his coming to America, and how he got into the garment industry that changed his life forever. He is living proof that out of bad comes good and he shows why, with many different stories of the people he has worked with. “Measure of a Man: From Auschwitz Survivor to President’ Tailor” is a well written tale of one of the last remaining survivors of the Holocaust of World War Two that so many disbelieve ever took place.
Martin Greenfield With Wynton Hall
A Salem Communications Company
300 New Jersey Avenue, Washington DC, 20001
9781621572664, $27.99 www.amazon.com