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Snapshots - #38: Only the Brave, Jane, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle

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Only the Brave (2017), (♦♦♦♦): Based on the true story of the effort it took to get a municipal crew of firefighters from Prescott, Arizona, certified as Hotshots. After battling thousands of wildfires since their inception, the Granite Mountain Hotshots answered a call to battle the Yarnell Hill fire—about 30 miles away from Prescott—along with several other crews. How they got to that point and what happened is what this movie is about.
Only the Brave is a drama with some thriller on the side, and excellent performances to boast of. It's got a dynamic pace, engaging plot, amazing shots of wildfires, fun camaraderie, and great music to underscore the action. As an audience, we care for the journey of that crew, individually and as a group, and as heartbreaking as the closing scenes are, we stand in awe at the sacrifices that firefighters and their families make every day of their lives. Only the Brave is a darn great tribute to them, and elite firefighters such as the Granite Moun…

Heron’s Cove by Carla Neggers (♦♦♦♦)

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Colin Donovan has been missing for weeks from Rock Point. Allegedly he is working hard at his FBI desk in Washington; his family knows better. Colin's siblings have been grilling Emma for his whereabouts. Emma doesn't know where Colin is except that he is on an undercover mission to flush out the members of an illegal arms trafficking network formerly run by a Russian magnate who is now in federal custody.
A phone call in the middle of the night tips Emma that Colin’s been held in a house in Fort Lauderdale and his life is in danger. Immediately Emma warns her boss about Colin's situation. Meanwhile, Colin has barely managed to escape from a certain death at the hands of three wannabe arms traffickers.
Back in Heron's Cove, the Maine coastal village that's home to the Sharpes, Emma receives a tip from an unknown Russian jewelry designer named Tatiana Pavlova, that the Russian Art Nouveau jewelry collection formerly a property of Russian billionaire Dmitri Rusakov is …

Mariana by Susanna Kearsley (♦♦♦♦)

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1665 Is a year of plague in London. Young Mariana Farr has lost her mother to the plague, and has left the city in a hurry to escape the disease. She goes to live with her uncle and his family at Greywethers, in the village of Exbury. In the months that follow, Mariana settles into her daily life and falls in love with the lord of the manor next door.
Present day…Books illustrator Julia Beckett has been in love with Greywethers cottage since she was a child, so when the opportunity presents itself, Julia buys it, exchanging her city life for a peaceful country living in the village of Exbury.
It seems Mariana and Julia have something in common, but what?
Mariana is the third book I’ve read by Susanna Kearsley after The Winter Sea and The Rose Garden. Kearsley is quickly becoming a favorite author of mine, though I didn’t like The Rose Garden as much as the other two. Mariana was first published in 1994 and won the UK’s Catherine Cookson Fiction prize.
I really liked Mariana by Susanna Kea…

Coming in September...Carla Neggers Blog Tour for Harbor Island

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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR CARLA NEGGERS UNVEILS ANOTHER GRIPPING NEW ROMANTIC THRILLER
HARBOR ISLAND

SEPTEMBER 2014
“Well-plotted, intriguing…the novel is smart and satisfying.” --Kirkus Review on Declan’s Cross
When FBI agent’s clandestine meeting with an anonymous informant turns into a cold-blooded murder scene, the only clue seems to involve the most legendary and elusive art thief in the world. From the New York Times bestselling author of more than sixty books, Carla Neggers, comes HARBOR ISLAND (Harlequin MIRA, September 2014, $24.95 U.S./$27.95 CAN.), her latest novel featuring former nun and art crime expert turned FBI agent, Emma Sharpe.
Emma Sharpe is still getting used to life with her new fiancé and fellow FBI agent, Colin Donovan, when she receives an anonymous phone call asking her to come to a remote island off the Boston Harbor. Emma arrives, to find a dead woman lying in a pool of blood. Gripped in the victim’s cold palm is a stone bearing the signature Celtic insc…