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Daily Deals: Grisham’s first, a mail order bride, and Rebecca revisited

A Time to Kill by John GrishamA Time to Kill by John Grisham. $ 2.99

From the Jacket Copy:

Don’t miss a sneak peek of Sycamore Row, John Grisham’s new novel inspired by A Time to Kill, in the back of the book.

The life of a ten-year-old girl is shattered by two drunken and remorseless young men. The mostly white town of Clanton in Ford County, Mississippi, reacts with shock and horror at the inhuman crime. Until her black father acquires an assault rifle and takes justice into his own outraged hands.

For ten days, as burning crosses and the crack of sniper fire spread through the streets of Clanton, the nation sits spellbound as young defense attorney Jake Brigance struggles to save his client’s life–and then his own.

Available for the first time in a hardcover edition, this riveting novel of rape, murder, retribution, and justice set in rural Mississippi was Grisham’s first novel and led to his subsequent bestsellers The Firm, The Pelican Brief, and The Client.

This is my favorite Grisham novel. I remember reading it and thinking, this guy must know some lawyers. (This was before I knew he was a lawyer). The courtroom scenes were some of the best I’d read and so accurate as well. It had a great blend of the law, mystery and human emotion.

I read several of his legal thrillers after this and none resonated with me in the same way. The plots became too tortured and he moved away from the realism that I liked so much.

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The Mail Order Bride's Deception  by Ruth Ann NordinThe Mail Order Bride’s Deception by Ruth Ann Nordin. $ 2.99

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“A hardworking gentleman of 26 years old, 6 feet, owner of a small cabin who lives off the land desires marriage. Lady must be between 18-25 years, have a loving disposition, and be willing to mother a baby boy. Though comforts will be few, would like a happy marriage.” Mail Order Bride Ad Written by Allen Grover on March 20, 1878

It wasn’t until September that Al’s bride came to the Black Hills of the South Dakota Territory. He expected Hazel McPherson. But he got Sadie Miller.

Before Hazel died in Omaha, she told Sadie to take her place as Al’s mail-order bride. Under ordinary circumstances, Sadie would never pretend to be another woman. But in this case, it was her only chance of escaping the prison that had become her life.

And there was no way she could tell anyone the truth. No. Her secret would stay with her to the grave, especially from the one man she was beginning to love.

This isn’t a sale price but the book looked interesting. Unfortunately there aren’t any helpful reviews although one mentioned that there was sexual content within the marriage.

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Rebecca's Tale by Sally BeaumanRebecca’s Tale by Sally Beauman. $ 1.99

From the Jacket Copy:

April 1951. It has been twenty years since the death of Rebecca, the hauntingly beautiful first wife of Maxim de Winter, and twenty years since Manderley, the de Winter family’s estate, was destroyed by fire. But Rebecca’s tale is just beginning.

Colonel Julyan, an old family friend, receives an anonymous package concerning Rebecca. An inquisitive young scholar named Terence Gray appears and stirs up the quiet seaside hamlet with questions about the past and the close ties he soon forges with the Colonel and his eligible daughter, Ellie. Amid bitter gossip and murky intrigue, the trio begins a search for the real Rebecca and the truth behind her mysterious death.

The du Maurier estate choose this author to write a companion book to Rebecca. PW writes “his lushly imagined sequel, which cleverly reproduces the cadences of duMaurier’s prose, resurrects Manderley without sweeping away all the artful old cobwebs. Readers should pounce…While Rebecca may not be familiar to younger readers (though the 1940 Hitchcock film starring Laurence Olivier is a classic), Beauman’s seductive sequel should do well on its own and also prompt interest in the original, which is being reissued in mass market. “

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The Perfect Distraction by Melissa RolkaThe Perfect Distraction by Melissa Rolka. $ FREE.

From the Jacket Copy:

When Katherine “Kate” leaves for her freshmen year at college, a grounded and stable piece of her is missing. She pushes away the ghosts of her past, determined to start her college life single, carefree and distracted.

Throughout high school Kate was reserved and shy, with little experience. Now, on her own, with little holding her back, Kate is ready to branch out. She bonds with a tight knit group of friends and even starts casually dating. What starts out as innocent flirting on the tennis courts slowly turns into a friendship and eventually something more complex. Reed comes into her life giving her the distraction she craves more than anything; but is she ready to give her heart away so easily?

Things get complicated when Kate’s ex-boyfriend and first love continues to pursue her. Kyle deeply regrets breaking her heart when he left for college the year before and is now on a mission to reclaim her. Kyle’s persistence and relentlessness is nothing short of obsessive. He will stop at nothing to win her back and prove his love.

Kate finds herself torn between her past and the unknown of the future. Her determination to stay distracted may just be her downfall or the beginning of something new and wonderful.
***For Mature Readers 18+***

Flashbacks, cliffhanger and disruptive storyline are the drawbacks.

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Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She self publishes NA and contemporaries (and publishes with Berkley and Montlake) and spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com


  1. Glittergirl
    Apr 30, 2014 @ 15:21:03

    Kristen Ashley’s Law Man is on sale at BN/Nook for $1.99

  2. delta888
    Apr 30, 2014 @ 15:29:20

    Can’t believe I missed this, but a huge huge number of Anne Stuart’s backlist has been on sale this month. Ends today. If I’d been paying attention, could have caught several going for free at various points. See for more details. Grabbed several. I think she writes the ultimate gamma male heroes, but these are definitely not everyone’s cup of tea.

  3. Monique D
    Apr 30, 2014 @ 17:40:32

    Even if it’s not on sale, get A Time to Kill. In my opinion, it’s one of the best books of all time !

  4. oceanjasper
    May 01, 2014 @ 06:01:04

    I read Rebecca in high school, and adored it. It was another classic (along with Pride and Prejudice and The Great Gatsby) that I read in a Penguin edition with a skimpy back cover blurb and therefore had no knowledge of the storyline beforehand. The first chapter, before the story goes back in time to Manderley, was so mysterious and intriguing, and for most of the book I had no idea whether Max was the hero or the villain.

    I’ve never had any interest in reading modern sequels or retellings of classic novels; I love the fact that I’m reading an historical artefact, full of social nuances and quirks of language that are a product of their time. But anyone who isn’t familiar with Rebecca, or who thinks they know the story from the movie, should read it; it’s a thrilling page turner.

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