25 Apr 2011


The wedding is over now and things are back to normal. Mulan my cat is convalescing - after her operation. Do cats take time to recuperate from operations? As I see it Mulan is swishing her way everywhere, as if that scar on her tummy is not there at all, but I worry, in case she overdoes it. I try to keep an eye out for her, to stop her if she attempts to jump on to the sink (her favourite place to sleep) or on to the window sill. I worry that her stitches will burst open. That did happen to one of my cats ( I think it was Moshu) who had to go back to the Animal Hospital and be warded and re-stitched! WE told the doctor to keep her at the hospital until she could be safely let out and roam again. Mulan looks to be just as active, though yesterday she was fairly quiet.
Among other things, I'm back to my reading (YES!) and I'm glad to say I've finished reading Nora Roberts' romantic thriller The Search and am now reading another of her books - Chasing Fire. I've always enjoyed Nora Roberts and these are just as good as her other books. In  The Search, we have a spunky heroine, Fiona Bristow, who was once the victim of a serial killer; the only difference is that Fiona managed to get away while his other victims didn't. At that time Fiona was still a university student. Eight years later Fiona is a successful dog trainer and also a member of a dog rescue team, based on an island in the Puget Sound, off the coast of Washington State. Although she would never forget the trauma of being kidnapped, tied and gagged in the trunk of a car and with the knowledge that the man was a serial killer who had already killed 12 young women - all just like her- Fiona believes that she has control of her life and the past is well behind her. She reckons without the coming of Simon Doyle, a successful wood artist who creates gorgeous furniture out of wood. Simon wants to send his dog for obedience training and thus the two meet. From the first meeting sparks seem to fly - and Simon, who is used to more beautiful women than Fiona, wonders why he is attracted to her.

Fiona on her part is drawn to the kindness she sees in him and his quiet strength. But then something else comes into the picture - a serial killer who is killing athletic  young women is again on the loose and his methods were exactly like the man who had once kidnapped Fiona, the man they called the "Red Scarf killer " or RSK2. Is he Perry, the original killer, now let loose or a copy cat? And he is coming nearer and nearer to where Fiona is. And his method is exactly the same - and Fiona is again attacked by her nightmares.

I've always loved Nora Roberts' writing style - her descriptions are detailed and alive and her characters real. Her love scenes are usually very passionate without going over board. A really wonderful read, one that you simply cannot put down. I'd give this a 4 star rating - there are still other books that deserve that 5 star.

I'll keep the review of Chasing Fire for next time. I'm still reading it and also three others:
  • Nineteen Eighty Four by George Orwell
  • Water For Elephants  by Sara Gruen 
  • Thirteen Reasons Why  by Jay Asher
I got them at 30% discount from Borders yesterday!


Nature Nut /JJ Loch said...

I'm glad to hear Mulan is recuperating well. Aren't I pets closer to us than anything in this world!

My cat Bubba has been funny while I am recuperating. He knocked at the door this morning, likes to have a snack on the porch, and I grabbed one of the other cat's favorite dry food because I can't bend down well yet and his was harder to get, and served him that.

Another knock came. "Oh, you want water too." Water delivered.

A third knock came. "Oh, you want YOUR dry food." LOL. Bubba wouldn't give me a break because I had surgery. Needed HIS dry food.

Great book review as always. You are great at this. :D

Hugs, JJ

naida said...

Awwww hope Mulan feels better.
I like Nora Roberts too, glad to hear this one was good.
I have Water For Elephants in my TBR.

Amin said...

It is good that the Mulan is better now!

Amin said...

Very interesting writer!

Kat said...

Nancy, I do hope you are better now. Take care - Bubba sounds very much like Mulan! (LOL)
Hi Naida, yes - both The Search and Chasing Fire are good - have now finished both and reading Water for Elephants and 13 Reasons.