Friday, January 6, 2012

Friday Finds: 01/06/2011

Friday Finds hosted by Should Be Reading ask:

What great books did you hear about/discover this past week? Share with us your FRIDAY FINDS!
There are some many great books out there I always try to limit myself to three. This week it was a bit hard because there are some great books on the market that have caught my interest.  But I have narrowed it down to three finds from this week plus a book that I saved from 6 months ago.

From The Musing of a Book Addict:
A Walk Across the Sun by Corban Addison

When a tsunami rages through their coastal town in India, 17-year-old Ahalya Ghai and her 15-year-old sister Sita are left orphaned and homeless. With almost everyone they know suddenly erased from the face of the earth, the girls set out for the convent where they attend school. They are abducted almost immediately and sold to a Mumbai brothel owner, beginning a hellish descent into the bowels of the sex trade. Halfway across the world, Washington, D.C., attorney Thomas Clarke faces his own personal and professional crisis-and makes the fateful decision to pursue a pro bono sabbatical working in India for an NGO that prosecutes the subcontinent's human traffickers. There, his conscience awakens as he sees firsthand the horrors of the trade in human flesh, and the corrupt judicial system that fosters it. Learning of the fate of Ahalya and Sita, Clarke makes it his personal mission to rescue them, setting the stage for a riveting showdown with an international network of ruthless criminals.
Now, this is not a book that I would normally selected.  It is outside of my preferred reading genres.  But the cover, subject matter and the review won me over.

From I.O.U Sex:
South Beach Cinderella by Sharon Potts

Somewhere over the rainbow ... is a giant dumpster. At least, that's how things appear to Frankie Wunder when she discovers her husband's been cheating on her and there are no fairy tale endings on her horizon. But Frankie, a successful South Beach realtor, isn't prepared to leave her future up to the wave of anyone's wand. Determined to find a man who meets her criteria for the perfect husband and father of the child she desperately wants, Frankie goes on a diet, assembles a list of prospective candidates, and immerses herself in the South Beach dating scene. But is a man who's rich, successful, and willing to take care of her what Frankie really wants? As she works her way through a deceitful doctor, a lecherous lawyer, and a rakish real estate executive--the men most South Beach Cinderellas would gladly lose a slipper to--Frankie realizes her dream men are nightmares and her true Prince Charming is nothing like the guy in the fairy tale.

This is a find courtesy of Teaser Tuesday.  The two sentences that I read made me laugh out loud.  So, I just had to add it to my list.

From Brown Girl Book Speak:
Soul Kiss by Shay Youngblood
Left in the care of her elderly aunts, Mariah grows up in a state of unfulfilled longing, waiting for her mother's return. A cool relationship develops with her aunts, and the young girl grows to love the soft Faith and the stern Merleen amidst cello lessons and garden weedings. Her mother's eroticized nurturing has given way to bisexual murmurings in Mariah: She smokes cigarettes with and discovers a concupiscent attraction to her "girly-girl" friend Joy, yet also gives herself over to a young Latino ballplayer named Jesus Miguel Monteverde (though her interest in him seems to derive from hopes of becoming pregnant, "to have an angel in my arms," she confesses). Mariah is constantly longing for something to stir, as hope comes and goes for her mother's return. A curious, rebellious wanderlust steers the girl, causing her to board a bus to Los Angeles to find her father, Matisse, when the longing becomes too great. He is the hero of her imagination, a prince of images painted from her mother's descriptions. In California, however, reality asserts itself; Matisse, who loves his daughter dearly, is too tempted by lingering evidence of his former wife that he sees in Mariah to be her proper guardian, and thus her second parent fails her.

This book has been waiting to be added to Mt. TBR since last year.  Hopefully it won't take me another year to read it.

All blurbs are from GoodReads

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