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Lena posts on 7/24/2008 6:01:00 PM You're absolutely welcome. Yeah, I see what you mean. At least good ole' GW didn't just copy another name from other VCA books. And Zipporah is one of the most Jewish names out there, and the book had almost no mention of it in her life. I thought that was weird.
Jenny posts on 7/24/2008 4:44:07 AM Thanks Lena. It is a lovely name and I guessed it was Hebrew but it is not the sort of name you get in modern literature! I think it was more of an attempt to make her more memorable.
Lena posts on 7/23/2008 1:27:52 AM Dear Jenny. I'll post what it says on It's spelled Zipporah, actually. ZIPPORAH; Gender: Feminine; Usage: Biblical, Jewish; Pronounced: zi-POR-[uh] (English), ZIP-[ehr]-[uh] (English); From the Hebrew name (Tzipporah) which meant [bird]. In the Old Testament Zipporah was the wife of Moses... Rather detailed. I love looking up name origins on that particular website. Note some of the symbols won't show, so I bracketed them.

Jenny posts on 7/22/2008 3:42:48 AM I have to ask, what the heck sort of name is Zapporah!
Christopher posts on 7/21/2008 11:04:20 PM am half way into SECRETS IN THE ATTIC. Without giving away too much it takes us back to many of the classic VCA claques of the 1960s and a big house with a big attic. The narrative hook involves the heroine Zapporah very troubled best friend Karen. Karen is sexy and confident while Zapporah is shy. While at first Karen seems to be an innocent victim forced into horrible circumstances I am now getting the suspicion that Karen has far greater mental problems and is not only taking advantage of Zapporah but using her to actually harm her and others for purely psychotic reasons. Maybe I am wrong but some of Karens statements are so outrageous they are hard to believe, not about being abused but other things. And some of her plans seem very bizarre and can only lead to disaster.
Lena posts on 7/17/2008 8:58:39 PM Yeah, Willow was very wrong to blame Hannah for little Claude's death. But somebody have some sympathy for her. She lost her BABY. She shouldn't have blamed it on anyone, but Hannah should have been more understanding. She ran away really just to get attention. Well, Christie realized that Michael was a sleazeball earlier than Dawn because all his charm was gone.
Christopher posts on 7/16/2008 10:14:39 PM Hannahs life was paradise compared to most/all characters. She did have the problem of being blamed for her baby brother Claudes death from SIDS which was no ones fault. Of course she way over reacted by just up and abandoning her whole promising life to live in a trailer as a fugitive with her boyfriend and mental ill uncle whom they could have been accused of kidnapping. Although their plan was doomed I was really disappointed by how Hannah and her boyfriend just gave up on each other. They should have come up with a new plan or accepted that they had made a big mistake and return home but should still stay together. Christie Cutlers gut reaction of RUN was understandable once she was free she should have turned to friends and family for help with her situation like Grandpa Longchamp or Bronson Alcott whom did end up helping her. Of course I do understand sexual abuse is difficult to report. I was very impressed with the way it took her only 5 minutes to realize her father was complete a slime ball. It took Dawn months.
Lena posts on 7/15/2008 12:07:48 AM Dear Christopher, didn't you find Hannah a tad bit whiny? Some people say she had no problems, I don't agree, but I think she made out to be bigger than what they were. I think running off was a rather selfish thing to do, in this case. It wasn't like Christie from the Cutler Series or anything.
Christopher posts on 7/8/2008 3:11:22 PM Dear Grace, the sex scenes I was referring to in APRIL SHADOWS are pages 124 and 186. Dear Erin. I agree. Hannah was a far more likeable heroine than her mother Willow. Willow seemed too materialistic and self absorbed. Especially in the first book WILLOW. The tragedy of her doomed marriage in the second book seemed to really change her for the better. She finally saw whom her real friends and loved ones were and which ones just used her because it suited them. From the first two DeBeers books I eagerly awaited the grandmother Graces story. But the prequels were VERY disappointing. I have heard rave reviews about the SECRETS series. It looks like Niederman may actually finish a series. I will begin SECRETS IN THE ATTIC as soon as I wrap up the first GEMINI book CELESTE. As someone else commented the GEMINI series is a complete wash. It is just weird and boring.
Sheri Jules posts on 7/8/2008 12:10:31 PM Did anybody read the Secrets series? The Secrets series is very good.
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