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December 23, 2017

2 Novellas by Fredrik Backman

by Susan Roberts

I enjoy reading novels and usually skip short stories and novellas but I made an exception with these two novellas by Fredrik Backman. Though both are very short, they are full of poignant insights into life and death and contain messages that will resonate with readers.

December 22, 2017

Review: Forbidden by F. Stone

by MK French

In 2047, Samarra is the capital of the Republic of Islamic Provinces and Territories. Eliza McKay is the last minute paramedic added to an American team of Habitat for Humanity workers, and ultimately the only survivor when the team is slaughtered. Politics are at work when Captain Hashim Sharif is ordered eliminate all evidence of the event, but as a devout Muslim, he cannot bring himself to harm an innocent. The cover-up is only one piece of corruption within the city, and keeping Eliza alive may cost him the lives of his parents and children in the countryside, especially when the CIA comes to investigate.

December 21, 2017

Review: The Monster at Recess by Shira Potter

by MK French

Sophie is bullied at Grey Stone Day School, and her teacher doesn't do anything about it. The schoolyard is shared with a monster school, and Sophie soon makes her first friend there, even though she is afraid of monsters.

Review: Roll the Dice By Wayne Avrashow

by Susan Roberts


This political page-turner is a great reflection of what goes on in the political arena every election. Is it possible to elect a man to high office who has zero political experience or knowledge? You can look at the people we have in office today and answer that question with a resounding YES and this book will give you a behind-the-scenes look at how the political machinery works to make it happen.

December 20, 2017

Review: Triple Cross Killer by Rosemarie Aquilina

by Donna Huber

I usually wrap up reading review copies around the end of November and then indulge in holiday books until Christmas when I pick back up on review reading. This year, I was pitched a thriller that had a bit of a Christmas twist and I'm so glad that I broke my "rule" and didn't pass on it.

December 19, 2017

Reviews: The Girl in Times Square by Paullina Simons

by Susan Roberts

The Girl in Times Square is my first Paullina Simmons book but it certainly won't be my last. This is a roller coaster ride of a book with love, mystery, health problems and family issues and lots of surprises for the reader. Once you got started in this book, you won't want to put it down.

December 18, 2017

Review: Ensnared by Rita Stradling

by MK French

Alainn Murphy's father is hired on to create an AI for the reclusive billionaire Lorccan Garbhan, and he created the Rose model in Alainn's image. There are some flaws with the AI and the design, and her father isn't being given more time to perfect it. In order to ensure that he isn't sent to prison for fraud, Alainn takes the place of the robot. She is isolated in Lorccan's tower, away from living things and windows, as he is scarred and has a poor immune system. At first, she is scared of the situation, but gradually comes to love him.

December 17, 2017

Review: Children of the Salt Road by Lydia Fazio Theys

by Susan Roberts



Catherine and Mark rent a home on Sicily to get away from problems in NYC. Catherine, an artist and art instructor was questioning her ability to teach after a disastrous situation with a student and Mark, an architect, was looking for ways to help landowners on Sicily make better use of their land for the tourist trade. They also both needed to get away and work on their marriage. After Catherine sets up the barn for her art studio, she begins to see a young boy that no one else seems to be able to see. She becomes very intrigued with the small boy which creates even more problems in her marriage.

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