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November 12, 2018

Children of a Good War by Jack Woodville London ~ a Review #MondayBlogs

by Susan Roberts

This is the third book of a trilogy called FRENCH LETTERS. I have not read the first two books and was able to read Book 3 as a standalone with minimal confusion. After reading book 3, I plan to go back and read the first 2 books in the trilogy to get more background information on some of the characters.

November 11, 2018

Kate's Really Good at Hockey by Christina Frey & Howard Shapiro ~ a Review

by MK French

Kate was finally accepted to go to an elite hockey camp in Denver over the summer. While she was looking forward to staying in the dorm, her mother decides that she should stay with her grandmother instead. Her grandmother had never shown an interest in hockey, so Kate is disappointed. There are girls who bully her and a coach that seems to let it happen, which makes her summer even worse. When Kate discovers secrets family members kept from her, she is upset and feels as though her summer is ruined.

November 10, 2018

2 Fun Books to Read This Weekend

by Susan Roberts

The two books that I'm reviewing are light reads that are full of quirky characters and have a relaxing plot that will make you feel good.

November 9, 2018

Sherlock Holmes: The Devil's Dust by James Lovegrove ~ a Review

by MK French

How it begins
Mrs. Hudson's friend and fellow landlady is suspected of murder when one of her lodgers is found dead. He had been a civil servant returned from India and had scrawled a mysterious message prior to his death. Allan Quartermain is spotted near the scene of the crime so Holmes and Watson will team up with him to uncover the truth behind the death.

November 8, 2018

2 New Books about Life after WWII

by Susan Roberts

There are so many WWII era books that it always amazes when someone writes a book from a perspective that I haven't read before.  I recently read two new books that look at WWII in the years following the war.  A Quiet Genocide takes place in Amsterdam and is about the after-effect of the war on a family.  The Lonely Tree takes place as the Jewish people attempt to establish the country of Israel after the war.

November 7, 2018

Solace Island by Meg Tilly ~ a Review

by MK French

Maggie was dumped the day before her wedding, so she retreats to Solace Island in the Pacific Northwest with her sister Eve. She doesn't need Eve trying to fix her up with their neighbor Luke, even if he is really handsome and the two click almost immediately. She absolutely doesn't need the black vehicle trying to run her down in the middle of town or the feeling that she's being followed, as well as discovering there's more to Luke than she thought.

November 4, 2018

The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood #GreatReadPBS

by Donna Huber

The voting may be over for The Great American Read, but we are still discussing books from the list. My post-apocalyptic book club chose to read The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood for its November meeting (all the library book clubs chose books from the list and thanks to a grant the library was able to purchase the books for the members). I volunteered to lead the discussion. Below is the guide I created and some of my thoughts on the book.

November 3, 2018

3 Books for Fans of Romantic Fantasy

by MK French

Romantic fantasy is a popular sub-genre of fantasy. It is particularly popular with the young adult demographic but there are plenty for the adult reader as well. The explosion of paranormal romance, which is actually a sub-genre of romance, has somewhat eclipsed the romantic fantasy in the public eye. However, sometimes these subgenres blur the lines and are often enjoyed by the same reader. So there is a paranormal romance thrown into this list.

November 2, 2018

4 Books for Fans of Historical Fiction

by Susan Roberts

Fall so far has yielded some excellent historical fiction. I reviewed 3 last month and here are 4 more that you will want to pick up.

Time, Take Two by @CMNorthauthor

In a stab at shameless self-promotion, I’m going to announce here that I have a new book released this week: written under my pen name, Satis, The Redemption of Erâth: Ancients & Death hits digital shelves on Sunday, and marks the third installment in the ongoing Redemption of Erâth series. It’s a beast, at nearly 600 pages (that’s after a near 25% cut), but I hope that it doesn’t outstay its welcome: a lot happens.

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November 1, 2018

First Earl I See Tonight by @AnnaBennett ~ a Review & Excerpt

by MK French

David Gray, the Earl of Davenport, was recently rejected by his fiancee because of the disrepair of his estate and lack of finances. He isn't in search of a wife any longer but receives a proposal by letter from Fiona Hartley. She is an artist and the daughter of a successful businessman, but she's not looking to the Earl as a husband because of his title. He was kind to her when she had fallen at her debut ball, and she is currently being blackmailed. Her father is always busy with business, and her stepmother won't give her the large sum she would need so she would have to marry to get a portion of her money.

October 31, 2018

See No Evil My Pretty Lady by Miss Mae ~ a @Audible_com Review

by Donna Huber

Set during the time of Jack the Ripper, See No Evil My Pretty Lady is a creepy murder mystery.

October 30, 2018

You Were Always Mine by @NicoleLynnBaart ~ an @AtriaBooks Review

by Susan Roberts

How it begins...

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October 29, 2018

An Explosion of Books! #MondayBlogs

by Donna Huber

Perfect fall day: book, cinnamon tea, and pumpkin teacakes

Wow! What a month October has been. We have featured a bunch of books and I personally have read 15 books. I think this is the most books I have read in one month in a long time. I had a bit of a health scare this month so I think I retreated into the world of fiction to escape the stress. All is well now, but I hope to keep the reading momentum going. Let's take a look at this month.

October 28, 2018

Halloween Reads: Horror & Paranormal Fantasy Edition

by MK French

It that time of year for all things scary, creepy, macabre, and other-worldly. Here's a list of books that range from supernatural thriller to fairytale fantasy to horror. If you prefer lighter fun in your Halloween reads, then check out Donna's list of paranormal cozy mysteries.

October 27, 2018

Halloween Reads: Paranormal Cozy Mysteries

by Donna Huber

Cooler weather has finally arrived in the south and what pairs better with a cozy blanket than a cozy mystery. Since Halloween is around the corner I decided to indulge in some paranormal cozy mysteries as I prefer the fun side of Halloween. As paranormal isn't something I usually read, I went to my favorite best sellers list at Amazon and stocked up on free paranormal cozy mysteries. As you know it can be hit or miss on on the freebies. Here's a look the cozies I've read this month to see if they were trick or treats!

October 26, 2018

The Rain Watcher by @TatianaDeRosnay ~ a Review

by Susan Roberts

I will start with the tree. Because everything begins, and ends, with the tree. The tree is the tallest one. It was planted way before the others. I’m not sure how old it is, exactly. Perhaps three or four hundred years old. It is ancient and powerful. It has weathered terrible storms, braced against unbridled winds. It is not afraid.

October 25, 2018

Becoming Mrs. Lewis by Patti Callahan (@pcalhenry) ~ a @tlcbooktours Review #Narnia

by Susan Roberts

'In a most improbable friendship, she found love
In a world where women were silenced, she found her voice.'

I will start out telling you that I've never read anything by Joy Davidman or C.S. Lewis - yes, I've heard of C.S. Lewis but for some reason have never read his books. Despite the fact that I went into this novel very blind to the two main characters and the earlier biographies written about them, I found this to be a well written, emotional historical fiction novel. It is very apparent that the author did extensive research into her subjects. I am now very interested in their lives and plan to read some of the books by both authors.

October 24, 2018

Bedside Manners by Heather Frimmer ~ a Review

by MK French

Joyce Novak has a lot of positive things in her life, including her daughter Marnie's upcoming wedding and start to her medical career. She soon receives the news that she has breast cancer, and the treatments put her in the role of patient rather than caregiver. This makes her uncomfortable, so she tries to focus more on Marnie's wedding planning. Marnie, in the meantime, starts to see the realities of being a doctor, and has to balance the different roles in her life as well. Both mother and daughter have a lot of changes to make in their lives.

October 23, 2018

The Gift That I Can Give by Kathie Lee Gifford, illustrated by Julia Seal ~ a #KidLit Review

by MK French

This is a children's book aimed at a very young audience and helps teach children that they can have an impact no matter what age they are. Gifts can be the obvious ones, like dancing, singing, or playing in sports. There are less obvious ones, like being kind and caring, being a good friend, and sharing love.

October 22, 2018

The Man She Married by Cathy Lamb ~ a Review #MondayBlogs

by Susan Roberts

I love Cathy Lamb's book and this is one of her best. I loved the characters, the plot, the location - I loved it all. It made me laugh and it made me cry and it taught me how life can change so much after brain damage and how difficult it is to recover.

October 21, 2018

The Happy Home for Ladies by Lilly Bartlett ~ a Review

by Donna Huber

I received this book a while ago when I was going through eReader problems and kind of forgot about it until I saw it on another blog. The first thing I noticed is that the title has changed since the ebook was released in August (probably happened when the paperback edition came out last week). Then it was called The Not So Perfect Plan to Save Friendship House. I have to say The Happy Home for Ladies is a much better title for this book.

October 20, 2018

Timothy Top Book One: The Green Pig by Gud ~ a #KidLit Review

by MK French

Timothy has a hard time dealing with parents that constantly fight and other children at school are hard to relate to. He enjoys nature and superheroes, which most of his classmates don't. On top of that, a developer is planning to renovate the park and replace it with a concrete monstrosity. He doesn't know how to save th park, but soon discovers that he was given powers that allow him to heal and grow plant life. Now he just has to figure out how to use them.

October 19, 2018

Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell ~ a #GreatReadPBS

by Susan Roberts

As of October 11, Gone with the Wind was in the Top 10 of most popular books from the Great American Read.

How it begins...

Scarlett O'Hara was not beautiful, but men seldom realized it when caught by her charm as the Tarleton twins were. In her face were too sharply blended the delicate features of her mother, a Coast aristocrat of French descent, and the heavy ones of her florid Irish father. But it was an arresting face, pointed of chin, square of jaw. Her eyes were pale green without a touch o hazel, starred with bristly black lashes and slightly tilted at the ends. Above them, her thick black brows slanted upward, cutting a startling oblique line in her magnolia-white skin - that skin so prized by Southern women and so carefully guarded with bonnets, veils and mittens against hot Georgia suns.

October 18, 2018

Unwritten by Tara Gilboy ~ a #KidLit Review

by MK French

Grace Freeman occasionally has very vivid nightmares that were flashes of the life she would have led if she had remained within the story world she was originally part of. Her mother had escaped into the "real world," and had hidden the part of the book that they had come from. Gracie can't help but wonder who she was "supposed" to be in that story, and seeking out information about that winds up drawing everyone that left back into the story. She doesn't know who she is anymore: the Gracie of the real world or that of the story, which is drawing ever closer to its ending.

October 17, 2018

The Dream Daughter by Diane Chamberlain ~ a Review

by Susan Roberts

To my Daughter,
You don't know me yet.  You don't know how long I've wanted you and longed for you.  You may never know me.  I don't know if I can find my way back to you.  And if I do, I might be nothing but a stranger to you.  But there's one thing that will never change.  I will always be,
Your Mother

October 16, 2018

The Hitwoman and the Gold Digger by @JB_Lynn_author ~ a Review & Giveaway

by Donna Huber

The prize.
Today, I have my review of book 19 in JB Lynn's hilarious hitwoman series. The Hitwoman and the Gold Digger comes out on Thursday. Also, to celebrate the book birthday of Further Confessions of a Slightly Neurotic Hitwoman (book 2), which released on this date in 2012, JB Lynn is offering the above-pictured keychain to one lucky winner so be sure to enter the giveaway below.

How The Hitwoman and the Gold Digger begins...

You know it's going to be a bad day when the phone rings at 3:24 in the morning. I mean, is there anything else that can simultaneously trigger the thoughts of "where am I" and "someone died"? Needless to say, my heart was beating triple time and I was barely about to choke out two syllables. "Hello?"

October 15, 2018

Evergreen Tidings from the Baumgartners by Gretchen Anthony @granthony ~ a @harlequinbooks Review

by Susan Roberts

This is a humorous look at the strong matriarch who views her family as perfect and wants to make sure that the rest of the world is aware of their perfection. Each section is tied together by the Christmas letter that she wrote that year - boasting of all of the achievements of her husband and daughter and their perfect lives. As the novel begins, she is planning her husband's retirement party with only the best food to impress their guests. Due to a surprise announcement at the party, Violet's world comes tumbling down around her. She knows that there is no way that the shock of finding out that her unmarried daughter is both pregnant and a lesbian will allow her to keep up the facade of her perfect life. So she decides that she will take over control of her daughter's life and pregnancy so that she can be the best grandmother in the world and make everyone else envious of her again.

October 14, 2018

The Synapse Sequence by Daniel Godfrey ~ a Review

by MK French

In the future, robots work most service jobs and there are AI algorithms to determine how crimes are going to be committed, who is punished, and what jobs are going to be taken. Anna Glover is one of the most hated people in London because of her role in a war. She tries to be anonymous and developed a technology that would allow her to see the memories of various eyewitnesses to reconstruct unsolved crimes. She feels that this can atone for her role in the warfare, but the technology's owner wants to monetize it. The more she looks into the technology of the synapse sequencer, the more she sees that the underpinnings of society aren't as benevolent as she thought. Unfortunately, there are those that don't want her to know this.

October 13, 2018

Putting the Science in Fiction by Dan Koboldt ~ a Review

by Donna Huber

If you are writing medical dramas, steampunk, techno-thrillers, or any sort of science fiction, then you will want to pick up a copy of Putting the Science in Fiction.

October 12, 2018

Plumbelly by Gary Maynard ~ a Review

by MK French

How it begins...

The breeze from the southeast rippled the black water of Tongu Harbor and the only sound was the muffled clunk of the oarlocks and the quiet dipping of the oar blades as I rowed us toward Plumbelly. It was after midnight and I looked around at the silhouettes of the other boats moored in the darkness, hoped their crews were asleep, or drunk, or both. Tanya sat behind me in the bow of the skiff and Lloyd in the stern, each of us wrapped in our own silent thoughts, as sailors are wont to do on the eve of departure. It was a short row and I shipped the oars and glided alongside the sloop. Without a word, we threw over bags over the rail and climbed aboard. 

October 11, 2018

The Amendment by @AnneLParrish ~ a Review @tlcbooktours

by Susan Roberts

"That was the problem with giving advice-it always sounded too easy.  Life didn't change course based on greeting card hype and cheery generalities.  You had to dig down to the pivot point, the thing on which everything relied and nudge it in a new direction."

October 10, 2018

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland - a #GreatReadPBS

By Alison DeLuca

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland is a great American Read even though the book is British. We're all familiar with the characters: Mad Hatter, Queen of Hearts, and Alice herself.

cover of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
Ooh, look at this gorgeous edition by Penguin books

When I was four, we weren't allowed to watch more than 30 minutes of television a week. Instead, I listened to books on records (real records, the kind you had to turn over and restart) including Peter Pan, the Odyssey, and Alice. I listened to Wonderland and Looking-Glass so many times I could recite lines of dialogue, intriguing tidbits about riddles, ravens, writing desks, and the iconic 'Off with her head!'

Years later I read the book to my daughter. I realized then there was no real story in the traditional sense. There isn't a mystery, or growth, or even much plot. Unique characters appear and disappear at the whim of the author, all with intriguing and illogical insights: 'We're all mad here.'

Alice attacked by a pack of playing cards
Alice being attacked by a pack of cards, by John Tenniel

Indeed, reading Alice is curious and curiouser.

Why is this book a Great American Read, since it doesn't fit the idea of a novel, or even a children's book? For one thing, Alice has been around for over a century and never gone out of print. Again - why?

As a child, I remember loving its illogic - and logic. There was problem solving throughout the book, of a surreal sort you might find inside an Escher drawing. It was as though a deck of cards came to life along with White Rabbits and a sleepy dormouse.

In college I reread the book on an entirely different level, that described by Jefferson Airplane. Then I realized just how hallucinogenic Carroll's book was, giving wild new meaning to scenes I'd read with complete gravity as a child.

And when I read the book out loud to my daughter, its sly humor struck me. The scene when Alice grows as large as a house and kicks poor Bill out of the chimney is just so - satisfactory. What child wouldn't love to control an entire household? Who wouldn't want to shrink or grow at will?

Alice being as large as a house
Just LOOK at the expression on Alice's face. 

But there are elements of horror as well - that feeling that anything could be around the corner, that everyday items might get up and walk around or talk to you.

And then there are the poems, Father William and How Doth the Little Crocodile. And the illustrations are perfect, little etched views into an alternate universe.

It strikes me that Alice can be what you want it to, not just a child's story. Each time I've read it the book is completely different, depending on my mood and situation. In a way, Alice's Adventures is a looking-glass, reflecting what we bring to the book.

It is this, therefore, that makes Alice a Great American Read. President Teddy Roosevelt loved Carroll's writing and quoted The Hunting of the Snark to a bewildered Cabinet: "What I tell you three times is true." If you haven't read it, do get a copy and give Alice a try - and Audible is a great way to experience the book.

Alison DeLuca is the author of several steampunk and urban fantasy books.  She was born in Arizona and has also lived in Pennsylvania, Illinois, Mexico, Ireland, and Spain.
Currently she wrestles words and laundry in New Jersey.

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October 9, 2018

A Spark of Light by Jodi Picoult ~ a Review

by Susan Roberts

How it begins...

5:00 p.m.

The Center squatted on the corner of Juniper and Montfort behind a wrought-iron gate, like an old bulldog used to guarding its territory. At one point, there had been many like it in Mississippi - nondescript, unassuming buildings where services were provided and needs were met. Then came the restrictions that were designed to make these places go away: The halls had to be wide enough to accommodate two passing gurneys; any clinic where that wasn't the case had to shut down or spend thousands on reconstruction. The doctors had to have admitting privileges at local hospitals - even though most were from out of state and couldn't secure them - or the clinics where they practiced risked closing, too. One by one the clinics shuttered their windows and boarded up their doors. Now, the Center was a unicorn - a small rectangle of a structure painted a fluorescent, flagrant orange, like a flag to those who had traveled hundreds of miles to find it. It was the color of safety; the color of warning. It said: I'm here if you need me. It said. Do what you want to me; I'm not going

Would you keep reading?

October 8, 2018

Night and Silence by Seanan McGuire ~ a Review #MondayBlogs

by MK French

In the aftermath of Amandine's betrayal, Toby and her fragile found family have fallen apart. She does what she does best: continues to play Faerie's knight errant and ignore the tangled knot of feelings she feels unable to unravel. That never really works for long, and this time it's because her human daughter Gillian was abducted. There are signs of Fae involvement everywhere, and so few fae actually remembered that she actually had a daughter. This means it's part of a larger conspiracy, and it's a race to find Gillian before she pays with her life.

October 7, 2018

6 Books for Fans of Women's Fiction

by Susan Roberts

Women's fiction is an umbrella term for women-centered books that focus on women's life experience that are marketed to female readers and includes many mainstream novels. The Romance Writers of America organization defines women's fiction as, "a commercial novel about a woman on the brink of life change and personal growth. Her journey details emotional reflection and action that transforms her and her relationships with others, and includes a hopeful/upbeat ending with regard to her romantic relationship"

At the Women's Fiction Writers Association women’s fiction is described as a story where the plot is driven by the main character’s emotional journey. Women’s Fiction includes layered stories about one or several characters, often multi-generational that tackles an adult character’s struggle with world issues resulting in emotional growth. It may include elements of mystery, fantasy, romance or other subgenres, but is not driven by these elements. The writing is high quality and accessible.

October 6, 2018

Gazelle in the Shadows by @MichellePeach16 (Illustrated by Janet Wylie) ~ a Review

by MK French

Elizabeth Booth was studying Arabic at Durham University in the 1990's, and went to Damascus to immerse herself in the culture and language. She is trusting and enters into a romantic relationship and makes friends in the country, but soon discovers that things are not what they seem at all.

October 5, 2018

Why Write At All?

by C. M. North

I want to take you on a journey in time for a moment, if I may - all the way back to a young, bright-eyed child, rife with imagination and blissfully ignorant of the limitations imposed by society telling us what is and isn’t possible in life. I mean, of course, me.

October 4, 2018

3 Historical Novels to Read This Fall

by Susan Roberts

As the days get shorter and the air starts to cool down, we know we are headed into fall.  This is my favorite season of the year, I love the colors and the cool crisp mornings.  I have reviews for you of three historical fiction novels in September.

October 3, 2018

The Witch of Willow Hall by @HesterBFox ~ a Review

by MK French

Lydia Montrose and her family moved from Boston to the town of New Oldbury in 1821 to escape scandal. Heartbreak seems to follow anyway, and the subtle menace in Willow Hall awakens power that Lydia had never been told about.

October 2, 2018

Hard Cider by Barbara Stark-Nemon ~ a Review

by Susan Roberts

How it begins...

Alex is coming. Let there be sun or snow. January thaw is more often a cruel joke than a welcome reprieve from winter freeze in this microclimate at the tip of Michigan's Leelanau Peninsula.

There is a prologue, but this is the opening line from chapter 1. Would you keep reading?

October 1, 2018

He Could Be Another Bill Gates by Donna Levin ~ a Review #MondayBlogs

by MK French

Anna Kagen has two children with her ex-husband, sixteen-year-old Jack who is on the autism spectrum, and five-year-old Marissa. Anna is overwhelmed by single parenthood and doesn't think she would ever date again until she meets Jason, a man that has an autistic son of his own. Jack is also in the midst of a budding romance of his own.

September 30, 2018

The Christmas Wishing Tree by @EmilyMarchBooks ~ a Review & Giveaway

by MK French

Devin Murphy was adopted into the Eternity Springs family, but he still feels the call of the ocean and Australia. While on one visit home, a wrong number has him talking to six-year-old Reilly as Santa. Reilly wants a father, as his mother Jenna works hard all the time on her own. Their situation is worse when his mother is doxxed and swatted, and the perpetrator can't be found. Devin didn't think playing along as Santa would become such a big deal, but eventually, everything comes together for all of them.

September 29, 2018

The Fourteenth of September by Rita Dragonette ~ a Review

by Susan Roberts

There will be some readers who will consider this book historical fiction. Other readers, like me, who lived through this tumultuous time, will consider this book as a reminder of what life was like during the late 1960s. The country was divided like never before - there were many people who felt that the war was justified and that people who spoke against it were traitors to America. There were others who felt that the government was sending soldiers to be slaughtered in a totally useless war. In The Fourteenth of September, Rita Dragonette does a fantastic job of presenting both sides of the conflict.

September 28, 2018

Ginseng Tango by Cheryl Pallant ~ a Review

by MK French

How it begins...

Two western colleagues and the department chair pick me up from the airport and drive me to my university apartment. The space, much smaller than my house in Richmond, is three pyeong large, a dorm-like 350 or square feet, with kitchen area, desk, wardrobe, bed, and night stand. The floor is heated Korean style, an ondol, something to look forward to when the weather cools or I need to dry clothes. The bathroom converts into a shower with the press of a button, a nozzle hanging from the wall near the sink. Through the sliding glass doors near my bed is a view of an angled, red tiled roof and an easily climbable railing for getting to a large flat roof which I anticipate using to extend my small deck. 

September 27, 2018

Bookish TV Shows to Watch this Fall

by Donna Huber

With so many books coming out each week and all the ones that came out before we could read, there is no way to read everything. When done well, a movie or television series can be the next best thing. I probably wouldn't have ever read Harry Potter if it hadn't been for the movies. I typically prefer television series to movies because they can delve more into the characters.

Earlier this month, I discussed the new Amazon showJack Ryan and now that fall season has officially kicked off, I have several bookish television shows to highlight for you.

September 26, 2018

Lies by T.M. Logan ~ a Review

by Susan Roberts

'What if you have the Perfect life, the Perfect Wife and the perfect child - then, in one shattering moment, you discover nothing is at it seems? What if your whole life was based on lies?'

September 25, 2018

An Unexpected Adventure by Kandi J Wyatt ~ a #KidLit Review

by MK French

How it begins...

PSST, Harley." Cherise's voice, although quiet for her, was loud enough to get us into trouble with Miss Smith. "Harley!"

September 24, 2018

Monthly Wrap-up: September 2018 #MondayBlogs

by Donna Huber

It has been another busy month at Girl Who Reads. Thankfully work has fallen into a routine again so it is more manageable. I'm loving my spin class, but it wears me out. Instead of more energy, I seem to have to take a nap every day. I hope that my body will adjust soon to the increased activity. I've picked up a couple of new TV shows this month, both on PBS - The Miniaturist and The Great American Read. I didn't read The Miniaturist as it isn't my kind of book, and though I'm enjoying the show I still don't think I would read the book. I enjoy hearing about a wide range of books and getting some literary history during The Great American Read. Fall television kicks off this week, so we'll see how much reading I get done the next couple of months. I only have to read 8 more books to meet my Goodreads Challenge of 100 books.

Here's what's happened around Girl Who Reads this month: (the links will take you to the posts)

Susan Roberts 

Discussed The Stand by Stephen King and The Color Purple by Alice Walker from The Great American Read list.
Reviewed The Space Between and Whisper Me This, The Secret of the Irish Castle by Santa Montefiore, Tear Me Apart by JT Ellison, Warm Transfer and Thread for PearlsThe Boy at the Keyhole by Stephen Giles, When the Lights Go Out by Mary Kubica, Lies by T. M. Logan, and The Fourteen of September by Rita Dragonette.

MK French 

Reviewed Drawn to the Marquess by Bronwen Evans, The Girl in the Locked Room by Mary Downing, The Book of Hidden Things by Francesco Dimitri, The Forbidden Door by Dean Koontz, Set the Night on Fire by Laura Trentham, My Own Devices by Dessa, Trust Me by Earl Javorsky, The One Unspoken by Sarah Bryant, An Unexpected Adventure by Kandi Wyatt, Ginseng Tango by Cheryl Pallent, and The Christmas Wishing Tree by Emily March (with giveaway).

CM North 

Discussed writing opening paragraphs to keep readers reading in Shocking Introductions: Crafting the Perfect Start to a Story.

Alison Deluca

Discussed Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover.

Donna Huber

Reviewed The Fated Sky by Mary Robinette Kowal and Clutch by Lisa Becker, both of which I read last month.
Discussed the new television show, Jack Ryan and more bookish TV shows to watch this fall.

September 23, 2018

The One Unspoken by Sarah Bryant ~ A Review

by MK French

The One Unspoken
April 2018; Curiosity Quills;
ebook, print ( pages); historical, fantasy
Sidonie Verdier was born in the middle of a storm and is raised by Adelis, the midwife and former slave that birthed her. Her father had run off while her mother was still pregnant, and her mother died soon after the childbirth. Sidonie and Adelis were close, especially as it became clear that they both were able to see and communicate with ghosts. When her father returns to make a Creole debutante out of her, Sidonie's only escapes are her music and occasionally talking with her neighbor, Gabriel St. Martin, the only son of a free black plantation owner.

Antebellum New Orleans and Louisiana make up the setting of the novel, including its gorgeous architecture, socially rigid structures based on class and race, as well as the heartbreak and cruelties of slavery and the state of marriage in the day. Sidonie, not brought up with those perspectives, is as horrified by those stories and injustices as we are while reading about it. Gabriel is at least a free man of color, so his lot is much better than the slaves' are. Even so, the microaggressions and the laws are against the free people of color, so those with money and talent have to go to Europe for further training.

There are hints at a larger kind of mystery, as multiple people know Adelis and her gift. Sidonie's mother had it as well, as there are complicated ties between Sidonie's family and the St. Martin family. It's eventually revealed, and the ties between them have tightened further as Sidonie's and Gabriel's relationship deepened and changed over time. The story is beautiful and beautifully tragic, as any interracial love would be in that period. Both are very likable characters, even with mistakes or unkind words that they say.

The plot really draws me in, and I lost track of time while reading the book because I was so immersed in it. This is a fantastic and gripping novel.

Buy The One Unspoken at Amazon

Born and raised in New York City, M.K. French started writing stories when very young, dreaming of different worlds and places to visit. She always had an interest in folklore, fairy tales, and the macabre, which has definitely influenced her work. She currently lives in the Midwest with her husband, three young children, and golden retriever.

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September 22, 2018

The Bone Whistle by @KBHoyle_author ~ a Review #TheGatewayChronicles

by Donna Huber

I have now finished my third reading of The Gateway Chronicles and I loved it just as much as the first time I read it. I kind of dreaded reading The Bone Whistle partly because it would mean the end of the series. But I also dreaded the deterioration of the relationship between Darcy and her family.

September 21, 2018

When the Lights Go Out by @MaryKubica ~ a @HarlequinBooks Review

by Susan Roberts

How it begins...


The city surrounds me. A panorama. With arms outstretched, I can't help but spin, taking it all in. Enjoying the view, knowing fully well this may be the last thing my eyes ever see.

September 20, 2018

Save the Date by Morgan Matson ~ an @Audible_com Review

by Donna Huber

After reading Never Let Me Go and The Woodcutter, I wanted some light frivolity and the young adult novel Save the Date seemed just the right book. And indeed it was the fun read (er...listen) that I was looking for.

September 19, 2018

Trust Me by Earl Javorsky ~ a Review

by MK French

Jeff Fenner had an up and down kind of career, but it's come crashing to a halt. Police are investigating him, he owes money to the wrong people, and he doesn't have much of a future. His sister commits suicide, but that isn't like her at all. It leads him to try to investigate the death, and he meets Ron Pool, the reporter that covered his sister's death and thinks others might be related. In addition, there is also the relatively new member Holly Barnes. She's troubled and involved in the same self-help group that seems implicated in a string of suicides eerily like his sister's. The worst part? Holly seems to be next.

September 18, 2018

Broken Branches by Ben Ellis ~ a Review

by Donna Huber

Broken Branches a page-turner of a dystopian that is focused on eugenics. I loved the main characters of Tom, Grace, and Charlie. Set in England, it is believable that genetic evidence of parentage would be required given their long history with peerage and class. The science is a little less believable. Overall, I enjoyed the book.

September 17, 2018

The Boy at the Keyhole by Stephen Giles ~ a @HanoverSquarePress Review #MondayBlogs

by Susan Roberts

The Boy at the Keyhole is an interesting suspense novel that takes place within a manor house in England.

September 16, 2018

2 Excellent Debut Novels You Must Read

by Susan Roberts

Today I have reviews for you of a debut novel by Laura Holtz and the first historical fiction novel by Lauren Speeth.  Both of them were excellent and it was difficult to believe that these were new paths for both authors.

September 15, 2018

My Own Devices by Dessa ~ a Review

by MK French

Dessa is a hip-hop singer/songwriter with solo performances as well as through the group Doomtree. I had first heard of her through the song "Call Off Your Ghost" that was featured on the podcast Welcome To Night Vale. It's a song that grabbed me immediately with it's emotion and her singing. I looked up the rest of her discography at the time, which I enjoyed just as much. It's an eclectic mix of rap and hip-hop rhythms with some classical allusions along with the everyday elements of heartbreak, sadness and trying to relate to others.

September 14, 2018

Tear Me Apart by J.T. Ellison ~ a @harlequinbooks Review

by Susan Roberts

The first paragraph of the prologue.

Wow -- this is an intense, exciting book that will keep you enthralled until the last page. I must admit, I was up after midnight last night because I had to find out how it ended. There were so many twists and turns in this novel and just when I thought I had it all figured out, I found out that I was totally wrong. The ending is a surprise but is absolutely perfect.

September 13, 2018

Set the Night on Fire by Laura Trentham ~ a Review

by MK French

Ella Boudreaux managed to leave an abusive marriage and settle in Cottonbloom, a small town straddling the Mississippi River. She invested money in the Abbot Garage, hoping to help get it into the modern era and evoke some of her happiest memories. Unfortunately, buying out a portion of the garage set off Mack Abbott, who wants to keep the garage all family owned. The two are at odds but still attracted to each other.

September 12, 2018

Review of Educated: a Memoir by Tara Westover

by Alison DeLuca

Educated: A Memoir is on the summer reading list put out by the 44th president. It's a fascinating entry since the author grew up in a survivalist family that was deeply suspicious of the government. Tara Westover's book is the story of what it was like to grow up as a home-schooled Mormon, a girl taught that women had to submit to men, and, that around every corner, the Feds waited to take her rights away.

September 11, 2018

The Color Purple by Alice Walker #GreatReadPBS

by Susan Roberts

Alice Walker’s The Color Purple, published in 1982, tells the story of Celie, a Black woman in the South. Celie writes letters to God in which she tells about her life–her roles as daughter, wife, sister, and mother. In the course of her story, Celie meets a series of other Black women who shape her life: Nettie, Celie’s sister, who becomes a missionary teacher in Africa; Shug Avery, the Blues singer her husband Mr. ______ is in love with, and who becomes Celie’s salvation; Sofia, the strong-willed daughter-in-law whose strength and courage inspire Celie; and Squeak, who goes through awakenings of her own. Throughout the story, though, Celie is the center of this community of women, the one who knows how to survive.

September 10, 2018

The Secret of the Irish Castle by Santa Montefiore ~ a Review #MondayBlogs

by Susan Roberts

1939: Peace has flourished since the Great War ended, but much has changed for the Deverill family as now a new generation is waiting in the wings to make their mark.

September 9, 2018

Bookish TV: Jack Ryan on @PrimeVideo

by Donna Huber

I mentioned in my August wrap-up post that I was looking forward to watching Jack Ryan on Amazon. I was a bit worried about how it would translate to television. I recently binge watched the 8 episode season and here are my thoughts. Have you watched it?

September 8, 2018

The Forbidden Door by Dean Koontz ~ a Review

by MK French

Jane Hawk is a fugitive former FBI agent and fighting to bring to light the truth regarding the Techno Arcadians, a group of people organized into cells that will take out any opposition, any who are likely to be an opposing force, and subdue the will of the people with a mesh of nanobots that assemble inside the brain. One team is trying to track her whereabouts directly, sure she will try to go to her son now that his guardians are dead. Another team is tracking her in-laws in the hopes that they know where their only grandchild is hidden. There are rare side effects of the nanobots, including sudden and total psychological collapse, and it seems to be infectious.

September 7, 2018

Shocking Introductions: Crafting the Perfect Start to a Story

by C. M. North

One of the main criticisms levied against my debut novel, 22 Scars, is that it takes a while to get into. It lacks initial momentum, for lack of a better phrase; it starts with a whisper, and although (I like to believe) it builds to a heightened crescendo of emotional turmoil and unexpected revelations, it doesn’t necessarily shout out from the opening lines that this is going to be a story that will reward your emotional investment. Enough people have said it eventually gets there that I want to believe I achieved something at least good, if not great, but it’s certainly taught me a lesson about how to start a book.

The Book of Hidden Things by Francesco Dimitri ~ a Review

by MK French

Four friends had made a pact to meet every year in Castelfranco, their hometown. When Art doesn't show up, his friends try to track him down. There is an illegal marijuana farm on his property, a book he had apparently written, and bizarre rumors about his apparent miraculous abilities. The book he wrote, called "The Book of Hidden Things," promises to reveal dark wonders and secrets. Art had traveled around the world before settling back in Italy, and he was always the leader of their group of friends. Fabio became a photographer, Mauro became a lawyer, and Tony became a surgeon. As the novel unfolds around Art's disappearance, we get flashes back to their friendship together as teens, and there are teases of a larger mystery. Art had disappeared for a week inside an ancient olive grove, and apparently, he was never the same afterward. Fabio is the first to make the connection to the old grove, but the mystery around Art's disappearances continue.

September 6, 2018

2 Final Books to Read Before the Heat of Summer Disappears

by Susan Roberts

July and August is typically the time of the year that Southerners refer to as DOG DAYS - a period of stagnation or inactivity due to the hot temperatures.  We spend as much time in air conditioning as possible.  The way the weather looks this year, it isn't just the South that is having hot and muggy days, and just because we are past Labor Day it doesn't mean the summer heat is gone. Since you can't do much outside due to the heat, it's time to add a few new books to your reading lists.  Both of these books kept me so interested that I barely even knew that the sun was out.

September 5, 2018

Clutch by Lisa Becker ~ a Review

by Donna Huber

I originally passed on reviewing Clutch when it was originally released a few years ago. Then I read Links by Lisa Becker (read my review). So when I was asked again several months ago to review the re-release of the book, I agreed. I was really looking forward it since I loved Links so much. Some e-reader problems kept me from getting to it until recently. Did it live up to my expectations?

September 3, 2018

The Fated Sky by Mary Robinette Kowal ~ An @Audible_com Review #MondayBlogs

by Donna Huber

I was so thrilled when I finished The Calculating Stars (read my review) that I only had to wait a few days until the release of the book 2 in the Lady Astronaut series, The Fated Sky, came out. Now I'm sad because I finished it and it was so incredibly good that I didn't want it to end.

September 2, 2018

Drawn to the Marquess by Bronwen Evans ~ a Review

by MK French

Drawn to the Marquess
September 2018; Loveswept
ebook (223 pages); Regency romance
Penelope had been trapped in a terrible marriage for six years before her husband died, allowing her prior properties and money to revert back to her. Her brother-in-law wants to seize that fortune by proving that her husband's death was murder, so Penelope enlists Stephen Hornsby, the Marquess of Clarendon. He's a rake she's determined not to fall for and has contacts that could help her.

This is a rather seasoned formula for Regency romances, as the titled lord with contacts must be convinced to rescue the damsel in distress. Penelope isn't fresh out of the schoolroom, which is nice, and she is very self-assured and helpful to the people in her country village. Stephen has his own issue, as he is slowly going blind and trying to race against time to see every beautiful thing he can before that happens. Penelope figures out his secret fairly early on, and Stephen figures out her secret toward the end of the novel, temporarily driving a wedge between them. The two really do make a good match, as they're both stubborn and independent while longing for someone special to share their lives with. They are surrounded by loving and supportive friends and family, which makes for a warm and easygoing story before the action kicks in at the very end.

Buy Drawn to Marquess at Amazon

Born and raised in New York City, M.K. French started writing stories when very young, dreaming of different worlds and places to visit. She always had an interest in folklore, fairy tales, and the macabre, which has definitely influenced her work. She currently lives in the Midwest with her husband, three young children, and golden retriever.

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September 1, 2018

The Stand by Stephen King #GreatReadPBS

by Susan Roberts

The Stand
This is the way the world ends: with a nanosecond of computer error in a Defense Department laboratory and a million casual contacts that form the links in a chain letter of death. And here is the bleak new world of the day after: a world stripped of its institutions and emptied of 99 percent of its people. A world in which a handful of panicky survivors choose sides -- or are chosen.

When a man escapes from a biological testing facility, he sets in motion a deadly domino effect, spreading a mutated strain of the flu that will wipe out 99 percent of humanity within a few weeks. The survivors who remain are scared, bewildered, and in need of a leader. Two emerge--Mother Abagail, the benevolent 108-year-old woman who urges them to build a community in Boulder, Colorado; and Randall Flagg, the nefarious "Dark Man" who delights in chaos and violence.

The Stand by Stephen King is one of the top 100 Best Loved Books on the new PBS Series American Reads.

Have you read it?  Do you agree that it should be one of the top American books?

August 31, 2018

Domani by Carolyn Gross ~ a Review

by MK French

Lulu always listened to the sermons given by the doyen on the steps of the Sanctuary. Their world of Dalia lay in the shadows of the gas planet above them, which protected them from the fiery star that was slowly burning everything on their planet outside of the city. In a world of darkness and ash, Lulu thought the words of the doyen would lift her spirits. This changed when he instead talked about how Dalia would burn, and one of the crawlers, the enhanced sentinels of the Sanctuary attempted to assassinate him on the steps. Lulu interfered with that plan, setting in motion a chain of events that revealed not only the truth about Dalia, but of herself, the doyen, and the reason why her life had progressed as it had to that point.

August 30, 2018

The Scroll by @KBHoyle_author ~ a Review #TheGatewayChronicles

by Donna Huber

I'm almost at the end of the re-read of this wonderful series. The Scroll is book 5 and there are only 6 books in the series. This is my 3rd time reading the series (which I have also bought 3 times as I've bought sets for my mom and niece) and still absolutely love it. I'm excited that two of my neighbors are reading it after meeting K.B. Hoyle last Saturday at our town's book festival.

August 29, 2018

Hotel on Shadow Lake by Daniela Tully ~ a Review @macmillanusa #thomasdunnebooks

by Susan Roberts

Hotel on Shadow Lake has a dual timeline. One timeline is about Martha in Munich in the years leading up to WWII. The second timeline is Maya's story. Maya is Martha's granddaughter and her story takes place in Munich and New York state during present times. Both storylines were very well written but I liked Martha's story better. I felt more compassion for Martha and the hard life she was facing balancing her views of Hitler with what was going on in Munich during this time period.  She was a strong and brave character and I thought that Maya was a bit too tentative in how she approached life.

August 28, 2018

Girls' Night Out by Liz Fenton & Lisa Steinke ~ a Review

by Susan Roberts

Women need their friends to help them through the problems in their lives and to be there to celebrate the good times. Sometimes over time these friendships fracture and can't be put back together no matter how hard we try.

August 27, 2018

Donna's August Reading Round-up #MondayBlogs

by Donna Huber

K.B. Hoyle and me at Bogart's Books & More Festival (picture by: Bowen Craig)

Here we are at the last Monday of the month. It has been a busy month with the university starting back with its fall semester. While I don't deal with students so much there were somethings at work that follow the academic schedule so my days were a bit more structured by those activities. The exercise classes that are free to staff at the university also started back. I've been taking the yoga class, but I decided to try the indoor cycling class. I couldn't walk for 3 days after the first class. I'm not pushing myself quite as hard and have really enjoyed the last two classes so I will keep up with that.

I also helped organize my town's Book & More Festival this month. It was a lot of fun and I got to meet a favorite author, K. B. Hoyle, for the first time in person. After the festival, we went to dinner and had a great conversation about publishing, the changes going on in young adult literature, how to handle diversity and the #MeToo movement in storytelling, family, food, and of course the re-release of her fantasy series The Gateway Chronicles. It was fun to get her perspective on certain parts of the books and characters that I have been thinking about. (You can learn more about her books below).

Even with all the was going on, I still managed to read 11 books: 4 audiobooks (2 of which were for a review), 7 print/ebooks (5 of which were for a review).

I hope I can keep up with my reading as we move into fall, but there are several television shows starting next month that I enjoy which might cut into my reading time. I'm excited about the new Amazon Prime show Jack Ryan. I love the series by Tom Clancy and I hope they did a good job translating it into a television series.

August 26, 2018

5 Novels to Read Before the End of Summer

by MK French

Summer may be winding down, but great summer reading doesn't have to with these 5 books coming out on Tuesday. While it is mostly romances in this list there is one horror novel mixed in for those wanting something a little darker.

August 25, 2018

3 Books for Late Summer Reading

by Susan Roberts

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Summer is almost over and it's time for the kids to go back to school.  The weather is still hot but we know that fall is getting close. Here are three books publishing in late August that I enjoyed.  One is psychological suspense, one is dystopian and one is historical fiction so there should be a book for everyone to enjoy!

August 24, 2018

The Enchanted by @KBHoyle_author ~ a Review #TheGatewayChronicles

by Donna Huber

When I started re-reading this series, for the 3rd time, I couldn't wait to get to The Enchanted as it has always been my favorite book in the series. I didn't want to race through it, but I just can't put any of the books in this series down once I start. If I had this book in hand when I finished The White Thread I would've been a chain reader and picked it up as soon as I read the last word of The White Thread.

August 23, 2018

After Nightfall by A.J. Banner ~ a Review

by Susan Roberts

This is a fantastically well-written suspense novel that had me guessing until the last chapter. There were clues and false clues all through the books and I was sure knew who the 'bad guy' was several times and then found out a few pages later that I was totally wrong.

August 22, 2018

Serial Rites by Cortez Law III ~ a Review

by MK French

Malcolm X. Hobbs' wife was killed on their wedding day, sending him into a spiral of despair and doubt about his faith. In the meantime, a serial killer calling himself the Profiler was on the streets of Atlanta. Malcolm leads a team of homicide detectives in the Criminal Investigations Department that are known as X-Men, and they are trying to catch the killer before he strikes again.

August 21, 2018

Foundryside by Robert Jackson Bennett ~ a Review

by MK French

In the city of Tevanne, the four Guild Houses own approximately 80% of the city property and function almost like city-states. The remaining 20% are the Commons, where those that don't belong to a Guild House live. There are no laws to protect the people, and it is in this place where Sancia Grado lives as a thief with extraordinary abilities. She stole an item from the docks, and it turns out to be more than an ordinary magical technological item. This one isn't scrived with the usual magical languages and is able to overwrite the magic the Guild Houses use. That would allow it to control all of reality if Sancia hands it over. When she decides not to fulfill the job, she has to collect allies and figure out a way to survive in Tevanne.

August 20, 2018

Rush by Lisa Patton ~ a Review #MondayBlogs

by Susan Roberts

Setting - Alpha Delta Beta sorority at Ole Miss University in Oxford, Mississippi.
438 sorority sisters - 437 white and one black

Miss Pearl is a black domestic worker at the sorority house but more importantly, she is the heart of the house - the girls rely on her for advice and for motherly love. When Miss Pearl is faced with blatant discrimination, the sorority sisters have to decide whether to take a stand or let things stay as they are.

August 19, 2018

The Calculating Stars by Mary Robinette Kowal ~ an @Audible_com Review

by Donna Huber

I was a bit apprehensive when I chose The Calculating Stars as it is an alternate history novel set in the 1950s, but, wow, it was so much better than I had expected.

August 18, 2018

Zone 23 by CJ Hopkins ~ a Review

by MK French

In a post-apocalyptic world, all dissent and nonconformity have been declared anomalies that need to be genetically modified. This is to maintain peace in the corporate controlled world of 2610. Any variation from a peaceful and average existence is further medicated, and the surveillance and reporting sent those unresponsive to "pharmatherapy" to different zones, quarantining them far from those that were variant-positive.

August 17, 2018

Sister of Mine by Laurie Petrou ~ a Review

by Susan Roberts

This was an interesting look at how you can love and hate a sibling at the same time and about the bond between sisters. I had a bit of trouble with this book as I have a fantastic relationship with my sisters and had trouble imagining the love/hate relationship that the two sisters in this novel had. Plus I really didn't like either sister and found both of them to be very difficult to feel any sympathy for. That said, I found this an interesting look at how secrets can ruin a relationship even among sisters.

August 16, 2018

Infidelity by @AnnPearlman ~ a Review

by Donna Huber

Infidelity is a well-written, emotional memoir, but to be honest it probably wouldn't have been a book I picked up for myself because of the subject matter. As a person with trust issues, it confirmed that I couldn't marry.

August 15, 2018

Jane Doe by Victoria Helen Stone (@VictoriaDahl) ~ a Review

by Susan Roberts

A double life with a single purpose: revenge.

I was up until 2 am finishing this novel because I had to see how it ended. I am tired today but it was well worth the lack of sleep to read the amazing conclusion to this novel.

August 14, 2018

The White Thread by @KBHoyle_author ~ a Review #TheGatewayChronicles

by Donna Huber

The opening paragraph of the third book in The Gateway Chronicles may seem a bit mundane, but this story is anything but mundane. In The White Thread, we delve more into the prophecy of the six who are to rid the evil from Alitheia.

August 13, 2018

Wild Hunger by Chloe Neill ~ A Review #MondayBlogs

by MK French

Elisa Sullivan is the only vampire child that had ever been born. She is regarded like royalty in Chicago, so she had gone to get her education in Paris and experience what it was like to be an ordinary vampire. She volunteered to be part of one of the European vampire houses, following their tradition of a year of service in exchange for sponsorship in education. As a result, when Chicago vampires host European delegates from multiple houses to try to broker a peace treaty as the supernatural creatures of Chicago have. Unfortunately, one of the Spanish delegates is slain and a Chicago werewolf if blamed for the deed. Elisa had known the shifter and is aware that he was framed. Trying to prove his innocence opens old conflicts and puts Chicago in danger.

August 12, 2018

Harlow by Karyn Rae ~ a Review

by Susan Roberts

"When coming of age arrives late."

This was my first book by Karyn Rae but it certainly won't be my last. This book had me interested from the first page and I had trouble putting it down until the end. I am thrilled to know that this is part of a series and can't wait to read the next book.

August 11, 2018

Looking for Literary Gifts? Try This Site

by Donna Huber

There are only 136 days until Christmas! And between now and then, how many birthday, anniversary, and just because gifts will you need to buy? How many book lovers are on your list? They can be the hardest to buy for. They love books, but chances are they've already grabbed the latest novels by their favorite authors. So what do you get them? has some ideas for you.

August 10, 2018

The Raging Ones by Krista and Becca Ritchie ~ A Review

by MK French

On a planet plagued by relentless cold and poor food supplies, everyone knows the day they're going to die. Babes die before they turn six, Fast Trackers before thirty, and Influentials grow to old age and are given the opportunities to learn and affect change. Three teens have survived past their death days: Franny Bluecastle, Court Icecastle, and Mykal Kickfall. They are also inexplicably connected, in that they feel each others' emotions and physical reactions to events. No one else they know of has ever survived past their death day, and they fear what would happen if others knew that they did. The trio plans to escape their planet by winning spots on the coveted space mission, but that will involve pretending to be Influential and outperforming the others competing for the same five spots.

August 9, 2018

The Love Letter by @RachelHauck ~ A Review

by Susan Roberts

This religious historical fiction novel takes place in two time periods. One is Revolutionary War America and the other is present day in Hollywood. There is a connection between the two time periods that is known throughout the book but it is solidified with a surprise ending. I enjoyed the stories from both time periods but preferred the Revolutionary War couple because their relationship seemed more real. The current day Hollywood couple were both living with extreme guilt from situations that had happened earlier in their lives and continued to adversely affect their day to day lives.

August 8, 2018

Crowdsourcing to Fund Your Project ~ a guest post by Mike Lowery

Hello, Girl Who Reads readers!

I’m Mike Lowery, an author and illustrator.  I’ve had the immense pleasure of working on dozens of books for kids and adults (mostly for kids!) and last year I collected hundreds of weird-but-true little tidbits that I’d learned into a book called Random Illustrated Facts.

Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery - #GreatReadPBS

by Alison DeLuca

Anne of Green Gables is on the Great American Read list, and it's one of those books that definitely belongs there. I first read Anne when I was in 5th grade, and it quickly became one of my favorite novels.

August 7, 2018

Four Funerals and Maybe a Wedding by Rhys Bowen ~ A Review

by Donna Huber

Prince Harry and Megan Markle aren't the only ones having a royal wedding this summer. Lady Georgiana Rannoch is finally getting her happily ever after in Four Funerals and Maybe a Wedding by Rhys Bowen.

August 6, 2018

3 Late Summer Books to Read #MondayBlogs

by Susan Roberts

August is one of the hottest months of the year so if you are staying in the air conditioning to keep cool, I have reviews of three recent books for you.  One is a romance, one is historical fiction and the third is dystopian fiction.  Enjoy!

August 5, 2018

Confessions of the Fox by Jordy Rosenberg ~ Review

by M. K. French

Dr. Voth is a professor who had come across the apparent autobiography of Jack Sheppard and Bess Khan, two figures within London's underworld in the early 1700's. He annotates the work, discovering facts about Jack and Bess that haven't before been seen in academic circles: Jack is actually transgender, and Bess is a woman of color.

August 4, 2018

August 3, 2018

Paradox Forged in Blood by Mary Frances Fisher ~ A Review

by MK French

On December 23, 1938, a murder during a robbery in Millionaire's Row shocks the families. Louis Sheridan was a socialite and left behind his wife, two sons and infant daughter, who was looked after by Ellen O'Malley, who had previously experienced loss herself. Over the next five decades, the Sheridan and O'Malley families are linked together not just by this tragedy, but by friendship and guilt as well.

August 2, 2018

This Series Causes Me to Lose Sleep ~ #TheGatewayChronicles by @KBHoyle_Author

by Donna Huber

Even though I've read The Gateway Chronicles at least 3 times, I still stay up way too late reading it every night. I'm seriously sleep deprived at the moment, but I can't put the books down. If you haven't read this series now is the perfect time to start. K. B. Hoyle is releasing updated and, in some cases slightly expanded, editions this summer.


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