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Reflections on the #AtoZChallenge

by Donna Huber For the A to Z Challenge, I discussed different book genres/categories. Each day, I gave a few details about the genre/catego...

July 28, 2018

The View From Here by Lynne Hinton ~ A Review

by Susan Roberts

How it begins...

The View From Here
June 2018; NewSouth Books
978-1588383471; ebook, print (226 pages)
women's fiction
Some people will claim it was the plight of the great loblolly pines nestled in the White Oak bottomland behind the Garver farm that drew my eyes skyward and pulled my feet from the earth. That it was the plans of Hatch and Brownfield Construction Company that made me climb and perch - their senior housing, nursing home village, and rehabilitation center a nightmare for the blackwater river basin by a Medicare bonanza for the developers. A few may make mention of the divorce as the cause, Dwayne finally packing up his model car collection and sweeping out the garage, tidying up his side of the room like he was getting it ready for my next husband.

But the truth is not one of those reasons really explains why I came up here.

It wasn't grief or boredom or political grandstanding. It wasn't even the red-cockaded woodpecker, critically endangered and not usually expected n a loblolly but rather in a longleaf pine forest, that was spotted first by Lilly Carol sitting high on my shoulders sixteen days ago on the outing to plant pine sapling back behind the dilapidated barn and deep into the tangle of old trees.

July 27, 2018

Warrior of Clan Kincaid by Lily Blackwood ~ A Review

by MK French

The Wolf had vowed revenge against Clan Kincaid and is bringing a small army to lay siege to the castles held by the clan. Derryth MacLaren is sent from the castle she is staying in to avoid capture, but is unfortunately found by the very army they were hoping to bypass. Cull the Nameless is in charge of the army and claims her as his prize in order to keep her safe from lecherous warriors intent on assaulting her. That puts them in close proximity so that they get to know each other, and Derryth learns secrets that others would prefer stay hidden.

July 26, 2018

3 Wonderful Books Featuring Strong Female Characters

by Susan Roberts

I love reading books with strong female characters.  It's ok to me that at times she seems fearful or weak just so that she makes decisions that ultimately show her strength.

July 25, 2018

Ronaldo: Rudi's Birthday Extravaganza by Maxine Sylvester ~ A #KidLit Review

by MK French

Ronaldo's best friend Rudi is having a birthday party, and their favorite magician Monty the Moose is going to perform. There's a lot to do before the party, though. Rudi hurt his hoof and has to see Doctor Kloppen. Ronaldo offers to deliver cakes for celebrity baker Mrs. Sorensson as well, but the shortcut through the forest includes bullies lurking in the bushes.

July 24, 2018

The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger #GreatReadPBS

by Donna Huber 

That was one long paragraph! Have you read The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger? I thought I was supposed to have read it in high school, but I looked in my "box of literature" and discovered it wasn't on the list (I sometimes confuse it with Catch-22, which was on my list). The Catcher in the Rye is one of 100 books nominated for The Great American Read which is being hosted by PBS.

July 23, 2018

The Everything Trilogy by Kerry Lonsdale ~ A Series Review #MondayBlogs

by Susan Roberts

After what seems like a long wait, the third book in the trilogy by Kerry Lonsdale is publishing in July.  So that you are ready for book 3, I thought I'd post my earlier reviews of book 1 and 2 along with my review of book 3.  If you haven't read these books, I can highly recommend them.

July 22, 2018

Moral Panic by K.M. Ecke ~ An @Audible_com Review

by Donna Huber

In an age of increasing fake news and data collection, the plot of Moral Panic could happen in the not too distant future.