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April 28, 2019

Best Books of April 2019

April was filled with so many terrific books. It was difficult for each of us to choose just one book to name our Best Read of the month. What was your favorite read of April?

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The Raven's Tale by Cat Winters

The Raven's Tale
It was a fun look into the time period that Edgar Allan Poe grew up in, and I did learn a bit more about him and some of his early poetry. The idea of muses taking corporeal form is an interesting one, and I'm sure any writer can identify with that feeling, too! Be sure to check out my full review. ~ MK

Seventeen-year-old Edgar Poe counts down the days until he can escape his foster family—the wealthy Allans of Richmond, Virginia. He hungers for his upcoming life as a student at the prestigious new university, almost as much as he longs to marry his beloved Elmira Royster. However, on the brink of his departure, all his plans go awry when a macabre Muse named Lenore appears to him. Muses are frightful creatures that lead Artists down a path of ruin and disgrace, and no respectable person could possibly understand or accept them. But Lenore steps out of the shadows with one request: “Let them see me!”

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Emily, Gone by Bette Lee Crosby

Susan's choice this month is Bette Lee Crosby's new release (April 30). A missing child sets the lives of three women on a collision course. When Emily is stolen from her bed in the middle of the night, lives are shattered.  Will the families be able to pick up the pieces when the truth is told?


When a music festival rolls through the sleepy town of Hesterville, Georgia, the Dixon family’s lives are forever changed. On the final night, a storm muffles the sound of the blaring music, and Rachel tucks her baby into bed before falling into a deep sleep. So deep, she doesn’t hear the kitchen door opening. When she and her husband wake up in the morning, the crib is empty. Emily is gone.

Vicki Robart is one of the thousands at the festival, but she’s not feeling the music. She’s feeling the emptiness over the loss of her own baby several months before. When she leaves the festival and is faced with an opportunity to fill that void, she is driven to an act of desperation that will forever bind the lives of three women.

When the truth of what actually happened that fateful night is finally exposed, shattering the lives they’ve built, will they be able to pick up the pieces to put their families back together again?

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Saving Meghan by D.J.Palmer

Saving Meghan
This is a great thriller. With so many mystery and hard-to-diagnose illnesses these days, the worry and anxiety of the mother are very real. Do you keep fighting for answers to a physical condition or is it all in their head? There are clues sprinkled throughout that makes you think you have it all figured out, until the twist at the end. Read my full review. ~ Donna

Can you love someone to death?

Some would say Becky Gerard is a devoted mother and would do anything for her only child. Others claim she's obsessed and can't stop the vicious circle of finding a cure at her daughter's expense.

Fifteen-year-old Meghan has been in and out of hospitals with a plague of unexplained illnesses. But when the ailments take a sharp turn, doctors intervene and immediately suspect Munchausen syndrome by proxy, a rare behavioral disorder where the primary caretaker, typically the mother, seeks medical help for made-up symptoms of a child. Is this what's going on? Or is there something even more sinister at hand?

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