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February 9, 2019

Junction by Daniel M. Bensen ~ a Review

by MK French

Daisuke Matsumori is a nature show host in Japan and finds himself on an alien world. He joins others through a wormhole that connects Papua New Guinea to a world that is a combination of different alien ecosystems. He and the biologist Anne Houlihan are accompanying soldiers and civilians, but it's more than just the dangers of nature that are a threat to them all.

February 8, 2019

The Lost Girls of Paris by Pam Jenoff ~ a Review

by Susan Roberts

This is a wonderful, well-written, well-researched historical fiction novel about strong women in adverse conditions. It's about a group of women in WWII who were left out of the history books and left out of popular WWII fiction. I highly recommend it!

February 7, 2019

Lost Roses by Martha Hall Kelly ~ a Review

by Susan Roberts

“It only hurts you to hold on to the hate.” 

This fantastic new book is a prequel to The Lilac Girls. It features Caroline's mother, Eliza during the time period of WWI and the Russian revolution. As with the Lilac Girls, this book features strong women who are working and sacrificing to make the world a better place during a difficult time in world history. (Note - you don't need to read The Lilac Girls before you read Lost Roses. However, Lilac Girls is such a fantastic book that you need to make sure that you read it soon.)

February 6, 2019

Book to TV: Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray

by Donna Huber


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The trend of making books into popular television shows (see more bookish television shows) continues with ITV/Amazon's Vanity Fair. Based on the Victorian classic of the same name by William Makepeace Thackeray, it is now streaming on Amazon Prime Video.

February 5, 2019

The Military Wife by Laura Trentham ~ a Review & Excerpt

by MK French

Harper Lee Wilcox lives in North Carolina with her mother and son after the death of her husband Noah, who had been in the military. Her best friend Allison Teague is also a military wife, and her husband is suffering with PTSD. Trying to help her makes her discover that the monetary reward given to her was actually money given to her by one of her husband's friends on his SEAL team, and also begins to network with other military wives that had felt stifled on the base.

February 4, 2019

Ruby in the Sky by Jeanne Zulick Ferruolo ~ a Review

by MK French

Ruby Moon Hayes and her mother Dahlia have arrived in the small Vermont town that Dahlia had been born in. She remains quiet, hoping that people won't ask her what happened to her father, or why Dahlia was arrested after being in town for a week, or why she never has new clothes to wear. She doesn't want to make friends and wants to go back to where everything had been normal for her before. But Ahmad Saleem keeps trying to be her friend, and Ruby is drawn to the strange woman living in a shed and feeding the animals of the forest near her new home. The elitists in town have terrible things to say about Ruby and her new friends, and she has to figure out what she wants out of life in this town.

February 3, 2019

A Local Classic: Cold Sassy Tree by Olive Ann Burns

by Donna Huber

Since I've been reading through a pile of local author books, I thought I would look closer at what was possibly the first local author book I ever read: Cold Sassy Tree by Olive Ann Burns. I read this book some 25 years ago.

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