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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...

May 24, 2019

The Hitwoman's Juggling Act by @JB_Lynn_Author ~ a Review

by Donna Huber

I don't know how JB Lynn keeps these stories feeling so fresh. Usually by book 20 in a series I've given up because they have become too predictable. This is not so with The Hitwoman's Juggling Act. You just never know what is going to happen.

May 23, 2019

How We Disappeared by Jing-Jing Lee @JingWrites ~ a Review

by Susan Roberts

I have read many books about the effects of WWII on the people of Europe but this is the first book that I've read about life in Singapore during the occupation by the Japanese. Parts of this book were difficult to read but the novel is beautifully written and a wonderful testament to the women who survived this time period. It is a book that I won't soon forget.

May 22, 2019

You, Me, and the Sea by Meg Donohue ~ a Review

by Susan Roberts

This beautifully written descriptive novel sweeps you away to the northern California coast and Horseshoe Cliff right from the beginning. Then when we meet the main character in that setting, we find out that she is just as beautiful and mysterious as the location she lives in.

May 21, 2019

The Overdue Life of Amy Byler by Kelly Harms ~ a Review

by Susan Roberts

There are a lot of people you don't expect to run into in small town Pennsylvania.  And a few you do.  I run into my best friend, Lena, almost every day - she teaches in the same school that I do, so when we don't go out of our way to see each other, we're seeing each other anyway, in the halls, the teachers' lounge, the parking lot, scraping frost off our windshields as late as April.

Then there are the people you don't expect to see.  Jamie from Outlander. Despite looking, and hard, I see him exactly never.

Or my husband.  Except there he is.  My husband of eighteen years.  Last seen three years ago, when my daughter was 12 and my son eight and he packed up one roll-aboard carry-on-size suitcase with shirts I'd ironed and ties I'd picked out and a change of suits and some running clothes and his shaving kit and his six different kinds of anti-anxiety medication and went on a business trip to Hong Kong.  And never came back. (p4)

May 20, 2019

The Living God by Kaytalin Platt ~ a Review

by MK French

Saran is a mage in control of time, fighting a war her father the king insists on fighting. He wants death and destruction, and the rise of the Living God in accordance to old prophecies. Saran is conspiring against him with Keilar, a fire mage that has a demon known as an oruke inside of him. That causes fear as well as respect, as there are those who believe that Keilar will become the Living God of prophecy. Keilar just wants to be a fire mage, love Saran, and continue to fight against the king with the rest of the rebellion. When Saran's magic is locked away as punishment for defying her father, Keilar starts losing control over the demon. There is a lot on the line, and risk at every turn.

May 19, 2019

Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid ~ a Review

by Susan Roberts

Daisy Jones & the Six is the latest book club pick in the Reese Witherspoon book club.  It's getting a lot of fantastic reviews and positive comments on social media.  It's written in a different style and you feel throughout that you are reading a nonfiction book about the rise and fall of a band in the 70s instead of the fact that you are reading a fiction book.  There are interviews with all of the band members, some of the family and others who were part of the dramatic popularity of the band and with most memories, the memories of two people about the same situation are in totally opposite from each other.  This is definitely a book about Sex, Drugs and Rock&Roll.