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January 23, 2020

A Sister’s Courage by Molly Green ~ Review

by Susan Roberts


It’s 1939 and the threat of war hangs over Britain…

"Before the war, it was unheard of for women to have equal pay in any job whatsoever, but in May 1943 Miss Grower was the first person in any company or organization to obtain equal pay for the women pilots in the Air Transport Auxiliary.  She pushed home the point that her pilots were doing exactly the same job and taking exactly the same risks every day as the men.  She refused to take no for an answer."

January 22, 2020

Do You Celebrate Your Blogiversary?

by Donna Huber



Last Wednesday marked Girl Who Reads 9th anniversary. A few years, particularly in the beginning, I did giveaways or tried to post something special to mark the day. Alas, I usually forgot about it until the last minute so nothing really lavished has ever been planned. I don't see the lavish celebrations that mark a blogiversary as of late. At least not to the extent that I have seen in the past. Do you celebrate your blogiversary?

January 21, 2020

Justice Gone by N. Lombardi Jr. ~ Review

by Susan Roberts


"Burnfield, New Jersey, just another banal town in a part of the country that nobody thinks about, was about to become famous;  or rather, more aptly put, infamous.  People sauntered past lackluster shops unaware that in a few days, the lackadaisical streets would bear the rabid frustrations that divided the nation;  a pus-like bitterness that was held in check by the demands of everyday survival and the distractions offered by obsessive consumerism and brazen media."  (p2)

January 19, 2020

Cat Tale: The Wild Weird Battle to Save the Florida Panther by Craig Pittman ~ a Review

by Donna Huber



Once upon a time, I dreamed of being Dr. Donna so I went to graduate school, picked Florida panther recovery as my project, life happened, and I decided it wasn't really a direction I wanted to go in. But I did love my project and have thought about publishing my non-defended dissertation is some form. So when I saw Craig Pittman's Cat Tale: The Wild Wierd Battle to Save the Florida Panther, I had to pick it up - partly to see if I missed my chance and partly because I'm still very much interested in the subject.

January 18, 2020

Big Lies in a Small Town by Diane Chamberlain ~ Review

by Susan Roberts


"She'd never really had any yearning to travel south of the Mason-Dixon line and she was glad she'd only be here for a few days.  The South seemed backward to her.  Segregated schools and ridiculous laws about keeping colored and white apart on buses and at water fountains and in restrooms."  (p 14  Anna in 1940)

January 17, 2020

The Look-Alike by Erica Spindler ~ a Review

by MK French


Ten years ago, Sienna Scott stumbled across a body on her way back to her dorm in college. She had always lived in the shadow of her mother's paranoid delusions and feared that she would turn out the same way when she was unable to shake the feeling that she was the one meant to be killed. After ten years in London with her grandmother and getting trained as a chef, she's back in her hometown of Tranquility Bluffs, Wisconsin. She is back in the house where she grew up, and the investigation is open again. Someone is prank calling her house, people are talking about the murder, and Sienna is worried that perhaps she isn't as different from her mother after all.

January 16, 2020

The Hitwoman Goes to Prison by JB Lynn ~ a Review

by Donna Huber



After a tough week and a kind of boring book, The Hitwoman Goes to Prison was exactly what I needed to lift my mood. The antics of Maggie's menagerie and the predicaments she finds herself in had me smiling the whole time.

January 15, 2020

Cross Her Heart by Sarah Pinborough ~ a Review

by Susan Roberts


"He reads the letter three times before it sinks in.  She's gone.  They're gone...There is no trace of her, however, no passport, or driving license, none of those important things that frame her life...He is angry.  More than angry.  He's raging.  It's a white heat inside him.  He stares out through the window, the ball of paper damp in his sweating hands.  Vodka.  He needs vodka.  She has no right to do this to him.  Not after everything they've been through.  
He will destroy her for it." (p 2)

January 14, 2020

The Vanished Birds by Simon Jiminez ~ a Review

by MK French


He was born with an eleventh finger. A small bead of flesh and bone beside his right pinky. The doctor calmed the worried parents and told them the nub was a harmless thing. "Be still," he said, unlacing a small cloth pouch, "a farmer needs only ten fingers to work the dhuba." He coaxed the child to sleep with the smoke of torched herbs, and sliced the nub from the nad with a cauterizing knife. And though the mother knew her baby felt no pain in is medicated sleep, she winced when the flesh was parted, and clutched him to her breast, praying that there would be no memory of the hurt when he woke, while her husband, unable to resist indulging in his hedonism even then, breathed deep the doctor's herb smoke, and was spelled by a vision of the future - in his dilated pupils his sone, a full-grown man, handsome and powerful, with a big house at the top of the hill. The new governor of the Fifth Village. To commemorate this vision, he had the finger boiled of its flesh, and its bones placed in a corked glass jar, which he shook on wistful days, listening to the clack of good omens as he whispered to his baby, "You are going to run this place one day." The boy burbled in his arms, too young to recognize the small and varied ways life was contriving to keep him put. (p. 3 - 4)

January 13, 2020

The Secret Guests by Benjamin Black ~ a Review

by Donna Huber



As you know I love WWII fiction and especially enjoy ones that delve into little known history about that time. So I was excited to read The Secret Guests. It sounded like it would be a great read - set in Ireland where the royal princesses were sent to escape the Blitz in London.

January 12, 2020

Ka-e-ro-u: Time to Go Home by B. Jeanne Shibahara ~ a Review

by MK French



Meryl's grown son has left the home, and her father recently remarried. She has been widowed since the Vietnam War, and it's her cousin's push to get her to return a WWII Japanese flag to its home. Meryl travels throughout Japan for this task, meeting British and US ex-pats, and people of all kinds of professions. It takes her throughout Japan's history.

January 11, 2020

The Whispers of War by Julia Kelly ~ a Review

by Donna Huber



Last year when I read The Light Over London (read my review) I knew it wouldn't be my last novel by Julia Kelly. So I was really looking forward to reading Kelly's new WWII-set novel The Whispers of War. I'm glad I was on holiday when I started it because I couldn't put it down.

January 10, 2020

The Playground by Jane Shemilt ~ a Review

by Susan Roberts


"I used to think that truth was a simple thing.  That there could be one truth, single and essential-like light, say, or water. Now I know it comes in layers, some more transparent than others.  If you look carefully - and we didn't - you can see through the top layer to the darkness beneath.  I'm thinking of ice on the surface of deep water." (p3)

The Little Bookshop on the Seine by Rebecca Raisin ~ a Review

by MK French


Sarah was in a rut in her small town bookshop and with her long-distance relationship with her freelance reporter boyfriend. When her friend Sophie suggested swapping bookshops for a little while, she jumped at the chance to visit Paris for six months. It isn't everything she thought it would be, and it's frustrating to deal with angry and rude customers, staff that don't want to follow her lead, and a culture she doesn't understand. She's determined to get everything in order by Christmas and make it a trip she adores.

January 9, 2020

Dead Man Dreaming by Uday Mukerji ~ a Review

by MK French


David is a senior resident and a driven man, determined to be a heart surgeon. He is in a loving relationship when he receives the diagnosis of Huntington's Disease. His entire life seems to come crashing to a halt at that point, as his relationship ends along with the dreams he had for his future. Instead, he tries to campaign for genetic screening tests for everyone before becoming parents. While some understand that point of view, others condemn it. Somewhere along the way, he finds a new drive to live and love again in spite of the diagnosis.

January 8, 2020

Reading Resolutions for 2020

by Alison DeLuca


In 2020 I plan to expand my reading horizons with the Great American Read list. The books fall into a few categories:

January 7, 2020

Bound for Murder by Victoria Gilbert ~ a Review

by Donna Huber


There are two times in a woman's life when complete strangers think it's appropriate to offer unsolicited advice - when she's obviously pregnant, and when they discover she's planning a wedding.
(first paragraph)

January 6, 2020

A Fake Girlfriend for Chinese New Year by Jackie Lau ~ a Review

by MK French


Zach Wong has no interest in dating, but his family had gone out of their way to try matchmaking at Thanksgiving. With his brothers paired up, he's certain that finding a fake girlfriend will stave off further attempts. Jo MacGregor is perfect since they had known each other for years and can bond over failed past relationships. But the fake dating is starting to feel more and more like real dating.

January 5, 2020

How to Choose an eReader

by Kenny Trinh


Technology has become an important part of life and it's making things easier and more interesting. A few years ago, avid readers had to carry books if they wanted to read on the go. But things have changed.

5 Books for the Long Winter Nights

by Susan Roberts


There were so many great books that came out in 2019, you may have found that you missed some of these wonderful titles. Here are 5 books you can enjoy during the long winter nights.

January 4, 2020

Good Books for Those Cold Winter Days

by Susan Roberts


There isn't anything much better on a cold winter day than to curl up with a good book and a hot beverage. These three books would be perfect for a snow day.

January 3, 2020

Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo ~ a Review

by MK French


Diana wants to prove herself a warrior, but discards the chance to save the life of an outsider. Alia Keralis is not an ordinary human, however. She is a Warbringer, a descendant of Helen of Troy, fated to bring misery and bloodshed to the world.

January 2, 2020

Gabriel's Promise by Sylvain Reynard ~ a Review

by Donna Huber


Seven years after penning book 3 in the Gabriel's Inferno series, Sylvain Reynard returns to the series with Gabriel's Promise. Fans of the love story between Gabriel and Julianne will love this new installment that marks a new chapter in the couple's life - parenthood.

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