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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...

February 22, 2020

Death with a Dark Red Rose by Julia Buckley ~ a Review

by Donna Huber

I had enjoyed a previous novel by Julia Buckley so when I saw her new cozy mystery Death with a Dark Red Rose I decided to pick it up. Unfortunately, it didn't really work for me.

3 New Books about War

by Susan Roberts

I have reviews of three books about wars but they are all from a different perspective and a different part of the world. The Land Beneath Us looks at WWII from the perspective of a woman who is waiting for her husband to return, The Light after the War is about two friends who move to South America after WWII and Promised Land is about the Palestinian/Israeli conflict.

February 21, 2020

5 Books for Fans of Fantasy Novels

by MK French

Fantasy novels can be fun or dark, but almost always they are thought-provoking. Young adult fantasy novels can usually be enjoyed by all ages of readers, as is the case with the two on this list. As enjoyable as fantasy plots can be, it is often the world-building that sets them apart from other genres.

February 20, 2020

The New Gardener's Handbook by Daryl Beyers ~ a Review

by Donna Huber

Spring will eventually be here and garden stores will be filling with colorful flowers and lush vegetable plants. If you are thinking about starting a garden but have never done any gardening before, then The New Gardner's Handbook will get you started on the right foot.

February 19, 2020

Behind Every Lie by Christina McDonald ~ a Review

by Susan Roberts

If you can’t remember it, how do you prove you didn’t do it? 

"If nobody believes you, if the police don't believe you, how can you trust yourself?"

Christina McDonald's debut novel The Night Oliva Fell was a real roller coaster ride. Behind Every Lie is a very different type of book but it also is full of twists and turns and kept me rapidly turning pages (and losing sleep) until the end.

February 18, 2020

The Last Sister by Kendra Elliot ~ a Review

by Susan Roberts

She wrapped her shaking fingers in the hem of her sweater to avoid damaging any fingerprints as she slid open the rear patio door, following the trail of blood. Outside it was dark, daybreak still a few hours away, and the air was cold with the coast's salty mist. (pg 1)

February 17, 2020

5 Historical Biographies for President's Day

by Donna Huber

I know a lot of readers have set goals to read more nonfiction this year. However, nonfiction books are often pricey. My library's bookstore (it's run by the Friends of the Library, all the books are donated by the community so they only charge $1 for their books) has a decent size collection of presidential biographies and memoirs. I know not everyone has access to such a great resource so I took a look at the best selling kindle books to see if there were any reasonably priced presidential biographies. A couple of the books aren't about presidents but instead about their wives or the white house. Here are the ones I thought looked interesting.

February 16, 2020

Ten Days Gone by Beverly Long ~ a Review

by MK French

Baywood, Wisconsin is a small city with the feel of a small town, and there had never been major issues. Detectives A.L. McKittridge and Rena Morgan are part of the task force investigating the deaths of four women in town, each spaced ten days apart with no obvious ties between them.