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February 29, 2020

Best Books of February 2020

Happy Leap Day! We got an extra day of reading this month. Are you reading anything good today? As it is the last day of February, the staff of Girl Who Reads once again has the difficult task of naming their favorite read of the month. Which book did you read this month that you would consider the best of the bunch?

February 28, 2020

Wild, Wild Rake by Janna Macgregor ~ a Review & Excerpt

by MK French

Lady Avalon Warwyk had to marry her husband at the urging of her parents, and the two always loathed each other. She didn't mourn him when he died and took charge of her son and the estate left behind. Her son's guardian sent his brother, Vicar Devan Farris, to investigate how she was able to do that, as well as to check if she was squandering her son's inheritance. Devan has the reputation of being a rake, and never tried to disprove it. The two were at odds from the start, but Devan is sure that he is attached to Avalon from the start.

February 27, 2020

Coconut Layer Cake Murder by Joanne Fluke ~ a Review

by Donna Huber

Fans of Hannah Swensen can rejoice as their wait for the latest in Joanne Fluke's cozy mystery series is over. If you enjoy the series, then you will love Coconut Layer Cake Murder.

February 26, 2020

Eternity Springs: Tucker by Emily March ~ a Review & Excerpt

by MK French

Gillian Thacker owns Bliss Bridal Salon, and works with wedding parties in Redemption, Texas. Her own wedding plans are a bust, so she decided to try learning survival skills. Tucker McBride, former military, decided to open a wilderness training school. It happens to be right next to the Bliss Bridal Salon, and suddenly he couldn't help but start thinking of weddings himself.

The Lucky One by Lori Rader-Day ~ a Review

by Susan Roberts

"A dead woman looked out from the laptop resting on Alice Fine's kitchen table.  The woman's skin was waxen against the metal slab.  thin shoulders, thick hair.  She stared with sightless black eyes.

Alice studied the photo.  Juanita Doe, maybe.  They didn't know.  They might never know.  Race UNK.  Unknown.  Everything UNK at the moment.  That was the basic point with UIDs.  They were unidentified." (p 5)

February 25, 2020

Master of Sorrows by Justin Call ~ a Review

by MK French

The Academy of Chaenbleu has trained students for centuries how to identify and take magical items so that they can be locked away. Magic is forbidden, and deformities are held to be curses from Keos, the trickster and evil of three gods of history. They're killed at birth as well as their parents for being servants of Keos. Annev was saved from being sacrificed to the woods, and seventeen years later is at the Academy hiding his deformity with a magic prosthetic and competing for one of the coveted spots as an avatar, one of the trained magic item thieves. It's a difficult line to walk, and one fraught with severe consequences if he fails.

February 24, 2020

Wildland by Rebecca Hodge ~ a Review

by Susan Roberts

"There was no fairy tale ending here.  Flames consumed undergrowth, flames crept up tree trunks, flames leaped into dry upper branches.  Distant trees burned like torches, tossing fire into the tops of the trees beside them.  The wall of noise struck Kat as a physical blow and her mouth tasted liked singed evergreen."  (p 216)

February 23, 2020

A Highlander in a Pickup by Laura Trentham ~ a Review

by MK French

With Isabel Blackmoor in Scotland awaiting the birth of her first child, Anna Maitland is left in Highland, Georgia to set up the festival. She's determined to do it alone to prove that she's capable of it, as well as lay the foundation for a possible mayoral bid. Iain Connors had grown up in Cairndow Castle and isn't sure what he wants for his future. Of course, he and Anna are at odds as to who is in charge of the Highland Games and fight off a physical attraction.

What Happened to February?

by Donna Huber

Here we are at the end of February. I know that there is still a week left of the month, but it has flown by. It's all been a blur; I'm not even sure what went on this month.