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L is for Literary Fiction #AtoZChallenge

by Donna Huber For the A to Z Challenge, I'm discussing different book genres/categories. Each day, I will give a few details about the...

November 14, 2020

3 Stories of World War II

by Susan Roberts

I've read a lot of WWII books recently in my extra spare time.  The following three books all have strong female characters who made a difference.

November 13, 2020

7 Mysteries Your Inner Detective Will Love

by MK French

Mysteries come in all shapes and sizes. A good who dun it can keep you glued to the pages, trying to solve the mystery right along with the characters. Some mysteries have a few good laughs or a dash of romance alongside the suspense. Whatever you are looking for you can find it in a mystery and today I have quite a variety for you.

November 12, 2020

7 Novels with Older Female Protagonists

by Susan Roberts

The publishing industry seems to be very uncomfortable with aging women.  If there is an older woman in a novel, she is a secondary character, not the leading character.  Older women are often dismissed.  As a woman who is well over 50, I find it discouraging not to be able to find more books that represent my age group.  We still have problems in our lives -- instead of problems with husbands and parents, we have problems with husbands and children/grandchildren.  We get divorced....remarried no matter what the age.  We have careers and exciting lives. And even though we may have more wisdom than the younger characters, we still don't have all the answers!

Here are a few suggested books with a strong female protagonist. Can you suggest others to add to my list?

November 11, 2020

The Queen's Gambit - a Netflix miniseries review

by Alison DeLuca

Publicity poster for The Queen's Gambit

I'm still on the eternal quest last week for entertainment that doesn't involve travel or crowds. Flicking through the new arrivals on Netflix, I noticed The Queen's Gambit but didn't pay much attention.

November 10, 2020

Lies Like Poison by Chelsea Pitcher ~ a Review

by MK French

Belladonna Drake was entangled in her true love's arms when a knock came at the door. Slowly, quietly, she inched out of bed. "Don't say anything," she whispered, creeping toward the window. (p. 5)

November 9, 2020

Autumn Skies by Denise Hunter ~ a Review

by Susan Roberts

"They'd gotten the place up and running after their parents passed away unexpectedly four years ago.  It had been their retirement dream to turn their historic home back into an inn, and the siblings came together to fulfill their dream.  At the time Grace was heading into her junior year in high school, Molly was almost finished with her hospitality degree and Levi was putting his degree to work in Denver with a commercial construction company.  Their parents' death had changed everything." (p 7)

November 8, 2020

3 Books for Fans of Police Procedurals

by MK French

Police procedurals are a subgenre of the detective genre. Instead of having a private investigator or an amateur sleuth, the main character is part of the police force and the story focuses on the procedure of a police investigation. Today I review three books in this subgenre.