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February 7, 2023

The Sound of Light by Sarah Sundin ~ a Review

by Susan Roberts
 

The Sound of Light
is about the bravery and resilience of the Danish people during WWII as they worked to get Jewish people to safety.  The author has done deep research and it shows on every page.  The characters she's created are very likable people who want to help other people despite the personal danger.

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February 6, 2023

Not Your Ex's Hexes by April Asher ~ a Review

by MK French


Rose Maxwell stepped down from her role as Prima and now will focus on herself. When she's sentenced to community service, it's at the animal sanctuary that half-demon veterinarian Damian Adams runs. They had a one-night stand, and now that attraction grows more intense. Working with demons comes easily to Rose, pushing Damian back into the world of demons he left behind. He doesn't approve of her becoming a Hunter, but telling her no all but assures she'll do it anyway. He cares far too much about Rose, but can't let that happen; cursed by his ex, if he falls in love, he'll lose his humanity as well as his heart.

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February 5, 2023

Cheddar Late Than Dead by Linda Reilly ~ a Review

by Donna Huber


When former classmate Klarrissa's wedding shower venue falls through she is desperate for a new place, which is easily fixed - best friend and wedding planner Dawn's family home would be perfect. But what will they do for food? One bite of one of Carly's signature grilled cheese sandwiches and she that Carly must cater the event. It's winter so the restaurant is slow and Carly has a deep need to help anyone she can. Really what could go wrong?

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February 4, 2023

Vampire Weekend by Mike Chen ~ a Review & Excerpt

by MK French


Being a vampire isn't anything like what books had said, but Louise does have longevity. When her brother Stephen arrives with his grandson Ian after his father is killed in a car accident and his mother is undergoing cancer treatment. Louise takes in Ian for the weekend, and he discovers her secret. She wouldn't want him to feel as lonely as she does, and doesn't know how to change someone into a vampire anyway. When Ian runs away, Louise has to find him before elder vampires discover that he knows the truth and before Stephen finds out she lost him.

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February 3, 2023

Such Pretty Flowers by K. L. Cerra ~ a Review

by MK French


Holly received strange messages from her brother Dane prior to his death, which police have called a suicide due to psychosis. She goes to Savannah and meets his girlfriend Maura, a florist involved in the city's high society. In following her and trying to learn more about Dane's death, Holly is drawn to Maura and the dark allure the woman has. As she gets closer to Maura, Holly risks finding out exactly what happened to Dane the hard way.

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February 2, 2023

5 Books with Groundhog Day (Time Loop) Plots

by Donna Huber


When I was a teen Bill Murray's Groundhog Day was the comedy movie. We watched it over and over again. I've watched several Christmas movies that features a time loop plot. I think there's been a few sitcoms that played with the plot trope. This week's Quantum Leap (the remake) episode had its own take on Groundhog Day. Recently I read a book that I thought had an interesting take on the trope and I wondered what other books have used it. As today is Groundhog Day in the U.S. (do other countries have a thing where an animal's shadow decides how soon til Spring?), I thought it would be fun to share a few of them.

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February 1, 2023

Shards of Shattered Darkness by Mark N. Drake ~ a Review

by MK French


This short story collection opens with "The Grey Berserker," a tale where a banished young man and his friends raid a monastery. There, a man collecting occult knowledge is taken and uses his magic to twist the bodies of fighters into a fearsome berserker, a monstrous form capable of killing hundreds on his own. From there we have stories short and long, each hinting at or outright delving into the dark and hideous potential of horror. The stories start out within the realm of normal before veering off sharply.

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January 31, 2023

The Snow Hare by Paula Lichtarowicz ~ an Audiobook Review

by Donna Huber


Lena lies on her deathbed and as she slips in and out of consciousness memories resurface. Memories of her childhood in Poland, memories of the early days of her marriage, memories of the day that changed the course of her life, and memories of a love found in the snowy tundra of Siberia.

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January 30, 2023

New Books Featuring Brave Women in World War II

by Susan Roberts


Over the last several years, there have been a lot of books published about World War II in the women's fiction category.  What's interesting to me is that all of these books look at this tumultuous time from different angles and are able to make an interesting new way to look at the war.  What they all have in common is that they feature strong and resilient women who did their part to win the war.  Today I have reviews of three books that will be published in January and February 2023.  Yesterday's Tides looks at the war from the Outer Banks of North Carolina, Code Name Sapphire is about a network that saved downed pilots in France and The Night Angles looks at the part that China played in rescuing Jewish people from the Nazis.

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January 29, 2023

The Drift by C.J. Tudor ~ a Review

by MK French


In the middle of a catastrophe, three people come together for survival. Hannah is one of several survivors that had been evacuated from a boarding school. Meg is with strangers in a cable car suspended in midair headed to The Retreat, and none of them have any memory of how they got there. Carter is in an isolated ski chalet with companions, and the generator is failing in the storm; somewhere within the chalet is something trying to escape. The three strangers' stories are each part of a larger puzzle, of something threatening all of humanity.

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January 28, 2023

Against the Currant by Olivia Matthews ~ a Review

by Donna Huber


Lyndsay Murray has long dreamed of open a bakery with her family that celebrated their Caribbean heritage. Just as that dream is about to be a reality, rival bakery owner Claudio is found murdered in his home. Though all the evidence is circumstantial, are the police even looking at other possible suspects or are they just looking for more evidence against Lyndsay?

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January 27, 2023

Books About the Royal Family

by Susan Roberts


Ok, I'll admit it, I enjoy following the ups and downs of the royal family - who is fighting, who are friends, and all of the exploits of both generations.  Here are reviews of a few books written recently about them.

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January 26, 2023

Rise by Cain S. Latrani ~ a Review

by MK French


There is war between the Blessed, agents of the Gods, and the Demon Seed. Ramora is a mute Blessed, Warrior-Priestess intent on saving the people from the Demon Seed and Dark Blessed. Beside her is Chara, a clever girl being groomed by Heaven to be a weapon. The two feel they are ready for the challenge, but they're up against the most fearsome of enemies.

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January 25, 2023

Three self-made women gamble with love, sex and their careers in Meredith Berlin's debut novel

by Donna Huber


Sex and the City
 was a much-talked-about television show when it debuted in the late 1990s. Three women were making their mark on New York City while navigating careers, love, and friendship. If you were a fan of the television show then you don't want to miss Meredith Berlin's debut novel which delves into the lives of three best friends in their 40s. They are glamourous, self-made women who are willing to gamble everything for one charismatic man captivates who captivates them all.

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January 24, 2023

The Three Lives of Alix St Pierre by Natasha Lester ~ a Review

by Susan Roberts


An unforgettable and “fascinating tale” of an orphan turned WWII spy turned fashion icon in Paris

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January 23, 2023

Murder at the Charity Ball by Helena Dixon ~ a Review

by Donna Huber


The wedding is just a week away. Family is arriving including Kitty's notorious father. Matt, Kitty, and her grandmother have to attend the annual charity ball that raises money for widows and orphans. As luck would have it Kitty's father befriended one of the hostesses on the ship crossing and he too is at the ball. When a death occurs at the ball and her father is the prime suspect, will Matt and Kitty find the real culprit in time to walk down the aisle on Christmas Eve?

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January 22, 2023

A Castle in Brooklyn by Shirley Russak Wachtel ~ a Review

by Susan Roberts


Spanning decades, an unforgettable novel about reckoning with the past, the true nature of friendship, and the dream of finding home.

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January 21, 2023

One Duke Down by Anna Bennett ~ a Review

by MK French


Poppy Summers is left helping her family's fishing business rather than chasing her own dreams when she finds Andrew Keane tangled up in her nets. She doesn't believe that he's a duke on holiday with someone intent on killing him, but is wrangled into the plan of pretending he died in order to track down who wants him dead. They grow closer, but Poppy might not like what they find out.

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January 20, 2023

The Song of the Cell by Siddhartha Mukherjee ~ a Review

by Donna Huber


As some of you are aware, I have a degree in biology. I wanted to be a zookeeper which I did for a year. Now I write about science. Partly because I want to improve my own science writing, partly because I like reading about science, and a tiny part of why I wanted to read this book is because I work in an adjacent field.

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January 19, 2023

Georgie, All Along by Kate Clayborn ~ a Review

by Susan Roberts 


A wise and witty new novel that echoes with timely questions about love, career, reconciling with the past, and finding your path while knowing your true worth.  

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January 18, 2023

Missing by Cornelia Spelman ~ a Review

by MK French


Cornelia's mother smoked constantly and loved mysteries. She had five children but soon accused her son of trying to kill her. Banished to a nursing home afterward, her story was hidden until Cornelia began to piece it all together. Using interviews, letters, telegrams, and all kinds of documents, the mystery of her mother's life and the long-lost brother is told here.

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January 17, 2023

The Mitford Secret by Jessica Fellowes ~ an Audiobook Review

by Donna Huber


The world is at war, Guy is worried about keeping Maisy in London but Louisa can't bear the thought of sending her away to the country. Deborah Mitford Cavendish is hosting her first Christmas house party, and with her husband away at the front, she insists her friend and former nanny Louisa must join her in the country for a nice quiet holiday. But houses as old as the Devonshire estate hold many secrets. A former maid, on hearing that there is a private investigator staying in the big house, knows now is the time to finally solve on of its mysteries.

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January 16, 2023

Everything Is Just Beginning by Erin Bartels ~ a Review

by Susan Roberts


"I wasn't invited.
I should make that clear right off the bat.
Because I don't want you to get the wrong idea about me.  I'm nobody special.  I don't know anybody important and nobody important knows me.  I just happened to know somebody who knew somebody.  Or rather, I happened to have the same name as somebody who knew somebody."  (p 13)

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January 15, 2023

Last Seen in Santorini by Vivian Conroy ~ a Review

by Donna Huber


Atalanta Ashford recently inherited her grandfather's detective business along with some money. For the first time in her life she is free to do as she pleases and has decided to take a vacation. While visiting a small island she is approached by a woman who once knew her grandfather. She implores Atalanta to look into the death of a lady's companion on the nearby island of Santorini. Will Atalanta discover the culprit or will she be the next victim?

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January 14, 2023

Her Heart's Desire by Shelley Shepard Gray ~ a Review

by Susan Roberts


"If being  wallflower is the correct term for it, then that fits me perfectly.  That's what I've been doing for years now - standing off to the side and waiting to be noticed." (p 15)

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January 13, 2023

5 Spooky Books for Friday the 13th Reading

by Donna Huber


Happy Friday the 13th! Are you looking for something spooky and creepy to read tonight? Here's a short list to get you started.

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January 12, 2023

A Guide to Being Just Friends by Sophie Sullivan ~ a Review

by MK French


Hailey Sharp is focused on her salad shop By the Cup, and doesn't want any distractions. Wes Jansen had a bad dating history and the memory of his parents' bitter divorce, so romance isn't on his radar. The two have a disaster of a meet-cute intended for other people, but Wes finding Hailey to apologize sparks up a friendship. It's all they want from each other, but not what they actually need.

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January 11, 2023

3 Must Read Books in Young Adult Fantasy & Science Fiction

by MK French


One of the big things that the science fiction and fantasy genres has in common is world-building. The authors of these three novels have created interesting worlds and I for one would love to read more in these universes. So whether you prefer zombies, vampires, or otherworldly adventures, you can't go wrong with any of these stories. You will want to put them on your must-read list.

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January 10, 2023

4 Novels for Fans of Historical Fiction

by Susan Roberts

Historical Fiction is one of my favorite genres and I have four new historical fiction book reviews.  They cover pre-WWI,  World War II, and Vietnam and they all feature strong women characters.  I highly recommend these books.

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January 9, 2023

Hard to Break by Michael Ledwidge ~ a Review

by MK French


Mike Gannon had looked forward to visiting Alaska, but hunters in the area aren’t looking for grizzly bears. Captured and heading toward a lethal encounter, Mike has nothing left to lose in order to survive.

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January 8, 2023

Fatal Fascinator by Jenn McKinlay ~ a Review

by Donna Huber


When cousin Vivian Tremont is asked to design the hats for a wedding set in a castle, American Scarlett Parker can't think of anything better than spending the weekend in the country in a real-life castle. Perhaps she and Harrison should get married in a castle. But when she finds the groom dead, she discovers the castle isn't so enchanting.

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January 7, 2023

The Bandit Queens by Parini Shroff ~ a Review

by MK French


Though Geeta's husband walked out on her five years ago, rumors in the village said she killed him. This gives her an amount of freedom and possibly an edge in selling her jewelry, and it's enough for other women in the village to gently (as well as not so gently!) ask for help to get rid of their husbands. Geeta's dangerous reputation is starting to cause trouble, threatening to ruin the life she built for herself.

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January 6, 2023

Winter's Reckoning by Adele Holmes ~ a Review

by Susan Roberts


"Her ancestors were healers.  Mysterious, wise, noble.  They championed their ideals and frequently stood accused for them.  Some were legends." (p 1)

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January 5, 2023

Emily Wilde's Encyclopaedia of Faeries by Heather Fawcett ~ a Review

by MK French


Emily Wilde is writing the world’s first encyclopaedia of faerie lore and is terrible with people. Small talk and parties are not her forte, not when she can stay with her books, dog, and research. Arriving in Hrafnsvik, Emily has no intention of making friends or getting to know her academic rival Wendell Bambleby, who easily charms everyone. Emily is close to uncovering the truth about the most elusive of fairies, the Hidden Ones, within the forest outside of town. She is also trying to figure out Wendell Bambleby, and what he wants or could possibly mean to her.

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January 4, 2023

Vinyl Resting Place by Olivia Blacke ~ a Review

by Donna Huber


Tansy, Maggie, and Juni have reopened their family's record shop, but when a dead body is found at the end of their grand opening party they might just lose everything this time.

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January 3, 2023

Unseelie by Ivelisse Housman ~ a Review

by MK French


Iselia “Seelie” Graygrove looks like her twin, Isolde, but is an autistic changeling left by the fae as an infant. Seelie has unpredictable magic and can't fit in, but that magic draws the twins into the hunt for a fabled treasure. When it falls apart, the sisters make unexpected allies and reveals a mystery involving the history of humans and fae alike. The secrets of the faeries are incredibly valuable, and Seelie must learn to harness her magic.

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January 2, 2023

The Man I Never Met by Elle Cook ~ a Review

by Susan Roberts
 

Is it possible to love someone you've never met? A young woman finds out in this sweeping will-they-or-won't-they love story that begins with a chance wrong number dial. . . .

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January 1, 2023

The Love Match by Priyanka Taslim ~ a Review

by MK French


Zahra Khan lives in New Jersey and is descended from Bangladeshi royalty. That doesn't pay bills, so she works long hours to save up for college. Her mother wants to match her to the wealthy and handsome Harun Emon, but Zahra knows it’s a bad match. Instead, she has a connection with Nayim Aktar, the new dishwasher at the tea shop. When Zahra finds out Harun is just as uninterested in this match as she is, they decide to sabotage their parents’ plans. This lets her fake date Harun and spend time with Nayim, but it is far more complicated than she thought could be possible.

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