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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...

July 8, 2023

A Cryptic Clue by Victoria Gilbert ~ a Review

by Donna Huber

Jane Hunter has been laid off from her university librarian job, but the university's loss is Cam Clewe's gain. He has recently acquired some rare mystery novels and needs someone to catalog them so that researchers can have access to the collection. When Jane discovers a dead body on her first day of work she may be gaining more than a cataloging job.

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July 7, 2023

The Summer of Songbirds by Kristy Woodson Harvey ~ a Review

by Susan Roberts

Four women come together to save the summer camp that changed their lives and rediscover themselves in the process.

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July 6, 2023

6 Fantastic Fantasy Novels You Have to Read

by MK French

There are some really great fantasy novels coming out this month. I'm going to give you a rundown of all the best I've read so you can go ahead and pre-order what will become your next favorite book. There is a little of something for every fan of fantasy on this list - young adult, dark fantasy, folklore, and fairytales.

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July 5, 2023

The Forger of Marseille by Linda Joy Myers ~ a Review

by Susan Roberts

This novel begins in 1938 in Berlin where nineteen-year-old Sarah, a Jewish art student lives with her mother.  Her mother had been working with a family friend Mr. Lieb to get forged papers so that Sarah can escape to Paris.  After a run-in with a Nazi officer, they know that Sarah needs to leave immediately.  She and Mr. Lieb flee to Paris where they live with a Jewish family.  Sarah is now called Rosemarie and she's thrilled to be in Paris where she can visit art galleries and where she once again feels safe.  She meets and begins to fall in love with Cesar who has escaped from Spain and is now working with the underground making forged papers for people who are trying to get out of Paris.  Sarah's feeling of freedom in Paris ends quickly when the German Army occupies the city in 1940.  Her artistic talent makes her a good forger so she begins to work with Cesar.  Once the Germans arrive, they know that they need to leave Paris.  Mr. Lieb has friends in Marseille, so they get new identities and start towards Marseille in a small car.  The trip is harrowing.  The roads are crowded with people who have farm carts, animals, and all methods of transportation as they try to get out of Paris.  Plus, German airplanes fly overhead and even shoot into the crowds of people trying to leave.  There they meet an American who is working to help people get to England and America and Sarah and Cesar start working as forgers for Varian Fry.  It's only through the trust that they have with other people and the fact that there were many good people in the resistance that they were able to stay one step ahead of the Germans and the French police.

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July 4, 2023

Celebrate Freedom with Free eBooks

by Donna Huber

If you are in the U.S. then you are probably celebrating July 4th or Independence Day - the day the Declaration of Independence was adopted. Interesting fact - the delegates didn't actually start signing the document for almost another month, on August 2. Is your day filled with hamburgers and hot dogs, ice cream and watermelon? I'll be spending most of the day in my parents' pool, probably with a book, and I'll be ending the night not with fireworks but definitely with a free book. If you want to celebrate freedom with some free reading, check out these free ebooks. Since we are celebrating history, I thought historical fiction would be apt. Please remember to check that the ebook is still free before purchasing.

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July 3, 2023

The Secret Life of Carolyn Russell by Gail Aldwin ~ a Review

by MK French

In 1979, Carolyn Russell had a crush on her math teacher, who was also her tutor. She disappeared, and the leads dried up. In 2014, journalist Stephanie Brett created a podcast to discover what truly happened to Carolyn Russell. While her confidence and flagging career are boosted, leads dry up all over again. Is it worth it to find the truth?

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July 2, 2023

A Most Agreeable Murder by Julia Seales ~ a Review

by Donna Huber

Beatrice lives in a very constrained society. The founder of her town created an extensive list of etiquette that all women must follow. There's even a companion travel guide so that if a lady finds herself in a situation and she isn't sure how she is supposed to behave she can refer to the guide. The annual ball is approaching and more than ever she or her sister must secure an engagement. Beatrice however is more than happy to leave marriage to her more beautiful, more athletic, more perfect sister. However, if she must marry then she will do what she can to secure an engagement to her childhood friend Daniel and thus save her family from ruin. When the most eligible bachelor at the ball drops dead, everyone is a suspect and the many secrets the stifling society has hidden will come out. 

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