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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...

September 9, 2023

The Passenger by Ulrich Alexander Boschwitz ~ a Review

by Donna Huber


It's the fall of 1938 and Otto Silbermann's world is turned upside down. It has become clear that Germany is no longer safe for Jews. When the pounding starts on his door, he may be too late to do anything but flee out the back door.

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September 8, 2023

Bessie by Linda Kass ~ A Review

by Susan Roberts
 

If you are of a certain age, you may remember Bess Myerson on television in the 1950s.  She often appeared on game shows such as I've Got a Secret and on the Today show.  Her road to fame started with her being crowned as Miss America in 1945  the first (and still the only) Jewish Miss America.  This historical fiction book is a look at her early years until she was crowned Miss American and goes into very little detail about her life after this achievement.

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September 7, 2023

Why I Swore to Never Hire a Goon (Except in Emergencies) by JF Lee ~ a Review

by MK French


Shi Baizhe's sister is kidnapped, and a hero would be able to find her. Unfortunately, he doesn't have money and heroes aren't cheap. Goons, on the other hand, are far more affordable. A retired gang boss, two brutes, a thief and cats are now the crew to find his sister.

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September 6, 2023

Bright Lights, Big Christmas by Mary Kay Andrews ~ a Review

by Donna Huber


Kerry is at loose ends after being made redundant after the ad agency she worked for merged with another larger company. Back home in North Carolina, she hasn't figured out what to do next but she knows staying in the small town is not what she wants. When her father has a heart attack and can't make the annual trip to New York City to sell the family's Christmas trees. Her brother can't do the trip on his own so Kerry is roped into. While she can't imagine a worse time than spending a month with a taciturn brother she barely knows in an old "spam can" camper that doesn't have a working toilet or stove, perhaps NYC at Christmas will work its magic on her.

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September 5, 2023

Main Character Energy by Jamie Varon ~ a Review

by MK French


Poppy Banks has a dead-end job at Thought Buzz and feels like she's living her entire life on the sidelines. Her aunt Margot keeps telling her to live out her dreams at their secret yearly lunches, but Poppy hasn't been able to start yet. When her aunt dies, Poppy is left a writer's residency in the French Riveria—if she can finish her novel in six months. When the writing countdown begins, Poppy realizes she has more to confront than her writer’s block.

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September 4, 2023

California Golden by Melanie Benjamin ~ A Review

by Susan Roberts


Two sisters navigate the turbulent, euphoric early days of California surf culture in this dazzling saga of ambition, sacrifice, and longing for a family they never had.

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September 3, 2023

Dead on Target by M.C. Beaton ~ a Review

by Donna Huber


Carsely is having their harvest fete and Agatha takes an interest in the archery demonstration. She even tries her hand at it, unfortunately, a lost puppy from the dog show distracts her and she totally flubs her first try. But we know everything Agatha is done perfectly and successfully so her second attempt is a bullseye shot. While she's trying to discreetly eat a sausage roll, the puppy makes another appearance. The puppy drags Agatha into the tree line where she discovers a dead body with an arrow shot through the heart.

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