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July 14, 2024

You Cannot Mess This Up by Amy Weinland Daughters ~ a Review

by Susan Roberts


A True Story That Never Happened

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July 13, 2024

The Night Ends with Fire by K. X. Song ~ a Review

by MK French


The Three Kingdoms are at war, but Meilin’s father refuses to answer the imperial draft. Addicted to opium, he plans to marry her off to a man just as violent and vindictive so he can use her dowry. Taking matters into her own hands, Meilin disguises herself as a boy and joins the army. Training hard, she grows close to Sky, a prince who is her training partner. Meilin also begins to have visions of a sea dragon with his own agenda and meets an enemy prince who makes her question everything she once knew.

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July 12, 2024

Fun Novel with a Strong Mature Female Protagonist

by Susan Roberts
 

In this funny and inspiring novel, a mess of a heroine is desperate to resolve her past so she can finally rediscover who she was always meant to be.

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July 11, 2024

The Last Twelve Miles by Erika Robuck ~ a Review

by Donna Huber


From the glamorous world of D.C. Intelligence to the sultry shores of the Straits of Florida, The Last Twelve Miles is based on the true story of two women masterminds trying to outwit each other in a dangerous and fascinating high-stakes game.

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July 10, 2024

The Confidence Games by Tess Amy ~ a Review

by Donna Huber


Emma Oxley and Nellie Yarrow have reinvented themselves as thieves and con women who swindle men who deserve it. They often change their names and minimal digital footprints, and have a reputation as the most trustworthy swindlers on the European black market. To save Nellie, Emma will have to steal a priceless bracelet from a high-security exhibit. This will take a team to pull off, as well as allies willing to help them. She can only hope they make the right decisions along the way.

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July 9, 2024

The Bookshop Sisterhood by Michelle Lindo-Rice ~ a Review

by Donna Huber


When life rewrites the story, only friendship will see them through.

After years of hard work, four best friends—Celeste, Yasmeen, Toni and Leslie—are finally on the verge of opening the bookstore of their dreams. A place where their community can find solace with an intriguing new read, a comforting beverage and book-loving friends.

But before they can cut the ribbon, their worlds are upended.

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July 8, 2024

Ready or Not by Andi Porretta ~ a Review

by MK French


Cassie and her three best friends have graduated high school, and she's the only one without a plan for what comes next. Marcy is an artist, Aaron plans to be a lawyer, and Nico is a musician. Before they separate in the fall, Cassie wants to spend August playing the game of dares and risks they invented as kids. It will hopefully cement their friendship and keep the connections between them because she's not ready for a future without them.

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July 7, 2024

The Wisdom of the Willow by Nancy Chadwick ~ a Review

by Susan Roberts


This beautifully written debut novel is about the connection between family and nature.  It's about the seasons of growth and love and sorrow and how they affect a family.

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July 6, 2024

Lenny Marks Gets Away with Murder by Kerryn Mayne ~ an Audiobook Review

by Donna Huber


Lenny Marks is excellent at not having a life.

She bikes home from work at exactly 4pm each day, buys the same groceries for the same meals every week, and owns thirty-six copies of The Hobbit (currently arranged by height). The closest thing she has to a friendship is playing Scrabble against an imaginary Monica Gellar while watching Friends reruns.

And Lenny Marks is very, very good at not remembering what happened the day her mother and stepfather disappeared when she was still a child. The day a voice in the back of her mind started whispering, You did this.

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July 5, 2024

Intriguing Characters + Beautiful Descriptions = A Great Southern Fiction Beach Read

by Susan Roberts
 

A tender and touching novel about a young woman who discovers the family she has always longed for when she spends a life-changing summer in North Carolina.

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July 4, 2024

Brit-Com Stars Solve Murder in New Mystery Series

by Donna Huber


In 1970, on the set of downmarket sitcom 'Floggit and Leggit', leading man Edward Lowe stumbles across the body of a woman, apparently the victim of a tragic drowning accident. But there's something about her that rings the faintest of bells in Edward's head and, convinced the woman has been murdered, he enlists the help of his co-star John le Breton to investigate further. Crossing the country and back again during gaps in filming, the two men uncover both a series of murders in the modern day, and links to another unfortunate death during the War. As the body count mounts, Edward and John face a race against time to save the innocent victims of a serial killer...

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July 3, 2024

Ancient History, Family History, Historical Romance - take your pick!

by MK French


Today, I have a sampling of this month's historical fiction.  Whether you are looking for ancient history of the Greek gods, something a bit more contemporary, or prefer period romance - here are three novels to add to your reading list.

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July 2, 2024

Welcome to Glorious Tuga by Francesca Segal ~ A Review

by Susan Roberts
 

Welcome to Glorious Tuga
by Francesca Segal is full of eccentric characters who all live on a small, remote island in the South Atlantic Ocean.  It's about family and community and how to make a place feel like home whether it's your first time there or if you are returning after a long absence.

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July 1, 2024

Murder and Shenanigans Abound in Verity Bright's New Cozy Mystery Novel

by Donna Huber


Lady Eleanor Swift has been eagerly awaiting her trip in a hot air balloon to take in London’s amazing sights. But what she witnesses instead is a murder!

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June 30, 2024

New Novel from Kristan Higgins is the Perfect Vacation Read

by Susan Roberts
 

A funny, romantic, and deeply moving novel about the unexpected rewards that come from life’s detours.

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June 29, 2024

Keep Your Teens Reading With These 4 Young Adult Novels

by MK French


Are your teens spending too much time in front of screens? Or perhaps they are already bored with summer vacation. Or maybe they are avid readers who need suggestions of what to read next. Whatever kind of teen you have, I'm sure at least one of these young adult novels will keep them entertained.

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June 28, 2024

Take a Long Break from the Summer Heat with Mary Kay Andrews's Beach Read

by Donna Huber


Everyone refers to the St. Cecelia as “the Saint.” If you grew up coming here, you were “a Saint.” If you came from the wrong side of the river, you were “an Ain’t.” Traci Eddings was one of those outsiders whose family wasn’t rich enough or connected enough to vacation here. But she could work here. One fateful summer she did, and married the boss’s son. Now, she’s the widowed owner of the hotel, determined to see it return to its glory days, even as staff shortages and financial troubles threaten to ruin it. Plus, her greedy and unscrupulous brother-in-law wants to make sure she fails. Enlisting a motley crew of recently hired summer help—including the daughter of her estranged best friend—Traci has one summer season to turn it around. But new information about a long-ago drowning at the hotel threatens to come to light, and the tragic death of one of their own brings Traci to the brink of despair.

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June 27, 2024

2 Fun Romance Novels Perfect for Summer Reading

by MK French


If you are still looking for a great romance novel to read this summer, definitely check out these two fun reads.

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June 26, 2024

Spend the Summer on the Cape with Pamela Kelley's New Novel

by Donna Huber


Brooklyn-based Hannah is a bestselling author struggling to write her second book after personal losses. Her older sister, Sara, still lives in Chatham, Cape Cod, where they grew up, and is married with four children. Once a dedicated librarian, Sara dreams of reviving her love affair with literature, but instead, she is stuck with too many family responsibilities and a fizzling marriage.

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June 25, 2024

3 Novels for Fans of Romantic Fantasy

by MK French


If you are looking for a book to lose yourself in this summer, check out these romantic fantasy novels.

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June 24, 2024

Shan Serafin Takes Readers on a Wild Ride in Debut Thriller

by Susan Roberts


The glittering world of high finance conceals a dark underbelly of corruption and abuse. And the powerful men at its heart will do just about anything to keep their secrets from being exposed.

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June 23, 2024

Books and Stories and Filigree in the Great Smokey Mountains

by Donna Huber



I just got back from Naturalist Camp at the Great Smokey Mountain Institute at Tremont in the Tennessee mountains. I went last year in the pouring rain, but this year the weather was gorgeous. I spent a lot of time hiking (I think I went on 4 different hikes), bird watching, identifying insects, and river snorkeling. I knew I would be doing all things nature but I was expecting so many bookish activities.

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June 22, 2024

Middletide by Sarah Crouch ~ a Review

by MK French


Dr. Erin Landry is found hanging from a tree on failed writer Elijah Leith's property. It looks like suicide, but closer inspection shows that it's murder and parallels Elijah’s novel. He had returned to his childhood home to restore it and rekindle an old relationship, but the town is turning against him as the real killer is set on framing him for murder.

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June 21, 2024

Her Part to Play by Jenny Erlingsson ~ a Review

by Susan Roberts


Adanne is a make-up artist working on a movie that is filming in her home city in Alabama.  She is working hard to help save her parent's legacy plus make life easier for her brother so that he can spend more time with his son who has leukemia.  She had been working on secondary actors but one day is asked to do the makeup of the main actor John Pope.  He isn't her favorite person because he got her fired from a movie in Hollywood three years earlier when she missed work because her mother was sick.   Even as she tries to make the best of the situation, there's a lot of tension between them.  John is recovering from substance abuse and has just endured a painful breakup - which the tabloids keep writing about.  He turned his life over to God and started rebuilding his career.  The tension between them turns into sparks of interest.  Can a small-town girl and a Hollywood star make a life together?  The answer is NO if it's up to John's manager.  But decisions are being made by a much higher power and their relationship will flourish or end based on God's leading.

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June 20, 2024

The God and the Gumiho by Sophie Kim ~ a Review

by MK French


Kim Hani hides her past as the Scarlet Fox by working as a barista. Seokga the Fallen is the trickster god exiled from the heavenly kingdom of Okhwang and working on his redemption. When a powerful demon escapes from the underworld and threatens to end all of humanity, Okhwang’s emperor offers Seokga a bargain: kill the demon and the Scarlet Fox, and he can go home again. Hani teams up with Seokga as his assistant, hoping to keep her identity safe. The two bicker and are drawn to each other, but the investigation has its own potentially lethal consequences.

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June 19, 2024

The Great Transition by Nick Fuller Googins ~ a Review

by Donna Huber


In the near future, humanity hasn’t avoided the worst of climate change—wildfires, rising oceans, mass migration, and skyrocketing inequality have become the daily reality. But just when it seems that it can’t get any worse, remarkably, a movement of workers, migrants, and refugees inspires the world to band together, save the planet, and rebuild a society for all. This is The Great Transition.

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June 18, 2024

Great Start to New Steamy Romance Series from Catherine Bybee

by Susan Roberts


The story of a reluctant billionaire who takes on his father’s empire, its dark secrets, and a fiery assistant he can’t get out of his head.

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June 17, 2024

Read the First Two Books in Kritika H.Rao's Hard to Put Down Epic Fantasy Series Today

by MK French


Are you reading Kritika H. Rao's epic fantasy series The Rages? It was a new-to-me series, so I read Book 1 The Surviving Sky, which came out last summer, before picking up Book 2 The Unrelenting Earth, which comes out tomorrow. 

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June 16, 2024

A poignant and inspiring memoir that will resonate with women today

by Donna Huber


Stress Test
joins a growing body of work by women physicians. This memoir takes place at a time when women were still years away from comprising half—or more—of medical school students, and when the second wave of feminism was surging; but many of the fears, griefs, and struggles that women in medicine face today are the same ones the author grappled with decades earlier.

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June 15, 2024

A Beautiful Civil War Story Based on True Events

by Susan Roberts


Inspired by true events of the Civil War, a coming-of-age survival tale about two sisters and the harrowing journey that will change their lives forever…

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June 14, 2024

Small Town Horror by Ronald Malfi ~ a Review

by MK French


Andrew Larimer left behind his small town upbringing to live in New York City as a lawyer with a wife about to give birth. When a former friend Dale calls him for help, he returns to that small town, lying to his wife about it. He reunites with his former best friends, facing the disaster in the present and memories of the night that drove them all apart nearly twenty years ago to the day. Somehow, this secret doesn't seem to be staying dead.

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June 13, 2024

Gail Ward Olmsted's Novel Captures Katherine Wormeley's Inspirational Journey

by Susan Roberts


I enjoy books with older main characters and Katharine's Remarkable Road Trip by Gail Ward Olmsted really met that goal.  It's 1907 and Katharine Prescott Wormeley takes a road trip by herself to drive from her old home in Rhode Island to her new home in New Hampshire.  It's only 300 miles but the roads are poor and Katharine is 77 years old - too old in some people's opinion to be undertaking such a long drive.  But Katherine had lived an extraordinary life -- she was a nurse during the Civil War and opened a school after the war.  She never married and had a lot of friends who cared about her. She planned an uneventful 8-day drive but her road trip was full of adventure and new people.

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June 12, 2024

Take a Peek into the Lives of the Rich and Famous in Michelle Gable's New Novel

by Susan Roberts
 

Set against the glamorous 1960s Jet Set—a failed debutante's new job as assistant to society photographer Slim Aarons takes her into Palm Beach’s inner circle, and into a beguiling friendship with the star at its center, fashion designer Lilly Pulitzer.

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June 11, 2024

4 Books to Keep the Tweens Entertained

by MK French


Have your kids complained of being bored, yet? Not only is it important to keep up their reading skills during the summer, books are a great way to keep them entertained. Whether they are looking for an adventure, love robots, or are into graphic novels, there are plenty of new books to choose from this month including these 4 stories.

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June 10, 2024

Fantastic Page-Turner Full of Tension

by Susan Roberts


Someone knows what the twins are up to. And they’re closing in.

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June 9, 2024

Atmospheric Mystery Novel is a Compelling Read

by Donna Huber


One peaceful morning, in the small, Puget Sound town of Point Orchards, the lifeless body of Dr. Erin Landry is found hanging from a tree on the property of prodigal son and failed writer, Elijah Leith. Sheriff Jim Godbout’s initial investigation points to an obvious suicide, but upon closer inspection, there seem to be clues of foul play when he discovers that the circumstances of the beautiful doctor’s death were ripped straight from the pages of Elijah Leith’s own novel.

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June 8, 2024

A Fantastic Page Turner with Mystery, Suspense, and Love

by Susan Roberts 


An achingly romantic novel about chance meetings, buried secrets, and the multiple facets of love and family bonds.

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June 7, 2024

The Perfect Weekend Read with Sweet Treats, Charming Characters, and MURDER!

by Donna Huber


The Fairy Tale Cupcakes crew helps two professional football players in knead when the athletes are suspected of murder and their dream of opening a bakery is crushed.

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June 6, 2024

Enthralling New Dual Timeline Novel From Lisa Wingate

by MK French


In 1909, Olive knows her stepfather has untoward intentions toward his new wards. When the oldest girl disappears, she takes the younger sister into the woods. She's willing to risk outlaws, hunters and desperate men to stay safe, and finds other people hoping to avoid those willing to exploit them. In 1990, law enforcement ranger Valerie Boren-Odell arrived at Horsethief Trail National Park to begin her career and be a single parent. Soon after, a hiker goes missing and the burial site of three children is unearthed. Val is determined to find the truth and finds allies in the nearby Choctaw Tribal police. There are many secrets in the land, and some of them are deadly.

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June 5, 2024

Riveting Tale of Frontier Life: I Paint the Sky by Laura Kemp

by Susan Roberts


She came west to start a new life... But what is she running from?

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June 4, 2024

New Post-Apocalyptic Novel is Perfect for a Summer Road Trip or Book Club Pick

by Donna Huber


Humanity is a dying breed, utterly reliant on artificial labor and service. When a domesticated robot gets a nasty little idea downloaded into their core programming, they murder their owner. The robot then discovers they can also do something else they never did before: run away. After fleeing the household, they enter a wider world they never knew existed, where the age-old hierarchy of humans at the top is disintegrating, and a robot ecosystem devoted to human wellbeing is finding a new purpose.

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June 3, 2024

Magic, Myth, and Community Featured in Leslye Penelope's Daughter of the Merciful Deep

by MK French


Jane Edwards hasn’t spoken since armed riders expelled all Black residents from her hometown when she was eleven years old. Twelve years later, she has a home in the all-Black town of Awenasa. The construction of a dam would put the town under a new lake. Desperate to save her community, she talks to a strange yet familiar man coming into town talking about magic. The last time she had seen this man, he was dead, so his appearance brought more questions than answers. She must journey to a sunken world of gods and myth, finding answers before the flood drowns Awenasa.

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June 2, 2024

Mary Ellen Taylor Explores Grief and Family Relationships in Beautiful New Novel

by Susan Roberts
 

The Promise of Tomorrow
 by Mary Ellen Taylor is a beautifully written and emotional book that kept me up past my bedtime.  I got so involved with the lives of the two main characters that I had to find out if and how they solved their problems.  This book deals with some heavy subjects - death and grief, love and loss, a parent with Alzheimer's and even though it's very sad in parts it also contains hopes for the future.  It's told in alternating chapters by the two main characters so that the reader is able to see how two people deal very differently with grief. 

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June 1, 2024

Sarah Booth Delaney Dives into Movie Set Disappearances in New Cozy Mystery Novel

by Donna Huber


Delaney Detective Agency gets a taste of the spotlight when they are called to a case on a movie set in Greenville, MS, right on the Mississippi River. Marlon Brandon, heir to a wealthy and influential political family, has brought a film crew to town to film a drama about the 1927 flood that submerged a great deal of Greenville. Marlon wants the world to know the story of the flood―and the heroic role the Brandon ancestors played in rescuing dozens of local residents from drowning.

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May 31, 2024

The Light Conjurer by Gene ~ a Review

by MK French


Robin is a summoner whose conjuring attempts go wrong. Even so, he dreams of defeating a dragon. When Robin summons a mysterious prince, he's coerced into going to an abandoned castle where a dragon lives. Can they face the challenge of a legendary beast?

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May 30, 2024

Love on a Whim by Suzanne Woods Fisher ~ a Review

by Susan Roberts


Book Three in the Cape Cod Creamery series takes us back to Cape Cod in the middle of summer heat and 4th of July celebrations.  It took me a few pages to remember who was married to who and what their professions but this book would be fine to read as a standalone.

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May 29, 2024

The Last Murder at the End of the World by Stuart Turton ~ an Audiobook Review

by Donna Huber


The world has been consumed by a fog - all but a single island where life is idyllic. One hundred and twenty-two villagers and three scientists, living in peaceful harmony. The villagers are content to fish, farm and feast, to obey their nightly curfew, to do what they're told by the scientists. Until they wake up one day with their memories wiped and the death of their leader. The death sets off a chain of reactions and the fog that has ringed the island is now encroaching. The villagers must solve the murder in order to save their island.

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May 28, 2024

The Ashen Tomb by Gillian Grant ~ a Review

by MK French


When the lost tomb of the Ashen Emperor is rediscovered, all the countries of Avedolon send representatives to claim the secrets and riches hidden inside. Three in particular are willing to do just about anything to get what they want and don't care who stands in their way. The Summoner is a resurrected princess with magic and a need for vengeance. The Weed is a killer posing as a knight. The Warder is a powerful magic user hoping to free himself and the Weed from their masters, with his sanity on the line. With multiple trials within the tomb and horrors awaiting the representatives, this trio bands together to survive. They have to survive not just the tomb, but the other factions and their own fears of betrayal.

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May 27, 2024

Serabelle: Where the Wealthy Come to Play by Tavi Taylor Black ~ a Review

by Susan Roberts


An island sheltered from modern progress. Strict lines between servants and masters. Will crossing them leave her fatally exposed?

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May 26, 2024

5 Books to Read for Memorial Day

by Donna Huber


Memorial Day in the United States marks the unofficial start of summer. Families and friends will gather for picnics, a day at the lake, or a trip to the beach. But Memorial Day is so much more than just a celebration of summer vacation. It is the day we honor and remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice in the name of Freedom. The list of books below are a mix of historical fiction, biographical fiction, nonfiction, biographies, and memoirs. It is a little heavy on WWII, but there is also a book featuring the Vietnam War and one set during the Korean War. 

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