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February 23, 2024

The Resort by Sara Ochs ~ a Review

by Donna Huber


Welcome to paradise. We hope you survive your stay...

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February 22, 2024

We Must Not Think of Ourselves by Lauren Grodstein ~ a Review

by Susan Roberts


A heart-wrenching story of love and defiance set in the Warsaw Ghetto, based on the actual archives kept by those determined to have their stories survive World War II.

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February 21, 2024

A Yellow House in the Mountains by Glenn Hileman ~ A Review

by Susan Roberts


A Yellow House in the Mountains
is a story of overcoming adversity. Lyle and Marylin lean on each other to build a legacy never to be forgotten. Challenges come early and often, yet, their determination and faith push them forward in pursuing their dreams.

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February 20, 2024

3 Novels of Crime Fiction to Satisfy Your Inner Detective

by MK French


Do you love a mystery, a thriller or a suspense novel? Crime fiction has quite the draw to it as we seek justice for the characters as we play armchair detective.

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February 19, 2024

2 Mysteries to Cozy Up With

by Donna Huber


When I want a light read I usually turn to cozy mysteries. I read all sorts: culinary, library/bookstore, paranormal, etc. I also try a lot of new-to-me series sometimes there are only a few books in the series when I discover it and other times there are a whole bunch. Recently I read two cozy mysteries - one is book 3 in the series and the other is book 26 in its series.

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February 18, 2024

Dance of Stars and Ashes by Nisha Tuli ~ a Review

by MK French


When she arrived in Dharati, Zarya discovered her true power with magic and fighting skills and discovered that the mysterious stranger in her dreams was named Rabin. Now she knows he's a warrior prince, but he's also arrogant and irritating, with dangerous secrets of his own. She wants nothing to do with him, and would rather help her friends complete a ceremony to protect the city. Her mind is fixed on saving her home and finding the origin of her magic. Every step she takes brings her back to Rabin. Is it an enchantment or desire?

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February 17, 2024

The Memory of Lavender and Sage by Aimie K. Runyan ~ A Review

by Susan Roberts
 

Tempèsta is a New York food critic with an unhappy family life.  Her French-born mother died when she was 13 and she doesn't feel accepted by the rest of her family who own a huge Foundation.  Her father and his mother always preferred her brother Wal and made no secret of the fact that they felt like she was too much like her mother for her to be a real part of such a prestigious family.  When her father died, his entire estate is left to her brother - no surprise there - and it made her want to make some changes in her life.  She has a bit of money that was left to her by her mother so sight unseen she buys the house where her mother was born in Sainte-Colombe, a small village in Provence.  When she arrives at the house she questions her decision to buy the run-down and cluttered house where no one had lived for years.  A local builder assures her that the house has good bones and that it will be magnificent when it's cleaned out and updated.  She's also surprised at some of the negative feelings from the local residents who seem to be harboring bad feelings and memories about her mother.  

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February 16, 2024

The Warm Hands of Ghosts by Katherine Arden ~ a Review

by MK French


Laura Iven was wounded and discharged from the medical corps, but as far as she knew in January 1918, her brother was still fighting in the Great War. She receives word of his death, but it doesn't make sense. Laura returns to Belgium as a volunteer at a private hospital, and hears about haunted trenches and a strange hotelier. She hopes to find out what really happened to her brother. In November 1917, Freddie Iven woke along with a wounded German soldier named Hans Winter in an overturned pillbox. The two formed an alliance to escape the pillbox, and neither wanted to kill again. They take refuge with a mysterious man with the power to make the war disappear.

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February 15, 2024

The Rumor Game by Thomas Mullen ~ a Review

by Donna Huber


A determined reporter and a reluctant FBI agent face off against fascist elements in World War II-era Boston.

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February 14, 2024

2 Fun Romance Novels to Read This Month

by MK French


Happy Valentine's Day! If you are looking to spend the holiday finding love in the pages of a good book, I've got a couple of fun romance novels for you. One you can start reading today, the other you will have to wait until next week for.

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February 13, 2024

The Framed Women of Ardemore House by Brandy Schillace ~ a Review

by MK French


Jo Jones lost her job, her mother, and her marriage all within the space of one year, so she moves to an estate in North Yorkshire. She's not sure if people don't like her because she's autistic or from New York. When the moody town groundskeeper is found shot to death in the estate, she's the prime suspect. A family portrait vanishes, revealing a connection to the dead body and to Jo's family history. Jo works with a Welsh antiques dealer, the local detective, and the Irish innkeeper's wife, to clear her name and find the missing painting. Along the way she discovers secrets about the town and herself, and must solve the mystery before the killer strikes again.

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February 12, 2024

Two Different Books to Read for Black History Month

by Donna Huber


The typical books you probably think of to read for Black History Month are nonfiction books about history or social justice or biographies and memoirs. Yet, there is value in reading fiction as well. I recently read two novels that would perfect if you are looking for something a little different to read for Black History Month.

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February 11, 2024

The Frame-Up by Gwenda Bond ~ a Review

by MK French


Dani Poissant's mother is the world's most famous art thief, using magic to get the job done. As a teen, Dani turned her mother over to the FBI. Now an adult, Dani is approached for a job only her mother and the rest of the crew could pull off, and she hopes this can help her reconcile with her mother and the rest of the old gang. Even with magic, it's an impossible heist, especially when she's given just a week to do it and more stakes than she ever knew.

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February 10, 2024

Daughters of Green Mountain Gap by Teri M Brown ~ A Review

by Susan Roberts


An Appalachian granny woman. A daughter on a crusade. A granddaughter caught between the two.

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February 9, 2024

6 Fantasy Novels You Don't Want to Miss

by MK French


If you love reading fantasy novels then get out your list of books to read because you are going to want to add these to your list. 

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February 8, 2024

It's Library Lover's Month and I LOVE My Library

by Donna Huber


Libraries have always been a part of my life. Growing up we had books at home but regular trips to the library kept the supply fresh and introduced me to new favorites: new favorite authors, new favorite characters, new favorite genres, new favorite formats. A trip to the library was like traveling to a new land - one full of new discoveries.

February 7, 2024

The Little Liar by Mitch Albom ~ A Review

by Susan Roberts
 

A powerful novel of hope and forgiveness that moves from a coastal Greek city during WWII to America in the golden age of Hollywood, as the intertwined lives of three young survivors are forever changed by the perils of deception and the grace of redemption.

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February 6, 2024

When Grumpy Met Sunshine by Charlotte Stein ~ a Review

by MK French


Grumpy ex-footballer Alfie Harding is convinced to sell his memoirs, but he knows he can't write it himself. He hates revealing anything or dealing with emotions, so he meets curvy and cheerful ghostwriter Mabel Willicker. She tends to sass her way into getting those details out of Alfie, and the banter is mistaken for a budding romance. This makes for great publicity, but it soon feels like a very real slow-burn romance.

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February 5, 2024

Reading a Second Book by Favorite Authors

by Donna Huber


After reading a phenomenal novel by an author the expectations for the next novel by that author is set pretty high. I recently read three books by authors who I've only read one book before - a book I loved. Did the second book live up to my expections?

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February 4, 2024

The Women by Kristin Hannah ~ A Review

by Susan Roberts


The missing. The forgotten. The brave… The women.

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February 3, 2024

The Woman Who Lowered the Boom by David Handler ~ a Review

by Donna Huber


Stewart “Hoagy” Hoag is walking on cloud nine after a meeting with his editor, Norma Fives, where she predicts his new book is sure to establish him as the next great American author. It has been years since he has even dreamed of such success after a crippling case of writer’s block limited his literary aspirations to ghostwriting celebrity memoirs. But his happiness is short-lived when at his next meeting with Norma she asks for his help in discovering who is behind a series of increasingly threatening letters sent to her attention.

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February 2, 2024

2 Suspense Novels You Will Want to Read

by Susan Roberts


My sister mentioned Kiersten Modglin as one of her favorites so I read her two most recent books.  I really enjoyed them (thanks sis) and plan to read more of her backlist.

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February 1, 2024

Falls the Darkness by Mark N. Drake ~ a Review

by MK French


Josine and Jack are still working as investigators a year after their shattering losses. Charles Deverby hires the two to find an employee that went missing on Darkisle in the middle of a dig for thunderstones. The locals were unhappy with the job, and Jack is afraid there's more to the disappearance than anyone is willing to admit.

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January 31, 2024

Two Books by Male Authors

by Susan Roberts


I don't seem to read many books by male authors but I read two in a row last month -- one had wonderful and believable main characters that I loved and the other had main characters who I felt were shallow and very unlikable.  Here are reviews of both books.

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January 30, 2024

Come Together: The Science (and Art!) of Creating Lasting Sexual Connections by Emily Nagoski, Ph.D. ~ a Review

by MK French


After researching women's sexuality, Dr. Nagoski has moved on to evaluate the role of sex in long-term relationships. There are many myths regarding desire over the course of relationships, the obstacles that are inevitable, and that enjoyment lessens over time. This is not actually true, and this book points out ways to overcome the destructive myths that are perpetuated.

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January 29, 2024

For Roger by Laura Drake ~ a Review

by Susan Roberts


A story of love, truth, and family that shines a light on the shadow between justice and mercy.

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January 28, 2024

A Quantum Love Story by Mike Chen ~ a Review

by MK French


Carter Cho is a technician at a particle accelerator when it explodes, striking him with a green energy and sending him back four days in time. Stuck in an endless loop with no consequences, he eventually manages to bring Mariana Pineda in with him. Together they must figure out how to break the loop. As they spend time together, they eat the best food that San Francisco has to offer and work through grief, unfulfilling jobs, family, and confronting difficult pasts. They grow close, but breaking the loop might mean giving up the connection between them.

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January 27, 2024

GOODBYE 2023.....WELCOME 2024

by Susan Roberts


I'm finally getting around to taking a look at my 2023 reading and I give you a peek at what books I'm looking forward to this year.

January 26, 2024

Hero by Thomas Perry ~ a Review

by Donna Huber


A private security agent finds that being branded as the City of Angels’ latest hero could also make her its next victim.…

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January 25, 2024

Find Love With These 2 Romance Novels

by Donna Huber


I don't read a lot of romance novels these days but in my early days of review I did enjoy reading rom-coms and I tried out some of the books in the new genre New Adult. In my early days of reviewing, I also had trouble knowing how many books I could read and so I still have a few books from those early days. Now that my library offers Hoopla I have access to some of these books as audiobooks. Here are two romance novels I've recently listened to.

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January 24, 2024

Mercury by Amy Jo Burns ~ A Review

by Susan Roberts


A roofing family’s bonds of loyalty are tested when they uncover a long-hidden secret at the heart of their blue-collar town.

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January 23, 2024

When the Jessamine Grows by Donna Everhart ~ A Review

by Susan Roberts


An evocative, morally complex novel set in rural 19th-century North Carolina, as one woman fights to keep her family united, her farm running, and her convictions whole during the most devastating and divisive period in American history.

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January 22, 2024

It Takes a Rake by Anna Bennett ~ a Review

by MK French


Miss Kitty Beckett has always found trouble as a girl, but now she's an heiress with the skill of an architect. She doesn't plan on getting tricked into marriage, and plans to win Bellehaven Bay's first architectural design contest. Leo Lockland was an apprentice architect along with Kitty and always had a crush on her. Now back home after a few years in London, he must pretend to be a rake. He takes to the role a little too well, putting Kitty's plans in jeopardy.

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January 21, 2024

A Body at the Séance by Marty Wingate ~ a Review

by Donna Huber


When a body turns up at a glamorous séance, Mabel Canning’s sleuthing skills are put to the test. Because it appears the victim died twice…

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January 20, 2024

True North by Andrew J. Graff ~ A Review

by Susan Roberts
 

A heartfelt novel of marriage and whitewater rafting, following one couple as they navigate the changing currents of family, community, and the river itself.

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January 19, 2024

2 Fun Mysteries with Great Characters

by Donna Huber


I love cozy mysteries. And it's not just because they are fun reads with great characters. I like the variety within the genre. There are historical cozies and culinary cozies and paranormal cozies and about a gazillion others. Do you have a preferred type of cozy mystery? 

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January 18, 2024

A Festive Christmas Series by Kimberly Thomas

by Susan Roberts


Kimberly has brought her readers a new Christmas trilogy full of family and romance, forgiveness and absolution...but most of all the spirit of love that exists at Christmas. So pick up this series if you want to keep Christmas going. Kindle Unlimited subscribers can read the trilogy for free.

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January 17, 2024

Diva by Daisy Goodwin ~ a Review

by Susan Roberts


New York Times bestselling author Daisy Goodwin returns with a story of the scandalous love affair between the most celebrated opera singer of all time and one of the richest men in the world.

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January 16, 2024

Firetrap by Otho Eskin ~ a Review

by Donna Huber


A dangerous drug is spreading through Washington, D.C.—can Marko Zorn take down the company behind it? 

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January 15, 2024

3 Books to Read for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

by Donna Huber


In the U.S. today we celebrate the life of civil rights activist Martin Luther King, Jr. He was born on January 15, 1929, in Atlanta, Georgia.  As you may know, I live in Georgia and have visited The King Center and Ebenezer Baptist Church where he was a pastor. MLK, Jr was assassinated on April 4, 1968, in Memphis, TN. He is probably most well-known for his "I Have a Dream" speech that he gave as a keynote address at the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom in 1963. When I was growing up, a television movie played every year and included the speech. I don't remember it well and I would like to watch it again. I'm sure it's available online but I had no luck finding it - if you also remember watching it and remember the title or anything other information please leave a comment.

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January 14, 2024

The Divine Proverb of Streusel by Sara Brunsvold ~ A Review

by Susan Roberts


"Cooking has a magic to it.  The taking of opposing raw things and step by step shaping them into something new and unified.  Discordance is chopped, sautéed, and stirred away until a melodious creation simmers in the pan," (p155)

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January 13, 2024

A Place for Vanishing by Ann Fraistat ~ a Review

by MK French


Newly diagnosed as bipolar, Libby and her family move into a new home as a fresh start. The house is teeming with bugs and there are rumors about disappearances tied to the house stretching back over a century. Libby's mother won't pay attention to anything derailing the family's new start in town, but Libby plans to. There are secrets in the house, and she's sure the bug-shaped masks scattered throughout the property are the answer. People always wear masks, after all, but if Libby keeps hers on too long, she might lose herself.

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January 12, 2024

2 New Books about Strong Women During WWII

by Susan Roberts


In the genre of historical fiction, 2023 ended strong and 2024 is already showing it will be another great year of historical fiction. If you are a fan of World War II fiction, then make sure these books are on your reading list.

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January 11, 2024

Emily Wilde's Map of the Otherlands by Heather Fawcett ~ a Review

by MK French


Emily Wilde learned a lot when putting together her famous encyclopedia, including from her infuriating rival and possible love interest Wendell Brambleby. He’s an exiled faerie king on the run and in search of a door back to his realm. Emily’s not ready to accept his proposal and instead focuses on creating a map of the realms of faerie. Assassins after Brambleby invade Cambridge, so the two are off to the Austrian Alps, where Emily believes they may find the door to faerie and the key to freeing him from his family’s dark plans.

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January 10, 2024

Split by Alida Bremer ~ a Review

by Donna Huber


It’s 1936. The seaside-resort village of Split on the Adriatic coast bustles. The tourist spots are booming, passenger steamers dot the harbor, and Jewish émigrés have found tenuous refuge from persecution. But as war in Europe looms, Split is also a nest of spies, fascists, and smugglers—and now, a locale suspiciously scouted by a German Reich film crew. Then one summer morning it becomes the scene of a murder investigation when a corpse is found entangled in fishing nets in the port.

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January 9, 2024

Principles of Emotion by Sara Read ~ a Review

by MK French


Math prodigy Dr. Meg Brightwood solved the Impossible Theorem. She's been a recluse and plagued with anxiety for years and was dismissed by academia. The field is sexist and often full of plagiarism, so Meg plans to publicly prove that she solved it. When a panic attack derails her plans, she locks away her proof. Carpenter Isaac Wells is on the run and once was the love of Meg’s life. While they reconnect, Meg's answer to the Impossible Theorem is missing. Proving her authorship will test her as well as the burgeoning relationship.

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January 8, 2024

The Road Away from God by Jonathan Martin ~ a Review

by Donna Huber


It's no easy journey disentangling the good news of the gospel from the toxic theologies that have rendered Jesus unrecognizable. It's no wonder the church has sent many walking. 

In The Road Away from God, Jonathan Martin reimagines Luke's story of two disillusioned disciples walking the Emmaus road away from the holy city where they had watched their hope die a gruesome death right before their eyes.

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January 7, 2024

The Four Pillars by H.M. Long ~ a Series Review

by MK French


Do love binge-reading a series in the run-up to a new release? If so, or if you haven't read this series yet, now is the time to get started as the fourth book comes out in a little over a week.

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January 6, 2024

Meet Me Under the Mistletoe by Jenny Bayliss ~ a Review

by Donna Huber


Elinor Noel—Nory for short—is quite content running her secondhand bookshop in London. Forever torn between her working-class upbringing and her classmates’ extravagant lifestyles at the posh private school she attended on scholarship, Nory has finally figured out how to keep both at equal distance. So when two of her oldest friends invite their whole gang to spend the time leading up to their wedding together at the castle near their old school, Nory must prepare herself for an emotionally complicated few days.

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January 5, 2024

The Djinn Waits a Hundred Years by Shubnum Khan ~ a Review

by MK French


Once a grand estate off the coast of South Africa, Akbar Manzil is a derelict estate that now serves as a boarding house for misfits. Sana and her father are among the latest tenants, but she doesn't ignore the oddities of the house or the locked door at the end of the East Wing. Inside is a preserved bedroom where Meena, the original owner's second wife, had died a hundred years before. Unknown to Sana, a grieving djinn is also in the room. She's obsessed with Meena's story, and the djinn had loved her. Now the djinn follows Sana as she dredges up old secrets, unknowingly setting into motion events that will change the lives of all the current residents.

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