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9 08, 2016

Review & Giveaway: Along the Infinite Sea by Beatriz Williams

By | August 9th, 2016|Categories: Genre Fiction, Giveaways, Historical, Literature & Fiction, Romance, War|Tags: , , , |14 Comments

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Reviewed by Bethany Kelly

Along the Infinite Sea by Beatriz Williams is a wonderfully engaging novel set in two time periods and places: 1960s America and 1930s Europe. These two time periods focus on the stories of two women—Pepper and Annabelle—whose paths cross because of the sale of a vintage Mercedes.

Pepper is the type of woman who likes a good time. She loves to party and to flirt. She is both beautiful and intelligent and knows how to use it to her advantage. When she winds up pregnant with the child of a married Senator, she must figure out what it means to not only be a mother, but a single mother.

23 05, 2016

Blog Tour: The Secrets of Flight by Maggie Leffler

By | May 23rd, 2016|Categories: Genre Fiction, Historical, Literature & Fiction, War, Women's Fiction, World Literature|Tags: , , , |4 Comments

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secrets of flight book coverPlease join Maggie Leffler, author of The Secrets of Flight, as she tours the blogosphere with TLC Book Tours!

Reviewed by Kelly Ferjutz

It is the most wonderful surprise to select a book to read because you think it’s about one particular topic, only to discover that it’s also about several other topics, all of which happen to coincide with your own particular passions. Such is the case with this book for me.

Early flight is of interest to me as I have an interest in all things mechanical. A few years ago, a girlfriend from high school (more years ago than either of us wants to admit) asked me to help her write a book about her experiences. Kay had been a pilot, which came as an interesting surprise to me, as we’d lost touch through

17 04, 2016

Blog Tour & Giveaway: The Girl from the Paradise Ballroom by Alison Love

By | April 17th, 2016|Categories: Genre Fiction, Giveaways, Historical, Literature & Fiction, Romance, War|Tags: , , , |10 Comments

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the girl from the paradise ballroom book coverPlease join Alison Love, author of The Girl from the Paradise Ballroom, as she tours the blogosphere with TLC Book Tours

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Reviewed by Bethany Kelly

Do you believe in love at first sight? This is a question that is asked time and time again. Each person that you encounter and ask this to will either say yes or no, but will likely give you a different reason for whatever answer they gave. It will depend on the circumstances they are in at that point in their life, as well as the past experiences they have had. In The Girl from the Paradise Ballroom by Alison Love, the two main characters, Olivia and Antonio, would likely tell you that they do believe in love at first

2 02, 2016

Review: The Bone Labyrinth by James Rollins

By | February 2nd, 2016|Categories: Action & Adventure, Genre Fiction, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, War|Tags: , , , , |5 Comments

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bone labyrinth book coverReviewed by Caleb Shadis

The Bone Labyrinth is the 11th book in the Sigma Force series. These stories are all international thrillers where things have to be saved/fixed quickly before something bad happens. In this installment several people are kidnapped and no one really knows why; since they have connections to the U.S. government, Sigma is sent to find them.

There are twin sisters who are using a government grant to do research into the emergence of human intelligence. Their primary experiment was Baako, a young gorilla that they genetically altered to try and affect the intelligence of the subject from birth. At 3-years-old, he was already showing great signs of much higher intelligence than other gorillas. One of the theories the sisters had was that crossbreeding with other hominids in our past created a mixture of genes that allowed

23 11, 2015

Review: The Uninvited by Cat Winters

By | November 23rd, 2015|Categories: Genre Fiction, Ghosts, Historical, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, War|Tags: , , , , |3 Comments

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the uninvited book coverReviewed by Sarah Lelonek

The Uninvited by Cat Winters surprised me with its touch of history and haunting love story. Not quite being a young adult novel, but not quite being typical fiction, The Uninvited reaches an audience of 20-somethings, like me, who enjoy fiction without all the intense adult themes of say… 50 Shades of Grey.

Ivy Rowan is a 25-year-old sing woman who lives in a secluded world of illness, death, and war. Her brother, Billy, recently died serving the United States in WWI in France while the rest of the country falls ill to what will be known as the Spanish Influenza. But influenza is not the only thing ailing U.S. citizens; prejudice against the Germans has caused literal lynch mobs to form. Even Ivy’s own brother Peter and father have taken a German man’s life. On

18 10, 2015

Review: The Tsar of Love and Techno by Anthony Marra

By | October 18th, 2015|Categories: Genre Fiction, Literary, Literature & Fiction, Short Stories, War|Tags: , , |7 Comments

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tsar of love and techno book coverReviewed by Jax Kep

The history of Russia is told through separate, but interwoven stories in Anthony Marra’s exceptional The Tsar of Love and Techno. While expertly playing with narrative points of view, Marra crosses through time and moves the stories of several families through Russia’s volatile past. Each separate story (divided into “A” and “B” sides of a cassette mix tape with a longer story, or “Intermission” breaking them up) adds a little more to the vast, sweeping story, and careful readers will take note as to what happens to main characters in one story, who morph to ancillary characters in the next.

As Marra did in his excellent A Constellation of Vital Phenomena, the wars that have plagued Russia since the early twentieth century are told through the eyes of those living them – the horror, the hunger, the acceptance of cruel

25 08, 2015

Blog Tour: A Pattern of Lies by Charles Todd

By | August 25th, 2015|Categories: Genre Fiction, Historical, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, War|Tags: , , , |7 Comments

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a pattern of lies book coverPlease join the mother and son writing team, Charles Todd, as they tour the blogosphere with their new book, A Pattern of Lies!

Reviewed by Caleb Shadis

A Pattern of Lies is the seventh book in the Bess Crawford Mystery series and it does not disappoint. I continue to enjoy reading these mysteries and I learn a bit about the Great War each time.

Bess has just escorted some patients back to England and while waiting for a train to take her to London, meets an old patient who is recovering again from a new injury. Since it looks like the train may be late to never, he offers her a room for the night in the family home and a chance to take his mother’s mind off recent unpleasantness. Bess met his mother when he was wounded and

14 07, 2015

Review: At Water’s Edge by Sara Gruen

By | July 14th, 2015|Categories: Genre Fiction, Historical, Literary, Literature & Fiction, War|Tags: , , , |5 Comments

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at water's edge book coverReviewed by Jax Kepple

As a follow up to Water for Elephants, Sara Gruen goes across the pond during WWII for a very weird, uneven story about a selfish woman who somehow gets everything she ever wished for.

Maddie Hyde is a rich woman who is married to even richer Ellis. They live a Peter Pan lifestyle – drinking, partying and staying up late – in Philadelphia with Ellis’ best friend Hank (also rich). After an embarrassing drunken incident at a party, Ellis decides that he’s had it with the U.S. and wants to go on an expedition for the Loch Ness Monster in order to win back the respect of his father, who faked a discovery of the Nessie and was publicly ridiculed for it. So they all travel to Scotland. In the middle of WWII. When no one

28 06, 2015

Review: Be Safe, I Love You by Cara Hoffman

By | June 28th, 2015|Categories: Genre Fiction, Literary, Literature & Fiction, War, Women's Fiction|Tags: , , |2 Comments

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be safe i love you book coverReviewed by Benish Khan

Be Safe I Love You explores a tragedy as seen through a female soldier’s eyes. Before Lauren Clay enlisted she was a classically trained singer. By joining the army, Lauren was allowed to support and care for her family. Her choice, however, certainly cost her a lot in other ways.

When Lauren returns home for the holidays after a stint in Iraq, everyone knows that something is wrong. Lauren’s army psychologist keeps on calling as well. When Lauren takes her brother Danny on a trip to visit their mother upstate, she instead detours to the glacial woods of Canada. She has developed a strange obsession with the site of the oil field and as they set up camp in the woods, Lauren believes she is teaching Danny survival skills. She believes these skills will come in

22 05, 2015

Review: The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

By | May 22nd, 2015|Categories: Genre Fiction, Historical, Literary, Literature & Fiction, War, Women's Fiction|Tags: , , , |2 Comments

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The Nightingale book coverReviewed by Sarah McCubbin

As the Nazi regime moved across Europe, it claimed territory like a plague of locusts. Vibrant cities and towns became desolate wastelands as the people were stripped of their freedom, their productivity, their communities and often their lives. When this ruinous destruction came upon the country of France, the people were initially paralyzed by shock. But out of the rubble rose a resistance, a group of hidden fighters, willing to sacrifice everything to save the land they loved.

In her novel, The Nightingale, Kristin Hannah tells the story of one family’s fight for freedom in France during World War II. The onset of the story introduces an elderly woman whose health is deteriorating. As she moves into an assisted living and leaves her home behind, she insists that her son bring her old trunk along. Inside