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11 04, 2017

Review: The Orphan’s Tale by Pam Jenoff

By | April 11th, 2017|Categories: Genre Fiction, Historical, Literary, Literature & Fiction, War|Tags: , , , , |4 Comments

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orphan's tale book coverReviewed by Savannah Sawyer

The Orphan’s Tale by Pam Jenoff was life changing in a way that I’ve never experienced with any other book. I picked up this novel thinking it was simply an account of a girl who snatched an infant from a train cart destined for doom on a terribly freezing night. Instead, Jenoff gifted me the privilege of following Noa on her journey and witnessing her transformation from a timid young girl to a resilient and self-assured aerialist.

Noa was kicked out of her home mercilessly by her father after spending a long night under the sheets and becoming pregnant with a German man at the fresh age of fifteen. She sought refuge at a home for pregnant, vagrant women, planning to give up her baby the moment it was born. Noa gave birth shortly after arriving, and bonded with her baby before having him snatched away and more than likely sent to imminent death since he wasn’t the Aryan baby that most favored in Nazi-Germany. After giving birth, Noa became truly homeless.

11 04, 2017

Review: Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris

By | April 11th, 2017|Categories: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense|Tags: , , |7 Comments

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behind closed doors book coverReviewed by Bethany Kelly

In Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris, the reader comes face-to-face with the age old question of whether or not the grass is greener on the other side of the fence.

Everyone knows that couple that seems to have the perfect marriage, right? That’s what Jack and Grace seem to have. Jack is charismatic and handsome. He always seems to know what to say to put everyone at ease. And Grace…well, she is the perfect wife. She has the perfect figure and knows how to do everything a good wife should know how to do. She is a fantastic cook, an amazing gardener, has an immaculately clean home, and dotes on her disabled younger sister.

10 04, 2017

Review: Border Child by Michel Stone

By | April 10th, 2017|Categories: Family Life, Genre Fiction, Literary, Literature & Fiction|Tags: , , |2 Comments

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border child book coverReviewed by Stacie Nielsen Bortel

Border Child (follow-up to The Iguana Tree) begins with Lilia and Hector back in Mexico, three years after their deportation. The young couple is dealing with the aftermath of the loss of Alejandra, their daughter, who was taken by a stranger at the border. Losing a child is every parent’s worst fear, and Lilia and Hector have the added agony of blaming themselves – and each other – for losing her. To make matters worse, there is the torture of not knowing if she is still alive. Although Lilia has since given birth to a healthy boy and is pregnant with their third child, she is consumed with grief and guilt over losing Alejandra, and their marriage is suffering the consequences.

9 04, 2017

Review: The Secret Language of Women by Nina Romano

By | April 9th, 2017|Categories: Genre Fiction, Historical, Literature & Fiction, Romance, Series|Tags: , , |3 Comments

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secret language of women book coverReviewed by Lauren Cannavino

The Secret Language of Women is a novel full of love, beauty, intrigue and deception. Zhou Bin Lian is different from her peers. Born to a Chinese mother and a Swiss father, Lian has striking green eyes that make her a bit of an anomaly in China in the 1800s. Lian also assists her father, a doctor, with his practice and is a skilled healer. When her father is called to treat an Italian diplomat who has fallen ill, Lian meets a handsome Italian sailor and her life will never be the same. After meeting Giacomo, Lian’s life fills with light, even though it ultimately is short-lived and the connection that the two share is enjoyable to witness/watch unfurl.

7 04, 2017

Review: A Bridge Across the Ocean by Susan Meissner

By | April 7th, 2017|Categories: Contemporary, Genre Fiction, Historical, Literary, Literature & Fiction, Women's Fiction|Tags: , , |5 Comments

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a bridge across the ocean book coverReviewed by Charity Lyman

Have you ever started a book and found yourself unsure of where the author was going to take you? Well, that is where I began my journey through A Bridge Across the Ocean by Susan Meissner. I entered a world of ghosts, intrigue and ethereal people. Believe me, I don’t think I will be the same after reading this book.

The plot bounces back and forth between many different time periods, including present day California, and 1940s Boston, England and France. There are many characters who are a part of the tale, but all are connected in some manner or another. Even if only by the fact that they can see ghosts, or people from other dimensions.

6 04, 2017

Review: My Not So Perfect Life by Sophia Kinsella

By | April 6th, 2017|Categories: Comedy, Literature & Fiction, Romance, Women's Fiction|Tags: , , , |6 Comments

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my not so perfect life book coverReviewed by Meg Massey

Small-town girl Katie Brenner is struggling to make it on her own in London, living in a tiny apartment with strange roommates and struggling to make ends meet. She can’t help but envy her beautiful and put-together boss, Demeter Farlowe. Demeter seems to have it all–the great job, the perfect family and the most beautiful home and clothing. Katie works hard to prove herself to her office mates and to Demeter, and is devastated when Demeter suddenly fires her.

Coincidentally, Katie’s father and stepmother ask for her help in establishing their new glamping vacation business at their farm in Somerset. While Katie dreams of finding a new job, at the moment, she’s desperate to get away from the city and her troubles there.

2 04, 2017

Review: A Second Daniel by Neal Roberts

By | April 2nd, 2017|Categories: Literature & Fiction|Tags: , , , , |2 Comments

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a second daniel book coverReviewed by Kelly Ferjutz

If you have an interest in political intrigue/turmoil in the last decade of the 1500s in London – especially the factions of Essex and Cecil — you should enjoy A Second Daniel. Unfortunately, it’s not exactly my cup of tea, and I can’t say with any certainty that I know more now than I did previously. Although it’s quite well-written, there is really little sense of place and/or time.  You could easily imagine yourself watching a Shakespearean epic on stage at a theater near you. This week or next. You know – costume drama?

There’s little by way of description, which goes a long way toward establishing time and place. The presence of horses does not necessarily a historical novel make. And this is a fairly straightforward novel.

1 04, 2017

Review: Lucky Boy by Shanthi Sekaran

By | April 1st, 2017|Categories: Family Life, Genre Fiction, Literary, Literature & Fiction, Women's Fiction|Tags: , , |6 Comments

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lucky boy book coverReviewed by Jessa Larsen

Solimar Castro-Valdez is eighteen years old and has the red, white, and blue stars in her eyes of the hope life in American has to offer her. Her father pays dearly to allow her passage on the potentially perilous journey across the Mexican border and into Berkeley, California. Soli finds both love and hardship along the way and eventually arrives at her cousin’s home. Unbeknownst at the time, and completely off the charted path, Soli discovers that she is pregnant and realizes that her son, Ignacio, can anchor her in this new land, giving her an identity and purpose in an otherwise invisible and aimless life.

31 03, 2017

Review: While the Duke Was Sleeping by Sophie Jordan

By | March 31st, 2017|Categories: Genre Fiction, Historical, Literature & Fiction, Romance|Tags: , |2 Comments

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while the duke was sleeping book coverReviewed by Bethany Kelly

What happens when you save the man whom you’ve only ever admired from afar from certain death and then subsequently get mistaken for his fiancé? Flower shop girl Poppy Fairchild experiences this firsthand in While the Duke Was Sleeping by Sophie Jordan.

Poppy has had a schoolgirl crush on the Duke of Autenberry since he first began coming into the flower shop. Aside from the occasion polite nod or order, he hardly even pays her any attention. However, when she saves him from getting hit by a carriage, and then gets saved by his brother, Struan Mackenzie, things quickly change. She may have saved him from certain death, but the Duke is still in a coma, and when her mutterings about being destined to marry him are heard by a member of his staff, things get complicated.

28 03, 2017

Blog Tour: Finding Our Forever by Brenda Novak

By | March 28th, 2017|Categories: Giveaways, Literature & Fiction, Romance|Tags: |5 Comments

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finding our forever book coverPlease join Brenda Novak, author of Finding Our Forever, as she tours the blogosphere with TLC Book Tours

Enter to win a $25 gift card below!

Reviewed by Bethany Kelly

If you had the chance to get to know your birth mother without her knowing who you really were, would you take it? Cora Kelly decides to take that chance in Finding Our Forever, the first book in the Silver Springs series written by Brenda Novak.

Cora has finally figured out who her birth mother is–Aiyana, the owner of the New Horizons Boys Ranch, a school for troubled teens. Along with this piece of information, she has also discovered that the ranch is looking for a new art teacher.