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Month: June 2016

The Sea Keeper’s Daughters (Wingate)

The Sea Keeper’s Daughters (Wingate)

I really enjoyed this book, although at first it took me a bit to get into the story. I think I was thrown off at the beginning by the fact that it switched back and forth between modern day and the Depression Era … for some reason I wasn’t expecting that.  Although this book is classified as Christian fiction, I think it would be enjoyed by anyone as there isn’t really anything “religious” about this book.  I’d classify this more…

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All The Light We Cannot See (Doerr)

All The Light We Cannot See (Doerr)

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr has been on the New York Times Best Seller List for 111 weeks and counting, has won numerous awards and has been featured on several of the book related podcasts I listen to, and each time a podcaster would talk about it, I’d feel like it was something I’d like to read.  I listened to the audio version of this novel, which was very well done, the narrator was easy to…

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Lilac Girls (Kelly)

Lilac Girls (Kelly)

Lilac Girls is a novel told in the first person by three different women who experience WWII in three different ways.  Caroline Ferriday, a socialite living in New York who volunteers her time at the French Consulate; Kasia Kuzmerick, a teenager in Poland who ends up in Ravensbruck, a German concentration camp; and Herta Oberheuser, a young German doctor at Ravensbruck.  The chapters in the novel alternate between the characters, telling the events of the war and what their lives…

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The Winner’s Curse

The Winner’s Curse

This book and series as a whole would not be what it is without the authors beautiful and lyrical writing. It has a tendency to draw you in and submerse you in the world of the Valorian and Herrani people. I became so wrapped up into Kestrel and Arin‘s characters that I felt actual anxiety when anything bad happened to either of them. Kestrel is easy to relate with, even though she is from a wealthy family, and you want Arin’s…

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The Nest (Sweeney)

The Nest (Sweeney)

The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney is a story about why you shouldn’t count your chickens before they hatch and the dysfunctional lives of four siblings who have been doing just that.  As their youngest sibling’s 40th birthday draws near, and they find out their mother used some of “The Nest” to get their oldest brother out of a jam, each of the Plumb siblings must face the scary reality that the inheritance (“The Nest”) they have been counting on…

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Light Summer Reading

Light Summer Reading

Wishing to read a story with mystery and a little lighthearted romance, I turned to one of my favorite authors, Jayne Ann Krentz, and her book Lost & Found.  It fit the bill and was an enjoyable read.  Cady Briggs has an eye for detecting forgeries in decorative arts and is free-lancing with a small business, Lost & Found, whose owner Mack Easton traces and recovers missing art.  Cady’s great aunt Vera dies with her business, Gallery Chatelaine, in the…

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Wild Wyoming and “The Virginian”

Wild Wyoming and “The Virginian”

On a recent trip to Wyoming, we had the pleasure of staying in Medicine Bow, Wyoming at The Virginian Hotel.  It was built in 1911 and was named after the famous novel, The Virginian by Owen Wister (we stayed in the Owen Wister suite!)  The novel was also the basis for the TV Series The Virginian from the 1960’s which starred James Drury and Doug McClure.  The novel is set in Wyoming and begins with a traveller getting off the…

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The Midwest is great, this book…not so much

The Midwest is great, this book…not so much

I read this book on glowing recommendation. To each his own. This book takes the reader on a journey through the life of the main character, Eva, from birth to a young woman in her twenties. Each chapter introduces a new character and how they fit into Eva’s life, usually along with a recipe that was fitting to the dialog. I found each chapter fairly interesting, but I felt the cohesion from one chapter to the next was lacking. I…

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