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Author: Katrina Gormley

Amish Millionaire Series (Brunstetter/Brunstetter)

Amish Millionaire Series (Brunstetter/Brunstetter)

I feel like this series was a marketing ploy.  They could have easily (and better) told the story in one regular novel.  I feel like they were trying to force people to buy multiple books, and for someone like me trying to listen to them on Hoopla, it ate up an entire month’s of checkouts! I have decided I am not a fan of books written by Wanda AND her daughter-in-law Jean Brunstetter.  I really wonder if Jean isn’t doing…

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Julie (Marshall)

Julie (Marshall)

I enjoyed this story … if readers have read and enjoyed the author’s more popular title “Christy”, I think they will enjoy this one. Title: Julie Author: Catherine Marshall Genre: Historical Fiction Publisher: Zondervan Release Date: December 31, 2001 Format: Audiobook (Hoopla) Pages: 381 pages (14 hours, 43 minutes) Inspired like Christy, by Catherine Marshall’s own life, Julie explores the miracle of faith against a background of small-town America coming of age, with a story and a heroine who is…

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The Queen of the Tearling (Johansen)

The Queen of the Tearling (Johansen)

I enjoyed this story, although it is not for the faint of heart.  There are several scenes that include graphic violence and the language is at times rather foul.  The premise of the story is good and interesting though. Title: The Queen of the Tearling Series: Queen of the Tearling Author: Erika Johansen Genre: YA/Dystopian Publisher: Harper Release Date: July 8, 2014 Format: Audiobook (Overdrive) Pages: 448 pages (14 hours, 30 minutes) An untested young princess must claim her throne,…

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At Home in North Branch (Richardson)

At Home in North Branch (Richardson)

Recently, while at a wedding reception, I got to chatting with  a fellow book lover and in the course of the conversation I mentioned that I was a “transplant” to this area.  I’m originally from a small town in the thumb called North Branch (Lapeer County).  Imagine my surprise when she said not only that she knew where that was (most people think they know, but they really know where West Branch is, which amusingly, is north of North Branch),…

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The Girl Who Wrote in Silk (Estes)

The Girl Who Wrote in Silk (Estes)

I really enjoyed this book … another novel told with two main characters in two different time periods but connected in some way. This book also really made me think about how as a country, we have many examples of discrimination in our history … more than many of us realize, or want to admit.  We always tout ourselves as being a welcoming country, a melting pot, but that hasn’t been/isn’t always the case. I had never heard of the…

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The Beach at Painter’s Cove (Noble)

The Beach at Painter’s Cove (Noble)

Issy is called home by her 7? 8? year old niece whom she barely knows, when her grandmother takes a fall and ends up in the hospital.  What she finds when she gets home is a mansion that’s falling apart and a family that’s also falling apart.  Although she is a successful museum exhibit designer, Issy knows she has to stay and help repair not only her family, but work to keep the family home, a well known artists haven…

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The Promise Girls (Bostwick)

The Promise Girls (Bostwick)

Some authors have a way of grabbing you from the very first sentence … and Marie Bostwick is one of those authors. I really enjoyed this book.  CRDL does not currently own a copy of this title, but it can be obtained through MeLCat.  I would recommend this book  — this author really, for anyone who enjoys Debbie Macomber, Elin Hilderbrand, Kristin Hannah or Jane Green. Title: The Promise Girls Author: Marie Bostwick Genre: General Fiction Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corporation…

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A Worthy Pursuit (Witemeyer)

A Worthy Pursuit (Witemeyer)

Karen Witemeyer has yet to write a book I didn’t love! So, what do you do when what you thought, or were led to believe is not the truth?  This is the situation Stone Hammond, “the best tracker in Texas” finds himself in.  The story of Stone Hammond and Charlotte “Lottie” Atherton was a fun one, with some action and adventure mixed in with the characters learning to trust and love.  I definitely recommend this book to anyone who has…

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Mrs. Pringle of Fairacre (Read)

Mrs. Pringle of Fairacre (Read)

I don’t even know how to describe this book …. there really wasn’t a plot, just a woman talking about and sharing anecdotes about Mrs. Fairacre, through the eyes of others in the village, yet found myself enjoying it. Title: Mrs. Pringle of Fairacre Series: Fairacre #17 Author: Miss Read Genre: Fiction Publisher: Mariner Release Date: 1989 Format: eAudio (Hoopla) Through the eyes of many Fairacre friends, we trace Mrs. Pringle’s life and her stormy standing as the redoubtable cleaner…

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A Man Called Ove (Backman)

A Man Called Ove (Backman)

I LOVED this book …. this story about a crotchety old man had me at times laughing out loud and smiling to myself, but at the end had me in tears.  This is one of those books that I’m not sure I would enjoy quite so much in print.  I really felt as though the narrator was making the book even better than it already was!  You can find it on both  Hoopla and Overdrive  if you are interested in…

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