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Beyond the Highland Mist

Beyond the Highland Mist

I had been suffering, as many people have, from “Droughtlander”, the emptiness created while waiting for Season 3 of Outlanders.  In desperation, I searched through the CRDL catalog looking for something to satisfy the longing to hear/read Scottish voices weaving stories of plaid, love, magic, lairds and warriors and came across a series by Karen Marie Moning called the “Highlander Romances”.  I checked out book one, Beyond the Highland Mist, and was treated to an engaging and steamy story of…

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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 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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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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The One Your Really Want (Mansell)

The One Your Really Want (Mansell)

This was a fun read (listen).  The audio book narrator had the most excellent British and Scottish accent making it even more enjoyable to listen to!  I would compare this author’s writing style to Liane Moriarty and Maeve Binchy, although their books tend to have more characters who’s lives intertwine, whereas, this book didn’t. I will be looking for more Jill Mansell books to listen to and read in the future. Title: The One You Really Want Author: Jill Mansell…

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The Miniaturist (Burton)

The Miniaturist (Burton)

The story of a young woman (Nella) in Amsterdam in the 1600’s struggling to find her place in her new life as wife of a prominent merchant trader, who doesn’t seem to be interested in being a true husband to her.  To give Nella something to occupy her time, he buys her a miniature house replicating their home.  Nella contacts a miniaturist to create pieces for the dollhouse, which seem to be able to foretell the future. This book was…

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Louisiana Saves the Library

Louisiana Saves the Library

Things aren’t going well for Louisiana (Louise) Richardson.  After her husband left her, she moved to Saint Jude, Louisiana with her children to work at the university as a Library Science professor.  As her life was just beginning to settle down, the university eliminated the Library Science department and everything is up in the air again.  But thanks to her flamboyant, fashion conscious friend Sylvia, both Louise and Sylvia land positions at the Alligator Bayou Parish’s struggling library.  The library is seriously stuck in…

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By Book or By Crook (Gates)

By Book or By Crook (Gates)

I enjoyed this cozy mystery.  There were a few parts of the story that were a little stretchy in terms of what I think could realistically happen but I could overlook them for the sake of the story.  For example: the library staff decide to start hosting talks about Jane Austen … first of all, working here in the library I have seen our programming team in action, and I know they spend months planning programs, it doesn’t happen over…

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