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There There – Tommy Orange

There There – Tommy Orange

I am still reeling from this read! I have never read anything quite like it before. This novel is told from multiple perspectives. A recovering alcoholic is dealing with her daughter’s death, an overweight college graduate is struggling to get a job, and a young man is teaching himself to dance by watching YouTube videos. These separate character stories on their own were very memorable and engaging. But, as the novel continues it becomes clear that there is more to the…

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This Could Change Everything (Jill Mansell)

This Could Change Everything (Jill Mansell)

A fun, lighthearted read.  Each of the characters at some point in the book realizes how one event or action can (and in these cases) does totally change the course of their lives.  I listened to the audio version available via Hoopla — the narrator was awesome! Title: This Could Change Everything Author: Jill Mansell Genre: Fiction Publisher: Headline Review (Audiobook published by Tantor Audio) Release Date: January 25, 2018 (Audiobook released June 5, 2018) Format: Available in hardcover, paperback,…

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The Library at the Edge of the World (Felicity Hayes-McCoy)

The Library at the Edge of the World (Felicity Hayes-McCoy)

This book was good, but not great. I for the most part enjoyed it, but not as much as I wanted too. Of course the title was what first drew me to this title, and then when I read some of the reviews and they said things like “reminiscent of Maeve Binchy” I thought I would love it …. I really like Maeve Binchy’s books. Aside from the fact that it was set in Ireland and Maeve Binchy was mentioned…

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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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