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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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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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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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The Book Thief – Markus Zusak

The Book Thief – Markus Zusak

In the time of Hitler and the Nazi Youth of Germany, Death is preparing itself. Within the next few years war will rage and many, many people will die. In the midst of preparing for the upcoming onslaught, Death finds itself caught up in the life of the Book Thief. Liesel Meminger, later officially earning the title of Book Thief, finds her first book on the same day that she sees her little brother die. Both of these events will…

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Shine Like the Dawn (Turansky)

Shine Like the Dawn (Turansky)

Margaret (Maggie) Lounsberry works at her grandmother’s millinery shop to help support her grandmother, herself and her younger sister Violet … the only family she has left after a tragic boating accident caused her mother, father and older sister to drown 4 years ago. Nathaniel (Nate) Harcourt, the son of William Harcourt, master at Morningside Manor, where Maggie’s father worked, was her best friend growing up, but when the tragic accident took place, Nate wasn’t there for her … and…

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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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The Storms of War (Williams)

The Storms of War (Williams)

The Storms of War is a historical fiction novel about the ways WWI affects one family — a German family who has lived in England for many years.  The story shows the war from several different family member’s perspectives who all experience it in different ways.  I gave this book three stars …  I liked it ok, but there were a couple of times I actually considered putting it down and not finishing it. Title: The Storms of War Author:…

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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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