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Author: Katrina Gormley

Where’d You Go, Bernadette (Semple)

Where’d You Go, Bernadette (Semple)

Bernadette Fox was a brilliant architect, but when things don’t quite go her way in L.A., she persuades her husband to take a job with Microsoft and moves her family to Seattle.  But Bernadette doesn’t really like Seattle, she doesn’t seem to really like much about life … she tries to avoid contact with people at all costs.  Bernadette dislikes dealing with people so much, that when their daughter Bee requests a family trip to Antarctica as a reward for…

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The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek (Richardson)

The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek (Richardson)

I loved this book!!  I never knew there were such a thing as “Blue people” and that many of them lived in the hills and hollows of the Kentucky mountains.  This novel gave me insight into the “Pack Horse Library Project of Kentucky” that provided reading material to the mountain people of Eastern Kentucky (I’m really glad I don’t have to ride a mule around to deliver books to our patrons 🙂 ), life in the mountains and how life…

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America’s First Daughter (Dray and Kamoie)

America’s First Daughter (Dray and Kamoie)

I really enjoyed this story of Martha “Patsy” Jefferson and subsequently Thomas Jefferson.  Patsy Jefferson spent her life devoted to being there for her father, even after she is grown and married.  This novel was written based off of the many many letters written between father and daughter, and the authors do include information at the end of the book explaining that they did from time to time take artist liberties and embellish, or recreate events, and that while the…

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The Alice Network (Quinn)

The Alice Network (Quinn)

Set just after WWII, this story of two women whose stories from different time periods (one from WWI and one from WWII), yet connected, was enjoyable.  This is not a “clean read” … but an enjoyable story none-the-less. Title: The Alice Network Author: Kate Quinn Genre: Historical Fiction Publisher: William Morrow Release Date: June 7, 2017 Format: Trade paperback Pages: 532 1947. In the chaotic aftermath of World War II, American college girl Charlie St. Clair is pregnant, unmarried, and…

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Becoming Mrs. Lewis (Callahan)

Becoming Mrs. Lewis (Callahan)

A fictionalized account of the life and relationship of Joy Davidman and C.S. Lewis. This book starts at the beginning of Joy Davidman’s marriage to her first husband and chronicles her life, her friendship with and ultimate marriage to C.S. Lewis through her death. Title: Becoming Mrs. Lewis Author: Patti Callahan Publisher: Thomas Nelson Release Date: October 2, 2018 Format: Available in hardcover, trade paperback, audio, and ebook formats. Pages: 432 The love story of C. S. Lewis and his…

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A Bound Heart (Frantz)

A Bound Heart (Frantz)

An interesting story, set in locations not overly common in Christian fiction … Scotland and Australia! I enjoyed this story, but there were times I thought to myself that the characters had things a little too easy for the situations they were in. Title: A Bound Heart Author: Laura Frantz Genre: Christian Fiction Publisher: Revell Release Date: January 2019 Format: Available in trade paperback, audio, and ebook. Pages: 418 Though Magnus MacLeish and Lark MacDougall grew up on the same…

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I, Eliza Hamilton (Susan Holloway Scott)

I, Eliza Hamilton (Susan Holloway Scott)

A great historical fiction novel, in which Eliza Hamilton tells of her life with, and love for Alexander Hamilton from the first time they met through his death.  When all is said and done, you feel like you got a history lesson in a most enjoyable way. I listened to this audio book through Hoopla! Title: I, Eliza Hamilton Author: Susan Holloway Scott Genre: Historical Fiction Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corporation Release Date: September 26, 2017 Format: Available in trade paperback,…

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Marilla of Green Gables (Sarah McCoy)

Marilla of Green Gables (Sarah McCoy)

I really enjoyed this novel telling the story of Marilla (and Matthew) as they grew up at Green Gables. I felt the author did a very nice job of telling a story that seemed to mesh nicely with the well-loved Anne of Green Gables series by L.M. Montgomery.  I appreciated that the author pulled in enough details from the original series to make it believable and didn’t try to change things about the story.  Reading this makes me want to…

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A Christmas by the Sea (Melody Carlson)

A Christmas by the Sea (Melody Carlson)

**Spoiler Alert** I’ve read other books by Ms. Carlson before and enjoyed them, but this one was a bit too unbelievable to make it truly enjoyable. This was a short book (only 4 hours, 30 minutes on audio) and perhaps this is the problem. If the author had written this as a full length novel and expanded things out, it probably would have worked. As is though, it’s just not believable. Wendy, a widowed, single mother, and her 12-year-old son…

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The Rosie Effect (Simsion)

The Rosie Effect (Simsion)

In this sequel to “The Rosie Project”, Don and Rosie are now married and living in New York …. and Rosie’s pregnant.  The funny story relates how Don prepares himself for becoming a father and must learn that he needs to be more than just a scientist in order to be a successful father and save his marriage.  An enjoyable story, but again, reader beware, contains adult language. Title: The Rosie Effect Series: Don Tillman Author: Graeme Simsion Genre: Literary…

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