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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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The Rosie Project (Simsion)

The Rosie Project (Simsion)

Don Tillman is a genetics professor … who is also has Asperger’s … yet he doesn’t seem to know that.  Professor Tillman has decided he wants to get married, so he begins “The Wife Project”.  He constructs a very thorough questionnaire to screen potential candidates, and when he first meets Rosie  he immediately decides she is not a suitable candidate, but over the course of the novel, he ends up realizing, she is actually the perfect candidate!  A fun story,…

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Longbourn (Baker)

Longbourn (Baker)

Longbourn by Jo Baker is a loose retelling of the story of Pride and Prejudice from the perspective of the servants, most notably, a kitchen maid named Sarah.  As a fan of Pride and Prejudice, I enjoyed this novel and think others would as well. Title: Longbourn Author: Jo Baker Genre: Literary Fiction Publisher: Knopf Release Date: October 8, 2013 Format: Availalbe in hardcover, trade paperback, and eBook Pages: 352 Find this title in the CRDL Catalog

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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Christian Fiction

Christian Fiction

Many people think Christian Fiction is a genre full of Amish stories and historical romances, but the genre has grown by leaps and bounds and is so much more.  The Christian Fiction genre includes something for just about everyone these days, it’s just a matter of matching up your tastes with the correct author.  Many authors who write in the Christian Fiction genre write in series, but there are also many books that stand alone, and many times books that…

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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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Masquerade (Moser)

Masquerade (Moser)

The ending and how each of the two main characters decided to live out their lives in America seemed rather abrupt and rushed, but overall a good story.  The author includes some extra information about some of the people, places and fashion at the end of the book that was rather interesting. Title: Masquerade Author: Nancy Moser Genre: Christian Fiction Publisher: Bethany House Publishers Release Date: August 1, 2010 Format: Trade paperback Pages: 400 1886, New York City: Charlotte Gleason,…

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