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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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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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