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The Lighthouse Keeper’s Daughter (Skomal)

The Lighthouse Keeper’s Daughter (Skomal)

Yes, I read two books, back-to-back with the same exact title … This was a very interesting book about a real woman lighthouse keeper in Newport, Rhode Island in the 1800’s. There were times when the book felt redundant, and times when it felt like it went off on a tangent unrelated to Ida Lewis, but overall, still interesting. Title: The Lighthouse Keeper's Daughter Author: Lenore Skomal Genre: Nonfiction Publisher: Globe Pequot Release Date: June 15, 2010 Format: Trade paperback,…

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The Thief of Lanwyn Manor (Sarah E. Ladd)

The Thief of Lanwyn Manor (Sarah E. Ladd)

I really enjoyed this story, with just enough mystery to keep the reader wondering who was behind all the strange things that were happening, but also with enough clues that, although you couldn’t be sure certain persons were the culprit, you were pretty sure they were at least involved, and just a dash of romance! I had read the first book in this series, but when I started this book I did not realize this was part of a series….

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Hope on the Inside (Bostwick)

Hope on the Inside (Bostwick)

I generally love Marie Bostwick’s books … I liked this one, but didn’t LOVE it. Although not Christian Fiction, I would generally characterize Bostwick’s books as being “clean reads” …. this one fell just short of being able to call it that, which seemed uncharacteristic for her. The story line was good, and I overall, I did enjoy it … just not as much as her other titles. Title: Hope on the Inside Author: Marie Bostwick Genre: General Fiction Publisher:…

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The Giver of Stars (Moyes)

The Giver of Stars (Moyes)

I really liked this book … but I think overall, I liked “The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek” a tad bit better. I know there is some controversy surrounding this title, and whether or not the idea(s) were plagiarized — it’s hard to tell. There are some similarities. I feel like this book focused more on the lives of the characters and only glossed over the pack horse librarian project. “The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek” also went pretty in…

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The Whispers of War (Julia Kelly)

The Whispers of War (Julia Kelly)

I loved this book … If you enjoy historical fiction, I believe you will enjoy this book. The audio (available on CD and through Overdrive/Libby) was excellent! In August of 1939, as Britain watches the headlines in fear of another devastating war with Germany, three childhood friends must choose between friendship or country. Erstwhile socialite Nora is determined to find her place in the Home Office’s Air Raid Precautions Department, matchmaker Hazel tries to mask two closely guarded secrets with…

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Be Careful What You Wish For (Jeffrey Archer)

Be Careful What You Wish For (Jeffrey Archer)

Book 4 of the Clifton Chronicles picks up right where book 3 left off … sadly I read book 3 in 2016. Why did I not continue with the series then, I don’t know, and I wish I had as, although the characters are all familiar to me, I can’t really remember their stories and entirely how we got to where we are now. This series follows the Barrington/Clifton families.  Emma {Barrington} Clifton is the head of her family’s large…

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2019 Christy Awards Announced

2019 Christy Awards Announced

The Christy Awards are given each year to Christian fiction novels to honor “novels of excellence, imagination, and creativity.”  The award has been given since 1999, and is named for Catherine Marshall’s novel, Christy.  This year’s finalists were announced on November 6, and they are: Book of the Year Becoming Mrs. Lewis by Patti Callahan Available at CRDL in print and eBook     Contemporary Romance Falling for You by Becky Wade Available at CRDL in print and eBook.  …

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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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