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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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A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms – George R.R. Martin

A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms – George R.R. Martin

If your a fan of Game of Thrones, either the HBO television show or the A Song Of Ice And Fire books that inspired it, you will really enjoy this companion series! 100 years before the events of the first A Song of Ice and Fire novel, we meet humble hedge knight, Dunk (Sir Duncan the Tall) and his sharp tongued Squire, Egg (Aegon V Targaryen). There are currently 3 short stories in this series that chronicle the adventures of Dunk…

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The Bad Seed – William March

The Bad Seed – William March

William March’s The Bad Seed is the perfect twisty thriller to curl up with this fall. It chronicles the story of Christine Penmark as she slowly realizes that her seemingly sweet little girl, Rhoda, is hiding very sinister and disturbing behavior. I loved this book much more than I expected to. It works perfectly in the time period it is set in. Christine is really trying to be the perfect 1950s housewife and Rhoda seems to channel the innocence and…

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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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Circe – Madeline Miller

Circe – Madeline Miller

In high school, when I was required to read Homer’s Odyssey, Circe was just one of the island goddesses whose name I could barely remember. But through this retelling she has become one of my favorite characters in Greek myth. For this story, Author Madeline Miller has woven together many of the different Greek myths involving Circe into one compelling story told from her perspective.  It was rather enchanting to be reading about a character who has the power, magic…

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There There – Tommy Orange

There There – Tommy Orange

I am still reeling from this read! I have never read anything quite like it before. This novel is told from multiple perspectives. A recovering alcoholic is dealing with her daughter’s death, an overweight college graduate is struggling to get a job, and a young man is teaching himself to dance by watching YouTube videos. These separate character stories on their own were very memorable and engaging. But, as the novel continues it becomes clear that there is more to the…

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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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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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