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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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The Diviners (The Diviners #1)- Libba Bray

The Diviners (The Diviners #1)- Libba Bray

There is no greater power on this earth than story. The fact that it has taken me six years to read this is a complete travesty. I have read, re-read, and loved the Gemma Doyle trilogy so I KNEW that I would love these too whenever I got my lazy self around to reading them. I swear I picked this up a few different times over the years and I don’t even know what happened..maybe the size daunted me at those…

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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

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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Julie (Marshall)

Julie (Marshall)

I enjoyed this story … if readers have read and enjoyed the author’s more popular title “Christy”, I think they will enjoy this one. Title: Julie Author: Catherine Marshall Genre: Historical Fiction Publisher: Zondervan Release Date: December 31, 2001 Format: Audiobook (Hoopla) Pages: 381 pages (14 hours, 43 minutes) Inspired like Christy, by Catherine Marshall’s own life, Julie explores the miracle of faith against a background of small-town America coming of age, with a story and a heroine who is…

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At Home in North Branch (Richardson)

At Home in North Branch (Richardson)

Recently, while at a wedding reception, I got to chatting with  a fellow book lover and in the course of the conversation I mentioned that I was a “transplant” to this area.  I’m originally from a small town in the thumb called North Branch (Lapeer County).  Imagine my surprise when she said not only that she knew where that was (most people think they know, but they really know where West Branch is, which amusingly, is north of North Branch),…

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The Girl Who Wrote in Silk (Estes)

The Girl Who Wrote in Silk (Estes)

I really enjoyed this book … another novel told with two main characters in two different time periods but connected in some way. This book also really made me think about how as a country, we have many examples of discrimination in our history … more than many of us realize, or want to admit.  We always tout ourselves as being a welcoming country, a melting pot, but that hasn’t been/isn’t always the case. I had never heard of the…

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