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The Lighthouse Keeper’s Daughter (Gaynor)

The Lighthouse Keeper’s Daughter (Gaynor)

This novel tells the story of two women, a century apart, who are related …. one the daughter of a lighthouse keeper, who, through her act of bravery during a storm, becomes a heroine ; the other her great-granddaughter. Parts of this novel are based on true events, the first woman, the lighthouse keeper’s daughter was an actual person, who did indeed help to rescue survivors from a shipwreck in 1838. Title: The Lighthouse Keeper's Daughter Author: Hazel Gaynor Genre:…

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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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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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Flight – Sherman Alexie

Flight – Sherman Alexie

Flight is a story about a half native american foster kid, who has named himself after his face ache. “Zits” has struggled through the foster system since he was eight years old. He feels angry, betrayed and alone. Now Zits is fifteen, and his pattern of crime and misbehavior is about to escalate. Just as Zits attempts to rob a bank, he is transported back in time. Zits journeys thought several historical events involving Native Americans. He experiences human tragedy…

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Walk on Earth a Stranger – Rae Carson

Walk on Earth a Stranger – Rae Carson

Historical Fiction meets Western meets Magical Realism in this fantastic YA tale about Leah Westfall, a girl who can sense gold in the ground. Leah is a hardworking and adventures protagonist, who is forced run way from all she’s ever know, when her sinister uncle murders her parents and becomes her legal guardian. Lucky for Leah, she is living during the California gold rush. So she disguises herself as a boy (Lee) and heads for California; Gold or bust! 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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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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