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When We Were Young and Brave (Gaynor)

When We Were Young and Brave (Gaynor)

I really enjoyed this story, even though it was really rather sad in many ways, but it also showed the resiliency of people. Hazel Gaynor does an excellent job making you really care about the characters and make you want to know more about the events surrounding the story she has written. I received and read an advance reader’s copy of this title through NetGalley. Title: When We Were Young and Brave Author: Gaynor, Hazel Genre: Historical Fiction Publisher: William…

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The Girl from the Train (Joubert)

The Girl from the Train (Joubert)

I really enjoyed this book … another great historical fiction novel where I felt like I learned about history without sitting through a dry lecture. Title: The Girl from the Train Author: Irma Joubert Genre: Christian Fiction, Historical Fiction Publisher: Thomas Nelson Release Date: November 3, 2015 Format: print, ebook, audiobook Pages: 379 As World War II draws to a close, Jakób fights with the Polish resistance against the crushing forces of Germany and Russia. They intend to destroy a…

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Set the Stars Alight (Dykes)

Set the Stars Alight (Dykes)

This book was one of those that I just couldn’t wait until I had a chance to listen again! The author did an amazing job of interweaving stories from 2 different times in history into one cohesive novel that kept me wondering how things were going to work out in the end. I really found myself rooting for Dash and Lucy, not only for their relationship, but also for the research they were doing! This story was a bit different,…

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A Life Once Dreamed (Fordham)

A Life Once Dreamed (Fordham)

Imagine growing up, thinking one thing about yourself and dreaming of your future, only find out what you’ve always believed to be true isn’t, and the new truth makes the future you envisioned for yourself no longer possible. Agnes Pratt fled her childhood home and the man she loved after realizing that her life wasn’t what she had always thought it to be. She has made a new life for herself as a schoolteacher in the Dakota Territory, and thinks…

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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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