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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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A Worthy Pursuit (Witemeyer)

A Worthy Pursuit (Witemeyer)

Karen Witemeyer has yet to write a book I didn’t love! So, what do you do when what you thought, or were led to believe is not the truth?  This is the situation Stone Hammond, “the best tracker in Texas” finds himself in.  The story of Stone Hammond and Charlotte “Lottie” Atherton was a fun one, with some action and adventure mixed in with the characters learning to trust and love.  I definitely recommend this book to anyone who has…

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The Book Thief – Markus Zusak

The Book Thief – Markus Zusak

In the time of Hitler and the Nazi Youth of Germany, Death is preparing itself. Within the next few years war will rage and many, many people will die. In the midst of preparing for the upcoming onslaught, Death finds itself caught up in the life of the Book Thief. Liesel Meminger, later officially earning the title of Book Thief, finds her first book on the same day that she sees her little brother die. Both of these events will…

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Shine Like the Dawn (Turansky)

Shine Like the Dawn (Turansky)

Margaret (Maggie) Lounsberry works at her grandmother’s millinery shop to help support her grandmother, herself and her younger sister Violet … the only family she has left after a tragic boating accident caused her mother, father and older sister to drown 4 years ago. Nathaniel (Nate) Harcourt, the son of William Harcourt, master at Morningside Manor, where Maggie’s father worked, was her best friend growing up, but when the tragic accident took place, Nate wasn’t there for her … and…

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