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The Miniaturist (Burton)

The Miniaturist (Burton)

The story of a young woman (Nella) in Amsterdam in the 1600’s struggling to find her place in her new life as wife of a prominent merchant trader, who doesn’t seem to be interested in being a true husband to her.  To give Nella something to occupy her time, he buys her a miniature house replicating their home.  Nella contacts a miniaturist to create pieces for the dollhouse, which seem to be able to foretell the future. This book was…

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The Storms of War (Williams)

The Storms of War (Williams)

The Storms of War is a historical fiction novel about the ways WWI affects one family — a German family who has lived in England for many years.  The story shows the war from several different family member’s perspectives who all experience it in different ways.  I gave this book three stars …  I liked it ok, but there were a couple of times I actually considered putting it down and not finishing it. Title: The Storms of War Author:…

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The Sea Keeper’s Daughters (Wingate)

The Sea Keeper’s Daughters (Wingate)

I really enjoyed this book, although at first it took me a bit to get into the story. I think I was thrown off at the beginning by the fact that it switched back and forth between modern day and the Depression Era … for some reason I wasn’t expecting that.  Although this book is classified as Christian fiction, I think it would be enjoyed by anyone as there isn’t really anything “religious” about this book.  I’d classify this more…

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All The Light We Cannot See (Doerr)

All The Light We Cannot See (Doerr)

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr has been on the New York Times Best Seller List for 111 weeks and counting, has won numerous awards and has been featured on several of the book related podcasts I listen to, and each time a podcaster would talk about it, I’d feel like it was something I’d like to read.  I listened to the audio version of this novel, which was very well done, the narrator was easy to…

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Lilac Girls (Kelly)

Lilac Girls (Kelly)

Lilac Girls is a novel told in the first person by three different women who experience WWII in three different ways.  Caroline Ferriday, a socialite living in New York who volunteers her time at the French Consulate; Kasia Kuzmerick, a teenager in Poland who ends up in Ravensbruck, a German concentration camp; and Herta Oberheuser, a young German doctor at Ravensbruck.  The chapters in the novel alternate between the characters, telling the events of the war and what their lives…

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Wild Wyoming and “The Virginian”

Wild Wyoming and “The Virginian”

On a recent trip to Wyoming, we had the pleasure of staying in Medicine Bow, Wyoming at The Virginian Hotel.  It was built in 1911 and was named after the famous novel, The Virginian by Owen Wister (we stayed in the Owen Wister suite!)  The novel was also the basis for the TV Series The Virginian from the 1960’s which starred James Drury and Doug McClure.  The novel is set in Wyoming and begins with a traveller getting off the…

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Outlander is the best!

Outlander is the best!

For anyone who likes historical fiction with some steamy romance and clever dialog, I highly recommend Outlander by Diana Gabaldon (it is book one of a six book series).  I especially liked the audiobook because it is narrated by Davina Porter who does a wonderful Scottish accent.  It has also been made into a TV series so don’t miss it! If you like Diana Gabaldon, you should also try the Highlander romances by Karen Marie Moning and the Kushiel’s legacy…

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