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Wife of the Gods – Kwei Quartey

Wife of the Gods – Kwei Quartey

This book was both familiar and completely fresh to me. I love a good mystery and author Kwei Quartey really delivered that!  When a promising young medial student is murdered in the small town of Ketanu, Ghana, there is only one man who can solve her murder – Detective Inspector Darko Dawson. Dawson is a talented detective, but in order to solve the case he must face down local police interference, a dangerous religious practice, and his own painful past….

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Unbecoming – Jenny Downham

Unbecoming – Jenny Downham

Unbecoming is a story that spans three generations, exploring the lives and the secrets of Mary (a grandmother), Catherine (a mother), and Katie (a daughter). The story begins at the end of Mary’s life, as she struggles with the onset of dementia and bonds with her granddaughter, Katie over their efforts to capture and contain Mary’s memories. Meanwhile, Katie is struggling with problems of her own; she’s kissed a girl- her best friend. She is terrified of what this means…

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There There – Tommy Orange

There There – Tommy Orange

I am still reeling from this read! I have never read anything quite like it before. This novel is told from multiple perspectives. A recovering alcoholic is dealing with her daughter’s death, an overweight college graduate is struggling to get a job, and a young man is teaching himself to dance by watching YouTube videos. These separate character stories on their own were very memorable and engaging. But, as the novel continues it becomes clear that there is more to the…

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The One & Only

The One & Only

Shea Rigsby is in her early thirties and is stuck in a dead end relationship with a man her friends describe as a loser.  She knows she doesn’t want to marry him, but she is comfortable working as a publicist/reporter in the athletic department for Walker College, a college in the small town of Walker, Texas where she is near her mother and her best friend, Lucy who happens to be the daughter of Walker’s legendary head coach, Clive Carr.  After Shea’s parents…

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Arm Candy

Arm Candy

Nearing the big 4-0 age group is bothering Eden.  For two decades, she has been a model for the famous painter Otto, also her long time lover.  When she finally gets the nerve to leave Otto after his numerous love affairs with other women, she worries that without her looks, she will not be able to find another man.  Eden’s friends take her out and reassure her that she is still a stunning beauty and they encourage her to get out and meet men. …

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