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It's Christmastime, but not everyone is jolly...

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Coming home has never felt so good.

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A storm is brewing . . .

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Small-town life in Hazel Rock becomes a Texas-size crime scene when murder takes a page from Charli Rae Warren’s book club’s latest mystery . . .

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A new tale of terror and magic in a brand new world.

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“A tasty cocktail of sweet and sexy” ~ Publisher’s Weekly

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When those Jared loves are threatened, he calls on magic to survive.

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A spellbinding murder investigation amidst crises of faith...


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The Gown
by Jennifer Robson
"A fascinating tale about two women who worked on Princess Elizabeth wedding gown..."
Posted December 13, 2018

So, what makes a story about a gown so special? In this case, it's the wedding gown that Princess Elizabeth wore at her wedding. Jennifer Robson has woven together a fascinating tale about two women that worked on the gown and a young woman that discovers her grandmother has Read more...

The Three Secret Cities
by Matthew Reilly
"To save the world, he must find legendary cities shrouded in mystery..."
Posted December 6, 2018

THE THREE SECRET CITIES by Matthew Reilly is the fifth book in the  Jack West, Jr series, and I'm very late to the party as this is the first book I read in Read more...

The Mansion
by Ezekiel Boone
"Will cutting-edge technology keep them safe?"
Posted December 6, 2018

THE MANSION is Ezekiel Boone's new book after fabulous The Hatching trilogy. This book is something else completely. It's a story about an old crumbling mansion and a love story that will destroy a friendship and turn two men into bitter Read more...

The Mortal Word
by Genevieve Cogman
"Can this time traveling librarian solve a dangerous murder?"
Posted November 29, 2018

THE MORTAL WORD is the fifth book in The Invisible Library  series. I've read every single book in the series and I could not wait to read this book. Irene's job is Read more...

by Ellison Cooper
"A gruesome murder only a neuroscientist can solve..."
Posted November 29, 2018

When a young girl is found dead in a cage, FBI neuroscientist Sayer Altair must take a break from her research into the brains of serial killers. This killer seems to be very sadistic, letting the young victim slowly starve to death, but strangely, had given the girl a puppy Read more...

by Iris Johansen
"An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth..."
Posted November 20, 2018

I've read several Iris Johansen books, but VENDETTA is the first I've read in the Catherine Ling series, not that I let that stop me. I love Iris Johansen's Read more...

The Little Shop of Found Things
by Paula Brackston
"Her special abilities will change her life forever..."
Posted November 5, 2018

Xanthe has a special gift. When she touches antiques she can sense something from the items past. So, when Xanthe is at an auction and sees an old chatelaine she feels the tingle of connection. She must have it and learn of its story. Little does she know, there's Read more...

Lost Lake
by Emily Littlejohn
"A young woman goes missing during a camping trip near a mysterious lake..."
Posted November 1, 2018

A young woman goes missing at Lost Lake, near the small town of Cedar Valley, Colorado. Detective Gemma Monroe is called in and at the lake, she meets the camping party who is missing its fourth member, Sari Chesney. Sari seems to have disappeared without a trace. But, would a Read more...

The Rain Watcher
by Tatiana de Rosnay
"A story about family secrets and insecurities..."
Posted October 26, 2018

THE RAIN WATCHER is the first book I've read by Tatiana de Rosnay and I'm impressed by how the story got under my skin. I watched the movie version of SARAH'S KEY a Read more...

Marilla of Green Gables
by Sarah McCoy
"The untold story of Marilla before Anne came into her life..."
Posted October 25, 2018

I've seen tv-versions of ANNE OF GREEN GABLES, but I have never actually read the books. However, that didn't stop me from wanting to read this book about Marilla Cuthbert, before Anne came into her and Matthew's lives. Marilla Cuthbert is only thirteen-years-old when Read more...

A Borrowing of Bones
by Paula Munier
"Their peaceful walk in the woods is interrupted by a startling discovery..."
Posted October 25, 2018

Mercy Carr and her Belgian Malinois, Elvis, are out on their usual hike in the remote Lye Brook Wilderness when Elvis sniffs out a very unusual finding. A baby abandoned near a shallow grave filled with human bones. U.S. Game Warden Troy Warner and his search-and-rescue dog Read more...

The Hollow of Fear
by Sherry Thomas
"Can Charlotte Holmes save Lord Ingram from the hangman's noose?"
Posted October 13, 2018

The Lady Sherlock series has become a favorite one for me since I read book two, A CONSPIRACY IN BELGRAVIA last year. Since then have I devoured the first book Read more...

The Antiquities Hunter
by Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff
"A PI finds herself on the hunt for missing artifacts..."
Posted October 11, 2018

PI Gina "Tinkerbell" Miyoko is alarmed when her best friend Rose, an undercover agent, reveals she has a stalker. Together they decided to catch Rose's stalker, but it turns out not everything is as it seems. However, this is just the start and they soon realize that someone is Read more...

The Lighthouse Keeper's Daughter
by Hazel Gaynor
"Will Matilda find out what links her family to a young woman who lived 100 years ago?"
Posted October 10, 2018

THE LIGHTHOUSE KEEPER'S DAUGHTER is a dual storyline book about two women living 100 years separate. In 1838 Northumberland, England, Grace Darling lives on the Farne Island where her father is the lighthouse keeper. Grace and her father save some shipwreck survivors Read more...

A Well-Behaved Woman
by Therese Anne Fowler
"The story of the notorious Alva Vanderbilt..."
Posted October 10, 2018

A WELL-BEHAVED WOMAN is a story about the notorious Alva Vanderbilt who married a rich man to save herself and her sisters from destitution. Once Alva Smith lived a prosperous life, but that was until their fortune was lost. She has to Read more...

The Ice Maiden
by Sara Sheridan
"Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned..."
Posted October 10, 2018

1842. Karina is stranded on Deception Island in the South Atlantic after her husband, who is a whaling captain, is lost at sea. Her hope is that her sister in Amsterdam will respond to her letter and send money for her to travel to Amsterdam. But, as the days go Read more...

The Dream Daughter
by Diane Chamberlain
"A heartbreaking story about a mother's love..."
Posted October 4, 2018

Now and then you come across a book that will take your breath away. For me, THE DREAM DAUGHTER is a book like that. I had never read anything by Diane Chamberlain before so I didn't know what to expect. All I Read more...

Becoming Mrs. Lewis
by Patti Callahan
"A love story between a beloved author and an intriguing woman..."
Posted October 4, 2018

BECOMING MRS. LEWIS is a book that I have been looking forward to reading for a long time. At the same time, I put it off because I was afraid it would not live up to my expectations. I had previously read JOY Read more...

The Spellbook of Katrina Van Tassel
by Alyssa Palombo
"Alyssa Palombo's retelling of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow is magical..."
Posted September 28, 2018

I have never read THE LEGEND OF SLEEPY HOLLOW by Washington Irving. I have seen Tim Burton's movie Sleepy Hollow and parts of the TV series Sleepy Hollow. So, my knowledge of the story of Sleepy Hollow is based on that. Which made this story feel pretty different and Read more...

The Kennedy Debutante
by Kerri Maher
"The vivacious Kick Kennedy takes on London society..."
Posted September 28, 2018

I've long had an interest with the Kennedy family and this book about Kathleen "Kick" Kennedy was one that I had been looking forward to reading for a long time. Kick, the next oldest daughter of Joe and Rose Kennedy is one of the lesser known Kennedys. Her life Read more...

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