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New York Times bestseller Cleo Coyle's "delightfully twisty" new Coffeehouse Mystery.


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She’s hiding from killers. Can she find a safe haven in Amish country?


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With a heart torn between two men and two cities, what’s a girl to do?


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Goode girls don’t lie…


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Will an abandoned child bring them together? Or tear them apart?


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This SEAL turned sheriff realizes there’s no rule or regulation he won’t break to keep his love safe.


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He’s Hollywood’s hottest heartthrob…and her son’s secret father.


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Unspoken
by Kelly Rimmer
"Important message in this amazing tale by Kelly Rimmer"
Posted November 20, 2019

Before I begin my review of UNSPOKEN by Kelly Rimmer, I have to admit that there are many books penned by this talented author that have been duly noted as my favorite. How can there be so many favorites written by one person? That is the struggle I faced Read more...


Knitted Toys
by Jody Long
"20 CUTE AND COLORFUL PROJECTS"
Posted November 15, 2019

In KNITTED TOYS, by Jody Long, you get a bunch of knitting patterns for some adorable toys for boys and girls at the cost of about one dollar a piece. For those of us that frequently stroll through websites looking at patterns - that price is really reasonable. One of Read more...


Dirty Little Secret
by Jennifer Ryan
"First book in the Wild Rose Ranch starts off with a bang."
Posted November 15, 2019

Ever start reading a book and realize you hadn’t read the first in the series. Often wonder if it really matters and usually authors go out of their way to make each book autonomous. However when it comes to Jennifer Ryan I do my best to avoid Read more...


Wind River Protector
by Lindsay McKenna
"Beautiful story about families that work."
Posted November 15, 2019

WIND RIVER PROTECTOR is number 8 in the Wind River series and centers around Andy Whitcomb the oldest of four abandoned children adopted by Maud and Steve Whitcomb. Each of the Whitcomb children are now adults and have entered careers Read more...


Harry and Meghan Paper Dolls
by Eileen Rudisill Miller
"Prince Harry & Meghan Paper Dolls."
Posted November 15, 2019

HARRY & MEGHAN PAPER DOLLS is a narrow 6 by 11 softcover book that contains a set of paper dolls of Prince Henry of Wales and his wife Megan Markle. The outfits highlight various moments of their dating, engagement, and official outings. The book is intended to commemorate their Read more...


Cut & Assemble Haunted House
by Matt Bergstrom
"Easy-to-make paper model of haunted house."
Posted November 15, 2019

Matt Bergstrom makes amazingly detailed somewhat miniature versions of houses and landmarks possible to construct. He uses his talents as a graphic designer, photographer, and artist to illustrate detailed scenes. His drawings are gorgeous. And so I wasn't the least bit surprised at the miniature sections depicting all Read more...


Cut & Assemble Haunted House
by Matt Bergstrom
"Easy-to-make paper model"
Posted November 15, 2019

All you need is a pair of scissors. Matt Bergstrom makes some of the most amazingly detailed, and somewhat miniature, versions of houses and landmarks possible to construct. He uses his talents as a graphic designer, photographer and artist to illustrate detailed scenes. His drawings are gorgeous, and so Read more...


The Book Woman Of Troublesome Creek
by Kim Michele Richardson
"Historical fiction at its best."
Posted November 15, 2019

I am astonished by the amount of research authors ferret through for facts to support an idea. In THE BOOKWOMAN OF TROUBLESOME CREEK author Kim Michele Richardson has created a story enriched by the slightly altered -- literary license and all -- to provide the reader with an extraordinary look into Read more...


Whimsical Stitches
by Lauren Espy
"Great collection of Amigurumi crochet items."
Posted November 15, 2019

WHIMSICAL STITCHES a Modern Makers Book of Amigurumi Crochet Patterns by Lauren Espy is a testimony to her grandmother and her own journey of sorts through this wonderful medium. Amigurumi is a unique art form where incredible items are created using scraps of yarn, string, filling, buttons, paper, etc Read more...


Princess Party
by Imagine That Publishing
"A SCRATCH & SKETCH ADVENTURE"
Posted November 15, 2019

PRINCESS PARTY is a scratch & sketch adventure book. If you are not familiar with the sketch books, they simple are blackened pages that reveal a rainbow color design when scratched with a wooden stylus. PRINCESS PARTY comes with many activities. First is a lovely adventure story starting at Read more...


Creative Haven Christmas Color by Number
by George Toufexis
"Beautiful adult color by number book"
Posted November 15, 2019

Simply put, CHRISTMAS COLOR BY NUMBER by George Toufexis is a gorgeous adult coloring book. CHRISTMAS COLOR BY NUMBER contains forty-six fabulously detailed holiday scenes on perforated unbacked pages. What that means for a newcomer to adult coloring books is that you can remove the design you wish Read more...


Dumpling Cats
by Sarah Sloyer
"Another great crochet fun book."
Posted November 15, 2019

DUMPLING CATS by Sarah Sloyer is just plain adorable. Written in a larger print that makes it so much easier to follow row by row details. The photos of various steps, along with that of the final product, make it easy to compare your work and progress. All and Read more...


Dumpling Pups
by Sarah Sloyer
"Dumpling Pups is just plain adorable."
Posted November 15, 2019

Without any doubt, in my mind, DUMPLING PUPS by Sarah Sloyer is just plain adorable. It is written in a larger print that makes it so much easier to follow row by row details. The photos of various steps, along with that of the final product, make it easy Read more...


Creative Haven Fanciful Sea Life Coloring Book
by Marjorie Sarnat
"Delightful adult coloring book to help relieve stress (and just have fun)"
Posted November 15, 2019

FANCIFUL SEA LIFE is part of the Creative Haven series of coloring books. FANCIFUL SEA LIFE coloring book contains thirty-one pages of beautiful aquatic scenes, rich in detail but less than some mandala designs. This makes FANCIFUL SEA LIFE an excellent choice for a younger artist as well Read more...


Knitted Animal Friends
by Louise Crowther
"Gorgeous knitted heirloom animals for any age"
Posted November 15, 2019

If I had to describe KNITTED ANIMAL FRIENDS by Louise Crowther in just two words they would be gorgeous heirlooms. KNITTED ANIMAL FRIENDS is a meticulously well thought out construction book on how to knit the most beautiful friendly animals. It includes detailed well written knitting instructions for thirteen Read more...


Crochet Animal Rugs
by Ira Rott
"Nifty collection of animal items to crochet for a baby or child room."
Posted November 15, 2019

Here's my criteria for purchasing a craft book. Any craft -- knitting, needlepoint, sewing or crocheting -- there has to be at least three projects that appeal to me right off the bat. Now that doesn't mean I wouldn't consider doing other items in the craft book -- it Read more...


Yarn Whirled
by Pat Olski
"Yarn Whirl crafting of the Royal Family"
Posted November 15, 2019

YARN WHIRLED THE ROYAL FAMILY follows the genealogy chart of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Phillip Duke of Edinburgh and includes yarn whirled figures or dolls of each member. Each doll is clearly photographed making the details easy to copy and create.

Pat Olski has a series Read more...


Bookies
by Jonas Matthies
"Absolutely one of the best Amigurumi books."
Posted November 15, 2019

Talk about fun and whimsy. What an excellent way to get kids to read than make one of these terrific bookmarks, each one loaded with personality. The most difficult part will be to decide which to make first. Jonas Matthies is the creative genius behind BOOKIES, a menagerie of Read more...


Magical Unicorn Christmas Activity Book
by Sam Loman
"Learning disguised as fun."
Posted November 15, 2019

MAGICAL UNICORN CHRISTMAS ACTIVITY BOOK is ninety-six pages of stuff for kids to do from decorating a tree, matching games, word finders, even some math problems thrown in for good measure. MAGICAL UNICORN CHRISTMAS ACTIVITY BOOK reminds me of a scholastic magazine from when my own children were Read more...


Cuddly Crochet Critters
by Megan Kreiner
"Fabulous collection of crochet animals"
Posted November 15, 2019

CUDDLY CROCHET CRITTERS is a collection of amazing, smooshy, cuddly animals to crochet for that special child in your life. Any one of the twenty six – yes, that is 26 – animals would be such a fabulous gift for any kid. When checking out the cover I thought Read more...


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