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Yule Tidings -- Great Reads for December!

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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 Legend Of Sleepy Hollow And Other Stories
by Irving Washington
"An author who is woven into the fabric of American literature..."
Posted November 28, 2014

Everyone remembers the stories by Washington Irving, right? THE LEGEND OF SLEEPY HOLLOW and Rip Van Winkle are early examples of American literature that have become ingrained in American culture. But in this book, which was originally titled The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent., there are thirty-two other Read more...

Hello from the Gillespies
by Monica McInerney
"A rollicking tale of marriage and family dynamics. . ."
Posted November 15, 2014

In HELLO FROM THE GILLESPIES, Monica McInerney has crafted a multi-faceted storyline that is often hilarious and surprisingly touching. Every Gillespie has a secret aspect of their lives, except possibly for Ig, the youngest, who is blunt and non-judgmental about others. Except for kissing—he doesn't want Read more...

Roman Reunion
by Crystal Jordan
"A tale of regret and re-kindled romance. . ."
Posted November 15, 2014

ROMAN REUNION is the third title in the delightfully alliterative Destination: Desire series by Crystal Jordan. The premise of this book presents a common problem. Tate Patton is a workaholic husband who puts almost all his time and effort into his career as a lawyer. Karen has been Read more...

Not Quite Forever
by Catherine Bybee
"Quintessential quirky heroine!"
Posted November 5, 2014

NOT QUITE FOREVER, Catherine Bybee's latest offering in her NOT QUITE series, is "quite" wonderful. The author's apparent love of writing seems to channel through her heroine, Dakota Laurens. Dakota is a romance novelist and when we see her delight in research and observation of other Read more...

The Arrow
by Monica McCarty
"The long awaited story of Gregor "Arrow" MacGregor—"the most handsome man in Scotland. . ."
Posted November 5, 2014

Monica McCarty has written a battle of the sexes in which the contenders have only one thing to lose—the love of a lifetime. In THE ARROW, Cate is a deceptively small and helpless looking woman, but she has been trained as a warrior and knows how to protect herself Read more...

A Light in the Wilderness
by Jane Kirkpatrick
"A tale of the friendship and hardships of three courageous women..."
Posted October 25, 2014

I have to admit, lately I have been reading mostly light- hearted books, quickly read, and just as quickly forgotten. The synopsis A LIGHT IN THE WILDERNESS by Jane Kirkpatrick intrigued me. It seemed to be something unique—the story of a freed slave heading to the Oregon Country. But Read more...

Taken By Tuesday
by Catherine Bybee
"Not just another day in the week..."
Posted October 25, 2014

Readers of the Weekday Brides/i> series by Catherine Bybee will not be disappointed with book five, TAKEN BY TUESDAY. We have met these characters, Judy and Rick briefly in other books and have even seen the kindling of their romance. In this book, we learn more about them Read more...

The Twelfth Night Murder
by Anne Rutherford
"Impeccable research and clever writing make this book a delight to read..."
Posted October 24, 2014

THE TWELFTH NIGHT MURDER is the third book in Anne Rutherford's Restoration Mystery Series. As I haven't (yet) read the two preceding books but, I can assure readers that this is a stand-alone book. All the necessary elements of the story are contained between the Read more...

The Boleyn Reckoning
by Laura Andersen
"What if Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn Had Produced a Son After Elizabeth?"
Posted October 19, 2014

What if Anne Boleyn had given birth to a son after Princess Elizabeth? What kind of king would he most likely have been? How would this have affected Elizabeth? Would she still have turned out as pragmatic and patient as the older sister of the King? Would this king go Read more...

Gone Girl
by Gillian Flynn
"Simultaneously toxic and intoxicating..."
Posted October 5, 2014

GONE GIRL... Undeniably, the most creepy, charismatic, malicious, and mercurial thriller (or crime drama?) that I've read in a long time. Gillian Flynn writes two parallel narratives in which both of the narrators are unreliable. Think of a marriage in which The Bad Seed and The Good Son grow Read more...

The Competition
by Marcia Clark
"Heartbreakingly realistic and suspenseful..."
Posted September 27, 2014

I had forgotten what the synopsis of THE COMPETITION was all about. It was simply the next (by publication date) book on my long list of books to review. It started out telling about a particular high school student, Christy Shilling as she realizes her dream of being a varsity Read more...

Power Play
by Catherine Coulter
"All the beautiful redheads are in danger!"
Posted September 21, 2014

This is the first book that I have read by Catherine Coulter. I don't know where I have been, since POWER PLAY is the eighteenth book in her FBI Thriller series! I didn't exactly feel like there were chunks of information missing by not reading the Read more...

Sisters Of Treason
by Elizabeth Fremantle
"A fascinating and seamless blend of fact and fiction..."
Posted September 13, 2014

Even though I am fascinated with this period of history, I was still a little apprehensive about reading yet another novel about it. So much has been written of the Tudors and their times. Some of the books I have read are superficial and inadequately researched or read like a Read more...

The Sweet Spot
by Stephanie Evanovich
"What you see isn't always what you get"
Posted September 6, 2014

THE SWEET SPOT started charming me from the beginning. By page five I was laughing out loud. Stephanie Evanovich has a way with words and clever repartee and the characters were promising and believable. Amanda Cole is funny, real, and not perfect. Chase Walker is a gorgeous, successful, and rich Read more...

The Cottage on the Corner
by Shirlee McCoy
"A Sweet Small Town more ways than one..."
Posted September 2, 2014

THE COTTAGE ON THE CORNER is the first book that I have read by Shirlee McCoy. I understand that this is the second book in the Apple Valley series. While this is true, I could read it as a stand- alone story. I was intrigued by the stories Read more...

by Barbara Cameron
"A clean, honest romance..."
Posted August 30, 2014

I came to this book without expectations. I have read very few Christian romances, but an Amish romance? Never! CROSSROADS by Barbara Cameron was a surprise. It had an honest feel to it, but surprisingly wasn't all preachy and pompous. The characters had the same problems that people other Read more...

Cocktails for Book Lovers
by Tessa Smith McGovern
"Mixing up Literature and Libations..."
Posted August 30, 2014

Imagine my delight at finding this book! An additional way to introduce books and authors into my social life! COCKTAILS FOR BOOK LOVERS is a unique concept. In the words of the author, Tessa Smith-McGovern, "cocktails, conversation, and culture have always gone well together." Fifty classic and contemporary authors Read more...

From A Distance
by Raffaella Barker
"An enlightening story of a family divided by war..."
Posted August 26, 2014

I only have one negative comment about FROM A DISTANCE. I will state it now and be done with it. The lighthouse on the cover of the book does not have red stripes on it like the one in the story does. That being said, I have only praise for Read more...

Blind Fortune
by Joanna Waugh
"All that readers want in a Regency...with a twist!"
Posted August 24, 2014

Any readers of Regency historical novels will enjoy this book. Joanna Waugh is obviously a loyal fan of Jane Austen. In fact Fortuna, the female protagonist, enjoys books by "that person who wrote Pride and Prejudice" immensely. Her cousin Leticia enjoys them too and reads them to her whenever a Read more...

The Hurricane Sisters
by Dorothea Benton Frank
"A tale of a not-so-perfect family, but a family nonetheless..."
Posted August 23, 2014

I was so excited about THE HURRICANE SISTER and a discovery that I thought I'd made that I did something I don't usually do. I took a sneak peek into what other reviewers were saying. Evidently, some reviewers did not find this book to be the complex compelling Read more...

Dot Dittman

Dot Dittman is an avid reader. She often reads two or three books at the same time.It can get confusing sometimes. Dot has been married for 42 years (all to the same unfortunate man) and is mother to 10 children and grandmother to 25 grandchildren. Her activities (besides reading books)are flower gardening (even if her grandchildren pick all her flowers), cooking for large get-togethers, and planning to run away from home. She received an associate's degree in English at North Idaho College in 2012 at the ripe age of 59 and she still hasn't figured out what she wants to be when she grows up (if she decides to grow up, that is). Dot aspires to be a published writer and so far has had one short story published in The Trestle Creek Review. She is currently working on her first novel.

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