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A mysterious story of inter-generational trauma.

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For a woman obsessed and a killer in her shadow, remembering the past becomes a mind game in a novel of psychological suspense

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Danger and Mistletoe are a Deadly Combination

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Danger and Mistletoe are a Deadly Combination

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Vicious evil stalks two Guardians of Eternity, waiting to attack where they never expected . . .

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New state. New job. Same inner demons.

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A shapeshifter and member of the Blackfoot tribe, rescues a beautiful woman, but the signs in the stars tell him her arrival in his world is not accidental.

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Must he kill her to punish the murderer?

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He can only marry royalty or a native Bellerivian, and she is neither.


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The Last Queen
by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
"" The true story of Messalina of the Punjab...""
Posted June 17, 2022

In 1826, nine-year-old Jind Kaur, daughter of a dog trainer, is too familiar with poverty ruling her circumstances while living in the village of Gujranwala. However, when her opportunist father returns home and sees her beauty, he makes a daring plan that will enable her to dream Read more...

What Happened to the Bennetts
by Lisa Scottoline
""Is trust possible when LIES surround you?""
Posted June 17, 2022

In one word, the Bennet family is ideal - with a wonderful and supportive father, a dedicated mother who is devoted to her husband and two children, a feisty daughter, and a thoughtful son. However, when a freakish event happens, the remaining Bennets are forced into a witness protection program Read more...

The Old Woman with the Knife
by Gu Byeong-mo
""Appearances are deceptive""
Posted May 21, 2022

From her first appearance, Hornclaw appears to be a regular sixty-five-year-old woman; a senior citizen worrying about taking care of her beloved dog, Deadweight. But unlike other sixty-five-year-old citizens, Hornclaw made a choice a long time ago to live alone, almost closed off Read more...

Never Coming Home
by Hannah Mary McKinnon
"Can truth be discovered?"
Posted May 19, 2022

NEVER COMING HOME is a standalone suspense novel by Hannah Mary McKinnon. Before I begin, let me just say that I dearly love Hannah Mary McKinnon’s previous novels that I have reviewed; THE Read more...

Phantom Money
by S. Alexander O'Keefe
"An Ordinary lawyer in a high stakes situation..."
Posted December 19, 2021

Declan Collins is a man who is never satisfied with status quo. He is a high priced and ambitious criminal defense lawyer who seeks to prove to everyone around him about why he will be the best in everything be it shooting guns, complex schemes or even writing a Read more...

For Your Own Good
by Samantha Downing
"Darkly humorous, with twists and turns galore!"
Posted August 27, 2021

Belmont Academy is the elite high school for the cream of the crop. With wealthy donors as well as parents in prestigious fields and dedicated teachers who only want the best for their students, nothing can mar its untarnished reputation. Not even a small thing such as the murder Read more...

The Warsaw Orphan
by Kelly Rimmer
"Will the events of WWII break them or mold them?"
Posted June 29, 2021

In the spring of 1942, Roman Gorka, who lives in a Warsaw ghetto is doing the best he can to help his family survive despite the heartbreaking odds stacked against them. After forcing himself to become friends with a boy who knows a bit too much, Roman meets a Read more...

You Will Remember Me
by Hannah Mary McKinnon
"When the memories play on and on..."
Posted May 24, 2021

Imagine waking up on a deserted beach, the mind blank and empty of identity, and of events both recent and long distant. Imagine getting a feeling to go back home, to Maine in hopes that the memories will recover, and imagine finding out very ugly truths that could mean Read more...

Sleep Well, My Lady
by Kwei Quartey
"What secrets does her death hide?"
Posted January 14, 2021

In Accra within Ghana, a powerful fashion enterpreneur Lady Araba has just been found dead: the case is an open-and-shut with a driver implicated and for awhile, life returns to normal, at least until Lady Araba's aunt, Dele, who is convinced that Araba's on-and Read more...

The Abbot's Tale
by Conn Iggulden
"An extraordinary man far ahead of the times..."
Posted January 3, 2021

In 10th century England, one of the most extraordinary men that long left a legacy on the nation that has become England in modern times is Dunstan of Glastonbury, a man who became an abbott and made Christianity (Catholicism) what it is today. Yet THE ABBOT'S TALE by Read more...

The It Girls
by Karen Harper
"Who are the first 'It' Girls?"
Posted January 3, 2021

Elinor and Lucy Sutherland, two young sisters, have become determined to meet their role model: Lillie Langtry, a woman brave enough to let scandal tail her. That brief encounter when Elinor "Nellie" was ten, and Lucy twelve, set the sisters up to not take no for an answer, and Read more...

The Lost Season of Love and Snow
by Jennifer Laam
"A Beautiful Tale of love and duty in a period of Russian history not often covered."
Posted January 3, 2021

Tolstoy. Dostoevsky. Pasternak. Nabokov. Whoever is familiar with Russian literature is familiar with these names and the major works that the authors wrote. However, few readers are familiar with Alexander Pushkin, a famous writer in 19th century who paved way for Russian literature to become what it has. Such Read more...

The Kabbalah Master
by Perle Besserman
"Sacrificing happiness for a bigger picture"
Posted January 3, 2021

In 1972, thirty-five-year-old Sharon Berg is currently channeling her passion into working for Rabbi Joachim, whom she adores and is secretly in love with. However, despite the perks that come with her job, such as a reduced tuition for her son to attend a Yeshiva, a Read more...

Summer Hours at the Robbers Library
by Sue Halpern
"The importance of small community..."
Posted January 3, 2021

When fifteen year old Solstice "Sunny" Arkinsky steals a dictionary simply because she is tired of looking up words and of living without modern technology, she is ordered to spend her summer working at a library, where she ends up meeting Katherine "Kit", a forty-four year old woman Read more...

Drops of Cerulean
by Dawn Adams Cole
"What if your problems come from your past life?"
Posted January 3, 2021

In Houston, Texas during the 1930s, Ilona, a Greek restauranteur's daughter dares to marry the love of her life rather than the man that her parents hope she will end up with. Living happily as a prominent wife to Patrick, Ilona gives birth to two children: Cadmus and Read more...

by Stephen Dando-Collins
"Can he live up to the legacy of his ancestors?"
Posted January 3, 2021

Gaius Julius Caesar Germanicus otherwise known affectionately as 'Caligula' by his contemporaries has always been forced to live up to someone's legacy; be it his own father's, Germanicus Julius Caesar who was a Roman prince and adopted son of Tiberius, who also was adopted by the first Read more...

The Missing American
by Kwei Quartey
"An Internet love scam leads to disappearance..."
Posted December 15, 2020

Gordon Tilson, an American widower who is all too familiar with Ghana, has finally found the love of his dreams, beautiful Helena. However, when Helena needs financial support, Gordon jumps into the plane to travel to Ghana, and it is there he disappears, plunging his only son, Derek, into Read more...

Little Cruelties
by Liz Nugent
"His death starts the family reckoning"
Posted November 19, 2020

From the start, there was always something peculiar about the Drumm family. First, there is the mother, Melissa, who uses words and actions as poison darts and who thinks she is divine. Then there is the father, the enlightened patriarch but at the same helpless to do anything. And Read more...

by Linda Stewart Henley
"What can she learn from the past?"
Posted September 16, 2020

In 1872, expecting her cousin and brother-in-law, the famous painter Edgar Degas, Estelle has no idea that her request t have him paint their family members' portraits will change the trajectory of her life, or that Edgar will forever be indebted to her. . . in more ways than Read more...

The Paris Children
by Gloria Goldreich
"A beautiful and heartwrenching true story of help and sacrifice"
Posted September 16, 2020

In 1935, Madeleine Levy's beloved grandfather, Alfred Dreyfus, has passed away. But while Alfred Dreyfus has died, the values he instilled within his children and grandchildren have only grown stronger, particularly in the years leading up to WWII. It is with these values in mind that Madeleine dares Read more...

Svetlana Libenson

Currently I am a contributor to Fresh Fiction, and I have my own blog where I read and review all sorts of books. My loves are historical fiction, literary fiction, multicultural fiction, women's fiction, psychological and some Mysteries. Genres I don't review are science fiction, Christian/ inspirational fiction and Nonfiction. I live with my parents and son in Texas area.

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Svetlana Libenson | Fresh Fiction Reviewer Top Reads of 2019
December 30, 2019

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Re: Matzah Ball Surprise (11:14pm March 20, 2020):

Thanks so much for introducing a romance book about

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