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A Is For Alibi

A Is For Alibi A number of years ago when my daughter was in college across the state, I ran across Sue Grafton and her Kinsey Millhone series.  While I love reading the text, I especially loved the audio version of this series.  Grafton kept me entertained for hours in all the traveling.  First up…

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Summer Of Joy

Summer Of Joy Ann Gabhart revisits Hollyhill in Summer of Joy.  The lively characters make you smile and in their troubles, remind you to look for the joy in all situations.   Stand beside Josie as she looks at the possibility of seeing her father remarry, and feel her pain as she deals with school issues…

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The Discovery Series Saga

Goodbye To Yesterday – #1 Discovery Series Stories about the Amish interest me because their lives are so different from my own.  Wanda Brunstetter has a number of Amish friends and uses her knowledge of their beliefs and way of life to bring fascinating insights into what their homes, families and churches might be like.…

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The Aviator’s Wife

A historical fiction novel that blends actual events with a great story of what might have been true. Melanie Benjamin’s characters have such a strong voice, you forget that it is a novel. As you get a glimpse of what Anne Lindberg’s life was like, how she dealt with the fame of her husband and…

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Orphan Train

Orphan Train The Orphan Train was a new term to me when I picked up this great read by Christina Baker Kline.  You will be transported back to a time in history when many children were on their own, and a large number were moved across the country to find new families when their own…

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Thank You, Mr. Falker

Thank You, Mr. Falker We are back to a children’s book this week, with Thank You Mr. Falker by Patricia Polacco.  I love this book, because it is a great reminder to young and old that words can and do hurt.   In her book, Patricia Polacco tells her own story of dealing with an…

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One Light Still Shines

One Light Still Shines Many will not forget the morning in October of 2006, when 32 year-old Charlie Roberts walked into an Amish schoolhouse in Pennsylvania, killed five girls, injuring 5 others, then turned the gun on himself.  This is the story of Marie Monville, the then-wife of Charlie Roberts.  Monville talks about the tragedy…

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The Wife, The Maid, and the Mistress

The Wife, The Maid, And The Mistress A re-visit to a 30′s missing person’s case out of New York City has all the pieces of a well-executed mystery and it is a crime that has never been solved.  Joseph Crater was a well-known judge with alleged ties to the gangster crowd, and “disappeared”.  Lawhon takes…

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My Amish Boyfriend

My Amish Boyfriend Young and mature readers alike will enjoy the story “My Amish Boyfriend”.  Readers will find Melody Carson’s depiction of the Amish life to be informative and interesting.   Carson allows the reader to see the conflicted emotions young Shannon faces as she wishes to “enjoy teen adventures”, but must take responsibility and…

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The Dead Don’t Dance

The Dead Don’t Dance From the first Charles Martin book I picked up, I knew I had found another “favorite” author.  Within a few weeks I devoured all his writings and we’ll start off with talking about “The Dead Don’t Dance”.  A story of unexpected tragedy, heartbreak, love, and loss.  Add to that a rugged…

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