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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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Bridge Of Scarlet Leaves

I have now read all the novels Kristina McMorris has authored.  Each one is a jewel, and readers will thoroughly enjoy the love story and history in the Bridge of Scarlet Leaves.  When we remember Pearl Harbor, we often forget about the treatment given to people of Japanese descent who were living in the United…

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The Longest Ride

The Longest Ride I have to admit, I enjoy romance novels…but what I really find engaging is a great “love” story, and there is a difference.  Nicholas Sparks writes about love, and “The Longest Ride” definitely defines “love”.  The story revolves around an older couple, and their long-time love and a young couple just beginning…

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Small Town Girl

Small Town Girl Following the characters in “Angel Sister,” “ Small Town Girl” picks up with the Merritt family just prior to the United States entering World War II.  Kate is wondering if being a small town girl is her destiny, and if she might find a love to share that future.  You will love…

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