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The Cat, The Professor and the Poison (Cats in Trouble, Bk 2)
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Very cute series. I am reading them all ! Cozy mystery with cats? What's not to like! So far, I haven't guessed who the murderer is in the first two books!

Dash of Peril (Love Undercover, Bk 4)
Dash of Peril (Love Undercover, Bk 4)
Author: Lori Foster
Genre: Romance
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
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I was actually more interested in the criminal element of the story than in the romance between Margo and Dash. I wished Foster spent more time developing their characters instead of making them caricatures. Margo's backstory was interesting and I would have liked more interaction with her family. I know nothing of Dash's background other than it was perfect and rich.

Ok read but I did a lot of skim reading. Dash & Margo's bedroom antics gets dull after a few scenes but it just goes on forever and it's really not that well done.

Brighton Is for Lovers
Brighton Is for Lovers
Author: Jennifer McQuiston
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Romance
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
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I actually really enjoyed this book! About halfway through I realized that I could not put it down. Every now and then I want a romance novel, and this did the trick. It was everything I was looking for. Jennifer McQuiston is a wonderful author. I have enjoyed other books I've read by her as well.

The Lost Symbol (Robert Langdon, Bk 3)
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As someone who just loves American History and Masonic conspiracies this book was like a dream. I was riveted throughout and took copious notes on all the fun references. This was a really engaging story in Brown's predictable format. It keeps you reading, and takes you on a 24 hour adventure of a lifetime.

Inferno (Robert Langdon, Bk 4)
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I appreciate Dan Brown's predictable formula when he writes. This book is close to my heart having lots of family living in Italy, and visiting myself a few times. The story was interesting and as always kept you guessing at what would happen next, and wondering how Robert and his attractive helper would get out of the next impossible situation. I always have my phone close by looking up historical references and images that he is discussing. A really fun book!

The Same Sky: A Novel
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A quick read about a timely subject. Book opens the door to discussion about illegal immigration, esp. children. Author touches on violence in a delicate manner which I believe widens the audience. Now I would like to read her actual interviews of these children, although the depth of their suffering is no doubt much deeper than the book portrayed and would have an even more profound effect.

Comeback Love
Comeback Love
Author: Peter Golden
Genre: Romance
Book Type: Paperback
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Sweet book.

Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald
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A mostly biographical book written as a fictional memoir about the marriage of Zelda to F Scott Fitzgerald during Prohibition and the Jazz Age. From their courtship through the sanitarium stays and the other separations, often for 'business' reasons, this novel covers the 20 long years of marriage Zelda endured at the hands of the drunken author probably best known for his prize novel "The Great Gatsby" which appears to be loosely based upon their life together.
Richly sprinkled with artists, poets, and painters of the time, many of whom chose to live abroad also, the story is an inside peek at how the rich and famous lived, drank, and cavorted as long as the money didn't run out.
Includes Fitzgerald's questionable relationship with Hemingway before their downfalls, including how Fitz mentored the up and coming Hem. The story also gives a close look at marriage and the avoidance of divorce in the early decades of America in the 1900's.
Zelda's 'incarcerations' and treatments at mental institutions in both Europe and America give an eye-opening look at mental health care a century ago.
A limited view of the feminist movement is given, though some of Zelda's friends were active in it, but, surprisingly, advances that affected women's sexuality and childbearing are covered intimately.
A good follow-up read is probably "The Paris Wife".

Fabrics for Historic Buildings Rev Edition
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I never dreamed this book would have (only) grainy black and white illustrations. What a disappointment.

Betty Crocker's Easy Slow Cooker Dinners : Delicious Dinners the Whole Family Will Love (Betty Crocker)
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This is really just a magazine with a true ISBN - in fact most cooking magazines have more recipes.

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Really good and helpful--- wished I had found it earlier for my older children!!

Now You See It...
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Maybe the fact that the author has written so many other great reads makes this effort so disappointing. Slow, uninvolving and annoying, it was a real disappointment. But no one can hit a home run each time at bat.

Price of Privilege (Price of Privilege Trilogy)
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I'm thrilled to receive a review copy from an author I adore. It's the third book in the Price of Privilege series; that just blew me away! After reading the last book in the series, Mark of Distinction I couldn't imagine where this author would take me next. Things seemed to have ended. But in this third and final book in the series, this author shows how maddening things can get when Chancy Macy stirs things up and is set on getting Julia back as his wife. This author created a realistic and believable world as the wealthy try to outsmart each other for power and revenge.

This story opens similar to the Titanic movie where the director starts out with an old woman speaking about her time on the ship. This author does the same. She starts out with Julia reminiscing about the early days of her marriage to Edward. Soon I was whisked into the merriment of Henry and Elizabeth's wedding preparations and celebration. I was reunited with characters I grew to love in books one and two. I felt at home in this Victorian Era and was quickly wrapped up with these complex, authentic characters whom I've grown very fond of and settled in to enjoy this special day. Two of these characters I adored in this story were Jameson and Nancy. It was a great back drop to all the mystery, tension and suspense.

It was great fun to witness Edward and Julia's love grow and the playfulness begin. I loved that the author let readers enjoy tender moments with them before they headed into the war being waged against them. I liked how this author doesn't write what you'd expect. She masterfully spins a remarkable and believable story that take you emotionally high, low and everywhere in between.

Julia describes, "...I titled up toward his kiss, but just before our lips met, I shrieked with laughter and yanked the blanket hard, then rolled over and cocooned myself in wool.

Edward roared with laughter, "Why you little-" The straw in the mattress shifted as he pinned me between his knees and searched for a seam. "That's it. As your husband, I'm taking full charge of the blanket and its distribution...I gave a squeal, prepared to defend my sole right to the bed clothes." Edward! Stop! Don't you dare! It's positively freezing!"

"Trust me I know." He continued to unwrap me, as I in turn struggled to make it more difficult. "I'm beginning to suspect." He cried, "that you, Mrs. Edward Auburn, are a cover thief! And there's only one proper punishment for thieves."

I could scarily breathe from laughing..."And what...is that?" (You'll have to read the book for the answer)

As much fun as I experienced reading about tender moments with Julia, my heart ached as much or more for the dilemma they faced. Macy pulls out all the stops to get his wife back. This is a grand adventure I'm thrilled to have gone on. This author does a masterful job of filling in the gaps left in books one and two. This story brings about so much understanding and clarity of situations past and present. I was lost in this Victorian Ear with all the drama swirling around Julia, Edward, Isaac and Lord Pierson as Macy seeks to devour anyone in his way in obtaining his prize.

This author had me stop breathing a time or two with the many plot twists and turns that tugged at my heart and blew me away. My throat tightened with the drama unfolding I as I was just as surprised as the characters at all that transpired. This book has a most satisfying and startling conclusion to a masterfully written story and had characters that will live on in my heart. This would make a great mini-series and/or epic film like Gone with the Wind. This book is excellent for book club pick. It's definitely a book you must read in 2015. You must!

Nora St Laurent
TBCN Where Book Fun Begins www.bookfun.org
The Book Club Network www.psalm516.blogspot.com
Book Fun Magazine www.bookfunmagazine.com

Divergent (Divergent, Bk 1)
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This was a pretty good book. It wasn't a great book, and it didn't nab my attention as thoroughly as some other novels have, but it wasn't a bad book either. The premise was interesting and I did find some of the characters to be quite intriguing, but something about the story just wasn't enough. I still recommend it, but I wasn't invested enough to search out the sequels.

Mockingjay (Hunger Games, Bk 3)
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This is a strong end to a fantastic series! While it did not grab me as completely as the first two books did, I still finished this one in a short amount of time, and it still had me in emotional turmoil right along with the characters. After two books of Katniss and Peeta dealing with the Capitol's excesses and the horrors of the arenas, the realm of District 13 and the trip through the revolution seemed a tiny bit strange, like I was reading a different genre of story, but that abstract feeling was not any kind of stumbling block and I enjoyed the book. I recommend this entire series!

Cataloochee
Cataloochee
Author: Wayne Caldwell
Genre: Literature & Fiction
Book Type: Paperback


Well written book about the backwoods people in North Carolina. However, I wanted more information on most of the characters. There was too much jumping around, and too many characters whose stories were undeveloped. A pleasant read nonetheless and if you're from the region I think you'll really like it, as it does not make fun of these peoples but gives credence to their views and way of life. Nonetheless, I would still call it a born classic and a masterful debut for a new author.

Catching Fire (Hunger Games, Bk 2)
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Another unbelievably good story from the great Suzanne Collins! We go even deeper into the world Katniss and Peeta share, and we meet new characters that add their own charm or mystery or horror. There are twists that I didn't expect, and two characters in particular that I had not expected to like as much as I do. In some ways I think this book is even better than its predecessor, but I love both of them. Powerful drama, strong action sequences, and deep emotion make this a great vehicle for the author's thoughts and points.

The Hunger Games (Hunger Games, Bk 1)
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I don't remember what made me decide to read this book, but I am delighted I did. It pulled me into the world of Panem immediately, and I was in tears and laughing and already ordering the next two books before I was even halfway through this one! Incredible story with heartfelt, powerful writing, and the characters are some of the best I have ever encountered. Katniss and Peeta will be with me for a long, long time, accompanied by Rue and Primrose and many, many others.

Bright's Passage: A Novel
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From Amazon - Josh Ritter's first novel is a wondrous, suspenseful, and uniquely affecting story of the journey taken by a father and his infant son.

Henry Bright is newly returned to West Virginia from the battlefields of the First World War. Grief struck by the death of his young wife and unsure of how to care for the infant son she left behind, Bright is soon confronted by the destruction of the only home he's ever known. His only hope for safety is the angel who has followed him to Appalachia from the trenches of France and who now promises to protect him and his son.

Together, Bright and his newborn, along with a cantankerous goat and the angel guiding them, make their way through a landscape ravaged by forest fire toward an uncertain salvation, haunted by the abiding nightmare of his experiences in the war and shadowed by his dead wife's father, the Colonel, and his two brutal sons.

Preschool Christian Value Lessons (Christian Preschool Ser)
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Created especially for age group of 3-6. This book will nurture the awareness of the Gifts of the Spirit: Love, Joy, Peace, Gentleness, Goodness, Faith, Patience, Kindness and Self-Control. PRESCHOOL CHRISTIAN VALUE LESSONS if full of activities, songs, games, recipes and creative ideas. For example the 12 pages for LOVE chapter include a pattern for an 8x10 cut out and color, words to a song set to the tune for "Shoo, Fly, Don't Bother Me", recipes for heart cookies, a puppet, a sachet, and the Telephone Love Game.
I am impressed with the many ideas....

Still Life (Books of Elsewhere, Bk 5)
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Still Life was a great book in an even more fantastic book series. it was a great fantasy book that went over lies and truth and life and death. And Morton! The cats are still keeping secrets and Olive still wants to find them out.

10 year old grandson

Superstition
Superstition
Author: David Ambrose
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Horror
Book Type: Paperback


Great story line where a group comes together to try and disprove the existence of ghosts or of the unknown in general. Coming at it from the perspective that we ourselves are creating the paranormal occurrences that may happen. So they try to create a ghost, someone who has never existed before, but what happens when the Ouija board comes out blows them away. This is a great ghost story and I loved this book.

This was one of those "unputdownable" books. Its broke up into short chapters, which I like, it helps me to keep going in other books. This one I didn't want to stop. It has lots of surprises in it, lots of thrills, no blood and gore, it was written back in the day so I like some of the innocence in it, things to me were way better back in the 70s and 80s with books and movies. I love rotary phones and no cell towers lol.

Shattered Dreams: My Life as a Polygamist's Wife
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Three stars. Unbelievable story of polygamy, and the author's escape from this life. Sometimes you just shake your head and say, WHY? but it goes to show how spirituality can be used to brainwash people. Hard to blieve that one person went through so much and came out intact.

Garlic and Sapphires : The Secret Life of a Critic in Disguise
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Very well written, although I don't eat like the author. I couldn't identify what she was eating, maybe that's a good thing. Has humor and I loved how it reflected how the "upper class" are treated sometimes better than the rest of us.

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Even though it's supposed to be a mystery book, this is a "fluff' book that can be read quickly- semi'predictable, but I enjoy the writings of this offer.
This book has three short stories, each readable in about two hours each.
Worth your time, if you have some extra time to read.

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