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Artifacts (Faye Longchamp, Bk 1)
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This book gives a good chunk of history about Florida, hurricanes, archeology and the era right before the Civil War. Very enjoyable. The mystery twists right at the end. Looking forward to the other two books in the series.

Fast Women
Fast Women
Author: Jennifer Crusie
Genre: Literature & Fiction
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
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Crusie expands her usual chicklit screwball romance here to include some mystery elements, but the whole thing remains pretty frothy.

When divorcee Nell Dysart takes a "temporary" job in the offices of McKenna Investigations, the last thing she's looking for is a new romance. So of course sparks fly between her and her boss, mostly because she wants to "fix" things he thinks don't need fixing.

Great fun, hot sex, and an occasional dead body on the plus side; a complicated set of family connections on the minus. Still an entertaining read.

The Twenty-Three (Promise Falls, Bk 3)
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Well, I thoroughly enjoyed this book, all the way up to the last chapter. The ending is awful. It leaves you hanging on so many levels that I have lost count. Geez what a disappointment!

Murder in Paradise
Murder in Paradise
Author: James Patterson
Genre: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
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I struggled through the first story, it just seemed 'off' in every way
I started the second story but it just had horrible writing, it was just boring
I didn't even try the third story

I'm not a 'short story' person but I thought with Patterson they would be worth a look, however I don't Patterson had anything to do with them except put his name on the front to sell it

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
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If we'd read books like this back in history class I'd have been so much more interested and applied myself 100%. This is an excellent book.

Sweet Spot (Bakery Sisters, Bk 2)
Sweet Spot (Bakery Sisters, Bk 2)
Author: Susan Mallery
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Romance
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
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Enjoyed!! Liked the series!!

An Eye for an Eye: The Doll (Blackstone Chronicles, Bk 1)
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This is a re-read for me. I read the original serial novels as they were published and felt the need to revisit them.

Creepy. Creepy. Creepy. Ugh I love John Saul's writing so much!

Strange things are afoot in the town of Blackstone. The Blackstone Asylum, which has stood at the top of the tallest hill, overlooking the town of Blackstone for over a century is scheduled for renovation. It will soon become a shopping center with the hope of rejuvenating the slowly dying town. The Asylum is deeply ingrained in the town's history and many are glad to see it go. But after the first ceremonial strike of the wrecking ball, everything starts going to crap. The bank finds itself in trouble and has to halt the project, which means a lot of people are going to be out of work, not to mention all of the loan payments from townspeople that will come due with no possibility for extensions. And all just in time for Christmas.

A dark figure scours through the asylum and finds a hidden treasure trove. A "gift" is sent to the McGuire family. It's an antique porcelain doll. And let me just say, this is one of many reasons why I don't mess with antique dolls *shudder* so creepy! It's an old creepy doll, of course its evil! After the doll is introduced into the household, tragedy hovers of the family like a black cloud. Bad, things happen, things that seem like accidents. Sadly, it's just the beginning of the bad times for this town.

And Every Morning the Way Home Gets Longer and Longer
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A sweet and poignant novella sharing the fear of losing one's mind to old age. Written with warmth and care, showing us how love can make the end of life so much easier to bear. The imagery was perfect as I could feel myself sitting in the square with Grandpa and Noah, feeling the wind on my face. Or crouched in the green tent in the hospital hallway. Backman has great talent in describing feelings and wrapping them into family hearts.

Another Eden
Another Eden
Author: Patricia Gaffney
Genre: Romance
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
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Nouveau riche Ben Cochrane married his British wife, Sara, eight years ago as an attempt to slip into high society in New York in the late 1890's. When his plan did not work, mostly because of Ben's brash egomania, he blames it on Sara. They have a seven-year-old child that Ben seems indifferent to, but he uses Michael to keep Sara by his side.

One of Ben's new plots to enter society is to build himself a monument to his power and influence in Newport. He hires an up-and-coming architect named Alex McKie to create the monstrosity. It is interesting to watch Alex change from a womanizing hotshot to someone who cares for Sara and Michael.

I thought the 'solution' to Alex and Sara's problem was too pat and convenient. I also questioned Sara's agreement to allow Michael to become so close to Alex; it just didn't ring true. Otherwise, this is a fine novel.

This I Know: Trusting Your Unknown Future to a Known God
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Life in our times is filled with stress, pressures, and so many unknowns. The modern world with all its advancements has greatly complicated our lives and added a myriad of unknowns. It is not surprising that anxiety and fear have multiplied also. As Christians we have hope and help in these daily struggles. We have a mighty God who is here to help us and carry us through whatever we may face.
Ms. Dingman's book gives us six weeks of study gives great encouragement and scriptural guidance to put life's distress where it belongs: in the hands of our loving God. The book is a treasure chest of reassurance and tools to trusting God with whatever life may throw your way, enabling you to have complete faith. This changes our view whatever happens, making it a total game changer! When we focus on the Lord instead of our circumstances we receive âThe peace of God, which passeth all understandingâ¦.â mentioned in Philippians 4:7.
I found this to be a dynamic, mind changing study! We think we KNOW about God but often what we know is a passing thought, not a deeply rooted truth in our lives.
I liked everything about this book! The author's writings and questions motivated me to dig deeper (which she helped me do). I also liked that that questions weren't âbusy workâ like many studies but truly thought provoking ones. This is an excellent Bible study and I feel a not only learned but was given scriptural insights trusting God with the future. I have no need to worry about the unknown because God already does and is taking care of it.
I received this book from Moody Publishers in exchange for an honest review. The opinions I have stated are my own.

Alternate Side: A Novel
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Alternate Side by Anna Quindlen tells the story of marriage and life through Charlie and Nora Nolan, who live ensconced in a clannish, small street of stately homes in New York cities. The book is a slow burn. It takes a while to realize that this book is more about the city and the characters than a plot. I go from not being sure I am enjoying the book to crying by the end because the emotion creeps up on me.

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City of Silver
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I don't like admitting it, but my knowledge of South America is woefully inadequate; however, it is due to books like Annamaria Alfieri's City of Silver, that I'm taking up some of the slack. This book takes place in 1650s Potosí in what is now Bolivia. At that time, it was the largest city in the Western Hemisphere (comparable in size to London) and the richest city in the entire world-- a position it had held for almost a century because of the area's fabulous silver mines. And due to its 14,000-foot elevation, it's also the highest city in the world.

The setting alone almost blew me away. The author's tapestry is so carefully and closely woven, you almost don't realize how much you're learning about the time and place. When readers start learning about the social history, it gets even better. What it's like living at such high altitude when the windows of the buildings are unglazed (have no glass in them). What it's like to have such unheard-of wealth at your disposal that your everyday dishes are solid silver. My mind was almost boggled-- and I loved it.

But City of Silver is no mere history lesson; it's also a marvelous mystery. From the opening scene in a mine that raised the hair on the back of my neck to the investigation surrounding Inez de la Morada's death, the mystery is multi-layered and totally compelling. The book is imbued with high altitude chill and a pervading sense of danger. The characters are revealed slowly, and almost all of them grow and change with the circumstances.

If you enjoy historical mysteries set in exotic places, I highly recommend Alfieri's City of Silver. Part of me is still on that mountaintop in Potosí.

Santa Fe Mourning: A Santa Fe Revival Mystery
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The major reason why I chose to read Santa Fe Mourning is its setting of Santa Fe, New Mexico in the 1920s, and in this respect, the book certainly does not disappoint. The landscape comes to life and so does the time period. In the 1920s, Santa Fe was a place where people with lung ailments went for cures-- and where ne'er-do-wells and rich families' "black sheep" went so they wouldn't be an embarrassment. We also get to learn about some of the real-life people who called the place home. All in all, I was given some happy researching to do about the area's history-- and I'm also planning a return trip.

The mystery surrounding the man's death is solid, although I did find whodunit rather easy to deduce. For me, the major downfall of the book is in its characters. Maddie is a strong main character, and her wealthy background does give her an advantage when trying to tease out some of the clues, but the rest of the cast is rather two-dimensional. I was most disappointed in Maddie's love interest-- a handsome British doctor who comes to work at an area hospital. The man has very little to say for himself. The two meet for dinner, but we're told more of what they spoke about than actually hearing their conversation. The doctor helps Maddie out in her investigation, but we don't hear it from him; once again we're told what he discovered. When a character is supposed to be so wonderful, I want to find out for myself, not be told secondhand, and I would imagine many readers feel the same way.

So... I have a dilemma. Do I read the next book in the series because I love the setting and the time period so much? Or do I give it a miss because the characters are disappointing? I'm afraid the jury is still out.

Ellie Jordan, Ghost Trapper (Volume 1)
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Well written self published book, plot involves Ghost hunters using all scientific gadgets female lead Ellie is believable and discriptions of action good. I enjoyed the set up and showing research done prior to them going out to sites. This was such a good book that I looked for others but they are all mostly ebooks by this author if you can find one it is well worth the read. The Ghosts come in all sorts of hauntings and they show the dangers faced in going after the paranormal .

Dressed for Death (Drew Farthering, Bk 4)
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Lots of suspects in this mystery. I was glad to visit with my favorite hero sleuth, Drew Farthering. These murders, and there are a few, even some shocking ones, have Drew questioning his mystery solving abilities. I felt so sorry for him and the others who lost loved ones. Full Review at my website.

The Rise of Nine (Lorien Legacies, Bk 3)
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Just got tired of reading it. Didn't finish it. The development of the new Garde characters was just not that good. Told from multiple points of view the chapters sometimes can become confusing until you figure out who's talking.

The Dark Angel: Ruth Galloway 10 (The Dr Ruth Galloway Mysteries)
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Tenth in the series with Dr. Ruth Galloway, a forensic anthropologist in Norfolk England. I read this series for the characters and their stories, not so much for the mysteries. In this episode, Ruth is invited to Italy by an old acquaintance. Professor Morelli has turned up some bones and wants to ask her advice. Galloway's on-again off-again affair with DCI Nelson is off again, now that his wife is pregnant, and she jumps at the chance to do some work and have a little holiday in the process. She takes along daughter Kate and her friend Shona plus Shona's son for company. But it seems the Professor only wants her for publicity purposes, so he can get his TV show back on the air. There are some small but disturbing events that hint at secrets from the past, but all seems well enough until an earthquake. Then the local priest is found murdered in the damaged church. I guessed immediately the secret of the grandfather, although I didn't guess the culprit.
Meanwhile, Nelson learns about the earthquake and immediately books a flight for Italy, leaving his pregnant wife to console herself with her lover - but there are dangers at home too.
It's all worthy of a soap opera but with better dialogue. As usual, I wish for more technical details about the bones that Galloway gets called to examine - Griffiths tends to use Galloway's profession to get her into the scene but then not do much with it. But I thought it was amusing when she realizes she's there because she's famous and not for her knowledge - or even her long ago fling with the professor. Nelson is not acting in a real rational manner, haring off to Italy just because Galloway doesn't answer her phone, so we spend half the novel tense with anticipation waiting for what Michelle will do.
Shona and Cathbad are along but don't do much. In fact I'm not sure why Griffiths put Cathbad in at all, his only role was to provide a friend in Italy so he and Nelson could have a place to stay. I guess the friend also provided an entry into the Italian police for Nelson.
There's a very sad event near the end, I have to say I didn't care for that, but it means there won't be any neat solution for the relationship tangle. Poor Nelson, he's going to need some serious therapy if Griffiths keeps piling stuff on him.
A new reader could start here, because there a little explanation given on the backstory of all the characters, but there's some huge character arcs going on that are best read from the beginning.

Final Girls: A Novel
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I didn't enjoy this book as much as I expected to. I thought the pacing was slow. The ending did surprise me however.

Day Four: A Novel
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Terrible writing! Don't bother with this one for the others wishing for it just not worth it!

The More Mavericks, the Merrier! (Montana Mavericks: The Baby Bonanza) (Harlequin Special Edition, No 2517)
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Good friends to lovers story. Jamie is a widower and father of triplet babies. His wife died when they were born. The people of Rust Creek Falls came together to form a volunteer group that helps care for the babies. One of the members of that group is longtime family friend, Fallon. As Christmas approaches, Fallon wants to see Jamie enjoy the season with his children and attempts to push him out of the rut he is in.

Jamie's children are the center of his world. Though unknown to the general public, his marriage had not been everything he had hoped for. His wife had been unhappy living on the ranch. She hadn't wanted children and was angry when she got pregnant, even more so when it turned out to be triplets. She made Jamie's life miserable, and the only one he could confide in was his friend Fallon. He's not overly thrilled with Fallon's plans for the holidays, as he always feels that people look at him with pity when he's out with the kids, but eventually he gives in.

Fallon loves the triplets almost as much as she loves their father. She kept that love hidden while he was married. Now she can't help dreaming that he would wake up and see her as something more than a friend.

I enjoyed the progression of Jamie and Fallon's relationship. Jamie has always looked at Fallon as a friend he could depend on. He got quite a shock the day that he accidentally saw her changing her shirt and suddenly realized that his good friend was also a very attractive woman. But he's also very wary of doing anything about it. He's had so much loss in his life that the idea of doing something that could screw up his friendship with Fallon is something he doesn't want to think about. He tries very hard to forget about the feelings that she's stirred up, but he just can't do it. Fallon was surprised by what she had seen in Jamie's eyes that day, which gave her hope that maybe she had a chance with him after all. But after days of him treating her the same as always, she realized that she needed to do something to make Jamie see her as more than just his friend. It was fun to see his reaction to her makeover, especially when someone else started paying her attention. He still fought his attraction until he couldn't fight it any longer. I loved seeing them finally come together, and what they had was fantastic. But Jamie still has some deep-seated fears that cause him to pull back. I thought that Fallon was amazingly understanding, even through her hurt. I loved seeing Jamie finally realize the truth of his feelings. He had two big emotional scenes at the end; one when Fallon came back from her trip and the other at her parents' anniversary party. Fallon also provided a very interesting twist that made a huge impact on Jamie's life.

The Walking Bread (A Bread Shop Mystery)
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The Walking Bread is the third installment in the A Bread Shop Mystery series featuring part time baker and photographer, Ivy Culpepper. The quaint town of Santa Sofia, California is preparing for the annual Art Car parade and not only has Ivy been hired as the official photographer for the festivities but Yeast of Eden, the bread shop owned by her honorary aunt Olaya Solis, is catering for the crowds.

Ivy's brother Billy, has been entering the Art Car Show for as long as she can remember and has always finished runner up to his rival Max Litman. Unfortunately early on Ivy had discovered that Billy's mentor, high school art teacher Mr. Zavila had been secretly spying on Billy's plans and then turning them over to Max, ensuring that Billy would always finish second. Determined to best his rival this year, Billy put out false plans for his car and was keeping his true theme top secret.

As the cars begin staging in the airport hangar that will house them for the show Ivy is busy snapping pictures when she suddenly spots a pair of legs sticking out of the front of Max's zombie car. The legs belong to Max and it's no surprise when Sheriff Robert Lane accuses Billy of being the killer. Knowing that her brother is not a killer, Ivy sets out with the help of Deputy Sheriff Emmaline Davis, her boyfriend Miguel, and octogenarian Penelope Branford to clear Billy's name.

A fast paced plot with well developed characters that kneads together a great mystery and the true meaning of family and friends. The book reads as a stand alone but I strongly urge readers to start from the beginning of the series in order to learn more about Ivy and her community.

He Done Her Wrong (Toby Peters, Bk 8)
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This is an interesting story in this series, and I really enjoyed the brief IRS interlude, hopefully the IRS will investigate Toby further, but....

There are authors who pad their books with filler---and most of it is booooooring---but the filler used in the latter part of this book is a real doozy.

Hollow City (Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children, Bk 2)
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I forgot that I had already read this on my Kindle till I was a chapter in... but I kept reading it again anyway. Finished it in 6 hours straight. Such a great series!

A Christmas by the Sea
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Hooray! A new Christmas book from Melody Carlson! It has become a holiday tradition for me! I love them! Each one stirs up Christmas nostalgia and those warm feelings the season brings.
Wendy is struggling financially after her husband's death and trying to keep her life has she has known it afloat, not only for her but for her son Jackson. She can't see past putting one foot in front of another and maintaining her job. She gets word she has inherited her grandparent's beach cottage in Maine. Wendy sees it as a way to pay off her bills by fixing it up and selling it in the 3 weeks they are there. This will enable them to be home by Christmas.
As she enters the little town that held so many happy childhood memories her emotions are in turmoil. Her 12 year old son has other plans. He wants a fresh start in a new place, as he has been miserable since his Dad's death. The town isn't as small and dead as it used to be. It has grown with new people and businesses.
With each reminiscence, she wards off the tugs at her heart to love the town, house and people. She has blinders on envisioning their life in Ohio as the only way they can live. Jackson barrels ahead embracing every experience and moment, and appears to think they are moving there. Wendy, not wanting to burst his bubble, makes it harder on herself by not telling him the truth. His enthusiasm and joy draws her in.
When we are adults and suffer tragedy, we cling to what is familiar, unable to realize new opportunities in front of us. Children's eyes and hearts are clear to comprehend and embrace the joyfulness of new beginnings. I saw this in Wendy and Jackson. I can relate as after my husband died I too wanted to cling to what I had known, changes were frightening and sometimes still are. I have grown to realize that I cannot continue to in the life I had because a vital part of it is no longer there.
Thank you Ms. Carlson for another wonderful and touching book to warm my heart!
I received this book from Revell Publishing in exchange for an honest review. The opinions I have stated are my own.

And the Trees Crept In
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This was so creepy. I was hooked right away. As it went on, it became quite strange and I struggled with hanging in there, but in the end it was worth it and all the strange things were explained so I was surprised by how much I liked it.

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