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Chance of a Ghost (Haunted Guesthouse, Bk 4)
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I like reading all E.J. Copperman's "Haunted Guesthouse" series books. This is the 4th one and the best one so far. Even tho Harbor Haven is a fictional place the rest of the places mentioned in the series are real. It is what got me to read the first book and can't wait to read the 5th next.

Lord Harry's Daughter (Signet Regency Romance)
Lord Harry's Daughter (Signet Regency Romance)
Author: Evelyn Richardson
Genre: Romance
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
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Nice development of a close friendship between the main characters throughout this story. Sophia, the heroine, and her mother have been travelling with the British Army for most of her life, because her father and stepfather were soldiers. She's a great artist, as well as an excellent horsewoman and crack shot, and very intrepid. The hero, Mark Adair is an exploring officer. If you like Carla Kelly's books that feature military heroes during the Peninsular Wars you'll enjoy this book. Most of it takes place in Spain and France. However the hero has an affair with another woman during the course of this book, and that may be a deal breaker for some readers. Even when they meet again in London after the war, and he is looking to choose a wife, although he cares for Sophia and values their friendship, he does realize it is her he loves and wants to marry till the very end of the book. A decent read but I like my heroes to be a little less dense!

The Bracelet
The Bracelet
Author: Roberta Gately
Genre: Literature & Fiction
Book Type: Paperback
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Interesting subject based largely on fact. Story did come together rather quickly at the end.

Life As I Blow It: Tales of Love, Life, and Sex . . . Not Necessarily in That Order
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It was good, fun, and quite entertaining. I recommend it.

Man in the Dark
Man in the Dark
Author: Paul Auster
Genre: Literature & Fiction
Book Type: Hardcover
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I liked this book about families and secrets. I especially liked Brill's imaginary story of a parallel world and how it eventually meets up with reality.

The Door to Ambermere
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I enjoyed this meeting of two worlds fantasy. I especially liked the way Daniel figured out how to navigate in Ambermere and how he met his love, Modesty. I look forward to reading the next book in the series, The Sorceress of Ambermere.

And the Mountains Echoed
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I liked this book about family told from different points of view. I especially liked how the events in the past rippled into the future in unexpected ways.

The Bartender's Tale
The Bartender's Tale
Author: Ivan Doig
Genre: Literature & Fiction
Book Type: Hardcover
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This is a beautifully written book about family and life in a small Montana town. I loved the descriptions of daily life and the interactions between the characters, especially between Rusty and his dad, Tom.

The Kitchen House
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Excellent read! Absolutely loved it! You will not be disappointed!

Beauty : A Retelling of the Story of Beauty and the Beast (Folktales)
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I enjoyed this version of "Beauty and the Beast". I especially liked the interactions between Beauty and the two "spirits", and how Beauty and the Beast gradually became friends.

Thief of Time: A Novel of Discworld
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I enjoyed this book about time, destiny and the Four, or is it Five, Horsemen of the Apocalypse. I especially liked Monk Lu-Tze and his lessons to his apprentice Lobsang Ludd.

The Light Between Oceans
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This is a beautifully poignant book about hope and loss, good and bad decisions, and how people's choices affect people they don't know.

Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore
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I enjoyed this book of books both new and old. I especially liked how Clay and his friends use their skills and interests to solve problems big and small.

The Christmas Cat
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It's a delightful Christmas feel good novel from one of my favorite authors. What makes this book extra special is the fact it evolves around cats. Cats are fun, mysterious, and have such different personalities!

Garrison Brown had meant to visit his grandmother more when he returned from Uganda but with several Dr. Appointments for his malaria and looking for a job; things got crazy. Now she was gone! His Grandma's attorney wanted to see him right away. He couldn't imagine what was so urgent. He knew his Gram's didn't have money but he hurried over to see what needed to be done.

Garrison can't believe his ears. He knew his Gram's loved cats but really! Her dying wish was for him to find good homes for her 6 cats. That seemed easy enough until he got the list of requirements these adoptive families had to meet.

1. The cats could only be placed with an approved family
2. The approved Adoptive family must live in Gram's neighborhood
3. The approved adoptive family must have resided in the neighborhood for at least a year none of her cats would be placed in a transient homes.

The list went on and on... Garrison realized that these cats were like her children. But this list seemed unreal, and impossible to do!
Garrison was told that after the cats were placed for a two week trial period he'd have to pay a surprise visit to ensure that the cats are happily settled into their new homes. If anything was amiss the cats would be removed.

The attorney points out one more thing, "All adoptive families will be given a check for $10,000.00 after you have determined all six cats are settled and happy.....You can tell people but I don't recommend doing that....it would make it difficult to sift the suitable adoptive homes from the gold diggers."

"Your grandmother's final wish was for her cats to find good homes and the people who adopted them to be blessed in the process."

Garrison left the office a little baffled; how was he going to find homes for these cats? How was he going to live at his Gram's house and take care of them when he was allergic to cats? He realized he only lived six years under his Gram's roof and the cats were there many more years after he left. He would do whatever it takes to grant his Gram's final wish! She had done so much for him!

I loved hearing about all the different cats' personalities and their special needs. LOL! Fun! You can tell that the author is passionate about cats from her dedication and the role Harry plays in this book, "Dedicated to Harry, a very fine Maine Coon cat who found us in the middle of a snowy winter and won a place in all of our hearts."

This is a heart-warming, Christmas story I enjoyed. If you have cats or just love them you'll enjoy this charming story that gives the reader a picture of what loving your neighbor as yourself looks like. This makes a great gift, Nov and Dec book club pick and it's just fun!

THANKS to The Book Club Network www.bookfun.org for the review copy of this book for my honest opinion!

Nora St Laurent
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The Book Club Network blog www.psalm516.blog.spot.com
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Fastnet, Force 10: The Deadliest Storm in the History of Modern Sailing, New Edition
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This is an exciting book about storms and the people who battle them. I especially liked learning about the life boats and helicopters and the men who rescued all they could.

The Heart of the Matter
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I enjoyed this book about an assistant police commissioner facing a moral dilemma. I especially liked the interactions between Scobie and Helen and between Scobie and Wilson.

Arctic Chill (Reykjavik, Bk 5)
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I enjoyed this mystery set in Iceland. The possibilities kept me guessing right until the end. I look forward to reading earlier books in this series.

Geist (Book of the Order, Bk 1)
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This is a very good urban fantasy, featuring battles between the living and the dead. I enjoyed the characters and their interactions, especially between Sorcha and Merrick. I look forward to reading the next book in the series, Spectyr.

The Redgraves: A Family Epic
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This was a very interesting biography of a fascinating family. I enjoyed learning about the Redgraves and their accomplishments and disappointments both in their career and in their personal lives.

Perfect Circle
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I enjoyed this book about hauntings both seen and unseen. I especially liked the characters' interactions, notably between Will and his daughter Meghan, and between Will and the ghosts he encounters.

The Book of Dave
The Book of Dave
Author: Will Self
Genre: Literature & Fiction
Book Type: Hardcover
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This was a complex and gripping book about family, madness, love and religion, with a new vocabulary to get used to from the beginning. At first, I wasn't sure I liked the book, but the story soon caught my interest and I wanted to learn more about Dave and the future inhabitants of Ham.

The Stranger
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I liked this book set in 1940s Algeria. Mersault's isolation and indifference to others and his own fate was creepy and thought-provoking.

The Dog Stars (Vintage Contemporaries)
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I loved this story about starting again in a new world. There's joy and heartbreak, excitement and serenity. I liked Hig's interactions with Bangley and especially with his dog Jasper.

The Margarets
The Margarets
Author: Sheri S. Tepper
Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
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I liked this book about identities and working with others to make a difference. While at times the plot was confusing to me, at the end, it all came together nicely. I especially liked the part when the "Margarets" met each other and learned where they each came from.

Late Nights on Air
Late Nights on Air
Author: Elizabeth Hay
Genre: Literature & Fiction
Book Type: Paperback
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I enjoyed this book about people at a radio station in the Canadian North. I especially liked the interactions between the characters and the life-changing trip some of them make.

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