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    The Lost Manuscript by Cathy Bonidan – A Book Review

    If you’re looking for something a little different – quirky and fun – check out Cathy Bonidan’s new novel The Lost Manuscript. I received an advanced copy of the book from St. Martin’s Press via NetGalley; all opinions are my own. This post contains some affiliate links that may earn me a commission if you purchase through them. My Thoughts The premise of The Lost Manuscript was so interesting. Anne-Lise Briard finds a manuscript in a nightstand. While we don’t initially know the story it tells, it so moves her that she decides she MUST return it to the author. Sylvestre, the author, reveals that his manuscript was unfinished, and…

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    Two Christmas Romances (That Will Scratch Your Travel Itch)

      Now that November and NaNoWriMo are behind me, I’m playing catchup on the backlog of AMAZING book ARCs I have.  I really struggled this fall reading Christmas stories before the Christmas season, but now that I’m digging into them, I’m sorry I waited. I’ve got two Christmas romances for you that have the comforting, heartwarming feeling of a Hallmark move AND, with their travel themes, just may scratch that travel itch you’ve got. Sarah Morgan’s One More for Christmas takes us to Scotland, and Sandy Barker’s The Christmas Swap main characters travel to Melbourne, Australia, to Penham, England, AND Breckenridge, Colorado. Many thanks to the publishers for providing me advance…

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    Love In the Afternoon by Karen Hawkins – A Dove Pond Novella

    If you read The Book Charmer by Karen Hawkins and enjoyed it, then you will love Love in the Afternoon. It’s a sweet, quick read. All opinions are my own. This post contains some affiliate links that may earn me a commission if you purchase through them. Synopsis My Thoughts on Love in the Afternoon Love in the Afternoon is a novella in Karen Hawkins Dove Pond series This story is short, fun, heartwarming, and a little quirky. (I really delighted over Doyle’s shenanigans.) The story deals with real-life struggles – like trusting yourself, finding yourself again after you’ve lost yourself in a relationship, parenting a neurodiverse child, venturing out…

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    The Awakening by Nora Roberts – A Book Review

    I have my list of tried and true authors whose books I always look for because they never disappoint. I know they will let me escape from the world for a while, and their writing style is so familiar, it’s almost a comfort. Nora Roberts (including her writing as J.D. Robb) is one such author, and her upcoming release The Awakening did not disappoint. The most disappointing thing about any series she writes is that I know I’ll have to wait for the next book to be released. Read on to see what tickled me with this book. I received an advanced copy of the book from St. Martin’s Press…

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    How Lulu Lost Her Mind by Rachel Gibson – Book Review

    Today I’ve got a book that brings all the feels and deals with some tough topics while managing to be laugh-out-loud funny. Interested? Rachel Gibson’s novel How Lulu Lost Her Mind is the book for you! I think this book is making my list of top 10 favorite books of 2020. Read on to learn more about this wonderful book! I received an advanced copy of the book from the Gallery Books via NetGalley; all opinions are my own. This post contains some affiliate links that may earn me a commission if you purchase through them. About the Book My Thoughts On How Lulu Lost Her Mind I adored this…

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    Ring Shout by P. Djèlí Clark

    I have read a LOT of books this year (no small surprise) but none like Ring Shout by author P. Djèlí Clark. This alternative history packs a powerful punch in novella form. Superb and unputdownable, it digs in and doesn’t let go. I received an advanced copy of the book from the publisher via NetGalley; all opinions are my own. This post contains some affiliate links that may earn me a commission if you purchase through them.. The Book My Thoughts on Ring Shout Ring Shout is a speculative fiction set in 1915, as D.W. Griffith’s horrendous film The Birth of Nation feeds the hate in the Ku Klux Klan. And…

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    Anxious People by Fredrik Backman – Book Review

    Fredrik Backman’s newest release titled Anxious People is a complete delight. Read on to see why I fell in love with it! I received an advanced digital copy of this book from Atria Books via NetGalley; all opinions are my own. This post contains some affiliate links that may earn me a commission if you purchase through them. This is one of those reviews where you want to shout out loud how wonderful a book is – but at the same time, you don’t want to give away too much, as I think part of the fun is going into a book a little blind. This is the story about…

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    The Book Charmer by Karen Hawkins – A Belated Book Review

    What happens when someone asks you for a book recommendation, and you when youearch for your review on a particular book, you discover you only raved about it on social media? (Apparently, you only wrote the review in your head and on NetGalley…) You write a belated book review to make up for it! In this instance, the book in question is the very magical novel The Book Charmer by Karen Hawkins. I received an advanced copy of the book from Gallery Books via NetGalley; all opinions are my own. This post contains some affiliate links that may earn me a commission if you purchase through them. My Thoughts The…

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    The Paper Daughters of Chinatown by Heather B. Moore – A Book Review

    My historical fiction binging continues, and this one is yet another based on a true life store. The Paper Daughters of Chinatown by author Heather B. Moore is one of the most compelling historical fiction books I’ve read this year. I was provided an advanced copy from Shadow Mountain Publishing; all opinions are my own. This post contains some affiliate links that may earn me a commission if you purchase through them. Details and Synopsis What I Liked About The Paper Daughters of Chinatown I appreciate when a book introduces a piece of history that I knew little to nothing about. That this is a part of history here in…

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    Book Review: Mistress of the Ritz by Melanie Benjamin

    I’m on a historical fiction kick lately! Perhaps I’m finding stories of female resistance fighters particularly inspiring at the moment, maybe I just need stories with a strong female main character. Either way, Melanie Benjamin’s Mistress of the Ritz ticking all the boxes. All opinions are my own. This post contains some affiliate links that may earn me a commission if you purchase through them. Book Details & Synopsis My Thoughts on Mistress of the Ritz This is my first Melanie Benjamin novel, but it definitely will not be my last! It ticked all the boxes for what I look for in a historical fiction tale. It is beautifully written,…