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    The Memory Collectors by Kim Neville

    Today’s featured book is Kim Neville’s literary debut, THE MEMORY COLLECTORS. It was an engrossing, unexpected read, so grab a cup of coffee and take a moment to learn more about this book. I received an advanced copy of the book from Atria Paperback; all opinions are my own. This post contains affiliate links that may earn me a commission if you purchase through them. SYNOPIS My Review I was drawn to this book first by its lovely cover, the comparisons to The Keeper of Lost Things, The Coincidence of Coconut Cake, and Practical Magic (ALL of which I loved) and by the synopsis. I love magical realism, and this was a…

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    THE BLACK-MARKETER’S DAUGHTER by Suman Mallick + Guest Post

    Today on the blog I’m bringing you a guest post from author Suman Mallick, courtesy of Lone Star Book Blog Tours. I’d already added Mallick’s debut novel The Black-Marketer’s Daughter to my TBR pile, and his post has moved the book to the top of the stack! The story behind the story is as compelling as the praise it has already received. Read on for the synopsis, Mallick’s guest post titled “The Story Behind the Story” and be sure to check out other stops on the Lone Star book blog tour for reviews, author interviews, and an excerpt of the novel! THE BLACK-MARKETER’S DAUGHTERbySuman Mallick Category: Contemporary / Literary Fiction…

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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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    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,…

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    Book Review: Why Stuff Matters by Jen Waldo

    Why Stuff Matters is the second book written by author Jen Waldo. Her debut novel Old Buildings in North Texas was a funny, quirky, and slightly dark work of fiction that felt truly original (you can find my review here). This novel was a strong follow up to her first and did not disappoint – I loved it! While the author has returned to her Caprock, Texas setting, this is a standalone book. Read on to learn more about the book and author. I was provided a copy of the book for review purposes; this post may contain affiliate links. WHY STUFF MATTERSbyJEN WALDO Sub-genre: Literary Fiction / HumorPublisher: Arcadia BooksDate…

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    The Fifteen Wonders of Daniel Green by Erica Boyce

    Thanks to NetGalley for giving me the opportunity to read an advance copy of The Fifteen Wonders of Daniel Green, which is a wonderful read for lovers of literary fiction. This one caused all the feels, so grab your tissues when you pick up your own copy of this story. Initially, this is a story about crop circles – yes, those otherworldly designs that appear in fields of corn or wheat. This plot line provides the basis for multiple storylines involving both Daniel Green, the crop circler, and the family he creates it for. Ultimately, this a story about family and forgiveness. There’s a bit of symbolism in the design that…

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    2017 LSBBT Bloggers’ Choice Awards: Best Literary Fiction & Best Religious/Inspirational/Spiritual

    The Lone Star Book Blog Tours team has voted, and the results are in!  Picked from the Texas books and authors featured on Lone Star Book Blog Tours in 2017, today we bring you our picks for Best Literary Fiction and Best Religious/Inspirational/Spiritual WHEW! Best Literary Fiction is possibly my favorite category here and there were SOOOOO many choices.  THIS was an impossible choice. The winner was The Grave Tender, which was impossible for me to review because it was one where I’m fearful of giving away anything, but Camille DiMaio’s novel  Before the Rain Falls is one I have been recommending to everyone, and I absolutely adored Lady Jayne Disappears.…

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    Book Review: Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance

    Y’all, I’m speechless. Not because this book is so amazing – although it is!  No, I’m left without words because despite all the raving I’ve done to everyone (in person and online) about Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance, I didn’t finish my review of it! How did this happen? This is one of my favorite books of 2017. Read on to learn why!   I read Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance book in November and to be quite honest, it’s probably the reason why I didn’t get through as many advanced review copies as I would normally read in the holiday season (including a few Christmas reads.) I just had to slow…

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    Blog Tour: Before the Rain Falls

    Before the Rain Falls opens as one of the main characters, Della Lee is convicted of murder – in 1943. The second chapter brings us to present day – on her first day home from prison. Curious? You should be, and I’m joining up with Lone Star Book Blog to bring you a change to win one of three signed copies of this amazing book which is making my list of must-reads for 2017. So join me! BEFORE THE RAIN FALLS by CAMILLE DI MAIO   Genre: Women’s Fiction / Historical / Family Publisher: Lake Union Publishing Date of Publication: May 16, 2017 Number of Pages: 334 Scroll down for Giveaway! After…

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    Reviewing Foy: On the Road to Lost

    FOY:ON THE ROAD TO LOST by GORDON ATKINSON   Genre: Literary Fiction Publisher: Material Media LLC Facebook  I  Twitter Date of Publication: March 1, 2017 Number of Pages: 194   Scroll down for Giveaway! Gordon Atkinson, of the popular blog RealLivePreacher, brings us Foy, a recently- divorced, recently-resigned pastor in the midst of redefining personal meaning. As Foy travels to New Orleans, hoping to find a new identity separate from the church, he keenly observes the everyday, rendering ordinary moments unexpectedly significant. Atkinson’s own background as a preacher and blogger inspires Foy’s confessional voice, the voice which characterizes this story about how our own experiences impact the universal search for…