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A Winter Journey

A Winter Journey: A War Story for Today

World War II scattered as many lives as it destroyed, leaving another generation to piece together their lost and buried pasts. Diane Armstrong’s Winter Journey is one such story and a gripping one, but it is far more than the tale of one woman’s search for her past. It’s a story that should send shivers […]

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Girl on the Train

The Girl on the Train: a Mixed Review

Paula Hawkins’ The Girl on the Train, carries the reader into the lives of three women who occupy, at one time or another, two houses on Bleinheim Rd. in London. Rachel views them from the train, and for her they represent the marriage she had and lost. Anna, the second voice, is her replacement. Megan, […]

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My Name is Lucy Barton

A Story to Love: My Name is Lucy Barton

I wish I could write this way—with an effortless lucidity and simplicity that reaches the heart. Elizabeth Strout’s title, My Name is Lucy Barton, expresses the simplicity of her prose, though the power and full meaning of the phrase only come with the reading. The plot is equally simply. While in the hospital in Manhattan, Lucy […]

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A Paris Apartment: A Bestseller?

Michelle Gable’s A Paris Apartment is a bestseller and the setup was intriguing enough to make me buy the book. Alice, a professional antique dealer, heads for a Paris apartment that hasn’t been open for seventy years. Such a premise, based on the actual discovery of such an apartment, promises aging secrets, great mystery, and […]

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Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter: Southern Mystery at its Best

There’s little argument that the American South produces the best storytellers in the nation, and best-selling author, Tom Franklin, certainly counts as one of those. Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter is a mystery full of past sins rising from the grave, forbidden friendships and betrayals—in short the soil of small town Mississippi life. Larry Ott, white, […]

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The Bright Forever

The Bright Forever: a Different Mystery

I like mysteries that are based more on character than plot, and Lee Martin’s Pulitzer Prize Finalist, The Bright Forever, is one of those. It is as much about the social dynamics of small towns and the destructive power of isolation as the tragedy that results.   Pieces of the story unfold from the point […]

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Fates and Furies

A Wild Read: FATES AND FURIES

The characters of Lauren Groff’s multiple award winner, FATES AND FURIES, are conceived on the scale of the Greek tragedies the title suggests. Consumed by great love and great fury and driven by their sense of their fates. If you were captured by the gentle subtlety  of Toni Fuhrman’s character treatments in One Who Loves, […]

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Snow Child

Snow Child: a Magical Read

For all who find magical power in nature or who grew up with fairy tales, Eowyn Ivey’s Snow Child  is a must read. The book was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and a winner of the UK National Book Award and with good reason. Ivey mixes the harsh reality of the 1920 Alaska wilderness […]

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Best Selling Reads: Kate Morton

  Authors frequently fall into a sour grapes attitude toward those who are more successful than they are, so I’ll try hard not to commit that sin. I do read best sellers to discover the key to success, as I’m sure other authors do, but end by discovering the same essential question. Does the story […]

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One Who Loves

Introducing ONE WHO LOVES, A Great Read

I’m delighted to introduce author, Toni Fuhrman  and her first novel, One Who Loves,  just published in e-book by New Libri Press. I’ve loved Toni’s work for years; her grasp of the subtleties of human nature is as impressive as her prose. She has a gentle touch and a fluidity that will carry you through […]

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What Happened to My Sister

What Happened to My Sister: A Mixed Read

Elizabeth Flock’s What Happened to my Sister follows her best seller Me and Emma and, according to the reviews, I should have read the latter first. I didn’t, and perhaps that’s the reason for my mixed review. I’d love to hear comments from any who have read it, in order or not. Nine-year-old Carrie Parker and […]

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