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Book Review Marilla of Green Gables

Synopsis: A bold, heartfelt tale of life at Green Gables . . . before Anne: A marvelously entertaining and moving historical novel, set in rural Prince Edward Island in the nineteenth century, that imagines the young life of spinster Marilla Cuthbert, and the choices that will open her life to the possibility of heartbreak—and unimaginable… Continue reading Book Review Marilla of Green Gables

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Synopsis: Told with gripping intensity, It Would be Night in Caracas chronicles one woman’s desperate battle to survive amid the dangerous, sometimes deadly, turbulence of modern Venezuela and the lengths she must go to secure her future. In Caracas, Venezuela, Adelaida Falcón stands over an open grave. Alone, she buries her mother—the only family she has ever… Continue reading Book Review

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How Fires End Book Review

Synopsis A dark secret born out of World War II lies at the heart of a Sicilian American family in this emotional and sweeping saga of guilt, revenge, and, ultimately, redemption. After soldiers vacate the Sicilian hillside town of Melilli in the summer of 1943, the locals celebrate, giving thanks to their patron saint, Sebastian.… Continue reading How Fires End Book Review

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Sudden Traveler Book Review

Synopsis: "Featuring her signature themes of identity, eroticism, and existential quest, the stories in Sarah Hall's third collection travel far afield in location and ambition--from Turkish forest and coastline to the rain-drenched villages of Cumbria. The characters in Sudden Traveler walk, drive, dream, and fly, trying to reconcile themselves with their journeys through life, death, and love.… Continue reading Sudden Traveler Book Review

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Overcoming Reading Slumps

Personally, reading slumps happen to me when I start reading a book that doesn't engross me completely, and I put off reading it because I dislike being bored. So, I end up not reading at all. I started reading Time After Time by Lisa Grunwald in July, and although the writing is beautiful and the… Continue reading Overcoming Reading Slumps

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Happy National Book Lovers Day!

Today is #nationalbookloversday and I felt the urge to write a blog in honor of such a beautiful celebration. There are uncountable reasons why we #bibliophiles love books so much. And here are five of mine: 1). Books are the best teachers. Through books, I’ve learned about subjects I would’ve never learned otherwise (mostly science… Continue reading Happy National Book Lovers Day!

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Book Review: Gods of Jade and Shadow

I finished reading Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno-Garcia a couple of weeks ago and never wrote anything about it, so here are my thoughts on it. Synopsis ”The Mayan God of Death sends a young woman on a harrowing, life-changing journey in this dark fairy tale inspired by Mexican folklore, for readers… Continue reading Book Review: Gods of Jade and Shadow

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Resistance Women Book Review

This was the first novel by Chiaverini that I read, and I have to say I was extremely impressed by the research that went into creating this massive book. The historical accuracy blew me away, allowing me to learn more about an era I am immensely passionate about. It was wonderfully written, but it is… Continue reading Resistance Women Book Review

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The Song of the Jade Lily

I received an ARC of The Song of the Jade Lily in exchange for an honest review. This book is wonderful in every sense of the word. The writing is easy to follow, the characters are all well developed, and the storyline itself is heartbreakingly beautiful. Themes of loss, love, friendship, identity, loyalty, and most… Continue reading The Song of the Jade Lily

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The Lieutenant’s Nurse Book Review

Synopsis November, 1941. She's never even seen the ocean before, but Eva Cassidy has her reasons for making the crossing to Hawaii, and they run a lot deeper than escaping a harsh Michigan winter. Newly enlisted as an Army Corps nurse, Eva is stunned by the splendor she experiences aboard the steamship SS Lurline; even… Continue reading The Lieutenant’s Nurse Book Review