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The Memory Collectors by Kim Neville

Many of us have seemingly worthless objects we treasure because they hold memories of their owners. A father's hat, a mother's ring, a child's old shoe, we connect with them emotionally. In The Memory Collectors, Kim Neville takes this idea... Continue Reading →

The Forgotten Kingdom by Signe Pike

The Forgotten Kingdom is the second in a trilogy that takes us back to right before Arthur, telling us the story of Merlin's sister whose existence is suggested by a 13th-century poem of him in dialogue with his sister. Signe... Continue Reading →

Little Disasters by Sarah Vaughan

Little Disasters is a contemporary novel about what happens when a child is injured and abuse is expected. Lisa is a pediatrician called to the Emergency Room when a child's injuries invite suspicion. She is shocked to discover she knows... Continue Reading →

Ordinary Hazards by Anne Bruno

Ordinary Hazards is a book that sneaks up on you. It all happens one evening at The Final Final, the last bar on the way out of town. It's five o'clock and Emma is parked on a stool drinking whiskey.... Continue Reading →

Behind the Red Door by Megan Collins

Behind the Red Door is a psychological thriller focusing on Fern Douglas, a woman with serious anxiety issues. In fact, when she sees a woman on the news and is certain she has seen her in person, not even her... Continue Reading →

Dear Emmie Blue by Lia Louis

Dear Emmie Blue is a delightful romance that began in childhood when sixteen-year-old Emmie attached a hurtful secret to a balloon and sent it off in the air. Lucas found it and emailed her response and so began a life-long... Continue Reading →

In Five Years by Rebecca Serle

In Five Years is a surprising contemporary "romance" that resists pigeon-holing. Dannie Kohan is a corporate lawyer and somehow makes that seem like something exciting and wonderful. That's an accomplishment in itself. The story opens with what should be the... Continue Reading →

Snow by Gilles Whittell

Snow was always of paramount importance while growing up in northern Minnesota. Walking out to the main road to put the flag out for the snow plow could be easy or difficult depending on the quality of the snow. Fine powdery... Continue Reading →

This Tender Land by William Kent Krueger

This Tender Land is one of my most anticipated books for September. I enjoy William Kent Krueger's Cork O'Connor series, but I loved his standalone novel "Ordinary Grace" which is so much more than the mystery is seems at first... Continue Reading →

We Are All Good People Here by Susan Rebecca White

College roommates! If you're unlucky, as I was, you will be relieved when she is expelled. If you're lucky, you will get along. If you're really lucky, you will have a lifetime friend. Daniella and Eve were really lucky. Their... Continue Reading →

The Wolf and the Watchman by Niklas Natt och Dag

Gotham City has nothing on Stockholm in 1793. A grim, bleak city rife with poverty and corruption, Stockholm reeks of desperation and despair. In The Wolf and the Watchman by Niklas Natt och Dog, when a body is found in the river with... Continue Reading →

The Clockmaker’s Daughter by Kate Morton

The Clockmaker's Daughter is a complex history covering several people who through accident or design find themselves at Birchwood Manor,  a place that makes people feel safe and secure, blessed by the Faery Queen for sheltering the Eldritch Children according to... Continue Reading →

Rage Becomes Her by Soraya Chemaly

Rage Becomes Her is at once the worst and best book to have started in the midst of the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation. I was already enraged and this book has so much more to make me angry, but it also puts... Continue Reading →

Anatomy of a Scandal by Sarah Vaughan

When Sarah Vaughan began writing Anatomy of a Scandal and Atria Books decided to publish it, they had no idea they would be releasing a book about a conservative politician accused of rape smack in the middle of the #MeToo moment/movement.... Continue Reading →

In the Midst of Winter by Isabel Allende

Isabel Allende's newest novel In the Midst of Winter creates some bizarre juxtapositions that in less skilled hands would be appalling, yet from those juxtapositions, she fashions a moving winter romance. It begins when Richard Bowmaster, a University human rights professor, has a... Continue Reading →

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