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False Witness

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 1/2 What happens when a life-time of learned defenses suddenly stop working? This is a story about revenge, misogyny, rage and the sort of evil that keeps you awake at night. But at the heart of it, this is really a story about love. About guilt. And most of…

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The Secret of the Grand Hotel Du Lac

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 1/2 Inspired by true events beginning in 1944, and populated with characters who are composites of real-life heroes and villains, this meticulously researched and wonderfully evocative novel is WWII at its most chilling. With WWII instead of the Cold War fueling the fear and desperation-driven machinery of war-time counter-intelligence…

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The Wilderness Between Us

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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Spellbinding. Poignant. Inspirational. Brimming with the naturalism of Barbara Kingsolver and the authenticity of Anne Tyler, this book reached and filled a Covid-fueled paucity I wasn’t fully aware of. “What was there to be afraid of in this place where everything was as you saw it - naked and…

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⭐️⭐️⭐️ 1/2 My stop today on the #RRbooktours #blogtour for the thriller #Safekeeping by #evamackenzie How far will we go to protect our secrets, and the ones we love? Are the choices we make for love ever really justifiable? In this book we meet Sonia, Jamie and Jenna, each of…

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The Castilians

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 1/2 Historical fiction at its absolute best. This fascinating foray into the beginnings of the Scottish Reformation tells the fictional tale of Bethia and her brother Will, children of a wealthy merchant who are caught up in the activities surrounding the historical seizure of St. Andrews castle and the…

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The Other Passenger

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 1/2 “It was impossible to tell a pauper from a prince in this city”. Jamie Buckby, the narrator of our story, is a strange and unsettling character. A self-proclaimed provocateur, Jamie is arrogant, his humor skirting a definite edge, his relationship with his long-time lover Clare shuttered and cautious.…

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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ My stop today on the @rrbooktours1 #blogtour for the YA/NA book @Catwalk by @nicolegabor “I was sick of following the rules”. What teenage girl hasn’t dreamed of chucking it all in - college, suburbia, ( and parents), and heading for a new beginning in the bright lights of NYC.…

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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ A mind-blowing, insightful, and transformative look at what we want; why we want it; and what we can do to want more, or less, or want differently. The main theme provided by the author is that the vast majority of us live our lives wanting the things, (behaviors, lifestyles,…

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Dead Man’s Grave

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ “He who fights with monsters should look to it that he himself does not become a monsterAnd when you gaze long into an abyss then the abyss also gazes into you”. With those words from philosopher Nietzsche, we get a glimpse into the soul of Detective Sergeant Max Craigie,…

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The Five Things

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ “The Five Things” is an evocative, gentle book that wraps you up and pulls you into its beguiling world. We first meet Wendy, the main protagonist and our narrator, when she is a young child, aged around nine, living in the South of England in a small coastal village.…

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