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Miss Morgan’s Book Brigade

🌟🌟🌟🌟 β€œAs long as I could return to the library in my mind, I felt I could face whatever came." An engaging historical drama, beginning in 1918, opening the door on a little-known group of women, female volunteers with the American Committee for Devastated France (abbreviated as β€œCARDs”when translated from…

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Swift River

🌟🌟🌟🌟 A haunting saga about growing up different, disconnected and isolated, and the winding journey a life can take in its journey through to rootedness. Diamond, our first-person POV narrator, is a uniquely authentic voice. A young black girl whose narrative age varies from nine or so to sixteen, as…

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The Celestial Wife

The story of Daisy Shoemaker, who ranges in age from fifteen, at the start of the story, to her coming-of-age at twenty-one. Daisy is a fictional character, based on historically accurate research on the appalling lives of girls and women in fundamentalist Mormon polygamist (FLDS) sects as existed in the…

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North Woods

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 An exceptional read, with dozens of interesting characters and their stories, a historical perspective, and a thought-provoking message - bundled with gorgeous depictions of nature and its glory. This book is a literary (so historical it is almost scholarly) look at life surrounding, subsuming and begetting more life in…

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The House on Biscayne Bay

πŸŒŸπŸŒŸπŸŒŸπŸŒŸπŸ’« I do so love a good gothic novel. All the elements are here, at this author’s hands, building into a hauntingly mesmerizing read that hits all the right notes, keeping this reader thoroughly hooked, - right up to an ending not unpredictable but so perfectly fitting it appears to…

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November Rain

Second in the Paradise Cafe series, this is another interesting, enjoyable read, with a likable heroine, an evocative setting in Depression-era 1936 Toronto, and not one, but two mysteries to solve. When Charlotte Frayne, PI, is hired to investigate the suspicious suicide of a severely disfigured veteran, she must confront…

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Heat Wave

πŸŒŸπŸŒŸπŸŒŸπŸŒŸπŸ’« An engaging, interesting and strangely comforting read, - the first in a series that is historical, absorbing and not quite a cosy, but peopled with characters and a setting the reader can immediately relate to and feel comfortable with, and a plot that beckons one sink right into it,…

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Lilac Girls

🌟🌟🌟🌟 A harrowing true-life recounting of a perhaps lesser-known chapter in the bleakest time in human history. As we follow the lives of three women, beginning in the year 1939, we are introduced to three very different POVs surrounding the terrors and trials of WWII. Caroline Ferriday is a NYC…

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Beyond that, the sea

🌟🌟🌟🌟 A gentle, haunting look at love and compassion, with all their dips and valleys and unexpected meanderings, amidst the steady and inescapable pull of time. When Beatrix, an eleven-year-old Londoner, becomes an evacuee to America during the bombings of WWII, her life takes on an entirely new tone. Sent…

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