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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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The Other Daughter

πŸŒŸπŸŒŸπŸŒŸπŸ’« An emotionally complex story that weaves between two female protagonists in two timeframes, and the dual locations of London, England, and Montreux, Switzerland. Jess - a first-person POV voice, is a thirty-nine year old teacher who tells her story in a current day timeline. With her divorce looming, and…

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Velma gone awry

🌟🌟🌟🌟 A new series from the author of the much-loved Clay Wolfe series, this is a very different kind of tale. Set in 1920’s prohibition-infused Brooklyn, the tone is darker, and disquieting, with themes that are both troubling and intense. The story is also historically rich, jam-packed with real-life characters…

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