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The Secret History of Audrey James

Book Review The Secret History of Audrey James by Heather MarshallHistorical Fiction Reader’s Thoughts: For readers looking for a WWII historical read this summer, look no further than Heather Marshall’s newest novel, The Secret History of Audrey James. Inspired by true stories of courageous women, this book explores the unbreakable bonds of friendship, love, and …

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Darling Girls

Book Review Darling Girls by Sally HepworthThriller | Mystery | Suspense As young girls, Jessica, Norah, and Alicia were raised by foster mother, Miss Fairchild, on an idyllic farming estate. But their childhood wasnโ€™t the fairy tale everyone thinks it was. When a body is discovered under the home they grew up in, the foster …

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Listen for the Lie

Book Review Listen for the Lie by Amy TinteraMystery | Thriller Reader’s Thoughts: What if everyone in town thought you’d murdered your best friend? What if no one believed you when you said you didn’t remember what had happened that night? After all, why would they? You were the last one to see her. You …

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The Girl Who Was Taken

Book Review The Girl Who Was Taken by Charlie DonleaMystery | Thriller | Suspense When it comes to mysteries and thrillers, I have a pretty good track record at figuring things out before the final reveal. It’s not often that an author manages to catch me completely off-guard, and yet, have the culprit still make …

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The Connellys of County Down

Book Review The Connelly’s of County Down by Tracey LangeFiction | Literary Fiction I will openly admit that general fiction and literary fiction aren’t genres I find myself naturally drawn toward. So when an advance copy of The Connellys of County Down landed on my doorstep a few months ago, I was hesitant to pick …

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The Enemy at Home

Book Review The Enemy at Home by Kevin O’BrienHistorical Fiction | Mystery | WWII With her husband stationed in North Africa, Nora gets a job as a riveter at the Seattle Boeing plant. In the middle of a world war, her country desperately needs Nora’s help — but not everyone is happy about a woman …

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Murder by Invitation Only

Book Review Murder by Invitation Only by Colleen CambridgeMystery | Historical Fiction Calling all Agatha Christie fans! Colleen Cambridge is back again with the third installment in this cozy mystery series that features none other than the fictional housekeeper of Agatha Christie herself, Phyllida Bright! Red herrings, a clue left behind on the body, and …

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In This Moment

Book Review In This Moment by Gabrielle MeyerHistorical Fiction / Romance / Time Travel Maggie inherited a gift from her time-traveling parents that allows her to live three separate lives in 1861, 1941, and 2001. Each morning, she awakes in a different time period without any time having passed. The catch? She has until her …

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Homecoming

Book Review Homecoming by Kate MortonHistorical Fiction | Mystery Reader’s Thoughts: Kate Morton has long been one of my favorite authors. Her dual timelines are always masterfully woven, creating a tangled but mesmerizing web of mystery and history — and this newest story did not disappoint. Homecoming layers rich settings and authentic characters into a …

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Beyond That, The Sea

Book Review Beyond That, The Sea by Laura Spence-AshHistorical Fiction | Coming of Age Last year, Celadon Publishers invited me to participate in their Read Together Initiative, and I jumped at the chance! I had never done a buddy read before, and was excited to give this new style of reading a shot — even …

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