Book Reviews

The One Book You Must Read This Summer

The Book You Need to Read This Summer The Solace of Water—Thomas Nelson Publishers By Elizabeth Byler Younts Sometimes a book sets me back on my heels and makes me really think. The Solace of Water did just that. I read it months ago through NetGalley’s advanced reader program, and I can’t get it out of my mind. And sometimes I get all bossy and tell people that they need to read a books, but not often. The story starts…

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Book Talk Tuesdays: Clean Books for Teenage Girls

Books for the Pre-teen and Teenage Girls in Your Life My first foray into reading involved animal stories by Jean Craighead George and Marguerite Henry. And then I discovered the myriad volumes of horse-and-girl stories. I devoured every one I could find in our library via the good old card catalog system. Somewhere between 8th and 9th grade, I graduated to Harlequin Romances. Yeah. Quite the switch. I didn’t discover Grace Livingston Hill for another twenty years, and the line-up…

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Everybody Needs to Read Everybody Always

Note: NetGalley provided me with a free digital copy of this book in exchange for my honest review on their website. If I really love a book, I’ll feature it on Book Talk Tuesdays. I am an Amazon affiliate. If you click on the title of the book, it will take you to Amazon where you can find out more information about purchasing the book. I receive a small commission at no additional cost to you. Love Does I first…

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Good Reads from Irene Hannon

Another Sweet Read from Irene Hannon I love it when an author can change gears successfully to a different genre. Irene Hannon has done just that with her latest release, Pelican Point. The story takes place in the seashore town of Hope Harbor, Oregon. She has written two previous stories in the Hope Harbor series, Sandpiper Cover and Sea Rose Lane. In Pelican Point: A Hope Harbor Novel we meet Dr. Ben Garrison, ex-army orthopedic surgeon, who returns to his…

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Brighty of the Grand Canyon Seen Through Today’s Lens

Book Talk Tuesdays: Children’s Classics I still remember baking and selling bread as a nine-year-old so that I could buy Marguerite Henry’s book Justin Morgan Had a Horse. When I entered the musty, high-ceiled bookstore on the main street of Clarksburg, WVA, I felt small and insignificant, but determined to buy a book. After frantically searching the shelves in vain, I mustered up my courage and asked a lady at a towering check-out counter where I could find the book.…

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Historical Romance, Revisited

Historical Romance, Anyone? I confess I had a small addiction to fluffy romance novels as a teenager. We didn’t go to movies, nor watch much television. My romantic heart reveled in the…novels of…Barbara Cartland…(if you’ve ever read one of her novels, you’ll understand the ellipses). A chance encounter with a Georgette Heyer book at my local library helped me move on to less…insipid…entertainment. (Ok, please tell me I’m not the only one who read Barbara Cartland novels.) I can’t say…

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A Place to Land: A Story of Longing and Belonging

Note: Clicking on the picture of the book will take you to Amazon. I am an Amazon affiliate. NetGalley sends me advanced digital copies of these books in exchange for my honest opinion on their website. I only feature books that I really love on my blog. Meeting a Memoir Author We all long for belonging. When we read memoirs, intimate, personal stories that manage to feel universal, we often end up wishing to meet the author. I’ve often wished…

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Book Talk Tuesdays: Sweet, Clean Romances

Note: Clicking on the picture of the book will take you to Amazon. I am an Amazon affiliate. Net Galley sends me advanced digital copies of these books in exchange for my honest opinion on their website. I only feature books that I really love on my blog. A Borrowed Dream By Amanda Cabot, published by Revell, March 20, 2018, 353 pages. The second installment of the Cimarron Creek series by Amanda Cabot features Catherine Whitfield, the town’s schoolteacher. Her…

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Book Talk Tuesdays: March 2018 New Releases

Note: Clicking on the picture of the book will take you to Amazon. I am an Amazon affiliate. Net Galley sends me advanced digital copies of these books in exchange for my honest opinion on their website. I only feature books that I really love on my blog. The Innkeeper’s Daughter By Michelle Griep, published by Shilo Run Press, 322 pages, March 1, 2018 Johanna Langley walks a tightrope between success and the workhouse. In order to keep the Blue…

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Book Talk Tuesdays: The Literary Genre and My Name is Venus Black

What IS Literary Fiction? What makes a book ‘Literary Fiction?’ The fiction category has two limbs-each of which serves a different purpose. Genre fiction, according to Steven Petite, provides a path of entertainment and escapism. I confess that I usually read genre fiction (historical inspirational, especially). I prefer reading books to watching television shows or movies. Mysteries, thrillers, suspense, Westerns, romance, science-fiction, and horror (I probably missed a few) make up the genre fiction limb. Petite claims that the purpose…

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