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CURRENTLY READING:

Starry-Eyed Love by Helena Hunting

The Madness of Crowds by Louise Penny

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The Younger Wife by Sally Hepworth

The Sign for Home by Blair Fell

A Darker Reality by Anne Perry

Iron Widow by Xiran Jay Zhao

A Song of Flight by Julie Marillier

Mother of All by Jenna Glass

The Highlander’s Irish Bride by Vanessa Kelly

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Starry-Eyed Love (Spark House #2) by Helena Hunting

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This is a cute and fun contemporary romantic comedy involving London, a woman running a family bed and breakfast in Colorado with her sisters, and Jackson, a NYC millionaire media mogul. At the beginning of the book, London has just broken up with her boyfriend, so when Jackson approaches her in a bar and asks her out, she politely turns him down. She’s just not ready to date yet.

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The Love Hypothesis by Ali Hazelwood

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This is a cute contemporary romance set in the science world of Stanford University. Third-year Ph.D. candidate, Olive Smith, is focused on her career and doesn’t believe in long-lasting relationships. But, her best friend Anh does and so in order to convince her that she isn’t interested in her ex-boyfriend anymore, Olive kisses the first person she runs into in the hallway. The problem is, that person just happens to be young hot-shot professor Adam Carlson. He’s smart and gorgeous – but also a total jerk that has ruined many Ph.D. candidate’s lives, including friends of hers.

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Bravely by Maggie Stiefvater

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This is a good YA Fantasy continuing the story of the Disney movie Brave. The book is set several years after the movie and we find Merida traveling the countryside learning new skills and the triplets languishing at home, unchanged and unmotivated. In fact, most of her family seems to be stuck, with little purpose or motivation to change things. Which is the problem.

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My Mother’s Eyes: A short story by Jeremy Ray

Rating: 4 out of 5.

4.5 stars

This is an outstanding short story about a young boy’s journey through regret and grief as he sits vigil over his comatose mother in the hospital. Fourteen year old Jodie tries to memorialize his mother by drawing her, which his older brother doesn’t like and finds creepy. Each of Jodie’s sketches are almost complete – except for his mother’s eyes. He just can’t seem to get them right.

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Watch Out For Her by Samantha M. Bailey

Rating: 3 out of 5.

This is an ok mystery/thriller centered around a family and their babysitter. The mother, Sarah, is wound tight and doesn’t trust easily. Her husband hires 22 year old Holly, the daughter of one of his club friends, to babysit their 6 year old son. Initially things go well, but Sarah’s suspicions start to build until she eventually learns something about Holly she can’t overlook. The family moves across the country to start over, but Sarah finds hidden cameras in their rented house and then starts to receive ominous texts from someone, possibly Holly. As the mysteries mount up, Sarah is determined to get to the bottom of it all.

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Highland Justice (Sons of Sinclair #3) by Heather McCollum

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This is a fun and flirty historical fiction romance set in 1550 Scotland. This is book 3 of the series, but it is a stand alone story. I haven’t read the first 2 books, but there was enough background that I didn’t feel like I missed too much. Gideon Sinclair is one of four sons raised by their father to be the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse in their clan. Gideon is Justice and has spent his life learning the law and dispensing justice to the members of his clan.

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Never a Duke (Rogues to Riches #7) by Grace Burrowes

Rating: 4 out of 5.

3.5 stars rounded up to 4

This is a good historical fiction romance mystery book. I haven’t read many books with these components and it was a nice change of pace. This is book seven in the series. I haven’t read any of the previous books but since this is a stand alone story it isn’t necessary to read the others. There is also plenty of exposition that explains a lot of the backstory of the characters, so I didn’t feel lost.

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Free: Two Years, Six Lives, and the Long Journey Home by Lauren Kessler

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This is a very good non-fiction book that takes an in-depth look at the difficulties people released from prison face once they are released. The author focuses on six individuals that were incarcerated as minors and follows their journeys as they are released and attempt to integrate back into a society that most of them barely recognize.

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Dream Town (Archer #3) by David Baldacci

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This is a really good historical fiction mystery/thriller. I must admit, I read the first book in this series One Good Deed and did not enjoy it very much. In fact, I couldn’t even finish it! This really surprised me, because I normally really enjoy David Baldacci’s books. I’m so glad that I revisited the series because this book was so good.

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