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Anxious People by Fredrik Backman

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This is another wonderful book by one of my favorite authors. Backman carefully crafts a story that at first seems random, but slowly the people and events weave together into one beautiful tapestry.

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A Beautifully Foolish Endeaver (The Carls #2) by Hank Green

Rating: 3 out of 5.

I loved the first book and was very excited when the sequel came out, but this one was not as captivating. It’s well-written but it didn’t grab my attention as much as the first book and I didn’t like the story as much.

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The Brilliant Life of Eudora Honeysett by Annie Lyons

Rating: 4 out of 5.

I absolutely loved this book! It is so sweet and life affirming-I couldn’t put it down. I highly recommend you read it.

Eudora Honeysett is 85 years old and is done with life. She wants to leave on her own terms and sets a plan in motion to do just that. Of course, when we make plans, God laughs… Enter 10 year-old Rose Trewidney.

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The Darkest Evening (Vera Stanhope #9) by Ann Cleeves

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This is a good Mystery set in small village in snowy Northumberland. DI Vera Stanhope sets off for home, but gets lost in a blizzard. She comes across a car abandoned at the side of the road with the door open. Upon inspection she finds a baby strapped into a car seat in the back seat.

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A Question of Betrayal (Elena Standish #2) by Anne Perry

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This is a good mystery/thriller set in the years just before WWII. In this book Elena is sent to Northern Italy on her first MI6 mission to rescue a contact that has important information regarding future plans of Nazi Germany. His handler is missing and MI6 needs to get the information, and rescue their contact if possible. Elena is the only one person that can recognize him – because he’s her former lover Aiden Strother, the man that betrayed her, ruined her reputation, and brought shame on her family.

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A Deception at Thornecrest (Amory Ames #7) by Ashley Weaver

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This is a good cozy historical fiction mystery. This is book 7 in the series, but this is the first one that I’ve read. Despite that, I didn’t feel that I missed out too much by not having read the other books. The author did a good job of weaving in important facts about events that happened in previous books to give this one context. So, you can pick this one up and enjoy it without having read the other books in the series.

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Hanging Falls (Timber Creek K-9 Mystery #6) by Margaret Mizushima

Rating: 4 out of 5.

(Release date 9-8-2020)

Yet another great mystery starring our favorite K-9 officer Mattie Cobb and her partner Robo. This time Timber Creek is having a lot of rain and areas are starting to flood. While out checking on damaged trails in the mountains, Mattie and Robo stumble on a dead body caught up on a tree in the flood waters. The deceased is linked to a new religious sect that has moved into the area. The members dress in 19th Century attire and practice polygamy.

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A Ritchie Boy by Linda Kass

A ritchie boy

3 stars

This is a good historical fiction book about a Jewish man whose family fled Austria for America right after the Nazis took over. He joins the US Army and, along with others that can speak fluent German and French and have special knowledge of Europe, are assigned to an intelligence unit known as “Ritchie Boys”. Continue reading “A Ritchie Boy by Linda Kass”

When We Were Vikings by Andrew David MacDonald

when we were vikings

3 stars

I really enjoyed this contemporary fiction book about Zelda, a 21 year old girl with fetal alcohol syndrome who is obsessed with the Viking culture. She tries to live her life as a Viking, and strives to be a hero. Zelda lives with her older brother Gert and lives a structured life that helps her make sense of things. When Zelda learns that Gert has made some questionable and dangerous decisions to make enough money to keep them afloat, Zelda decides to use her Viking skills on a quest to keep her tribe safe. Continue reading “When We Were Vikings by Andrew David MacDonald”

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