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The Librarian of Saint-Malo by Mario Escobar

Rating: 3 out of 5.

This was a good historical fiction about a librarian in a small coastal French town during WWII and her determination to protect the town’s library and all of the books within.

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When a Duke Loves a Governess (Unlikely Duchesses, #3) by Olivia Drake

Rating: 3 out of 5.

3.5 stars

This was a cute historical regency romance about Tessa, a young woman who yearns to open her own millinery shop. When Tessa’s mother dies during an accident, she gives her a locket with a coat or arms on it that presumably belonged to her father. Tessa plans to find her father and ask him to loan her enough money to open her own shop. Not having access to seeing the coat of arms of the nobility, she lies about her background and takes a job as governess to the troubled four year old daughter of the new Duke of Carlin in hopes that she will discover her father with her new access to the ton.

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The Forest of Vanishing Stars by Kristin Harmel

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This is one of the best WWII books I’ve read and devoured it in 2 days. It’s a unique story, inspired from true life events of survival against horrible odds.

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West End Earl (Misfits of Mayfair #2) by Bethany Bennett

Rating: 3 out of 5.

This was a fun and flirty historical fiction romance set in London.

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A Duke in Time (The Widow Rules #1) by Janna MacGregor

Rating: 3 out of 5.

3.5 stars

This was a fun historical romance set in Victorian London.

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Loch Down Abbey by Beth Cowan

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This is a fun Historical Fiction Cozy Mystery that is a quick and easy read. Set in Scotland in the 1930’s while a mysterious illness is spreading through the country, the Inverkillen family and their servants are dealt a terrible blow when Lord Inverkillen, Earl and head of the family, is found dead in mysterious circumstances.

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Curse of the Specter Queen (Samantha Knox #1) by Jenny Elder Moke

Rating: 3 out of 5.

This was a pretty good YA Fantasy book. There is also a mix of Historical Fiction and Mystery/Thriller in the book, so it’s a bit hard to categorize. There is plenty of action, elements of mythology and magic, with a touch of romance thrown in. It’s quite a mish mash.

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Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This is a really good contemporary fiction that follows one fictional famous family that lives in Malibu in August 1983. The book focuses on the children of legendary singer Mick Riva, who have earned fame in their own right. Through flashbacks that explain the love story, and heartbreak, of their parent’s relationship, the readers get a glimpse into the chaotic, secretive life of Nina, Jay, Hud and Kit.

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Death with a Double Edge (Daniel Pitt #4) by Anne Perry

Rating: 4 out of 5.

3.5 stars rounded up to 4

I really enjoy this author’s work and this book series, but this is my least favorite book in the series so far. I didn’t find the mystery as compelling as in past books, and there seemed to be a lot of filler and repetitiveness to the story.

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