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The Hearts Invisible Furies
by John Boyne
From The Jacket: From the beloved New York Times bestselling author of The Boy In the Striped Pajamas, a sweeping, heartfelt saga about the course of one man’s life, beginning and ending in post-war Ireland Cyril Avery is not a real Avery — or More Read PBR Review

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This is a bittersweet, epic book about Catherine, a teenager giving birth out of wedlock in 1949 Ireland. It tells her story and that of her son, Cyril, who struggles being gay in a time when it was lethal to be so. Catherine was forced to give Cyril up for adoption and as such the book also details his unusual relationship with his adopted parents. This is an amazing epic read for anyone who enjoys a literary read.
by-Linda 2017/10/15, 06:12 PM

Historical Fiction
Monticello
by Sally Gunning
From The Jacket: From the critically acclaimed author of The Widow's War comes a captivating work of literary historical fiction that explores the tenuous relationship between a brilliant and complex father and his devoted daughter—Thomas Jeffers More Read PBR Review

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Beautifully written historical fiction that goes into the life of Martha Jefferson Randolph, daughter of Thomas Jefferson and the relationship between them. It covers her life and difficult marriage. It also gives readers a realistic view of southern life in the 1770s and slavery from the landowner's point of view.
by-Linda 2017/10/15, 06:11 PM

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Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore
by Matthew Sullivan
From The Jacket: When a bookshop patron commits suicide, his favorite store clerk must unravel the puzzle he left behind in this fiendishly clever debut novel from an award-winning short story writer. Lydia Smith lives her life hiding in plain More Read PBR Review

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This is a good, suspenseful mystery, but it is also a story about acceptance and the bond between friends. It shows the difficulty of forgiving and learning to let go and live life after tragedy strikes.
by-Linda 2017/10/15, 06:09 PM

Historical Fiction
All She Left Behind
by Jane Kirkpatrick
From The Jacket: Already well versed in the natural healing properties of herbs and oils, Jennie Pickett longs to become a doctor. But the Oregon frontier of the 1870s is an unforgiving place, especially for a single mother. To support herself an More Read PBR Review

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This is the story of Jennie, a gritty, determined women who struggled with surviving as a single mother in 1870s Oregon and overcame many obstacles to realize her dream. The author tackles some sensitive issues like marital abuse, drugs, divorce, death, and sickness all from the perspective of 1870s Oregon. Jennie is strong and inspiring.
by-Linda 2017/10/04, 06:58 PM

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Half Baked Harvest Cookbook: Recipes from My Barn in the Mountains
by Tieghan Gerard
From The Jacket: Whether you need to get dinner on the table for your family tonight or are planning your next get-together with friends, Half Baked Harvest Cookbook has your new favorite recipe. Tieghan Gerard grew up in the Colorado mountain More

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I tried the Apple Pie and it's fantastic! Not only are the recipes delicious, but the photography is outstanding.
by-Andrea 2017/09/28, 01:29 PM

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Pachinko
by Min Jin Lee
From The Jacket: LONGLISTED FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FOR FICTION National Bestseller In this bestselling, page-turning saga, four generations of a poor Korean immigrant family fight to control their destiny in 20th-century Japan, exiled fro More Read PBR Review

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If you like sweeping, multi-generational sagas and big 500 page books, do not miss this one, about four generations of a Korean family struggling to survive in Korea under Japanese rule. The story examines the dynamics between the two cultures and the immigrant experience, highlighting the social and political discrimination they suffered.
by-Linda 2017/09/24, 07:45 PM

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Emma in the Night
by Wendy Walker
From The Jacket: One night three years ago, the Tanner sisters disappeared: fifteen-year-old Cass and seventeen-year-old Emma. Three years later, Cass returns, without her sister Emma. Her story is one of kidnapping and betrayal, of a mysterious More Read PBR Review

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A psychological thriller that captures your attention right off and holds it. Two teens go missing; three years later, out of the blue, one returns home. As you read, and hear Cass's story, you know something is not right, but the author doesn't reveal too much, so the questions keep mounting. There is also quite a twist at the end. Excellent, Recommend.
by-Linda 2017/09/24, 07:46 PM

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The Heirs
by Susan Rieger
From The Jacket: Six months after Rupert Falkes dies, leaving a grieving widow and five adult sons, an unknown woman sues his estate, claiming she had two sons by him. The Falkes brothers are pitched into turmoil, at once missing their father and More Read PBR Review

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If you think rich people are not dysfunction, you need to read this book; it explores just that. The characters are vivid, the story is engaging, and the author puts you right inside the heads of wealthy New Yorkers.
by-Linda 2017/09/24, 07:43 PM

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The Arrangement
by Sarah Dunn
From The Jacket: Named one of the 9 Most Addictive Books of 2017 (So Far) by Kirkus, a Happily Ever After read by USA Today, one of Entertainment Weekly’s Best New Books, one of Refinery29’s Best Books of the year so far. A hilarious and emoti More Read PBR Review

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I loved the concept of this book. Can agreeing to have an open marriage for six months put the spark back in a relationship? This story realistically explores this. It’s original, funny and nicely written – once you start, you won’t want to put the book down. You can’t help but wonder if what seems like a disaster in the making is going to work. Recommend.
by-Linda 2017/09/13, 05:16 PM

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The Heavens May Fall
by Allen Eskens
From The Jacket: FEATURING THREE CHARACTERS FROM THE BESTSELLING BOOK-CLUB FAVORITE THE LIFE WE BURY, THIS NOVEL EXPLORES A RIVETING MURDER CASE TOLD FROM TWO OPPOSING PERSPECTIVES. Detective Max Rupert and attorney Boady Sanden’s friendship More Read PBR Review

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Excellent mystery; enough suspense to keep you intrigued and great pacing to keep you turning the pages. I loved the characters and the twisty plot. If you enjoyed THE LIFE WE BURY, don't miss this one. Recommend.
by-Linda 2017/09/13, 05:02 PM

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The Captains Daughter
by Meg Mitchell Moore
From The Jacket: For fans of Elin Hilderbrand and Emma Straub comes an emotionally gripping novel about a woman who returns to her hometown in coastal Maine and finds herself pondering the age-old question of what could have been Growing up in More Read PBR Review

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This is a story about coming to terms with your roots and realizing they are a part of you forever. Eliza must return to her hometown to care for her sick father. While there, she is forced to face her feelings about the life she left behind when she married and moved away. The book explores the complications of facing childhood demons, juggling family obligations and letting go. Elin Hilderbrand’s fans will love this emotional read. Recommend.
by-Linda 2017/09/13, 04:23 PM

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Little Fires Everywhere
by Celeste Ng
From The Jacket: In Shaker Heights, a placid, progressive suburb of Cleveland, everything is planned – from the layout of the winding roads, to the colors of the houses, to the successful lives its residents will go on to lead. And no one embodie More Read PBR Review

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A compelling read touching on issues of class, adoption and passing judgment. It also contains strong themes of friendship and the cost of holding onto secrets. The story contrasts different lifestyles and delves into motherhood and mother daughter relationships.
by-Linda 2017/09/13, 04:51 PM

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The Paris Architect
by Charles Belfoure
From The Jacket: In 1942 Paris, gifted architect Lucien Bernard accepts a commission that will bring him a great deal of money - and maybe get him killed. But if he's clever enough, he'll avoid any trouble. All he has to do is design a secret hid More Read PBR Review

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Intense and suspenseful story about the German occupation of Paris. The concept of an architect creating places for the Jewish to hide, was unique. This makes a great book club book.
by-Linda 2017/09/04, 09:14 PM

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The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo
by Taylor Jenkins Reid
From The Jacket: In this entrancing novel “that speaks to the Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor in us all” (Kirkus Reviews), a legendary film actress reflects on her relentless rise to the top and the risks she took, the loves she lost, and the More Read PBR Review

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With his compulsively unputdownable breakout novel about Islamic terror, Robert Donator (https://robertdonator.wordpress.com/) has penned a deeply moving and masterfully written story of human resilience and enduring love. It gently takes the unaware reader into the quicksand of her involvement in the struggles of the protagonist until it is too late. The reader soon finds herself waist deep in the quagmire of events that compels her to sink deeper as the succession of events gather a mind boggling pace of events that ends only when the book ends. https://www.amazon.in/dp/B072W11CR2
by-Babujee Datta 2017/09/03, 10:14 AM

Evelyn Hugo has beauty, charm and radiates with confidence. So it’s no wonder she goes from the daughter of Cuban immigrants to Hollywood star in no time at all. This captivating story follows her journey as she falls down and gets back up many times over. I loved meeting all her husbands. She didn't always marry for love. Perfect woman's fiction. Highy recommend
by-Linda 2017/08/24, 08:10 AM

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Watch Me Disappear
by Janelle Brown
From The Jacket: Who you want people to be makes you blind to who they really are. It’s been a year since Billie Flanagan—a Berkeley mom with an enviable life—went on a solo hike in Desolation Wilderness and vanished from the trail. Her body w More Read PBR Review

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The story centers around a woman who she goes missing after she sets out on a solo hike in the California wilderness. She is presumed dead, but as the story progresses, and no body is found, you wonder if something else is at play. The focus is on the daughter and husband she left behind, and their struggle to move forward with their lives. There is mystery, family drama, and a puzzle to figure out.
by-Linda 2017/08/24, 07:57 AM

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Home Fire
by Kamila Shamsie
From The Jacket: LONGLISTED FOR THE 2017 MAN BOOKER PRIZE The suspenseful and heartbreaking story of an immigrant family driven to pit love against loyalty, with devastating consequences Isma is free. After years of watching out for her you More Read PBR Review

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This story is intense. It doesn’t feel like fiction, but like real events unfolding and has a powerful message on point with current events of today. It examines the subjects of terrorism, racism, torture, Jihadism and the Muslim culture at large, showing what it means to be Muslim in today’s world.
by-Linda 2017/08/24, 07:40 AM

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In This Grave Hour
by Jacqueline Winspear
From The Jacket: Sunday September 3rd 1939. At the moment Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain broadcasts to the nation Britain’s declaration of war with Germany, a senior Secret Service agent breaks into Maisie Dobbs' flat to await her return. Dr. More Read PBR Review

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Maisie is back in England and back to her old private investigator ways. I’m also happy to report, her family and friends, that we all love and missed are also back. England is on the brink of war and once again we are treated to many interesting details of England preparing for war. I ‘ve read so many books about war, yet I learned something new. I had never heard of the barrage balloons before. So simple and so clever. Recommend.
by-Linda 2017/08/14, 06:59 PM

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The Dollhouse
by Fiona Davis
From The Jacket: When she arrives at the famed Barbizon Hotel in 1952, secretarial school enrollment in hand, Darby McLaughlin is everything her modeling agency hall mates aren’t: plain, self-conscious, homesick, and utterly convinced she doesn’t More Read PBR Review

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Two stories. One in the past and one current, beautifully interwoven together. What was it like to be a career girl in 1953 and live in the Famed Barbizon Hotel? How were the opportunities for women different from what they are today? Some great details on the Barbizon Hotel and the Ford models and the Katie Gibbs secretaries who lived there. Society was not as forgiving and women had fewer choices.
by-Linda 2017/08/14, 06:55 PM

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The Marriage Pact
by Michelle Richmond
From The Jacket: Newlyweds Alice and Jake are a picture-perfect couple. Alice, once a singer in a well-known rock band, is now a successful lawyer. Jake is a partner in an up-and-coming psychology practice. Their life together holds endless possi More Read PBR Review

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The subject matter is intriguing and thought provoking in this psychological thriller. Newlyweds, Jake and Alice, receive a very unusual wedding gift. An invitation to become a member of an exclusive club designed to guarantee your marriage remains as blissful as the day you were married. There are rules and there are consequences for breaking the rules. This book takes a hard look at what marriage means and spices things up with a glimpse into cult life. A bit unbelievable at times, but I think it imitates real life – think Scientology. Recommend
by-Linda 2017/08/14, 06:46 PM

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A Gentleman in Moscow
by Amore Towles
From The Jacket: He can’t leave his hotel. You won’t want to. From the New York Times bestselling author of Rules of Civility a transporting novel about a man who is ordered to spend the rest of his life inside a luxury hotel. Count Alexander Ro More

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The Midwife's Revolt
by Jodi Daynard
From The Jacket: On a dark night in 1775, Lizzie Boylston is awakened by the sound of cannons. From a hill south of Boston, she watches as fires burn in Charlestown, in a battle that she soon discovers has claimed her husband’s life. Alone in More

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Fierce Kingdom
by Gin Phillips
From The Jacket: The zoo is nearly empty as Joan and her four-year-old son soak up the last few moments of playtime. They are happy, and the day has been close to perfect. But what Joan sees as she hustles her son toward the exit gate minutes bef More Read PBR Review

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This story will speak to many. It takes place in a zoo, where several people are trapped, as men wielding guns are shooting them. A mother and her son are among the hostages. The story takes an honest look at the what this mother is willing to do to protect her child. Lots of action but a bit short on getting to know some of the characters. Excellent premise and a current topic, considering the recent mass shootings in this country.
by-Linda 2017/08/08, 10:48 PM

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The Lying Game
by Ruth Ware
From The Jacket: From the instant New York Times bestselling author of blockbuster thrillers In a Dark, Dark Wood and The Woman in Cabin 10 comes Ruth Ware’s chilling new novel, The Lying Game. On a cool June morning, a woman is walking her do More Read PBR Review

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This is a story of four friends, beginning when they meet at boarding school. They play a game, The Lying Game. At first it seems harmless enough, but then it spins out of control and the consequences are grave. The novel goes back and forth between school days and present day. There is intrigue and tension but the true focus of the book is the bond and interaction between these four friends. I think those who liked The Secret History by Donna Tartt would thoroughly enjoy this one. It is character driven, dark and atmospheric, but a bit light on suspense. I mention this because if you are looking for a gripping thriller, skip this one.
by-Linda 2017/08/08, 10:31 PM

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The Child
by Fiona Barton
From The Jacket: As an old house is demolished in a gentrifying section of London, a workman discovers a tiny skeleton, buried for years. For journalist Kate Waters, it’s a story that deserves attention. She cobbles together a piece for her newsp More Read PBR Review

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A character driven psychological thriller with lots of family drama. A story of secrets and deceptions, the kind that tests family bonds. Some of these bonds break, some thrive. The many layers add complexity and keep the pace going. The puzzle keeps you thinking and guessing. Recommend.
by-Linda 2017/08/08, 10:23 PM

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The Couple Next Door
by Shari Lapena
From The Jacket: It all started at a dinner party. . . A domestic suspense debut about a young couple and their apparently friendly neighbors—a twisty, rollercoaster ride of lies, betrayal, and the secrets between husbands and wives. . . An More Read PBR Review



An enjoyable mystery that is hard to figure out at times. It centers on the kidnapping of a baby, left alone, while the parents are at a party next door. If you can suspend your beliefs and deal with a few too many coincidences- it’s a very enjoyable mystery with intrigue and characters you can be friends with.
by-Linda 2017/08/08, 10:16 PM

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