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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

Historical Fiction
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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Historical Fiction
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

Historical Fiction
News of the World
by Paulette Jiles
From The Jacket: It is 1870 and Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd travels through northern Texas, giving live readings to paying audiences hungry for news of the world. An elderly widower who has lived through three wars and fought in two of them, the More Read PBR Review

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Captain Kidd is one of those characters you will fall in love with. He carries the book. Johanna, a young orphan he takes into his care is also fantastic. Great book.
by-Linda 2017/04/12, 10:51 AM

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The Pecan Man
by Cassie Dandridge Selleck
From The Jacket: The Pecan Man is a work of Southern fiction whose first chapter was the First Place winner of the 2006 CNW/FFWA Florida State Writing Competition in the Unpublished Novel category. In the summer of 1976, recently widowed and chil More Read PBR Review

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A book filled with wonderful characters and lots of southern charm. As you read you will find yourself challenged in many ways as the book explores the meaning of family and delves into racial issues and prejudices. Excellent book club choice. Recommend.
by-Linda 2017/08/02, 02:33 PM

Historical Fiction
The Alice Network
by Kate Quinn
From The Jacket: n an enthralling new historical novel from national bestselling author Kate Quinn, two women—a female spy recruited to the real-life Alice Network in France during World War I and an unconventional American socialite searching fo More Read PBR Review

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An amazing story based on The Alice Network; a real spy network comprised of only women during WWI. Your passion will surface many times throughout this book as you read about the hardships of war. Recommend.
by-Linda 2017/07/30, 03:51 PM

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A Bridge Across the Ocean
by Susan Meissner
From The Jacket: Wartime intrigue spans the lives of three women—past and present—in the latest novel from the acclaimed author of Secrets of a Charmed Life. February, 1946. World War Two is over, but the recovery from the most intimate of it More Read PBR Review

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This is a story that highlights the courage of the war brides, women who married American soldiers during World War II. They endured a lot; traumas during the war and also obstacles after the war while they waited for permission to enter America and be with their husbands. Recommend.
by-Linda 2017/07/23, 08:27 PM

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The Reminders
by Val Emmich
From The Jacket: Perfect for fans of J. Courtney Sullivan's The Engagement or Graeme Simpson's The Rosie Project, The Reminders follows what happens when a girl who can't forget befriends a man who's desperate to remember. Grief-stricken over More Read PBR Review

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Another book with a quirky, memorable character. In this book, ten year old Joan has a condition that enables her to remember everything perfectly, with exacting detail. She’s great and you'll certainly get attached, but the strength of this book lies in the special relationships this author creates. Fans of “A Man Called Ove” will love this, but another book that came to mind when reading this was “The Sweetness At The Bottom Of The Pie. Recommend this endearing story.
by-Linda 2017/07/23, 08:26 PM

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Into The Water
by Paula Hawkins
From The Jacket: A single mother turns up dead at the bottom of the river that runs through town. Earlier in the summer, a vulnerable teenage girl met the same fate. They are not the first women lost to these dark waters, but their deaths disturb More Read PBR Review

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The strength of this story is with the dynamic relationships the author develops; she has an amazing grasp of the human condition and presents a lot of detail on the psychology of suicide and how it affects different people. The premise of the story will also grab readers; why do so many women end up dead in a local river? The main problem with this book is the outstanding success of Paula Hawkin’s first book “ A Girl On The Train.” This is not the psychological, thriller, sequel, which unfortunately what most people are expecting. I know couldn’t wait to read it for this very reason. In fact, there is very little suspense in this story. It’s good, but if you are seeking a thriller, best skip this book.
by-Linda 2017/07/23, 08:25 PM

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I Found You
by Lisa Jewell
From The Jacket: In the windswept British seaside town of Ridinghouse Bay, single mom Alice Lake finds a man sitting on a beach outside her house. He has no name, no jacket, and no idea how he got there. Against her better judgment, she invites h More Read PBR Review

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Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine
by Gail Honeyman
From The Jacket: Soon to be a major motion picture produced by Reese Witherspoon. “A charmer…satisfyingly quirky.”—Janet Maslin, The New York Times “Books to Breeze Through This Summer” “This wacky, charming novel…draws you in with humor, t More Read PBR Review

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A winner. If you liked A Man call Ove or the Rosie Project it’s a must read. Eleanor’s personality is delightful and her journey is inspiring.
by-Linda 2017/07/11, 03:27 PM

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Ginny Moon
by Benjamin Ludwig
From The Jacket: To Ginny, a child with autism, the word Forever means until the police come. Five years ago the police forcibly removed her from the home of her abusive birth mother, Gloria. Now fourteen, and in her fourth Forever Home, Ginny More Read PBR Review

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Living with Autism is hard for everyone involved and can be challenging. But don’t just read this book for insights on this condition – read it for the unusual delightful character of Ginny Moon and her journey to finding an adoptive family that has the understanding and compassion to see her true spirit. Highly recommend.
by-Linda 2017/07/11, 03:26 PM

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The Stars Are Fire
by Anita Shreve
From The Jacket: From the New York Times best-selling author of The Weight of Water and The Pilot's Wife (an Oprah's Book Club selection): an exquisitely suspenseful new novel about an extraordinary young woman tested by a catastrophic event and More Read PBR Review

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A gripping fictionalized story based on the 1927 fire in Bar Harbor Maine that devastated the community. It’s also about survival and finding inner strength to rebuild your life.
by-Linda 2017/07/11, 03:22 PM

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The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley
by Hannah Tinti
From The Jacket: A coming-of-age novel and a literary thrill ride about the price we pay to protect the people we love most. “A father-daughter road trip you won’t soon forget.”—Richard Russo Samuel Hawley isn’t like the other fathers in Ol More Read PBR Review

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A story of love between a father and daughter and how even the most serious imperfections do not diminish this love. This is a story of forgiveness, acceptance and seeing the goodness in people. Samuel unusual parenting style and the vagabond lifestyle is also sure to generate some conversation.
by-Linda 2017/07/11, 03:06 PM

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The Horse Dancer
by Jojo Moyes
From The Jacket: When Sarah’s grandfather gives her a beautiful horse named Boo—hoping that one day she’ll follow in his footsteps to join an elite French riding school, away from their gritty London neighborhood—she quietly trains in city’s park More Read PBR Review

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If you love horses, this book will really resonate with you. But, there is enough family drama and the characters are very well developed, so there is really something for everyone. Recommend.
by-Linda 2017/07/11, 02:34 PM

Historical Fiction
The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane
by Lisa See
From The Jacket: A thrilling new novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Lisa See explores the lives of a Chinese mother and her daughter who has been adopted by an American couple. Li-yan and her family align their lives around the More Read PBR Review

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For Lisa See, it is one of her best. She immerses the reader in the world of The Akha, a minority Chinese culture, and their traditional life high in the mountains. She presents their struggle to both hold on to tradition and yet move forward.
by-Linda 2017/07/01, 06:55 PM

Historical Fiction
Finding Rebecca
by Eoin Dempsey
From The Jacket: Nothing could keep Christopher and Rebecca apart: not her abusive parents, or even the fiancé she brought home after running away to England. But when World War II finally strikes the island of Jersey, the Nazi invaders ship Rebe More Read PBR Review



Great read! I couldn't stop thinking about some of the characters in this book.
by-Andrea 2017/06/18, 08:24 AM

Historical Fiction
The Nightingale
by Kristen Hannah
From The Jacket: FRANCE, 1939 In the quiet village of Carriveau, Vianne Mauriac says goodbye to her husband, Antoine, as he heads for the Front. She doesn’t believe that the Nazis will invade France…but invade they do, in droves of marching so More Read PBR Review

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This book is fantastic! One of my favorite topics to read about is WWII, so I throughly enjoyed this read. I find it fascinating to learn how ordinary citizens become so brave. Don't miss this one.
by-Andrea 2017/06/18, 08:22 AM

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The Light We Lost
by Jill Santopolo
From The Jacket: He was the first person to inspire her, to move her, to truly understand her. Was he meant to be the last? Lucy is faced with a life-altering choice. But before she can make her decision, she must start her story—their story—a More Read PBR Review



This is my favorite summer audio so far! It's light, but has some substance to it. I couldn't wait to get back to listening.
by-Andrea 2017/06/18, 08:19 AM

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