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The Witch of Painted Sorrows by M.J. Rose: A Possessed Gothic Thriller

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The Witch of Painted Sorrows

I’ve loved bestselling author M.J. Rose’s historical series as well as her stand-alone novels, so it’s no surprise that I jumped on The Witch of Painted Sorrows when I learned it was being published. This is a stand-alone novel with only a brief reference to the Paris L’Etoile family of perfumers who feature in her […]

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Shadows Over Paradise by Isabel Wolff: Book Review & Giveaway

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Shadows Over Paradise

The heading on the back cover of Shadows Over Paradise by bestselling author Isabel Wolff reads, “Sometimes the only way forward is through the past.” That sums up this story nicely. It’s the tale of two women with events in their childhoods which they can’t move beyond because they can’t forgive themselves – two very […]

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The Mermaid’s Sister by Carrie Anne Noble: Wishing Gets You Nothing

Children
The Mermaid's Sister

As an Amazon Prime member, I can choose a free book or two to read every month. I don’t always take advantage of those offers but Carrie Anne Noble’s debut novel, The Mermaid’s Sister, caught my eye this month. It’s a YA novel suitable for middle school readers and up and, like many YA novels, […]

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2015 Spring Cleaning Giveaway Hop: Time To Win Some Great Books

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Spring Cleaning Giveaway Hop

We’re participating in the Spring Cleaning Giveaway Hop and starting our giveaway one day early. Be sure to check out all of the great book giveaways in this fun giveaway hop! Despite all of the giveaways we host, books still seem to gather and mingle on my bookshelves. I guess they know this is a […]

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Leaving Berlin by Joseph Kanon: Cold War East Berlin Spy Thriller

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Leaving Berlin

When I saw the publisher’s description for international bestselling author Joseph Kanon’s newest novel, Leaving Berlin, I realized I hadn’t read a sneaky spy thriller in a long time and that I had only rarely read anything about the Berlin split after World War II. I was intrigued by the concept of this novel, which […]

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Giveaway of Neil Gaiman’s Short Story Disturbances: Trigger Warning

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Trigger Warning

I remember how excited I was when I discovered bestselling and multi-award-winning author Neil Gaiman’s novels. The first of his novels I read was Good Omens, which he wrote with another favorite author, Terry Pratchett (Update: Sir Terry passed away this morning and will be greatly missed), and I was hooked from then on. The […]

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