Confessions in B-Flat by Donna Hill

Rating: 5 out of 5.

What a stunningly powerful story! There is an author’s note at the beginning of this book that really moved me. When she started this story, she wanted to share a story that surrounded the civil rights movement but did not realize how poignant its 2020 publication would end up being. I think there are times when things are just meant to be, and this is one of them.

Confessions in B-Flat is a story told from two perspectives on two different sides of the Civil Rights Movement. Jason has just volunteered to move from the south to New York to spearhead the opening of a new location to drive the message of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Bones of the Redeemed by Kari Bovee

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Rating: 5 out of 5.

There are just some authors that can drop you into a historical timeline with such ease that you feel like you were born there. Kari Bovee is one of those authors. She has a gift for storytelling that leaves the reader always wanting more of her stories!

Bones of the Redeemed takes place in 1950’s New Mexico. Ruby Delgado, an archaeology grad student stumbles across a buried pile of bodies that clearly do not belong at the dig site. She knows something is not right, but as she digs deeper, it seems that what she uncovers is dangerous, and no one believes her. She might just be the only person willing to save the town, but can she stay safe while doing it?

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How to Pack for the End of the World by Michelle Falkoff

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

So, I tend to pick books based off the title and the cover. Usually, that is enough for me to know I want to read the book, and I usually think I know what the book will be about. That’s not always the case though! How to Pack for the End of the World was one of those books that held surprises under the cover for me! It is not an apocalyptic story, but a mystery surrounding a group of friends at their school.

Amina has just started a new school due to her anxiety and consistent focus on dooms-day situations. She finds some like-minded friends, and they create a new group where they focus on survivalist techniques. They create increasingly intense and difficult challenges that the group needs to succeed in. Someone is attacking the group one by one on social media though, and the need to figure out who it is.

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In the Nick of Time by Deedee Cummings

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Rating: 5 out of 5.

There is a note at the end of this book where the author talks about how as a child, there were not holiday stories that showed children of the same color as her. So as an adult, she wrote one. I cried reading this. What a beautiful offering to the children of our world!

In the Nick of Time is a Christmas story about a boy that doesn’t quite understand how good of a life he has. He’s not aware of the hardships some others in his school are living through. And then, Nick Saint accidentally gets mail for Saint Nick. This letter opens his eyes and his heart, taking him on a last minute rush to save Christmas for another student in his school.

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Hell and High Water by Keenan Powell

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This was a fun closed-room mystery! I really enjoy these types of stories. I like the close quarters of the characters, and the seclusion of the setting. This one had a great location, and the author did a great job of fitting in both separation from society, and natural elements of the surrounding location!

Hell and High Water is the third book in the series Maeve Malloy Mystery, but if you haven’t read the others in the series, you won’t be lost. I felt like this one works fine as a stand-alone. I think we miss out just a little on getting to know Maeve, but overall, it’s not an issue if this is the first book.

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This Is The Earth by Deedee Cummings

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Rating: 5 out of 5.

This book is something that we need right now. Not just that our children need it, but that WE as adults also need to read.

This is the Earth is a beautifully written story with a theme of understanding and accepting everyone. You can’t get better than that!

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Animals at the Office by Sarah Sommer

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This book was adorable. As someone who has worked in an office her entire adult life, I found the characters hilarious, and so like what you find in an office environment. The kids loved the animals and found the story to be a lot of fun!

This story is about an alligator that is starting his first day at the office and tries to take the advice of his co-workers on how to fit in. He finds that each co-worker’s advice is just not a good fit for him, and to truly find his rhythm at the office, he needs to just be himself.

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The Goose on the Roof by Sarah Sommer

Rating: 5 out of 5.

I thought this was such a cute children’s book! The illustrations were bright and colorful, and the story was so much fun.

The Goose on the Roof is about a little girl with a problem to solve. The problem is the goose that won’t stop honking on her roof! She is offered help by quite a few friends such as a dog, a flea, and so many other things, but it’s not until her father steps in that she is able to truly fix the problem.

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My Hair Went on Vacation by Paula Quinn

Rating: 5 out of 5.

I loved this book. There are so many children dealing with things, and I think it is so important to help other children understand those diseases, situations, or other things. This story features a little girl’s story of alopecia universalis and how her family helped her feel comfortable by creating scarves out of her artwork.

I loved that this was about a real girl, Rosie. When I read a book with my children, we love to read the information at the end of the book that talks about the author and the inspiration from the story. This book is published by Mascot Books, and they are great at adding this type of information in their books!

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Daughter of Black Lake by Cathy Marie Buchanan

Rating: 5 out of 5.

This book had a great mix of dark ambiance, detailed research, and wonderful characters! I was sucked in on page one, and I’m not exaggerating.

This is a historical fiction with some fantasy elements. I loved that one of the main characters has visions of the future, but is physically flawed. She is considered of little value to her town because of her leg, and yet her visions are a secret that is so valuable.

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A Golden Fury by Samantha Cohoe

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This was a wonderful mix of historical fiction and fantasy. I loved seeing women in a scientific role in this story. This was filled with intrigue, mystery, and a search for the ever-elusive Philosopher’s Stone.

Thea is an assistant for her alchemist mother in France just before the revolution. On the verge of a breakthrough to create the Philosopher’s Stone, her mother goes quite mad and sends Thea to England to live with her father, someone she has never met. Distraught at this turn of events in her life, Thea decides to try to create the Philosopher’s Stone herself and cure her mother of her madness. As Thea gets closer to the cure, will she be able to avoid following in the footsteps of her mother?

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Christmas Ever After by Karen Schaler

Rating: 5 out of 5.

I could not have loved this book more. Seriously, go buy this right now if you love Christmas and romance! The characters were amazing, the feel-good Christmas spirit was everywhere, and I’m honestly ready to start the holiday season immediately. This one put me into the holiday mood.

Successful romance author Riley Reynolds is not a grinch, but after the loss of her father as a child, her and her mother, chose Hawaii every year over celebrating Christmas. After a fabulous string of book releases, Riley has a book bomb, and her publisher is giving her one chance to make it right. She has to write a Christmas-themed romance novel. Her publicist creates a Christmas Camp idea hosted by Luke, who is trying to sell his family’s Christmas cottage resort, and Riley will be the Miss Christmas host. Fans of her books will be coming to the cottage to spend a Christmas weekend with Riley while she comes up with new ideas for her book. With her secret ignorance of holiday traditions, and a mistaken interview comment that makes three of her ex-boyfriends think they are “the one that got away”, Riley has her hands full at Christmas Camp. Her exes have all shown up to reignite that romantic spark, and she must balance them, as well as her fans during her Christmas Camp experience. All while trying to create the perfect book.

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