Deconstructed by Liz Talley

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

This story was so fun. I was captivated by the hilarious plot and the heartwarming characters!

Cricket owns an antique store filled with fabulous knickknacks, furniture, and vintage apparel. When she overhears two gossips discussing her husband’s cheating ways, she’s devastated. She needs to find proof of this on her own, and she enlists the help of her employee, Ruby. The two take off on a hilarious journey that includes revenge, friendship, and self-discovery.

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Curfew by Jayne Cowie

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Rating: 5 out of 5.

This was one of my favorite reads of 2021! I loved the dystopian setting, the murder mystery, and the character POVs!

We are transported to a country where laws have been passed to keep women safe. Men are required to wear tracking devices on their ankles, and they have curfews. Being tracked or caught outside comes with jailtime. This means men cannot have jobs that would require them to be out after curfew. They can’t have long commutes, and many end up being the homemaker while the wife or girlfriend works. This law is only in one country, and so some people have chosen to move while so many choose to stay. I thought it was an interesting dynamic for the story to have an option to not live under the rules and regulations.

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The Brass Queen by Elizabeth Chatsworth

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

This story is full of regency romance, mystery, and situations that will make you laugh!

Constance Haltwhistle is the heroine of this story, and she’s a delightful breath of fresh air. She is full of spunk and energy that just makes you want to know more about her! Constance is supporting her family estate by selling weapons through her “Brass Queen” moniker. When she meets Trusdale, a spy, she finds herself in a hunt for a dangerous scientist trying to create an invisible army.

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The Lobotomist’s Wife by Samantha Greene Woodruff

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Rating: 5 out of 5.

When I hear the word “lobotomy” my skin crawls a bit. I didn’t really know the history of the procedure, so I was really interested in reading this book! I felt that the research was amazing, and really gave me great insight into this history.

Ruth is a woman working in a man’s world, so already my attention was captured with this one. As she falls in love with Robert, we learn about the new procedure he thinks will revolutionize mental health. As time goes on though, Ruth begins to see concerning behavior and doubts the safety of his actions.

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The Saints of Swallow Hill by Donna Everhart

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

Written in the gritty voice of the Great Depression, this historical fiction draws the reader into the difficult lives of three characters in North Carolina. All three are at the Swallow Hill turpentine camp, and while their backgrounds and stories are different, their lives intersect, and we see friendships and bonds form.

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The Passing Storm by Christine Nolfi

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

This was my first book by Christine Nolfi, and I found her writing to be captivating! She writes with such amazing emotion; you can’t help but become invested in the characters and the story!

The Passing Storm introduces the reader to Rae, a mother trying to cope after the unimaginable loss of her daughter. As Rae tries to heal and move forward in some fashion, we watch her work through her grief. She takes a chance on a young teen who needs help, and through him, we hope she can find forgiveness.

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George J. and the Miserable Monday by Sivan Hong

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

George J. and the Miserable Monday is a wonderful children’s book that discusses how Mondays can be hard for kids too!

I really enjoyed that this story shows children how other kids may have the same worries and fears they do. George is easy to relate to, and I think he can be a great support for children! The story was easy to understand and is something that kids will enjoy reading again and again!

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The Christmas Blanket by Ed Damiano

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

I love when a Christmas story focuses on the “true meaning” of Christmas. In The Christmas Blanket, we follow a young boy, EJ, as he learns that loving those around you is more important that gifts.

I thought this story was great! My daughter enjoyed it, and it is one that we’ll read again and again each holiday season. The illustrations were beautiful and fun to look at. They are colorful and really quite stunning!

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The Dead Season by Tessa Wegert

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

This was an interesting crime thriller! I enjoyed that this had an active investigation about a murder, but there was also the ongoing mystery that carried over from book 1! It was fun to see both storylines play out!

The Dead Season is the second book in the Shana Merchant book series. I haven’t read the first book, but there was a great amount of backstory, so I didn’t feel like I missed anything! If you grab this one, you won’t feel lost at all!

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Sunflower Sisters by Martha Hall Kelly

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Rating: 5 out of 5.

What a beautiful story that sweeps you up into the lives and times of the characters. We get to see this story through the eyes of three characters.

We have Georgeanna a nurse in the Civil War who is a strong, brave woman working in a male-dominated world. There is Anne-May who is the wife of a plantation owner. She is a frustrating character, but helps show the difference between the people living in the house, and those enslaved on a plantation. The third POV for this book is a woman enslaved on Anne-May’s plantation, and is sold by her.

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Gingersnap Snatcher by Vicky Weber

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Rating: 5 out of 5.

Well this children’s book was absolutely adorable! It’s a great holiday read, but really this one is fun all year round!

When three siblings come home, excited for Abuela’s yummy gingersnap cookies, they find the cookies missing! Following the clues, or crumbs, they work their way through the mystery to find who snatched their gingersnaps!

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She Wouldn’t Change a Thing by Sarah Adlakha

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

Okay, wow. I’m a little all over the place with this one! This was truly a wonderful story, but it broke my brain a bit! Wrapping my head around the twists and connections through the time travel was amazing, and it had me dropping my jaw at multiple moments!

This story broke my heart a bit. I didn’t expect that, and I definitely wasn’t prepared for it. The choices given to the characters in this story are heavy and while I can’t say impossible, they are truly awful to consider. I can’t say impossible because a character in the story lets us know that no choice is truly impossible 🙂

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