Captain Cake: Meet the Candy Crew by Chris Skinner

Rating: 4 out of 5.
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This was a cute kids book. It’s broken into chapters, so it’s easy to start and stop for little ones. The chapters are pretty short, and it can absolutely be read in a single sitting for an older child.

This story is about a group of friends that are part food/part human. They are in space, and need to go on missions. The story has some points where it asks the kids questions about what they would do, which was fun. My kids enjoyed those parts a lot!

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Hometown by Wendy Rich Stetson

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

This was such an interesting mix of Amish and English living. I really enjoyed experiencing the Amish community through the eyes of Tessa as she returns to her small Pennsylvania hometown. It felt like such a lovely place to live!

Tessa was hoping to live low-profile for a little while until she moved to NYC, but as those plans fall through, she finds herself settling into town. Intrigued by the attractive and complex Amish man, Jonas, she finds herself in a somewhat non-traditional friendship with some steamy tension.

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Girl Shock! by Maria Konner

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Rating: 5 out of 5.

This memoir is amazing! Maria Konner has provided the reader with such a genuine view of her life, and it’s an amazing journey. I’m so appreciative I had the chance to read this!

“We all create a huge impact that we can’t measure. Of course, when you’re changing your sex and entertaining folks, your presence tends to hit a little harder!”

Girl Shock! by Maria Konner

There were so many wonderful comments from Maria throughout the book. I really loved this one above. She’s talking about how a trans person impacted her as a child, and how in turn she may be impacting others. I loved that whole section.

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When I Last Saw You by Bette Lee Crosby

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Rating: 5 out of 5.

This was such a beautiful story! I loved the writing and the way the characters wove together. When I Last Saw You will pull you back in time and take you on a journey of family secrets and reunions. It was a wonderful trip!

The story is told through two timelines. We have the 1968 story where Margaret’s husband has passed away, and she is cleaning out his office. She finds some old information about an investigator that her husband hired. She finds out that her husband had hired the investigator to track down all of her siblings that she hasn’t seen since she was a child. The second timeline is in the early 1900s telling the story of her family. We learn about her mother and father’s relationship, and her family dynamic between the siblings and parents.

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The Show Girl by Nicola Harrison

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

This book is perfect for readers that enjoy historical fiction set in the 1920s! The world building was vividly descriptive! I loved reading about the costumes and New York City during this time.

Olive is chasing her dream of being a big singing star on the stage. She finds that making it big is a bit harder than she expected, but she doesn’t give up. She finally gets a showgirl job, and she enjoys the feeling of being on the stage. After meeting Archie, she finds herself in a tangle of secrets. Can they make it in their relationship with their secrets revealed?

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The Difference by C. D’Angelo

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

So, I was looking at the author’s Instagram feed, and she has a post warning readers to read this book on a full stomach, and I completely agree! The yummy food descriptions were mouth-watering! So, definitely read with food, or plan to go get some while reading!

Rachel is our main character in this one. She is researching her family’s genealogy to understand her grandfather’s history. I loved Rachel’s journey of self-discovery paralleled with her family discoveries!

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Love for Beginners by Jill Shalvis

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

I really enjoyed this book. The main character is flawed in a way that makes you want to give her a hug, and then shake her a little bit💗. She’s that friend of yours that does not quite believe she can have ALL the happiness life can give her. Her struggles and her journey were the highlight of this story for me.

Emma wakes up from a coma with a boyfriend that has moved on to her friend, and a physical therapist that she loves to hate. When that physical therapist ends up getting her a new apartment, one that she doesn’t have to share with her now ex-boyfriend and ex-friend, she ends up seeing the evil PT in a new light.

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Mrs. Rochester’s Ghost by Lindsay Marcott

Rating: 4 out of 5.
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Mrs. Rochester's Ghost
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I really enjoy retellings. Jane Eyre retellings are one of my favorites. I have read quite a few different ones. I like that the general premise can stay the same, and I still enjoy the story!

Mrs. Rochester’s Ghost is a Jane Eyre retelling, and it feels contemporary while still holding strong to the base story of the original. I really enjoyed that this story jumps right into the plot. I feel like I didn’t have to wait at all to get to the Rochester house and see the first creepy thing! It really made the book fly by!

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A House Full of Windsor by Kristin Contino

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

Readers that enjoy humor, royalty, and family are going to enjoy this one! Told with a light-hearted feeling, this book takes you on a journey starting in the 1980’s and ending in present day.

While this story was filled with moments that made me giggle, it does tackle a serious topic. Our MC, Sarah’s mom, Debbie Windsor is a hoarder. Her obsession is focused on the British Royal family and includes a wide variety of trinkets that commemorate them. I liked the way the story showed the struggles the family goes through when someone is suffering as a hoarder. It was something I haven’t read before, and I liked learning about it.

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Amal the Thirsty Gamal by Robert A. Schorr

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Rating: 5 out of 5.

This is such an interesting, and new view of the birth of Jesus story! My kids and I absolutely loved it, and it’s going to be a part of our annual Christmas book traditions now!

Amal is the a camel without a big hump. All the camels talk and make fun because he won’t ever be able to go on the long trips that the camels go on. He doesn’t have a hump large enough to hold all the water they need! When Amal is called to duty to be part of a caravan with three men baring gifts for a new baby, he and the other camels learn a valuable lesson about how the camel body really works as well as how important a small camel can be!

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Dead Before Dinner by Kerry Schafer

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

Dead Before Dinner is the third book in the Shadow Valley Manor series. I have read the other two books in the series, but I also believe this could be read as a stand-alone.

This was such a fun, interesting story! I loved Maureen, the main character. She’s got a special set of skills as she was an FBI agent, and now she’s a paranormal investigator. Her investigative skills are needed this time in her own retirement home that she owns. There’s been a murder!

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The Seven Day Switch by Kelly Harms

Rating: 4 out of 5.
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I love a good story about moms, their lives, and their troubles. In The Seven Day Switch I got two moms, and I loved it! What makes it even better is that it turns into a body-switch story, so it’s got a bit of a fantasy aspect to it.

I enjoyed both of the main characters in this story. Wendy is a working mom trying to bust her butt to get everything done. I felt for her, I connected to her, and I thought, oh she’s going to be the one I know and understand. And yet, when I met Celeste, I kind of got her too. She’s busting her butt to get everything done too. So really, there’s a lot in common between these two women. Will they come to understand that though?

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