Beneath the Marigolds by Emily C. Whitson

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

This was such an exciting, mysterious, and crazy story! I loved the secluded setting and the surprising twists!

This thriller is told through two alternating view. We have Reese who is always on the hunt for her next Mr. Right, and then we have Ann. Ann and Reese are friends, but have quite different personalities. When Reese gets an invitation to an exclusive singles retreat on a private island, she jumps at the chance. Reese has soon mysteriously disappeared, and Ann heads to the retreat to figure out what has happened to her.

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Nanny Needed by Georgina Cross

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

Wow. This book was crazy! This is the kind of thriller that has you completely invested and yet so confused about what is going on! There are so many questions to answer, and you won’t believe it when you learn them!

Sarah finds a post in her apartment for a nanny. It seems like a great way to make some extra money, and even though she doesn’t have any nanny experience, she heads to the interview…and gets the job! It’s a beautiful New York apartment at a luxury address, and yet the family is…a bit off… As she starts to realize that maybe this family is just a bit too odd, it’s also a bit too late. She’s already become entrapped in their secrets.

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The Ghost Marriage by Kirsten Mickelwait

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Rating: 5 out of 5.

What an absolutely stunning story! I was completely entranced by this memoir! Mickelwait lays her emotional journey out in the pages of her memoir, bringing us all into her life.

When Kirsten Mickelwait married Steve, she could see the bright future they had ahead of them, but years down the road, the life isn’t so bright and beautiful. Steve is addicted to opioids, cheating on Kirsten, and emotionally abusing her. They divorce, but then Steve dies, and Kirsten finds out there’s one more blow to come. Steve has left her with $1.5 million in debts.

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The Pickwick Murders by Heather Redmond

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Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

The Pickwick Murders is a retelling of the Charles Dickens story, The Pickwick Papers. I haven’t read the original, so this was a new story for me. Set in the early 1800’s, this was a fun historical cozy mystery. I enjoyed the fiancée, Kate in this story. She is a strong female character, and has to use a variety of tools in her belt to figure out what is happening!

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Only My Dog Knows I Pick My Nose by Lauren Tarshis

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

This is an adorable story of a boy and his dog. The boy shares the things that he does throughout his day and how his dog is there for him.

I liked how hilarious moments are brought into the story but are also mixed with moments that children can relate to. My daughter thought it was a fun book, and we’ve read it a few times now. The illustrations are a lot of fun and really bring the story to life!

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Culture Ignited: 5 Disciplines for Adaptive Leadership by Jason Richmond

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The 5 Disciplines for Adaptive Leadership Every Executive Must Know

Corporate leaders need to be prepared for any crisis and have a plan in place to act quickly, decisively, and empathetically. In Culture Ignited: 5 Disciplines for Adaptive Leadership, culture change strategist Jason Richmond and coauthors Jeanne Kerr and Malcolm J. Nicholl reveal how companies whose leaders ignite their culture are able to weather any storm and get ahead of the competition.

Based on hands-on experience helping senior corporate executives navigate the turbulence of the 2020-2021 pandemic, the authors distill their findings into five key disciplines.

They share how to:

  • Inspire and communicate a shared purpose
  • Build trust and authenticity
  • Hone your performance management skills
  • Develop your talent
  • Create belonging through diversity and inclusion.

The authors also explore how a crisis can be turned into opportunity and how to lead an organization in overcoming challenges never taught in business school.

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Urge to Rome by Kyra Robinov

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

When Kyra begins to struggle with migraines, aging parents, teenage children, and working too much, her and her husband find an opportunity to move to Europe, and they jump at it!

Kyra’s story of her adventure in Rome is one that will sweep you away. Kyra’s memoir is honest and raw at times, making you connect with her and her life. I found her struggles and triumphs through her year abroad to be entertaining, emotional, and wonderful. She tells her story in a way that makes the reader feel like they are right there with her!

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The Keeper of Happy Endings by Barbara Davis

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Rating: 5 out of 5.

This was a stunning historical fiction! Told through the lives of two women, we get introduced to Soline the owner of a Paris bridal salon during WWII as well as Rory, the new owner of the bridal salon building years later. As their stories intertwine, it’s impossible to put this one down. Their lives stay on your mind!

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Bobos Babes Adventures: A Magical Halloween by Karen M. Bobos

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

Bobos Babes Adventures: A Magical Halloween was an adorable story that will get any child excited to celebrate Halloween! The characters are fun and have such distinct personalities, each of their parts of the story are great to read!

This story is kind of like an early chapter book, but with beautiful, colorful illustrations that bring the story to life on each page! My daughter is 8 and she enjoyed listening to the story and looking at the images.

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Behind Closed Doors by Catherine Alliott

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From the outside, anyone would think that Lucy Palmer has it all: loving children, a dashing husband and a gorgeous home.

But when her marriage to Michael comes to an abrupt and unexpected end, her life is turned upside down in a flash.

As the truth of her marriage threatens to surface, Lucy seizes the opportunity to swap her house in London – and the stories it hides – for a rural escape to her parents’ farmhouse in the Chilterns.

But Lucy gets more than she bargained for when she moves back to her childhood home, especially when it throws her into the path of an old flame.

Coming face-to-face with her mistakes, Lucy is forced to confront the secrets she’s been keeping from herself and those she loves.

​Is she ready to let someone in? Or will she leave the door to her past firmly closed . . .

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Beware the Mermaids by Carrie Talick

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

I thought this was such a great story. A wife finds her husband cheating, and it’s clearly not the first time. She’s ready for a divorce, and she wants their sailboat. Her husband, Roger, is not interested in letting her have it though. So Nancy proposes a 125 mile race where the winner gets the boat.

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The Vanished Days by Susanna Kearsley

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Rating: 5 out of 5.

This story has me obsessed with Scottish historical fiction! I need more now! This was a beautifully written book with characters that were complex and interesting and a plot that was filled with secrets and mysteries!

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