This is quite the fantastic story! It’s a great mix of emotion, suspense, action, and surprises, and I found myself unable to put it down!
We follow Abby who is on a trip to look for a friend of her grandmother’s. She is stepping away from a terrible husband, so the story has a really emotional aspect as the reader learns more about her marriage and husband. Finding her grandmother’s friend takes Abby on a journey to find the strength to leave her husband. When she heads home, things go sideways, and this turns from an emotional growth story into quite the action-packed story of suspense!
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This was a really fast-paced story, which I loved! I felt like we jumped right into the plot and never slowed down! Set in a creepy (and haunted) old hotel, this one has a spine-tingling location that sets the mood of the whole story!
Mave, our MC, is at this hotel, and then a snowstorm hits…and then someone is found dead, and BAM, we’ve got a locked-room mystery in store for us!
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This book was absolutely fantastic! Through the perspectives of two women one either side of the immigration line, I learned so much about Ellis Island in the early 1900s!
Francesca has been through a harrowing journey with her sister across the ocean to arrive at America’s doorstep. Excited and nervous, her expectations are quickly reduced to nothing as everything goes wrong. Then she meets Alma, and they form a bond that takes the reader through this fantastic story.
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This is a story filled with action, high-speed storytelling, secrets, and danger! It was fast-paced, and had me racing to the end to see what would happen!
The main character, Maggie, is engaged to an American spy. She used to be a CIA analyst, and creates a strong female lead for this story. When her fiancé is murdered and is implicated in a plot to give US secrets to Russia, Maggie takes on the burden of clearing his name on her own.
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This is a story filled with secrets. A family living. . . tiptoeing around each other and finding themselves weighed down by their hidden things.
The story is told by alternating between the voice of Desi (the mom) and Jules (the daughter). Desi isn’t an incredibly likable character, and yet I was very interested in her perspective. I really enjoyed Jules as a character. I wanted everything to work out for her, and I found myself connecting with her easily.
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I am always on the lookout for ways to help my kiddos handle their anger. It’s hard for them (and for me) to know what to do when anger shows up. Finding books on the emotion is amazing! We have a little stack of books that we use as tools when someone is starting to feel mad or angry, and we can go sit and read them and remember ways to help handle the feeling!
Sometimes When I’m Mad is a great children’s book that helps children manage their feelings of anger. This is definitely a book that will be helpful to any child.
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Amanda Prowse has a beautiful way of bringing life to her books with emotion, real characters, and stories that I get invested in!
After a wedding day that didn’t go as planned, Merry leaves her small hometown and family to restart in a bigger city. But like many stories go, her hometown draws her back. She is forced to face her fears of how people will react to her and her situation. The story explores the emotional journey after a traumatic experience, and it brings the reader into the intimate moments of Merry’s life. This is a slow-burn that will wrap you up in its words and refuse to let go until the end!
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Emotions are hard for adults to handle, and for children, it definitely not any easier. I am always looking for books that can help my kids learn about why they feel the things they feel and how they can handle those emotions.
Sometimes When I’m Sad is a children’s book that focuses on feeling sad. I think that every child can benefit from this book. It helps kids understand that feeling sad is okay, and that it’s okay to talk to others about those feelings.
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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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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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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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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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