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Finding Noel
Finding Noel
Author: Richard Paul Evans
Genre: Literature & Fiction
Book Type: Hardcover
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All of Richard Paul Evans books are heart felt and meaningful. He knows how to keep the message simple, yet powerful.


Elvis and the Blue Christmas Corpse (Southern Cousins, Bk 5)
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I really like this series, but some of the "books" are not available other than on Kindle. I don't feel like I want to continue knowing I'll have to skip certain books.


The Flight of the Horse
The Flight of the Horse
Author: Larry Niven
Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
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Short stories and a couple novellas; short stories are humorous, about Svetz the time traveller; one novella in his teleportation series and one from the Magic Goes Away series. The best of these is the teleportation one, "Flash Crowd", about what might happen when people can instantly transport themselves to where something exciting is happening.


Classified K-9 Unit Christmas: A Killer Christmas\Yuletide Stalking
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Enjoyed this duet to add to the series. Much fun, good adventure and nice to revisit some of the characters. Look forward to more of the same in years to come.


Turkey Trot Murder (A Lucy Stone Mystery)
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I am reading this a little late for Thanksgiving but am enjoying it immensely.


Murder in Thrall (New Scotland Yard, Bk 1)
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I was enthralled by this book. Somehow the author made it more of a romance than a stalker thing and the mystery was good too. I didn't know who done it until he revealed himself. In fact I am busy reading the second book in the series now


Wishin' and Hopin': A Christmas Story
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Really cute book about a young boy in Catholic school during the Christmas season! Part were laugh out loud funny. It's a quick read and very appropriate the Holiday Season.


The Long Drop
The Long Drop
Author: DENISE MINA
Book Type: Hardcover
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I found this unreadable. If you want to know more about the horrific crimes of Peter Manual in late 1950s Glasgow, try to catch the excellent 2016 ITV drama "In Plain Sight."


The Heir Apparent: A Life of Edward VII, the Playboy Prince
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An excellent biography of a much-underestimated monarch. I came to it expecting to mock the "playboy prince," and came away from it with an appreciation of how Bertie overcame a seriously dysfunctional childhood and young adulthood and matured into a man who understood his role in keeping the delicate balance of power in early 20th-century Europe, and probably saved the constitutional monarchy in the UK after Victoria's "poor little me" retreat into professional widowhood. (Fans of the British drama on the young Victoria, featuring the lovely Jenna Coleman, be prepared for a shock. She was a ghastly woman, a terrible parent, and not even that great shakes as a wife.)

One things I found most interesting was setting the record straight on his reputation as a parent. Famously, George V supposedly said "My father was frightened of his mother. I was frightened of my father and I am damned well going to see to it that my children are frightened of me." He almost certain never said that, and if he did, it was terribly unfair -- Bertie seems to have adored his children, and had very warm, healthy relationships with them right into adulthood.

I only regret that someone decided to retitle the book, My copy (an early eiditon from the library) is entitled "Bertie: A Life of Edward VII" and somehow, that seems right for this most sociable of kings!


Montana Sky
Montana Sky
Author: Nora Roberts
Genre: Romance
Book Type: Paperback
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This story is more JDRobb than Nora Roberts. Too much gruesome murder and suspense and lack of true romance. A waste of swap credit.


Hard to Handle (Gargoyles, Bk 5)
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I'll admit I did skip around since most of the terms and story is been retold through each book. This time we got new fighters and a baby sister with a powerful gift that helps her brother out and will come in handy maybe later on, her gift is precognition. Drum is clairvoyant but thinks is girt is a parlor trick, he has magic he didn't know he had. And he is also a warden that just happened to have the first of her kind Guardian Ash.
Kylie and Dag will be coming to Ireland as well as Wynn and Knox at a latter time, big battle with a human sacrifice, one baby sister but will a new Darkness finally rise or will defenders of the Light rain the earth on it???


Lean Mean Thirteen (Stephanie Plum, Bk 13)
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great book. funny as hell. love all the characters.


Thread the Halls (A Mainely Needlepoint Mystery)
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I came in on this story by just reading this book as a stand alone. It worked perfectly as one. I didn't feel I was missing anything previous.
This book was chock full of Christmas scenery and atmosphere. It made me want to visit Maine all the more, as it is a dream of mine. Also people who enjoy needle work will enjoy the beginning of each chapter which has a short insert about descriptions of famous needlepoint works.

The main character and all of the characters really, are likable and relatable. I enjoyed the murder mystery and figured out the killer only a little past mid way. Though in this book there is a kicker which I didn't see coming.
A great read during the Christmas holiday!


Enemies at Home (Flavia Albia, Bk 2)
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The best part of the book was at the end, after the case was solved.


Leaving Cheyenne
Leaving Cheyenne
Author: Larry McMurtry
Genre: Literature & Fiction
Book Type: Paperback
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I enjoyed this book so much I almost didn't post it. But I really think I'd like to share it with other readers.

It's a sweet, sad tale of three wonderfully-drawn McMurtry characters, spanning most of the lifetimes of two men and a woman in central Texas in the mid-20th century. (The Cheyenne reference is to a song, not a geographical mix-up.)

The final section, as the characters move toward the inevitable ending, is blessed with McMurtry's pitch-perfect ear for the dialogue between two men who have spent a lifetime as friends without ever wearing down the differences between them.

A real treasure.


Blindside (FBI Thriller, Bk 8) (Audio CD) (Abridged)
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A preacher kidnappes a young boy under the mistaken belief that he has been choosen god. Dillan and Savage also become targets. And the hunt begins.


Heaven Can Wait (Neubauer, Bk 2) (Harlequin Historical, No 240)
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This is a story about a couple being attracted to someone of a differing background and religious tradition. Jacob is attracted to Lydia, who is a member of a religious colony. Despite their differences, they are able to make a life together because of their faith in God and each other.

This is an earlier book by this author and it drags in places. Although this is listed as Neubauer Brothers, Book 2. I believe HEAVEN CAN WAIT is Book 1. 3.5 stars

Neubauer Brothers Series
**1) Heaven Can Wait (1994)
2) Rain Shadow (1994)


The 10th Kingdom
The 10th Kingdom
Author: Kathryn Wesley
Genre: Literature & Fiction
Book Type: Paperback
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The 10th Kingdom is book that is tied to a tv movie that aired in the USA in 2000, under the same name. It is retelling of some fairy tales and what happens after ever after. Probably one of stories that started landslide of retelling of fairy tale movies and books.

I had seen the movie that this book is based on. I love it. I thought the book was going add on to the story or continuation of it. It did not, it is basically a rewrite of the movie but done really well. Since it has been 17 years (Wow!) since the movie aired I pretty much forgot a lot of the movie, so it was like a new story. Still enjoyed it. I also loved that there were pictures of characters in the movie which made it easier to picture the actor as the characters. Love the characters Virginia and Wolf. At first I did not like them as a couple but they grow on you.

I still feel there should be more after the story and wish it was a series. I liked the stories behind the 10th Kingdoms but I do not think we will get more. It's not the best retelling of fairy tale but it is fun and worthwhile to read or watch if you rather.

I really wish NBC would do more movies like this that they did in the early 2000's. They were bright, colorful and fanciful. Just my kind of fantasy telling.


Inferno (Robert Langdon, Bk 4)
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Brown once again sends his hero, Robert Langdon, on a breakneck race through a variety of exotic locales, this time with multiple meandering side trips to describe in detail various buildings, their historical significance, and how Langdon feels about them. Along about page 500, one begins to wonder if Brown is being paid by the word.

In any case, this one involves the search for a deadly pathogen about to be released by a brilliant-but-unbalanced villain. And again, one wonders why the trail of devious clues has been left, because it seems to exist only to give Langdon something to follow.

There are multiple switcheroos here, including an ending that is far more thoughtful than the average adventure tale serves up. Still, I felt it was overlong and stretched credulity to the snapping point. Brown fans will enjoy it; others will have to dig down deep into their reserve of patience to churn through to the ending.


Imperfect Justice
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This is one of those stories that kept me up late at night reading it because I just had to know how it ended. I really enjoyed the romance between Reid and Emilie as well as the suspense of them trying to prove that Reid's sister did not commit the crime everyone thought she did. Throw in a stalker and a little girl in trouble and I was hooked. 4 1/2 stars. Full review at my website.

I received this book complimentary as a participant of the Litfuse Blog Tour. I was not required to give a positive review. All of the opinions I have expressed here are my own.


Double Luck: Memoirs of a Chinese Orphan
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Written for younger readers but still a good read and shows what perseverance and goals can achieve even under the most grueling circumstances.


The Complete Rhyming Dictionary and Poet's Craft Book
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A technical "how to" of poetry writing, it would seem to deny the essence of poetry by doing so ( I thought that with music theory class, too), at least least I learned there's no official rhyme go "orange" in English.


Winter Street
Winter Street
Author: Elin Hilderbrand
Genre: Literature & Fiction
Book Type: Paperback
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A family spends Christmas at the B&B owned by dad and stepmom. 4 adult children, 1 has just deployed with the marines. And then the first wife shows up. And don't forget Santa George. All of the characters have some type of conflict they are working to resolve - love interests, insider trading, an unplanned pregnancy. All of the characters get equal play here - the story does not revolve around just one character. The story line and different conflicts were interesting and kept me reading. Not all of the conflicts resolve by the end of the book so I will be reading books 2 and 3 in this series to find out how things work out for the other characters.


France (Eyewitness Travel Guides)
France (Eyewitness Travel Guides)
Genre: Travel
Book Type: Paperback
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Great illustrations. Cursory text.


War, Peace, and All That Jazz 1918-1945 (History of U.S., Book 9)
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great collection!


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