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Sew Deadly (Southern Sewing, Bk 1)
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Another fun sewing related mystery - easy to read - - It was entertaining and had a good twist....


Fool's Puzzle (Benni Harper, Bk 1)
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Fun Read - - -just what I needed to pass some quiet time. Now to find the rest of the series....


The Silent Wife: A Novel
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The biggest problem I have with this book is the notion that the female protagonist -- a college-educated professional -- would be stupid enough to remain in a 20-year relationship without protecting herself financially. As for the philandering "husband" -- the man's capacity for self-deception is staggering.


Visible Empire
Visible Empire
Author: Hannah Pittard
Genre: Literature & Fiction
Book Type: Hardcover
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Visible Empire by Hannah Pittard is a story set around an actual 1962 plane crash in which over 100 of the Atlanta elite perished. However, the crash is the back drop, but then the book veers off into individual narratives of some who remained behind. At the heart of it, this book was not what I expected and not about what I expected. I might have enjoyed it more had the historical connection not been drawn.

Read my complete review at http://www.memoriesfrombooks.com/2019/01/visible-empire.html

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Agent of Byzantium
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This was an enjoyable romp through alternative history. Each chapter is a different adventure experienced by the hero. Each adventure takes him from one end of the Roman Empire to the other as he steadily rises in his profession---agent provocateur in defense of the Empire.


The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy (Harold Fry, Bk 2)
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I loved this almost as much as The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry. The book tells Queenie's side of Harold's story. A deeply touching story written beautifully by Ms Joyce.


The Absent One (aka Disgrace) (Department Q, Bk 2)
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I am loving this series. This is the second book in the author's Department Q series. It features Carl Morck who has been put in charge of Department Q, a department of one, with a stack of Copenhagen's coldest cases to review.
In the first book he is given an assistant, Assad, who brings levity to the book. In this second installment he has been given a second assistant, Rose, who is equally entertaining. It's a dark story but engrossing and entertaining all the same. I loved the great characters, the humor and the suspense. I am looking forward to Book #3.


The Boy: A Novel
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As of this writing this book has had only 2 ratings that total to 2.5, so it would be nice if those 2 people would've remarked on why they didn't like this book, so I will

I didn't like any of the characters, Nick is just a hotheaded cop and no one to stand up to him or he would be fired for his attitude, Annie seemed just too sweet to be a cop and the rest just 'yuk'

The story just takes forever and forever, so does the author get paid by the words? if they do then Hoag gets the prize (along with others) for the most meaningless words used in a book just to make more pages. If you read about the first third of the book and get all the characters into play then just jump to the back and read the ending and that's all you need to know, the in between is long, draggy and boring just to get to the last couple of chapters that wind it up

I quit Hoag years ago and now I know why and know I won't pursue anymore by her


Siku Kayak: Paddling the Coast of Arctic Alaska
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I obtained the book as an add on from the shelf of a PBS comrade fulfilling a wish with the intention of taking it to the lobby of the VA Hospital. There are many readers there but very few nonfiction books on offer. Although there is a caution that this is not a how-to book, the reality of journeying along the long coast of Alaska is well-conveyed.
I read the 'diary' of the first week and it was scarey, but not as the book about the Andre Expedition of 1897 that I learned at age 14 or 15 of through a 1933 book published in 1933.
Many small photos and maps. Be sure to read the profile of the author. Note that he married well--Jenny is into everything from sea-kayaking to hang gliding.
They do enjoy their trip despite the harsh seas and weather with the weather at camping spots often challenging their tent and skills. They encounter a great deal of wildlife.


March 1939: Before the Madness - The Story of the First NCAA Basketball Tournament Champions
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Be sure to read the Introduction in which the author reveals how much he loves sports, journalism, and Hobby's team. Mr. Frei places this tournament within in its time, reminding readers how much things have changed as the sport developed. The progress "because of integration but also advancement in training methods, equipment (e.g. basketball shoes), and facilities. Judged with today's standa4rds, both the game and the players of that era were slower and far less athletic. But that type of judgment can be made for virtually every other sport, too--yes, including baseball--and as cliched as it is, evaluations of teams and individuals have to be framed within the context of their eras. Plus, it wasn't easy to shot a basketball then. The ball still had laces, adding to the awkward feel and making it more difficult to dribble than in future years. The first ball without laces was manufactured in 1948."


Photos, explanatory footnotes, some endnotes with sources, bibliography, index, and rather shameless promotion of his other books.


The End Begins
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The End Begins by Sara Davison is a gripping, suspenseful, and compelling story, one that is relevant for today's times. I'm not usually a fan of suspense and rarely read end-times literature, but this story is very moving and thought provoking. There are some unexpected twists and turns, and nothing is easily predictable.

The setting is in Canada, approximately 35 years into the future. The tables are turned and supposedly a radical Christian group has been bombing mosques, resulting in hatred of Christianity, the imposition of martial law, and the placing of severe restrictions on personal freedoms. As one of the first laws is put into place â the confiscation of Bibles because they are deemed to be hate literature â two unlikely friends begin a growing relationship. Devout Christian Meryn O'Reilly owns a bookstore that carries Bibles and other Christian literature, and Jesse Christensen is part of the military that is enforcing those laws.

I enjoyed the developing relationship between Meryn and Jesse, especially Meryn's testimony and witness. There's also an uncomfortable realism to this story, with some element of torture and the threat of sexual assault.

For me, the greatest significance about The End Begins is that it both challenges and encourages our faith, forcing me to ask if government opposition to Christianity is actually such a far-fetched idea. Do I take my Bible for granted? Treasure, study and memorize God's Word like I should? How courageous would I be under threat of real persecution? On the other hand, God's sovereignty shines in this book, reminding that He is in control no matter the circumstances around us.

Recommended.

I received a copy of this book through JustRead Tours. The opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.


It Happened at Grand Canyon (It Happened In Series)
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A fun, quick book for learning about some events and characters in Grand Canyon history.


The Ice Princess (Patrik Hedstrom, Bk 1)
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The plot is superb, chilly, deceptive and lucid. In a small town, Fjallbacka Sweden, a successful biographer Erica Falck no sooner returns to her small town to make a chilling discovery - her childhood best friend Alex, wrists slashed, frozen in her bathtub. It didn't make sense. Alex had everything going for her, successful, self-assured or was she? From here on the story evolves with page turning suspense, doubt and intrigue as the whole scene of Alex's death takes one turn after another.The plot is superb. A book you can't put down.


With Grateful Hearts
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Great read in the continuing series. Highly recommend.


No Safe Place (Love Inspired Suspense, No 728)
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This is the debut novel in a different genre for this author. Excellent job. I loved the page turning suspense and the push-pull of the romance. Beth Greenwood was just doing her job but it put her in danger and to top it off, Corbin, the attractive co-worker, suspects her of criminal dealings. I liked that Beth was smart and determined to do the right thing. Poor Corbin. He was attracted to Beth even though he believed she was a criminal. He too, was determined to do the right thing and it put the two at cross purposes much of the time. They spend most of the story on the run which kept me turning the pages. Would they get to safety? Who was after them?

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


Dark Lover (Black Dagger Brotherhood, Bk 1)
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*This is a re-read for me, but my first review of the books*

A stellar novel of angst, suspense, blood sucking and romance when you least expect!

J.R. Ward is a phenomenal story teller. She pulled me from page one, and held me captive with Wrath's angst and pain, and with Mary's confusion and love. These characters weren't just created....they were molded into beautiful creatures of the night, and woven into the story line in just the right way.

This story of pain, unexpected love, sorrow and confusion is one that will sit with the reader long after the last page is turn. The Brotherhood is family now, and I look forward to continuing the journeys of each Brother's love story.

Definitely recommended with the highest of 5 stars!

*This book was purchased by me, for my personal collection. All opinions, negative or positive are solely my own.*


Spirit of Steamboat: A Longmire Story (A Longmire Mystery)
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My husband is enjoying this series very much. He's never been much of a reader, but these are enjoyable for him.


The Sinner (Rizzoli & Isles, Bk 3)
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Great read, ejoyed it very much . Tess Gerritsen is an excellent writer. if you like thrillers this is the book for you.


Heads You Win: A Novel
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Just finished reading this book. I enjoyed it but the ending was strange. I think Jeffrey Archer is a great storyteller, his characters have substance, his plots are twisty and are a mix of power, politics and profit. I looked to see what others thought of the ending. I also found out that this book may be a retelling of Kane and Able and Where The Crow Flies, two books previously written by Archer. I haven't read those books but some readers are angry of the book not advertised as such. How would you feel?


Lilac Girls
Lilac Girls
Author: Martha Hall Kelly
Genre: Literature & Fiction
Book Type: Paperback
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very good


Don't You Cry
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A well thought out, twisted plot! A page turner that will have you on the edge of your seat. I can't wait to read Mary Kubica's next book!!


Battle Beneath the Waves: U-Boats at War
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A very interesting account of the Battle of the Atlantic, the longest battle of World War II, from the other side. I've read heavily in this area, but always from the side of the Allies---British and American. This book filled in many gaps in my knowledge.

I was particularly interested in the German submarine attack at Scapa Flow, early in the war. Most other account mention it briefly, but this account was in detail regarding the actions of the German submarine.

Plus, the books covers the anti-submarine tactics and technical efforts from the Allied side, so it can also discuss the anti-anti-submarine efforts from the German side, something that is often missing in other accounts.

The first few chapters cover the submarine war in World War I from the German side. I didn't think these were interesting, until later in the book when the author showed he needed them to discuss why the Germans did what they did in World War II.


How Right You Are, Jeeves
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An absolute delight that I now understand what Wodehouse was aiming for in this series (after watching Fry and Laurie on PBS a few years back). This is just good, clean fun with a bumbling aristocrat and his savvy gentleman's gentleman.

It is obvious that the reader understands that Bertie Wooster will land on his feet, with the help of his butler. With Wodehouse, it is the manner of the trip, rather than the ending, that is so much fun.

However, this novel is a bit different. Jeeves has gone on his annual vacation, only to be brought back when Bertie and his friends start to sink. Bertie is shocked to find himself engaged to the redheaded Miss Bobbie Wickham -- through no fault of his own. Bobbie explains that her mother is so very opposed to her marrying such a pitiful example of humanity as Bertie, that (said) mother will be in raptures to find that she is marrying anyone else. However, the way of love never runs smoothly, especially in Wodehouse books. Enjoy.


Exit Strategy
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This is a debut novel by a member of Tears for Fears. Apparently he is not one of the two people who are always on the Tears for Fears album covers (Roland and I forget the other guy's name), so I'm not sure exactly who he is.

This book was a bit cheesy but entertaining enough. A cat is harmed in a pretty grisly way, so if that bothers you, stay away.


Beneath a Scarlet Sky
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Stories about WWII are so interesting. I enjoyed reading about Pino and his family (likeable characters). It is supposed to be a true account of Pino's life during the war. Like most war stories it is sad and tragic, but at the same time inspiring (such bravery).


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