REVIEW: “The Book Charmer (Dove Pond #1)” by Karen Hawkins

"The Book Charmer (Dove Pond #1)" by Karen Hawkins Paperback, 368 pages Published July 30, 2019, by Gallery Books My synopsis " ... just do yourself a favor; if Sarah Dove offers you a book, take it. You'll regret it if you don't." Dove Pond, N.C., is no ordinary small Southern town. Among other miracles, it's … Continue reading REVIEW: “The Book Charmer (Dove Pond #1)” by Karen Hawkins

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REVIEW: “The Art of Racing in the Rain” by Garth Stein

"The Art of Racing in the Rain" by Garth Stein 321 pages, paperback First published May 13, 2008, by Harper Collins My synopsis Enzo is basically a human -- a very insightful human -- in a dog's body. He loves auto racing as much as, if not more than, his master Denny. We follow Enzo … Continue reading REVIEW: “The Art of Racing in the Rain” by Garth Stein

REVIEW: “A Light in the Desert” by Anne Montgomery

"A Light in the Desert" by Anne Montgomery Paperback, 286 pages Published Nov. 6, 2018, by Treehouse Publishing/Amphorae Publishing Group (first published May 27, 2015) ISBN: 1732139113 My synopsis A Vietnam veteran struggling with mental illness, a pregnant teen with a facial deformity and a group of religious zealots are thrown onto a backdrop of the Arizona … Continue reading REVIEW: “A Light in the Desert” by Anne Montgomery

REVIEW: “Things You Save in a Fire” by Katherine Center

"Things You Save in a Fire" by Katherine Center Hardcover, 320 pages Slated for publication Aug. 13, 2019, by St. Martin's Press ISBN: 1250047323 My synopsis Firefighter Cassie Hanwell has a successful career in Texas that takes a detour when her semi-estranged mother in Massachusetts calls to ask for her help. Cassie must fight more … Continue reading REVIEW: “Things You Save in a Fire” by Katherine Center

REVIEW: “The Spies of Shilling Lane” by Jennifer Ryan

"The Spies of Shilling Lane" by Jennifer Ryan Kindle edition, 368 pages Published June 4, 2019, by Crown ASIN: B07K62LGW8 My review Great Britain is deeply entrenched in World War II, and it's against this dismal backdrop that the haughty Mrs. Braithwaite receives divorce papers from her cheating husband. Because of the stigma surrounding divorced … Continue reading REVIEW: “The Spies of Shilling Lane” by Jennifer Ryan

READING NOTES: #MiserablesMay group read, Vol. 5 (with spoilers)

A weight has been lifted from my shoulders, because I. am. FINISHED. With. Les. Misérables! I completed my reading of The Brick just after midnight on Tuesday. I had finished Volume 4 just hours before and written some scant thoughts on it (which you can see here; there's also posts on Volumes 1, 2 and … Continue reading READING NOTES: #MiserablesMay group read, Vol. 5 (with spoilers)

READING NOTES: #MiserablesMay group read, Vol. 3 (with spoilers)

Every week I'm falling farther behind on finishing volumes of The Brick. In case you haven't been paying attention, I'm participating in a group read of "Les Misérables" by Victor Hugo. It's hosted by Emma at The Terror of Knowing and Liz at Travel in Retrospect. Thank you both; you've sufficiently ruined my life. [Need … Continue reading READING NOTES: #MiserablesMay group read, Vol. 3 (with spoilers)