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The God of the Woods: A Novel By Liz Moore Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780593418918
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Published: Riverhead Books - July 2nd, 2024

"A young girl goes missing at a summer camp in the Adirondacks and she happens to be the daughter of the wealthy family that owns the camp.  Adding to the drama is that her brother also disappeared some years back.  Liz Moore once again flawlessly gives us a gripping suspenseful novel with complex characters, a fantastic setting and a brilliant and twisty plot.  This book is intelligent as it weaves relationships and conflicts into an incredible story.   I was totally absorbed from the beginning and could not put it down!"


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This Summer Will Be Different By Carley Fortune Cover Image
$19.00
ISBN: 9780593638880
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Published: Berkley - May 7th, 2024

"Carly Fortune is becoming one of the greats in the summer romance genre – this was excellent!  “This Summer Will be Different” is a romance with a best friend’s brother.  Their relationship is complicated, magical, passionate and forbidden and on top of that takes place in a fabulous setting of Prince Edward Island! Filled my heart and made me smile!"


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Funny Story By Emily Henry Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780593441282
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Published: Berkley - April 23rd, 2024

"'It’s actually a very funny story…'.   How does a heart-broken women end up living with the ex of her ex’s fiancé?  Just love Emily Henry and her novels; she has a way of always pulling you in and making you so invested in the characters.   This one has an idyllic small town with an amazing library with themes of friends to lovers, opposites attract and supportive girlfriends.  Just pick it up and enjoy!!"


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All We Were Promised: A Novel By Ashton Lattimore Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780593600153
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Published: Ballantine Books - April 2nd, 2024

"What an amazing debut!  This novel centers on the lives of three black women in pre-civil war Philadelphia and the bond that develops among them as they fight slavery and fight for each other. This is an incredible story of adversity, resilience, strength and determination – a testament to just how strong people can be!"

I can’t say enough about this book – it is powerful, amazing, well-written – just BRILLIANT!"


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Still See You Everywhere (A Frankie Elkin Novel) By Lisa Gardner Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781538765067
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - March 12th, 2024

"This is one disturbing and amazing thriller!  Frankie Elkin is on the hunt for another missing person; this time she needs to find the sister of a convicted serial killer who will be put to death in the next month.  The search takes Frankie to an atoll in the Pacific.  Lisa Gardner hits this one out of the park with a storyline with lots of secrets, a lush and beautiful setting and dramatic and tense scenes.  This one is not for the faint at heart but for those who love thrilling and sometimes dark suspense."


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The Truth about the Devlins By Lisa Scottoline Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780525539704
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - March 26th, 2024

"Another compelling family drama and thriller by the brilliant novelist, Lisa Scottoline.  The Devlins are a family of lawyers working in the same firm, except for TJ Devlin who has had his share of problems with drinking and jail time and is now the firm’s investigator.  TJ gets pulled into a messy investigation by his older brother, John when John says he just killed someone.  After that, we find family dysfunction, fast-paced action, and surprising twists.    The main question is when everything is said and done, will this family be able to stick together?"


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Expiration Dates: A Novel By Rebecca Serle Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781982166823
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Published: Atria Books - March 19th, 2024

"What if you always knew how long each of your relationships would last?  Would that make it easier or harder to navigate?  Daphne is given a note with a name and length of every relationship she enters until she receives a paper with no end date.  Rebecca Serle does it again with a novel that celebrates love!  Great premise and good twist!"


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The Women: A Novel By Kristin Hannah Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250178633
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Published: St. Martin's Press - February 6th, 2024

"What an incredible and touching story!  Kristin Hannah writes with such heartfelt expression and attention to detail that I felt as it I was right next to Frankie, the main character in the novel.  Frankie is a young nurse who decided to enlist in the army during the Vietnam war.  She was so courageous, saved many lives and comforted many more. When it was time for her to return home, she realized how forgotten and abandoned she was.  This novel paints a clear and precise picture of all the emotional turmoil that the war had on our young people.  You just have to read this!"


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The Fiction Writer By Jillian Cantor Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780778310839
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Published: Park Row - November 28th, 2023

"Olivia Fitzgerald, a struggling novelist has writer’s block.  Her agent suggests a well-paying ghostwriting job with an eccentric billionaire and because her career is not going well, she accepts.  The more she gets to know this man and his story, the more questions she has.  This multi-layered plot is at times chilling and it is definitely suspenseful!  This is a different kind of novel for Jillian Cantor but one you should pick up!"


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The Mystery Guest: A Maid Novel (Molly the Maid #2) By Nita Prose Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780593356180
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Published: Ballantine Books - November 28th, 2023

"Molly is back and this sequel did not disappoint!  Molly is the Head Maid at the Regency Grand Hotel when a world-famous author drops dead as he is about to make a big announcement.  She now has a mystery to solve and the backstory about Molly and her Gran is my favorite part!  So, grab a cup of tea and settle in -- just delightful!"


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Unsinkable By Jenni L. Walsh Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781400233946
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Published: Harper Muse - January 9th, 2024

"Inspired by historical events, "Unsinkable", combines two stories based on two courageous women.  Violet Jessop survives three separate shipwrecks including the Titanic.  And Daphne Chaundanson joins the Special Operations in WWII as an agent in France after her mother died when she was a child.  Adversity for these women only made them stronger, more resilient and unsinkable.  Great book club pick and excellent for historical fiction fans!"


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Being Henry: The Fonz . . . and Beyond By Henry Winkler Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250888099
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Published: Celadon Books - October 31st, 2023

"What a fabulous memoir by Henry Winkler!   Henry is gracious, heart-warming, funny and a just all-around likeable guy and all of this comes through loud and clear in the book.  Henry starts with his childhood and goes up to present day, talking about self-doubt that he had his entire life.  There is a lot to learn from him about being appreciative and getting past weaknesses that you struggle with.  This would make a wonderful gift for the holidays!"


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Tom Lake: A Reese's Book Club Pick By Ann Patchett Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780063327528
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Published: Harper - August 1st, 2023

"Because of the pandemic, Lara’s three grown daughters return home to their orchard.  She is with her three grown daughters watching this mega-famous guy, Pater Duke, on the television.  Her husband walks in and says “Mom used to date that guy”.  And there the story begins, going between the past and the present, Ann Patchett, a masterful storyteller takes us on a journey of Lara’s two different worlds.  Great characters and even better relationships – you need to pick this book up!"


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The First Ladies By Marie Benedict, Victoria Christopher Murray Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780593440292
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Published: Berkley - June 4th, 2024

"This dynamic author team of Marie Benedict and Victoria Christopher Murray continues their excellence with “The First Ladies”, a story of a relationship between First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt and civil rights activist Mary McLeod Bethune.   This unlikely friendship is one of mutual respect and is so inspirational! And all of this at a time when we needed to see the First Lady in the White House reach her hand out to work with Mary McLeod Bethune and fight for equality!  Amazing Story!!"


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Crow Mary: A Novel By Kathleen Grissom Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781476748481
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Published: Atria Books - March 12th, 2024

"Kathleen Grissom found another remarkable woman, Goes First (or Crow Mary) to be the center of her newest novel, CROW MARY.  This sweeping historical fiction title is inspired by the true story from Crow Mary’s great granddaughter.   Crow Mary is an Indigenous woman from the 19th century in the Montana area that with the blessing of her family marries a white man.  She, then finds herself caught between two worlds, one of her Native American family and the other of the white settlers in the area.  What ensues in a powerful novel that highlights her strength and resilience."


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Same Time Next Summer By Annabel Monaghan Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780593544969
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - June 6th, 2023

"Sam returns to her family’s beach house on Long Island with her amazing fiancé, only to find Wyatt, her first love at the beach as well.  Lots of memories and feelings re-surface and now Sam finds herself at a crossroads.  Loved Annabel Monaghan’s first romance novel, 'Nora Goes Off Script' and found this one to be just as good!  Perfect Summer Read!"


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Lucky Red: A Novel By Claudia Cravens Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780593498262
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Published: Dial Press Trade Paperback - June 4th, 2024

"Lucky Red is my kind of western – character driven with a strong female protagonist who matures right in front of your eyes.  It is set in Dodge in the 1800’s at a whorehouse and each character is more colorful than the next.   Thrilling, exciting and several twists!  This was quite a ride!"


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The House of Eve By Sadeqa Johnson Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781982197377
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Published: 37 Ink - February 6th, 2024

"'The House of Eve' is a compelling historical fiction set in Philadelphia and Washington DC in the 1950’s where two women’s choices are made to hide something from others.   There are themes of racism, class privilege, keeping secrets and the fact that motherhood is never easy.  This heartrending novel had me in the first chapter and I quickly sympathized with the two main characters, Eleanor and Ruby.  Great book club pick!"


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The Many Daughters of Afong Moy: A Novel By Jamie Ford Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781982158224
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Published: Atria Books - May 2nd, 2023

"Jamie Ford is back with his amazing storytelling.  This novel tells the story of 7 women from different generations of the Moy family spanning from 1836 to 2086.  The first of these women, Afong Moy, is the first Chinese woman to come to the US where she suffers greatly at the hands of others.  The question is does this trauma that Afong endured pass down from generation to generation and can it be stopped? In 2045, Dorothy Moy is also suffering and undergoes an experimental treatment to save herself and her daughter.  Powerful story on the love between family members and just how far we will go to save them."


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Violeta [English Edition]: A Novel By Isabel Allende, Frances Riddle (Translated by) Cover Image
By Isabel Allende, Frances Riddle (Translated by)
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ISBN: 9780593496220
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Published: Ballantine Books - January 24th, 2023

"Isabel Allende tells an incredible story of Violeta Del Valle’s life that spans 100 years starting with the Spanish Flu in 1920 and ending with our pandemic in 2020.  We see Violeta’s struggles and triumphs, heartbreaks and joys all told through a letter that she writes to a close relative.  Making the story even more compelling is the history that this woman witnesses in her 100 years!  Just AMAZING!"