The Great Alone, by Kristin Hannah

The Great Alone takes the reader on an emotional roller coaster. This achingly beautiful, yet frightening story explores the lack of mental health that was available to our returning wounded warriors and their families. It is also a commentary on how our court system treats abused women who strike back. It reminds parents of young love, and that to be too strict, can often backfire. Even more, it is also a travelogue for the fierce beauty that is Alaska. The descriptions of the landscape and the brilliant colors made me want to visit there. To read my full review, and for a link to the author’s web page, click right here.

 

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Fun Romance Novel – I Flipping Love You

The newest novel from bestselling author, Helena Hunting, is in bookstores and available online now. I Flipping Love You is sure to be another bestseller among fans of good romantic comedy.
 
Don’t let the cheesy front cover fool you. It’s a great story that will warm your heart – and maybe a few other places. To read my full review, click right here.
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About Fateful Decisions

The day before I was to leave on vacation, I received an e-mail from Trevor D’Silva, asking me to read his new book, Fateful Decisions. I couldn’t put it down! It’s a trip through recent history from the bombing of the Lusitania through the post-war 1940s with families that seem to step right off the page.
It’s a wonderful story of how the decisions we make affect not only ourselves, but the generations who follow. Fans of historical fiction won’t be able to put it down either. To read my full review, click right here.
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On Vacation, Still Reading

Grumpy is on vacation for a few weeks, but will always be reading. I just finished a pre-pub copy of Mary Alice Monroe’s Beach House Reunion — a little history, a lot of info on sea turtles, of course a good romance, and women’s issues. I am now reading Catherine Coulter’s The Sixth Day — a great geo-political drama, thriller, pertinent to today’s computer hacking issues. My reviews will be out in mid-May. Happy reading, everyone!

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Unforgettable Work of Historical Fiction Set During World War II

Based on the true story of Virginia d’Albert-Lake, an American woman who entered the French Resistance, and lived to tell about it, this is one of the best works of both historical fiction and Christian fiction I have ever read. Set amidst the French Resistance of World War II, the characters come to life in a way that transports the reader to that time and place. To read my review click right here.

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Brad Meltzer’s The Escape Artist

One of my favorite authors, Brad Meltzer, notified me of the the upcoming publication of this, his latest novel, through GoodReads, and had his publisher send me a pre-publication copy through NetGalley — thank you to all of them. I thoroughly enjoyed this new action-filled political drama, The Escape Artist.
 
Did you know Harry Houdini, the greatest escape artist of all time, left his books and papers to the Library of Congress? Did you know that many local hacking conventions are organized or backed by our government to seek out potential future employees for our national intelligence, and to identify potential criminal hackers? I learned this and a lot more from The Escape Artist.

If you enjoy political intrigue, action, & drama, you will enjoy Metzer’s latest book, due out Tuesday, March 6, 2018. To read my full review, click right here. Happy reading.
 
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Long Way Gone Spoke to Me

Long Way Gone, by Charles Martin, spoke to me in a way that few others have. It’s about a father’s love for his son, about giving back, about losing love and finding it again. It’s about facing our shortcomings, our self-doubts, and overcoming them. It shows us that it is never too late — we can always go home.

This book is Christian fiction at it’s best. It’s no wonder he is a bestselling author, with another of his books being made into a movie. This is a great book club selection. It should be required reading for anyone seeking a career in the music industry. To read my review, click right here.

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Need to Know is Soon to Be a Movie


Need to Know was published today, January 23, 2018, and the the film rights have already been sold to Universal Pictures. Charlize Theron will produce the film, and will star as the main character, Vivian. This is a book you will definitely want to read — I couldn’t put it down. I hope the movie does the book justice. I received a pre-publication from NetGalley last fall in exchange for my review. To read my review, click right here.

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Prepare to Be Blown Away By “How to Walk Away”

If you get your hands on a copy of this How to Walk Away, you may as well cancel everything on your calendar for the next two or three days, because you won’t be able to put it down. I was hooked on the first page of this fantastic book. Katherine Center  is a master at creating beautifully written, often comic, sagas of overcoming tragedy and maneuvering family dynamics. To read my full review, click right here.

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In Stores Today: Two Girls Down

Two Girls Down, the most recent work of Louisa Luna, takes the reader through the emotional roller coster of searching for missing children.
 
Many current social issues are subtly woven into a compelling yet agonizing, and all too realistic story. This is not a depressing book, as some of this genre are, but it is one that will stay with you after you have closed the book, or turned off your e-reader.
 
To read my review, click right here. Two Girls Down is in bookstores today.
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