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Leaving Paradise by Simone Elkeles- 5 stars

Nothing has been the same since Caleb Becker left a party drunk, got behind the wheel, and hit Maggie Armstrong. Even after months of painful physical therapy, Maggie walks with a limp. Her social life is nil and a scholarship to study abroad—her chance to escape everyone and their pitying stares—has been canceled.

After a year in juvenile jail, Caleb’s free . . . if freedom means endless nagging from a transition coach and the prying eyes of the entire town. Coming home should feel good, but his family and ex-girlfriend seem like strangers.

Caleb and Maggie are outsiders, pigeon-holed as "criminal" and "freak." Then the truth emerges about what really happened the night of the accident and, once again, everything changes. It’s a bleak and tortuous journey for Caleb and Maggie, yet they end up finding comfort and strength from a surprising source: each other.

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5. "the End of Everything" by Megan Abbott

3 stars out of 6

“Evie is a 13yr old girl who disappears. Lizzie is her best friend who lives next door. This is the Lizzie story of what happens and how they get Evie back home. ”

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Birthright - Nora Roberts - 5*

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The Fall of Shane MacKade - Nora Roberts - 4.5*

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The Last Little Blue Envelope by Maureen Johnson - 3 stars

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13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson - 4 stars

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Page from a Tennessee Journal by Francine Thomas Howard

Sorry, too tired today to write a totally original review, so I am borrowing a description from Amazon.

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"Book Description: In Francine Howard’s stunning debut, Page from a Tennessee Journal, rural Tennessee of 1913 remains an unforgiving place for two couples--one black, the other white--who stumble against the rigid boundaries separating their worlds. When white farmer Alexander McNaughton falters into forbidden love with Annalaura Welles he discovers that he has much more to fear than the wrath of her returning gun-toting husband. Alexander’s wife – flinty and pragmatic Eula Mae –wages her own battle against the stoicism demanded of white women of her time and social standing. Former sharecropper John Welles, flush with cash from his year's sojourn working the poker tables in "the second best colored whorehouse in all of Nashville," wrestles with his devils as he struggles to assign blame for his wife's relationship with a white man. The convergence of the lives and choices of these fascinating characters– made from fear, pride, determination, spite, nobility and revenge –leads to a heart-pounding and heartbreaking climax that feels at once original, audacious and inevitable."

I really enjoyed this book, it was a real page turner. I rate it right up there with "The Color Purple", I think this would make a great movie too. I also think there is a lot more to this story that would make a great sequel.



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English Encounters by Marie Sterling ***** 5 stars

A personalized book I gave to my sweetie for our anniversary. Quite racy and definitely a hit with both of us.



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Better by John O’Brien**** 3 stars

A Los Angeles house full of shut-ins, alcoholics, prostitutes and quasi-philosophers. Like the other residents in his atypical household, narrator William pays no rent, buys no groceries and has no knowledge of how Double Felix, the group's benefactor, pays for their indulgent lifestyle. Unconcerned with the detail, William spends his days focusing on his attraction to Double Felix and newcomer Laurie, as well as drinking excessively, watching The Love Boat and sleeping with his sometimes-girlfriend Zipper. As both William and Double Felix vie for Laurie's affection, the plot begins clicking with a wild rivalry and jealous domestic partners. Unfortunately, the dustup comes too little, too late; the deed, when it's finally done, with Laurie, does curiously little to affect anyone.



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Islands in the Stream, Ernest Hemingway ****

I enjoyed the first part but the second part was mind numbing and I found myself skimming too often and had to force myself to pay attention. The third part was good, but not as good as the first; however I liked the very "Hemingway" feel of it and even the predicable end.

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i cant believe the seris to deb mccomber ceder cove is over one more book in oct xmas tree lane

emoticon it seems like i have been reading them for ever

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Stitches by David Small**** 4 stars

David Small's harrowing account of growing up under the watchless eyes of parents who gave him cancer (his radiologist father subjected him to unscrupulous x-rays for minor ailments) and let it develop untreated for years--but in delicate glimpses of the author's child's-eye view, sketched most often with no words at all. Early memories often seem less like words than pictures we play back to ourselves. That is what's recognizable and, somehow, ultimately delightful in the midst of this deeply sad story: it reminds us of our memories, not just what they are, but what they look like. In every drawing, David Small shows us moments both real and imagined—some that are guileless and funny and wonderfully sweet, many others that are dark and fearful—that unveil a very talented artist, stitches and all.


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18) One Deadly Sister (Sandy Reid Mystery Series #1) by Rod Hoisington 3.5 stars

Sandy Reid is studying to be a lawyer in Philadelphia. She hasn't heard from her older brother in about a decade. Out of the blue, she gets a phone call from him - he's in jail, accused of shooting a local Florida politician to death, Reluctantly, Sandy goes to Florida to help Ray. Lots of plot twists, red herrings, misunderstandings, some serious and some humorous interactions.

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Black Out by Lisa Unger 4****

Annie Powers leads the perfect life in Florida with her husband, Gray, and their four-year-old daughter in this stellar character-driven stand-alone from bestseller Unger (A Sliver of Truth). Less than a decade earlier, however, Annie was Ophelia March, the teenage captive—or accomplice—of spree killer Marlowe Geary. Gray, a partner in his father's private security consultant firm, tracked Marlowe and rescued Ophelia after sending the killer's car over a cliff. Reinventing herself with Gray's help, Annie can't remember all that happened during her years with Marlowe, and she's prone to panic attacks and blackouts. When a strange man appears on her property, Annie's sure Marlowe is back. As a shady police detective digs into her past, Annie must try to recover the memories she buried if she's ever going to be free from Marlowe. Unger expertly turns what could have been a routine serial-killer story into a haunting odyssey for Annie, dropping red herrings and clues along the way until the reader feels as unsettled as Annie.

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Still Alice by Lisa Genova *****

A believable, disturbing account of the insidious progression of Alzheimer's. Alice Howland is 50 years old, a tenured cognitive psychology professor at Harvard, author of several respected books on linguistics, loving wife of a successful husband, with three grown children finding their own ways in the world. When she starts experiencing momentary disorientation and bouts of memory loss, she writes it off as the onset of menopause. After a visit to the doctor, she finds out that instead she has early-onset Alzheimer's and the genetic marker for the disease that she may have passed on to her own children as well. Alice's descent into dementia affects not only her, but her family and colleagues - giving the reader a compelling and disturbing picture of a beautiful mind falling apart one neuron at a time.

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Across the Nightingale Floor by Lian Hearn**** 4 stars

The tale begins with young Takeo, a member of a subversive and persecuted religious group, who returns home to find his village in flames. He is saved, not by coincidence, by the swords of Lord Otori Shigeru and thrust into a world of warlords, feuding clans, and political scheming. As Lord Otori's ward, he discovers he is a member by birth of the shadowy "Tribe," a mysterious group of assassins with supernatural abilities.



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The Cooking School at Z by Daniel Kennedy *** 3 stars

Jeff and Mia Farrell, a California couple in their late forties, risk everything to launch a cooking school in Zihuatanejo, Mexico (mentioned in the Shawshank Redemption.) Problems soon threaten their dream.

Truly disappointing – these people didn’t have a plan, didn’t think everything through and didn’t take the basic precautions any normal person would do when buying property and starting a new business. Not much of a romance, either - a very superficial relationship. A lot of cooking; no recipes included.



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Brad Thor -- Full Black 4*

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The Heart of Devin MacKade - Nora Roberts - 4*

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Had to take a little break from the Kay Hooper FBI Bishop/SCU books (serial killers and psychic FBI agents!)

17) The Sookie Stackhouse Companion written and edited by Charlaine Harris 3.5 stars

A new story (Small Town Wedding) as Sam takes Sookie to his brother's wedding - and near riots break out between shifter supporters and haters. A map of Bon Temps (very hard to see in the Kindle verion, as is the family tree). Summaries of the series from Dead Until Dark thru Dead Reckoning. Charlaine Harris writes about her short stories. Sookie talks about the various creatures she's met. Trivia questions (I skipped over these, I don't score wel;l on trivia!) A Down-Home Southern Cookbook with recipes (I admit, I skipped these for now, too). Interview with Alan Ball (True Blood creator, producer and writer). A section written by fan club members. Charlaine answers fans' questions. A guide to the series. Whew!

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5* The Atomic Times: My H-Bomb Year at the Pacific Proving Ground by Micheal Harris

This is a gripping memoir of the first H-bomb tests written by one of the young servicemen stationed at Eniwetok Atoll.
It reads like a novel with its colorful cast of characters, at times touching, funny and also horrifying.
This book intrigued me right from page 1, and it was hard to put down.

You don't need an interest in science to enjoy this book, you will like the human side of the story.
There are some parts that are a little raunchy, so if you are easily offended, this book is not for you. However, those parts are just a small part of the story, and I have to give the author credit for not being afraid to disclose the whole truth of what life was like on Entiwetok in 1956.



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All I Did Was Ask by Terry Gross***** 5 stars

In the first print collection of her justifiably famous interviews, Gross, host of the exceedingly popular National Public Radio interview program Fresh Air, admits to being nervous before every recording session. She also reveals the enormous amount of prep work involved. Writing with the directness and insight that make her such a magnet for listeners, Gross takes readers behind the scenes of her Philadelphia-based Peabody Award-winning program. She has wisely chosen to focus strictly on people in the arts, presenting 39 judiciously selected interviews that span the last two decades, conversations that, no matter the date, are, indeed, fresh, probing, and compelling. The book will prove newly revelatory to listeners (radio broadcasts are, after all, ephemeral), and engage everyone interested in how artists view their lives. Gross is at once extremely well informed and darn near guileless in her willingness to pose personal questions. She asks Chris Rock, for instance, if being skinny influenced his work (absolutely), gets Sonny Rollins to talk about drugs, and elicits many reminiscences about loving mothers. Wonderfully eclectic, she extracts intriguing disclosures from Johnny Cash, Grandmaster Flash, Nick Hornby, Jodie Foster, James Baldwin, John Updike, painters Chuck Close and Frank Stella, thoughtful Divine, and Kiss's absurdly crass Gene Simmons. It's a boon to have these priceless exchanges preserved in print, along with Gross' candid commentary.


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Angle of Repose by Wallace Stegner**** 4 stars

This long, thoughtful novel about a retired historian who researches and writes about his pioneer grandparents. A loving story about marriage and hardship.


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The Howling Miller by Arto Paasilinna**** 4 stars

The howling miller acts strangely but is otherwise a goodhearted hardworking honest man. He sometimes keeps the villagers up all night by howling and getting all the dogs in the village worked up to howl with him. Finally the villagers decide that the miller has to be committed into a mental hospital. He escapes with the help of his sane roommate. The miller takes to the woods near his home but he is constantly harassed by the chief of the police with his posse.


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Cutting Myself in Half: How I lost 150 pounds one Byte at a time by Taylor LeBaron

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Continuing rereading the Bishop/Special Crime Unit series by Kay Hooper. All of them are police procedurals, with romance stories and psychic FBI agents.

13) Out of the Shadows 4 stars
FBI profiler Noah Bishop reunites with Miranda Knight. Both share a psychic talent - and together, they're more than the sum of their parts - but can Miranda trust Bishop? Meanwhile, in the small Tennessee town that Miranda is sheriff of, a serial killer is striking fear into the population.


14) Touching Evil 3 stars
This time, the SCU is in Seattle - hunting the "blindfold rapist" - he cuts out the eyes of his victims. Hollis Templeton survived his attack - and now she's hearing voices ...

15) Whisper of Evil 3 stars
Nell Gallagher returns to Silence - the small town she left abruptly 12 years before, and to Max Tanner, her old high school flame. Nell is a psychic from the SCU, and she's investigating a series of murders of well-respected men who were hiding secrets which come out after their deaths.

16) Sense of Evil 4 stars
Hollis Templeton is back, and a member of the SCU. She's a medium, still learning her abilities. A serial killer is after blond, successful women in Hastings, NC. Isabel is another SCU psychic - and she's blond. She's soon on the killer's A list.


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The Pride of Jared MacKade - Nora Roberts - 4.5*

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Bubbles Betrothed by Sarah Strohmeyer

5 stars - Great cozy mystery series!!

In Strohmeyer's wacky fifth mystery starring Bubbles Yablonsky, the former hairdresser and queen of the tube tops dons her first business suit ($30 hot pink skirt and jacket on layaway) to interview accused murderer Jill "Crazy Popeye" Simon for the Lehigh, Pa., News-Times, in Simon's holding cell. Unfortunately, Simon expires in mid-sentence after claiming she actually tried to save the victim, Liberty High School's beloved principal, Rudy Schmidt, who choked to death on the tie shoved down his throat. Bubbles's interview notes prove to be of interest to a number of delightfully goofy characters, including a Polish mafioso and a podiatrist with a foot fetish. Meanwhile, Bubbles hears that her boyfriend, stud-for-the-ages reporter Steve Stiletto, has announced he is engaged—to her—in a ploy to keep from getting transferred to London. This isn't exactly the kind of proposal she had fantasized. (Amazon review)

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A Child Called "IT" by Dave Pelzer- 5 stars

This book chronicles the unforgettable account of one of the most severe child abuse cases in California history. It is the story of Dave Pelzer, who was brutally beaten and starved by his emotionally unstable, alcoholic mother: a mother who played tortuous, unpredictable games--games that left him nearly dead. He had to learn how to play his mother's games in order to survive because she no longer considered him a son, but a slave; and no longer a boy, but an "it."

Dave's bed was an old army cot in the basement, and his clothes were torn and raunchy. When his mother allowed him the luxury of food, it was nothing more than spoiled scraps that even the dogs refused to eat. The outside world knew nothing of his living nightmare. He had nothing or no one to turn to, but his dreams kept him alive--dreams of someone taking care of him, loving him and calling him their son.

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The Sooner the Better by Debbie Macomber 4*'s

This is the third or fourth in a series. I was able to read it without having read the first two and liked the characters enough to seek out the other books in the series.





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"Passages of Caregiving" by Gail Sheehy. Excellent support for people of all ages who are caregivers for very old or very sick people.

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Friendship Bread by Darian Gee 5*****

Very easy read.

Friendship Bread begins with the mysterious present of starter bread batter and expands to show how the smallest gifts can change entire lives.

Julia Evarts has sustained a tragedy of heartbreaking proportions. She manages to care for her little daughter, but she can’t tolerate being near her once-beloved sister Livvy. Her marriage to her husband Mark hangs by a thread. Julia’s grief and estrangement is a constant torture for her. She can no longer find joy in her life.

Hannah de Brisay is a talented cellist who has devoted herself to her art from the age of three. She’s young, vibrant, and celebrated, when a back injury prevents her from playing professionally again. Philippe, her partner in marriage and in music, sticks her in the charming town of Avalon while he is away--playing, in all senses of the word.

Madeline Davis has also had her share of sorrow. She’s older, though, and perhaps even wiser. Certainly she knows, as this captivating book shows, that nurturing others often helps you heal yourself. In her small tea salon, these women come together and begin the slow alchemy of friendship and personal transformation.

Much more happens, too: an ambitious journalist named Edie causes problems for everyone in town; a sexy architect named Vivian works very hard to seduce Julia’s husband Mark; and Connie Coll loses her job as a Laundromat attendant with surprising consequences. Other residents of Avalon make delightful cameos as they deal with their unexpected gifts of Friendship Bread. Some are happy about it. Some aren’t.

Through it all, Darien Gee’s virtuoso storytelling kept me turning pages--and wishing I lived in Avalon! The story flows smoothly, full of surprises, and I often found sentences so wise, so lovely, they took my breath away--and made me think.

Friendship Bread is a book that transports you to a place where your heart is soothed and uplifted as you experience the grief, petty faults, and random kindnesses all humans share. Ultimately, it makes you love your very own flawed and precious life.



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In Sickness and in Death-Lisa Bork-****
Her latest installment of the Finger Lake Mysteries touched on several elements of my life. Are you an enabler or an empowerment specialist?

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5* The Oak Leaves by Maureen Lang

This story weaves together two time periods - Regency England and modern day Chicago. Talie Ingram finds an old journal that belong to her great great great grandmother Cosima Escott. While reading through it, Talie discovers a family "curse"; children born with what was called in those days "feeblemindedness", but was really the result of a genetic disorder called Fragile-X. Talie finds this news very unsettling, as she has noticed developmental delays in her own son, but she is not ready to face her fears, so tucks the journal away to keep the secret away from her husband and her sister. Her husband urges her to keep reading it though, and through Cosima's faith in God, she finds her own strength to do what she has to do to help her son.

I really enjoyed this story, it was very intriguing, especially Cosima's story; she is determined not to marry because of the curse, but then she falls in love and that of course complicates things. The dialogue and the emotions in the story feel very real, and that is because the author herself has a son who has Fragile -X syndrome. The story not only captured the trials and tribulations of living with a special needs child, but the joys too.



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I just finished "Prey" by Linda Howard. Liked it a lot. Lots of suspense. I would have liked knowing the hero a little better.

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"Once you begin to believe there is help out there, you will know it to be true. " - Saint Bartholomew


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Voyager - Diana Gabaldon in progress

Creation In Death - JD Robb 5* a return to the mystery roots of her writing

A couple Harlequin\Silhouette books....those are typically 3*

Dakota Born - Debbie Macomber - in progress



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The Beginning of After by Jennifer Castle- 5 stars

Sixteen-year-old Laurel’s world changes instantly when her parents and brother are killed in a terrible car accident. Behind the wheel is the father of her bad-boy neighbor, David Kaufman, whose mother is also killed. In the aftermath of the tragedy, Laurel navigates a new reality in which she and her best friend grow apart, boys may or may not be approaching her out of pity, overpowering memories lurk everywhere, and Mr. Kaufman is comatose but still very much alive. Through it all there is David, who swoops in and out of Laurel’s life and to whom she finds herself attracted against her better judgment. She will forever be connected to him by their mutual loss—a connection that will change them both in unexpected ways.

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The Return of Rafe MacKade - Nora Roberts - 4.5*

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The Pickup by Nadine Gordimer ****

Julie, willful pampered South African equivalent of the notorious 'valley girl' meets illegal immigrant Abdu of the dazzling smile when her car breaks down on a back street near a new trendy bar she frequents with her boho crowd. Flaunting her "liberation", Julie invites him for coffee, then to meet her friends, then to her apartmenht, and then to her bed. Abdu is desperate to gain entry into almost any western country, having already been turned down by Australia, New Zeeland, and most of Europe. Julie is equally desperate trying to escape her life of privilege and superficialities. They each seem to fill an aching need in the other - until Abdu is deported back to his dusty village on the edge of the desert in an unamed impoverished Arab country. Surprisingly, Julie insists on accompaning him back to live in a lean-to attached to the little family home filled with extended family and traditional Muslim values. While only a temporary set-back for Abdu, Julie seems to discover in herself a new sense of purpose and longing to belong. Who picked up whom and where will they end up?

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The Dubliners by James Joyce 6*

This is a great collection of short stories by one of the best writers
of the twentieth century.
Most of Joyce's books can be difficult to understand.
These stories are probably the easiest to grasp.
Some of the stories have a poetic quality describing life in Ireland.


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All's Well That Ends Well & The Comedy of Errors by Shakespeare 3* each

Two early comedies by Shakespeare that show is wit and wonderful use of language.
(I am starting to read through all the works of Shakespeare.)


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The Trophy Husband - Lynne Graham - 3.5*

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Death with Interruptions by Jose Saramiego**** 4 stars

For reasons initially unclear, people stop dying in an unnamed country on New Year's Day. Shortly after death begins her break, there's a catastrophic collapse in the funeral industry; disruption in hospitals of the usual rotational process of patients coming in, getting better or dying. There's much debate and discussion on the link between death, resurrection and church, and while the clandestine traffic of the terminally ill into bordering countries leads to government collusion with the criminal self-styled maphia, death falls in love with a terminally ill cellist.


50 is the new 30.


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The Moon Opera by Bi Feiyu**** 4 stars

In 1979, 20 years before the novel takes place, actress Xiao Yanqiu debuted brilliantly and memorably as the lead in The Moon Opera, although she soon wrecked her career when she attacked her understudy’s teacher in a fit of rage at sharing the spotlight. Now 40, unhappily married and overweight, Xiao is offered the chance to reprise her role in a new production bankrolled by a factory owner and former fan. Xiao, who assumes the role to perfection, chooses as her understudy a gifted student, Chunlai, who postpones a TV career for the promise of the stage. The scene is set for a terrible showdown.


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The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern - amazing book about a magic duel staged in a circus. That sounds hokey but the book is anything but hokey. Fantastic writing and beautiful story, 6 stars.

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"Fat Loss Facts" by Stan Spencer...5

This book isn't in full publication yet, but I was given the opportunity to review it and I found it very positive and helpful to my journey to get healthy. It breaks through all the fad diets, and weight loss myths to get to the science and truth to making changes for a healthy life that will include losing weight and getting to the healthy point for you. It's very straightfoward and easy to read and gives some very simple and positive techniques to incorporate healthy changes into your life that will give you the ability to become the healthier person you want to be. It doesn't tell you to buy this trendy fad diet trick or to follow that next expensive diet plan. It truly is an extension of what I'm learning here at SparkPeople and gives me a few ideas that I haven't tried yet that won't cost me a thing but my own effort (a great plus in these economic times). A must read for those truly wanting to put the effort into finding a healthy, sustainable lifestyle.

When I get a little money, I buy books; and if any is left, I buy food and clothes.--Erasmus

One expects so much from a chicken, and is so dreadfully disillusioned.--Sherwood Anderson


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4. "The Alpine Uproar" by Mary Daheim

The next book in the Alpine series is better that the last Daheim story I read. This involves a death at the local tavern where everyone really doesn't know what happened. Emma, the publisher of the local weekly paper gets involved again with trying to find out what happened that night perferably before her next deadline. I enjoy reading about Emma and wish her personal life would take an upward swing. It saddened me when Tom died in previous stories of this series. I wonder what happens a Z.

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North of Beautiful by Justina Chen Headley- 4 stars

It's hard not to notice Terra Cooper.

She's tall, blond, and has an enviable body. But with one turn of her cheek, all people notice is her unmistakably "flawed" face. Terra secretly plans to leave her stifling small town in the Northwest and escape to an East Coast college, but gets pushed off-course by her controlling father. When an unexpected collision puts Terra directly in Jacob's path, the handsome but quirky Goth boy immediately challenges her assumptions about herself and her life, and she is forced in yet another direction. With her carefully laid plans disrupted, will Terra be able to find her true path?





Crescendo by Becca Fitzpatrick- 5 stars

Nora Grey's life is still far from perfect. Surviving an attempt on her life wasn't pleasant, but at least she got a guardian angel out of it: a mysterious, magnetic, gorgeous guardian angel. But, despite his role in her life, Patch has been acting anything but angelic. He's more elusive than ever and even worse, he's started spending time with Nora's arch-enemy, Marcie Millar.

Nora would have hardly noticed Scott Parnell, an old family friend who has moved back to town, if Patch hadnt been acting so distant. Even with Scott's totally infuriating attitude Nora finds herself drawn to him - despite her lingering feeling that he's hiding something.

Haunted by images of her murdered father, and questioning whether her nephilim bloodline has anything to do with his death, Nora puts herself increasingly in dangerous situations as she desperately searches for answers. But maybe some things are better left buried, because the truth could destroy everything - and everyone - she trusts

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I wouldn't think this one needs a review. I really enjoyed the book, and am going to use it as a supplement to working through the four stages on the website, rather than doing a 28-day program.

Do wish the kindle edition included the Strong Start section. :(

Courtney

* At the moment of commitment, the universe conspires to assist you.

* I believe that when the body is strong, the mind thinks strong thoughts.... Once the mind and body have been awakened to their true potential, it's impossible to turn back. ~ Henry Rollins


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