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When Breaks the Dawn by Janette Oke 4*
This book is the second half of When Comes the Spring, covering the 2nd through 4th year of Wynn's Beaver River posting. This book is more somber, with Elizabeth's worries about infertility, Cree children they fostered when a widowed parent was in need, disease taking its toll among the Cree, Elizabeth's school reaching fewer children than she envisioned, and WWI commencing. Wynn is due for re-posting and they are assigned to a larger and more primitive Cree village deeper in the northern wilderness. This is still a short, fast, and emotional read, but the emotions lean heavily in the dismal side.

When Hope Springs New by Janette Oke 3*
Wynn's new post at isolated Smoke Lake involves more hardship than they expected.
Elizabeth is the first white wife ever posted there, and the superstitious Indians shun her bad mojo. There ensues much feelings of uselessness and weeping. Up to this point the story had promise, but then it takes a weird turn and loses all sense of reality when the heroine turns into SuperElizabeth. Seriously, Janettte, what were you thinking, idiocy and plot holes much? Then Wynn gets wounded and re-posted to Lacombe where they become heavily involved in their church's music and children's ministries and the story reconnects with sanity.


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Sweet Somethings by Barbara Freethy****

Had to take a break from the in Death series. While I love it, too much of the dark side of things makes me question everyone's motives. This was a break, sweet story with a happy ending. :)

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New York to Dallas (In Death, Book 33)by J. D. Robb *****

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Treachery in Death (In Death, Book 32 by J. D. Robb *****

Another great in the series! Corrupt cop(s) exposed!!!


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When Calls the Heart by Janette Oke 4*
I read this book a few years ago and did a quick re-read before moving on to the rest of the series. Fear not, the book series has little in common with the TV series other than the title, heroine's name, and Alberta, Canada. Elizabeth Thatcher is a Toronto teacher from a comfortable background who in 1910 goes to stay a while with her brother in Calgary. For refusing her boss's advances she ends up posted in a prairie with just a handful of farms a hundred miles north. She has a lot to learn from the children and their families as well as vice versa. She falls in love with Wynn Delaney, a Mountie who is on leave to care for his sick brother's farm and family, but he doesn't wish to marry because of the harsh living in his isolated wilderness postings. Silly Mountie! The book is short, well-written, exciting and emotional, and quickly completed.

When Comes the Spring by Janette Oke 4*
Elizabeth and Wynn rush their wedding when his posting date is moved up and in the horrendous trip to an isolated Indian trapping village north of Edmonton, she discovers "whither thou goest" isn't as romantic as it sounds. There are only three women who speak English, and Wynn's job involves being the area's only doctor, dentist, search leader, visiting caseworker, counselor, as well as lawman in a vast area, which often keeps him away from home or called out at any hour, in any weather. When the trading post, the village's only source of needed supplies, burns, the residents who have grown dependent on it face deprivation while the owner travels to Calgary to re-stock. Elizabeth is called upon to cope in ways she had never imagined. Another short page-turner, this book is more full of adventure and both more exciting and tragic than the first, and it adds a dog.
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The Stranger - Harlan Coben 4 stars

One of my favorite authors. Enjoyed this book about a husband finding out a secret about his wife who then goes missing. Interesting to see how other stories all tie together. Dragged a little in the middle but overall still enjoyed.

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The Wedding Party by Robyn Carr *****

One of my favorite authors. This book was a little hard as part of the character's issues was dealing with an elderly parent and it hit a little close to home.

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Shirley by Charlotte Brontë 2*
I can truly say that this is not only Charlotte Brontë's worst book, but the worst book from the whole family. Oh, my, it did ramble all over the place, on and on. Recommended only for people who like their stories swamped with digressions. The book might have been improved if Charlotte had taken her soap box to Hyde Park and rambled her political rants and social commentary there instead of using this already verbose novel as her bully pulpit, but even without all that yada-yada, it would still be a really oppressively boring book. I felt like a load of rocks had been removed from my back when it was finally done!

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The Custom of the Country by Edith Wharton 5*
This story had much in common with my previous book, Madame Bovary; however, besides both heroines being voracious hos who could never be satisfied, they had very different personalities. Emma Bovary was a foolish dreamer who thoughtlessly lied, cheated, fornicated, and was manipulated and used pursuing greener grass over the next fence. Undine Sprague was a calculating pragmatist who cunningly lied, cheated, fornicated, manipulated, and used pursuing greener grass over the next fence. Both personality types would forever be insatiably thirsting after their next obsessive desire--however, Emma was depressed and miserable, whereas Undine was challenged and enthused. Sure, Undine will have to surpass higher fences to move on to the next unattainable desire--but a girl's got to have goals! Whereas, Flaubert's writing style was dull and ponderous, Wharton's sizzled and sparked.

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"If you trust in yourself and believe in your dreams and follow your star...you'll still get beaten by people who spent their time working hard and learning things and weren't so lazy." Terry Pratchett


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Midnight Angel (Stokehursts Book 1) by Lisa Kleypas ****



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A Bowl Of Fruit by Panayiotis Cacoyiannis ** It was not what I thought it would be. Perhaps, I will read it again in the future and then I will be able to give it a better review.


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I just got done reading 'Right Behind You' by Lisa Gardner. This book was awesome - 2 thumbs up, 5 stars!

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"Is he a hero?

Eight years ago, Sharlah May Nash’s older brother beat their drunken father to death with a baseball bat in order to save both of their lives. Now thirteen years old, Sharlah has finally moved on. About to be adopted by retired FBI profiler Pierce Quincy, and his partner, Rainie Conner, Sharlah loves one thing best about her new family: they are all experts on monsters.

Is he a killer?

Then the call comes in. A double-murder at a local gas station, followed by reports of an armed suspect shooting his way through the wilds of Oregon. As Quincy and Rainie race to assist, they are forced to confront mounting evidence: the shooter may very well be Sharlah’s older brother, Telly Ray Nash, and it appears his killing spree has only just begun.

All she knows for sure: he’s back.

As the clock winds down on a massive hunt for Telly, Quincy and Rainie must answer two critical questions: Why after eight years has this young man started killing again? And what does this mean for Sharlah? Once upon a time, Sharlah’s big brother saved her life. Now, she has two questions of her own: is her brother a hero, or a killer? And how much will it cost her new family before they learn the final, shattering truth? Because as Sharlah knows all too well, the biggest danger is the one standing right behind you."

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Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert 4*
I feel the same way about Madame Bovary as I did Moby Dick, there is an extraordinary story in there if you can stand to dig among the extraneous trash to try to find the treasure. Digression and more digression added to a severe case of descriptomania--like he can't just tell us that a room had a shelf, he has to list every piece of crap on that shelf! So here is maybe 200 pages of five-star novel swamped by 2-star subplots, descriptions, digressions, and verbosity, so instead of being enthralled by a story that should be clutching at our hearts and souls as well as minds, we may instead find ourselves overwhelmed by the tedium that swamps it.

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I Will: A Christmas Novella by Lisa Kleypas ****

Timing was a little off, I had to wait until now for it to become available from when I put it on hold in September, but a good quick read. :)

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The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas 3*
There are many contradictory inconsistencies in the messages in this book, but I am not sure what the author means by them. If they are meant as ironic satire to show both sides of race issues, then this is a 5* book. If they are inadvertent expressions of hypocrisy, then this is a 1* book. Since I can't tell, then I'll go with 3*. However, if you think YA books should be filled with vulgarity and profanity, then this is the book for you. I can't answer Rodney King about why we can't get along; I don't know why it has now become racist and politically incorrect to consider character as more important than color, I don't have a solution for the hate that both Black and White people give, but I am pretty sure that the thug life of destroying neighborhoods, schools, and businesses isn't it.

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You Say It First: A Small-Town Wedding Romance (Happily Inc) by Susan Mallery ****

First book in this series which is a spin-off of the author's Fools Gold series.

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Miss Smilla's Feeling for Snow by Peter Høeg 3*
I would like to give this book a higher rating based on creativity for its original plot and unique characters and settings...BUT...oh, those digressions. At first they were helpful in establishing the character of the narrator or explaining why she had bits of helpful knowledge that enabled her to see things that others missed, but soon the rambling, loose associations seemed ridiculous in some places and boring in most places. I personally prefer my suspense novels taut, lean, and tense, not dragged out by personal ruminations and irrelevancies. Then there was that hopeless non-ending! Edit out Smilla's inner ramblings, inject her with some focus, add an ending, and you would have a great 200 page suspense novel. Warning: do not enter until you have perfected the priceless skill of skimming!
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Love By Degree by Debbie Macomber ****

Also finished a Fools Gold novella today :) A Kiss in the Snow by Susan Mallery ****

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Hot on Her Heels (Lone Star Sisters Book 4) by Susan Mallery ****

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Lost and Found Sisters by Jill Shalvis **** Sweet, funny read!

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Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult

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My Lucky Life in and out of Show Business ***** I have always liked Dick Van Dyke. He has had his ups and downs in his life. People think that entertainers have a charmed life, but it's a difficult business.


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The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin 3*
This was a kiddie mystery but one that might appeal to adults who love cozy mysteries. Sixteen chosen people compete to decipher clues in order to answer "who took my life?" and become the heir to the town founder's $200 million dollar fortune. The mystery part of the book was cute and fun but the characters were generally repulsive and rather poorly developed--I couldn't care much who won except for hoping that the most obnoxious, mean, and abusive character would lose--so of course that was the hideous creep who won. I was surprised to see that it won a Newbery Medal--must have been really hard up that year because this is the least deserving winner that I have ever read.

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--A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller, Jr. 5*
An absolute science fiction masterpiece. Three stories are set 6 centuries apart in the same abbey named after prospective Saint Leibowitz, a former member who was martyred for collecting and protecting what few books and documents remained after a nuclear holocaust and a genocidal purge of all political leaders, smart people, and books by the rabble who blamed them for the technology that ruined their lives. As many generations of abbots preserve what is left of the Christian faith and secular literacy the question is, will mankind learn and improve or repeat the mistakes of earlier history? Not an easy read if you take time to consider the moral and intellectual questions the characters contend with as dilemmas present themselves and decisions must be made. And through it all wanders the medieval legend, the Wandering Jew.

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Testimony by Scott Turow *** was ok but very political and abrupt ending.

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Plain Song by Kent Haruf---4 stars.

Hard-scrabble narrative about the difficult lives of people in rural Colorado. They are mostly unhappy and trapped by their circumstances, but many are fundamentally good, and that helps make the story bearable. Haruf captures the music of the language these people speak and re-creates the era that way. The beautiful, stark landscape is a character in its own right.

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--Dead Ever After by Charlaine Harris 3*
This book concludes the series with Sookie being framed for murder. It got terrible reviews on Goodreads, but it actually wasn't as bad as I feared it would be. We all knew the series had run out of steam and was being dragged out to make some extra bucks. However, I thought this one was better than the last two books, and much better than my least favorite of the series, Dead Reckoning. Most of the bad reviews came from the people who were angry because Sookie didn't end up with the man they wanted.

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Dark Matter -Blake Crouch - ***** could not put it down -


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The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce. 5 stars.

An amazing tale of "ordinary" courage. Harold is an unlikely hero, but you'll be cheering for him to finish his unexpected journey through England. He learns a lot about redemption and so will you. A touching, eloquent, and profound novel.

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The Christie Curse - Victoria Abbott - 3 stars

A mystery involving the possibility of a missing Agatha Christie play. Enjoyed the Agatha Christie references. Pleasant read but not a lot of suspense till the end.

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The Way To a Man's Heart by Debbie Macomber ***** Quick and pleasant read


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10 year reunion by Susan Wiggs

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"G" is for Gumshoe: A Kinsey Millhone Mystery by Sue Grafton ***

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I have been reading Christmas books, .too. It's time to read other things.


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Love Came Down at Christmas by Karen Anna Vogel--3*
I've been spending the last week reading Christmas freebies that have sat in my Kindle for way too long-- I can see why. This was a story about a foster child forming a friendship with a widowed Amish neighbor and learning to deal with fears and worries. Cute read, but nothing special. Thus, I start my reading new year with a whimper not a bang.

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Here we are! This is where you can list the books that you finished in January

All posts need book title, author, and stars; 0 being the worst and 6 being very special.

I would encourage you to comment on books that others have read by sending them a Sparkmail. This topic is just to list books read and finished in January 2018 for the team.

This is a thread where we list all the books that we read during the month of January and rate them by the system listed below. Please note that you need to list title, author, and your rating for it to be counted. Also, please give a description of the book and how it appealed to you. This is a great way to find new books and authors that you might be interested in. Everyone is welcome to join.

If you started a book in December (or any prior month), but finish in January, it counts for December.

DO NOT list books STARTED; only books FINISHED. Include title, author and rating.

Rereads count, audios count, electronics count. Our minimum word count is 25,000.

Book Ratings:

0 stars - Fit for only lining birdcages.
1 star - Agent was better salesman than author was writer.
2 stars - Some parts had promise.
3 stars - Solid read in its genre. Take it on plane.
4 stars - Better than average. Don't lose it on the plane.
5 stars - Recommended. One of the top 10% of books in its genre.
6 stars - Strongly recommended. Beg, Borrow, Buy, or Steal It.

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