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Week of September 9th, 2019

Book News:

              Tell Me Everything                 
By  Amy Hatvany
Releasing November 5th!
Available for pre-order.


A happily married couple.  A dance with a stranger at a bar.
One night—one seemingly insignificant choice—can change everything.

Jessica and Jake Snyder love each other, and their life together. Successful in their chosen careers, they reside in the picturesque, though at times stifling, Seattle suburb of Queens Ridge as they parent teenagers Ella and Tucker.

As so often happens in marriage, their romantic life falls casualty to busy schedules and repetitive routine, until one night, a stranger asks Jessica to dance. On a whim, Jake urges her to say yes, saying that he wants to watch this other man touch her, something that surprises Jessica by arousing her like never before. A door opens for them then, into a realm of exploration neither of them knew existed.

They create rules to protect their marriage, and are thrilled when their relationship is strengthened and enriched by deeper levels of communication and trust brought about by this exciting, but taboo behavior. That is, until Jessica keeps a secret from Jake and embarks on a tryst with an intriguing man from her past, who, when she tries to end things between them, decides to seek revenge.

What happens after that will threaten to destroy their world—and them.

September 5th, 2019

Book Review:
                 Can You Keep a Secret?                 
By Sophie Kinsella

Well, it’s no secret that whenever I’m in the mood for a feel-good romantic comedy, Sophie Kinsella is one of my top picks.  If I need a pick-me-up after a darker, heavier read, or if real life seems to be 
dragging me down, this author’s writing has always been able to make me smile and have me laughing within the first couple of 
pages.  Can You Keep a Secret?  was just the book that I was looking for. 

I think what draws me to Kinsella’s books is her ability to create normal characters that most people can probably relate to.  Yes, she makes them quirky, puts them in some outrageous situations, but at the heart of it, these characters all have little bits and pieces that I think most readers can connect with. 

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Summer - 2019

New Release  &   Review:
               The Last Post                 
By Renée Carlino
*Top Recommendation!*

It has taken me a few days to try and compile my thoughts into a review that will express exactly how I feel about this book.  To be honest, I’m still not sure that I will be able to do it justice.  The Last Post  was on my must-read list the minute that it was announced.  There are certain authors that just seem to have the knack of striking the perfect chord with me, and this author is definitely one of them. 

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 New Release  &   Review:

   Things You Save  in a Fire

    By Katherine Center
*Top Recommendation!*

Things You Save in a Fire is one of those special books where you just want to wrap yourself up in a blanket and ignore real life until 
you’ve finished the final page.  

This book is my definition of a well-rounded novel.  It is relevant, heartbreaking, hopeful, witty, clever, and romantic.  The author’s storytelling ability shines in this novel.  She writes about realistic characters with realistic feelings and struggles.  She pulls you in quickly, invests you in the characters, and makes you feel a gamut of emotions.

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New Release  & Review:

Say You Still Love Me 

By K.A. Tucker

K.A. Tucker is high on my list of must-read authors, so when she announces that she has a new book coming out, I immediately 
add it to my to-be-read list.  

Say You Still Love Me  is a great summer read.  From a love story between two summer camp counselors from very different lifestyles to a second chance romance
thirteen years later, this story has all of the feelings, anticipation, and heart that I’ve come to expect from this author.

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New Release  &   Review:

The Suicide King 

By Vanessa Marie

The Suicide King  is a thought-provoking, relevant, and deeply affecting reading experience.  While it does have a similar feel to 
Christmas Carol
  and  It’s a Wonderful Life, let me begin by saying that it’s  not  a Christmas novel, and this book isn’t a rosy redemptive tale.  It’s difficult subject matter, but the author 
stayed true to it.  She handled it with the grace and sensitivity that it 
deserved, while still delivering a story that will leave many of her readers with a heavy heart.

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Book Review:

​This Love Story Will Self-Destruct

By Leslie Cohen

This book had me at the title.  Anyone who knows me, knows that I tend to gravitate toward books that don’t take the easiest, smoothest paths.  I want to be pulled into the lives of the characters and taken 
on  their  journey, and if it happens to break my heart in the process, then so be it.

Leslie Cohen’s debut novel was just what I was in the mood for.  As soon as I finished reading it, I immediately went on a search to find out if she had any other books in the works.  Yes, this book was that good!

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Book Review:
By Julie Murphy

This was a cute story with a good message to all.  While this is a young adult book, this book’s message can and will resonate with people of all ages.  Who hasn’t been insecure about their appearance at one point or another in their life?  To be one hundred percent
comfortable in your own skin would be a wonderful way to live.  Time, age, and maturity certainly help with those feelings, but feeling out of place and insecure is something that I believe
everyone has experienced.  If you say that you can’t relate, then you’re either one of the lucky ones or you’re lying to yourself.

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June 25th, 2019

New Release  Review:
Never Fall in Love with a Rockstar
By Rachel Higginson  

When I found out that Rachel Higginson was going to be writing a rockstar romance, I knew that this was bound to be a winning 
combination.  One of my all-time favorite novels falls within this sub-genre, so I’m a bit fussy when it comes to these novels, but 
being a fan of this author’s writing, I was more than a little excited to see how she was going to weave her own magic with it.   

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June 11th, 2019

New Release & Review:
The Wisdom of Sally Red Shoes
By Ruth Hogan
*Top Recommendation!*

This was my first experience reading a book by Ruth Hogan, and upon finishing The Wisdom of Sally Red Shoes, I immediately added
her other books to my must-read list.  To be perfectly honest, I didn’t want this book to end.  I wasn’t ready to say goodbye to these
fabulous characters that I had grown to care about.  It had me experiencing a whirlwind of emotions and had me completely captivated from start to finish.

This book deals with some difficult, emotional subject matter.  While it did weigh heavily on my heart at times, this author has a flair and

unique quality to her writing that not only handles the topic with the grace and dignity that it deserves, but she also infuses plenty of wit, quirkiness, and a healthy dose of heart into it as well.  When my husband asked me if I was enjoying the book, I told him that I was

laughing on one page and wiping my tears away a few pages later.  That’s not an exaggeration.  I’m just glad that I read it in the comfort of my own home.

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