Review: Once Upon A River by Diane Setterfield

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Once Upon a River: A Novel by Diane Setterfield begins, (circa 1887) at the Swan at Radcot, a pub along the Thames River where folks regularly gather to drink and tell stories.  One night something considered impossible occurs at the pub. "For another hour they talked.  Every detail of the day's events were gone over,… Continue reading Review: Once Upon A River by Diane Setterfield

Book Brief and Giveaway! The Broken Girls

  I loved, loved, The Broken Girls by Simone St. James .  Like any good ghost story, the secrets are slowly revealed.  So, I wont say too much. Through the years, girls in an all-girl boarding school pass messages via the textbook margins about a ghost named Mary Hand. One example: Mary Hand, Mary Hand, dead… Continue reading Book Brief and Giveaway! The Broken Girls

Review: The Promise Between Us by Barbara Claypole White

Mental illness is a tough topic to discuss.  Barbra Claypole White, in  The Promise Between Us, does an excellent job giving us insight into OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) through an entertaining story about a mother (Katie) and daughter (Maisie) who both have OCD. Paperback: 384 pages Publisher: Lake Union Publishing (January 16, 2018) Forms of OCD are… Continue reading Review: The Promise Between Us by Barbara Claypole White

Review: Beartown by Fredrik Backman

I was glad to read my book club's selection, Beartown by Fredrik Backman, narrated by Marin Ireland. So many people, recently, have been talking about "A Man Called Ove" and "My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry: A Novel."  However, I have not, until now, had the chance to read/listen to one of… Continue reading Review: Beartown by Fredrik Backman

Book Review: Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

Audible Audio Edition Listening Length: 11 hours and 27 minutes Program Type: Audiobook Version: Unabridged Publisher: Penguin Audio Audible.com Release Date: September 12, 2017 My Review ( 5 Stars: Loved it!) Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng is a well written, well thought out story.  The first half is devoted to laying ground work and building characters, the… Continue reading Book Review: Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

Book Brief: Pope Joan by Donna Woolfolk Cross

Pope Joan by Donna Woolfolk Cross Audible Audio Edition Listening Length: 19 hours and 24 minutes Program Type: Audiobook Version: Unabridged Publisher: Recorded Books Audible.com Release Date: September 24, 2009 Barbara Rosenblat (Narrator) My Review (3 Stars: Liked it) I listened to Pope Joan by Donna Woolfolk Cross.  It is about a women, in the 9th century who… Continue reading Book Brief: Pope Joan by Donna Woolfolk Cross

Book Review: The Wedding Dress by Rachel Hauck

My Review (3 Stars: Liked it!) The Wedding Dress by Rachel Hauck is fairly predictable, but still enjoyable.  It is a 'Christian' based novel.  I found the religious undertones to be distracting.  I think the story would have stood better on its own without some of the 'preaching'. Instead of magic, there is divine intervention… Continue reading Book Review: The Wedding Dress by Rachel Hauck

Book Brief: The Mountain Between Us by Charles Martin

I listened to the audio version of The Mountain Between Us: A Novel by Charles Martin. Update: 12/23/2017 - I heard the movie does not resemble the book/audiobook.  Which is too bad, because the book was terrific! Narrated by: George Newbern Length: 9 hrs and 58 mins  Unabridged Audiobook Release Date:06-01-10 Publisher: Random House Audio… Continue reading Book Brief: The Mountain Between Us by Charles Martin

Book Review: My Name Is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout

My Review (5 Stars: Loved it!) My Name Is Lucy Barton: A Novel by Elizabeth Strout Audible Audio Edition Listening Length: 4 hours and 12 minutes Program Type: Audiobook Version: Unabridged Publisher: Random House Audio Audible.com Release Date: January 12, 2016 My Name Is Lucy Barton was an interesting read (listen) for a day. Familial relationships can… Continue reading Book Review: My Name Is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout

Book Review: My Notorious Life by Kate Manning

  My Notorious Life: A Novel by Kate Manning Terry Donnelly (Narrator), Simon & Schuster Audio (Publisher) Audible Audio Edition Listening Length: 19 hours and 59 minutes Program Type: Audiobook Version: Unabridged Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Audible Release Date: September 10, 2013 My Review (5 Stars - Loved it!) My Notorious Life: A Novel by Kate Manning is historical… Continue reading Book Review: My Notorious Life by Kate Manning