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Book Review: Left Turn at Paradise: A Rare Books Mystery by Thomas Shawver

Publisher: Alibi/Random House, August 26, 2014 All it took was for me to read the first sentence of the book’s description and I said, “I want to read this one!” Read it and see what you think: Michael Bevan is barely scraping by with his used bookstore and rare book collection when he discovers a […]

Book Review: The New Men by Jon Enfield

What the book is about: For us, the new man, he is one of two things. First, he is the new worker, a man we instruct and investigate until his probation is complete. But also he is an idea. In the foundry, they make parts. On the line, they make autos. But in Sociological, we […]

Book Review: Delicious!

Author: Ruth Reichl Publisher: Random House, May 6, 2014 Genre: Literary/Food Fiction Source: The publisher via TLC Book Tours I’ve been anticipating this book for a long time. I knew I would love it before I even had it in my hands. There was, however, one question: after decades of nonfiction writing, could the author […]

Book Review: Natchez Burning

Author:  Greg Iles Published by William Morrow, an imprint of Harper Collins, April 29, 2014 Genre: Literary, Mystery, Historical, Adventure, Legal Thriller Source: Publisher, via TLC Book Tours Massive is the word I’ve given to every one of my person-to-person book-loving friends over the last two weeks when I’ve talked about Natchez Burning. And now […]

Book Review and Giveaway: Black Chalk by Christopher Yates

I’m proud to be a part of the TLC Book Tour for a new novel by Christoper J. Yates, Black Chalk. It’s different from what I usually read, but I found it exciting. I say exciting because it has the feel of a really good puzzle, similar to trying to find your way through a […]

Book Review: Under the Wide and Starry Sky

 Ballantine Books – January 2014 Summary from the  publisher: At the age of thirty-five, Fanny van de Grift Osbourne has left her philandering husband in San Francisco to set sail for Belgium—with her three children and nanny in tow—to study art. It is a chance for this adventurous woman to start over, to make a […]

Book Review: Is God Real Or Pretend? by Jennifer Horsman

Black Rose Writing, 2013 Is God Real or Pretend? is the story of young Franklin’s engaging and enlightening journey to answer this age old question. Franklin’s grandmother, Dr. Wendy Knowles, a professor of astronomy, first provides Franklin with the basic scientific means of determining what is real and what is not and how science distinguishes […]

Book Review: The Supreme Macaroni Company

Author: Adriana Trigiani Publisher: Harper, November 2013 Genre: Fiction Format: Kindle via NetGalley Source: Publisher via TLC Book Tours My Rating: B So many of my fellow Book Bloggers have been singing the praises of Adriana Trigiani for a long time. I finally decided to give this one a try. First, here is the summary […]

Book Review: Country Loving

Author: Cathy Woodman Publisher: Arrow,Random House in UK – September 2013 Genre: Fiction Format: eReader Source: Publisher vis TLC Book Tours My Rating: B I liked this novel a lot. It gave me the chance to spend some time on a dairy farm in Devon (south of London). I like stories where things are a […]

Book Review: A Talent for Trouble

Author: Jen Turano Publisher: Bethany Press, October, 2013 Genre: Historical Romance Format: Paper and eReader copies Source: The publisher via TLC Book Tours My Rating: B I love a good old-fashioned historical romance. This one was very good. In it I found all the things that make up a good romance: lots of witty banter, […]