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The Huntress: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062740373
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - February 26th, 2019

World War lends itself to the vast array of characters that make up this novel.

The Russian navigator/ pilot - a member of an all woman bomber division. The British war correspondent - hopping from war  zone to war zone attempting to tell behind the lines truths, turned Nazi hunter after the war. The "Huntress"...a Nazi mistress and cold blooded, unflinching murderess.

The chase for the Huntress leads to the shores of America, where many Nazi war criminals take refuge; hiding in neighborhoods, starting a new life, and trying to stay under the radar of the Nazi hunters combing the globe for them.

Make sure to read the "Author's Notes."
GREAT READ!

Michelle


The Witch's Kind: A Novel Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780316419468
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Published: Redhook - March 19th, 2019

Barrie Ann Blythe & her aunt Charlotte seem to have the Blythe family women's "gift" - they know about events that have not happened yet, premonitions of a sort. The gift can be a blessing, but a curse as well. 

One evening, a baby is washed up on the shores of the river. This child also has a peculiarity...one it seems the "Government Men" roaming the area are very interested in. Can Barrie Ann & Charlotte keep their "daughter" from the clutches of the government that has been concealing the "Roswell Aliens" from the country?

An interesting Story
Michelle


A Better Man: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250066213
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Published: Minotaur Books - August 27th, 2019

A pregnant woman is missing; her abusive husband seems to care less. Heavy rains combined with winter thaw is causing rivers to flood, and threatens many Canadian towns...including Three Pines. Inspector Armand Gamache has just returned to the job, after being demoted from Chief Superintendent. Social media is on a rant about his return to active duty, but Inspector Gamache has bigger things to worry about! He is assigned the missing woman case, but soon becomes enmeshed in all that treatens his hometown.

Well developed characters (who are INDEED "characters." A fast moving plot, and enough twists to keep you guessing all make for a delightful read from Louise Penny! WELL DONE!

Michelle


A Stranger in the House: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780735221130
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Published: Penguin Books - May 29th, 2018

A sudden, unexpected phone call. A wreck that leaves her with amnesia. Karen Krupp is in a lot of trouble. Is she a murderer, a run away bride (from an abusive husband), or just a suburban wife in the wrong place at the wrong time?  

This story has many unexpected plot twists! Just when I THOUGHT I knew what the truth was - BAM - another twist! 

A Good Read...and the title chosen for the first meeting of the Sunrise Books "M3 Bookclub" (M3 = Murder, Mystery & Mayhem)

Michelle


Gods of Howl Mountain: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250111777
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Published: St. Martin's Press - March 20th, 2018

You do not want to cross Granny May. She is physically tough, fiercely loyal, and wicked smart. While I don't share her particular brand of morality, I certainly admire her integrity. Her grandson, Rory, is a more likable character, and the core of the plot is his story, a tragedy if ever there was one. To top it all off, "Gods" has one of the best endings I've read all year--unexpected but perfectly believable.

Fast cars, revenuers, a whorehouse, and a snake-handling preacher are somehow not cliche in Brown's hands. Although it has a terrific plot, it's the characters--their history, their struggles, their desires--that drive the narrative. It doesn't hurt that Brown's descriptive prose reads like poetry. Oh, and the length is just right, too. I can't think of anyone who would not enjoy this book!  - Angel


Wicked Saints: A Novel (Something Dark and Holy #1) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250195661
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Published: Wednesday Books - April 2nd, 2019

Magic, interesting characters, not what you are expecting!

Devine -vs- Heretics (a twist on "Good -vs- Evil) Two counties at war for over a century. Only one can win the war (which appears to be reaching its zenith), and winning will mean the survival of the winners, and possible annihilation of the losers.

 

Nadya (a "saint/ cleric") - gets her powers through the gods (or so she has been led to believe her entire life) must stop the blood mange/ heretics from winning the war. 

Prince Serefin (a heretic/  blood mange) - gets his power through bloodletting & spells), and who has been leading the war efforts against the divine agents.

Malachiasz ( a boy/ monster with good intentions?) - planning with Nadya & a few others to take kill Serefin's father in an effort to end the war.

 

Good Read...kept me waiting for the next twist!

Michelle

 


Southernmost Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781616206253
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Published: Algonquin Books - June 5th, 2018

This book does so many things right. The characters are well-developed and authentic, the plot is engaging and perfectly paced, and the message of acceptance and love is so perfect for right now.

God bless him, Asher does so many things wrong. He even has questionable intentions sometimes. His growth and redemption are just a joy to read. And Justin! He is his father's heart, the best of Asher incarnate. Can you tell I completely adored him? 

The secondary characters are also lovely, especially Bell. Besides just filling out the plot, they are genuine and likable. And I've never been to Key West, but I sincerely hope it's just the way House writes it. The landscape became a character that helped keep the plot's momentum going. 

A note: I think that this would be a great read for young adults as well, perhaps even high-achieving middle grades readers. - Angel

 

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Tangerine: A Novel Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9780062686664
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Published: Ecco - March 27th, 2018

Alice wants a new start; a new husband, a new country (Morocco), and hopes to find a new confidence. However, her past seems to have followed (stalked?) her to this far away place...Lucy is here! Lucy - her college roommate, her best frind, and the person that Alice is convinced killed her last college boyfriend.

Twists & Turns Abound - Things are NOT as they appear...and no one will listen to Alice's warnings.

Michelle

 


Eventown Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062689801
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Published: Katherine Tegen Books - February 12th, 2019

A family wrapped in feelings of hopelessness move to "Eventown." Here everyone and everything is even; no outrageous events, no frustration, no overwhelming emotions, school classes are always fun, adult jobs are very fulfilling, food is always yummy...As a matter of fact, everything is perfect, always! Elodee's family, including her twin Naomi, have fallen right in line in this new environment. But Elodee asks too many questions, and remembers too much, her emotions will not level out. What happens to the perfect town when an imperfect family move to town?

Michelle


Lawn Boy Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781616202620
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Published: Algonquin Books - April 3rd, 2018

Mike Munoz is striving for his piece of "The American Dream." But America is pushing back! How is a poor man, like Mike, supposed to get ahead whithout having to give in to the dishonest offerings placed before him?

Mike is a wonderful character; honest (to a fault), yearning, and ANGRY!

Michelle


No Sad Songs Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780989908740
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Published: Fish Out of Water Books - February 20th, 2018

Local author Frank Morelli has written a genuine novel about loyalty, self-reliance and love. Young adults will find a lot to identify with, though this book will appeal to older generations, too. It's wryly funny and so, so well-written.

A sense of authenticity in the aftermath of tragedy is the heartbeat of this wonderful, fresh Young Adult novel. Frank Morelli infuses honesty into each of the characters, most notably Gabe LoScuda, the protagonist, who is strong-willed and stubborn, yet painfully aware that he's in over his head.

The sudden death of his parents made him the default caregiver for his vulnerable grandfather, whom he has sworn to protect. Gabe has the extra burden of looking out for his hapless uncle, who is supposed to be looking out for Gabe. On top of all that, Gabe is--at eighteen--both an adult and an unpopular high school senior. --Laura


The Red Address Book Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781328473011
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Published: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - January 8th, 2019

A life well lived, a love never forgotten, and a superb debut novel!

 

96 year old Doris often picks up her old red address book. She relives memories of all the people who meant something to her throughout her life. She has written down all her memories so that Jenny, her last living relative, will know the person she was in her youth, will know "the map" of her life. Jenny flies to Stockholm to be with her beloved "Dossie" because no one should die alone. Doris still talks about her one true love, Allan. Jenny has decided she will attempt to find this elusive, most beloved man; the one who loved her Dossie, and the one who broke her heart.

--- Michelle


Little Darlings: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781683319979
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Published: Crooked Lane Books - April 30th, 2019

Creepy Debut Novel by Melanie Golding! A new mother (Lauren Tranter) is visited by a "woman" seeking to switch one of Lauren's twins for one of the "twins" she has in her basket. Lauren is horrified, locks herself in the hospital bathroom, and calls the police. Hospital staff and security say the new mom was hallucinating, there is no evidence any such visit occurred, but Lauren knows otherwise. Days later, the twins are abducted, but found rather quickly. The only problem, though the infants appear to BE the boys, Lauren states the children returned to her are NOT her sons! 

Michelle

 


Never Have I Ever: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062855312
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Published: William Morrow - July 30th, 2019

Amy has a secret, one she has kept her entire life. Only she and only one other person knows, and Tig is not talking.

 

It’s book club night, a stranger (Roux) arrives and takes over the gathering. She gets everyone tipsy, and starts playing a “tell your secrets” game. 

 

Amy does not want to play; her secrets are NOT to be shared with anyone, at any cost! However, it appears Roux may already know Amy’s darkest secrets, and will make her pay dearly to keep that information from being released to the neighborhood at large, and (more specifically) to Amy’s new family. How far will Amy go to protect her life? 

 

A GREAT READ

Michelle

 


Someone We Know: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780525557654
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Published: Pamela Dorman Books - July 30th, 2019

Oh. My. Goodness - I was sooo NOT expecting the "who done it " to be who actually did it!! Fans of Shari Lapena will not be disappointed!

 

A quiet suburban neighborhood is rocked to learn a murder has happened in their quiet living space! Then, they seem to be a mecca for mayhem...someone is breaking into homes,  neighbors are sleeping around, another murder...WHAT is going on, and WHO are the murderers?!?

 

Great Who Done It  that will surprise you several times!

Michelle

 


Mother Knows Best: A Novel of Suspense Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781643850405
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Published: Crooked Lane Books - September 10th, 2019

The desire to have another child terrifies Claire. She and Ethan had a son, who died of a birth defect carried by the mother's DNA.  A cutting edge fertility doctor may have the answer; a way to by pass the defect. The problem is, the procedure is ILLEGAL. On a promise not to "tell" anyone, including her husband Ethan, Claire becomes the experiment. But then, disaster hits, the world discovers "Frakenbaby" and Claire is on the run for her (and her daughter's) life. 

 

GREAT READ

Michelle


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Big Lies in a Small Town: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250087331
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Published: St. Martin's Press - January 14th, 2020

Switching between 1940 & 2018 in the small town of Edenton, NC, this story slowly unfolds to reveal the slow decline (into insanity?) of artist, Anna Dale, (from the 1940 era). Anna was from NJ, and some folks felt she had no place painting a mural that was to depict their small Southern town; especially when they had a talented local artist! Anna bucks against the social racism of the day when she "hires" a young Black teen to help in her work, and runs afoul of the "movers and shakers."

Morgan Christoper, just released from prison (2018), is given the job of restoring the mural that Anna painted decades ago. Chosen for the job even though she has NO experience in art restoration, and there is a nearly impossible deadline imposed on the completion of the restorative process. Seems  a set up for failure, but failure is not an option for many reasons! 

Diane Chamberlain delivers another superb novel for her loyal followers!
Michelle


Motherless Brooklyn: A Novel (Vintage Contemporaries) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780375724831
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Published: Vintage - October 24th, 2000

I read this book only because I didn't bring a book for a long weekend with my husband and this was left behind at our vacation getaway. What a surprising discovery! The main character, Lionel, is such a treat. He is an orphan whose Tourette's shapes his thoughts and makes him such a delightful narrator. Think Dr. Seuss as mobster and you're close. The plot twists and turns, becomes absurd, straightens back out, and just generally keeps you guessing until the great reveal at the end. It's just a fun read. I'll loan you my copy if you want. 

--- Angel