Reviews by Shannon Dyer

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The Madonna of the Mountains

Elise Valmorbida's The Madonna of the Mountains is a sweeping historical saga set in Italy during the first half of the twentieth century. It's the story of one woman's desperate struggle to ensure her family's survival as the Fascist party comes to power and her country enters the Second World War. ...

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Ocean Light

If you're a fan of urban fantasy or paranormal romance, I imagine you're familiar with Nalini Singh's Psy/Changeling series. I discovered it back in 2006, and I've been a devoted fan ever since. Ocean Light is the seventeenth installment, and the second entry in a sort of second story arc called the ...

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Jar of Hearts

Jar of Hearts, the latest thriller from Jennifer Hillier, has gotten a ton of buzz in the months leading up to its release. Some have gone so far as to refer to it as the thriller of 2018, and while I might not go quite that far myself, I can tell you I thoroughly enjoyed the novel and am eager to c ...

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Lying in Wait

If you're looking for a chilling novel of psychological suspense this winter, I urge you to look no further than Lying In Wait, the second novel from Irish novelist Liz Nugent. It's set in 1980s Dublin, and it captured my attention from the chilling opening line and refused to let me go until I reac ...

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Between You and Me

Between You and Me is the latest novel from bestselling author Susan Wiggs. AAR Staffers Lisa Fernandes and Shannon Dyer read it, and are here to share their thoughts. Caleb Stoltz is of two worlds. Raised Amish, he chose to stay in the modern world and attend college after his rumspringa.  ...

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The Death of Mrs. Westaway

The Death of Mrs. Westaway is the fourth psychological thriller by author Ruth Ware, and while I haven't read all of her previous works, I've thoroughly enjoyed the ones I have picked up. Her latest offering is compelling and twisty, making it something I'm more than happy to recommend. Hal's lif ...

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All the Little Lights

I'm not normally into contemporary romances. They're not bad by any means, but they usually don't appeal to me. However, every once in a while, a really special book will come along and make me glad I don't overlook this particular sub-genre of romance altogether. Jamie McGuire's All the Little Ligh ...

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Legendary

Stephanie Garber's début novel, Caraval, was one of the most highly-praised young adult fantasy novels of 2017. Its richly-imagined world and lush prose took the book world by storm, and fans were elated to learn the author was planning a sequel. I didn't fall in love with Caraval the way so many o ...

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All the Ever Afters: The Untold Story of Cinderella's Stepmother

In All the Ever Afters, author Danielle Teller turns one of our best-loved fairytales on its head. Here, we are given a new spin on the story of Cinderella and her wicked stepmother, and, while this particular retelling takes a lot of the magic out of the story, I still found it an enjoyable read. ...

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The Favorite Sister

I picked up a review copy of The Favorite Sister, the second novel by Jessica Knoll, thinking it would be right up my alley. The synopsis looked intriguing, and I'd heard a lot of good things about Ms. Knoll's writing from people whose reading tastes run pretty similar to mine, so it seemed like a s ...