Reviews by Shannon Dyer

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The Husband Hour

Jamie Brenner's The Husband Hour is one of those lovely novels that straddles the line between women's fiction and contemporary romance. Our heroine is a woman trying desperately to find herself after her husband's tragic death. Her journey to self-discovery is pretty tricky, but she ends up learnin ...

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The Home for Unwanted Girls

The Home for Unwanted Girls is the second novel by author Joanna Goodman. It's the story of a mother and daughter separated by circumstance and their journey to be reunited. It’s 1950s Quebec and sixteen-year-old Maggie Hughes is tired of straddling the line between the French and English. Her ...

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Then She Was Gone

I discovered Lisa Jewell's books in the spring of 2017, and was instantly hooked. She writes psychological thrillers that may seem pretty similar to a bunch of others out there, but are quite complex if you look beneath the surface. Then She Was Gone, her latest novel, is a perfect example of all th ...

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Wonderblood

I was utterly thrilled to get a copy of Julia Whicker's Wonderblood for review, as it seemed like it would be right up my alley. I'm a huge fan of dystopian fiction, rival queens, and anything having to do with carnivals, and this book contained all of those elements. Unfortunately though, I was una ...

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The Magnificent Esme Wells

In The Magnificent Esme Wells, author Adrienne Sharp introduces readers to the always resourceful daughter of a Hollywood starlet and an aspiring gangster. It's a lushly atmospheric novel that moves back and forth between 1930s Hollywood and 1950s Vegas as it recounts the story of Esme's journey to ...

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Lost in the Beehive

In Lost In the Beehive, author Michele Young-Stone introduces readers to teenager Gloria Ricci, a young woman doing the best she can to make her way in a confusing and often unforgiving world. The novel is set against the backdrop of the tumultuous 1960s, an era I'm not often drawn to, but Gloria's ...

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In the Shadow of 10,000 Hills

One of my 2018 reading goals is to increase the number of books I read that take place in places other than the U.S. and Europe, so when I read the blurb for In the Shadow of 10,000 Hills, I leapt at the chance to review it. It's a story of indescribable depth, and I'm so very glad I took a chance o ...

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What She Doesn't Know

Lovers of psychological thrillers with big, shocking twists won't want to miss What She Doesn't Know, the latest novel from author Andrew E. Kaufman. It's a dark tale of one woman's search for the truth where nothing and no one is as it seems. Riley Harper is ready for a fresh start. When our sto ...

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The Next Girl

The Next Girl is the first installment in Carla Kovach's mystery series featuring Detective Gina Harte. It's not the most complex mystery I've read recently, but I found it easy to get lost in just the same. The complicated nature of the heroine makes up for any deficiencies in the plot itself, and ...

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I Was Anastasia

I've long been fascinated by the story of Grand Duchess Anastasia Romanov, and so, when Ariel Lawhorn’s I Was Anastasia came up for review, I was thrilled to get a chance to read it. I had really high hopes for this book, but, because of some quirks in the storytelling, I found myself quite disapp ...