Reviews by Lisa Fernandes

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Rescuing the Receiver

Rachel Goodman’s contemporary series about football, cute dogs and romance continues in Rescuing the Receiver, about the owner of a cash-strapped animal shelter and a disgraced wide receiver. Chris Lalonde, defensive lineman for the Denver Blizzards and just last season a SuperBowl champion, ha ...

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Breathless

In Breathless, their sequel to A Courtesan’s Guide to Getting Your Man, Celeste Bradley and Susan Donovan present readers with this enjoyable story of an amnesiac courtesan who becomes a muse and a professor of sociology discovering a yen for adventure. Assistant Professor of Sociology Brenna A ...

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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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Dreams of Falling

Karen White’s complicated saga Dreams of Falling pulls apart the many-hived secrets of the Lanier/Darlington family. Artist Ivy Lanier, haunted by a tragic and complex past, sprints away from her broken heart by plunging herself into frantic activity after frantic activity and new thing after n ...

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The Bookshop of Yesterdays

Amy Meyerson’s The Bookshop of Yesterdays is a melancholy and tender cozy mystery in which the author gives us a fun, twisty story to follow - which ultimately sinks under the weight of its own implausibility. Miranda Brooks has long lived in the shadow of her beloved Uncle Billy Silver’s ecc ...

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Another Side of Paradise: A Novel

In the wake of the resurgence of interest in all things Fitzgerald, Sally Koslow’s Another Side of Paradise digs into a topic that biographical fiction writers have rarely explored; Scott’s three-and-a-half year long extramarital romance with gossip columnist Sheilah Graham, one that molded Grah ...

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

Danielle Teller’s reimagining of Cinderella is an interesting story about how illusions can confound and contort, secrets lie fallow waiting to be discovered, and even the simplest of truths turns out to be much more complicated than it seemed.  It’s also something of a depressing ride through ...

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The Endless Beach

Jenny Colgan returns to the Scottish island of Mure, location of her book The Café By The Sea and one of the novellas from A Very Distant Shore, to give us another atmospheric, pretty, cozy (and sometimes a bit stereotypical) tale about life in the tiny summer town. The Endless Beach continues t ...

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From Twinkle, with Love

In From Twinkle, with Love, the follow up to the charming When Dimple Met Rishi, Sandhya Menon crafts another winning protagonist and another compelling story for young readers, who will surely find a little bit of themselves mirrored in the delightful Twinkle. Lively aspiring director Twinkle Me ...

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Fourteen Summers

Quinn Anderson’s sunlight-warm story is a strong and well-written novel about moving from your late teens into the confusing mess of your twenties, all set up against the backdrop of family angst and self-discovery. Aiden and Max Kingsman have been inseparable from birth – quite literally.  ...