Reviews by Dabney Grinnan

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Stray Fears

Stray Fears is another compelling story from the pen of Gregory Ashe that once again showcases his talent for creating strong, clever plots and engaging but flawed characters who exhibit considerable growth as individuals throughout the course of the story.  As in most of his output, we’ve got an ...

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The Veiled Web

A Blast from the Past review originally published on December 22, 1999 The Veiled Web by Catherine Asaro is an intricately plotted romance set in 2010. The story brings together a ballerina, Lucia del Mar, who spends virtually all of her spare time on the World Wide Web (WWW), and Rashid al-Jazari ...

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The Pull of the Stars

Are you the sort of person who has found comfort in These Times by reading tales of other pandemics throughout history? Or about historical social uprisings? Or the failure of institutions to protect those they are charged to? Then The Pull of the Stars is for you, since it takes place in Dublin dur ...

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The Flapper's Scandalous Elopement

Nothing really roars in The Flapper’s Scandalous Elopement, a Roaring Twenties romance that is exceptionally wholesome and traditional considering it’s set in an era defined by its hedonism. Jane Dryer is the last flapper standing. Her sisters have gone off and married happily, leaving Jane a ...

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The End of Her

We all have secrets. We all want to keep them. But would we all kill to do so? That’s the question behind Sharil Lapena’s excellent new mystery, The End of Her. Stephanie and Patrick Kilgour are overwhelmed. Their colicky twins seem to never sleep and the duo is operating in a fog of overwhel ...

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Tiny Imperfections

I’m still happily working through my TBR pile and have across another winner! Tiny Imperfections is a delight of a book set in the cut-throat world of West Coast kindergarten admissions! Who knew??  In the quiet Midwest kids pretty much just go to the local school. But in San Francisco, where you ...

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Shadowlight

A Blast from the Past review first published on November 19, 2009 I'll just say this first: Lynn Viehl is the bomb. On to specifics. With one touch, Jessa Bellamy can uncover your darkest secrets and expose the ugliest corners of your soul. Unfortunately for her, biotech company GenHance has di ...

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The Mark of the Rose

Marsha Canham’s work is nothing if not painstakingly researched and beautifully actualized.  The Mark of the Rose brings us back to the 1200s with ease, then flashes us forward to the present day, taking us into the lives of one special woman and her ancestor.  But the two halves of its story do ...

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Snapped

Snapped is the fourth novel in the Playbook series, a saga which focuses on the love lives of the Denver Mustangs football team. Written by a former NFL wife, these fun, flirty, stories sing with authenticity and humor. You don’t have to read the first few books to enjoy this one but you definitel ...

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The Librarian of Boone's Hollow

The publisher of The Librarian of Boone's Hollow classifies this book as a romance, but I don't agree with this choice. Although love does develop between two of the characters, the dominant story follows the struggles, dreams, and choices of three people living during the Great Depression, as well ...