Reviews by Maggie Boyd

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Sweep of the Blade

Sweep of the Blade is the swashbuckling conclusion to the romance of Arland and Maude, which began in One Fell Sweep, book three of the Innkeeper Chronicles.  It very much reads like the completion to their love story, so I would recommend starting the saga at its very beginning with Clean Sweep. T ...

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Opposite of Always

Combining a touch of the movie About Time with a little bit of The Fault in Our Stars and a heaping helping of charm, Opposite of Always is a story about true love that examines all the things we discover on our way to happily ever after. At the start of our story, Jack King tells us he is an exp ...

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Anything for You

Anything for You is book three of the Valerie Hart detective series. I had not read the preceding two novels, but the author does such a nice job of weaving character history and backstory into the text that I didn’t in any way feel like I was missing out on necessary information. The narrative ...

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Flamebringer

Flamebringer is the richly imagined, lushly magical conclusion to the Heartstone trilogy, in which we join Aliza and Alistair almost immediately after the events in Dragonshadow. All of the world and character building take place in the first two novels, so potential readers will definitely want to ...

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Every Stolen Breath

Every Stolen Breath is a tense, taut thriller about life, death and justice. Inspired by the Flash Mob violence in Chicago in 2011, this eerie whodunit examines just how far we’ll go in memory of the ones we love. She’s the least likely sleuth in the world. Suffering from both debilitating as ...

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The Family Upstairs

Sinister, seductive, and scary, Lisa Jewell’s The Family Upstairs is a masterpiece of the domestic thriller genre you won’t want to put down once you’ve started. You'll forever be leery of having house guests once you’ve finished. The arrangement was meant to be temporary. When Justin an ...

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A Cruel Deception

Fans of historical mysteries who have not yet read the Bess Crawford series by the writing duo known as Charles Todd should do so immediately.  Set during the peace accords in France following WWI, A Cruel Deception (the eleventh in the series) finds Bess stepping away from her nursing duties to do ...

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The Bright Unknown

One of the last passages in the The Bright Unknown is “A lot of bad had to happen for us to have all the good in our lives.” One thing I can definitely attest to is that a lot of bad happens in this story. Whether that was truly necessary in order for any good to occur - and whether the story ne ...

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A Distance Too Grand

A Distance Too Grand is the first book in the American Wonders series highlighting epic locations in the United States. This book takes place in the Grand Canyon and is all about a guy, a girl and the things we do for love. Meg Pero is a determined woman.  Raised by her father, a famous photogra ...

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Where She Went

Where She Went is the sixth novel by Kelly Simmons. The story of a missing co-ed and a desperate mother’s search for answers, it’s a chilling reminder of just how dangerous the world can be for the young and naive. When her only daughter Emma moved across town to go to college, Maggie O'Farre ...