Reviews by Shannon Dyer

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The Reckless Oath We Made

Fans of deeply moving, intense stories of love and redemption won't want to miss The Reckless Oath We Made, the latest novel by author Bryn Greenwood. It's a dark and gritty love story centred around the unlikeliest of couples, and it packs an emotional punch that will linger with you long after you ...

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The Chocolate Maker's Wife

Damnation has never been so sweet... Rosamund Tomkins, the illegitimate daughter of a nobleman, spends most of her young life in drudgery at a country inn. To her, the Restoration under Charles II is but a distant threat as she works under the watchful eye of her brutal, abusive stepfather . . . ...

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Lost You

If you're someone who judges the merits of a book by the blurb on the jacket, I implore you to give Haylen Beck's Lost You a second look. True, it's another thriller centered around the disappearance of a child (in this case, a little boy), but there's so much more than that beneath the surface. It' ...

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Because You're Mine

Because You’re Mine is Rea Frey's second novel, but the first I've read. Now though, I plan on picking up her first - Not Her Daughter - just as soon as I can. Life is far from easy for single mother Lee. She works from home as a hair stylist so she can stay close to her seven-year-old son Maso ...

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Keeping Lucy

T. Greenwood is known for writing poignant novels guaranteed to tug at your heartstrings, and that's exactly how I would describe her latest book, Keeping Lucy. It's a tough read, but so incredibly worth your time if you can stick with it. When Ginny Richardson gave birth to her second child in 1 ...

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American Princess

In American Princess, novelist Stephanie Thornton peels back the layers of Alice Roosevelt, oldest daughter of President Theodore Roosevelt. During her father's presidency, which began in 1901, Alice was the media's darling, dubbed America's Princess by those who paid close attention to every facet ...

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The Orphan's Song

As someone who studied classical voice for years, I'm always thrilled to find novels that center around singing. The Orphan's Song, the first adult novel by author Lauren Kate - who is known for her YA fantasy romances - is a lush and evocative love story in which the role of music is second only to ...

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The Turn of the Key

The Turn of the Key is the fifth novel by the incomparable Ruth Ware, and it tells the story of a young woman who answers a notice for employment and finds herself travelling down a dark and progressively disturbing path. The advertisement seems too good to be true. The au pair position pays extreme ...

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Meet Me in Monaco

I've been fascinated with the story of actress-turned-princess Grace Kelly since I was a little girl, so I was thrilled to learn that authors Hazel Gaynor and Heather Webb, both of whom have written dazzling historical novels on their own, were teaming up for Meet Me in Monaco, a story centering aro ...

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Home for Erring and Outcast Girls

Over the past several years, I've developed quite a liking for dual timeline novels, and Home for Erring and Outcast Girls, centered around a home for fallen women in the early 1900s is one of the best I've read. It's a bit complicated, due to the large cast of characters and the constant shifts in ...