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Just a Heartbeat Away

I haven't read too many début stories this year, but I heard good chatter on social media about Cara Bastone's Just a Heartbeat Away, the first full length novel in her Forever Yours series. (Technically her first book is a prequel novella to the series, When We First Met, but this is her first ful ...

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The Secret of You and Me

The Secret of You and Me is an unexpected treat of a heartfelt but very dark novel, a warm and queer retelling of Persuasion by Jane Austen.  But it fashions a whole new world, a whole new set of feelings created from broken hearts and heavy religious guilt in small-town Texas. Captain Nora Noak ...

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Bingo Love

A bingo hall brought Mari McCray and Hazel Johnson together as young women in 1963. Prejudice and family ultimatums pushed the two apart, but forty years later, a bingo hall brings them back together. In the meantime, however, both Hazel and Mari have married and had families. Is it too late for a s ...

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Thrown Off the Ice

When Thrown Off the Ice first appeared in my GoodReads feed, the cover caught my eye, but I kept scrolling.  When it kept appearing, day after day, I finally clicked through and read the blurb.  It didn’t tell me much: Mike knew he was making a mistake when he let the rookie climb into bed with ...

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After the End

I always get a little nervous when authors who write a particular type of book very well decide to try something new. Sometimes, it ends up working out well, but there are also those times when it turns out to be a flop. Fortunately, After the End, the latest novel from renowned thriller writer Clar ...

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The Edge of Nowhere

Originally published in 2015, C.H. Armstrong's The Edge of Nowhere is a historical novel loosely based on the life of the author's grandmother. The novel offers the reader a peek into a time and place in American history not usually captured in today's fiction, and I’m glad I chose to pick it up. ...

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John & Jackie

John and Jackie first meet when they are twelve years old. Now, seventy-one years later, Jackie prepares to give his beloved husband the ultimate gift. In the story, set over the course of a single afternoon, they relive key moments from their lives together. This includes their first meeting and fi ...

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The Paragon Hotel

Fans of books set in the 1920's will definitely want to pick up The Paragon Hotel, the latest offering from author Lyndsay Faye. It's a big book with a lot going on, but I loved every moment I spent immersed in the story, and I'm eager for the rest of the book world to embrace this fantastic novel. ...

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Christmas Where They Belong

Bawling my eyes out doesn’t usually go with “holiday romance” for me as I tend to prefer my Christmas stories a bit more on the fairytale side. However, this year  I picked up something a bit different with Christmas Where They Belong by Marion Lennox (from 2014). Though at times a very dif ...

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Best of Luck

Continuing with the lucky theme that runs throughout the fantastic Chance of a Lifetime series, Best of Luck proves three’s a charm; good things do come in threes; and it's a magic number.   While all the books are uniformly good, featuring likeable and relatable principal characters, secondary ...