Pandora's Box

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Manhattan Beach

In Manhattan Beach, Jennifer Egan's first novel in seven years, one woman struggles to find her place in an ever-changing world. Anna is only twelve years old when she first meets Dexter Styles. He's a powerful, mysterious man, and for reasons Anna doesn't fully understand, her father seems inten ...

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All I Want for Halloween

Sadie Liberato is cheerfully sloppy and filled with attitude.  Having experienced multiple failed relationships and cheating men, she is not a smiler and prefers to keep to herself, spend time in the gym, working at her father Big Tony’s restaurant and trash talking the folks on her favorite real ...

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Too Scot to Handle

Miss Anwen Windham is on the board of directors of the House for Wayward Urchins, a school and home for orphaned boys which provides them with shelter and a decent education. Anwen worries for and loves all of the boys in her charge very much, but there are grey clouds on the horizon.  Struggling w ...

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The Marsh King's Daughter

Deep in the wilds of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula is an infamous cabin where there once lived a little family. Father, mother and daughter spent cold winter days and fabulous summers in primitive conditions, living off the land. But the picture is far darker than it seems for this was no happy littl ...

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Goodnight from London

Ruby Sutton thought the call into her editor’s office would result in the termination of her employment; instead, she is offered the opportunity of a lifetime. She is to go to London and report from there on the European war. In the summer of 1940 there could be no sweeter assignment for an ambiti ...

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The Girl with the Make-Believe Husband

In The Girl With the Make-Believe Husband, Cecilia Harcourt has found herself on an unexpected adventure. After receiving a letter that her brother, Thomas - who had been in the colonies fighting Washington’s rebels - has gone missing, she summons all her gumption, spends all her cash, and boards ...

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An Extraordinary Union

AAR reviewers Shannon Dyer and Em Wittmann are here to share their thoughts about An Extraordinary Union, book one in Alyssa Cole's Loyal League series. The book is an historical romance set during the American Civil War which tells the story of two unlikely Union sympathizers who team up to help br ...

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Like a Love Song

I read Like a Love Song from cover to cover and I am still not completely sure what it is about. It’s certainly not a love story; it’s kind of about baking; it’s sort of a coming-of-age story, but is not fully any of those. Let me explain. When we first meet Maahi, she’s a depressed unive ...

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The Edge of the Blade

AAR staffers Maggie Boyd and Caroline Russomanno discuss Jeffe Kennedy’s latest fantasy novel The Edge of the Blade, book two in her The Uncharted Realms series in our latest Pandora’s Box. In the Thirteen Kingdoms, a woman may sample the pleasures of a man with no strings attached. Jepp ...

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The Viscount and the Vixen

Caz Owens and Emily Wittmann compare notes on Lorraine Heath’s latest book, The Viscount and the Vixen, the third and final full-length novel in her Hellions of Havisham Hall series. Love begets madness. Viscount Locksley watched it happen to his father after his cherished wife’s death. B ...