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BClark

Joined April 2021

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Stolen: A Memoir | Elizabeth Gilpin
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It will forever feel weird to say I enjoyed a book about a human's bad experience. I do feel that reading about it, acknowledging it and learning from it, is the respectful thing to do. Elizabeth Gilpin had horrible experiences at Carlbrook School. She expressed herself in a way that was relatable. I hope that she continues to heal and sharing her experience with writing this book will help others.

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Two thumbs up for this one. In 576 pages you will meet characters that will tug on your heart strings in so many different ways. Some you will hate, love, be confused by, constantly surprised by, worried for and rooting for. For such a big book I found it a quick, engaging read. Worth the time!

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I was riveted to this book until I finished it. My inquiring mind HAD to know what happened before darkness fell tonight. Jeri's father was murdered. She obsessively has spent 20 years tracking the person she suspects is the killer. She's positive she knows who it is, but she can't prove it. The killer is that smart. Finally she takes a chance, convinces someone to listen.

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Where to start??? Another BN book club book. Instantly had my mind set its going to be too scary, I'll hate it, I'm a chicken at heart. Started it at 1 pm and by 7:30 pm I looked up and I was 234 pages in. I INHALED it! Suspense, Gothic horror, a smidgen of romance. It meets almost all your literary senses. I recommend!

Graciouswarriorprincess I am reading it now! So gooodddd!!!! 7mo
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Burning | Jonathan Kellerman, Jesse Kellerman
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An enjoyable, quick read. Clay Edison is a Deputy Coroner. As if that in itself isn't hard enough to cope with, there is a raging wildfire and massive blackouts going on. Called to a murder scene amidst all this and while investigating the scene his world turns upside down. How far does he have to or want to go to turn it right side up again?

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Matrix | Lauren Groff
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This was a BN monthly book club pick. Marie is a 17 year old in the year 1158 sent to a failing nunnery by Queen Eleanor. I can say there were parts I enjoyed. I gave it a so-so not because it wasn't a good book, it just wasn't "my jam". Sometimes hard to look back with the mindset of 2021 & reconcile my feelings with the societal construct of 1158. I will say it had a good ending! We had a great discussion about it.

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The Slow March of Light | Heather B. Moore
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Bob has his path in life figured out. . . .then he was drafted and sent to Germany. Luisa graduated from nursing school in Germany, got a job immediately and then life intervened in her life too and changed her course. Their paths crossed, paralleled and crossed again. The ending was not what I may have guessed or hoped but it was the perfect ending. It is a fictional novel based on Bob Inama's real life experiences.

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The Four Winds: A Novel | Kristin Hannah
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The book takes place during The Depression. Elsa's start in life was hard and it never got any easier. Her family struggles every step of the way. Some may be put off by the underlying political message. I urge you to look deeper. Keep reading. It is not a feel good book but it is a book that will make you feel. In my opinion thats good literature, you are invested. It is worth the read and makes me thankful for my blessings.

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Twisted Twenty-Six | Janet Evanovich
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A Stephanie Plum book is always a quick, fun read. Grandma Mazur is at it again. She is total goals on how I want to be when I am a senior citizen. As usual I cracked up laughing throughout the book. Anybody else have simultaneous crushes on Morelli and Ranger, just like Stephanie and I? 😍😉😊

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Madam | Phoebe Wynne
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Oh myyyyy. Rose is a young teacher recruited to work at a distinguished private boarding school. She accepts the job, but for no reason at all before she even arrives her intuition is telling her something is not right. Always keep in mind the adages, if it looks too good to be true it probably is AND absolute power corrupts absolutely. Be prepared, in the last quarter of the book your jaw will be dropping open often. Wow!

Bklover This looks really awesome, my friend! 9mo
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The Turnout | Megan Abbott
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A good read! Dara and Marie eat, breath and sleep ballet their entire lives. The drama of that world is unexpected but intriguing. Good back history on the characters. You can formulate your theories and make predictions and toward the end when you are taking your celebratory sip of tea because you are that good at figuring things out, BAM, not. . .so. . .fast!

Bklover Love this review! 9mo
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This entire book the story was based on supposition and a continual state of emotional angst for no useful purpose to the story. This didnt seem like a full story just flipping around, no expansion in depth except for one character. A constant "flipping the script" to the point it was just annoying. I read it because it was this month's Barnes and Noble book club pick. I just dont know why they picked it.

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I simply cannot use any other word but "Extraordinary"! I was torn between should I buy it or shouldn't I? Having just finished it, I'm absolutely of the mindset "Oh my gosh what if I hadnt?" A masterful telling of the human experience during WWII from the Nazi side. . . .to start. As Herta, once a fully indoctrinated child learns as she grows up, always question, decide for yourself. The world is so much more than what we are told.

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Sadie Blue, her family and community give you a glimpse into each of their lives living in Appalachia. Each one contributes to the story in a unique way. Life is hard in unfathomable ways but they keep up the fight every single day, as individuals and as a community. Amazing what you can do when survival is each day's priority. A good read!

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The Paper Palace: A Novel | Miranda Cowley Heller
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I enjoyed the author's writing style very much but after a couple hundred pages she veered into a very dark area and was very explicit, then hopped back and forth in time with no explanation of why she was doing that. There were unnecessary details that muddied the storyline, stalling it instead of advancing it and a large unexplained time gap. This is not a book that you will have closure on. I'd try another book of her though, fingers crossed.

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Justice Redeemed | Scott Pratt
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This is the second book I've read by this author. I thoroughly enjoy his writing style. An Amazon prime free read and what a find. See how far a man would go when everything is stacked against him.

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Lana's War: A Novel | Anita Abriel
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I really dont want to pan it but I found the story lacked depth. I found Lana to be rather whiny, childish, not too bright and in no way capable of pulling off what her character was supposed to be doing. The story was choppy and really had no continuity. I had many "oh we are doing/feeling this now?? That makes no sense!!" moments. It just skipped around without transition. It was an easy read but I didnt feel a good one.

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What the Wind Knows | Amy Harmon
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😍🤘An Amazon prime free read and oh my gosh, it was soooo good. I'll definitely read it again. Travel, love, history, it hits the trifecta. Fair warning your heart will get involved on this one. Reminded me of a movie I love called The Two Worlds of Jennie Logan with Lindsay Wagner. ❣❣

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War Nurse | Tracey Enerson Wood
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Would I recommend this book. . . . . .YES❣ A fictional tale based on real life nurse Julia Stimson. Her extraordinary contributions to the field of nursing and during the war should be shouted from the rooftops. A highly intelligent woman who is inspiring to learn about. Grab it!

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Paper Wife | Laila Ibrahim
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Another free Amazon prime pick. A good book, easy read. How many of us would have the strength to leave everyone and everything we know and start completely over when it wasnt even our own choice to do so?

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I read 300 pages of the book and was liking it. At a certain point I was getting overwhelmed with the continual hurting of animals and had to stop reading. Now, I have to say nothing was unrealistic for that time period I personally just cannot bear too much of animals hurting and dying. I wish she had expanded the overall human story and less gruesome animals dying details over and over and over.

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Beneath a Scarlet Sky | Mark Sullivan
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A good book! Pino Lella was an extraordinary young man thrown into the war. How he survived and the incredible risks he took forever changed not just his future but the world. It left its mark on me. Much respect!!!

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Surviving Savannah | Patti Callahan
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There were times that I felt the story needed to move along a little faster but I did enjoy this book. My favorite part was the end of the book. Not because it was ending but because the lingering questions throughout the story were answered, each and every one, in great detail. There were numerous times I would see a line and think wow I can relate to that feeling or it gave me a new perspective on something happening in my own life.

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My Sister's Grave | Robert Dugoni
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Devoured in 2 evenings. That is my rating. This was another very successful Amazon prime free pick. Tracy's little sister disappeared. Is she ever going to find out the truth? Why are those who should be on her side fighting her every step of the way? No down time while reading this, it kept me locked in.

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A Killer's Wife | Victor Methos
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Good book. Just when think you have it figured out, guess what? And dont pat yourself on the back too long for figuring it out because things will shift. . .again and . . . . . . . . . .AGAIN. This was a free read on Amazon Prime. Definitely glad I picked it.

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Our Woman in Moscow | Beatriz Williams
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The afterglow of my enjoyment of this book lasted quite a while. I pick books totally at random at Barnes and Noble. Major score with this one! Twin sisters take 2 different paths in life. The authors approach to each of them and her wit kept me riveted. I devoured this book and will look for more by Beatriz Williams.

KristiAhlers She‘s one of my favorite authors! 11mo
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This is not a feel good book. It was a good read, a relatively easy one but the topic, albeit fiction is based on an actual event which will have you counting your blessings you are in the 21st century.

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An Innocent Client | Scott Pratt
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I read this book from Amazon's free prime list. I must say I enjoyed it. It was an easy read, one that you don't have to think about in depth or unravel every detail, no lessons to be learned or emotions to be examined. Sometimes you just want simple, easy reading, I found that in this book.

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My Antonia | Willa Sibert Cather
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A good read. Once I was caught up in it I had to finish. Chores can wait.

CarolynM Such a wonderful book! My favourite Cather. 12mo
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I liked this book. It really hooked me in. There were a few places where I had to pause and reorient myself as to where in the time of the story I was but I think it was worth it.

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Shanghai Girls | Davat BUkbu
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This book left me feeling, well, I'm not sure how I feel about it. I enjoyed it sometimes and at other times felt like I was slogging through it to get done. In my opinion it got repetitive about situations and a bit overly dependent on descriptive wording. I had several "I knew it" moments.

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The World That We Knew | Alice Hoffman
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A definite departure from the type of books I gravitate towards but it was recommended by a friend and I'm glad it read it. I enjoyed it.

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The Flight Girls | Noelle Salazar
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I loved this book!!! It was an easy read that kept me hooked from the first word to the last. I'll be reading it again.

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The German Heiress | Anika Scott
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I JUST finished this book. Oh my gosh, what a good book!! I will absolutely seek out more books by this author. Sometimes there is an angle to an event, a point of view that we don't realize we never examined. I highly recommend!

Bklover I‘ll have to check this one out! 12mo
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Just finished this book. I am in "finished the book afterglow". I did figure out whodunnit but still enjoyed the journey. There was a complete surprise at the end. Glad I read it.

Bklover I‘m on a wait list (library) for this one! 12mo
KristiAhlers @Bklover it will be worth the wait. I inhaled this one. Loved it was set in locations I grew up in. 12mo
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The Bounty: A Novel | Janet Evanovich, Steve Hamilton
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I really like Janet Evanovich's writing. I've read others in this series and enjoyed them. This particular one I found it dragged from time to time. Seemingly a bit too mired in details. However, the last quarter of the book picked up and grabbed my attention. I finished with a smile on my face.

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The Russian | James Patterson, James O. Born
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I generally like James Patterson books. They are usually a quick and fun read. The Russian was no exception.

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Daylight | David Baldacci
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As I read this something in the back of my mind said, boy this plotline sounds familiar. I inhaled the book on pins and needles to find out what happened. I get to the end and close the book and see on the cover it was part of a series. Well, sighhhh, of course it sounded familiar, I had read an early book from the series. I need the next book asap.

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Sunflower Sisters: A Novel | Martha Hall Kelly
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I read this book because I became acquainted with the author through my book club. I enjoyed her style of writing so much I read several of her others. I was caught up immediately in this book and devoured it in a little over 24 hours. It took me through so many emotions. A very hard topic to read about as it makes you emotionally tackle events that go against your whole belief system but MUST be acknowledged and read.

KristiAhlers See now I really need to get on this one! 13mo
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This is my first ever post on "the Litsy" so I'm kind of nervous. I truly enjoyed this book. It sounds weird to say I enjoyed it considering the topic but I feel the victims need to be heard, remembered, respected and honored for what they endured. I feel that the author approached, researched and told her narrative wonderfully.

BClark Thank you so much! I will be checking these out while I spread my literary wings. 13mo
suvata Welcome — don‘t be worried. We are a very friendly group of readers. 13mo
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BClark I am so tickled by your responses. Thank you! 13mo
mrp27 Welcome to Litsy!! I read this book last year and I too liked it. It is hard to say that when the topic is so heartbreaking. But in the end I learned a lot. 13mo
KristiAhlers I‘m so glad you liked this. I loved it. I‘m glad I recommended it to you! 13mo
BClark Me too! You haven't steered me wrong yet!! 13mo
JillsBookshelf Welcome to Litsy! This book has been in my TBR for forever. I‘m so glad you liked it! ❤️ 📚 13mo
Bookwormjillk Welcome to Litsy! I haven‘t read this yet but it‘s on my list. 13mo
Chrissyreadit Welcome to Litsy! There is a link in my bio to a list of many different litsy activities also. 13mo
kspenmoll Welcome & we are happy to have you here! I need to read this! Nice review! (edited) 13mo
BClark Thank you all so much for the warm welcome! 13mo
Kdgordon88 Welcome! This book is on my TBR and I am hoping to read it in May. Thanks for the tag, @megnews 13mo
Nute Welcome to Litsy! It‘s a warm and friendly community. I know that you will enjoy yourself here. I‘m looking forward to getting to know you!🙂 12mo
BClark Thank you❣❣ 12mo
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