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MindyK59

MindyK59

Joined July 2016

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The Winemaker's Wife | Kristin Harmel
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This was my 2nd book by Kristin Harmel. She writes beautiful stories. This story was set in 2 time frames and told from different points of view of 3 female characters. I have to say that I really didn‘t see the ending coming as it did. I think it ended as it should have but it came as a surprise to me as I was reading it. My Book Club will be discussing this book next month and I look forward to the discussion. I highly recommend this book.

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The Rooster Bar | John Grisham
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I liked this book. I think the story might be a little far fetched but l did want to continue reading it to see how it ended. I think it was a very real topic regarding high student debt but it‘s a little hard to believe that students would drop out in their last semester and pull off the scam that these characters did.

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The Mother-in-Law | Sally Hepworth
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This book was our Book Club pick. It was a good story with lots of family drama. Every character had some issue. The story was told in alternating chapters by the daughter-in-law who so wanted to be accepted by her mother-in-law and her mother-in-law who just didn‘t think she was good enough for her son. In the end it seemed like they both came to understand and even love one another. But unfortunately it was too late.

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Promised Land: A Novel | Martin Fletcher
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I‘ve had this book in my TBR for a long time. I wasn‘t sure if it would be that good so I just delayed reading it. Well I was very wrong & actually really liked it. It had a good plot, some romance, some conflict, some mystery, & some history. I wish there was a more defined ending for the main characters but overall it was a good book.

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28 Summers | Elin Hilderbrand
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I liked the concept of the story and how each chapter opened with pop culture tidbits from the year that was taking place. I think I feel sorry for Mallory, the main character, who basically gave up the rest of the year for the 3 day Labor Day weekend when Jake would make his annual trip to see her. She loved her cottage on Nantucket and her son Link, but it seems like a lonely life to live all those years just waiting for 3 days.

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I read this book on vacation. It‘s the story of 3 friends at different stages of life dealing with various problems that they face. No matter what was going on they were always there for each other through the good and bad, love and heartbreak, happiness and tears. I think the women were very relatable and by the end of the book I cared for them as if they were my friends.

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Giver of Stars | Jojo Moyes
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This book is based on a true story about the Packhorse Librarians of Kentucky during the Depression. It was a story of 5 strong women and their friendship, love, and loyalty no matter what forces they faced in their lives. It kept me interested to the very end. I recommend it.

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The Most Fun We Ever Had | Claire Lombardo
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I enjoyed this book. I was a little hesitant to read it because it was over 500 pages and I have so many other books I want to read. But I love family sagas that cover many years and that‘s exactly what this book was. I think the parents were great and still madly in love with each other. The daughters each had their own problems to sort out but that is exactly what happens in families. They love and care for each other despite all the problems.

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I enjoyed this book a lot. The character dies in the 1st chapter and the entire story is told from the viewpoint of 7 other characters as they all try to keep the death a secret from the character‘s pregnant sister until after she delivers a healthy baby. It is actually based on a true story in the author‘s family. It takes place in the summer of 1934 in Atlantic City so it is a good summer beach book.

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This was my first book by Kristin Harmel. I absolutely loved it. It was a beautiful story. A woman who has been running her family‘s bakery is asked by her ailing grandmother to go to Paris and track down the truth about her family history. She learns that everything she thought she knew was totally different from the truth and that love does overcome everything. I highly recommend this book and look forward to reading more by this author.

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This was not a typical John Grisham book but I really liked it. It was about books and authors so that made it especially good. It centers on a bookstore owner in a resort town who deals with rare books. A young woman with ties to the town goes undercover to try to track down some rare books that have been stolen from a Princeton University library and are believed to be within his literary circle. The story really held my interest.

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Feels Like Falling | Kristy Woodson Harvey
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This is my first book by Kristy Woodson Harvey. I really enjoyed it and look forward to reading more of her books. I can just imagine reading them on a beach or lounge chair with my favorite drink enjoying the book and a beautiful day.

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I like Anna Quindlen and now that I have become a grandparent I wanted to read her book about her adventures in grandparenting. She wrote with a good mixture of humor and seriousness. At the end of some of her chapters she listed “lessons learned”. It certainly can‘t hurt if I can pick up a few hints on how to be a better grandparent.

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Hieroglyphics | Jill McCorkle
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I had a hard time getting into this book. I kept waiting for it to get better and it just never did. I feel like it came together ok at the end and I saw where it was going but if you‘re looking for action and conversation among the characters it was pretty non-existent in this book. I read it for my Book Club and some of the members gave up on the book. We haven‘t met yet so the discussion should be interesting.

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I occasionally try to read self-help books for a lesson in self-improvement. This book is just that. After a year of living through the pandemic I can admit that my communication skills can use some improvement. This book discusses it clearly. Now I just have to put it into practice.

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Silver Sparrow | Tayari Jones
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I enjoyed reading this book. It has a premise that to me is hard to believe so as I got further into the story I wondered how it would end. I think it ended just how it was probably supposed to but I guess I was hoping that it would have a magical ending in which everyone was happy and understanding about the situation. But that only happens in fairy tales.

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Overall I would say I liked this book. The story was abut a family that covered 3 generations. They owned an island in Maine. It covered issues of racism and anti-semitism. The writing was very descriptive which made the book longer than it needed to be. It also made it move more slowly. But I have a hard time saying it wasn‘t a good book.

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Mrs. Everything | Jennifer Weiner
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I am a Jennifer Weiner fan and this book did not disappoint me. I love books that take the characters through many years of their lives and that‘s exactly what this book does. It starts when they are young girls and takes them through to their later years. They grow and change and experience many highs and lows throughout their lives. It also covers many historical and sociological events along the way and how they are affected by them.

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A good history of the Jewish Deli. Very informative. It primarily discussed the delis of New York City. I think I would have liked it better if I was more familiar with them but I only know of the more famous New York delis.

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I really liked this book. I loved the story. I loved that it spanned 3 decades of history and included it all within the story. Most of all I loved the story of Eve and Daniella‘s friendship. There are so many topics that this book covered. My book club will be discussing it at our next meeting and I am looking forward to our discussion.

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Things You Save in a Fire | Katherine Center
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I really enjoyed this book. It was my first by this author. A female firefighter faces both personal and professional challenges. It held my interest and made me want to keep reading.

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This book really wasn‘t what I thought it would be. It probably has some good points but it didn‘t apply for the reason I chose to read it.

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Nice to read this, especially while the Covid 19 pandemic is still affecting our lives. Gratitude is something we can all use to get through these days. I liked reading about the author‘s year-long project and I hope to incorporate some of her ideas into my own life.

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This book was so good on many levels. It completely held my interest. The ending really surprised me because I didn‘t expect it. But the last few sentences wrapped it up perfectly and just as it should be. It was our book club pick for this month. I look forward to an interesting discussion. I give this book a high recommendation.

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The Whistler | John Grisham
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It‘s been a long time since I read a John Grisham book. I wasn‘t sure that I would like this all that much but it held my attention and kept me interested.

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The Escape Room | Megan Goldin
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I was pleasantly surprised by this book. It kept me very interested and wanting to keep reading. The chapters alternated between one character and the other characters who were trapped in an elevator. I was completely surprised by the ending but I do have to admit that I kind of felt like it came together and was all tied up a little too quickly. However I really did like this book much more than I thought I was going to.

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Summer of '69 | Elin Hilderbrand
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I always love Elin Hilderbrand books and this was no exception. I really loved that she placed it in a past time line and weaved many of the events that happened during that summer right into the story. She even named the chapters after songs from that time. I enjoyed the story and liked the various characters. It was a fun summer read as are all of her books but I really did enjoy this one.

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Last Train to Key West | Chanel Cleeton
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This was the 2nd book by this author that I have read. I really enjoyed it. I liked how there were 3 distinct characters whose story she told and at the end they were all connected. I liked where the story took place. The hurricane and the time period when the story took place was new information to me. This was a good summer read.

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By Invitation Only: A Novel | Dorothea Benton Frank
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This was my 1st book by this author but I have been wanting to read 1 of her books for a while. I really liked it. I didn‘t know how the story was going to proceed but I really liked how it ended. I hope to read more of her books in the future.

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Identicals | Elin Hilderbrand
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I love Elin Hilderbrand books. They are the perfect summer book. This one did not disappoint me. It was about identical twin sisters who basically switch places. I liked how the story progressed. It was also interesting at the end in the author notes that she mentioned that she has a twin brother.

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The Wartime Sisters: A Novel | Lynda Cohen Loigman
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This is the second book by this author. I read her first book and enjoyed it so I was looking forward to this one. I found both books to be similar in theme and style but different enough to keep me interested. I like her writing and the way she tells the story. The story takes place during WW II but it is about the lives of the women at home. I read it for my Book Club and look forward to our upcoming discussion.

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You and Me and Us | Alison Hammer
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I really enjoyed this story. It was told from the points of view of Alexis, the mother, and Cece, the teenage daughter. The family has come together for one last summer at their beach house after Tommy the father is diagnosed with terminal lung cancer. Alexis is a working mom while Tommy holds down the fort at home. Now they all have to deal with Tommy‘s illness and eventual death and try to be there for each other in ways they never have before.

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I recently watched this show on Netflix. I had the book for a while but never got around to reading it until now. It gave some good insight into the Hasidic community. I think it must be very hard to leave a community you were raised in and it‘s all you know. I give the author a lot of credit for being strong enough to leave. The show was only loosely based on the book and was fairly different from the book. I think both were pretty good.

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Accidental Book Club | Jennifer Scott
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I read this book for my book club. We haven‘t discussed it yet so it will be interesting to see what everyone thinks about it. For me it was good but not great. I liked that it was about a book club and it wove some actual books into the story. I liked that the members were all different personality types. I liked that the 2 main characters grew and changed by the end of the book. I just didn‘t feel a connection to the characters or the story.

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Saving Meghan | D.J. Palmer
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Saving Meghan was billed as a thriller in its marketing. I suppose it was to an extent but I didn‘t view it that way. It was a good book about a dysfunctional family. I will say that the ending was kind of a surprise although some would probably say it was obvious.

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Mah Jongg Mondays | Fern Bernstein
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I liked this book. I am a mah jongg player so the title intrigued me. I picked it up to read this past weekend because I thought it would be light reading during this crazy social distancing time we find ourselves in. Boy was I wrong. The sub-title of this book is “A Memoir About Friendship, Love, and Faith”. This perfectly describes the story the author tells. Her story really resonated with me and I think I could learn a few lessons from her.

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Tattooist of Auschwitz | Heather Morris
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This was my Book Club book this month. It was a good book and while it had a good ending, it was hard to read. There are so many books out about the Holocaust and it‘s just so unbelievable that they‘re all so different and yet tell a another perspective of this dark time in our history. It‘s worth reading if it‘s something you‘re interested in but it‘s a sad story overall.

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Next Year in Havana | Chanel Cleeton
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I have had this book on my shelf for quite a while. If I had known how much I would like it I wouldn‘t have waited so long to read it. It was very interesting to learn about Cuba and it‘s history. I also loved reading about the love stories of the characters. I would say that this may be one of my favorite books to read in the last few months. I highly recommend it and look forward to reading the author‘s other books.

marleed I loved it too - and the cover! I was a bit disappointed in the sequel, but I can‘t wait for her next book coming out this year. And the cover on that one defines a summer day! 2y
canbku I just put this on hold at my library. Can't wait! 2y
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Who Do You Love: A Novel | Jennifer Weiner
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This was the 1st book I‘ve read by Jennifer Weiner. I really liked it. I love to read books that cover many years in the character‘s lives and you get to see how they grow and change. This was exactly what happened in this book. My only negative comment is that it may have ended a bit abruptly. I would have loved to see the characters really come together and move into a life together. But overall a really good book.

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Spark of Light | Jodi Picoult
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I just finished reading this yesterday to complete my 2019 reading challenge. It‘s also the next book that my Book Club will be discussing later this month. I liked the book and expect our next book club meeting to be a very interesting discussion.

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An Anonymous Girl | Sarah Pekkanen, Greer Hendricks
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I‘ve had this book on my shelf for awhile and I finally read it. It was a little hard for me to get into but once I did it was hard to put down. I loved all the twists and turns in the story. I had to keep reading to see what would happen next. I would recommend this book.

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Joy For Beginners | Erica Bauermeister
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Good story. I enjoyed reading it. It has a nice theme to think about and see how you can apply it to your own life.

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Just Between Us: A Novel | Rebecca Drake
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This book was on my shelf for a long time but I finally picked it up and I‘m glad I did. It was a good suburban thriller that definitely held my attention. It was told from the point of view of each character and that made it more interesting. I‘m not sure I really saw it ending the way it did so that really made it good for me. I would give this book a high recommendation. I enjoyed it.

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A Fall of Marigolds | Susan Meissner
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I loved this book! It is exactly the kind of book I love to read. It takes you to another place and time and tells a beautiful story. Then it ties you to today and completes that story. I loved how it all came together at the end. It brought tears to my eyes. I will remember this story for a long time.

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I planned my reading of this book around the Jewish holidays. I enjoyed the author‘s writing of her experience fully immersing herself in observing all the holidays for one year. Although I know about the major holidays, it was interesting to learn about the not so major holidays and to read about her observance of them. I even learned a little bit about them. It was a good book for me to read as I was observing my holidays.

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I used to read a lot of Danielle Steel books but have taken a break in recent years. I took this with me on a recent trip and I really enjoyed it. It was an easy read but I wouldn‘t necessarily say it was light reading. However it was a great choice for a long plane ride with a layover. I would especially recommend it for Danielle Steel book lovers.

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Something in the Water: A Novel | Catherine Steadman
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This book was just ok to me. I thought it would be a better “beach read” than it turned out to be. It started out very slowly to me and I kept hoping it would get better. It did get better and there were several twists and turns that kept me involved. I really didn‘t see the end coming like it did so it ended up good but I have read other books that were much better this summer.

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Orphan #8 | Kim Van Alkemade
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I recently read this book with my book club. I really liked it. Rachel was such a strong character for all she went through, especially for the time in which the story took place. It‘s based on true events which is so hard to believe. I would recommend this book to other readers.

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Montauk | Nicola Harrison
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I really enjoyed this book. It is a great summer beach read. This book is the author‘s debut novel and she wrote it in a way that I almost felt like I was there.

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The Summer Cottage | Viola Shipman
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I loved this book! It was the perfect summer read for me. I have never read a book by this author before but I look forward to reading the others. I highly recommend this enjoyable story.