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Octoberwoman

Octoberwoman

Joined October 2016

BookCrosser, Book Moocher, and Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/1164958-robin-reynolds. Also octoberwomanrobin.blogspot.com.
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What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty
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What Alice Forgot | Liane Moriarty
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My current read. It‘s just occurred to me that I‘m 100 pages in and practically nothing has actually happened, and that‘s fine cuz I‘m enjoying it.

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Protected | Paula Peckham
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One of my favorite historical fiction plots is a wagon train headed west. There are always obstacles to overcome and what could be daunting than for all the adults to become ill and perish and the orphaned children having to finish the journey on their own? I loved this book. The characters are wonderfully written. I‘ll definitely be on the lookout for more from this author.

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The Secrets of Emberwild | Stephenia H. McGee
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My first time reading this author and I very much enjoyed her writing. The characterization was wonderfully done. A beautifully written story that kept me completely captivated from start to finish. I definitely need to read more from this author.

#stepheniahmcgee

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Next Year in Havana | Chanel Cleeton
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I loved this book so much. So much! More than I anticipated. The characters are so well written, and the descriptions of Cuba are evocative. The author really makes Cuba come alive, like a separate character of the book. here are books that are good, that are novels. And then there are books that wonderful, that are literature. NEXT YEAR IN HAVANA is literature, and I‘m very eager to find the rest of the author‘s books.

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I loved this book so much. So so much. The characters are so well written, in the midst of the adrenaline pounding non-stop action we get a wonderful character study, or rather two wonderful character studies as they get equal page time. Rick. I adore him. He‘s a leader, he‘s a soldier, he doesn‘t do what he does because he enjoys violence, he does it to protect and serve. The descriptions of the jungle and the villages are evocative. So good!

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I always enjoy Melody Carlson‘s Christmas novellas, and while this isn‘t my favorite, it‘s still no exception. This is a fairly quick and easy read, full of Christmas spirit and friendship, plus a romance for one of the members. A great addition to Ms. Carlson‘s annual holiday novellas.

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Interesting look at Wayne‘s movie career. The author basically gives a synopsis of most of his movies along with a critical review. Some entries are short, while others are much more detailed. I was looking forward to the author‘s take on Rooster Cogburn, and was disappointed to reach the end of the book, only to have the author mention that at the time of writing it had not yet been released.

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Twilight | Stephenie Meyer
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I was pleasantly surprised that the writing was better than I had anticipated. It got a little tedious, what with the super detailed minutiae of every facial expression. Towards the end the action ramped up and it was pretty tense and gripping.

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A Three Dog Life | Abigail Thomas
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I picked up this book because of the title, thinking it was going to be about the author's life with three dogs. And some of it was, but it was really about the author's life following an accident that left her husband with traumatic brain damage. And I loved it. It's heartbreaking, yet hopeful. It's incredibly interesting, and beautifully written. It is most definitely worth reading.

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Twilight | Stephanie Meyer
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My sister loved Twilight, books & movies & I used to tease her about it. One year when she posted a pic of Edward on FB I told her let me know when you're ready to meet some grown up vampires. She said bring it so I gave her the first Night Huntress (Jeaniene Frost) & Primes (Susan Sizemore) books, both of which she loved. I never thought I'd read Twilight, but here I am, halfway through it. The writing is better than I anticipated.

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The Dating Dare | Jayci Lee
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Here's what you need to know about this book. I smiled all the way through. A lot. I mean a LOT. I laughed. No, I giggled. And then I cried, but then I was very happy again.

What more could you need to know?

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Cybercrime is not my favorite subject but I love Ms. Goddards books, and I‘m so glad I read this. It wasn‘t all computers and online shenanigans. There was plenty of real action, real suspense, real danger. And as always, Ms. Goddard‘s writing is wonderful. The scene in the woods, especially when they were trying to get away from the shooter, was pulse pounding. I‘m sad that the series is over, but hoping Ms. Goddard has a new one in the works!

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The Dating Dare | Jayci Lee
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So much fun!

#currentlyreading

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Where the Road Bends | Rachel Fordham
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I believe this is my new favorite from Ms. Fordham. I loved Quincy so much. He has a good heart. I also loved Norah. Strong and independent, but living in a time when those values were not traditionally valued in a woman, and circumstances could be hard to rise above. Ms. Fordham‘s writing just flows across the page. A beautifully written story of redemption, of finding one‘s place, of letting go of the past and making a better future.

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I loved the first book, SUNRISE, so much. So so much. It was set in Alaska and Alaska was very much one of the main characters of the book, which is a testament to the author‘s descriptive powers. So I was very excited to get this book. As with Alaska the author provides a wonderfully evocative depiction of Nigeria, from the jungles to the food to a traditional Nigerian wedding. I loved Dodge so much. I‘m a sucker for these Kingston men!

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A Time To Heal | Linda Goodnight
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I was enjoying this Love Inspired. Until a child was chased and treed by a pit bull. Then heroine asks hero why didn't he kill it. Now I'm not sure I can finish. I would never knowingly pick up a book that perpetuates the stereotype. Granted, it's from 2008, but still. I'm torn.

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Love on the Coast | Jennifer Snow
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I'm not a big fan of novellas, as the characters aren't always fleshed out as much, and I'm not a big fan of instalove. I like to get to know the characters while they get to know each other, and there's not always time for that in a novella. Such as here , where they know each other less than a week. But I did still enjoy the story and the characters and look forward to the next Wild Coast story.

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Do most women really prefer roses? They‘re so cliche. And so many other flowers just as pretty or prettier. Like orchids.

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Right Before Your Eyes | Ellen Shanman
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Didn‘t realize this was gonna be chick lit but I loved it. Liza slips off a curb and wrenches her ankle and George, who she‘s just met, takes her to the hospital, where they bicker and bicker. And then she meets Dr. Tim. And wow, he‘s just awesome, and they have some cute banter. So here‘s this great guy, and then here‘s this jerk of a guy, and I kinda loved both of them. I‘m really sad the author apparently only wrote one other book.

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Interesting if slightly bland look at the show. The book ends about two thirds through the last season, and I wish publication had been delayed so that the remaining seven episodes could have been covered, since the author knew it was the last season. Oh well.

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I adore Wyatt. I love Greta also. I like the author‘s writing, and her descriptions of the beauty and desolation of the land is evocative. But it‘s the slow build up of the friendship to love between Wyatt and Greta that is the heart of the story. I can‘t wait to find the next book in the series.

#jodihedlund

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My current read. I love the cover.

In my head I can‘t help but see Mark Harmon as Leroy.

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When I reviewed HOLDING OUT FOR SPECIAL, by the same author, I wrote “This is a breezy, fun and heartwarming story, with well written characters…”. I hate to repeat myself, but that description also fits this book perfectly. I loved CeCe, and I really loved Shane. A sweet, sometimes emotional, story that kept me enthralled from beginning to end. I hope there will be many more books in the Huckleberry Ridge series.

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Of Men and Monsters | William Tenn
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I really enjoyed this old (pub. 1968) science fiction. Aliens took over Earth, very large aliens, which humans refer to as Monsters, and humans live in burrows inside the walls of the aliens' homes. To the Monsters, humans are the equivalent of mice - vermin who steal food and are nuisances. I'm eager to find more of Mr. Tenn's work.

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I wasn‘t really sure what to expect from this book, but the synopsis intrigued me. What I got was an amusing and somewhat quirky story filled with outrageous characters and situations that still came across as believable. I never knew from chapter to chapter what to expect. Well, that‘s not quite true. The further I read, the more I did expect twists and turns and the unexpected. All in all I enjoyed it.

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Very interesting. It's aimed at a teen readership, and is laid out very simply, basically a chronological timeline of how Hitler first rose to power and set his plans in motion, ending with the war crimes trials and touching on other instances of genocide that followed (such as when the Turks were slaughtering Armenians). Overall a slim but fascinating look at the Holocaust.

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Caught in the Middle | Gayle Roper
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Merry is a very likable and self-deprecating heroine. There was quite a bit of humor. Not laugh out loud, or even chuckle humor, but witty, bantering humor. The mystery was intriguing, with a couple of red herrings, and an on-the-edge-of-your seat chase through a steel factory. A delightful, amusing, suspenseful and engaging read, and I can‘t wait join Merry in her next adventure.

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I loved this book. Page one throws us right into the action. Morgan‘s backstory was heartbreaking. Jackson was such a great character. A private investigator, and former police officer, two of my catnips. Fast paced, with plenty of suspense, some edge of your seat moments, and of course the requisite happy ending. I‘m eager to continue the series.

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I used to read a lot about the Holocaust, anything I could find, til I got burned out on the subject. I still have a lot of books I never got to, including this one. Written for teens, but I‘m finding it a bit different in how the information is presented, and quite interesting. Plus, I learned the origins of “scapegoat”!

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Rose In Bloom | Louisa May Alcott
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It was enjoyable, though not quite as much as Eight Cousins. There was also a little bit of a creep factor with all the aunts expecting Rose to marry one of her cousins and keep her fortune in the family.

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Fascinating look at 1960s NY tenement life, the raw deal the Merchant Marine received (they weren‘t given veteran status until 1988!), the heartache of Kennedy‘s assassination, a young boy who wants to be a journalist, falling for a pretty girl, worrying about his family not having Christmas, trying to steer his younger brother away from gang life. Well written and mesmerizing, I enjoyed this book so much more than I had anticipated.

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My current read. Didn‘t really know what to expect but I‘m really enjoying it.

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Action packed riveting character study, not just regarding the hero and heroine. Alaska itself is definitely one of the main characters. The author provides a ton of detail about the Alaskan wilderness, mushing/dog sledding, and flying, and it was all completely fascinating. But also also lots of plot, action, suspense and thrills rushing across the pages at a quick pace. I think this will be one of my top favorites for the year!

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Snow flurries outside, yech. Hate snow and ice. But I‘ve got my hot cocoa and my book - set in Alaska, cuz I do love to read about snow and ice.

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I love Ms. Hedlund‘s writing. Her characterization is wonderful, with the characters being fully explored & brought to life. Her narrative descriptions are vivid, setting each scene in detail so I felt I could see what she was describing. The characters adapt very quickly to the time, & she doesn‘t really explore the culture shock aspect of suddenly being in 1832, but the book raced along & I was so invested in the story I didn‘t really mind.

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The action starts from page one and the adrenaline rush doesn‘t let up! I wasn‘t familiar with this author but I‘m impressed with her writing and storytelling. The characters are all well drawn, the descriptions of the mountain and the storm and the terrain are vivid. This fast paced adventure kept me up past my bedtime, and I can‘t wait for the next installment in the series.

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An absolute delight! I smiled a lot, and I laughed out loud, and then suddenly I was crying, real tears running down my face. And I was only at the 50% mark! Breezy, fun, heartwarming, with well written characters, including the child and her dog. From what I read about the author, this is her first adult book, with her previous books being for young readers, but she has more coming, and now that she‘s on my radar I‘m eager for more from her!

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This is a new to me author who I‘d never heard of, so I didn‘t really know what to expect, but so far I‘ve smiled a lot, I‘ve laughed out loud, and I‘ve cried. I‘m only at the halfway mark and already giving it five stars.

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I enjoyed this but not quite as much as the first two books in this trilogy.

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On Strike for Christmas | Sheila Roberts
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I had trouble keeping up with all the characters and remembering who was who and who was married to who. Much of the story just kind of plodded along for me, but the last third picked up and I got much more interested. Not my favorite by this author.

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I‘ve only read two of Natalie Walter‘s books and loved both of them, so I was excited to get this book. Unfortunately, I struggled to connect with it. The author‘s writing is wonderful, as always, and I loved the scenes where it was just Brynn and Jack interacting, or when they were apart and being angsty about each other. But the international terrorist/cyber terrorist plot just did not appeal to me, and I had trouble staying interested in it.

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Another winner from Ms. Goddard! I don‘t think she could write a bad book if she tried! I feel like anything I say about this book is just repeating myself about the first book in the series or any of the books in Ms. Goddard‘s Uncommon Justice series. I love her writing, I love her descriptions of scenery, I love her characterization.

Full review on my blog: https://octoberwomanrobin.blogspot.com/2021/11/deadly-target-rocky-mountain-cour...

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Engaging story about a woman whose schizophrenic fiancé disappeared one day, and an interesting look at life with a schizophrenic. Throw in some homeless people and a hot detective, and I really enjoyed this book.

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I generally love everything Sandra Brown writes (except STING which I really did not care for). And maybe if I did not work in the surrogacy (and adoption) industry, this book wouldn‘t have irritated me as much. But the whole n”now that I‘m divorced and my child died I have to find my other child that I carried as a surrogate” plot just rubbed me the wrong way. Granted, she was a “traditional” surrogate, meaning she was inseminated and is…

Octoberwoman …the child‘s bio mom, but still. I did really like the hero. Ms. Brown has an uncanny ability to write wonderful heroes. (edited) 1y
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A Little Christmas Spirit | Sheila Roberts
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Ready to get into the Christmas spirit? Try A LITTLE CHRISTMAS SPIRIT by Sheila Roberts. Guaranteed to warm your heart! My review is live at Fresh Fiction - https://freshfiction.com/review.php?id=75156

#FFreview

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I love an opposites-attract romance, and this book fit that perfectly.

My review is live at Fresh Fiction:

https://freshfiction.com/review.php?id=75097

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I very much enjoyed this book. Slow building romance, some tense moments with the villain, and a satisfactory happy ending. Also, isn't that cover gorgeous?!

My full review is on my blog:

https://octoberwomanrobin.blogspot.com/2021/09/the-marshalsmission.html

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Beyond the Tides | Liz Johnson
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My first time reading Liz Johnson, and I‘m so glad I “discovered” her! The author‘s descriptions of the boat and being on the water and toiling long days with the traps and the lobsters were vivid. I learned more about lobster fishing than I ever thought I‘d want to know. A delightful story about perseverance, forgiveness, family and friendship.

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The Christmas Escape | Sarah Morgan
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This made me laugh out loud.

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Called into Action | Paris Wynters
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Just the way I like my heroes!