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ReadingisMyPassion

ReadingisMyPassion

Joined November 2017

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Jan Moran never fails to delight me. I know when I pick up one of her books I am about to take a journey with some intelligent, strong, very likeable women. The friendships and family bonds in her books are something I look forward to.

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The Nocturnals books are part of the Grow & Read Early Reader Program published by Fabled Films Press. “The Tasty Treat” focuses on the themes of friendship, sharing, and problem solving.

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The Kooky Kinkajou | Tracey Hecht
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The Nocturnals books are part of the Grow & Read Early Reader Program published by Fabled Films Press. “The Kooky Kinkajou” focuses on the themes of friendship, imagination, and accepting new ideas.

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O-M-G!! Patricia V. Davis pulled out all the stops for this book. It is AMAZING!!! PHENOMENAL!!!

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Seven Letters | J.P. Monninger
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Beautiful descriptions of Ireland but I didn‘t buy the love story. Read my full review at Facebook.com/groups/ReadingisMyPassion.

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The first and second parts of the book were intense. With compassion and empathy Milligan expertly spelled out the impact the mother had upon her son and the consequences of religious fanaticism. The third part of the book left me wanting so much more.

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A hauntingly realistic story relevant to today‘s social environment. I highly recommend it.

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Ribbons of Scarlet: A Novel of the French Revolution | Kate Quinn, Stephanie Dray, Laura Kamoie, Heather Webb, E. Knight, Sophie Perinot
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The book is extremely well written – but, it just did not grab me. With each chapter changing to a different character I could not find that connection with any one of them that I need to really enjoy a book. I am also not overly interested in this period of history. I was hoping the book would generate an interest within me but it did not.

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An Unorthodox Match | Naomi Ragen
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I have been a fan of Naomi Ragen‘s books for many years. I loved all of her earlier books, until around 2010. The three books after that date I did not care for. But I still am a fan and am thrilled to report that I LOVED “An Unorthodox Match”. This is a beautiful story of faith, love, forgiveness, second chances, and acceptance.

Insightsintobooks I read this book in one day. I loved it so much. 4w
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Terrorism, antiquities, power, goddesses, brutality, corruption, revenge…survival is uncertain. I found myself holding my breath, awaiting the outcome.

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Winston Versus the Snow | Savannah Hendricks
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This book is adorable in every way. The story was cute. The illustrations beautiful. Winston is the cutest little boy. Mac the dog is charming. My favorite was the beautiful cat who sat quietly on several of the pages. This book needs to be in every child‘s hands.

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Cilka's Journey | Heather Morris
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I do not think I have the words to truly express what an extraordinary book this is. I enjoyed THE TATOOIST OF AUSCHWITZ so, of course, wanted to know Cilka‘s story. However, this book can easily be read without first reading THE TATOOIST OF AUSCHWITZ. I was totally enthralled and found it extremely difficult to put the book down. This is a story I will not forget.

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On Division: A Novel | Goldie Goldbloom
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This book provided an in-depth look at life within the insular Chassidic community. However, the third person perspective left me feeling no connection to the characters. I think I would have preferred a first person perspective for this story.

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Elevator Pitch | Linwood Barclay
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I really enjoyed Barclay‘s last book A NOISE DOWNSTAIRS and he did not disappoint with his newest one ELEVATOR PITCH. You may never look at elevators the same way again.

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I really enjoyed this book. If you are a fan of Robin Cook you will love this book.

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Trust Me | Hank Phillippi Ryan
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This book started out really good. But by the time I finished it I just didn't care whether Ashlyn was guilty or not. It dragged on way too long.

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Cold Storage: A Novel | David Koepp
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A blend of Robin Cook & Stephen King. (I could have gone with less Stephen King.) Suspenseful. Definitely horror genre. David Koepp is the screenwriter of numerous films, such as “Jurassic Park“& Spider-Man“. This is his first novel & it shows with the lack of character development. But the characters are likeable – most of them. The dialogue is great, loads of action, & there are actually quite a few comical moments mixed in there.

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The Beekeeper of Aleppo | Christy Lefteri
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This is perhaps the most poignant book I have read thus far this year. Yet the book is filled with beauty and love.

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Santa's Secret | Denise Brennan-Nelson
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A young sleuth notices that Santa seems to be everywhere. They can‘t all be the real Santa. So with notebook in hand and lots of questions, she sets out on a mission to find the real Santa. Sure to stimulate the imagination of all young readers.

A delightful story told in rhyming couplets. Cute, colorful illustrations. Each page contains lots of illustrated details for your child to linger over. Perfect for ages 5-7, Grade 1.

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The Last Widow: A Novel | Karin Slaughter
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If you like a story where you have to remind yourself to breathe, I highly recommend this book.

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iRead Book Tours Spotlight: “​Cowboy Joel and the Wild Wild West“
by The Gagnon Family

Cowboy Joel & Blackbeard find themselves face to face with El Maton, the most feared desperado in the West.

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The Last Widow: A Novel | Karin Slaughter
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Winning is the name of the game. Jury tampering, witness tampering…all by someone within the legal system? Can this be true? And perhaps even murder to prevent exposure? The action is dizzying, heart-stopping. Everyone has an agenda…Who can you believe?

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No Fish for Charles | Tracy Detz
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This is an adorable book by Tracy Detz and illustrated by Monika Susak. NO FISH FOR CHARLES

Charles is a crocodile that doesn‘t like school. One day he decides to ditch school and go fishing. But before the day is over he realizes that going to school is always the smartest option. Cute story and great illustrations.

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Water Lily Dance | Michelle Muriel
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A story of heartbreak, loss and second chances, Michelle Muriel gives us a beautiful story of three courageous women, centuries apart. Two timelines – one in 2012 Missouri and the other in 1865 Paris. The link between the two – artist Claude Monet and his garden.

The strength of the book lies in its relationships, especially those between mothers and daughters.

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Campusland | Scott Johnston
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A quick but laborious read. A few funny moments. I found most of the book to be boring. The characters were generally unlikeable. The book was well written but much of the behavior was just not acceptable to me – too much racism and sexism. Elitist students who have no recognition of (or care about) the people whose livelihood is destroyed by their false accusations.

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Things You Save in a Fire | Katherine Center
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Center‘s writing is delightful and makes this a totally enjoyable novel to read, touching on many emotions - anger, happiness, fear, love, and laughter over the firemen‘ antics.

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This book was so much fun to read! Imaginative and full of surprises, it is sure to mesmerize children in grades 2-4. The cute names are sure to get a giggle out of the readers – Pixie whose real name is Marigold and her aunt Gracie Bell Jingles. And how can you not like the message that “books just make everything better”. The illustrations by Encarna Dorado – I can only describe as super cute. Especially good for children who get bored easily.

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Keeping Lucy | T. Greenwood
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My heart seemed to swell as Ginny‘s maternal instincts took over. While she may have questioned her instincts it was clear that she would do whatever it took to ensure her children were well cared for. The story evokes so many different emotions that I can‘t imagine anyone not being touched by it. I have already been recommending this book to others.

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The Red Address Book | Sofia Lundberg
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“So many names that pass by us during a lifetime. Have you ever thought about that, Jenny? All the names that come and go. That rip our hearts to pieces and make us shed tears. That become lovers or enemies. I leaf through my address book sometimes.“

Crazeedi Great story 3mo
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Under Currents | Nora Roberts
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Nora Roberts is amazing! If you loved SHELTER IN PLACE (and I did) you will love UNDER CURRENTS. Like SHELTER IN PLACE this one opens with a shockingly violent event. Then the bad guys are dead or go to prison. The survivors move on with their lives, seemingly happily ever after, but bad guys are back. This book touched upon so many emotions I felt a bit wrung out when I finished it.

LaurenReads Me too! It was a great book. 3mo
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Drawing Lessons | Patricia Sands
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Beautifully written. Had me searching the internet for images of the walls of Aigues-Mortes, the wild horses and the enormous salt deposits of the Camargue.

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The Chelsea Girls | Fiona Davis
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I loved this book! Strong female friendships, history, intrigue, romance, conflicting loyalties – Davis covers it all. And if you have problem following the dual timelines, this book does not do that

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Mistress of the Ritz | Melanie Benjamin
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It seems that more & more previously unknown stories keep coming out revolving around WWII. This is one of those stories. I had no idea when I began reading the book that it was based upon the lives of the real Claude and Blanche Auzello. They bravely participated in the Resistance right under the noses of the Nazi party. Suspenseful, inspiring, and heartbreaking, this is a story that will linger in your memory I absolutely loved this book.

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Meet Me in Monaco | Hazel Gaynor, Heather Webb
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GIVEAWAY July 11 - 16 Celebrating reaching 500 members!
I have an awesome giveaway for you this week compliments of William Morrow Publishers & Hazel Gaynor & Heather Webb. Must be a member of my group (Reading is My Passion.). US ADDRESSES ONLY. And PLEASE share, share, share.

Go to www.facebook.com/groups/ReadingisMyPassion

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I loved Frey‘s first novel “Not Her Daughter” and was happy to find that her second book did not disappoint. This book is very much one of shifting human relationships – Lee and Mason, Mason and Noah, Mason and Luca, Lee and Grace, Lee and Shirley. I especially loved the relationship between the sons Mason and Luca. They were adorable.

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This book is the perfect story of how one person can make a difference in someone‘s life. Fred Allen grew up in a home that offered him very little in life. But throughout his life Fred was fortunate to encounter here and there that special someone who could see the worth in Fred even though Fred could not see it in himself.

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I am really enjoying this story of Fred Allen. He was a musical genius from the small rural town of Thomasville GA. After being a hit in NYC he returned to his roots and started a choral troupe known as the Thomasville Music & Drama Troupe.

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Whisper Network: A Novel | Chandler Baker
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A real page turner. Suspenseful. Emotional. Portions of the book will definitely take you out of your comfort zone. Realistic characters with all their flaws, characters you can relate to. I was cheering on these women.

marleed It looks like this is the July pick for the Reese Witherspoon bookclub. I put in a recommendation at my library. They always purchase her pick so I should have it soon! It sounds so good! 4mo
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Layover | David Bell
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I struggle a bit with the rating of this book. Do I rate it based on my opinion or on what I think most people will think of it? Do you see the male protagonist as a hopeless romantic or as a man with strong stalker tendencies? I guess to be an honest reviewer I have to go on my opinion – and I see him as the latter. I can‘t say I really liked either pathetic Joshua or femme fatale Morgan. I know I would not want either as a friend.

RaimeyGallant Fair. 4mo
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Dear Wife | Kimberly Belle
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Belle stumped me on this one. I kind of thought I knew where it was going – but I was wrong. I knew precisely when I realized I was wrong – as a sliver of cold ice seemed to pierce my lungs. Suspenseful and intriguing, it was really hard to put down. I just wanted to lose myself in it.

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Mrs. Everything | Jennifer Weiner
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While this is overall a more serious read that we are used to from Weiner she still gives us her special touches of humor. Example: Around page 40 she gives us a truly unique take on the Purimspiel. I dare you not to laugh!

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California Girls | Susan Mallery
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Susan Mallery gives us four uniquely engaging, believable characters placed in situations we can all relate to. This book has it all – family drama, romance, heartbreak, female relationships. They find their happily-ever-after in different ways. A perfect vacation book.

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Dawn, Tobin, & Bismark are playing a game of Chestnut Challenge when Chandler, the chinchilla, appears & claims to be the Chestnut Champion. He challenges sweet, passive Tobin to a game. Well, chirping chickadees”, Chandler cheats. Dawn, in her usual compassionate, diplomatic manner lets Chandler know that champions do not cheat and invites Chandler to play just for fun. Educational & adorable.

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How We Came to Be | Johnnie Bernhard
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This book teaches us that sometimes your family is not the one you are born into. It is the one that forms when you open your heart to others and let them in. Y

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Waisted: A Novel | Randy Susan Meyers
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WAISTED lays bare the struggles women have with the cultural norms regarding their bodies and their self-worth. “How far would you go to lose weight?” Some women would do anything to fit society‘s norms. Meyers creates characters that are relatable and deserving of our compassion. I was horrified by the humiliation they endured until enough was enough. Bonding together these women learned to love themselves.

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If you enjoyed PRACTICAL MAGIC and THE RULES OF MAGIC you will also enjoy THE WORLD THAT WE KNEW. Hoffman puts her twist on the Jewish mystical story of the golem.

My heart was captured by all the main characters – Ettie, Lea, Marianne, Ava, Vincent and Julien. I rejoiced in their raw moments of happiness, loved their moments of tenderness, and had my heart broken several times.

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Pure perfection! Read my full review at https://www.facebook.com/groups/ReadingisMyPassion

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The Night Before | Wendy Walker
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Walker‘s newest book will keep you guessing until the end. Like her previous books, Walker takes us into the dark side of human nature.

You quickly grasp that something here is just not right, but what is it? And who is it? You will be racing through the pages to find out what happens next. Who is the killer? It will keep you guessing as Walker masterfully leads us along, sometimes deliberately misdirecting us.

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The Taste of Air | Gail Cleare
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Nell Williams finally has it figured out. “Life is short. Be happy.” But she didn‘t always realize this.

Three remarkable women – extraordinary family ties. An ever popular theme of mother-daughter(s) bonds. The lengths mothers will go to in order to protect their children. Redemption. Children realizing their mother had a life before them. All themes we can relate to. Believable & lovable characters. The sequel is highly anticipated.

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