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ReadingisMyPassion

ReadingisMyPassion

Joined November 2017

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Overall, I found the story fascinating and am eager for another story by Fiona Davis. I think anyone with an interest in the architectural landmarks of NYC will enjoy this book.

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The Lizard Who Loves a Blizzard | Michael Sullivan, Shelley Larkin
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Larry the Lizard has always dreamed of snow. The only problem is, he lives in Australia. Find out what happens when a lizard gets a very silly idea... and it finally comes true. Join Larry and his friends as they skid, skate, slide and have an adventure in this wonderful ride.

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A cute book about making friends in new places. Savanna‘s relationship with her horse Coffee and Eli, a German Shephard pup is sure to melt your heart. If your child loves horses, this book is a “must read.”

I know children everywhere share Savanna‘s nervousness in moving to a new place. But they can soon learn that change can be fun.

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Somebody's Home | Kaira Rouda
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Rouda dished up her usual set of characters that we love to hate. I can‘t say I liked any of the characters. It was more like they got what they deserved. But I did enjoy the various points of view throughout the book. I got a better grasp of the various issues through those views.

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Honor | Thrity Umrigar
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This book grabbed me from the very beginning. The writing is superb, the story heartbreaking and haunting. If you loved Khalid Hosseini‘s “A Thousand Splendid Suns”, then you must read this book.

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Somebody's Home | Kaira Rouda
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Rouda did a masterful weaving of several storylines that eventually come together with an explosive conclusion. I was kept in suspense and could not put the book down until I reached the end.

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Westland | Michelle Muriel
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Loaded with wonderful characters, I especially love the strong, brave female figures and their love for each other - Katie, Evie, Essie Mae, and Delly. The imagery took me back to the beautiful rose gardens that were central to “Essie‘s Roses”.

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“Story Monsters are always among us.”
This is an enjoyable read reminding us of the power of story – past, present, and future. Story Monsters come in many shapes and sizes. They love nothing more than a good story.

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My Darling Husband | Kimberly Belle
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As we wait for Cam to get the money, the chapters with Jade dragged on with not much happening in the house. But the finale is worth the wait. There is one big surprise that I didn‘t see coming, but, thinking back, it made perfect sense.

I liked the characters; nine-year-old Bea is my hero. I even liked the intruder…a little bit.

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Eliza is convinced her brother-in-law is a killer. But no one believes her.

This thriller/suspense novel did not disappoint. I liked the characters, and the book held my interest all the way through. The pacing of reveals was perfect. This book was really hard to put down.

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Sonny, 50 years old, made a lot of decisions she now regrets. After being fired from her job as Chief Meteorologist in Palm Springs CA, she now returns to her small hometown in Michigan. From sunshine every day to long, cold, snowy Michigan winters. There‘s a lot about Sonny that I can relate to. Because of this I could understand her running and closing herself off.

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Gingersnap Snatcher | Vicky Weber
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This is a really cute rhyming book. Sure to get your children giggling.

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While the writing is beautiful, I just could not get into this book. I was enchanted with the descriptions of the island landscape and the wildlife there, but I could not connect to the characters Marianne and Tartelin.

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The Living Christmas Tree | Kristin Sponaugle
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This heartwarming book is sure to put a smile on the face of anyone who opens it. Such originality! The Millers‘ Christmas ornaments lie hibernating in their storage boxes awaiting the next Christmas. Then each year when the Christmas tree is in place and ornaments hung, something magic would happen when the children go to bed and the house is quiet. The Christmas and ornaments come to life!

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Cool Kids | Arlene Freeman
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The illustrations perfectly reflect the emotions Michael feels as he goes from becoming a bully and then feeling remorseful for what he has done.

This is a perfect conversation starter for several topics: how it feels to be bullied; how others are impacted by your own bullying; and second chances and forgiveness.

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Christmas in Peachtree Bluff | Kristy Woodson Harvey
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The quaintness of small towns is always a bonus. I loved the idea of the drive-in movie but with boats – a “boat-in”.

This book is loaded with Southern charm and the importance of family and second chances. Overall, it is a feel-good cozy read. But I highly recommend you read the other books in this series so you can keep up with all the characters and have the backstories on them.

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This is a character-driven novel, as I believe most cozies are. The protagonist is likable and the primary feature of the story with the mystery itself being secondary. The supporting cast of characters were interesting and entertaining. The small-town setting is perfect for the quirkiness of some of the characters. It also was perfect for the small town politics of the story leaving the reader to wonder who could be trusted.

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Join us tomorrow as Karen Bobos tells us about her book series BOBOS BABES.
Be sure to comment on each of her posts throughout the day to be entered for the giveaway of a variety of 10 children's books.

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All the books in this series are adorable. The personalities of the sisters, based upon the author‘s real-life daughters, really come through in these books. I could feel Scarlett‘s heartbreak at losing her beloved friend, her stuffed polar bear Pete. And when one sister hurts, they all hurt. I love the sweetness and innocence that comes through in these books.

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Emotional, honest, raw…she courageously holds nothing back. She discloses her feelings of shame, of guilt. She describes the treatments she went through trying to find a cure. She acknowledges the support she receives from her family, especially her husband. I realized that she was going through the stages of grief…grieving the loss of her face as she knew it.

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Right up front let me tell you that I LOVE BELLE! This charmingly shy 120-lb Great Dane steals the spotlight throughout the entire book. Her immediate attachment to Toby‘s son Harrison will melt your heart, and her fear of 22-lb dachshund Burt is hilarious.
There is a lot going on in this book - two romances, Reggie and Dena‘s parents renewing their vows, mentions of domestic abuse, and the challenges of being a single parent.

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The Collective: A Novel | Alison Gaylin
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“The Collective” reminded me of the book “The Chain.” How far would you go to get revenge against the murderer of your child? Accessed on the dark web, The Collective, mothers share their stories of grief over losing their children and vent their anger. They all want justice. The Collective makes it happen.

But when does justice become revenge? Is revenge killing ever justified? Is collateral damage acceptable? A lot to think about here.

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Coral Holiday | Jan Moran
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I have been patiently waiting for the next book in this series, and it was worth the wait! I would love to live at Summer Beach so I could have the delightful residents there for friends. And while I love revisiting the residents from the previous books, it is also exciting meeting the newest guests. With some of the heavy reading I have been doing, it was time for Jan‘s “feel good” sweet romance. It was the perfect weekend read.

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I thoroughly enjoyed this charming rom com starring Rachel Rubenstein-Goldblatt, a nice Jewish girl who is obsessed with Christmas. Not a big deal, except her father is a well-respected rabbi. And she lives a secret double life as Margot Cross, a prominent author of over twenty Christmas romance novels and four made-for-TV movies. But now her publisher wants her to write a Hannukah romance, but Rachel is not enamored with Hannukah.

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Seeing Ceremony | Meera Ekkanath Klein
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Warning: This book will have you craving the delightful Indian cuisine. As you read the pleasant love story you will be tempted to try the recipes in the back of the book. You may even yearn to see the gorgeous south India scenery Klein describes so vividly.

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This is an enjoyable read reminding us of the power of story – past, present, and future. Story Monsters come in many shapes and sizes. They love nothing more than a good story. The illustrations not only enhance the story but are also charming, each showing the shapeshifting Story Monsters living among us throughout history and across cultures.

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I really enjoyed this endearing story of family, friends, overcoming loss, and finding love again. I loved the small-town setting and the tightness of the community. The interactions warmed my heart and made me long to join them. Grayson is adorable, and Andrew is perfection.

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A Christmas Kitten for Max | Lindsay Derollo
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This is an adorable book for children. Bella adores her cat Max. But then she receives a kitten for Christmas. Max is jealous because Abby, the kitten, is getting too much attention from Bella. Max tries several ways to get Abby in trouble, until Abby finally wins his heart. But it all backfires and just gets Max into trouble. But when Max comes to Abby‘s rescue, he decides maybe this kitten can stay…for a few days.

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Behind the Lens | Jeanne Sacken
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I was immediately drawn into this story. And as I read the last page, I could finally release the breath I did not know I had been holding. I got little done yesterday as I just could not put the book down. It is hard to believe this is Sacken‘s debut novel.
See my full review at www.facebook.com/groups/ReadingisMyPassion

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WE ARE NOT LIKE THEM. | CHRISTINE. PIAZZA PRIDE (JO.)
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This is a book that, after reading it, you have to sit and digest it…slowly. It is so powerful. It opens with a tragic scene that stayed in the forefront of my mind throughout the entire book.

Thank you to Book Club Favorites at Simon & Schuster for a free copy for review.

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The Fault Between Us | Bette Lee Crosby
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As I read the last page and closed the book, I was filled with such a moment of contentment, of feeling that “all is right with the world.” Her newest book is a beautiful gift from Bette Lee Crosby to her readers.

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Like a little intrigue? How about a ghost? Amelia, the former owner of the house, still watches over her house and makes an appearance from time to time.

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April on Paris Street | Anna Dowdall
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The book was a slow start for me, and I thought the narrative was overly descriptive. I ended up scanning much of it to move the story along. This book definitely falls into the literary category.

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This is a short, charming rhyming book that introduces your child to the concept of guardian angels always being near us. The beautiful illustrations perfectly match the narrative.

The story is the perfect conversation starter for asking your child who his or her guardian angel may be. Is the angel here on earth or in heaven? And what lesson has the guardian angel taught you?

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Fault Between Us | Bette Lee Crosby
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As I read the last page and closed the book, I was filled with such a moment of contentment, of feeling that “all is right with the world.” Her newest book is a beautiful gift from Bette Lee Crosby to her readers.

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Cloud Cuckoo Land | Anthony Doerr
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Happy Publication Day

If you enjoyed ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE, then check out Doerr's newest book.

SamAnne Really forward to this one! 4mo
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Another beautifully written story by Jan Moran. All her books revolve around family and have a diverse cast of the most engaging characters. The main characters in Jan‘s books are strong, independent women that have the reader feeling they can conquer the world.

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While classified as historical fiction, the story is actually a romance with a bit, a very little bit, of WWII history sprinkled in. After all, WWII stories are big sellers right now. I liked the grandmother but felt her story was “gimmickly.” Young French girl meets handsome American pilot. Helps him escape. They fall in love and live happily ever after.

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Rambee Boo & the Christmas Sock! | Reena Korde Pagnoni
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This is the third book I have read in this charming rhyming book series. Rambee Boo is a cute little Snorkie that is sure to put a huge smile on your child‘s face - and yours. Rock, the little boy, and his family is getting ready for Christmas. But six days before Christmas, Rambee Boo‘s beloved sock goes missing.

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This could have been a fascinating story if the entire book were written around the current Part 5. Focus on the day-to-day lives of the people in the rural villages of Cambodia would have been very interesting. The emotions in Part 5 - the pain, the anger, the shame, the despair - were raw. This should have been the heart of the book rather than the romance that made up most of the book.

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The Red Fence | Ed Damiano
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Children's author and Mom's Choice Award winner Ed Damiano delivers a poignant message about community and creativity in The Red Fence.

In the uniform town of Vanderloo,
Everyone, everywhere has the same view.
What happens when Astred, tiny Todd, and Ned
Decide to paint their white fence red?

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The Great Weight Debate | Amy Newman Shapiro
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The heart of the book is Chapter 3 where she gives an analysis of the current most popular diets. She spells out, in an unbiased manner, how the diet works, what the experts have to say about it, and who it is the best fit for. The rest of the book is perhaps information you already knew.

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I was completely captivated by the characters in the story. They were all well-developed and distinct. While at first, it seemed that the sisters of the Daughters of Charity that staffed the hospital were rigid and harsh with the patients, I came to see them in a much more caring manner. And every time the sisters‘ hats were mentioned, I envisioned The Flying Nun.

DivineDiana The Flying Nun!!! Now that‘s something I would like to see again! 6mo
ReadingisMyPassion LOL! The description of the sisters' hats is just what the Flying Nun wore. 6mo
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This is a fascinating account of the life of a young girl growing up in a nomadic family in Somalia. Reading like a novel, the author provides an account of her life beginning when she was six years old and is sent to live with her nomadic grandmother in the desert. Filled with fascinating details of her culture, I was totally immersed in this amazing memoir.

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Rambee...Boo! Halloween | Reena Korde Pagnoni
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This is an adorable rhyming book that is sure to put a smile on your child‘s face - and yours. Rambee Boo, a cute little Snorkie, is celebrating Halloween with his family. Rock, the little boy, is dressing as a dinosaur. But what will Rambee Boo be? I loved the efforts Rock goes through to make the right costume for Rambee Boo - and it is truly adorable! (Even Rambee Boo‘s favorite sock gets a costume.)

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I love family sagas, and this one did not disappoint me. I think what I really like about family sagas is how the reader learns how decisions made in the past carry forward impacting future generations. I experienced so many emotions while reading this lovely mother-daughter story that begins in 1930s Germany and ending in present-day New York.

This book is sure to linger in your memory.

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I Miss School | Ryan Reaves
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This is a heartwarming story about a little girl who misses school, written by a little girl who misses school. (Ryan is only six years old.) She misses her friends, her teacher, and the parties and celebrations. Many children will be able to relate to this book as a result of pandemic.

There is only one simple sentence on each page. The language is simple and perfect for those just learning to read. The illustrations are fun and inviting.

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Falling | T J Newman
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I was in suspense throughout most of this fast-paced book. Heart-pounding. Suspenseful. I could not put it down.

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I love Ms. Harmel‘s books and think this may be her best so far. Her newest book is a story of hope, courage, bravery, survival, and love. It is also a story of determining who we are inside and how to become that person.

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What a roller coaster ride! Twists and turns, the slow acceleration until you reach the peak and then the thrilling dive. When the ride is over you still feel a bit shaky.