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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.

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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! 3w
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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. 1mo
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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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Sunset Beach | Mary Kay Andrews
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Another great beach read by Mary Kay Andrews. I loved her last book THE HIGH TIDE CLUB. Expect for two small issues I loved this one.

SUNSET BEACH is a page-turner filled with humor, charm, and compelling characters.

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Never Have I Ever: A Novel | Joshilyn Jackson
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Loved this book. It would s a genre change for Jackson and she NAILED IT!

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Saving Meghan | D.J. Palmer
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Keeps you guessing until the end.

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The Beautiful Strangers | Camille Di Maio
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I have an awesome giveaway for you this week - the Once Upon a Book Club box containing THE BEAUTIFUL STRANGERS by Camille Di Maio. The box includes the book, an autographed book plate and four gifts to open at designated pages. US ADDRESSES ONLY. And PLEASE share, share, share. For details and entry go to my Facebook page at bit.ly/ReadingisMyPassion

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Ever have someone you wish you could just make disappear? Someone that for one phone call that person would be gone and it could not be traced back to you. Sarah sees a side of her boss that few have. Professor and television host Alan Hawthorne is charming and manipulative. But he is also a misogynist, sexually abusive pig who demands “favors” in exchange for a promotion.

This is the best thriller I have read so far for 2019.

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Park Avenue Summer | Renée Rosen
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For fans of THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA, Renée Rosen takes us into the office of Cosmopolitan Magazine‘s Editor-in-Chief Helen Gurley Brown in 1960s New York City. As a young woman in my 20s I devoured Cosmopolitan, eager to read its advice about beauty and fashion. PARK AVENUE SUMMER gave me a look inside the workings of the magazine. It also revealed some surprising aspects of Helen Gurley Brown‘s life that I was totally unaware of.

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Little Lovely Things: A Novel | Maureen Joyce Connolly
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A decision made quickly carries a high price for Claire Rawlings. A heart-breaking story of child abduction and its aftermath, the fast-paced story pulled me in and refused to let go until the final breath-taking scene.

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I really dislike writing negative reviews but, with this book, I can‘t see any way around it. I could not finish this book. The cult members and “false world” references completely turned me off. (For me personally, the frequent use of the term “false world” brought to mind “fake news”.) I could not muster up any compassion for the characters in this story. In addition, the writing itself really needed some work.

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A beautiful story of three generations of remarkable women and the men they love. Using the settings of the Michigan Underground Railroad during the Civil War and the violent Detroit riots of the 1960s, two interracial couples embrace love in spite of society‘s racism.

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Because of Savannah | Sarah Patt
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A sweet book of family love and the coming of age of an orphaned teenage girl. A reminder that everything in life happens for a reason.

There are many delightful characters in this book full of Southern charm. At times the people are too charming, too perfect, too nice. But sometimes it is nice to get lost in a fairytale. This was one of those times.

Djspens I want that cupcake 🧁 4mo
ReadingisMyPassion I know - so yummy looking. 4mo
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The Girl He Used to Know | Tracey Garvis Graves
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This is one of the most beautiful stories I have ever read! Totally enchanting. A story of unconditional love.
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The Girl He Used to Know | Tracey Garvis Graves
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Enjoying THE GIRL HE USED TO KNOW BY Tracey Garvis Graves.

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Finding Katarina M. | Elisabeth Elo
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This is not just a book - it is an adventure!
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The Last Year of the War | Susan Meissner
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This beautifully written story is about forever friendships, family bonds, adaptability, bravery, determination and even a little romance. But it also contains great historical information about the internment camps and the families forced into them and about the repatriation program, exchanging interned families for POWs held in Germany and Japan.

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Cute story of Sophia and her dog Leo helping with a fundraiser to get the dogs at the animal shelter adopted by Christmas. A quick read of only 32 pages.

Children will love the story and the bright illustrations. However, happy, sad, or excited – the facial expressions are the same. The book also needed better proofreading. (I know – children will not notice, but I still feel like it should be written properly.)

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Since Flatiron Books sent me two ARC of THE GUEST BOOK by Sarah Blake, I will pass one copy on to a lucky member of my Facebook group. US addresses only. MUST be a member of the group. Please share. Giveaway runs through March 18. Enter here: bit.ly/ReadingisMyPassion

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Almost Home: A Novel | Valerie Fraser Luesse
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The characters in ALMOST HOME are people you would be blessed to call your friends.
Mystery & romance. Great quotes.

“Old Southern women don't change much. We just rock slower and slower till we don‘t rock anymore.”

“Men can‘t decipher hints and moods, so you gotta put what you‘re feelin‘ in a cast-iron skillet and hit ‘em over the head with it.”

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SilversReviews Sounds soooooo good. 4mo
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Loved reading of the heartwarming and funny antics of the girls. Hated how they were treated as commercial products. Full review bit.ly/ReadingisMyPassion

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The Beautiful Strangers | Camille Di Maio
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Set at the historic Hotel Del Coronado. A ghost. A star-struck young girl working in the kitchen of the Hotel Del. Is it a coincidence that she has the same name as the ghost?

I was hooked as soon as I read that the two protagonists shared the same name. I knew there had to be a connection, but what was it?

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Ayser writes of what it means to be an Arab and what it means to be an American. The transition from Iraqi Arab to American-Iraqi Arab often resulted in the feeling of being at the wrong end of the table. “You know that feeling of being at the wrong end of the table? Like you‘re at a party but all the good stuff is happening out of earshot?” Always trying to fit in yet always feeling left out.

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The Forgiving Kind | Donna Everhart
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This book took me back to my childhood days. A time that was carefree. Even the characters‘ dialogue brought back childhood memories. “No honey, I ain‘t seen hide nor hair of it.” I was awed with the imagery she paints with her words – “freshly plowed soil looks like that rich chocolate powder Mama uses for baking.”

This is a story sure to remain in your heart and mind long after the last page has been read and the book placed aside.

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Haunting, tragic, heartbreaking, beautifully written. Three generations of voiceless Palestinian women. A mother‘s love for her children. Struggle between cultural ties and assimilation.

If you enjoyed “A Thousand Splendid Suns” you must read this book. Women who were abused yet proved themselves stronger, smarter, braver than their men. Yes, indeed, “a woman is no man”. This book is sure to linger in your thoughts.

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I am about 75% through this book. The writing is superb.

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Huntress | Kate Quinn
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Kate Quinn has given us another extraordinary WWII story. She has masterfully woven a tapestry of interlinking characters whose backstories slowly weave themselves together to produce a novel rich in historical details, powerful characters, human frailties, sisterhood, and justice.

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Zgheib masterfully gets inside the head of Anna as she is now forced to eat six meals a day. Through flashbacks of Anna‘s life we are witness to her gradual descent into an eating disorder. Anna knows she has much in her life that is worth getting better for, but is she strong enough to win out over the anorexia that calls to her every minute of every day?

BridgetteM I‘m reading this right now and loving it! 6mo
tpixie @BridgetteM this a such a great book!!! 5mo
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Beantown Girls | Jane Healey
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I read Jane Healey‘s first book THE SATURDAY EVENING GIRLS CLUB and really enjoyed it – gave it a 4-star rating. But THE BEANTOWN GIRLS I absolutely LOVED – 5-star review (and more if I could). I was torn between wanting to know how things turned out for each of the girls and not wanting to leave their world. These girls were my friends for a few days – and today had to let them go.

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The Wartime Sisters: A Novel | Lynda Cohen Loigman
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This was a beautiful heart-warming story of the relationship between sisters. But it also about the relationship between a mother and her daughters and relationships among women. Each character was very well-developed and relatable. I felt these could be women I know.

I loved the entire story, as it evoked emotions within me. The writing was beautiful and had me totally immersed in the story.

Reecaspieces It is a super good read! ❤️ 6mo
ReadingisMyPassion Definitely! 6mo
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Delightful Pakistani re-telling of PRIDE & PREJUDICE starts out with 9th grade teacher Alys Binat asking her female students to rewrite the opening sentence of PRIDE & PREJUDICE. Their writings nakedly reveal their societal status & how they have been taught that marriage is the ultimate goal. Charming, funny. Unique. Looks at love, sisterhood, class, & marriage with a fresh twist. Kamal provided awesome insight into human relationships.

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Syrian Brides | Anna Halabi
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This book is a delightful peek into the lives of Syrian brides. Having a dear friend who is Syrian I must say that some of the stories are very stereotypical and definitely not true of the majority of marriages. But true or not each of the stories will affect you in some way. Some relationships are the same across cultures.

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The Escape Room | Megan Goldin
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I was reluctant to read this book – ambitious Wall Street bankers and financiers – an escape room setting. It just did not really appeal to me. So I hesitantly put one toe in the water…then splash! I was all in by the end of the Prologue. Six pages! After that I did NOT want to put it down!

He thinks they will be fighting for their jobs, when in actuality they are fighting for their lives. Hunger. Thirst. Heat. Cold. Fear. Anger. Desperation.

SilversReviews GREAT review...thanks for sharing. Glad you enjoyed the book. 6mo
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Anyone else reading these?

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A delightfully fun book. Love the characters! I just had to laugh over the names of the band of five crocodiles – Miss, Bee, Hay, Vee, & Orr. The personalities of the animals make the book so appealing.

Educational & emphasizes the value of friendship. Cute illustrations at the beginning of each chapter.

This is the perfect book for middle-grade children to read on their own. It also is a delightful read aloud book for younger children.

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