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aliasNayNay

Joined September 2017

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Jane the Quene | Janet Wertman
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Great escape to Tudor England....having read many Tudor books you can find yourself reading the same thing over and over. The reason I really liked JANE THE QUENE was because the main character was Jane Seymour, she always seems to be a secondary character, not this time. Wergman did a great job taking boring, plain Jane and making her interesting . This was a well written novel that kept my interest from beginning to end.

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The Favorite Daughter | Kaira Rouda
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This was a well written book with some twist I didn't see coming, which helped keep me engaged. Overall, though, I spent a lot of time thinking that a story like this should be shorter in order to avoid the repetitiveness of the middle of the book.

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Seeing Red | Sandra Brown
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SEEING RED is well written, entertaining, suspenseful and filled with sexual tension. Sandra Brown fans will love this one, as will anyone who likes intrigue and romance.

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Last Widow | Karin Slaughter
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This is Karin Slaughter at her very best and I just want more. The Last Widow was an absolute thrill from beginning to end.

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Sun Also Rises | Ernest Hemingway
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Reading this today is very different than reading it when I was in high school.I loved it when I first read it, but this time around, it was just okay. I did enjoy Hemingway's description of the bullfights, beaches and what it's like to drink too much, travel without itinerary and take in the local culture. Just like many things, the writing style, the content, and presentation are of it's time.

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I was not a fan of this book, I just didn't get it. The first half of the book was about slavery, the author was so obsessed with the size of the slaves noses, she wrote about it over and over again I just wanted to scream ENOUGH!!  The second part of the book was about the family, while reading the second half I actually missed the first half, UGH. I did not connect with the characters, I found the story tedious, it was way too long.

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I enjoy Hotchner‘s write, and THE GOOD LIFE ACCORDING TO HEMINGWAY is well designed, easy to read, and nicely illustrated.

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Evidence of the Affair | Taylor Jenkins Reid
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I normally don‘t read short stories, and I‘m glad I read this one. I chose EVIDENCE OF THE AFFAIR because it is an epistolary story, and I love epistolary stories. It‘s about letters exchanged between a man and a woman who have discovered their spouses are having an affair together, it‘s engaging, sad, thought provoking with a surprisingly lovely ending.

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Forever Amber | Kathleen Winsor
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This novel takes readers on a journey through Restoration England it offers vivid images of fashion, politics, affairs and the public disasters of the plague and the Great Fire of London. Truly this was the first real historical romance written. At 972 pages I thought I would never finish, but once started I was lost in the pages of this novel. A must read by all, the best novel ever written.

TrishB Love this book ♥️ 2mo
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The Arrangement | Ashley Warlick
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I can honestly say that I found no compassion for anyone in this book...no one at all.
What I did like was the description of the food, it was colourful and delightful. In my honest opinion, don‘t waste your money or time with this book.

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The Pool House | Tasmina Perry
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A must read thriller. Intense, suspenseful and fast-paced. I was on the edge of my seat. The perfect summer read.

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A Stranger on the Beach | Michele Campbell
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Michele Campbell does a great job of setting a dark, intense thriller. A Stranger On The Beach kept me on the edge on my seat, I could not turn the pages fast enough. Trying to figure out the scenario was insane, so many twist and turns making the readers tension escalate, which leads to the WTF ending. This was a well written story, the perfect beach read.

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When We Left Cuba | Chanel Cleeton
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This book has everything that I love: a family that sticks together through difficult times; characters that have their own strong personalities and hold their place well in the storyline; a gorgeous setting; and a forbidden romance, one you never forget.
While the story is entirely fictional, Cleeton does weave in factual historical events, that adds interest and helps drive the story which is absorbing and heartwarming.

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The Boy: A Novel | Tami Hoag
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I enjoyed Hoag‘s plot, I certainly found it to be a page turner and was enthralled from beginning to end. What I always enjoy about Hoag is her writing, which seems effortless, I love the journey of getting to that uh-huh moment. I strongly recommend this book.

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It Started With Paris | Cathy Kelly
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IT STARTED WITH PARIS by Cathy Kelly- It was a okay read, sometimes you got a little lost toggling between characters. I found the ending a bit of a disappointed, it was too rushed. After spending so much time with the detailed life of these characters, it would have been nice to know what happened with them.

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From Barcelona, with Love | Elizabeth Adler
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FROM BARCELONA, WITH LOVE was such a great read, beautifully written with a interesting plot, memorable characters, and a setting that will sweep you away. A book your will read in one sitting.

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Be careful what you wish for.....I did enjoy the book and had a really hard time putting the book down! It‘s a light tale with interesting characters that reveal darker truths about care required to maintain a marriage. This is a perfect beach read if you‘re looking for a light romance that outlines the struggles of a long term relationship and coming to terms with the fact that the grass isn‘t always greener on the other side.

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Secrets in Summer | Nancy Thayer
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I love a good summer read. I read this captivating story in one sitting...unputdownable! Grab a glass of sweet tea, get comfy on the porch swing and settle in with this book!

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The Guest Cottage | Nancy Thayer
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Everyone could use a little light on any given day, and THE GUEST HOUSE is guaranteed to lift your mood and brighten your spirits. Nancy Thayer never lets me down, and once again has written the perfect beach book.

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My Sisters Secret | Tracy Buchanan
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MY SISTER'S SECRET by Tracy Buchanan....the story holds your attention but, it was not gripping or emotional, it was not addictive, and the characters were not very likable. There was a twist at the end that made it a 2 star read to 3 star read.

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Season of Storms | Susanna Kearsley
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I love Susanna Kearsley books, but SEASON OF STORMS is not in my opinion one of her better writing. She took far too long to get the story off the ground and spent a lot of unnecessary time on setting the scene with little to no movement in plot. With some patience it ends up being a decent book.

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VILLA. | ROSANNA. LEY
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THE VILLA by Rosanna Ley....beautifully written, characters that are perfectly developed, a slow budding romance, tales of family feuds, buried secrets, and delicious scenery and food. This book makes a perfect summer holiday read.

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Mean Streak | Sandra Brown
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Mean Streak is a fast paced novel of deception and suspicion. This was a good romantic suspense, characters you can relate, the story zigged and zagged with an ending you could not see coming. I found this to be a very enjoyable read and would highly recommend.

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Daughter of Moloka'i | Alan Brennert
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Daughter of Molokai is rich in historical detail, with the leper colony on Molokai, World War II, Japanese internment camps, and racial discrimination, they are all backdrops which this novel is written. The characters are beautifully drawn, the emotions are deeply felt, and the story of love, honor and respect is very uplifting. I loved everything about this book, I highly recommended reading this beautiful story.

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Summer of '69 | Elin Hilderbrand
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Reading the latest Elin Hilderbrand novel is a big part of the start to my summer, it is like a sun-drenched treat. Summer of‘69 is a story rich and full of detail, with realistic characters, emotional dilemmas and resolutions, she always delivers a beach hit by describing life on the island of Nantucket.

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The Land of Mango Sunsets | Dorothea Benton Frank
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The Land of Mango Sunsets really was not a profound tale, for sure, but an easy read and characters that you wanted to succeed. The relationships between multiple layers of family and friends was depicted admirably, and I like when things neatly come together -- and that is what happened in this book.

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A good read with a simple plot, some memorable characters, and a setting that will sweep you away.

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Tempting Fate | Jane Green
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This is a story about how mistakes can be made in a family, and all can work out. It gives a sense of hope when mistakes are made, it was a healing process, it was gut wrenching, with a few twist along the way. Tempting Fate was well written, but I just did not connect with the characters, there was nothing redeeming or dimensional about them. 3/5 ♦️

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The Last Resort | Marissa Stapley
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Finishing this book was like finishing you favorite meal. You sit back, take a deep breath, and feel 100% satisfies with the whole experience. I loved every-single-minute-of-this-book!

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A portrait of one man highs and lows, and the loss of his true love. I truly admired this book, a complete understanding on Ernest Hemingway.

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Queen Sugar: A Novel | Natalie Baszile
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A debut novel about an African-American woman who struggles to salvage the Louisiana sugar cane farm she inherited from her father.
Queen Sugar is an unforgettable tale of endurance and hope, the author has created a sensual world steeped among the cane fields, although the pace can be as slow as a humid bayou afternoon, it‘s worth the read.

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Hemingway's Girl | Erika Robuck
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It‘s warm and sunny, perfect for reading outside, finally. My Friday read is Hemingway‘s Girl by Erika Robuck.

What‘s your Friday read?

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Looking for your next great read? The Bungalow by Sarah Jio. It's romance, history, and a page-turning mystery. It's a mesmerizing South Sea dream, the setting is luscious as it is exotic. I loved this book!

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Aly's House | Leila Meacham
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Aly's House is a good romance story, Aly and Marshall come across as real people, not merely characters in a story being acted upon. Maybe not as epic as Meacham's later books, it was just a second chance romance, a well written story, a quick easy read.

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Today, pick your own pace and your own path. We all need a day to slow down, regroup and recharge....what do you do to relax?

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Final Scream | Lisa Jackson
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FINAL SCREAM is well-crafted. It is clear that the author is familiar with the timber industry and training horses. Beyond that, the book dragged on forever, probably could have been told in half the numbers of pages. As for the characters, not one good one in the book. Each one an adulterer, committing incest, acting slutty, desperate, naive, alcoholic, violent or some other uninteresting attribute.

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Shadow of Night: A Novel | Deborah Harkness
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I love the historical details and Deborah Harkness excels at bringing everyday Tudor life alive. The introduction of recognisable personalities of the time such as William Shakespeare and Kit Marlow were interesting, but it was the witches which fascinated me. The pace is slower in This book not as page turning as A Discovery of Witches but it is still a strong book. The characters and twists keep the plot moving forward.

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Shadow Creek | Joy Fielding
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I enjoy Joy Fielding Books, but this was a disappointment. I didn't feel the characters were well developed, and the ending was blah.

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Titans | Leila Meacham
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Titans is a riveting novel that captures the essence of the early days of the Texas oil boom. Meacham‘s characters, as always, have depth and her story development is outstanding given the multiple story lines in this novel. I love how the characters and their lives intertwined, it made a good solid enjoyable read.

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The Price of Paradise | Susana Lopez Rubio
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A love story that spans 50 years. A tale of soul mates, friendships, and their survival. Havana comes alive in this book, so colourful, and filled with beautiful aroma. The historical facts rang true, very well written. The characters personalities came to life, the story never lagged, it kept my attention. I Loved the history, the characters and the storyline, the author transported me to another time and place.

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Evening Class | Maeve Binchy
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This was my first Maeve Binchy novel, and it will not be my last. The way Binchy connects all her characters is absolutely brilliant! I couldn't put the book down. I read with interest, caring about the problems and challenges, faced by these characters, I laughed and celebrated when they find their happiness. EVENING CLASS is a book everyone should add to their bookshelf.

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Cape May: A Novel | Chip Cheek
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Cape May is a book With a lot of references to sexual acts and body parts. It may not suit all, but never did I feel they were inappropriate or gratuitous. Chip Cheek is taking the reader on a voyage of self-discovery with The main characters, Effie and Henry, and the journey isn‘t always a comfortable one. I thought Cape May was sensitively and honestly written, atmospheric and affecting. OI‘ll be thinking about it for some time.

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Save the Date | Mary Kay Andrews
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Save The Date by Mary Kay Andrews was a really enjoyable read, although I will say it was very predictable but not in a bad way. There were no real surprises, just a simple, fun, relaxing read.

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Recipe Box | Viola Shipman
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This was a disappointment for me, The Recipe Box fell short. It fell short in the execution the stories felt like they were resolved too easily. We were barely introduced to a difficult moment and then BAM, it was resolved. It lacked depth, the dialogue didn't seem natural, themes of history, got to the point where I began skipping over the excessive and moved on to more interesting parts. Sam, was weak and unlikeable. Just not a good read.

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The Hope Chest: A Novel | Viola Shipman
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Viola Shipman tells a beautiful and unique story between the past and present. The characters are so well developed, that you really come to care about what happens to them. THE HOPE CHEST well pull at you heartstrings, it was a big tearjerker for me.

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THE INVITATION....an enchanting story about saving each other by saving one self. A beautiful love story to hold in our hearts. A cast of unforgettable characters, and the lavish description of the Italian coast was so powerful I felt like I was on holiday.

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When We Left Cuba | Chanel Cleeton
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This winter has really gotten to me. These past few days little bit of spring we are starting to see is making me happy. I cannot wait for sunshine and warmth! But even though we are not quite there yet, I am still compiling my summer/beach reads.
What is the one book your looking forward to this summer?

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Next of Kin | Sharon Sala
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The author writes a mixture of mystery, suspense, and romance. An engaging storyline coupled with a cast of energetic characters keeps the story moving briskly. The secondary storyline and the plot involving the villain was action packed scenes made watching these players deceive and betray each other an exciting addition to the story. Another win by Sharon Sala, if your a romantic suspense fan you should add it to you TBR pile.

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A Curve in the Road | Julianne MacLean
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It‘s Friday! Which means we made it through the week and now we can have fun. Today‘s read is A CURVE IN THE ROAD.
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True to Karen Rose form, it contains murder, suspense and a healthy dose of romance, despite being such a short story. A nice quick read on a rainy Sunday.