The Candy House

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟+ Myths and Fairy Tales. Consciousness. Escape. Redemption. Pathos. Eccentricity. Assimilation. A wildly beautiful book, this literary masterpiece - reminiscent in spirit and some thematic elements of the also-magnificent Kazuo Ishiguro- is both heartbreakingly tender and intensely thoughtful. While the reader can’t stop thinking about the momentousness of the themes…

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Murder on Oxford Lane

🌟🌟🌟1/2 Intricate, tightly-plotted mystery yarn with plenty of twists, red herrings, and deliberate misfires guaranteed to keep you shaking your head and guessing. The first in the β€œMidlands Crime” series, set in and around Worcestershire, Birmingham and Warwickshire, centering on a crime-fighting squad known as β€œHeart of England” Police, the…

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The Wolf Den

🌟🌟🌟🌟 1/2 Richly immersive and entirely disturbing, this beautifully written book is destined to fascinate as much as it will horrify readers as unfamiliar up-close with this subject matter and historical time-period, as was this reader. Set in the ancient Roman city of Pompeii, in the year AD 74, this…

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Korean American

Food That Tastes Like Home 🌟🌟🌟🌟1/2 In this beautifully illustrated homage to his Korean-American roots, food writer and columnist Eric Kim leads us through a delightful tour of Korean cooking covering all the bases - from quick and easy TV Dinners, to Pantry Meals, Stews, Rice (the bedrock of Korean…

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Lessons in Chemistry

πŸŒŸπŸŒŸπŸŒŸπŸŒŸπŸŒŸβž• How to describe a book that alternately, makes you laugh out loud, cringe at the no-holds-barred misogyny of the fifties, grieve and ache (when your heart’s not soaring with delighted wonder), and throughout it all, cheer with wild abandon for the main protagonist Elizabeth Zott (a mother, lover, Chemist,…

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One Italian Summer

🌟🌟🌟🌟 1/2 Any book that starts with a Lorelai Gilmore quote is destined to be a book that this reader will love. And so it was! Katy Silver, our first person POV narrator, is a thirty year-old freelance copywriter, married to Eric, a dorkily handsome Disney film executive, living in…

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Watch Out For Her

🌟🌟🌟🌟 A taut and twisty psychological puzzle, this book, exposing you to β€œBefore” and β€œNow” timelines, alternatively told from the POV of the two main protagonists, will leave you tense and wondering just who you can trust, what to believe, and ultimately, just what the heck is going on? Sarah…

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Finding Love at Hedgehog Hollow

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 Warm, compassionate and cozy, this book is the closest you will ever come to a giant literary hug. The first in the Hedgehog Hollow series, this reader, after reviewing and falling in love with Book 4, (#aWeddingatHedgeHogHollow) is going back (with great joy) to read and review the entire…

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Till Death We Do Part, Too

🌟🌟🌟🌟 A continuation of the author’s earlier work, this book picks up exactly where β€œTill Death We Do Part” left off. As our hero, Pablo, (our somewhat-reliable narrative voice), a smart, sensitive man, now in his late fifties, continues his struggle to accept his sudden and bitter divorce from Delilah,…

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