The Lake Templeton Murders

🌟🌟🌟🌟 1/2 A smartly sassy ride-along with an awesome new female Private Investigator, Fati Rizvi, - a coffee-loving, bear-spray-armed, no-holds-barred powerhouse, with a healthy disregard for all things pink and sparkly, as well as pretty much all authority and convention. Based in Lake Templeton, a fictional small lakeside community in…

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One Body

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 I adored this memoir, - soaked straight through with so much warmth, intimacy, and candor that it would be impossible for any human with a beating heart not to be moved. This searingly-heartfelt exposΓ© will reach your deepest corners as you experience first-hand the diagnosis, treatment, and mind-numbing journey…

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Audacious Goals

🌟🌟🌟🌟1/2 A fascinating and exhaustively-researched narrative on the lives and accomplishments of three men - Isambard Kingdom Brunel, Theodore Roosevelt, and Roald Amundsen - whose leadership, vision, decisions and drive propelled them to complete two historically β€œbold undertakings” each, in total completing six projects of global and persistent impact. Audacious…

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Lasso the Moon

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 Softly washed with the richness of indigo, dusky blues, royal purple, and a dazzling golden sandstone, this gorgeous picture book has the feel of an old-time fairy tale, dusted all the way through with the splendor of starlight, myth and magic. As our hero, a little girl named Max,…

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The Hidden Child

🌟🌟🌟🌟 1/2 An absolutely riveting ride, from start to finish. With its ominous pacing, vivid characterization, and alarmingly-charged plot, the author achieves an intensity of menace and foreboding that never lets up. Dealing with infamous events that took place, for the most part, in the year 1965, situated on and…

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You’re Always With Me

🌟🌟🌟🌟 A nail-biter of a read, this story’s emotional wallop, sparked from the very first (of many) explosive twists, is destined to keep the reader entirely on edge, right up to the intense and ultimately satisfying finale. Written in a taut, spare and vivid style, the author captures a sense…

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Palm Lines

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 Haunting and unsettling, this chapbook of profoundly beautiful poems captured my heart. With many written in a mesmerizing stream-of-consciousness style, the author (poet) blends vivid imagery plucked from the natural world, (almost hallucinogenic in the brightness of its metaphorical flow), with the poignant and evocative musings of a soul…

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My Best Friend

πŸŒŸπŸŒŸπŸŒŸπŸŒŸπŸŒŸβž• This may very well be my favorite children’s picture-book ever! A composite of absolutely adorable watercolor pictures, (each edged in ink and portraying a different child with their cuddly pet), this story is so sweetly evocative that you’ll find yourself reluctant to leave this author (who is also the…

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Nothing Else

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 A masterpiece of emotional artistry, as spectacularly tender as it is disquieting, this book will stay with you long after you finish it. Heather and Harriet, six and nine years old respectively, are two little girls who have a special bond. As sisters, the love they share is pure…

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