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The Damages

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 A complex, challenging and thoroughly mesmerizing read. Rosalind Fisher is eighteen years old, a freshman at a preppy Ontario University. An unlikable character, Rosalind is self-absorbed, shallow, and focused on the single-minded pursuit of the ‘cool’ kids, who she believes will automatically bolster her own insipid image. And Rosalind…

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The Connellys of County Down

🌟🌟🌟💫 A family saga centering on three siblings - each dealing with their messy, shameful childhood in their own way. As questionable decisions, secrets and misguided deceptions mount, its pretty clear there are no easy answers to the age old question - just how far are we willing to go…

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Small World

🌟🌟🌟🌟💫 Quietly spectacular, this story, and the two sisters whose lives are revealed, slowly and uncomfortably, through its pages, creeps up on you, slipping into the corners of your heart and leaving you dazzled. As Joyce, our forty-nine year-old first person POV narrator, and her sister Lydia, both divorced and…

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A Week in Winter

🌟🌟🌟🌟💫 I love Maeve Binchy’s books, and this latest endearing read from her, completed just before her untimely passing in 2012, is no exception. With all the warmth and charm of the author’s signature style, this book deviates slightly to initially follow our main 3rd-person-POV protagonist, Chicky, for a period…

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The Breakaway

🌟🌟🌟💫 A feminist look at love, empowerment and body image, which has admirable intentions and several thoughtful and appealing elements but did not completely hit the mark for me. Abby is a plus-sized woman who has been treated shamefully by her mother (and likely others) since childhood. This part of…

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Mad Honey

🌟🌟🌟🌟💫 Part murder-mystery, all character-based slow reveal, this story oozes sweetness and danger in a delectable unwind, a gradual pooling of cloying tension, fear, and poignant urgency as we are forced to question - what do we really know, after all, about those we cannot help but love? Set in…

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Forgive or Forget

🌟🌟🌟🌟 A quick and interesting read, this story has the feel of a longish short-story - a fable of sorts - telling the tale of a complicated family, steeped in love, sacrifice, loss and ultimately redemption, but of a form as unexpected as it is long and exceptionally overdue. Told…

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Chance in a Million

🌟🌟🌟🌟 A sweet and sensitive story, centering on grief, and isolation, and terrible loss, - and that elusive chance in a million - that unimaginable happening, encounter or person, that finds a way to slip into a life despairing and stagnant, and just like that, open the door on a…

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Song of Comfortable Chairs

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 Mma Precious Ramotswe, Botswana-based owner of the longest established, most reputable and only local detective agency entirely run by ladies, is back in fine form in this latest installment of the always-wonderful #1LadiesDetectiveAgency series. With her gentle goodness, old-school Botswanan morality and “ability to see the whole thing as…

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