The Burning Question

๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ 1/2 A tricky and twisty police-procedural that draws you into its web quickly, leading you down a complex path, leaving you convinced, at last, that youโ€™ve figured it all out - until of course, you realize you havenโ€™t. Not even close. Leading me astray not once, but twice, this…

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The Sweet Shop of Second Chances

๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ Which of us hasnโ€™t dreamed of starting over - a new life, a braver life, a chance to give center-stage to the long-buried and treasured, following the heart and acknowledging at last that โ€œnothing that makes you smile that insanely could possibly be a bad ideaโ€. Whatever the risk.…

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Other Peopleโ€™s Lives

๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ Extraordinarily tricky - this book will have you going back to re-read sections - shaking your head in wonder as you uncover the fiendishly-clever writing required to support that crazy-out-of-nowhere-humdinger-of-an-ending. This adroitness alone would easily merit the five stars - but this is one snappy, absorbing, fascinating read, an…

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Fledgling

๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ โ€œWere it but free, it would soar cloud-highโ€ (Charlotte Bronte) Reading this achingly-tender memoir, embodied through words, is to move beyond words - to the riding of a wave of rapturous, primal connection where emotion, pure and atavistic, soars free. As the author, a young British wife, follows her…

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The Lake Templeton Murders

๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ 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

๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ 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 exposรฉ will reach your deepest corners as you experience first-hand the diagnosis, treatment, and mind-numbing journey…

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Audacious Goals

๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ1/2 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 โ€œbold undertakingsโ€ each, in total completing six projects of global and persistent impact. Audacious…

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Lasso the Moon

๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ 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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Youโ€™re Always With Me

๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ A nail-biter of a read, this storyโ€™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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Murder on Oxford Lane

๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ1/2 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 โ€œMidlands Crimeโ€ series, set in and around Worcestershire, Birmingham and Warwickshire, centering on a crime-fighting squad known as โ€œHeart of Englandโ€ Police, the…

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