The Hidden Palace

🌟🌟🌟🌟 Lushly illustrative, in many ways, of the works set in motion by Rosamund Pilcher, this sweeping cross-generational family saga follows the lives and loves of two key women: Florence Baudin, a naive yet sensible young woman (dealing with a horrific past), and her long-estranged aunt, Rosalie Delacroix, a glamorous…

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Love Marriage

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 A gorgeously-written emotional mine-field, so impeccably crafted these characters will sit with you, telling their stories and holding your heart, long after the final reading. Told from alternating third-person POVs, the story opens us to the world of our main protagonist, Yasmin Ghorami, a London-based junior doctor of Bengali…

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Cerebral Palsy – A Story

🌟🌟🌟🌟 This book is a somewhat unexpected departure from a more β€œtraditional” memoir, as the author, Ilana Estelle - a lifelong sufferer of what was eventually (in her late forties) diagnosed as Cerebral Palsy complicated by Autism (two conditions which often co-exist), takes the reader on a thoughtful journey consisting…

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The Real Prime Suspect

πŸŒŸπŸŒŸπŸŒŸπŸŒŸπŸ’« Unabashedly frank, vulnerable, and heartfelt, this hard-edged memoir, written by a London Metropolitan Detective Chief Inspector (who also happens to be female, one of only three DCIs of her gender at the time) is a testament to resilience, compassion, and a lifelong passion to serve - and the cost…

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Class – A Graphic Guide

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 What do you get when you take two articulate and learned sociologists, an astoundingly-clever cartoonist, and a desire to spread knowledge, awareness and a ray of hope concerning an eternally-challenging social structure - one that, in and of itself, perhaps more than any other construct, may be responsible for…

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Chinese-ish

πŸŒŸπŸŒŸπŸŒŸπŸŒŸπŸ’« This beautiful cook-book is a labor-of love between two authors, both of Chinese heritage and heavily influenced by a love of the food and flavors of their roots - one, Rosheen Kaul , (of Kashmiri and Chinese/Filipino descent), a head chef; and the other, Joanna Hu, experienced in food…

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Hotbed

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 Riveting, exquisitely detailed and beautifully rendered, the true-life story of a remarkable and exclusively feminine society, gathered at the turn of the twentieth century in Greenwich Village, NY, in an informal and highly-connected club - a powerhouse of informed, educated and motivated champions, prepared to weigh in on the…

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Chasing Dreams at Hedgehog Hollow

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 Easily my favorite feel-good series, this, the penultimate book in the #HedgehogHollow series, may just be the best of all. With all the gang back, settling into this story (as is the case with this entire gorgeous series) is a familiar and comforting visit with dear friends, a journey…

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