The Heights

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Twists within twists within more twists. Maybe one twist too many? You decide, - I confess, I still haven’t made up my mind. Ellen Saint is one “crazy obsessed mother.” Neurotic, icily consumed by her rage (superseding her remarkable fragility), plagued with anxieties, including a terrifying (and thematic to…

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This Might Hurt

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Wow. That was one ending I did not predict! What a fabulous ride - twists and turns do not come anywhere near describing the devious path this book takes to tell its tale. A dark and clammy story brimming with fear, fearlessness (is it a good thing? Is it…

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The Garden We Share

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ A perfect little picture book - bursting with hope, delight and the soul-affirming promise of a nascent new day. As a little girl and her grandmother sow a garden we see the wonder each little seed brings, following the cycle of life laid out for us, from the tiniest…

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Seeking Cézanne

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 1/2 What a charming book! Targeted for children aged seven and up; bursting with reproductions of classic art, captured with color and energy breathing life onto every page - this visually spectacular and lovely little book teaches children about the artist Cézanne, helping set the stage for a life-long…

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Enough Already

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 1/2 From her earliest days on “ One Day at a Time”, I’ve always thought of Valerie Bertinelli as a living, breathing, approachable, everyday kind of person, albeit one who is beautiful, talented, and a very successful TV star. She always just came across as so kind, so real,…

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The Ballerinas

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 1/2 I am a fast reader. It will typically take me a day, perhaps two, to read a book, obsessively finding the time to squeeze in more reading for a book that I am particularly enjoying. This book, “The Ballerinas”, broke my pattern apart. Hooking me from the very…

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Message in the Sand

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 1/2 Sinking into this book on a rainy afternoon with a cup of tea and a cozy blanket; meeting with these characters, their beautifully articulated world and and their mesmerizing stories; I could not imagine a better place to be. Wendell Combs, a strong, somewhat austere military veteran has…

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The Guilt Trip

⭐️⭐️⭐️ 1/2 What happens when four friends take a trip that most would consider delightful, - and in this creepy and disturbingly-multi-layered case, find instead it exceeds their very worst fears. Rachel Hunter, forty-two years old, is a compassionate and non-confrontational kind of woman - a good wife and a…

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The Golden Couple

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Avery Chambers has lost her license to practice as a therapist, and that’s fine with her. Operating now as a “consultant”, Avery’s clients receive her own brand of tough-love healing: an intensive ten-session extremely hands-on program, with Avery serving her clients by owning as many hats as she sees…

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