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The Celestial Wife

The story of Daisy Shoemaker, who ranges in age from fifteen, at the start of the story, to her coming-of-age at twenty-one. Daisy is a fictional character, based on historically accurate research on the appalling lives of girls and women in fundamentalist Mormon polygamist (FLDS) sects as existed in the…

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The Main Character

🌟🌟🌟🌟 A clever and turbulent story, paced largely by: an achingly slow character-driven build; a plot-driven puzzle that surfaces early, is tweaked and dangled and kept alive with tiny tantalizingly hidden clues (very much solvable, if the reader sticks with it); and a supremely chaotic, crazily consistent ending. Our story…

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Greta & Valdin

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 What a delight! A book just as likely to break your heart as it is to tickle your funny bone, this charmer is a one-of-a-kind read, featuring a one-of-a-kind family who, come what may, will love and support their offspring. (And their offspring. And all the interconnected others that…

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What We Buried

πŸŒŸπŸŒŸπŸŒŸπŸŒŸπŸ’« I’m always so pleased to discover a fantastic and new (to me) Canadian author, and particularly one in the legal/mystery space. This intricate and haunting story, involves two contemporary murders, based in Toronto, Canada, as well as war-time atrocities and the wounds left behind on a global and historical…

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You Could Make This Place Beautiful

πŸŒŸπŸŒŸπŸŒŸπŸŒŸπŸŒŸβž• β€œI am out with lanterns, looking for myself” - Emily Dickinson With perfect alignment, the cover quote (copied above), encapsulates the beauty and the wonder that is this book. Written by the poet Maggie Smith, this memoir details, with incredible candor, what it may take to find yourself, or…

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The Plant-based Diabetes Cookbook

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 Written by a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN) who is also a classically trained chef, this wonderful collection of wholesome, plant-based recipes is the perfect solution for healthy eating. Targeted to aid those struggling with, or keen to prevent, Type 2 Diabetes, each recipe focuses on balancing great taste with…

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The Purest Bond

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 β€œDogs bring a purity to all they encounter. We don’t deserve dogs, and yet they continue to bring their magic to our lives and make us better versions of ourselves.” Indeed. And what could be better than reading this heartwarming book about dogs - except perhaps, dogs themselves, in…

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A Short Walk Through A Wide World

πŸŒŸπŸŒŸπŸŒŸπŸŒŸπŸ’« β€œThere are things on this earth that only exist because you have beheld them. If you weren’t there, they never would have been.” What would it take to encounter, up close and personal, and see, really see, the world around you - to appreciate the things you can comprehend,…

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The Other Valley

🌟🌟🌟🌟 A fascinating speculative premise and a read I absolutely could not put down for almost exactly the first half (Part1). Although this reader did find the pacing and characterization of the second half (Part 2) less rewarding, overall this is a stunning read - original, interesting and well worth…

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