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The Darkling Bride

Deeprath Castle has belonged to the Gallagher family for 700 years. Aiden, the current Viscount Gallagher, has decided to sell the castle to the public trust despite his family’s objections. The castle holds too many bad memories. When he w...

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A Bridge Across the Ocean

This story goes back and forth between World War II and the present day. Simone Devereux watched her father and brother gunned down by the Gestapo. She spent four months hiding from the Germans until the end of the war. Annaliese Kurtz’s fa...

4 Stars
  • Author: Susan Meissner
  • Review by: TrinaC
  • Genre: Mainstream
  • Tags: Historical Fiction, Women's Fiction
  • Publisher: Berkley

Courting the Cowboy - Cowboys of Cedar Ridge

Ella just wants solitude so she can focus on her art. Her landlord guaranteed her that she wouldn’t be bothered in her little cabin. However, it’s hard to restrain his grandkids from wanting to talk to Ella and play with her dog. Cord is a...

4 Stars

More Than Magic

Ryder Holmsby was the inspiration for a cartoon character, Rory, created by her mom and dad. Unfortunately, her mom passed away two years ago. Ryder and her dad have been adjusting to life without her. Ryder’s dad suddenly starts acting dif...

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The Seven Year Dress

Myra was only looking for a room to rent while she was in college. She wasn’t looking for a friend or new family member. When she answered Helen Stein’s ad for a room for rent, she got more than she expected. During the interview, she notic...

4 Stars

The Naked Hen

In "The Naked Hen", Sadie is known for her beauty. She loved all of the compliments and attention she received. One day she met Carmen and decided to play with her. She noticed that Carmen’s brother, Dixon, didn’t have any feathers. Dixon w...

4 Stars

Lemon Pies and Little White Lies - A Charmed Pie Shoppe Mystery, #4

Havenwood, Georgia is full of magic. Ella Mae LeFaye’s Charmed Pie Shoppe seems to be in the middle of all the action. Ella Mae doesn’t even have time to mourn the absence of her boyfriend because someone is targeting the residents of Haven...

4 Stars
  • Author: Ellery Adams
  • Review by: TrinaC
  • Genre: Suspense
  • Tags: Suspense: Cozy Mystery, Suspense: Mystery
  • Publisher: Berkley

DEAD: Snapshot--Portland, Oregon - DEAD: Snapshot #1

Retired police officer, Ken Simpson, and reformed ex-convict, Jason Edwards find themselves joining forces to survive the zombie apocalypse. As they watch Portland fall around them, they have to stay away from the zombies and gangs of human...

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The Montana McKennas - The Montana Ranchers, Prequel

James McKenna didn’t think he’d ever find love again after his wife died. Single mom, Liz Caldera, is not really looking for a new relationship. However, they both surprise themselves by agreeing to a blind date. Surprisingly, they enjoy ea...

4 Stars

Roller Girl

When her mom takes her and best friend, Nicole, to roller derby, Astrid falls in love. She immediately signs up for roller derby camp and is very disappointed when Nicole doesn’t join her. This graphic novel follows Astrid through her tough...

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A Crime Unfit To Be Named - The Prosecution of John William Campbell

John Campbell of Arkansas was arrested for sodomy in 1949. He was charged with two counts involving two different women. Actual court testimonies are used in the telling of this story. According to the author, her main goal is to focus on t...

3 Stars

The Disobedient Queen - Katherine of Valois

Katherine of Valois became the wife of King Henry V of England. She grew to love her husband and was saddened at his death. When she fell in love with Owen Tudor, she defied all laws and became his wife. This union began the dynasty of the...

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  • Author: Mildred Allen Butler
  • Review by: TrinaC
  • Genre: YA
  • Tags: Biographies & Memoirs, * Young Adult
  • Publisher: Ad Stellae Books

I Kissed a Ghoul

You would think that being the mayor’s son would automatically make you popular. Unfortunately, this isn’t the case for Tommy Wharton. As a matter of fact, he gets picked on for being overweight. However, there are some perks like using his...

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Sports Illustrated Kids All NEW Access - Your Behind-the-Scenes Pass to the Coolest Things in Sports

Sports Illustrated Kids All NEW Access is packed full of awesome colorful photographs and fascinating fun facts about the sports world. It’s a behind-the-scenes look at all things sports. There are cool lift-and-look pages throughout the bo...

4 Stars

Juliet's Nurse

When Angelica loses her infant, she becomes the wet-nurse for Juliet Cappelletti. Juliet is a very privileged baby girl. She’s doted on by her nurse, but ignored by her mother. As she grows older, Angelica can’t help but notice something st...

4 Stars

Confessions of a So-called Middle Child

Charlie C. Cooper is about to start a new school. She got into some trouble at her old school and was forced to leave. This is something that she hopes to keep secret. She doesn’t feel it’s all her fault. She’s the middle child, caught betw...

4 Stars

Loves, Myths and Monsters - A Collection of Folk and Urban Myths

Loves, Myths and Monsters is a collection of eerie, suspenseful tales that I recommend. The tales include stories about the Chupracabra, a serial killer family, mermaids, werewolves and many other mystical creatures interacting with humans....

4 Stars

An Amish Family Christmas

An Amish Family Christmas includes two Love Inspired stories. Heart of Christmas by Marty Perry tells the story of schoolteacher, Susannah Miller. She is struggling under the scrutiny of school board member, James Klein. He finds fault in e...

4 Stars
  • Authors: Marta Perry, Patricia Davids
  • Review by: TrinaC
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: Collections & Anthologies, Seasonal / Holiday, Amish, * Romance: Inspirational
  • Publisher: Harlequin Love Inspired

Frostborn - Thrones and Bones, #1

This fantasy story shows a friendship between two completely opposite people. However, they forge a strong bond and use each other’s strengths to their advantage. This story wields dragons, swords, undead minions, giants and trolls. There i...

4 Stars

P.K. Pinkerton and the Pistol-Packing Widows

This Wild West story is very entertaining. It is very well-written and hooks readers because you never know what P.K. will get into next. Everybody knows that P.K. Pinkerton is a good detective, but only a few seem to know his big secret. A...

4 Stars
  • Author: Caroline Lawrence
  • Review by: TrinaC
  • Genre: Mainstream
  • Tags: Kids: Children's, Historical Fiction, Kids: Middle Grade, Suspense: Mystery
  • Publisher: Putnam Juvenile

Amazing Sports and Science - TIME For Kids Book of Why

Did you know that the holes in Swiss cheese are caused by bubbles of carbon dioxide? Do you know where the hula-hoop originated from? These questions and many more can be answered in the The Time For Kids Book of Why series. This book inclu...

4 Stars

Really Cool People & Places - TIME For Kids Book of Why

Do you know why the Titanic sank so fast or why the Civil War was fought? The Time For Kids Book of Why includes 250 facts that kids want to know about different people and places. This book is separated into two sections: History and Peopl...

4 Stars

The Highlander Next Door - A Spellbound Falls Romance

I have read other books in the Spellbound Falls romance series. These books do not disappoint. I enjoy the interaction between the characters. Their magnetism to each other is sexy and almost animalistic. Magic also plays a part in these st...

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  • Author: Janet Chapman
  • Review by: TrinaC
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Contemporary
  • Publisher: Jove

The Pied Piper of Hamelin - Silver Penny Stories

This classic story shows that it’s important to be honest. Children and adults will enjoy this story. Even though I’ve read this story many times through the years, I never tire of reading the classics and that includes this story as well....

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The Emperor's New Clothes - Silver Penny Stories

The illustrations are so colorful and follow along with the story. It is so funny seeing the Emperor walking around in his heart boxers and star socks! This is a great classic that children and adults will love to read over and over. I enjo...

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King Arthur and His Knights - Silver Penny Stories

Stories of King Arthur and his knights are so interesting to read. I’m very glad to see this famous legend told in a way that younger children can enjoy it. The illustrations are so colorful and fit very well with the story. This book tells...

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Rumpelstiltskin - Silver Penny Stories

To impress the King, a poor miller said his daughter could spin straw into gold. Now the daughter has to figure out how to achieve this. This classis is still a favorite for children and adults. Rumpelstiltskin thinks he’s a sly little fell...

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Dear Little Angels: Ariel

Ariel is a nature angel. She loves nature and all animals. Ariel wants everyone to treat the planet right to keep nature beautiful. Ariel’s love grows when people are kind to nature. It’s also suggested that you might see a fairy when you c...

4 Stars

Belinda Goes to the Beach - Belinda, #2

Since Belinda is from the North Pole, she’s never been to the beach. She is excited when Eleanor tells her they’ll be going to the beach. With the upcoming school holiday, Eleanor’s Mom agrees that they can go to the beach. Both Belinda and...

4 Stars

Belinda Comes to Port Macquarie - Belinda, #1

Belinda is destined to be Eleanor’s Christmas present. When she falls from Santa’s sleigh, miles from her destination, she’s unsure how she’s going to make it to Eleanor. Luckily, Belinda’s fall leaves her unhurt and she makes her way to a...

4 Stars

The Big Squeal

Liberty the pig is a runaway. He doesn’t know where or when he was born. He ended up in the Town Square at the base of a statue of Abraham Lincoln with a pig. He was so amazed seeing a statue of a fellow pig. When people saw this pig on the...

4 Stars

Who Tells the Moon to Sleep?

Eight-year old Tess doesn’t seem to understand why her and her mom must have permission for everything. Tess and her mom are slaves on Master Embry’s plantation. Tess asks her mom all kinds of questions about nature such as who tells the mo...

4 Stars

The Power of Two

One day Jamie Corman decides to do the unthinkable. She goes against Sadie, the most popular girl in sixth grade. The girls do the same thing every day at recess. Plus Sadie is so mean to the other girls that aren’t in her clique. Jamie wan...

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A Fart in Time

Riley Cobb makes fast friends with her new neighbor, science nerd, Toby Turtlebaub. His dad can’t seem to keep a job and is fired on his first day of work. This means that the Turtlebaub family will be moving again. Toby and Riley decide to...

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Once Upon a Castle

The Lovell twins, Mary and Tom, are sent to live with their aunt and uncle during the war. Their dad is called out to sea and their mom is assigned to a post as a nurse. The twins can’t wait to explore the lands around their aunt and uncle’...

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My Name is Huber

Huber is a tractor built in 1927. He is ready to work on a farm. When he is sold, he wonders what type of farm work he’ll do and if he’ll have a family. The farmer and his family take very good care of Huber. As the years pass, they need a...

4 Stars

Sarah's Special Angel

Sarah lives in an orphanage and she misses her parents. Her only friend is a mouse named Squeaker. While walking in the woods, Sarah notices a bright light. When she hears it speak, she recognizes her mama’s voice. Her mama appears as an an...

4 Stars

Litterbug - Queen Emily's Enchanted Kingdom

When Emily goes to sleep, she dreams that she is Queen Emily of the Enchanted Kingdom. Her teddy bear, Big Ted, is her royal servant. Big Ted rushes to tell Queen Emily that her kingdom is full of garbage. Nobody is cleaning up after themse...

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Alfred, A Timber Wolf's Tale - The Friendly Petting Zoo

Alfred enjoys spending time with all of his animal friends. But he really misses the time he spent with the humans. He decides to ask his friends for advice on how to join the humans again without frightening them since he is a wolf. His me...

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Night Buddies - Impostors and One Far-Out Flying Machine

This is a wonderful and entertaining tale for children. The Night Buddies, John and a big, red crocodile, Crosley, are looking for their next assignment in the program. As they travel throughout the city, everyone seems to be afraid of Cros...

4 Stars

A Million Doughnuts

Poor Rusty! All he wants is a doughnut. His mom, dad and big sister all have arguments against eating doughnuts. Every time Rusty asks for one, they tell him no. One day, he buys a book about doughnuts and he makes a wish for a million doug...

4 Stars

Dear Zari - The Secret Lives of the Women of Afghanistan

Dear Zari: The Secret Lives of the Women of Afghanistan by Zarghuna Kargar is such an emotional read. Zari is originally from Afghanistan, but now lives in London. Zari publishes stories for the BBC’s Afghan’s Woman’s Hour. This book includ...

4 Stars

Blood and Treasure - A Romancing the Pirate Novel

If you are a fan of historical romances and pirates, this is a good book for you. Two people that never thought they’d find love wound up wanting to only live for each other. Lianna Whitney has had to learn how to survive on her own. Being...

4 Stars

Pool of Rings

Pool of Rings by V. Shantelle James kept me on the edge of my seat until the very end. From the very first time that Jack & Shearah met, I could tell that these were two entirely different personalities. Jack was a hard-nosed loner who want...

4 Stars