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The Tale of Halcyon Crane

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I received this book through the Early Reviewers program. I was immediately drawn into the book. The minute I found out that Halcyon Crane was headed to an island to find out about her mother who she didn’t know existed, I knew I was in for a potentially great Gothic story. The little girl ghosts were truly creepy. The book had enough twists and turns to keep me reading all weekend. The only part of the book that seemed predictable was the love interest, but that wasn’t enough to deter me from thoroughly enjoying the book. I would definitely read another book by Wendy Webb!
Unsaid

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I got this book as an Advanced Reader copy from NetGalley and couldn't put it down. If you’ve ever lost a family member either animal or human, this book will leave you totally drained. I sobbed through many parts of it but couldn’t stop reading. For anyone who considers animals to be just property, maybe this book might help to enlighten. For those of us who know better, it will tear a little piece of your heart out.
The Tower, The Zoo, and The Tortoise

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I loved this book! I’ve always enjoyed books that incorporate a bit of history along the way and this book does exactly that. You get a little taste of the illustrious characters who’ve had the misfortune to be guests of the Tower of London. Add to that, a very sweet, slightly wacky, and often time hilarious story about the Queen’s menagerie of animals that have been gifted to her. You end up with a thoroughly entertaining book. It reminded me of The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett which I also loved.
Hungry for Happiness

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I received Hungry for Happiness as an Early Reviewer book and was quite happy since it covers two of my favorite subjects, southern fiction and food. Unfortunately, the book seems to exploit every unflattering stereotypical character that you can think of. I quickly grew tired of the characters use of Hun and Bub. The story line was OK but somewhat predictable. If you’re looking for a fast read involving family dysfunction and food, this might be the book for you.
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Garden Spells

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This was an OK book. I've decided that it's probably not a genre that I can appreciate. The story line seemed a bit far fetched. I just couldn't buy into the apple tree playing such a significant role in everyone life.
Dismantled: A Novel

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This might be a better book to read than to listen to. It was just too dreary and depressing for me.
Miss Timmins' School for Girls: A Novel

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I read a NetGalley copy of this and I was fully prepared to like it, but it really dragged on. I just really didn't connect with any of the characters. It took forever to get to the murder and it was a real struggle for me to keep going.
Salting Roses: A Novel

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I’ve always been a fan of southern fiction so when I received Salting Roses by Lorelle Marinello as an Early Reviewer copy, I was excited. The story starts of with baby Gracie Lynne Calloway being dropped off in a coal bucket on a porch in Alabama. Fast forward to her adult life and we quickly find out that she is really an heiress to a multi-million dollar fortune. The person delivering the good news is handsome and single. The story takes off from there.I found the plot to be rather predictable and the writing a little bit too folksy for my taste. I couldn’t really connect with any of the characters. All of the characters seemed very superficial to me. All in all, I guess it was a readable story if you are looking for a beach novel kind of book.
Marcelo in the Real World

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This might be the best book I read all summer!
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