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Orphan Train
4.13
liked it
Here is a solid-three-star story about, as the title would indicate, the orphan trains that took orphans from large big east cities to the Midwest whe ...more
May 31, 2013
May 31, 2013
 
The Orchardist
3.75
really liked it
I have been trying to think of a review to write for this book but I'm not really sure how to describe it. The sense of place and the atmosphere that ...more
Jan 09, 2016
Jan 09, 2016
 
Here be Dragons (Welsh Princes, #1)
4.30
really liked it
A very good (albeit very dense) historical novel about 13th century Wales. This one took me awhile to read and, while I enjoyed it, I'm in no hurry to ...more
Sep 18, 2011
Jun 04, 2011
 
The Girl You Left Behind
3.95
liked it
These books set in two time periods with two different narrators seems to be quite fashionable these days. I'm not sure how much I like it--I get inve ...more
Sep 04, 2015
Sep 04, 2015
 
The Shoemaker's Wife
3.97
liked it
This is a good (but not great) story about two immigrants from the same northern area of Italy (props to my italian northerners! hey there!) who meet ...more
Oct 14, 2012
Oct 14, 2012
 
When We Were Strangers
3.81
really liked it
I remember moving across the country with the "luxuries" of modern communication to keep me in contact with my family and a companion I knew would be ...more
Dec 31, 2011
Dec 31, 2011
 
The Song of Achilles
4.27
liked it
I would give this book more somewhere in between 3-4 stars but I'm not rounding up because I'm 39 weeks; 6 days pregnant and if mama ain't happy, ain' ...more
Jun 18, 2013
Jun 18, 2013
 
The Flight of Gemma Hardy
3.60
liked it
This was more of a 3.5 stars for me.

The bones of this book are in my very favorite and cherished gothic classic, Jane Eyre. Its a very transparent re
...more
Mar 04, 2012
Mar 04, 2012
 
The Bungalow
3.95
it was ok
More like 2.5 stars--but I'm not in the rounding up kind of way with this one. I finished this book and read a majority of it on a plane ride from Den ...more
Sep 25, 2012
Sep 26, 2012
 
The Cove
3.66
really liked it
This book starts out (like three pages in) with a Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) agent finding a skull in a well in the 1950s. The well is in a cove ...more
Jul 18, 2012
Jul 17, 2012
 
The Haunting of Maddy Clare
3.86
really liked it
I am not an avid reader of ghost stories. In fact, I try to avoid them. I got scared while reading Jane Eyre--so please use this if you need a gauge f ...more
Jul 08, 2012
Jul 08, 2012
 
Between Shades of Gray
4.35
liked it
I have seen a lot of comparisons in this book to The Book Thief--which I remember reading a very long time ago--but I just didn't find it as engaging ...more
Apr 23, 2013
Apr 24, 2013
 
These Old Shades (Alastair, #1)
4.06
it was ok
I have heard about Georgette Heyer now from a number of people--first being intrigued by her from an article on NPR. Apparently she is the modern quee ...more
Apr 18, 2011
Apr 17, 2011
 
A Northern Light
3.83
liked it
Based on the the actual events that inspired Theodor Dreiser's An American Tragedy --this book is written as a parallel narrative of Mattie Gokey who ...more
Dec 30, 2010
Dec 30, 2010
 
The Chaperone
3.84
really liked it
My work book club read this book for our April/May selection. I had attempted it before through an audiobook narrated by Elizabeth McGovern (wonderful ...more
Mar 28, 2017
Mar 17, 2017
 
To The Bright Edge of the World
4.17
really liked it
I had been waiting for a zillion years (approximately) for this book to become available at the library. As fate would have it, it became available du ...more
Nov 16, 2016
Nov 16, 2016
 
The Sea Captain's Wife
3.86
really liked it
Azuba is the wife of a sea captain (as the title would imply). While he is at sea, she lives in a town based in the Bay of Fundy (Nova Scotia & Ne ...more
Aug 08, 2011
Jul 27, 2011
 
Northern Borders
4.24
liked it
Austen Kittredge is sent to live with his Granfather and Grandmother on their farm in Vermont after his mother dies and his father feels he cannot tak ...more
Jun 24, 2009
Jun 01, 2009
 
The Winter Rose (The Tea Rose, #2)
4.29
liked it
This books reads like the movie "Far and Away" watches (with Tom Cruise & Nicole Kidman--you know the one, right?). Its not great literature. I'm ...more
Mar 14, 2009
Mar 08, 2009
 
A Reliable Wife
3.25
liked it
I debated about whether to give this book 2 or 3 stars but ultimately landed on 3 because I liked the ending. The story resolves around a wealthy Wisc ...more
Mar 31, 2010
Apr 01, 2010
 
Three Souls
4.07
really liked it
This is a fictional novel that explores many concepts: the political atmosphere of pre-revolutionary China; the role of women (wives, daughters, mothe ...more
May 04, 2014
Mar 23, 2014
 
The Sign of the Beaver
3.76
really liked it
Matthew and his family live in 18th century New England. The book starts with Matthew and his father building a homestead on a plot of land in Maine; ...more
Mar 22, 2016
Feb 21, 2016
 
The Illusion of Separateness
3.99
really liked it
A series of vignettes from different perspectives illustrating the magnitude of impact for the choices we make (whether deliberate or unintentional) o ...more
Feb 21, 2016
Jan 05, 2016
 
The Snow Child
3.95
it was amazing
This is the first book I've read on my kindle that has made me truly regret not owning a copy that I can covet and share. In hardcover. Its that good. ...more
Feb 27, 2012
Jan 07, 2012
 
The Baker's Daughter
3.95
liked it
I'd actually rate this 3.5 stars. I really enjoyed this book but there were a few semi-"what the" plot moments that won't let me give it 4 stars. This ...more
Oct 13, 2014
Dec 12, 2011
 
The House at Tyneford
3.78
really liked it
4.5 Stars

I am not sure how I heard about this book--a couple reviewers noted that people had been describing it as an "if you like Downton Abbey...."
...more
Mar 08, 2012
Jan 15, 2012
 
The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane
4.26
really liked it
I think this is somewhere between 3-4 stars for me but rounding up because I'm a giver.

I have a hard time recollecting Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
...more
May 12, 2017
Mar 01, 2017
 
The Kitchen House
4.17
A captain on a ship taking takes on the custody of Lavinia, a girl orphaned while en route from Ireland to America. She becomes an indentured servant ...more
Oct 15, 2011
Aug 08, 2011
 
Letters from Skye
3.89
really liked it
More like 3.5 stars but I'm being generous because I am a generous person and my heart has grown a little larger after reading this book.

I did not kn
...more
Aug 19, 2014
Feb 08, 2014
 
Tell the Wolves I'm Home
4.03
it was amazing
June Elba has an uncle Finn in Manhattan who she absolutely loves. He gets her like no one else and she is most happy; most content with him and only ...more
Sep 03, 2012
Jul 02, 2012
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