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Miracle at Carville
Betty Martin (a pseudonym assumed to prevent disgrace to her family) was a happy teenager in 1929 when she was diagnosed with leprosy. Her appalled fa...more
Jan 1973
Jul 03, 2008
After her father dies at Borodino fighting Napoleon in 1812, Masha, an unsophisticated and shy child, becomes eligible to attend a boarding school for...more
Jan 1971
Aug 01, 2007
Bird Lake Moon
A melancholy story about two boys who meet at Bird Lake in Wisconsin, each suffering. Mitch's father has just left his family for younger woman, leavi...more
May 26, 2013
May 20, 2013
The One That I Want
I wanted to like this book because it contained lots of elements I usually like: three sisters, good friends, somewhat of a school setting, etc. Howev...more
Aug 22, 2012
Aug 09, 2012
The Year Without Michael
Very disturbing but convincingly done.
Nov 1987
Mar 31, 2008
Twenty Boy Summer
**spoiler alert** Anna had been best friends with next door neighbor Frankie and Frankie's older brother Matt for as long as she could remember. Her c...more
Sep 26, 2009
Aug 05, 2009
A Cold Wind Blowing (Mantlemass Chronicles, Book #4)
Willard's beloved Mantlemass series follows an English family from the Wars of the Roses to the English Civil War but this is the the saddest book in...more
Jan 1975
Jun 17, 2010
Upon the Head of the Goat: A Childhood in Hungary 1939-1944
A heartbreaking autobiographical Holocaust narrative about the childhood of the author, Aranka Siegal, and her family in Hungary as they slowly became...more
Mar 02, 2014
Feb 16, 2014
Sailing out of Darkness
My review and giveaway are here:

Recommended for fans of inspirational fiction
Feb 04, 2014
Feb 01, 2014
The Deepest Secret
For fans of Jodi Picoult; absorbing but I didn't care as much about the characters.
Apr 13, 2014
Apr 11, 2014
Umbrella Summer
A sad little book about a girl who has lost her older brother and whose parents are so lost in their grief that they cannot help her cope with hers.
Sep 17, 2012
Sep 08, 2012
Rilla of Ingleside (Anne of Green Gables, #8)
Next to AOGG, this is my favorite of the Anne books. Rilla is an unexpected heroine but LMM does a great job showing her emotional growth with World W...more
Jan 1971
Sep 15, 2007
The Beach Street Knitting Society and Yarn Club (Jo Mackenzie, #1)
Enjoyable story told with much humor and some unusual characters about a young mother of two, simultaneously recovering from her husband first announc...more
May 22, 2009
Mar 25, 2009
The In-Between Hour
Here is a link to my review:
Jan 16, 2014
Dec 15, 2013
Instructions for a Broken Heart
I agree with those who found this heroine annoying; however, have you forgotten that when you have a broken heart it is impossible to do or think abou...more
May 27, 2013
Mar 29, 2013
The Friday Night Knitting Club (Friday Night Knitting Club, #1)
I probably would have liked this one more if I hadn't read Ann Hood's knitting novel right before - I found that one more compelling, more depressing,...more
Apr 2007
Aug 24, 2007
The One and Only Ivan
My review is available at:
Jun 14, 2013
May 04, 2013
Good Grief
3 and a half stars
Feb 23, 2010
Jan 21, 2010
Love and Devotion
The heroine is so completely unlikeable I am reluctant to go on reading!
Jul 03, 2013
May 22, 2013
The Year of Fog
A haunting story of love and loss which does not fall into the usual cliches of what I usually consider "angst ridden fiction"...
Apr 2007
Jul 27, 2007
A Bright Star Falls
Kleenex, more Kleenex! Although I don't know if I am sadder about Rosellen or Andy!
Jan 1975
Jul 19, 2007
I Now Pronounce You Someone Else
**spoiler alert**

4.5 out of 5 stars
May 26, 2011
Jan 01, 2011
Second Chance Summer
Sufficiently well done that I forgave the author for the occasional preachy tone.
Nov 2012
Jul 14, 2012
If I Stay (If I Stay, #1)
I liked this but it made me much too sad, right before I fell asleep.
Apr 07, 2009
Apr 06, 2009
Don't Cry Little Girl (Tippy Parrish)
**spoiler alert** Why did Ken have to die? He and Tippy were made for each other!
Jan 1974
Jul 26, 2007
The Fault in Our Stars

As if I weren't already depressed...
May 25, 2012
Jan 15, 2012
The Sky is Everywhere
Loved this (sad) book! 4 1/2 stars
Jan 17, 2011
Nov 02, 2009
The Knitting Circle
Multiple Kleenex alert!
Apr 2007
Jul 20, 2007
Now You See Her
May 30, 2011
May 24, 2011
The Catastrophic History of You and Me
May 28, 2012
May 07, 2012
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