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When Rain Hurts: An Adoptive Mother's Journey with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
I don't often give a book a 5 star rating, but this one deserves it. A couple's decision to adopt two toddlers from a Russian orphanage leads to a lif ...more
Jan 14, 2014
Jan 09, 2014
Pure Grit: How WWII Nurses in the Pacific Survived Combat and Prison Camp
I seldom read nonfiction having to do with war. But Pure Grit in an impressive, extremely well researched account of the incredible pressures brought ...more
Mar 24, 2014
Mar 12, 2014
This is a intriguing book with a powerful message. It really makes me think of what it must be like to go through life with a severe deformity. As a p ...more
Apr 22, 2012
Mar 10, 2012
Ice Dogs
The first thing that grabbed my attention is the beautiful cover on this book, but the story itself is every bit as wonderful. From appealing characte ...more
Mar 2014
Dec 15, 2013
Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet
I read very few books that have anything to do with WWII, so I'm not sure what made me even pick this book up, but whatever the reason, I'm so glad I ...more
Mar 12, 2014
Mar 07, 2014
South to Alaska: A True Story of Courage and Survival from the Heartland of America to the Heart of a Dream
This is a great story! I bought a copy of the book because the author, Nancy Owens Barnes, is from my neck of the woods, and I had the chance to talk ...more
Nov 29, 2013
Nov 30, 2013
Still Alice
This is such a powerful story. All the characters are finely drawn and realistic. The story itself really affected me since my aunt had Alzheimer's th ...more
Jun 20, 2013
Jun 23, 2013
Hound Dog True
I love the title of this book, and I know that Linda Urbane is a talented writer, but I confess I didn't finish this story. The author does a good job ...more
Sep 2013
Aug 28, 2013
The Fault in Our Stars
I have mixed emotions about this book. I guess after reading the many fantastic reviews I expected to fall in love with it, but really didn't. Not tha ...more
Jan 12, 2013
Dec 19, 2012
Mister Death's Blue-Eyed Girls
This book kept me fully involved in the story, which is loosely based on a true murder case. It does a great job of depicting life as a teen in the 19 ...more
Aug 04, 2012
Aug 03, 2012
A Less Than Perfect Beginning
I picked up a copy of this book at the PNWA writers conference thinking it was a memoir. I was really surprised to find it was fiction. But I really l ...more
Jul 20, 2014
Jul 19, 2014
I really enjoyed this well written and thought provoking story about a young Japanese American girl and her family who were victims of the hysteria fo ...more
Sep 25, 2014
Sep 28, 2014
The Dogs of Winter
I loved this touching story that manages to be both heartwarming and heartbreaking in equal parts. Based on a true account, this book is a testament n ...more
Oct 04, 2014
Sep 30, 2014
The Emotion Thesaurus: A Writer's Guide to Character Expression
I just love this book! It's plain fun to read and does a great job helping me come up with better ways of showing character emotions. I especially app ...more
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Dec 04, 2012
I picked up an advanced review copy of this book when I was at the PNBA tradeshow. The writing is excellent, and the story itself--of a young man on t ...more
Dec 27, 2014
Dec 04, 2014
The Essential Guide to Getting Your Book Published: How to Write It, Sell It, and Market It . . . Successfully
I've read several books on marketing, and found helpful ideas in all of them. But this book is so detaiiled, covering pretty much everything you need ...more
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Mar 01, 2012
The Peculiars
I liked the story of Lena and her search for her true geneology. The book has a historical feel, but at the same time blended with both fantasy and th ...more
Nov 09, 2012
Oct 22, 2012
Marley and Me: Life and Love With the World's Worst Dog
I almost didn't read this story as I was afraid it might be too sad. But I'm really glad I took a chance. Yes, I cried through part of it, but I feel ...more
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Mar 14, 2012
Uglies (Uglies, #1)
I enjoyed the intriguing question raised by this story. What would society be like if everyone was surgically made beautiful upon reaching young adult ...more
Jul 16, 2014
Jul 01, 2014
The One and Only Ivan
I loved this story, and so did my 14 year-old daughter, so I guess it's for all ages. At first the idea of telling a story from a gorilla's eyes seeme ...more
Mar 04, 2012
Mar 05, 2012
Sparrow Road
I loved this sweet story. Sheia O'Connor's middle grade stories remind me of the my own middle grades books. Sparrow Road is a gentle, heartwarming no ...more
Dec 16, 2012
Dec 04, 2012
Whitney, My Love (Westmoreland Saga, #2)
I don't usually read old fashioned romances like this one, but I have to admit, it was pretty good. Although the other reviewers are correct in that t ...more
Jan 03, 2013
Dec 28, 2012
The Secret Garden
I've always heard about this book and only just recently read it. It's a heartwarming story that deserves its classic status. The ol' Yorkshire Englis ...more
Aug 25, 2012
Aug 22, 2012
52 Reasons to Hate My Father
I really enjoyed this book, as did my 15 year old daughter. It manages to be touching, funny, and inspirational all at the same time. Lexi Larrabee su ...more
Sep 14, 2012
Sep 14, 2012
Savvy (Savvy, #1)
A perfect blend of light fantasy and good ol' Southern writing. I adored this story, the characters, and the masterful way Law wove it all together. F ...more
Feb 16, 2013
Feb 17, 2013
Al Capone Does My Homework (Al Capone at Alcatraz, #3)
This is such a fun book, and I really enjoyed it. I've always been intrigued by Alcatraz Island, and even though the characters are fictional, the aut ...more
Sep 09, 2014
Aug 30, 2014
Mr. Prickles: A Quill-Fated Love Story
I thought this book was adorable! I love the feisty Mr. Prickles. After all, who wouldn't be offended after being shunned by everyone. But Mr. Prickle ...more
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Feb 25, 2012
Writing It Right!
Over the years I've read many books on writing, and I really found this to be one of the most helpful. All of its great advice on revision came just w ...more
Oct 22, 2012
Oct 03, 2012
Down the Mysterly River
I'm always on the lookout for light fantasty that doesn't revolve around ghosts, demons, vampires, ect. Down the Mysterly River is such a book. It's f ...more
Apr 11, 2012
Mar 29, 2012
This is such a fun book, with an important message about friendship and acceptance. When my daughter was younger, I don't know how many times we read ...more
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Oct 11, 2012
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