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The Queen's Man (Justin de Quincy, #1)
liked it
First, let me start by saying that if I could have given this 3.5 stars, I would have. But since we don't have that luxury, I had to fall back to 3 st ...more
Mar 17, 2009
Mar 10, 2009
Thale's Folly
liked it
This book was a quick read that lightened my heart. It's not earth shattering, or educational -- but it is entertaining. All the threads are woven tog ...more
Apr 30, 2009
Apr 30, 2009
Medicine Walk
it was amazing
Stunning! Quietly the story unfolds as you are enveloped in the quiet dignity of Franklin Starlight as he helps his estranged father on his final jour ...more
Dec 31, 2016
Jun 26, 2016
Plum Lucky (Stephanie Plum, #13.5)
really liked it
This book was laugh-out-loud funny! It reminded me of the Keystone Cops on the old silent films with everyone running in all directions and bumping in ...more
Aug 05, 2009
Aug 05, 2009
Annie Freeman's Fabulous Traveling Funeral
it was amazing
I LOVED this book! In fact I gave it as gifts to two of my closest friends last year, and told them that this was one of my favorite reads of the year ...more
Mar 2008
Aug 25, 2008
Pushing up Daisies (Agatha Raisin, #27)
it was ok
Maybe it's just me --- I haven't read an Agatha Raisin book in awhile since I'm caught up in the series --- but this book just seemed very choppy to m ...more
Feb 15, 2017
not set
Feb 12, 2017
The Lady in the Palazzo: At Home in Umbria
really liked it
This is the third book in Marlena De Blasi's stories about living in Italy. By now she had become more accustomed to the cultural differences between ...more
Feb 12, 2010
Feb 27, 2009
Tall, Dark and Kilted
liked it
Fun romantic comedy. Some editing issues, but a good book read on my Kindle. I liked the Highland setting, and really appreciated that the author gave ...more
Mar 14, 2013
Mar 14, 2013
Love and Other Consolation Prizes
really liked it
Thanks to NetGallery and Ballantine Books for the advanced copy of this book for an unbiased review.

I was so happy to get approved for an ARC copy of
May 27, 2017
Jun 18, 2017
The Brothers K
it was amazing
This book took me on a bit of an emotional roller-coaster ride. At times I hated it and just wanted the pace to pick up some -- at times it held me en ...more
May 14, 2009
Apr 11, 2009
The Grass is Singing
really liked it
I'm giving this 4 stars right now, but I suspect that I may move it up to 5 stars if the book's imagery lingers and the impact of the story strengthen ...more
Feb 08, 2015
Feb 01, 2015
Valiant Ambition: George Washington, Benedict Arnold, and the Fate of the American Revolution
liked it
I listened to this book in audio format which was probably not the best way to appreciate this book. I felt myself having to rewind and relisten to pa ...more
Oct 12, 2016
Oct 08, 2016
Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day
it was amazing
I originally gave this book a 4 star rating, but after waiting about six weeks to write the review, I've upped it to 5 stars. The story is just so end ...more
Dec 23, 2014
Dec 18, 2014
Twelve Years a Slave
it was amazing
What a great non-fiction book depicting the full brutality of the slave experience in Louisiana in the late 1840's and early 1850's. Some of the langu ...more
Mar 31, 2015
Mar 25, 2015
Four Seasons in Rome: On Twins, Insomnia, and the Biggest Funeral in the History of the World
it was amazing
I LOVED this book! I'm so happy that Doerr stuck with the book that was struggling to write in Rome in 2004. It became All the Light We Cannot See and ...more
Jul 26, 2015
Jan 03, 2015
The Braid
it was amazing
This was a really lyrical story about a tough time in Scottish history. The story swapped storlines between two sisters, Jeanie and Sarah. There were ...more
Nov 19, 2009
Nov 20, 2009
really liked it
This was a great mystery with many layers within the plotline. Just when I'd thought I had it the mystery figured out, another layer would be revealed ...more
Jun 28, 2015
May 31, 2015
Hands of My Father: A Hearing Boy, His Deaf Parents, and the Language of Love
it was amazing
This book tells the story of Myron Uhlberg who grew up the oldest son of deaf parents. The story is set in Brooklyn in the first half of the 20th cent ...more
Oct 14, 2009
Oct 13, 2009
it was ok
This book is fast paced, and action packed with a touch of the supernatural thrown in to heighten the suspense. It is in a genre I don’t usually read, ...more
Feb 02, 2010
Feb 02, 2010
Josephine: Napoleon's Incomparable Empress
liked it
I'm in the middle of reading Sandra Gulland's historical fiction trilogy about Josephine Bonaparte, so I thought I'd throw in some actual history too ...more
Jun 30, 2009
Jun 27, 2009
Refining Felicity (The School for Manners, #1)
really liked it
This book was such a nice change of pace. It was a lighthearted Regency romance that had a many comic scenes provided by the Tribble sisters., Amy and ...more
Feb 19, 2015
Feb 15, 2015
Boss Dog: A Story of Provence
liked it
This was a sweet little quick read by MFK Fisher. It's set in Provence, France in the mid 1950's and talks about a year she spent there with her two y ...more
Jun 02, 2009
Jun 02, 2009
Burial Rites
it was amazing
Such a great book, but heart-wrenching. The writing was spectacular. I listened to this in audiobook format and sometimes I had to rewind the story ju ...more
Jun 13, 2014
Dec 06, 2013
Deadly Nightshade (Martha's Vineyard Mystery, #1)
did not like it
I won't be reading further in this series. Perhaps it was the narration that threw me off, but the story wasn't all interesting or unusual to me. The ...more
Mar 26, 2017
Mar 17, 2017
Long Gone
really liked it
The following review was written for the Luxury Reading book review website. ------------

Alafair Burke’s latest book, Long Gone, is her first stand-al
Aug 11, 2011
Aug 02, 2011
City of Thieves
liked it
I listened to this on audiobook format during part of the time that I was reading Doris Lessing’s, The Grass is Singing and contrast of climates was s ...more
Feb 03, 2015
Jan 27, 2015
Dates from Hell
liked it
I checked this out of the library to read the first story by Kim Harrisn because of 'Hollows' series tie in. It was good and filled in the backstory o ...more
May 17, 2014
May 10, 2014
Dog on It (A Chet and Bernie Mystery #1)
really liked it
I loved this book! Spencer Quinn is the pseudnym of author Peter Abrahams who just won the 2010 Edgar award for Best YA Mystery with his book Reality ...more
May 05, 2010
Apr 27, 2010
Kill Chain (Evan Delaney, #5)
did not like it
The plot of this book moves at a really fast pace which was entertaining. I didn't realize when I started the book that it was #5 in a series, but I d ...more
May 29, 2009
May 18, 2009
Death of a Witch (Hamish Macbeth, #24)
liked it
This was another fun Hamish MacBeth mystery. I'm never sure whether this series should be classified aa a cozy. I guess it doesn't since Hamish is a p ...more
Nov 13, 2010
Oct 30, 2010
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