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A Curious Beginning

by Deanna Raybourn
Tuesday, March 7, 2017

I simply loved this historical mystery set in Victorian England right at the time of the Queen's golden jubilee. It is a well-paced, engaging story with snappy dialogue and great main characters: the intrepid, intelligent adventuress Veronica Speedwell and the intriguing, ill-tempered recluse Stoker. Murder, intrigue, and mystery abound in this tale of mysterious origins, thwarted abductions, and secrets which could bring the British Empire to its knees and the world to war. A quick, fun read and great start to a series!

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Brandi T...

Friday, March 3, 2017

This is a great book for a cold winter night, a warm blanket, and a cup of tea! Young Sara travels from Sweden to the small town of Broken Wheel to visit her pen pal Amy, but arrives just in time for Amy's funeral. When Amy's friends find out who she is, they insist she stay in Amy's house as planned. What happens after that surprises Sara and changes the town forever. Full of delightful characters, readers will also enjoy all the references from popular books that will give you a list of what to read next! ...

The Friends We Keep

by Susan Mallery
Wednesday, March 1, 2017

This is the 2nd book of Mallery's Michief Bay Series in which she entwines the lives of three girlfriends.  There is Gabby, who is excited to go back to work when her twins start school in the fall.  Hayley, who wants desperately to have a baby.  And Nicole, who is struggling to raise her young son after her divorce.  All three run up against roadblocks of course, but rely on each other to get through their trials.  A good “light” read....

The Wright Brothers

by David McCullough
Friday, February 24, 2017

This biography gave the Wright brothers, Wilber and Orville, a humanness that I had never read about before.  It made me appreciate their hard work and dogged determination even more than I had in the past.  Both of the brothers had a talent for making and fixing things and a deep curiosity about movement especially flying.  Orville, the younger one, had “dark” periods which is how it was described in the diaries and other documents.  It was probably some sort of deep depression that he suffered from time to time. Their family was close-knit and supportive.  Their father was a well-known traveling minister who had a...

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Fifteen-year-old Knud Pedersen was outraged when the officials of his homeland, Denmark, let the Nazis take over the country without a fight.  He, his brother and some of his school friends decided to take matters into their own hands and sabotage the Germans. It started with changing road signs so the Nazis would get lost. After a while the group grew in size and courage and knowledge and soon important buildings used by the enemy  were bombed.  The Nazis grew frustrated with the Churchill Club (the boys named their club after Winston Churchill) and tracked them down.  But their efforts were not in vain; their courage sparked a...


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