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ISBN: 9780553394818
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Published: Ballantine Books - June 30th, 2015

Dark secrets have a way of coming in from the cold and destroying your life, as Sandy Tremont finds it in the physiological thriller, As Night Falls.  Sandy has it all, a loving husband who owns a wilderness adventure business, a career that she enjoys, a new, high end home, and a beautiful teenage daughter.

When two convicts escape work detail they invade Sandy's mountain home before they escape to Canada.  After a while Sandy realizes that this invasion wasn't just a matter of chance when she recognizes one of the convicts as her sociopathic brother, Nick, a brother that she hasn't told her family about.  When a storm delays the convicts escape to Canada, Sandy and her family’s lives hang in the balance.

This fast-paced thriller had me eagerly turning the pages until late into the night.

ISBN: 9780385538510
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Published: Doubleday Books - August 4th, 2015

Dear Mr. Hitchcock...do you believe that there are monsters among us?  It you're a fan of Alfred Hitchcock movies, then this psychological thriller, The Night Sister is the book you will want to read. In the 1950's the Tower Motel in London, Vermont was the place to stay. Years later it stands in disrepair and holds a very dark secret known to only a few. 

Amy and her friends Piper and Margot play in the motel growing up and all uncover a part of Amy's family history that is like a ghost story.  All are grown women now, but the family secret is unleashed, changing all of their lives forever.

This novel blends mystery, supernatural, and horror genres and  will have you feeling chills down your spine while keeping you guessing until the very end.

ISBN: 9780007506262
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Published: Harper - September 2nd, 2014

When WWII is declared in Britain, friends Grace, Sally, Rose, and Daisy all want to do their part.  Orphan Grace decides to leave the comfort of her friends in Dartford and joins up for life as a Land Girl.

She isn't prepared for how hard the life she has chosen to live is.  Wasn't a large field of vegetables just a little more than her city garden? And how hard could milking cows be? And how hard can loving a man in the military be?

A letter that Grace receives changes her life and she needs her friends to offer her support. The girls all need to lean on each other during this war that is tearing the world they know apart.

Before reading this book I didn't know about Land Girls, and after reading the novel I applaud the women who choose to help the war effort by working the farms.

ISBN: 9780399174001
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - September 1st, 2015

Be prepared to put your life on hold when for start reading Hester Young's magnificent debut novel, The Gates of Evangeline, because you will not put this book down until you have turned the last page. 

When Charlotte Cates starts to experience vivid dreams about children after the death of her son, she feels that she could be losing her mind. Then after a disturbing dream of a boy on a boat asking her for help, Charlotte finds herself involved in a thirty year old missing child cold case in Louisiana. When she is asked to stay at the family’s southern estate to write a book about the cold case she uncovers secrets, betrayal, love and murder as her dreams become darker. 

Part thriller, part ghost story, part lavish American South drama you will be riding the twist and turns that this novel takes you on until the starting conclusion.

ISBN: 9781501105432
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Published: Simon & Schuster - August 25th, 2015

Have you ever read a book that had you smiling before you were even finished with the first page? I have and the title of the book is A Window Opens by Elizabeth Egan.

Alice Pearse is a women who knows and loves books. She is a part-time magazine editor and book reviewer, a wife, a mother, and friend to all. She loves her family but will be the first to say that cooking, cleaning and being active in mom groups isn't her top priority. She also is happy with her husband being the family breadwinner so that she can have more time for reading books. When her husband comes home one afternoon to say he has quit the law firm that he works at to "strike out on his own” Alice agrees to accept a job at a start-up that promises to be the future of reading. Her whole world becomes topsy-turvy as she must juggle parenthood, a husband who seems to be at home more than his new office and a work environment that doesn't seem to understand books for a company that wants to change the book industry.

If you love books and strong woman and want a smile on your face, you need to read this novel.

ISBN: 9780062409904
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Published: HarperAudio - July 14th, 2015

When I'm driving I like to listen to audio books.  Before I left for a mini-vacation in July I purchased the audio edition of Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee and performed by Reese Witherspoon.  As I took off from Gaylord and inserted to first disc I was transported into the life of Jean Louise Finch.  Reese was the perfect person to be chosen to perform this novel.  Her inflection and southern accent make you believe that you are sitting right next to the character and being told the story over a cold glass of sweet tea.  Set against the transforming South, 26 year old Jean Louise leaves New York for a two week visit to Alabama.  During the visit she comes to realize that her views and memories from childhood have become altered and changed as an adult.  She realizes that her aging father is a man, not the God that she believed him to be when she was eight. 

If you're planning a trip I highly recommend that you listen to this novel.

ISBN: 9781439199350
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Published: Scribner Book Company - December 9th, 2014

New York Times bestselling author, Aniita Diamant, has written another unforgettable novel of feminism, family, and friendship in her newest novel, The Boston Girl.

The Boston girl is Addie Baum, the third daughter of Jewish immigrants who is the first to be born in the United States.

The start of the book is in 1985, when Addie's granddaughter interviews her and asks, "How did you become the women you are today?" Addie then begins her life story starting in 1915, the year that shaped the course of her life. She tells of the one-room tenement apartment that she shared with her family, the neighborhood settlement house where she meet her lifelong friends, and the adventures she had during summer camp. Addie recalls how naive she was during her first disastrous love affair, and how she finally found her voice and her wicked sense of humor.

The Boston Girl is a story of one woman's complicated life and how each decision she made shaped her life.

ISBN: 9781250056283
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Published: St. Martin's Press - July 21st, 2015

Full of deception, love, revenge, and miscommunication, The Other Daughter is a rich, historical novel that I couldn't put down.

When Rachael Woodley uncovers that the father she believed to be deceased is really alive and has a wife, children, and is a Lord of the Realm, she is furious at the betrayal.  With the help of a dashing, rich newspaper man, Simon, she sets up a new identity and becomes a Bright Young Thing so that she can uncover her father’s perfidy and rock the world of her two half siblings.

But she soon finds out that the best laid plans can change as can her beliefs and opinions.

Get ready to devour this novel. 

ISBN: 9781484720974
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Published: Disney-Hyperion - May 5th, 2015

I had the best time reading the enchanting novel that is the prequel to the Disney Channel movie, The Descendants.

Melissa de La Cruz has written a charming story in Isle of the Lost, which is about the children of the most evil Disney villains in history.  After causing havoc for the prince and princesses of fairytales the villains are cast on an island that has a magical dome to lock them away from the kingdom of Auradon.  As Mal, Carlos, Jay, and Evie know, it isn’t easy being the children of fairytale villains.  With their magic powers gone the villains raise their children for evil, just in case the Dragon’s Eye is found and they are released from the island prison.

When an experiment of Carlos’ produces a shift in the dome, Mal, Jay, and Evie join him in trying to find the Eye.  The quest has them going to the outer reaches of the island and to the evil castle that once held all of Maleficent’s power.

I have shared this book with my young grade school cousin while she was here on vacation and she is loving it just as much as I did.

ISBN: 9781455554744
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - July 14th, 2015

The Drummond Girls is the perfect book to share with your friends: those from your past and those that you have just met. You will laugh, cry, cheer, and want to be asked to become a Drummond Girl after reading this engaging, inspiring memoir of eight women who have been together for over two decades. One weekend a year these women pile into 4-wheel drive vehicles, cross the Mackinac Bridge and take a ferry to the wilds of Drummond Island where they go to dive bars, stay in campers and track down the local megabear to the landfill.