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ISBN: 9780007576920
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Published: Avon Books - June 19th, 2014

Who else is a Hallmark Channel movie junkie like me? As I was reading Undertaking Love by Kat French, I keep thinking that this could easily be made into a cute, witty, and funny Hallmark original movie. 

What happens when the empty shop next to the Little White Wedding Chapel is purchased to become a funeral parlor?  War.  Chapel owner Marla Jacobs decides that to save her business she must declare war on the funeral parlor and it's tall, dark, and handsome owner Gabriel Ryan.

As Marla and her colorful group of friends try to sabotage the funeral parlor, Gabriel has decided that Marla is the woman of his dreams. 

I had a great time reading this romantic, sexy, delightful, and laugh out loud funny novel.  Now I hope that it is made into a Hallmark movie.

ISBN: 9780385345620
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Published: Clarkson Potter Publishers - September 30th, 2014

I'm in love.  With whom?  Well, of course my husband but also with The Skinnytaste Cookbook by Gina Homolka.  Since I purchased this cookbook before Christmas, I haven't made a single dish that my family hasn't enjoyed and said to keep in the rotation for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. 

I'm really not known for my cooking, but this cookbook has given me the courage and the excitement to experiment with different foods.

Today alone I made two different recipes; Quinoa-Stuffed Peppers for lunch and Mahi Mahi Fish Tacos with Spicy Avocado Cream for dinner.  Both where amazing and will be used again very soon.

As an added bonus, these recipes are healthy and each lists a nutritional guide per serving.  The author has also inserted a recipe key for Quick, Gluten-free, Slow Cooker, Vegetarian and Freezer friendly.

What recipe is next? Cinnamon-Roasted Butternut Squash Soup.  If this review has made you hungry and excited to try out new healthy, flavorful, and easy recipes you better contact the store and order a copy for yourself.

Happy cooking...and eating.

ISBN: 9781250051899
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Published: St. Martin's Press - February 10th, 2015

The Secrets of Midwives is a compelling, insightful novel of three generations of midwives in Providence, Rhode Island.  Told from three points of view; grandmother Floss, her overbearing daughter, Grace, and Grace's single daughter, Neva - the author skillfully switches from present to past and back again. 

The beginning of the book has Floss and Grace discovering by mistake that Neva is thirty weeks pregnant.  When Grace keeps pressuring Neva to disclose the name of the father, Neva is move determined not to tell.  As Neva's due date approaches family secrets that are uncovered will change the lives of all three women.

I loved this novel.  It was fast paced, beautifully written, and illuminates one of the most important moments in a woman's life; when she becomes a mother.

ISBN: 9780804176378
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Published: Ballantine Books - December 30th, 2014

Priya Parmar has written a spectacular novel that centers on the complicated relationship between the Stephen sisters; painter Vanessa Bell and her manic depressive sister, author Virginia Woolf.  After a happy upbringing, the two sisters, along with their two brothers, Thorby and Adrain, form the Bloomsbury group. This group of bohemian intellectuals are instrumental in changing the canvas of economics, literature and art. 

Through snippets from Vanessa's journal and fictional postcards, telegrams and letters, the reader is shown the riveting life of these two women and how sisters can love each other, but still destroy their relationship.

ISBN: 9780312577223
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Published: St. Martin's Press - February 3rd, 2015

Wow!  Let me forewarn you the newest novel by author Kristin Hannah, Nightingale, will have you reaching for the box of Kleenex multiple times throughout the story.

As the narrator looks back on her life in France during World War II, the reader is introduced to two very different sisters, Viann and Isabelle, and the remarkable courage that they both had during the German occupation.

Like many women in France who are wives and mothers, Viann must survive any way she can after her life is disrupted when her husband enlists.  She must billet a German soldier, stand in line for hours to get a small ration, lie, steal, keep secrets, and maybe even kill.

Isabelle, always the rebellious sister, joins the resistance and risks all to pass secret notes, hide soldiers, and guide paratroopers over the Pyrenees and out of France.

Both sisters risk prison or even death to help those in need; fellow countryman, soldiers, and Jews.  The author has written about the horrors of war with insight and compassion from these two women's eyes. 

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 life-long 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: 9780062334633
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Published: William Morrow & Company - January 6th, 2015

Last year I read Jennifer Robson's historical novel Somewhere in France and loved it.  This past month I read her new release, After the War is Over, which is the sweeping saga of a young women finding her place in England after World War I and I'm excited to say that this novel is as strong as the first.

Charlotte Brown was a military nurse for four years.  Wanting to leave the memories of the Great War behind, she is determined to dedicate herself to others.  She moves to Liverpool and immerses herself into her job of caring for those most in need.

Just when her life is in balance she receives two messages, one from a radical newspaper editor who wants Charlotte to write about the plight of others, and her childhood friend Edward, the man she can't forget.

These two men have Charlotte rethinking her path in life, where does she belong and how can she stay true to the convictions and her heart.  Does she have the courage to stand strong, and can dreams that she has kept hidden come true?

ISBN: 9781250045645
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Published: St. Martin's Press - October 21st, 2014

I have been a fan of author Darynda Jones’ series, featuring private investigator/grim reaper Charley Davidson, since I read the first chapter of First Grave on the Right.  The newest installment in the series, Seventh Grave and No Body, had me turning the pages well past midnight. 

To say the character of Charley is unique is like saying the Grand Canyon is deep.  She has a dead ex-BFF who keeps yelling and blaming Charley for her death, she had a sexy fiancé who is the son of Satan, she is investigating a rash of suicides with no bodies, and she has just found out the she is pregnant.

When twelve hellhounds are sent to conquer Earth, Charley is determined to do everything in her power to protect Earth and all those that she loves.  She must do this all without her daily consumption of multiple pots of coffee.....we're doomed.

ISBN: 9780345805966
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Published: Anchor Books - October 7th, 2014

On a hot summer night in 1930, New York State Supreme Judge Joseph Crater enters a cab and disappears, never to be heard from again.  In the novel The Wife, The Maid and The Mistress, author Ariel Lawhon takes this decades old, true-crime cold-case and transports us back to the smoky clubs, back alley dealings, musical halls, and penthouse living.

Told from the perspective of three women in the Judges life: his steadfast socialite wife Stella, his maid Maria who has secrets to hide, and his chorus girl mistress Ritzi, who wants to break out from the chorus.

I found this novelization of a cold-case interesting and unique.  Full of mayhem, murderers, and mobsters, this is a fast paced look back into life of New York in the 1930's.  The final pages of the book offer a glossary of the characters, both those that really lived and those that are fictional . 

ISBN: 9781476767314
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Published: Simon & Schuster - December 30th, 2014

One of our customers, Kathy Ross, told me that I should read The Rosie Project by author Graeme Simsion.  This summer I finally read (well, listened to) this delightful, funny screwball comedy, and it had me laughing from the very beginning.  I was very excited to receive the newest book in the life of Rosie and Don, The Rosie Effect.

Now, if you haven't finished reading The Rosie Project please stop reading this review because of spoilers.

Rosie and Don will be facing the biggest project of theirs lives, the birth of their child Bud (Baby Under Development).  As Don tries to follow traditional protocols, the advice of his six friends, the internet, a therapist, and The Book, he finds that trying to understand a pregnant Rosie and impending parenthood isn't logical and methodical.

Get ready for laughs and good feelings while reading this heartwarming, funny novel that reminds you that being unique and different isn't a bad thing.