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Mpcacher

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When the World Fell Silent | Donna Jones Alward
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This is an historical fiction novel based on the 1917 Halifax explosion, which was the largest man-made explosion before the atomic bomb. It is about 2 young woman, one a nurse and another a young widowed mother. I learned more about the events and the book also prompted further research into the tragedy, something I love about this genre. I really enjoyed the story and the strong female characters. Thanks to NetGalley for the digital ARC. 4.5/5

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This middle grade booked peaked my interest. It was an entertaining story about three friends in the 7th grade who love escape rooms and take on an abandoned funhouse to find the rumored treasure and to help out of their families. The puzzles made sense and for some you could kind of play along. In addition the kids all learned things about each other and themselves. It is a great choice for kids who like puzzles and adventure. 4/5 stars!

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Cocktails & Chloroform | Kelley Armstrong
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This novella is #2.5 in the 'Ripe Through Time' series. The premise of the series is that Mallory, a homicide detective from the 21st century, has time travelled to 1869 Scotland, into another woman's body. I have thoroughly enjoyed these books and this one only added to the fun. It features the 12 year old housemaid Alice where an attempt to help out her older sister gets her and Mallory in a bit of a jam. 4/5 stars!

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The story begins normally and it is easy to follow what was happening. Then the chapters veer off into alternate realities, some of which were so strange that it was hard to make sense of what was happening. Most of the story is very sad. The writing itself was beautiful and there were some real words of wisdom in the prose but each chapter seemed to be a world unto itself...but maybe that is the point. Thanks to Edelweiss for the digital ARC. 3/5

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Bookshops & Bonedust | Travis Baldree
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While this is a prequel to “Legends & Lattes“, it should be read second. Much to my surprise I have thoroughly enjoyed both of these cozy, lighter fantasy books complete with all sorts of fantastical creatures. I find the characters to be well developed and fun. The book is humorous, and leaves us mere mortals with life lessons. As a former bookseller I loved the bookshop setting. I look forward to more adventures with Viv and her friends. 4.5/5

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The Paris Widow | Kimberly Belle
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This is a light, entertaining thriller set in Paris amongst the world of valuable antiquities. When Stella's husband goes missing after an explosion, his secrets are revealed and Stella questions just who she has been married to for four years. While the twists were predictable, it made for a fun, easy read...perfect to pack on vacation, especially if you are lucky enough to be going to Paris. Thanks to Edelweiss+ for the digital ARC. 3.75/5

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This is the 7th book in the Penn Cage series. As with previous books, this one deals with race relations, power and greed, black history and family. It is very long and violent, but thought provoking, informative and I really enjoyed it. I would like to think that events in the book are unrealistic and our world has improved, but the last few years have made me realize we have a long way to go. Thanks to Edelweiss+ for the digital ARC. 4.5/5

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Kill For Me Kill For You | Steve Cavanagh
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I really enjoyed this thriller inspired by Hitchcock's 'Strangers on a Train', finding it fast paced with a few wonderful twists. Unable to put it down, I read it in the span of an evening. Perhaps it is not the most realistic story, but it was very entertaining. I was a tad disappointed with the ending, but that is a minor quibble. Having also really liked “Th1rt3een“ by the same author, I will be sure to check out more of his books. 4.5/5 stars

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I was not familiar with this comedian, but the memoir peaked my interest. It is a powerful story told with humor. My digital ARC did not have the redacted black bars (forced on the author for legal reasons) that limited her discussion of her domestic abuse survival; instead there were some sentences that ended mid-thought which made for a bit of a confusing read at some spots. In spite of this it was a worthy read from a strong woman. 3.75/5

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This is a beautifully written debut novel. The story is told in two timelines and deals with unwanted pregnancies, mental health, homophobia, bullying, teenage stress and so much more. It is part mystery, has a touch of romance, and brought tears to my eyes. I loved the characters, especially Kathryn, Julia and Quinn...all strong, but troubled young women. I look forward to more from this author. Thanks to Edelweiss+ for the digital ARC. 5 stars!

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This is a WWII historical fiction inspired by the lives of real women who lived in Berlin before & during the war. It tells the story of those who fought against Hitler in the build up to the war, trying to prevent it from happening. The 2nd timeline in 2010 England serves to break up the tension and complete the life stories of some of the characters. I really enjoyed it & appreciated that it pointed out not all Germans supported Hitler. 4.5/5!

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Hope to Die | Cara Hunter
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This is the 6th book in the DI Adam Fawley British police procedural series and I am still really enjoying them. This one features an elderly couple that claim to have killed an intruder, but of course nothing is that simple. The author has done a great job creating characters that have grown both in their careers and their personal lives. This book introduces a few new ones, while the others are starting to feel like old friends. 4.5/5 stars.

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A Great Country: A Novel | Shilpi Somaya Gowda
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I have read and enjoyed two previous books by this author and, while not my favorite of hers, this one was still quite good. When a family of immigrants have to deal with the arrest of their 12 year old son, they are forced to confront the fact that the 'American Dream' comes with some pitfalls. It is a thought provoking look at class, culture, racism and the desire for upward mobility. Thanks to Edelweiss+ for the digital ARC. 3.75/5 stars.

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This is a light, cozy type of mystery and a good beach read. In addition to the story itself, I enjoyed the humour and the descriptions of scenic Italy. The plot was a little on the zany side and while I had put together some of it, the final reveal was still a bit of a surprise. I could see this book becoming a TV movie of the week, perhaps even a series of them if the author writes more. Thank you to Edelweiss+ for the digital ARC. 3.75/5

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When We Were Silent: A Novel | Fiona McPhillips
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This is a story about an abusive, but successful, coach at a private school, who gets away with it because even when someone reports him, they are not believed. It was somewhat depressing because we know this this happens in real life and explains why so many victims remain silent. So although I found the book frustrating at times, it was still entertaining and a story that needs to be told. Thanks to Edelweiss+ for the digital ARC. 3.75/5

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Miss Morgan's Book Brigade: A Novel | Janet Skeslien Charles
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This is based on a group of real American women who helped in France during and after WWI. The group (known as CARD) was something I had never heard about, and the knowledge I gain is why I love historical fiction. The story was entertaining and had both drama and humor. While I would have liked to have a more emotional connection to the characters, I still really enjoyed the book. Thanks to Edelweiss+ and the publisher for the digital ARC. 4/5!

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Sleeping Giants | Rene Denfeld
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I have been a fan of this author since I read “The Enchanted“ back in 2013 and this book did not let me down. She manages to tell a wonderful story and also educate the reader about some of the darker parts of our world. I loved the characters in this one, all of whom were realistically flawed in some way. Be sure to read the author's note at the end. Thanks to Edelweiss+ and the publisher for making the digital ARC available to me. 4.5/5 stars

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Disturbing the Dead | Kelley Armstrong
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This is the 3rd book in a wonderful series that has time travel, mysteries, humor and a hint of romance. I recommend starting with the first “A Rip Through Time“. This new one has Mallory dealing with Egyptian artifacts, and the serialization of her & Duncan's adventures by an unknown writer. Also, Mallory is forced to make a life changing choice. Thanks to Edelweiss+ for the digital ARC. I really enjoyed it and look forward to more. 4/5 stars!

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I really enjoyed this thriller and had trouble putting it down. The story starts with a confusing text from a man she loved, sent five years after he disappeared from her life and several years after she saw an obituary for him. Determined to figure out what happened, both for her and their young son, she finds a series of strange goings on at the family company. The characters, the action and the romance were all very entertaining. 4.5/5 stars!

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This is the 3rd book in a series, but it could be easily read as a stand alone. It is set in Rome around the film industry in 1955, with some flashbacks to the actions of a young resistance fighter during WWII. It deals with the complicated results of the war and the power of the church. While the story was slow in some parts, I really enjoyed it and found it took a somewhat deeper and more nuanced look at the war's effects on the area. 4.25/5!

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After having read three other books by this author, I finally got a chance to read this one. After selling countless copies of this in my days as a bookseller, I now know what all the fuss was about. What can I say but wow! This author is a great storyteller, The characters, the setting and the plot were all wonderful. I really enjoyed it. 5/5 stars!

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I enjoyed this book and felt connected to the characters, but admit that at times I was confused about what exactly was happening. I really feel this is the type of book that would benefit from a second reading. All that being said, the romance was lovely, the humour fun and the writing quite beautiful and very deep and thought provoking at times. Also the forward time travel made a nice change. Thanks to NetGalley for the digital ARC. 4/5 stars!

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Rednecks: A Novel | Taylor Brown
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This historical fiction is set in 1920/21 & chronicles the real Battle of Blair Mountain, which was between the coal mines and the miners who were trying to improve the horrible conditions & unionize. The author has included real people & others inspired by real people. It is a very educational read but suffers a little due to keeping true to the real story and the number of characters. It is, however, a fascinating, albeit violent, story. 3.75/5

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This is a light historical fiction set in England in the years just after WWI. Women are facing the hard facts that as the men come home, they are losing jobs and misogyny is once again alive and well. People seem to ignore the fact that women need to eat and some do not have husbands or family to support them. The book also looks at racism, snobbery and includes some romance. The characters are varied and really fun (I loved Mrs. Fog). 4/5 !

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Redwood Court: Fiction | DLana R. A. Dameron
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This one took me a while to get into as the beginning is a series of 'slice of life' moments about a black family living in Columbia, SC. I enjoyed it more towards the end when it became more of a coming of age story about 16 year old MIka. It did open my eyes to the amount of racism still present in the 90's (and today), as I kept having to remind myself the book was not set in the 50's. Thanks to NetGalley for the digital ARC. 3.5/5

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The Vacancy in Room 10: A Thriller | Seraphina Nova Glass
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I liked this one, but around the midpoint the mood of the story changed slightly and it felt a bit more zany than I expected, reminding me of the books in the Finlay Donovan series. The book had a great cast of characters and featured a group of strong women. The setting of apartments converted from a motel provided a wonderful setting. I could imagine this becoming a fun series featuring Cass, the manager/handyma'am. Thanks to Edelweiss+. 4/5!

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Artificial Condition | Martha Wells
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This is the second novella in this series and while I did not love it as much as I did the first one, I am hooked and will be reading more about Murderbot and hopefully ART. I think this one lacked a bit of the emotional content I would have liked, but since it was all from a non-human's perspective, it is understandable. The humour was great and I enjoyed seeing Murderbot grow and understand more things. It was a fun, quick read. 3.75/5 stars

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This is a sequel to “Mindful of Murder“, a cozy mystery series that features a woman, Helen, who had previously been a Buddhist nun and is now a butler to wealthy families. Is this book, she has been 'loaned' to a wealthy man to help get his social media obsessed daughter back on track. When several of the young woman's influencer friends die under mysterious circumstances, Helen steps into the fray. This is a light and easy, fun read. 3.5/5

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Black Wolf: A Novel | Juan Gmez-Jurado
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This is the 2nd book of a trilogy, the first one being “Red Queen“. The story follows the Antonia and Jon as they solve crimes in Spain. Antonia has a gifted forensic mind and has been trained to become even better. Jon has been assigned to help and protect her. This book puts them up against the mob as they both race to find the pregnant wife of an killed mobster. This is a wonderful series with depth, action and humour. I really liked it. 4.5/5

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This is the 2nd in this action thriller series featuring a government assassin. After reconsidering his life choices at the end of the last book, Seventeen (the assassin) is pulled back into the life when someone tries to kill him. When he finds out the would-be killer is a 9 year old girl, things get interesting. We learn more about Seventeen's history and his attempt to stop a plot to nuke the world and start again. It was a fun read. 4.25/5!

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This is the first book in what is up to now a two book series. It is a story about an assassin used by governments around the world and a great choice for fans of books such as the “Orphan X“ series. The book has action & violence, complemented with some romance and humour. Many of the the characters have hard backstories that explain their life choices. In this book the hero is tasked with finding and killing the man who came before him. 4.25/5

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Close to Death: A Novel | Anthony Horowitz
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This is the 5th book in a wonderful series that I would classify as a complicated cozy with an interesting twist...the author has written himself in as one of the characters. This one had Agatha Christie vibes and a locked room scenario. It also had a cast of other interesting characters who were all viable suspects. I really enjoyed it and look forward to more from this author. Thank you to HarperCollins and Edelweiss+ for the digital ARC. 4/5

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This is a sci-fi novella that explores the themes of power, slavery, and the connectedness between humans. The unusual, yet beautiful writing style (i.e. the main characters are not named), plus the element of magical realism, make it a weirder story than I generally like, but I found it to be very thought provoking. I think I would have liked to see the story progress even further and I was left at the end thinking I need to reread it. 3.75/5

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I loved “Good Neighbors“ and the dynamics of families and neighbors is an important feature of this new book as well. Once again set in the near future, this one features the ultimate gated community (high walls, guards, etc.). The author does a great job of character development and wonderfully sets up the somewhat creepy atmosphere of the town, it's many rules and traditions, and things that are being left unsaid. Thank you to Edelweiss+. 4.5/5

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This is a great thriller about a woman who returns home after the death of her dad. She is surprised to find out she inherits the family home instead of it being shared among the three siblings. The discovery of a car in a local lake due to low water levels then leads to long kept secrets being revealed. This one had the right amount of suspense, action and family dynamics with a touch of romance. Thanks to Edelweiss+ for the digital ARC. 4.25/5

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The Sleepwalkers | Scarlett Thomas
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This was an entertaining but somewhat strange read. It is told mostly in a series of long letters, that end in midsentence. While it was a very different type of story and I am still puzzling a little over what actually was happening and especially the ending...I kind of liked it. I would have loved to read this as part of a book club, as it leaves you with lots to talk about and lots of questions. Thanks to Edelweiss+ for the digital ARC. 3.5/5

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The Jazz Club Spy | Roberta Rich
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One of reasons I love historical fiction is I learn new things about history. This one, set in NYC in 1939, was somewhat light in that department - although I did learn a few new things. In spite of that lack, it was a fun read about a young Jewish woman who becomes a spy in order to stop as assassination attempt. The story had interesting characters and settings, some action and romance and kept me entertained. 3.75/5 stars!

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While there was a nice bit of romance in this book, it was had more depth than many books of that genre. It is the story of a woman who at 21 was left to care for her 8 year old sister when their mom abandoned them. Now, ten years later, the younger sister wants to find their mom with the help of a podcaster. It deals with sacrifice, abandonment, siblings, parenting, romance and learning to live for yourself again. I really enjoyed it. 4/5 !

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The Secret Keeper | Genevieve Graham
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This was a fabulous, well researched, WWII historical fiction, that in a interesting change was told in only 1 time period. It featured two Canadian women (twins), both who joined the Wrens (Women's Royal Naval Service). One was a mechanic & pilot and the other a Morse Code expert & code breaker. There was family dynamics, romance, and heroism and it was not only a wonderful read but a great history lesson. I loved it. Thanks to NetGalley. 4.75/5

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Murder Road | Simone St. James
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I have really enjoyed some of this author's previous books and while this one was still entertaining I found the supernatural element a little heavier in this book and a little too much for my tastes. I enjoyed both the main and side characters (especially Rose) and the mystery, but was somewhat disappointed in the resolution. That being said, I finished it in two days, so it was an easy read and held my interest. Thank you to NetGalley! 3.5/5!

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This is the fifth book in this British police procedural series, the first of which is “Close to Home“. I am getting to know all the characters and their backgrounds better (there are a lot of them), which adds to the enjoyment. There are two cases in this one, a sexual assault charge by a male student implicating his female Professor and a murder investigation which puts Adam in jeopardy. I am now looking forward to reading the next one. 4.25/5

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As a Canadian, American politics over the last 8 years has been both fascinating and scary. Behavior that would never have been accepted from politicians before seems to have become commonplace and many seem to have no integrity. I don't agree with all of Cheney's politics, but really admire her bravery for standing up for the truth and share her fear for the next election. The book was a riveting read that I finished in two days. 4.5/5 stars!

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I am not a horror fan, but do enjoy a bit of supernatural and this book suited my tastes. I enjoyed the story and felt in some ways the creepy but elegant old apartment was the star of the book, as the atmosphere Unger created was so well done. I almost wished the book was illustrated and had floor plans. By the midway point I had trouble putting the book down, staying up way to late to finish it. Thank you Edelweiss+ for the digital ARC. 4/5!

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Having caught up on the remaining books in the series it was time to read the digital ARC (thank you Edelweiss+) of this one. The plot in this book takes us back to the monastery from “The Beautiful Mystery“, to Grenoble France where they make Chartreuse liqueur and to northern Quebec. While I would have loved to spend even more time in Three Pines, I thoroughly enjoyed the action in this one and liked that included more of Amelia Choquet. 4.5/5!

Mshookquilts So jealous! 3mo
Mpcacher @Mshookquilts I was very surprised to be offered it and was not going to pass it up. The only downside is now I have to wait so vey long for the next one. 3mo
Mshookquilts Awesome chance for you! 3mo
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A World of Curiosities | Louise Penny
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I love every visit I make to Three Pines and this book was no exception. This one had a bit of everything including reference to real things in history including the École Polytechnique massacre, the accused witch Anne Lamarque and The Paston Treasure painting. It also went back to a couple of earlier cases, one of which was when Armand met Jean-Guy. The story was dark and complicated but very good. 4.5/5 stars.

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I actually own this one and so it slipped in the pile some, it was finally time to read it. I was not disappointed and thoroughly enjoyed revisiting Three Pines and the wonderful characters in this series. I also love when real history is included in part of the story (in this case Dr. Cameron and his CIA funded human experiments at McGill). There are a lot of morality issues in this one and it would be a good choice for book clubs. 4.5/5

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This is the 4th book in this British police procedural series and I have really enjoyed all of them. This one deals with a couple of missing girls, which requires trying to get information from the friends. The crimes seem to have the same MO as that of a serial rapist that Adam Fawley put away many years ago and so he must deal with others thinking he may have been wrong then. The ending sets us up nicely for the next in the series. 4.25/5 stars

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Jaded | Ela Lee
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This book slowly but effectively wormed it's way into my heart and brain. By midway I was completely hooked and only reluctantly let it go when there was no more words to read. The story was frustrating, made me both angry and sad, and was unfortunately a realistic representation of the misogyny and racism that still exists in our world. I also loved the significance of the title. This one will stay with me and is a great debut. 4.5/5 stars!

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This book started out slow and the logical part of my brain found it confusing at times, but I ended up enjoying the story. It reminded me a little of “The Invisible Life of Addie Larue“, although I liked that one much better. This one had time travel, a bit of a murder mystery, romance and strong female characters. In addition the rural North Carolina setting was beautifully captured in two different timelines. 3.75/5 stars!

monkeygirlsmama I picked this up from the library and my first thought when I saw it was that the cover reminded me of Addie Larue also! 3mo
Mpcacher @monkeygirlsmama That one was a wonderful read. 3mo
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The Other Valley: A Novel | Scott Alexander Howard
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This story was quite original and a times a tad confusing, but I really enjoyed it. I found it to be both sad and incredibly thought provoking. The author has created this interesting world where the valley to either side holds the same world 20 years earlier or later. Managing such a society, where someone can change the present if they were allowed to go back, results in a complex set of morality issues. This story will stay with me. 4/5 stars!