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Zbayardo

Zbayardo

Joined April 2016

Libro lover. Bibliotecaria. 😎💗📚
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Funny Story | Emily Henry
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Emily Henry can do no wrong. 😍🥰FIGHT ME! 🤨
And she did what she does so well again with this swoooooontastic romance read that paid a special little homage to librarians. I absolutely fell in love with these two loveably flawed characters. Miles is a Hotty-McHotty!!!
I loved the message reminding us that even in the darkest of times there‘s always room for hope.

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The Rom-Commers: A Novel | Katherine Center
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I LOVE ROMANCE READS and this one is a hilarious and heartwarming ode to the genre. Emma is a screenwriter with a passion for crafting the perfect rom-com. When she lands the dream job of rewriting the script of her idol, the cynical Charlie Yates, sparks fly…literally and figuratively! The banter between Emma and Charlie is pure gold, with a delightful enemies-to-lovers dynamic!

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UNPUTDOWNABLE! TRIGGER WARNINGS! SICK! TWISTED!
Geez, this book was one of the most twisted pieces of writing I have ever read. This author needs some psychological help. AND I LOVED EVERY PAGE OF IT!

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The Devil and Mrs. Davenport | Paulette Kennedy
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UNPUTDOWNABLE read, set in 1950s America!
Loretta Davenport is a young mother and wife to Pete, an ambitious assistant professor at a Bible college. Their seemingly idyllic life takes a sinister turn when a local girl is murdered, and Loretta begins to receive messages from the beyond.
This is a 5 🌟, must-read for horror, paranormal thriller readers!

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Family Family: A Novel | Laurie Frankel
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This offers a refreshing take on adoption narratives, challenging the stereotype of pain and regret. I loved it!
I loved the children characters and their quirkiness. I loved the back and forth, very frank, hilarious conversations. Her twin ten-year-olds, with their witty banter and unexpected insights, provide comic relief amidst the chaos. I was laughing out loud one moment and contemplating different perspectives and profound truths the next.

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This Could Be Us | Kennedy Ryan
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5🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 and 5🌶️🌶️🌶️🌶️🌶️ for this swoon-worthy read!
It gave “Waiting to Exhale” vibes with Soledad‘s journey from the wreckage of a shattered life to phoenix rising celebrating self-love, reinvention, and the courage to love again. And the romance…WHOA WHAT A ROMANCE! 🥰
If you love reading Tia Williams and Colleen Hoover, then Kennedy Ryan is a definite must-read author as well!

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Louder Than Hunger | John Schu
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A raw, honest, and emotional novel in verse that ultimately feels like a triumph while shedding light on a painful journey towards self-acceptance.

Sometimes, it's only through books that we (kids) can find this.

Take care of your heart! 💗
Do what brings you joy! 💖

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What a suspenseful mystery rollercoaster ride! The snark was everything and the mystery made it unputdownable. You‘re left questioning everything and everyone and guessing until the very end with this one!

5🌟 must-read for your book club! And it‘s the GOOD MORNING AMERICA book club pick for March 2024.

LiteraryinLawrence Yay! I‘m so glad to hear you liked it because it just arrived today as my BOTM. 3mo
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The Women: A Novel | Kristin Hannah
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Kristin Hannah did it again with an extraordinary story of WOMEN HEROES during the Vietnam War. I loved how Hannah captured the essence of the time with the music of the time that we all know and love.
A 5⭐️ tribute to the forgotten sacrifices of WOMEN WHO SERVED even though many said for years, “there were no women in Vietnam.” A sad read of a time marked by turmoil but so important to share especially during the upcoming Women‘s History month.

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The Teacher | Freida McFadden
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Wait a minute!!!! I‘VE GOT SOME PROBLEMS AFTER THIS ONE!!!
This was a quick and entertaining psychological thriller that revolves around some teachers and students at Caseham High School. WARNING: lots of cringe with this one if you‘re an educator!

Monica5 This is in my pile from the library 3mo
Zbayardo @Monica5 you should read it! Mainly to tell me your thoughts on the epilogue! 3mo
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What a swoon-worthy, irresistible, 🌶️🌶️🌶️ sexy 5🌟 read! With a little bit of jazz and the Harlem renaissance as well as modern day Harlem, mixed with a little bit of magical realism and a whole lot of romance.

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Redwood Court: Fiction | DLana R. A. Dameron
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I love family sagas but this one just didn‘t do it for me. It was all over the place and so was I while reading. 2⭐️

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Familia | Lauren E. Rico
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4⭐️ read that explores identity, family, and, of course, what every family has, long-buried secrets!

As a fact-checker Gabby DiMarco believes in verifiable truths but those beliefs are rocked when a genealogy test uncovers a sister she never knew existed, a family she never knew she belonged to. Or does she?

A sad read but it also keeps you reading until the final secret revealed!

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Nightwatching: A Novel | Tracy Sierra
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UNPUTDOWNABLE! This one started off with a bang from the get go - a psychological suspense, horror, nerve-shredding page-turner that keeps you on the edge of your seat the whole way through!!
Mom sees danger. Mom rushes to protect her children. Mom spends the whole time struggling to protect her children and just be heard by e everyone that should be listening. And it was maddening but made for a great read!

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Bride | Ali Hazelwood
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A Romantasy read w/werewolves & vampires & one of my favorite spicey authors! A PARANORMAL ROMANCE w/a Vampyre 🧛‍♀️ bride & an Alpha Werewolf 🐺! This is filled w/politics, love, loyalty, & sacrifices but also all the stuff we love Ali Hazlewood for! I‘ll read anything Hazlewood but this one is my absolute favorite now!

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The Exception to the Rule | Christina Lauren
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February is the month of love and friendship AND OUR WEDDING ANNIVERSARY! And so the obligatory romance reading has begun. And if it‘s written by Christina Lauren then you know it‘s going to be all the 💕😍🥰😘💗
This is a cute novella about an accidental email to a stranger that leads to so much more.

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Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned! Pero una Latina enojada es peor que todos los demonios en el infierno!

Xochitl Gonzalez does it again! Another great read from her! This story is set in the world of art in 1985. It goes back and forth from the tragic death of Anita de Monte and the struggles of Raquel, a third-year art history student in 1998. Art history, love, power between the genders, and a vengeful ghost!

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Kinfolk | Sean Dietrich
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Such a great read about unlikely friendships and second chances. This author, Sean Dietrich, is known as “Sean of the South”, because he writes stories that capture the essence of Southern life and the human spirit. And he definitely does with this one. I loved reading the “note from the author” in the back just as much as I loved this story.

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The Heiress: A Novel | Rachel Hawkins
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UNPUTDOWNABLE!!!! What a read I just couldn‘t put away filled with family secrets, intrigue, inheritances, and the haunting legacy of Ruby McTavish Callahan Woodward Miller Kenmore. Yup, that‘s how many husbands Ruby went through! Ruby is an enigma and there are unsettling revelations all throughout this read that definitely keep you reading.
Obviously, it reminded me a lot of THE SEVEN HUSBANDS OF EVELYN HUGO but, dare I say it, THIS WAS BETTER!

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Julie Chavez is an elementary librarian that shares this heartwarming, humorous, candid memoir about the challenges of motherhood, mental health, and self-discovery. This was a very relatable read all about navigating the chaos of family life, work life, all while trying to find joy along the way.

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First Lie Wins: A Novel | Ashley Elston
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I‘m #currentlyreading FIRST LIE WINS and it‘s a twisty good one!

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Ruthless Vows | Rebecca Ross
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What a great conclusion to this intense love story that started with book #1 DIVINE RIVALS!
The first book was all about the beautiful love story between Iris and Roman and, I admit, I wanted more of that. This one was more about the war brought on by the evil, childish god throwing a temper tantrum destroying the world and killing people along the way.
I didn‘t LOVE this one as much but it was still a great read that kept me reading!

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Pedro & Daniel | Federico Erebia
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UNPUTDOWNABLE! What an emotional read about the intricacies of brotherhood, resilience, adolescence, self-discovery, and the good, the bad, and the ugly of family. Starts in the 1970s but goes through the 80s in a Mexican American family. Pedro and Daniel go through so many challenges, navigating a world that often misunderstands and rejects them.
This was a difficult read but the storytelling is tender and powerful.

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Same Time Next Year | Tessa Bailey
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The 🌶️ was very 🔥🥰🤩 but the main male character was sooooo criiiiingy! 😣
Short little novela gets ⭐️⭐️⭐️ with 🌶️🌶️🌶️🌶️!

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My Side of the River: A Memoir | Elizabeth Camarillo Gutierrez
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A memoir that shares the challenges faced by a U.S.-born daughter of immigrants when her parents were forced to return to Mexico and stayed in the US…alone…without her family. I can‘t even imagine! I love how Gutierrez shares the complexities of being both brave and “selfish”. This is a deeply personal account of her experiences as she grappled with family separation and navigated the complexities of teenage life all while trying to “make it‘.

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The Quiet Tenant | Clemence Michallon
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Starting off the new year with a bang of a read!

Aidan Thomas is a seemingly ordinary man but instead has a chilling double life. This is a PSYCHOLOGICAL THRILLER about a serial killer told through the voices of those closest to him - his 13yr old daughter, his girlfriend, and the victim he‘s spared. What a suspenseful debut for this author!

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Getaway List | Emma Lord
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I really loved how complicated and real the relationships were in what I thought was going to be a cutesy, Lifetime movie-like read this was going to be. The mother-daughter relationship struggling through growing up and letting go really resonated with me, obviously.
A nice surprise of a read!

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UNPUTDOWNABLE!!! 5 star read!
Set 1789 Maine, by the frozen Kennebec River. This is a historical fiction, mystery inspired by the life and diary of Martha Ballard, a renowned 18th-century midwife and healer.

There‘s a murder investigation, challenges to societal norms, a beautiful love, and a bad ass strong woman at the lead. I loved every part of it!

jlhammar Hoping to start this soon. Can‘t wait! 5mo
Zbayardo @jlhammar you‘re going to love it! 3mo
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Bright Young Women | Jessica (Author) Knoll
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This was an UNPUTDOWNABLE fictionalized version of the serial killer who loved to hunt young women and then decided to defend himself in court, only to get a cult following of women fawning for him. Sound familiar? I loved that this was told from a survivor's perspective, rather than The Defendant.

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“Take two alcoholics—-one with bipolar and the other with crippling anxiety and let them have eight kids in twelve years: What could possibly go wrong?”

This was a heartbreaking memoir that shares the harrowing experiences of a family grappling with mental illness -from her heavily medicated mother to her manic and sometimes violent father, and siblings dealing with bipolar disorder and depression.
My goodness this family had their fair share!

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Wrapping up spooky season with a great gothic, mystery story of murder, obsessive love, and the dark secrets beneath the surface of a small Louisiana town.

While there were moments when the pacing felt a tad uneven, with occasional lulls in the story it was still a great read that reminded me a lot of WHERE THE CRAWDADS SING.

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What Moves the Dead | T. Kingfisher
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A gothic sporror novella retelling of Edgar Allen Poe‘s THE FALL OF THE HOUSE OF USHER. A slow burn that turned out to be a pretty great read!

What is sporror = spore-horror - a subgenre where mycelia and mosscaps become a driving force of terror, death, and destruction. 🍄😱 I learned about that on TikTok! 😂

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This is a great mix of mystery, family drama, & also an important message about intelligence connected to verbal communication.

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Wellness | Nathan Hill
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This is an absolutely poignant masterpiece of a novel that takes you through the complexities of marriage and the profound stories that connect us all. The writing was frantic and frenetic and you‘d think I‘d hate that but I actually loved the fastness of it all even though after some paragraphs I felt like I just ran a zombie-chased marathon! His writing really is a special highlight in this read - like another character in the story.

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Our Share of Night | Mariana Enriquez
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I do NOT read scary horror books because I‘m a wimp and this one was an eerie, mystical, and creepy AF read.

There‘s a cult, the supernatural, and it‘s all set against the backdrop of Argentina's tumultuous political history and now I need something light and funny that makes me feel warm and fuzzy!

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Good Night, Irene | Luis Alberto Urrea
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I never thought I would ever get into, love, or be a fan of a war novel like I did this one!
This is a 5⭐️ HISTORICAL FICTION read that takes you on a journey back to the heart of WWII. Irene and Dorothy become Donut Dollies, a group of women who provide solace and camaraderie by serving coffee and doughnuts to soldiers on the front lines. ON THE FRONT LINES!!

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Killing Me | Michelle Gagnon
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UNPUTDOWNABLE! Who knew a book about serial killers would be LOL hilarious but also a really good thriller!

Amber Jamison is a whole mess. When she gets kidnapped by a serial killer & is about to be murdered she is upset with herself that it happened to her. Her snark made me snort laugh so much!
But luckily (or maybe not so lucky) she gets saved. And things just get weirder and weirder from there and the twisty tale of a thriller ride begins!

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Vampires of El Norte | Isabel Caas
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What do you get when you mix a love story and vampires set on the US-Mexican border during the 1840s when the US invades Mexico? A supernatural historical romance fiction western!

And Isabel Cañas can write! I love her prose! This is my second read of hers and she is now an automatic must-read author for me.

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Mexikid | Pedro Martin
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“MEXIKID" by Pedro Martín is an absolute treasure of a memoir that deserves nothing less than 5 stars! This is all heart, humor, and pura familia! @mexikidstories
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No Two Persons: A Novel | Erica Bauermeister
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From writer, to manuscript, to publisher, to agent, to audiobook, and then to reader, to reader, to reader. I absolutely loved it!

This is a collection of short stories all connected by one book. No two persons will ever read the same story even if it‘s the same book. 1 book, 1 author, 9 readers all lives touched differently but changed nonetheless.

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Lara Love Hardin's story is a rollercoaster of emotions and she shares it with raw open honesty. This book is a LOUD reminder that no matter how difficult our past may be, it's NEVER too late to find hope and rebuild our lives.

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Night Will Find You | Julia Heaberlin
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Science, psychic powers, and conspiracy, oh my!

Vivvy Bouchet, an astrophysicist with a reluctant psychic ability, finds herself drawn back into the world of the paranormal when a cop she once saved seeks her help in solving a long-unsolved kidnapping case.

The lines between reality and the unknown blur with this one making for a fun mystery thriller read!

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The First Ladies | Marie Benedict, Victoria Christopher Murray
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A historical fiction must-read! Such a great read! And such a great female force - Eleanor Roosevelt and Mary McLeod Bethune - to write and learn about!

This book sheds some light on the extraordinary partnership/friendship between Eleanor Roosevelt and Mary McLeod Bethune and how their unlikely friendship changed the world.

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🌈📚 What a unashamedly proud, loud, & hilarious read! Pawpaw is my favorite & mom…well…mom turns out to be beautifully flawed.

Read this for a feel-good read that challenges stereotypes & embraces the power of love! If you‘re the type to poopoo love, weddings, celebrations, and families of all types then UGH just go somewhere else. The rest of us will have fun & celebrate in LOVE & LIGHT while eating wedding cookies! 🌈💍❤️

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Riley Sager has redeemed himself with this one! This is an UNPUTDOWNABLE mystery thriller that just kept coming with the twists!!!

Prepare to be thrilled, kept in suspense, and pleasantly haunted until the very last page!

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This read was a great reminder of the importance of embracing our uniqueness, challenging the status quo, and fighting for what we believe in and it deserves a million times a bazillion stars. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟Prepare to be thoroughly entertained, enlightened, and uplifted! #favoriteread2023

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Secret of the Moon Conch | Guadalupe Garcia McCall, David Bowles
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A story of love and resilience across time! David Bowles and Guadalupe Garcia McCall have crafted a literary masterpiece that seamlessly blends history, mythology, and contemporary struggles, creating a narrative that is as timeless as it is poignant. This 5⭐️ novel is an absolute must-read for those looking for a heartfelt and mesmerizing journey across time and culture!

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This is a GEM of a read that captivated me from the very first page! There‘s whimsy, mystery, adventure, and was UNPUTDOWNABLE!
This reminded me a Willy Wonka and the chocolate factory but for adults and with books with an underlying message of hope and the enduring power of literature. It reminds us that books have the ability to heal, connect, and transform lives!

Purpleness What an amazing cover! 11mo
Zbayardo It‘s gorgeous and fun! 11mo
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This powerful book explores the complexities of the Latino experience and identity in today‘s US. Tobar writes his own personal experiences mixed together with interactions with his Latinx students as a foundation for his analysis of the meaning of "Latino" as a racial and ethnic identity. A must-read. Highly recommended!

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Hang the Moon | Jeannette Walls
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MY GOODNESS THESE PEOPLE - ENTIRE FAMILY - WERE ALL CURSED WITH MAJOR OJO AND BAD JUJU!
I was rooting for Sallie Kincaid, a feisty and fearless, terrified, and damaged woman who refuses to be corralled, dismissed, or underestimated all throughout this one. This one has a little historical fiction and a whole lotta family drama.