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Review: Madam, Will You Talk? by Mary Stewart

Review: Madam, Will You Talk? by Mary Stewart

I loved Mary Stewart’s King Arthur series, starting with The Crystal Cave, when I read them as a teenager in the 1970s. I am not sure if I ever read any of her romantic suspense books then, but when there was a sale on ebook versions of them last year I bought a few because I knew she was a great writer and trusted I would enjoy them. Madam, Will You Talk? finally drifted to the top of my TBR this week and I decided to read it. Yes, I was reminded, she really is a great writer. This was a very good book.

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Best Reads of 2018

Best Reads of 2018

The following are the best books I read in 2018. Some of these books were not published in 2018 (some, in fact, were published a long time ago), but they were the best books I read for the first time in 2018. They are listed in no particular order. All of them are worth your time.

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TBR Challenge 2018

Review:  Free Fall by Emma Barry & Genevieve Turner

TBR Challenge 2018

Review:  Free Fall by Emma Barry & Genevieve Turner

Once again I am behind in my blogging, but the #TBRChallenge is getting me back into the groove. (I have been reading, but have not been writing and posting reviews.) Luckily, the theme this month is Series – book that is part of series, and I just happened to be reading such a book: Free Fall by Emma Barry & Genevieve Turner. Free Fall is part of the Fly Me to the Moon series, an alternate history version of the

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Review:  Until We Fall by Jessica Scott

Review:  Until We Fall by Jessica Scott

I think I have read every romance that Jessica Scott has published. She writes contemporary romance that involves members of the U.S. military, and her familiarity with this world really shows. She is an active duty army officer and her knowledge and experience in this world ensure her world building reads as authentic and very real. I know some think that world building applies only to the make-believe worlds in

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TBR Challenge 2018

Review:   Breakaway by Catherine Gayle

TBR Challenge 2018

Review:   Breakaway by Catherine Gayle

It has been a busy month, and I see I haven’t reviewed any books since my last TBR Challenge review. I am trying to write a book of my own and I haven’t had as much spare time to do other things, like reviewing my “fun” reading. In fact, the book I have chosen for this month’s challenge (theme this month: Contemporary) is a book I was assigned to read as part of a plotting course I am taking to improve my

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TBR Challenge 2018

Review:  To Have and To Hold by Patricia Gaffney

TBR Challenge 2018

Review:  To Have and To Hold by Patricia Gaffney

The theme for this month’s TBR Challenge is Kicking it Old School (original publication date older than 10 years). I picked To Have and to Hold by Patricia Gaffney, which was originally published in 1995. It is the second book in the Wyckerley Trilogy. I knew this book was a bit controversial, but I bought it when it was on sale a long time ago and I never got around to reading it. I had previously read and

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Review:  The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

Review:  The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

The Name of the Wind is a big book, with a big reputation. It has been recommended to me a number of times, and I finally decided to listen to it via audiobook. I love reading big books (this is 662 pages in print), and I particularly love listening to a big book – the audiobook version takes 27 hours and 56 minutes to complete. I listen when I am walking my dogs, exercising, and sometimes when cooking or doing

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TBR Challenge 2018

Review: The Captain’s Daughter by Jennifer Delamere

TBR Challenge 2018

Review: The Captain’s Daughter by Jennifer Delamere

The theme for this month’s TBR Challenge is Sugar or Spice (closed door romance or spicy romance). I picked The Captain’s Daughter by Jennifer Delamere. I have read very few books that I would classify as part of the Inspirational or Christian Fiction genre and it is always good to try something new, and it was there waiting for me in my TBR. In trying to come up with the keywords for this review, I

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Review:   Burn Bright by Patricia Briggs

Review:   Burn Bright by Patricia Briggs

Burn Bright is the 5th book in Patricia Briggs’ Alpha & Omega series, which right now is my absolute favorite book series. It is set in the same world as her Mercy Thompson series, and I would recommend reading them both: they are truly wonderful books, and the world building is fantastic. You need to read these books in order, however, as the plot does depend on what came before. You could read just this

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