Winter Garden by Kristin Hannah

Have you read any novels by Kristin Hannah yet? Winter Garden is the perfect book to read this winter, curled up under a nice fuzzy blanket.  Let yourself fall into the pages of this book, I promise you won’t be able to put it down. I first discovered Kristin Hannah’s books through book club several years ago and am working my way down through all of her 20 + novels. She writes so vividly and in color that you feel as though you are sitting in the novel with the characters. After finishing Winter Garden, I just couldn’t wait to
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Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline

Happy Halloween, I just finished the Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline and thoroughly loved the story.  The book was published several years ago and has been sitting on my Kindle just waiting for me to finally pick it from the list. The Orphan Train is a historical fiction book that tells one girls story of immigration and being put on one of the orphan trains that traveled from the East coast to the Midwest, and was filled with orphaned children.  The children were taught how to present themselves to families looking for foster children or to simply use them
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Dishrags to Dirtbags by Brooke Santina

Happy Fall! Fall is my very favorite time of year.  I look so forward to cooler days, crisp cool nights, changing colors in the leaves and hot apple cider.  But, when you live in Southern California, sometimes fall is just a dream.  We are suffering with Santa Ana winds, hot, dry days and the fires have been tragic.  Yet, I will turn on the a/c, curl up with a blanket, cup of tea and a book to pretend it is fall outside. I have finished some really great books lately, so watch for them on the blog. The first one
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Blossom on the Road of Dreams by Christopher Lentz

Happy September, I hope you all had a wonderful and fun filled Labor Day weekend.  School has either already started for some and the rest are going back this week. Labor Day weekend seems to close out the summer for us.  While it is a little sad to see the warm and long days of summer end, I love Fall and look forward to the season. To close out the summer, I read the 2nd book in the Blossom trilogy written by Christopher Lentz, Blossom on the Road of Dreams.  It was a light and easy read, the perfect ending
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Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

A few months back I attended a presentation with friends at a local library.  Several large publishing houses had sales staff in to give presentations on new books being released. Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine was a book they talked about and recommended, especially if you had read Britt Marie Was Here by Fredrik Backman and loved it. Eleanor is Gail Honeyman’s first novel.  She wrote the book while working full time, which I find surprising as the book is so well written. Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine, but she isn’t.
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The Trumpet of the Swan by E.B White

Summer is slipping away and will soon be a distant memory.  I hope you all will have great memories of adventures, vacations and lazy days this summer. I think I told you all that one of my reading goals this year was to go back and re-read a classic book that was a favorite when I was a kid.  I thought it would be fun to see if the book still held the same magic it did years ago and would I finish and still love it?  Would it hold the same message or would I see something different this
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Mothers, Sons, Beloveds, and Other Strangers by Janie Dempsey Watts

Hi, How is your summer reading coming along?  I got an email the other day from Goodreads to let me know that I am behind on meeting my 2017 reading goal.  I haven’t done as much reading as I had planned this summer, too many other activities to distract me.  So when my paperback copy of Mothers, Sons, Beloveds and Other Strangers arrived from the author, it was perfect for my summer reading.  The book is filled with short stories and each one can be read over a cup of tea or coffee. Knowing your summer is busy too, I
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The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See

Do you read most of your books on an e reader or do you prefer to hold an actual book?  I am an e reader girl only because it is so convenient.  I can read from my phone if I am sitting somewhere; the kindle is so easy to travel with and it holds all of my books. With the recent rumblings of a travel ban on any electronics larger than a cell phone on planes coming from Europe.  I didn’t want to get stuck having to pack my kindle in my checked bags if policies changed while I was
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Night Road by Kristin Hannah

Happy June!  Summer is just around the corner and I am ready, hope you are too!  Have you found any great summer reads that you can recommend? In the last few weeks I finished a book for book club and it was not good, so didn’t want to share it with you.  Life is too short to read boring books. I am working on finishing another book, I put it on hold to read the book club book and am loving it, so hope to blog it for you in a few weeks. In the meantime, after a very boring
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Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper by Phaedra Patrick

Happy Tuesday!  I have been lazy lately and not getting much reading done.  Bee’ing a little sluggish on the book I am currently reading. I’m having trouble getting in to it, which is a surprise as it is written by an author I really enjoy. But I do want to share a book that I loved and our book club just finished. The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper by Phaedra Patrick is gem.  Once in awhile a book comes a long that you can’t put down and then it hangs in your memory long after you have finished the last page.
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