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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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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 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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Britt-Marie Was Here by Fredrik Backman

From the moment I read A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman, I was completely hooked on his books.  The characters in his books are quirky, unique and very loveable. Britt-Marie is a complicated woman; she too is quirky. She was introduced in his book titled My Grandmother Told Me to Tell You She’s Sorry.  In this book Britt-Marie is cranky, a bit of a nag, obsessive-compulsive, nosy and she follows the rules exactly and is frustrated when others don’t do as she expects.
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Blue by Danielle Steel

Good morning, If you are part of the Goodreads community and you set a goal for how many books you are going to read this year, how is it going?  If you aren’t a part of Goodreads, but set a personal goal, I hope you are doing well and reading some great books. Normally I’m so good to keep up with Danielle Steel books; and read them as soon as they are released.  Having gotten behind and now I am trying to catch up, but there are so many good books on my to read list, it’s hard to pick what’s
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See Me by Nicholas Sparks

Happy Valentines Day!  I hope you all are having a special day. In honor of Valentines Day I was excited to share a new romance novel with you, but surprisingly See Me by Nicholas Sparks is more thriller than romance.  Nicholas Sparks books seem to grab me and not let me go until I finish the last sentence on the last page.  This book grabbed me from the first sentence of the first chapter and still hasn’t let go. The cover of the book shows a deserted beach in the background and 3 dead yellow roses laying in the sand, hmmm,
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