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Review: The Shadow Land by Elizabeth Kostova

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A land that looked nearly untouched by history, a Grimms’ fairy tale setting in Alexandra’s eyes. Elizabeth Kostova dazzled once again for me in The Shadow Land. As a fan of Kostova’s The Historian and The Swan Thieves, once again I am transported…

Review: The Guineveres by Sarah Domet

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The blurb is what really captivated me to pick up this book. Four girls, all named Guinevere, all abandoned by their families at the Sisters of the Supreme Adoration. Sounds interesting? Yes, it does. However the story was an…

Review: The Light in the Ruins by Chris Bohjalian

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I’ve only read one Chris Bohjalian book prior to this, Water Witches, and I wasn’t crazy about the story but loved Bohjalian’s lyrical writing style and the ability to deliver a story with rich characters and a storyline that…

Review: The Dark Monk by Oliver Pötzsch

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I absolutely loved Pötzsch’s first book in this series. It was a smart historical mystery-thriller that I couldn’t put down. However, I didn’t enjoy this book as much. The Knight’s Templar/Monk angle was a little over done, too many twists…

Review: White Truffles in Winter by N.M Kelby

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  White Truffles in Winter delights the senses in this tale of fiction and fact, about the life and loves of famed chef Auguste Escoffier. Based on the simplest of facts: where he lived, worked, his wife and children, his…

Review: The Shadow In the North by Philip Pullman

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  I love Philip Pullman. I’ve yet to read a book I didn’t love by him. If you haven’t read His Dark Materials series then I suggest you stop whatever it is you are doing, head to a library/bookstore/etc and…

Review: The Madonnas of Leningrad by Debra Dean

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Debra Dean’s The Madonnas of Leningrad is a lyrical and elegant novel about Marina, a young tour guide of the Hermitage Museum during the siege of Leningrad during World War II and her present day battle with Alzheimer’s. The novel…