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Adventures of an Urban Homesteader

This book reminded me of the 2015 film It Had to Be You. The protagonist Kendall thinks she knows what she wants. However, she is clueless when it comes to articulating it and trying to achieve it. It is funny (and painful, at times) reading how she blunders through her life, trying to make sense […]

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Versions of Her

Summary: On the surface, Melanie Kingstad-Keyes’s life is the picture of success. She’s a tenure track professor at a prestigious university and has a perfect husband. But a recent miscarriage has left her reeling and her marriage tenuous. Selling her family’s Lake Indigo summer home, which she hasn’t visited in fifteen years, feels like the […]

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Thirteen Stops

Summary: There are thirteen Luas stops between Sandyford and St. Stephen’s Green in Dublin, each significant in the lives of the people who step on and off the tram every day. The passengers all hunker down, folded tightly into themselves, eyes fixed on their phones, interminably scrolling, terrified of connecting with each other. Except . […]

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River’s End

From the blurb:  Olivia’s parents were among Hollywood’s golden couples…until the night a monster came and took her mother away forever. A monster with the face of her father… Sheltered from the truth, an older Olivia only dimly recalls her night of terror—but her recurring nightmares make her realize she must piece together the real […]

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Catch the Girl (Mercy Harbor #3)

Catch The Girl is the third book in the Mercy Harbor thriller series by Melinda Woodhall. I somehow finished the book because I had agreed to post a review in exchange for a free copy.  Never again! The next time I face such a situation, I will mark DNF and move on. I will not […]

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Girl Eight (Mercy Harbor #2)

Girl Eight is the second book in the Mercy Harbor thriller series by Melinda Woodhall. I started reading it in the hope that I would like it better than River Girls, the first book in the series.  It had pretty much the same positive and negative points as River Girls. The only difference was that the […]

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River Girls (Mercy Harbor #1)

When I first came upon The River Girls by MelindaWoodhall, I was excited because it was the first book in a thriller series (Mercy Harbor). I thought thrillers would give me the respite I wanted from the memoirs that I was reading in 2020. I was wrong. Let me begin with the positives. The book had two […]

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Unloved

After Brynn Cadogan’s fiancé Jem is killed in a mass shooting, she almost cuts herself off from the world. One night, while looking through Jem’s things, she finds his phone. On it is his last message to her—just the words ‘Mount Katahdin’, which is Jem’s favorite mountain. Brynn interprets this as him telling her to […]

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Gray is the New Black

This book by Jo Michaels had an interesting premise—a group of grannies, who have been friends all their lives, come together to fight crime. Although over 50, they are quite unlike the ‘normal’ sweet little old ladies that the word granny conjures up. They have wildly colored hair and frequent bars and strip clubs in their fact-finding […]

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The Girl With No Past

Summary: In the year 1919, a woman crash lands in the past, unable to recall even the most basic facts about herself. Her quest for answers turns up more questions, until by chance she meets Damian Glass. After all, some things are meant to be. Or are they?As Damian helps her discover her unlikely identity, […]