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RW
RW

The Ringmaster’s Wife

This novel had to be a great deal of work with a huge amount of research. There is so much within the pages that reflect upon the time period. It holds fascinating facts and a solid story overall.
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Lilac
Lilac

Lilac Girls

New York socialite Caroline Ferriday has her hands full with her post at the French consulate and a new love on the horizon. But Caroline’s world is forever changed when Hitler’s army invades Poland in September 1939—and then s...
 
 
 
 
 
 
First
First
First

The First Hostage

Readers who like action-packed, page-turning political thrillers will love "The First Hostage" as much as I do.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Drawing Fire
Drawing Fire
Drawing Fire

Drawing Fire

"Drawing Fire" is a decent introduction to a new series by a seasoned fiction author.
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Beverly Lewis
Beverly Lewis

The Photograph

I think anyone who likes Amish Romance novels will enjoy "The Photograph."
 
 
 
 
 
 
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James
James

Every Crooked Path

What can be said about a Steven James thriller that hasn’t already been said?
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Newt
Newt

Duplicity

Political thrillers have always intrigued me because I enjoy learning about the inner-workings of Washington DC. In this regard, Duplicity did not disappoint.
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Falling Like Snowflakes

I think any reader who enjoys a sweet romance with a bit of tension, action, suspense and the ambiance of a Maine winter tale will like "Falling Like Snowflakes."
 
 
 
 
 
 
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AmishChristmasGift

An Amish Christmas Gift

I was happy with the outcome of all three novellas, which were all very different. I think that fans of Amish Romance will enjoy these heart warming stories.
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Dangerous Tidings

"Dangerous Tidings" is a great addition to my holiday season reading collection.
 
 
 
 
 
 
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On This Foundation

Apart from dense information which slows down the narrative and a flat ending, "On This Foundation" is an engaging and entertaining read.
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Serafina and the Black Cloak

really hope that Beatty is going to fill more pages with adventures for Serafina. His well woven threads of mystery, the fantastic, suspense and heart touching story has captured my attention and I can imagine so much more.
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Crown
Crown

My Brother’s Crown

The book is geared toward Christian women who like historical fiction and contemporary romance with a little mystery thrown in.
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Bathsheba_Design

Bathsheba: Reluctant Beauty

"Bathsheba" is a fascinating retelling of a biblical story which shows that God’s mercy is greater than the gravest of sins.
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Season of Salt & Honey

"season of Salt & Honey" would appeal to those who like emotional fiction with a dash of romance. But, really, the focus is on relationships. I would recommend it.
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Hiding Places

Overall, I was disappointed in the read.
 
 
 
 
 
 
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The Bones Will Speak

"The Bones Will Speak" is a decent suspense novel. There are several places where Parks could tighten things in order to compare to her general market counterparts, but the book is still a page-turner.
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Trial Run Cover
Trial Run Cover

Trial Run

"Trial Run" asks a lot of speculative questions and does an excellent job of following those questions down the proverbial rabbit hole.
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Grace
Grace

A Promise of Grace

Rochelle Keim has lived in Pinecraft for almost twenty years among her Mennonite brethren and the Amish of Sarasota. Unlike the snowbirds who visit Pinecraft from the north, Rochelle is a year-round resident of the unique Plain...
 
 
 
 
 
 
Direct Hit
Direct Hit
Direct Hit

Direct Hit

"Direct Hit" is a solid debut effort with an intriguing setting and a surprise ending which mystery readers will enjoy.