Last Call at the Nightingale, by Katherine Schellman

★★★ An atmosphere that transports you to the back alleys of 1920s New York in stellar fashion, with engaging characters walking through a story that is just shy of being good enough for them Set around a speakeasy in prohibition era New York, Last Call at the Nightingale transports you to the world of Vivian …

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The Murder of Mr. Wickham by Claudia Gray

★★★ What's not to enjoy in this creative Jane Austen fan-fic, multi-verse edition, where you get to say goodbye to the original Regency romance scoundrel? Ride-or-die Austenites will appreciate the joining of so many beloved characters No, the title is not a tease - this really is a story about Mr. Wickham’s murder, which should …

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A Rip Through Time by Kelley Armstrong

★★★★ Just enough inspiration from well-known favorites like Outlander to intrigue, with enough original fun to thrive on its own - looking forward to the next books in the series As a sometimes rabid Outlander lover (ok, all the time, I have the scotch thistle wedding ring…), I am a sentimentalist who gives a chance …

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The Memory Keeper of Kyiv by Erin Litteken

★★★★★ Had I not read Erin Litteken’s bio prior to reading her debut novel, I have no doubt it would have still been painfully and poignantly obvious that this story has personal roots. The depth found here is just something that can’t be taught; it has a connection that you can curate but not create, and …

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Fun Facts #1 – Cancel the (!!!!)

I passionately hate exclamation points, unless I am communicating directly and casually with a person who I know needs/wants that extra bit of clarity in “chatty” communication. And even those are rare; apparently I’m also old now, because I still prefer to tell a teammate or employee face to face (or the digital equivalent) if  …

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The Hotel Nantucket by Elin Hilderbrand

★★★ A classic Elin Hilderbrand beach read with her characteristic mingling of characters. It’s a fun story that mixes past and present but feels rushed, is overloaded with side stories, and lacks the Nantucket magic we are used to. First, some context. I love Elin Hilderbrand; she’s tops in my Guilty Pleasures list, and a …

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