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Erin Morgenstern’s “The Night Circus”

I know, this book was trendy a while ago. Why am I just now reading it? Well, to be honest, I picked it up when everyone else was reading it but couldn’t get into it. It’s very cloak-and-dagger in the beginning. It does take a bit of a commitment to really get into the story, but it’s completely worth it. Glad I picked it up again. So we see Celia and Marco from their early years. And it’s not really clear until we’re almost at the end what’s going on here. But they are taken under Read more […]

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Charlie Holmberg’s “The Paper Magician”

This is barely classified as romance, but it’s a love story I really enjoyed. You meet Ceony, a young magician-in-training who is about to begin her apprenticeship. In this world, magicians bond with a particular element and work only with that element the rest of their lives. Ceony has her heart set on being a smelter but lands in the home of a paper magician instead because there is apparently a shortage of paper magicians. So now we meet Emery Thane, her mentor. He’s a quiet, work-obsessed Read more […]


Petra Durst-Benning’s The Glassblower

The Glassblower When their father suddenly passes away, three sisters must find their way in a world that is clearly not meant for independent women. After spending their entire lives helping their dad in his glassblowing business, they are unwed with no idea how to pay for the basic things, like food. But their father was well-known and well-loved and it doesn’t take long before they find themselves working in the much-busier shop of another glassblower. Now they are faced with the challenge Read more […]

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Sarah Fine’s “Marked”

Marked “Marked” was a good read. Sarah Fine does a superb job at creating a supernatural story line that is unique and gripping while blending in a love story that only gets more complicated as you go. The time period isn’t incredibly well-defined but it definitely has a post-apocalyptic vibe to it. Large cities now lack running water and most people are far worse off than they are today. Crime is rampant and unless you land a once-in-a-lifetime position, you’re going to struggle for all Read more […]


Nora Roberts’s “Dark Witch” 3

I was so excited to read this book. I’ve read a lot of Nora Roberts and generally walk away happy I spent the time with her. But this book just didn’t hit the mark for me. Granted, it’s possible my expectations were too high — I love anything involving magic and the supernatural. In this tale, you begin with the original Dark Witch whose descendants come back together in modern times to finally defeat the wizard who took her down and wreaked havoc on the lives of many. We follow Iona Read more […]

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Charity Bradford’s “Stellar Cloud”

A review of Charity Bradford’s “Stellar Cloud”   This book is a little jarring. It took me a while to figure out how to describe it. I clearly enjoyed Stellar Cloud, (4 Whatzits after all). But it’s jarring. There are a lot of cliff-hangers in this collection. Because of the lack of resolution in many of them, and their length being a little on the short side, your brain wants to make sense of them all—as though they represent some sort of timeline or multiple perspectives at the same Read more […]


Melinda Leigh’s She Can Hide

She’s not very good at staying hidden Abby Foster is not quite the typical damaged woman, but she does have the standard trust issues. Without giving away important plot twists, she’s been hurt by a few important men in her life and it’s led her to sleeping with lights on and moving to a new town where she can start over completely. She Can Hide isn’t a simple tale about a broken heart that needs to mend. Abby was kidnapped three years earlier and is not remotely over it when this book begins. You Read more […]

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The Dressmaker

Kate Alcott’s The Dressmaker 1

From a sinking ship Tess becomes a rising star First off, The Dressmaker isn’t much of a romance novel. I feel like Amazon lied a little bit to me about this book. But I’m glad it did because, once I accepted that the leading men weren’t that big a presence, I really enjoyed the book. Tess is a seamstress in England who is being treated like a lowly servant. One day she just snaps and walks out. There’s a big ship leaving for America and she’s determined to talk her way onto it. Read more […]