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The Charm Bracelet: A Novel (The Heirloom Novels) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250071323
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Published: Thomas Dunne Books - March 22nd, 2016

This is Chris' review of The Charm Bracelet.

The Mothers: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780399184512
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Published: Riverhead Books - October 11th, 2016

A raw and realistic story of two young adult girls who matured through teen heartaches, acceptance and broken relationships - all under the scrutiny of "The Mother" a fond but opinionated group of women at the local church. The pastor's wife is the domineering influence over the girls. 

The Other Einstein Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781492637257
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Published: Sourcebooks Landmark - October 18th, 2016

This is he revealing life story of the woman behind Albert Einstein's success. This novel is provoking, suspect, and heartbreaking as Mileva's genius accomplishments are shadowed by her husband's quest for fame. Who rightfully should have won the Nobel Prize?

A Certain Age: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062404961
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - January 3rd, 2017

The roaring 1920s Jazz Age in New York is all the rage and setting for a bitter love triangle. This novel is complete with alarming discoveries among the social elite and a shocking crime that could destroy a young daughter's aspirations for love! 

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ISBN: 9780778319788
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Published: Mira Books - February 28th, 2017

Neurosurgeon Maggie Sullivan is seeking refuge at Sullivan Crossing to mend her broken heart and empty womb amidst a raging malpractice suit. Mysterious camper Cal may be the answer to her prayers. 

The Weekenders: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250065940
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Published: St. Martin's Press - May 17th, 2016

Riley Griggs is deeply attatched to Belle Isle. When her husband's body washes ashore, there's more than his mysterious death to read. It's going to take a hurricane to save this island and her broken heart. 

In the Unlikely Event Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781101875049
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - June 2nd, 2015

Is it a bird... a plane... Superman? It's a plane- three of them in fact! Taken from archives of 1952 flight tragedies in Elizabeth NJ, Blume weaves a coming of age tale of Miri Ammerman.

A Life Everlasting: The Extraordinary Story of One Boy's Gift to Medical Science Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062438225
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Published: HarperOne - September 27th, 2016

A mother's relentless commitment to track her infant son's organ donation fulfulls baby Thomas' legacy. This journey while nurturing his twin brother brings awareness to the medical community and healing to the family. Must read with a tissue handy!

The Women in the Castle: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062563668
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Published: William Morrow - March 28th, 2017

A novel rich and compelling- a must read for historical fiction lovers! this story details three war widows and children with brief reflections during WWII  which provide insight into matters after war. Their husbands were part of the Nazi resistance. Shattuck masterfully unfolds the devistation of women and their choices. 

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ISBN: 9780399583315
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Published: Berkley - June 6th, 2017

Movie star Ronnie Sunshine has spent her life craving attention and deeply neglecting her three estranged daughters. She summons her daughters to reveal her fate- her final performance, and she needs her daughters to help to aid in her suicide, but  not before she re-establishes some strong familial bondee that never existed in the first place. 

Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear Cover Image
ISBN: 9781594634710
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Published: Riverhead Books - September 22nd, 2015

What is creativity? According to Gilbert, it's the relationship between a human being and the mysteries of inspiration. We all behold "big magic" in our hearts.

The It Girls: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062567772
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - October 24th, 2017

Historical fiction at its best! The account of the famous and at times infamous lives of Elinor (author) and Lucille Sutherland (fashion designer). You will be enraptured by the detail of the sisters' lives in Europe and the US at  the end of the 19th century through WWI! A page turner as you discover why they were the "It Girls" of their day with all the joy and heartbreak along the way- this read will not dissapoint you.

The Other Alcott: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062645333
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - September 5th, 2017

Since the release of Little Women, May Alcott, alias Amy March, has lived in the shadow of her older sister Louisa May Alcott. Louisa continues to live in the limelight of her prolific writing, and her wealth provides for the entire family, including May and her painting hobby. May is determined to make her own way in life without Louisa's financial control over her. Her passion for art and making her own way in the world supersedes all. She thrives to be more than just "the other Alcott" sister.

Mr. Dickens and His Carol: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250154040
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Published: Flatiron Books - October 31st, 2017

This is one for the Dickens FAN! This is a vibrant historical fiction retelling of the beloved "Christmas Carol." Silva weaves the plot of "A Christmas Carol" from characters and events that were a part of Dickens' life. It was magic and hope with every chapter unfolding the true meaning of Christmas; is it a wonder why Scrooge will forever live on? Read and discover how he came to be and why he will live on every Christmas. 

Jonathan Unleashed: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781101980927
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Published: Penguin Books - June 6th, 2017

Jonathan struggles with working a job he hates, parents he disappoints, scheduling vet visits, and is now trapped in a huge internet wedding. Have no fear though, in the essence of "Rin Tin Tin," the dogs came to his rescue. 

A Very Special Year Cover Image
By Thomas Montasser, Jamie Bulloch (Translated by)
ISBN: 9781780748665
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Published: Oneworld Publications - July 12th, 2016

A quest to restore a failing but wonderous bookstore after a beloved Aunt Charlotte dissappears sends young Valerie on a yearlong journey. this book is a much magical is it is mysteryous. The charm and wonder will keep you guessing and spark a deire to visit this charming German bookshop. 

First Comes Love: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780345546944
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Published: Ballantine Books - April 4th, 2017

Giffin passionately exposes the tragic repercussions of dealing with the loss of an aspiring son, beloved brother, & best friend. The Garland family has falllen apart since Daniel's fatal accident. The sisers are at a crosroads and healing begins when they uderstand not only does "love come first," it is the only thing that remains in the end. 

The Gilded Life of Matilda Duplaine Cover Image
ISBN: 9780778318873
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Published: Mira Books - April 26th, 2016

Thomas, a young news reporter, discovers a Beverly Hills princess held captive all her life by an overly protective father. Thomas and Matilda fall in love and escape the fortress. Their forvidden live threatens to destroy their lives and the lives of others around them. Sometimes escape isn't the answer in life. 

The Swans of Fifth Avenue: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780345528704
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Published: Bantam - October 25th, 2016

The finest decades in Manhattan reveal the glamour, the wealthy, and the social events that surround the elite women in New York! Truman Capote tempts fate with an tell-all book that threatens more than just the Swans of Fitfth Avenue, which once upon a time were his "pack." 

Two by Two Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781455520688
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - August 1st, 2017

Russell green once had it all- a beautiful wife and an adorable 5-year old daughter. A series of unforseen events leaves him in a quandary to reestablish his career and care for his love, daughter London, amidst an unfurling divorce. Russell has to prove London should stay with him and not move to Atlanda with his ex-wife. 

The Madwoman Upstairs: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781501126307
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Published: Touchstone - November 22nd, 2016

A delightful, twisted story of the last Bronte descendant. Samantha Whipple embarks on a queer search set up by her deceased father that reveals more than she expected. This debut novel explores the mystery and intrigue of the Bronte legacy. 

The Fifth Letter Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062413567
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Published: William Morrow - January 24th, 2017

What could be better than four long-time friends sharing their annual vacation? they share an unbreakable bond, however one drunken evening they partake in a "share an anonymous letter" game. But secrets revealed, even anonymous ones can sever the best of friends when shocking information in exposed. Stay tuned for a troubled marriage, substance abuse, secret prenancy, and hartbreaking diagnosis!

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ISBN: 9780553497311
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Published: Yearling - October 4th, 2016

Arthur T. Owens is depressed and upset over his father's death but certainly that's no reson to throw a brick at a defenseless junk man! At Arthur's sentencing the Junk Man offers an alternative to juvie- to work for him. Athur's community service is quite the eye-opener as he collects trash for the Junk Man and stumbles upon his creations, especially "The Third Heaven."

The Hope Chest: A Novel (The Heirloom Novels) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250105073
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Published: Thomas Dunne Books - March 21st, 2017

A beautiful story of a couple's life well-lived, but cut too short. Mattie reminisces over items in her heirloom chest as she faces her final months of life, with her devoted husband and home health workler. The chest is given a spirited new life after Mattie's death. 

The Little French Bistro: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780451495587
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Published: Crown - June 13th, 2017

With tears streaming down her face, marianne planned her own death. It was supposed to be a simple walk in the deep ocean, engulfing her final breath- but fate intervenes and she discovers herself in a new country. Marianne takes a leap of faith to determine her own value and discover she is worthy of love, friendship, and a new life. 

The Secret Wife Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780008102142
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Published: Avon Books - November 15th, 2016

Two lives intertwined one hundred years apart. Kitty travels across the Pond to New York to claim her inheritance- a broken down cabin in the New York wilderness near a beautiful lake. She needs to clear her mind and broken heart before she takes control of her life once again. The mystique of the cabin and the great-grandfather she never knew reveals a historic love affair between Officer Dimitri & Grand Duchess Tatiana Romanov. Her roots and family revelations are all beginning to make sense now. 

To Capture What We Cannot Keep: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250071446
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Published: Flatiron Books - November 29th, 2016

A compelling and forbidden love story is encased in the glorious and controversial construction of Gustave Eiffel's majestic tower. Incredible detail of the tower adds to the mystique of Paris before the turn of the 20th century. Love and lust is in the air, but social etiquette vetoes the hopeful couples.

The Alice Network: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062654199
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - June 6th, 2017

An ingenious balance of historical fiction! Charlie St. Claire escapes from her high society mother in Europe to search for a beloved first cousin, Rose, who has mysteriously dissappered after WWI. She crosses paths with Eve Gardiner, a recluse alcoholic that was part of the WWI women spy group- The Alice Network. Charlie enlists her help to find Rose and in teh process discovers way more than she bargained for. Eve has an ulterior motive sure to bring her nightmares to an end even on the brink of murder. 

Little Fires Everywhere Cover Image
ISBN: 9780735224292
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Published: Penguin Press - September 12th, 2017

This captivating read begins with a fiery climax then traces the events that lead to its devastation or new beginning- it's a matter of opinion! What determines the "right" way of life, the "right" way of parenting, or the "right" home environment? When a quiet mother, Mia Warren and teen daughter, Pearl move to perfect suburbia outside Cleveland they are determined to finally set roots down. A mysterious painting titled "Virgin and Child" spins a web of questions and deceit. What kind of person is Mia and what kind of artist is she? What is her relationship with the arsonist?

The Book That Matters Most: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780393354096
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - August 1st, 2017

Ava has the good fortune of joining a very exclusie book club facilitated by her dear friend Cate. The members are to select a book that matters most to them for the group to read and discuss. Presently Ava's life is in personal turmoil and to make maters worse the book she chooses is mysteriously unobtainable. 

The Identicals Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316375214
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Published: Back Bay Books - February 20th, 2018

Harper and Tabitha, identical twins lead very different lives since they were forced to separate as teens when their parents divorced, thus forcing deep animosity. Tragedy strikes 14 years later and the twins switch islands (Nantucket & Martha's Vineyard) to salvage their broken lives. 

Young Jane Young: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781616205041
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Published: Algonquin Books - August 22nd, 2017

Aviva Grossman aka Jane Young, an ambitious political intern becomes an obsession in Florida when she is injured in a car acciden with congressman Levin. (Hmm, suspiciously sounds like Chappaquiddick!)  Avivia escapes to Maine with a new name - new career change -  and, you guessed it - a new baby daughter. Three generations of women tell the story- superb! 

Dinner with Edward: A Story of an Unexpected Friendship Cover Image
ISBN: 9781616206949
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Published: Algonquin Books - June 13th, 2017

Weekly gourmet meals provide much more than nourishment for grieving nonagenarian Edward and young but broken-hearted Isabel. Oh what I wouldn't give to have an Edward in my life!