Author Archives: EHL

The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue – V.E. Schwab

France, 1714 – Addie LaRue DID NOT want to be married, not to anyone, but especially not to Roger, a widower with three small children. So on her wedding day she runs away into the forest and falls asleep with … Continue reading

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The Midnight Circus – Jane Yolen

This is a three ring circus like no other. It is the dark side of The Emerald Circus. I loved those stories and thought I might not like Yolen’s dark side. I should not have worried, for these stories chilled … Continue reading

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Fable – Adrienne Young

From the publisher, “Welcome to a world made dangerous by the sea and by those who wish to profit from it. Where a young girl must find her place and her family while trying to survive in a world built … Continue reading

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The Evening and the Morning – Ken Follett

Edgar’s life is upended when a Viking raid leaves his father dead and the family boat building business destroyed. Looking for a new start, the family moves to the village of Dreng’s Ferry. There his life becomes entwined with Ragna, … Continue reading

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The Year’s Best Science Fiction Vol.l: The Saga Anthology of Science Fiction 2020 – Jonathan Strahan, Ed.

This is a great assortment of very fine authors, Ken Liu, Rebecca Roanhorse, Kim Stanley Robinson, Ted Chiang, just to name a few, but my favorite story was from an author unfamiliar to me: Charlie Jane Anders. I loved her … Continue reading

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Rebel Spy – Veronica Rossi

From the publisher, “A reimagining of the story behind Agent 355—a New York society girl and spy for George Washington during the Revolutionary War.  Rebellious Frannie Tasker knows little about the war between England and its thirteen colonies in 1776, … Continue reading

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How to Raise An Elephant: No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency (21) – Alexander McCall Smith

Mma Ramotswe can find a way to solve any problem, so she doesn’t think this one can be too hard. Surely taking care of a baby elephant is something she can manage . . . or is it? And she … Continue reading

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Migrations – Charlotte McConaghy

Franny has an irresistible urge to wander. She just cannot stay in one place for very long. She also has an irresistible urge to swim in the ocean, the very cold ocean. And she has a great love for birds. … Continue reading

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The Burning Kingdoms – Sally Green

From the publisher, “In this conclusion to the epic Smoke Thieves trilogy, the world has erupted into all-out war. King Aloysius is mining powerful demon smoke and using it to fuel an unstoppable army of children. March, now banished for … Continue reading

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The Time of Green Magic – Hilary McKay

From the publisher, “When Abi’s father marries Max and Louis’s mom, their families start over together. Abi suddenly finds herself the middle child, expected to share far too much—especially with grubby little Louis. Then they move into an eerie, ivy-covered … Continue reading

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The Faithless Hawk – Margaret Owen

From the publisher, “Dangerous magic, a tormented romance, and lethal betrayals come to a head in the thrilling sequel to Margaret Owen’s The Merciful Crow.  As the new chieftain of the Crows, Fie knows better than to expect a royal … Continue reading

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Anxious People – Fredrik Backman

The eight strangers who were participating in an apartment viewing could not, in their wildest imaginations, have thought this would have been a life-or-death situation. (And really it wasn’t, but they didn’t know that!) You see, a bank robber burst … Continue reading

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Chasing Chopin: A Musical Journey Across Three Centuries, Four Countries, and a Half-Dozen Revolutions – Annik LaFarge

There have been many, many, biographies of Chopin. Do we really need a new one? Yep . . . we need this one, because it is a biography of Chopin’s music:  how he composed, how he played his music, how … Continue reading

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The Geometry of Holding Hands: An Isabel Dalhousie Novel (13) – Alexander McCall Smith

What a treat in this era of staying home and self-distancing. Isabel Dalhousie is always calm and reassuring. You know that everything will be all right, eventually.  This time, her problems center on her niece, Cat, who has an unsuitable … Continue reading

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Or What You Will – Jo Walton

He has had an amazing life. He can be anyone, do anything. He can be a boy or a god, play anyone. It’s hard to believe he is just a figment of Sylvia’s imagination. But it’s true, and he has … Continue reading

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