Category Archives: fiction

A Castle in the Clouds – Kerstin Gier, Romy Fursland (translated by)

From the publisher, “Witty and charming, this contemporary young adult novel follows a girl as she navigates secrets, romance, and danger in an aging grand hotel.  Way up in the Swiss mountains, there’s an old grand hotel steeped in tradition … Continue reading

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Scavenge the Stars – Tara Sims

Amaya was sold to a debtor ship filled with children conscripted to pay off familial debts.  She spent 10 years diving for pearls, gutting fish, beaten and starved until she escaped.  With the help of Boon, a man she saved … Continue reading

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To The Land of Long Lost Friends: No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency (20) – Alexander McCall Smith

Oh My! It was so nice to be back in Botswana, feeling the hot dry wind blowing in from the Kalahari, appreciating the lacy shade of an acacia tree, and listening to the musings of Mma Ramotswe. When she happens … Continue reading

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The World That We Knew – Alice Hoffman

The world changed for Hanni in 1941. Berlin became a very dark and dangerous place. Hanni knew that her twelve-year-old daughter, Lea, must be sent away. But Lea could not go alone and Hanni must stay with her invalid mother. … Continue reading

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Turbulence – David Szalay

She had been visiting her son in London. He has cancer and she is very afraid he will die. But now she must return home to Madrid and is very afraid of flying. After some turbulence she converses a bit … Continue reading

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The Wicked King – Holly Black

The sequel to The Cruel Prince opens with all of Jude’s plans coming to fruition.  Oak is safely growing up in the human world until he comes of age to rule, replacing Cardan.  Cardan now rules, temporarily, but is well … Continue reading

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The Legend of Sally Jones – Jakob Wegelius

Last year, Delecorte Press published The Murderer’s Ape and I thought it was terrific. So very unique.  I recently ordered a hardback of The Legend of Sally Jones published by Pushkin Press and not readily available in the US.  The … Continue reading

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