Category Archives: highly recommend

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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Raphael, Painter in Rome – Stephanie Storey

When Raphael was eleven, he promised his dying father that he would become the greatest artist in history. This book is the story of how he tried to keep that promise.  The painting of Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel has been told … Continue reading

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Twilight Hauntings – Angie Sage

From the publisher, “In Book One of the Enchanter’s Child duology, New York Times best-selling author of the Septimus Heap series Angie Sage crafts a fantasy world where enchantment is illegal, Oracles knit octopuses, wizards run around in soggy underpants, … Continue reading

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Trace Elements : A Comissario Guido Brunetti Mystery – Donna Leon

When Brunetti receives a call from a hospice saying a dying woman has asked to speak to the police, he and his colleague, Claudia Griffoni, respond quickly. “They killed him. It was bad money. I told him no” was all … Continue reading

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The Blossom and the Firefly – Sherri L. Smith

From the publisher, “From the award-winning author of Flygirl comes this powerful WWII romance between two Japanese teens caught in the cogs of an unwinnable war, perfect for fans of Salt to the Sea, Lovely War, and Code Name Verity. Japan 1945. Taro is a … Continue reading

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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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Washington’s End: The Final Years and Forgotten Struggle – Jonathan Horn

When he left office in 1797, George Washington planned to stay busy with “rural amusements.” But it was not to be. He was in debt. The farm was a money pit. He needed to rid himself of his many slaves, … Continue reading

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Educated for Freedom: The Incredible Story of Two Fugitive Schoolboys who Grew Up to Change a Nation – Anna Mae Duane

In the 1820s most Americans did not see a need to educate black children. Reading, writing and a bit of math would do very well. After all, these children were seen as inferior. But the people who established the New York … Continue reading

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Fireborne – Rosaria Munda

From the publisher, “Annie and Lee were just children when a brutal revolution changed their world, giving everyone—even the lowborn—a chance to test into the governing class of dragonriders. Now they are both rising stars in the new regime, despite … Continue reading

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Tiger Queen – Annie Sullivan

From the publisher, “In the mythical desert kingdom of Achra, an old law forces sixteen-year-old Princess Kateri to fight in the arena against twelve suitors to prove her right to rule. For Kateri, losing is not an option because in … Continue reading

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Tidelands – Philippa Gregory

Midsummer Eve, 1648, the scene is set. A grey church, a grey sky and a woman waiting to meet a ghost. Instead, she meets a handsome priest, running from danger, and her life is changed forever. Philippa Gregory had me … Continue reading

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