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Highly Recommend

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Well Worth The Read

The Seven Year Dress took me back to a terrible time in Germany’s history – the Holocaust. Told from the point of view of a young girl coming of age, the reader comes to understand what that experience must have been like. This heart-wrenching story had me in tears, smiling, and sick at the many inexplicable injustices done to other human beings. It also reminded me of what’s important – life, love, humanity. Mahurin has penned an incredible tale that will reside with me for a very long time. For those who love historical fiction with real grit and honesty, I highly recommend this book.


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Chance Encounters

Chance Encounters

Freelance travel journalist, editor, and producer, Janna Graber, has done a terrific job with this book! Some of you may remember my interview with her over at Christina Hamlett’s blog, You Read It Here First. As someone who also loves to travel, but not nearly as much as Janna and her journalist friends, I became intrigued with the life and experiences of people who travel this globe for a living. I had long suspected that the memories would be as much about the people met along the way, as the incredible vistas and locales. Turns out, I was right.

Chance Encounters is a compilation of wonderful stories by travel writers for people who love to travel, or wish they could! Each personal essay featured is a glimpse into another life, another time, another place, and reminds us that we are connected in ways we often don’t initially recognize. More than stories about the places travelers visit, Chance Encounters focuses on the people who make the experiences richer. Anyone who has ever gone someplace new can relate to these tales of adventure, serendipity, and chance. This is a book worth reading and keeping. Well done, Janna and friends!

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Jeff Rasley’s newest book, Godless, sounds a little misleading. Rather than expounding on the benefits of not believing in God at all, he delves into the theory that if we can put aside our prejudices regarding religion, doctrines, dogma, theology, and politics, we can and should be able to look at each other as human beings sharing this incredible planet. With fresh, insightful thoughts on what it means to be a human being and spiritual person vs a particular religious or political animal, he reminds us of the importance of seeing each other for who we are rather than what we are or what we believe. Using down-to-earth language and open dialogue, Rasley encourages people to become more attuned to the human experience we all share. This is a must-read book for anyone seeking answers to the God question, or who just want a different perspective to some age-old questions surrounding religion.

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Haylee and the Traveler's Stone

Haylee and the Traveler’s Stone

In this latest installment of the Haylee series, Redfern takes Haylee and the reader back in time to 1849 during California’s Gold Rush. Rich in detail and imagination, Haylee and The Traveler’s Stone is sure to draw readers deeper into this wonderful coming-of-age tale of adventure and surprises. Can’t wait to see what this author has up her sleeve for her next book!

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Haylee Need To Feed

Haylee Need To Feed






Teens go through many changes and metamorphoses, but Haylee’s journey is a little different. Haylee is changing a little more than most girls who are becoming young women, because she’s also becoming…something else. Just what that something else is, Haylee’s not certain, but it scares her. And it should. Haylee’s experience of “otherness” has just taken on a whole new meaning. Now, she must find out what she is, and how to deal with the frightening new abilities, and needs, she’s discovered.


Haylee-Need To Feed is the second installment in Lisa Redfern’s new series, which is aimed at YA readers who love to be drawn into mystery. So, if you enjoy science fiction, fantasy, and YA novels, then you’ll want to check out this series.

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The First Book in a Great Ride

Haylee The Awakened Seed

Haylee The Awakened Seed

This is an excellent YA novel that beckons the question, What If? What if a young girl really can communicate with animals? What if that young girl harbours a secret she is only just learning the terms of herself? What if she grows up and begins to change – to become something more?


Lisa Redfern’s first novel in the Haylee series, Haylee; Awakened Seed, is chock full of descriptive narrative that leads the reader into the life of a young girl whose experience of “otherness” is remarkable, but also relatable. After all, don’t we all feel a little different sometimes?


This is an excellent story for readers who enjoy fantasy, YA (young adult), and coming of age adventures.

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Cover Look Sharpe!

Cover Look Sharpe!

This is the first book in Karen Perkins’ Valkyrie series I’ve read, and right from the beginning I was drawn into the world of English aristocract turned privateer, Henry Shape. The descriptive detail in the writing had me feeling as if I were standing right along side Henry as he made his way in his new life as a privateer after the death of his father and failing family finances. It had me anxious to continue the voyage and read more from this excellent writer. A must read for anyone who loves stories of high adventure, privateers, and romance on the open seas!

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