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A review of Someone to Wed by Mary Balogh

Mary Balogh is a hit or miss author for me. I always admire her writing, but she doesn't always grab me emotionally. Her newest is definitely a hit. A lovely, warm story that strikes all the right notes. Alexander Westcott is the new Earl of Riverdale, a title he never expected to inherit (for more about that read the first two books in this Westcott series). Alex is responsible and honorable and he's faced with a massive challenge. Though he inherited an estate with the title, he didn ...read more

Reviewed by Jane J on
November 15, 2017 | 0 comments
Wisconsin Book Festival Event Though the big weekend of Wisconsin Book Festival events is past, the Book Fest goes on year round. Next up is a visit from the incredible Alexander McCall Smith. He's here to talk about the latest in the Precious Ramotswe series, The House of Unexpected Sisters: Mma Ramotswe and Mma Makutsi are approached by their part-time colleague, Mr. Polopetsi, with a troubling story: a woman, accused of being rude to a valued customer, has been wrongly dismissed from her job at an office ...read more

Reviewed by Jane J on
November 13, 2017 | 0 comments
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A review of Sweet Revenge by Andrea Penrose

Lady Arianna Hadley has led a colorful, and hard, life because of the choices her father made. After his murder Arianna takes on a disguise and the role of French chef in an aristocratic household, both so that she can support herself and to investigate. Her specialty is making incredible creations from the newest food fad in Regency England, chocolate. Her precarious existence is threatened when the Prince Regent takes ill after consuming one of her desserts. Allesandro De Quincy, the Earl of ...read more

Reviewed by Jane J on
November 9, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of The Girls of Murder City: Fame, Lust, and the Beautiful Killers Who Inspired Chicago by Douglas Perry

I'd seen the movie Chicago - which is about the fictional Roxie Hart and Velma Kelly who get away with murder - and had been aware that it was based on real goings-on in 1920's Chicago. But I didn't realize how closely the story tied to actual events and that the original play (which would later become the musical) was written by a female reporter who wrote about the real murders for the Chicago ...read more

Reviewed by Jane J on
October 30, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of Now that You Mention It by Kristan Higgins

“The first thought I had after I died was: How will my dog cope with this?The second thought: I hope we can still go with open casket.Third thought: I have nothing to wear to my funeral.Fourth: I’ll never meet Daniel Radcliffe now.Fifth: Did Bobby just break up with me?” Nora Stuart has just had a pretty successful night at work when she steps off a curb and is hit by the Beantown Bug Killers van. When she wakes in her own hospital’s emergency room ...read more

Reviewed by Jane J on
October 5, 2017 | 0 comments
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I’m a late convert to podcasts. When everyone else jumped on board three years ago and was listening to Serial, I wasn’t. I can’t even tell you why. I do like true crime stuff and I’m a bit of a news junkie. But I haven't been an audio-type person (not audio books anyway). So the podcast world was passing me by. Until recently. After a friend showed me how easy it was, I dove in. Thanks to Beth, I’ve developed a nice list of ‘casts that I regularly listen to, some (though not all) of ...read more

Reviewed by Jane J on
September 26, 2017 | 0 comments
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Pinney Mini Book Festival On September 23rd, the Pinney Library will hold it's fourth annual Pinney Mini Book Festival connecting local authors and patrons. In addition to a local author presentation of 5-10 authors, Pinney will host a panel session comprised of 3 successful authors, editors, and/or publishers. We hope this will further foster community and collaboration among local budding authors who are ...read more

Reviewed by Jane J on
September 11, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of When She Woke by Hillary Jordan

"When she woke she was red. Not flushed, not sunburned, but the solid, declaritive red of a stop sign." So opens Hillary Jordan's sophomore novel (after Mudbound). Up until recently Hannah Payne has lived a pretty blameless life. Raised in a fundamentalist christian family she has always followed ...read more

Reviewed by Jane J on
September 5, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of The Widow's Kiss by Jane Feather

I used to read Jane Feather but haven't picked up anything of hers in a while. So I decided to dip back in and read one I hadn't yet. And boy am I glad I did. The Widow’s Kiss starts off with a bang, or maybe that’s a thud, when Lady Guinevere Mallory has a hand in the death of her drunken, abusive husband. He comes at her while she is standing on a balcony and ends up falling to the stones below. Whether or not Guinevere intended his death is unclear. Even her longtime ...read more

Reviewed by Jane J on
August 30, 2017 | 0 comments
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Wisconsin Book Festival The Wisconsin Book Festival just announced the line-up for their 15th Anniversary event, November 2-5, 2017. You won't want to miss this. Check out the event schedule at:  ...read more

Reviewed by Jane J on
August 25, 2017 | 0 comments