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A review of The Six Sisters series by Marion Chesney

I have been listening to an entertaining Regency romance series about six marriageable sisters while I fold laundry. Their father is a country vicar with money woes and he manages to marry off his daughters to ever richer husbands in order to sustain his expensive hunting habits. Each of the six Armitage daughters gets her own novel and although I'm only on book four, each book has ended in a happy marriage so far. I suspect that all six do. I'll be very disappointed if they don't. Between the more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
April 9, 2013 | 0 comments
Two New Thrillers I have a couple of new thrillers to tell you about today. The first is a debut by Koethi Zan and the second is the fifth in a series by Linda Castillo. And while I'm calling them thrillers, I classify them as both thriller and mystery on my Goodreads shelf. I think tone and pacing make them thrillers but each is a solid mystery as well. The Never List by Koethi Zan is dark and twisty from the very first more

Reviewed by Jane J on
April 8, 2013 | 0 comments
A review of Guyku by Bob Raczka

In honor of National Poetry Month, join the fun and check out a creative collection of haiku, especially for boys! In Guyku: A Year of Haiku for Boys by Bob Raczka and Peter H. Reynolds, we read through the seasons as boys catch grasshoppers, make zipping and clanking bikes, and wait expectantly for snow days. Illustrations are sparse and match the text of each haiku. Many will make you smile, such as: “If this puddle could/talk, I think it would tell me/to splash my sister,” or, “I more

Reviewed by Tracy on
April 5, 2013 | 0 comments
A review of And the Miss Ran Away with the Rake by Elizabeth Boyle

How do you find love when you live in a village that has been cursed? A village where the ladies have no prospects and no possibility of traveling to London to find a husband. Elizabeth Boyle’s wonderful new Regency series “Rhymes with Love” tells the love stories of a group of friends who come from such a place. The first love story was detailed in Along Came a Duke, the story of Miss Tabitha more

Reviewed by Kathy K. - Central on
April 4, 2013 | 0 comments
A review of On a Farther Shore: The Life and Legacy of Rachel Carson by William Souder

A little over fifty years ago, there was a revolution in American culture. Its lead instigator was a scientist, and the weapons were words—or rather, a book called Silent Spring. At first glance, author Rachel Carson seemed like a mild-mannered government worker, a woman who excelled at teasing out hard facts from scientific works and converting it into elegant prose. She had already climbed the bestseller lists with her eloquent depictions of ocean and beach ecologies, winning the more

Reviewed by Katie H. on
April 3, 2013 | 0 comments
New Baseball books Hey baseball fans opening day is here, so why not check out some of the new baseball books that are out or coming out. 501 Baseball Books Fans Must Read Before They Die by Ron Kaplan American Jews & America's more

Reviewed by Kathy K. - Central on
March 29, 2013 | 0 comments
A review of PICKLE by Kimberly Baker

The first thing you need to realize about pickle making is that it is serious business. Pickling has a long and illustrious history in the food preservation industry. Pssst! Are all of the grown-ups gone? They are? Great. Then we can let you in on a secret. The League of Pickle Makers is really a cover for the newest club at Fountain Point Middle School—the P.T.A. (Pranks and Trick Association). The club was started by me, Ben Ruiz, and we only do pranks that are funny or fun and not mean. If more

Reviewed by Carissa - Alicia Ashman on
March 29, 2013 | 0 comments
A review of Lessons from Madame Chic: 20 Stylish Secrets I Learned while Living in Paris by Jennifer L. Scott

The Huffington Post recently published an article about the 10-Item Capsule Wardrobe and at the time I read the article I thought, no way, man! I can't do that and I don't want to! Then I read about the idea again in the book Lessons from Madame Chic written by The Daily Connoisseur blogger, Jennifer more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
March 28, 2013 | 0 comments
A review of And Then She Fell by Stephanie Laurens

What would you do if you inherited a magic necklace that is supposed to help you find your true hero, the love of your life? Would you put it away, disbelieving its power or would you wear it and see what happens, particularly if it got results and would then be passed down? Henrietta Cynster falls in the former category until her younger sister Mary badgers her to wear the necklace. Mary believes in the power of the necklace given to the Cynster women by a Scottish deity and she has her more

Reviewed by Kathy K. - Central on
March 27, 2013 | 0 comments
A review of Cane by Jean Toomer

One of the dangers of getting into any novel is the temptation to associate the narrator of the story with the author. But in the case of Cane, it is especially difficult not to think of the experience of its creator, Jean Toomer. Born in 1894 to a family equally divided between black and white, Toomer spent much of his life shifting back and forth over the color line, marrying into white families while also teaching at a segregated school in rural Georgia. (He also briefly attended more

Reviewed by Katie H. on
March 26, 2013 | 0 comments
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