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Four Stars A Cupboard Full of Coats is a story about family, poor choices, and lasting results. I would classify this book as modern realism, so some of the scenarios will be disturbing for some. But, there are lessons to be learned from a book like this one. Perhaps the most important is to see […]

Five Stars I have read all of Kathryn Hughes books, but Her Last Promise is the best one to-date. Hughes’ vibrant characters keep this multi-faceted story intriguing and engrossing. I know my jaw dropped open at least once. As a writer myself, I applaud the growth I see in this author’s writing. Simply a must-read!

Five Stars If you are familiar with the AMC series The Son starring Pierce Brosnan, you will find listening to or reading The Son by Philipp Meyer to be a unique experience. The book version contains several timeline differences that in my opinion make more sense than the one the television series portrays. The Audible […]

Four Stars I enjoyed listening to the Audible version of Peter Lovesey’s The Last Detective. I deduced the solution to this first Peter Diamond mystery before the end, but the narrative brought to mind some of my favorite who-dun-it authors and television programs. It provided an engaging listen while completing a project, which fulfilled my […]

Five Stars As a life-long fan of the Little House series, I enjoyed listening to the Audible version of this fictional account written from Caroline Ingalls’ point of view. This novel begins at the end of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House in the Big Woods, spans the Little House on the Prairie time period, and […]

Four Stars I started reading this tome on my Kindle, but I didn’t finish before my book club discussion. So, I switched to Audible version, which allowed me to listen while accomplishing other tasks. I’m giving the book four stars because about the Lewis and Clark Expedition is expansive. I learned more about the conditions […]