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A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles

Five Stars

A Gentleman in Moscow is an exquisite story written in the spirit of Russian literature with a contemporary voice. Spanning from 1922 to 1954, this book tells about a Russian count under house arrest in a hotel in Moscow.  With historical accuracy and unforgettable characters, this is a title to move to the beginning of your “to-read” list.

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You Can Do This: Seizing the Confidence God Offers by Tricia Lott Williford

Four Stars

Tricia Lott Williford’s You Can Do This: Seizing the Confidence God Offers is an encouraging read for building self-confidence and navigating life. Williford draws from her own experience gaining confidence as a widow and as a mom of two boys. Although I questioned the choice of a few quoted authors, there is wisdom in Williford’s take on how to find confidence through a life following examples from Scripture. This book is one to return to whenever a pick-me-up is in order.

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Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate

Five Stars

Lisa Wingate proves herself as a consummate storyteller with her novel Before We Were Yours. Using historical fiction, Wingate tells the tale of true-to-life abductions for profit through illegal adoptions during the 1920s through 1950. Readers will not soon forget the generational saga of these characters connected through scandal and secrecy.

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The Cold Dish by Craig Johnson

It was a mystery to me until the very end…what I thought of this book, I mean. As a fan of the Longmire TV series, I can honestly say that reading the book is a different experience. Reading the book usually is.

I laughed out loud starting at page one. There is a humor in the book that is somewhat lost in the television series. I also didn’t recognize this particular mystery from the series, so watchers-turned-readers (or the other way around) will not be disappointed. The amount of ballistics information is impressive (and somewhat daunting), yet in all good writing essential to the story premise. But, the ending!

I wasn’t sure I would continue the series, but after this first helping I will continue to enjoy.

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The Healthy Writer by Joanna Penn and Dr. Euan Lawson

Four Stars

I found several helpful tips for being, not just a healthy writer, but a healthy person. This is a resource to go back to for motivation and advice throughout life. I would argue that anyone with a sedentary occupation would benefit from the recommendations within this book. I gave it four stars only because some of the suggestions were ones I would not apply personally. But, modifications can be made with any form of habit-building, which makes this book a great place to start.