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This blog was developed to give me a space to give you recommendations of books that I’ve read and loved.  Hope you enjoy them as much as I!

Rules for Visiting by Jessica Francis Kane

 “A beautifully observed and deeply funny novel of May Attaway, a university gardener who sets out on an odyssey to reconnect with four old friends over the course of a year.” This is the Goodreads opening paragraph from its review. I could not have written it better.

I’ll Never Tell by Catherine McKenzie

After their parents’ death, the McAllister siblings return to the camp where they spent their summers to read the will. They are faced with coming to terms with the murder of a camper twenty years prior. Their father’s will makes demands upon them that makes the process quite painful. It is suspensful, really well written […]

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The Heart’s Invisible Furies by John Boyle

Cyril Avery’s life is reminded frequently that he isn’t a real Avery. He spends a lifetime trying not to look too deeply into who is is, what he wants and where he’s going. This gets him into trouble throughout his life, until he finally takes a long look at himself. His story is sad, witty […]

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The Dutch House by Ann Patchett

Danny and Maeve are thrown out of the Dutch House – an immense, fairy tale-like home that their father, Cyril, built for his wife. The house maintains a hold on them and as the book progresses we begin to understand why. The book is well written, suspensful and the characters are wonderfully sketched out.

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How Not to Die Alone by Richard Roper

This hilarious, profound book reminded me of Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine. Andrew has a ho-hum job, lives alone in a ho-hum apartment and seems stuck as the years roll on. He, reluctantly, falls in love and as he grapples with how to express his love I found myself rooting for him to face whatever […]

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Olive Again by Elizabeth Strout

Read Olive Kitteridge before you read Olive Again. In Olive Again we follow Olive in her later years and find out even more about her life through the people in her hometown. It is as profound, funny, sad as Olive Kitteridge – it will not disappoint.

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The Innocents by Michael Crummy

After their parents die unexpectantly, a young boy and girl must figure out how to survive on the remote island in Newfoundland upon which their family has lived. The book is heartbreaking and oh- so- dark. It is beautifully written but beware – it is very sad.

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Akin by Emma Donaghue

Noah, retired professor, reluctantly “inherits” his great nephew, Michael. Noah, again reluctantly, brings Michael on a trip to France. The two battle a huge generational divide and come out a little scarred but changed forever. It’s a brilliant, funny, wise look at how much we all have to learn about life and living – regardless […]

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The Testaments by Margaret Atwood

The sequel to The Handmade’s Tale. It’s Atwood – brilliant, terrifying, darkly witty – what more needs to be said.

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Dearly Beloved by Cara Wells

Charles and James are ministers who are sharing a parish. They couldn’t be more different. Charles’ wife, Lily and James’ wife, Nan are also very different from each other. This is a beautiful story about how they manage the trials and joys of life. It challenges us to consider the place of religion, spirituality and […]

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