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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!

Everyone in this Room will one Day be Dead

by Emily Austin

Gilda, who can’t stop thinking about death, goes to the local Catholic church in response to a flyer for free therapy. Father Jeff assumes she’s here for a job interview and hires her to replace his recently deceased receptionist, Grace. Gilda isn’t even Catholic and is too embarassed to correct him so she takes the job. Grace’s old friend has been trying to reach her through the church’s email adddress so Gilda, who feels sorry for her, responds pretending to be Grace. What harm can it do? Turns out Grace’s demise is suspicious and the police come around asking questions. I loved Emily Austin’s ability to lay bare what disconnection and loneliness feel like. And, of course, she does it all with humour and gentleness.

The Bullet that Missed

By Richard Osmann The Thursday Murder club reconvenes to chase down and solve some cold murder cases. Richard Osmann has created a cast of characters that are easy to love and I always look forward to new novels in this mystery series. They’re all great fun!

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Vigil Harbor

By Julia Glass Vigil Harbor is a small coastal town in the US that is feeling the effects of a changing climate. Julia Glass creates a host of characters that are all grappling with the devastating cost of our disregard for the earth. She writes with compassion, wisdom and wit as she explores how people […]

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Our Missing Hearts

By Celeste Ng This is the story of the love Margaret, a Chinese American poet, has for her twelve year old son, Bird, that is in conflict with her resolve to right the wrongs of a society that has rendered a whole people invisible. Bird’s father is a former linguist professor who now shelves books […]

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The Hidden things

By Jamie Mason How does a stolen, 400 year old painting come to hang in the hallway of fourteen year old Carly Liddell? It’s a secret that can no longer be kept when the video that captures her fending off an attacker at her front door goes viral. What happens next will get your head […]

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The Theory of Crows

by David Robertson Matthew and his troubled, daughter Holly, set out to find the trapline of his father’s youth. This book is an exploration of the bonds within a family and the healing that the land can provide. David Robertson writes with compassion and wisdom providing hope for his characters, and by extension, his readers. […]

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Fayne

By Ann-Marie MacDonald Charlotte Bell grows up on Fayne, an isolated estate in Scotland being cared for by her adoring father. She has a strange “condition” that prevents her from attending school, she has the run of the moorlands, she is precautious and fearless. Ever so slowly, Charlotte pieces together the mysteries surrounding Fayne and […]

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Demon Copperhead

By Barbara Kingsolver Demon Copperhead “Set in the mountains of southern Appalachia, this is the story of a boy born to a teenaged single mother in a single-wide trailer, with no assets beyond his dead father’s good looks and copper-colored hair, a caustic wit, and a fierce talent for survival.” I am amazed at Barbara […]

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Tomorrow, Tomorrow and Tomorrow

By Gabrielle Zevin Sam Masur and Zadie Green love gaming. They create a blockbuster game and are catapulted into success. I have never been interested in gaming, yet the world that Gabrielle Zevin creates and the characters who inhabit it had me hooked from the moment Sam and Zadie meet. Zevin is funny and wise […]

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The Last Party

By Clare Mackintosh The setting is a village by a lake and nestled in the mountains of Wales. Rhys Lloyd, universally hated by all (whose reasons become clear as the novel progresses), along with his investors, has built cottages for rich English “foreigners” . During a Christmas party, where the villagers reluctantly gather with the […]

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