Monthly Archives: April 2016

“In her wake” by Amanda Jennings – Book Review

Which is the worst punishment?  Living with guilt or living with hate?  Both can poison a person from the inside out. Both can ravage the soul… Henry Campbell, doctor, beset by guilt and walking on eggshells around his neurotically unstable … Continue reading

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Cover Love ~~ (Part 1; in red walking away)

There is an old English proverb that states “You can’t judge a book by its cover”. I have to disagree.  Perhaps we can’t judge, but we can certainly use covers to choose books.  Anyone who says they don’t is fooling … Continue reading

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“Some Women” by Emily Liebert

They say that big ‘life changes’ are some of the most stressful events in people’s lives. Marriages, divorces, births, deaths, moving, new jobs, etc. This is the story of three very different women – though they share the common female … Continue reading

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“Lilac Girls” by Martha Hall Kelly – Book Review

“Lilac Girls” is a story of the mind numbing horrors of war.  Horrors so gruesome that they are unimaginable unless you’ve experienced them first hand. The author has written about them in such a way that you as a reader … Continue reading

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“The boy from Zion Street” by Geoffrey Seed – Book Review

An articulate and beautifully rendered story that shows how the sins of the fathers do often profoundly effect subsequent generations.  As Shakespeare once said: “The sins of the father are to be laid upon the children.” Like many historical novels, “The … Continue reading

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The top of my TBR pile… (or, laments of a book blogger)

I’ve read 27 novels since January 1st, 2016 – so… I’m on track for my target of 100 books this year.  I’ve read some excellent novels – and some that didn’t live up to the hype. Now, with various new … Continue reading

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“Sight lines” by Michelle DiCeglio – Book Review

“Sight lines” introduces the reader to Lacey Mills, a workaholic lesbian police woman in small-town Ohio.  She is a loner, having lost her partner Tara (who was also her bosses daughter) to a serial killer.  She is working on the … Continue reading

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“The Stopped Heart” by Julie Myerson – Book Review

Time has long been a concept that has proven mysterious to many – myself included.   The way it seems to ‘go fast’ or ‘slow down’ when in fact the minutes and seconds remain the same…   Einstein concluded in his … Continue reading

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“Still Mine” by Amy Stuart – Book Review

Clare O’Dey is a runaway wife.  She has taken very little with her, but she has tons of ‘baggage’. Clare is running from her abusive husband – and running from herself…  On the road in an old, unreliable and unregistered car … Continue reading

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“The Widow” by Fiona Barton – Book Review

Told from different points of view, “The Widow” is a debut thriller that will stand the test of time and hold it’s own with the best of them.  The contemporary British setting, with the advanced technology and social media, make … Continue reading

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Fictionophile’s tips for new NetGalley members

Note: This blog post has been updated August 16, 2019 For avid readers, readers who like to share their reading experiences by reviewing, and pretty much any book blogger – NetGalley is a dream come true.       So many … Continue reading

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“Homecoming” by Tanya Bullock – Book Review

        A touching and intelligent novella, “Homecoming” examines the relationships that take place within the confines of an English nursing home.  It addresses the confusion, bewilderment, and pathos of those suffering from dementia.  The story speaks to the … Continue reading

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“Orchids and Stone” by Lisa Preston – Book Review

Are we as a society too apathetic?  Do we not want to become involved – just carry on with our own self-centered lives?  This novel asks the question “How far would you go to help a stranger?” Strong on characterization, “Orchids … Continue reading

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