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The Gilded Hour
The Gilded Hour

 

Historial Fiction.  The book follows two strong women who are two of the few female doctors in the late 1800's, both graduates of the Women's Medical School.  Doctors Anna and her Mulatto cousin Sophie live and practice in 1883 New York City.  They battle with Comstock, an anti-vice crusader (and real historical figure), assists to find the bad doctor(s) who are murdering well-to-do mothers seeking family planning, locate missing orphaned siblings and find a little love at the same time. Those familiar with Donati will recognize these doctors are the decendants of characters is the Wilderness series. Donati has a way with words making you feel like you are there in New York with the rich the poor and those in between.You get a new sense of what the landscape of New York was like in 1883. Book Two of this newer series came out in 2019.
The Secret, Book & Scone Society
The Secret, Book
& Scone Society

 

Normal business women with intuitive abilities living in a (sort of) normal town.  This is book one. Book four was released in January, 2021.
This series is a cozy mystery which I don't normally pick up. I am not sure why I picked this one up (perhaps the visual of books and scones on a beautiful book cover) but I am enjoying this series. The author seems to write better with each book. -Rachel
Little Faith
Little Faith

 

 I read an article, "The River We Swim,"  by Nickolas Butler  in The County Today and was intrigued by his writing style and his message of knowing what we are capable of. I called the library and later that day, I picked up four of Butler's books. I read "Little Faith" first. The story looks at doubt and how a person can be challenged during the course of his or her lifetime to believe or not believe in the faith tradition that he or she is  grounded in. As we experience the challenges of 2020, there are no easy answers to most questions, which is something the novel addressed, but didn't answer. "Little Faith is an  intergenerational story about family and community and how our faith is challenged during each season of the year and the seasons of our lives. -Marian
Cast in Shadow
Cast in Shadow

 

Book was very well written but the world building needs to be explained more. Also, instead of reading the first book of this series I would recommend reading 6.5 first. This is the main characters backstory and things make much more sense this way. -Delia
Fated for Felony
Fated for Felony

 

Out of all the psychic eye mystery books this one was a personal favorite. Not only is there a cold case that needs to be solved, and a serial killer on the loose, but the sheer genius in which she ends the book on a plot twist is amazing. Something this author has never done is leave a book on a cliff hanger. Can’t wait for the next book in the series! - Delia

(This is book 16- The first in this series is Abby Cooper, Psychic Eye)

Crush the King
Crush the King

 

I have never disliked a Jennifer Estep book and this one definitely holds true. Estep is wonderful at world building without making it overly complicated to understand. Action scenes are beautifully written and the whole plot of this book made it hard to want to put it down. -Delia

(This is book 3- The first in this trilogy is Kill the Queen)

The House in the Cerulean Sea
The House in the
Cerulean Sea

 

I want to read more by this author!  Klune has a way with words and such an imagination!  Open this book and transport yourself from a dark, dreary, rainy existence to a magical island full of adventure, love, laughter, magic... and a "different" viewpoint on how to treat and act around others who may not look like people you are used to, even if Extremely Upper Management from the Department in Charge of Magical Youth disagrees. -Susan
Homes
Homes: A Refugee Story
(available as e-book)

 

“Homes: A Refugee Story” by Abu Bakr al Rabeeah is a biography written by a young Syrian refugee with the help of his ESL teacher in Canada.
This first-hand account of fleeing a war torn nation told through a child’s eyes evokes empathy and puts a face to one of the most pressing humanitarian crises of our time. Abu Bakr’s ability to reflect on his disrupted and displaced daily norms, like playing soccer with his cousins and his family’s persistent entrepreneurial spirit, due to violence in his home nation is appropriate for all ages and will certainly only grow in importance as we look for historical non-fiction to teach our own children what occurred during the Syrian civil war. I would recommend this book to anyone looking to disentangle political headlines with the reality of what the Syrian conflict has meant for families just like yours. -Marie
Mistress of the Art of Death
Mistress of the Art of Death

 

Historical fiction at its best.  Franklin creates Adelia, the only female forensics investigator in the  middle ages.  Trained in the east by learned men, she is summoned to find the villain who has murdered children in King Henry II's realm.  Jews are blamed, but are they responsible for the deaths?  Adelia is a wonderful character created for Franklin's series of medieval mysteries.  She is strong, independent and oh so, bright.  This is the first book and you will want to read the entire series. - Dawn
Perfect Days
Perfect Days

 

A psychological thriller that is equal parts disturbing and implausible.  Yet I was hooked by the first chapter.  The book takes place in Brazil, and without giving much away, is the story of a loner med student and the woman he falls in love with. -Denise
Undaunted Courage
Undaunted Courage

 

The author is a true storyteller of this non-fiction book as he takes you are on a journey exploring uncharted territory. I highly recommend this book. -Rachel
Accidents of Providence
Accidents of Providence

 

Set in 1649 London as Cromwell is taking over the kingdom after the beheading of Charles II, the novel is the story of Rachel Lockyear, a glove-maker's apprentice, who is arrested for killing her newborn baby.  But did she? Rachel is the victim not only of severe new laws, but of her affair with a married nobleman. The novel is a gritty, well researched portrait of 17th century England as well as a mystery and a love story.  Pelletier creates full-bodied characters.  If you liked "The Dress Lodger," "Fingersmith," or "Year of Wonders," you will like Rachel's story. -Dawn
The Lost and Found Bookshop
The Lost and Found
Bookshop

 

Family is family and each one has a truth. - Georgiann
A Long Petal of the Sea
A Long Petal of the Sea

 

A historical novel/love story about refugees from the Spanish Civil War relocated to Chile.
One of my favorite authors, and this is one of her best! -Nancy
The Bitter and Sweet of Cherry Season
The Bitter and Sweet
of Cherry Season
Family dynamics and likable characters who mess up. -Rachel
Dear Edward
Dear Edward
This is one of those books that I enjoyed without reading the inside cover. -Rachel
Lady Clementine
Lady Clementine
Historical Fiction

The Woman behind the man

This is the fourth book by bestselling author Marie Benedict, this time featuring the extraordinary life of Lady Clementine Churchill, who helped make Winston Churchill the figure we all know. 

Marie Benedict writes about a different woman in history in each book she pens - each a woman who helped shape the man remembered in history books. -Susan

Travels with Charley in Search of America
Travels with Charley in Search of America, Biography
This is one of my most favorite books to read/listen to for pure enjoyment of the story. I am listening to it for the 3rd time and have actually read the book 2 other times before in the course of my adult life. - Crystal

 

A Few Websites To Find Additional Great Reads

Book Page

Read reviews of upcoming books, author interviews and more.
Book Chat Periodicallay we have chatted about the books we've liked.  Look at our book notes of what we books we shared and talked about.

Book Club

See what we've been reading, since 2013!  Some we've liked, some we've loved, and others we've could have done without.  Read, and you decide!
Goodreads Meet your next favorite book.
Library Reads Top Ten books published this month that librarians across the country love!
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