Lambs of God by Marele Day

Rating: 3.5 of 5 Synopsis: “Three eccentric, secluded nuns live on a remote island, forgotten by time and the Church – until a priest unwittingly happens upon them. He is as surprised to see the nuns as they are to see a flesh-and-blood man, and what follows is the strange, …

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The Antelope Wife by Louise Erdrich

Rating: 4 of 5 A multi-generational story that blends Native beliefs (myths, legends, folklore) with the everyday reality of issues like domestic abuse, alcoholism, and suicide, to name only a few. The whole dynamic of clashing cultures, especially the internal struggles of urban Natives, fascinated me; it’s something I hadn’t …

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A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

Rating: 4.5 of 5 Okay, I gave it a couple weeks, to allow the emotional effects time to dissipate, before I wrote my review. No change, though. I am still head-over-heels for A Man Called Ove. I didn’t think it possible but I loved Ove just as much as Elsa …

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Top 5 Books Read in 2016

Magical New Year 2016

I’d love to hear about the best books you read last year, so please feel free to share your favorites in the comment box. They can be from any genre, published in any year; the only stipulation is that you read the book sometime during 2016. For those interested, here’s …

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Sleeping in Flame by Jonathan Carroll

Rating: 4 of 5 A modern fairy tale mixed with the metaphysical set firmly in the real world of the 1980s. “Do you read mystery novels? Yes? It’s the same with them. A fool can read ten pages and then turn to the end to see if the butler did …

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Bone Swans by C. S. E. Cooney

Rating: 4 of 5 A collection of five novellas, Bone Swans exceeded my expectations. I’ll admit to not being the right reader for “Life on the Sun” and “Martyr’s Gem.” And “The Big Bah-Ha” had clowns, need I say more? But I absolutely lost my mind when I finished “How …

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