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Exploring the darker sides of American History in ‘After the Bloom’ by Leslie Shimotakahara

Title: After the Bloom Author: Leslie Shimotakahara Genre: Historical Fiction Publisher: Dundurn Press Release Date: 09 May 2017 Length: 324 pages Source: eARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review Available in Paperback   Japanese internment camps aren’t something that gets brought up often (if ever) when we look back on American history. If…… Continue reading Exploring the darker sides of American History in ‘After the Bloom’ by Leslie Shimotakahara

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Defining motherhood in ‘The Nearness of You’ by Amanda Eyre Ward

Title: The Nearness of You Author: Amanda Eyre Ward Genre: Upmarket Women’s Fiction Publisher: Ballantine Release Date: 21 February 2017 Length: 240 pages Source: eARC via NetGalley was provided in exchange for an honest review. Available in Hardcover “Who is her mother?”  When Suzette and Hyland Kendall first got together, they agreed that they’d never have children.…… Continue reading Defining motherhood in ‘The Nearness of You’ by Amanda Eyre Ward

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The importance of reading outside your comfort zone

It’s officially December, which means it’s officially “best of” season. I thought that’s what this blog post would be: a round-up of the best things I read this year. My favorite books aren’t what’s important. A great blog filler, sure, but it’s what I learned from them is what really matters. Normally I’m an upmarket/literary fiction…… Continue reading The importance of reading outside your comfort zone

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Review: Leave Me by Gayle Forman

  Title: Leave Me Author: Gayle Forman Publisher: Algonquin Books Source: NetGalley eARC Stars: 4/5 Available now Recovery, and not feeling like I’m recovering fast enough, has been on my mind a lot lately. As a woman, and a wife, I feel like there are certain things that are expected of me that even though…… Continue reading Review: Leave Me by Gayle Forman

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ARC Review: I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh

Author: Clare Mackintosh Source: eARC via NetGalley Publisher: Berkley Publication Date: 03 May 2016 Rating: 4/5 Stars Summary: On a rainy afternoon, a mother’s life is shattered as her son slips from her grip and runs into the street . . . I Let You Go follows Jenna Gray as she moves to a ramshackle cottage on the remote Welsh…… Continue reading ARC Review: I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh

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ARC Review: My Last Continent by Midge Raymond

Author: Midge Raymon Source: eARC via NetGalley Publisher: Random House Publication Date: 21 June 2016 Rating: 4/5 Stars Summary: It is only at the end of the world—among the glacial mountains, cleaving icebergs, and frigid waters of Antarctica—where Deb Gardner and Keller Sullivan feel at home. For the few blissful weeks they spend each year studying the habits of…… Continue reading ARC Review: My Last Continent by Midge Raymond

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ARC Review: The Girls by Emma Cline

Author: Emma Cline Source: eARC via NetGalley Publisher: Random House Publication Date: 14 June 2016 Rating: 5/5 Stars Summary: Girls—their vulnerability, strength, and passion to belong—are at the heart of this stunning first novel for readers of Jeffrey Eugenides’ The Virgin Suicides and Jennifer Egan’s A Visit from the Goon Squad.   Northern California, during the violent end of the 1960s.…… Continue reading ARC Review: The Girls by Emma Cline