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Lily and the Octopus

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ISBN: 9781501126222
Published: Simon & Schuster - June 7th, 2016

Don't let the opening pages of this novel confuse you. Lily and the Octopus is an utterly charming, grab your heart, find the tissues story of a man and his ageing dachshund. More than just another dog story, at its heart this is a keen observation on the courage it takes to love unconditionally. ~ Reviewed by Jen Canfield

Forgotten Room

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ISBN: 9780307473752
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Published: Anchor - May 31st, 2016

Child is a master of the psychological thriller. With the suicide of a brilliant scientist and the discovery of a secret room filled with bizarre machinery, Professor Jeremy Logan, “enigmologist,” is called on to uncover who is behind a plot to revive a long forgotten and dangerous research project. A tightly composed thriller of scientific research gone awry. ~ Reviewed by Jen Canfield

Circling the Sun

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ISBN: 9780345534200
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Published: Ballantine Books - May 31st, 2016

Richly drawn with a stunning command of setting and character this fictional memoir of Beryl Markham immediately draws the reader into her unconventional,complex and captivating life. Abandoned by her mother she became fearless and independent at an early age . Growing up on her father’s horse farm in Kenya her determination and natural affinity with animals earned her a trainer’s licence at 16. As the youngest and only English female horse trainer she socialized with the colonial expat community. There she met and fell in love with Denys Finch Hatton the long time lover of Karen Blixen, author of Out of Africa. This ill-fated love triangle would shape Beryl’s destiny and lead her to become the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic. ~ Reviewed by Jen Canfield

Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper

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ISBN: 9780778319337
Published: Mira Books - May 3rd, 2016

How well do we really know ourselves or those closest to us? Arthur Pepper, recently widowed, discovers a charm bracelet hidden in one of his deceased wife’s shoes. When he sets off on a journey to trace the origins of the charms he discovers much more than he anticipated about his wife, himself, and his family. An utterly charming read, touching and gently humorous. ~ Reviewed by Jen Canfield

The Storm Sister

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ISBN: 9781476759920
Published: Atria Books - March 22nd, 2016

Lucinda Riley’s second book in the Seven Sisters series follows Ally (Alcyone), the second oldest daughter and a world class sailor. After tragedy curtails her professional sailing career she decides to pursue the clue Pa Salt has left regarding her heritage. Her journey takes her to Norway and reveals an unexpected secret. As enjoyable as the first in the series, Riley is adept at weaving history seamlessly through her storyline. ~ Reviewed by Jen Canfield

Lilac Girls

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ISBN: 9781101883075
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Published: Ballantine Books - April 5th, 2016

Ravensbruck was Hitler's infamous all-female concentration camp. Inspired by real life events, Lilac Girls tells the story of three women whose lives are linked in disparate ways by virtue of the camp. Impassioned and intense, this is a deeply affecting novel of loyalty,bravery and sisterhood under horrific circumstances. A moving and unforgettable read. ~ Reviewed by Jen Canfield


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