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Vanessa and Her Sister

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ISBN: 9780804176378
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Published: Ballantine Books - December 30th, 2014

I can never get enough of the Bloomsbury crowd! From Vanessa's point of view we gain further insight into her sister Virginia's troubled mental state and learn how Vanessa's own life as a fine artist suffered because of her care giving and responsibility for the family. Among this group of talented and quirky people, Vanessa shone a brilliant but soft light and managed to take her place in history. A truly enjoyable read. ~ Reviewed by Karen Frank


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ISBN: 9780871407900
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Published: Liveright - January 19th, 2015

Even in the 21st century, the soul of a Newfoundlander remains firmly in the past. When the Canadian government attempts to move people from the remote outports and islands, the inhabitants balk but cannot resist the monetary incentive. Moses Sweetland is determined to remain and live out his life among the ghosts of his ancestors in a personal battle with nature and memory. This is a marvelous story full of great characters and insight as well as a setting that immerses the reader in the wild, magnificent realm that is Atlantic Canada. ~ Reviewed by Karen Frank

Wayfaring Strangers: The Musical Voyage from Scotland and Ulster to Appalachia [With CD (Audio)] by Fiona Ritchie - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781469618227
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Published: University of North Carolina Press - September 29th, 2014

Fascinating and so enjoyable. The history of the Scots/Irish and their journey to America, bringing their music with them! I read every word including the footnotes and enjoyed the CD repeatedly. Treat yourself to the living Thistle and Shamrock! Written by the players and scholars who bear the tradition. ~ Reviewed by Karen Frank

Jeeves and the Wedding Bells

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ISBN: 9781250049063
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Published: St. Martin's Griffin - September 9th, 2014

This clever tribute to brings a smile to those of us who have read and re-read the many Wodehouse novels and have always wished there were more. The voice and the tone are just right and at times the reader forgets it is not the original. If anything, Faulks humanizes Bertie Wooster and smartens him up while propelling this character to a final act of closure. Delightful! ~ Reviewed by Karen Frank

Flight of the Sparrow

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ISBN: 9780451466693
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Published: Berkley - July 1st, 2014

Historical fiction humanized and full of recognizable emotion, empathy and intelligence, woven around well-researched Puritan and Indian personages. A bright, absorbing story that does not shy away from atrocities and prejudices on all sides, with people who form relationships that are constant and true. ~ Reviewed by Karen Frank

The High Divide

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ISBN: 9781616203757
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Published: Algonquin Books - September 23rd, 2014

This novel is a painting of the 19th century American Midwest, with sights, sounds and smells effortlessly rendered. The characters are irresistible...the father who leaves home to right a wrong, the sons who take off after him and the mother left behind... but not for long. The sweeping history of the time is captured in the details of this family journey as each individual piece falls into place and destinies are fulfilled. A marvelous read. ~ Reviewed by Karen Frank


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