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The Star-Crossed Sisters of Tuscany by Lori Nelson Spielman - Book Review

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$16.00
ISBN: 9781984803160
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Published: Berkley - November 17th, 2020

A little frazzled, in need of a well written cozy novel? The Star-Crossed Sisters Of Tuscany is the perfect getaway. It is a glorious travelogue of Italy, family secrets, sore hearts and crazy aunts.
I had Moonstruck and "Bella Luna!" in my head after reading this story. ~ Reviewed by Maeve Noonan


Ruthie Fear: A Novel by Maxim Loskutoff - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780393635560
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 1st, 2020

This is a deeply disturbing but totally engrossing environmental horror novel that is beautifully written. It is a dark story of the distant and remote Bitterroot Mountains in Montana seen through the frightening and slightly feral eyes of Ruthie who bears witness to devastating ecological and societal changes. This is a book for those who loved Erdrich's Future Home of the Living God. ~ Reviewed by Maeve Noonan


The Evening and the Morning (Kingsbridge #4) by Ken Follett - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780525954989
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Published: Viking - September 15th, 2020

This is the book I have been waiting for from Follett since Pillars of the Earth came out in 1989.
This prequel stands alone and is wonderful in its rich detail and description of life in Western Europe in the 10th century. Romance, intrigue, greed and grime abound in all their glory and grisly details when a French Norman noblewoman marries an Anglo-Saxon ealdorman. This novel spans two continents and several social hierarchies.It is the attention to historical details that make Follett's work so good. Huzzah! ~ Reviewed by Maeve Noonan


The Lost Spells by Robert MacFarlane - Book Review

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By Robert MacFarlane, Jackie Morris (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781487007799
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Published: Anansi International - October 27th, 2020

This is a lovely book that transcends art, poetry and philosophy. The poetry is to be spoken aloud but you can whisper them, and the resounding truths ring loudly. The art holds magic in each line. Blending the two together you have a beautiful gift book that a reader can savour slowly. ~ Reviewed by Maeve Noonan


Empire of Wild: A Novel by Cherie Dimaline - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780062975942
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Published: William Morrow - July 28th, 2020

This wonderful novel explores so many elements of the human psyche and also the traditional myths of the First Nations Peoples; the Metis of Canada. Dark and earthy, Empire... is told by a Native artist who is a true wordsmith. Here is the story of a grief stricken woman who is haunted by her husband's disappearance twinned together with the traditional lore of the Rougarou; Werewolves and the men they haunt. ~ Reviewed by Maeve Noonan


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