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Beneath the Keep: A Novel of the Tearling by Erika Johansen - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781524742744
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Published: Dutton - February 1st, 2022

The follow-up prequel explains so much of the motivations of the characters we came to love in the Tearling Trilogy. I highly recommend NOT reading it as a prequel, only because motivational spoilers may ruin the pleasure of trying to understand the characters’ actions in the previous books. A must-read addition to the series! ~ Reviewed by Tambra Johnson Reap


The Queen of the Tearling: A Novel (Queen of the Tearling, The #1) by Erika Johansen - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780062290380
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Published: Harper Paperbacks - April 14th, 2015

I LOVED this new-to-me fantasy trilogy. I found the premise of a fantasy set in the future but based on the past intriguing. A story set three centuries after a small portion of the human race has populated a landmass that mysteriously emerged in the wake of an environmental catastrophe,it follows a strong female heroine in her quest to rule both ethically and compassionately a kingdom that has degenerated into a moral morass..all the while just trying to grow up and stay alive. Marvelous character development and world building. Highly recommended! ~ Reviewed by Tambra Johnson Reap


Fall Guy: A Joe Gunther Novel (Joe Gunther Series #33) by Archer Mayor - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781250224187
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Published: Minotaur Books - September 27th, 2022

Fans of Mayor will not be disappointed with his latest installment. What starts out as a seemingly simple stolen car case morphs into a cross-state robbery spree which becomes more complicated and deadly as it moves along. Although this is the well plotted, complex police procedural we’ve come to expect from Mayor, even more enjoyable is the return to the focus on Joe and his eccentric, but lovable, squad. ~ Reviewed by Tambra Johnson Reap


The Marriage Portrait: A novel by Maggie O'Farrell - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780593320624
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Published: Knopf - September 6th, 2022

Fans of the ethereal and lush prose of O’Farrell’s Hamnet will not be disappointed by her latest endeavor. With very few known details about the real Lucrezia d’Medici who died at the age of 16, only a year into her marriage, the author is able to craft a mesmerizing tale of her brief life. A vivid portrait of the times and the people, and a wonderful interpretation of a young girl not quite in step with her times. Gorgeous. ~ Reviewed by Tambra Johnson Reap


North: A Novel by Brad Kessler - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781419750427
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Published: The Overlook Press - October 5th, 2021

I fell in love with this book from page one. Kessler is a Vermont local whose writing reflects his deep understanding of this corner of America and its people. In this timely and topical piece, the author’s deft prose draws you into three intertwined stories; that of a Somali refugee and the end of a torturous journey to freedom, a cloistered monk re-examining the value of the monastic life in a changing world, and of a veteran seeking a way to come to terms with the nightmares of his past. In these times of disconnection and isolation, this gentle and poetic story reminds us we are not so different after all, and that human connection can salve the pain and bring us some joy. ~ Reviewed by Tambra Johnson Reap


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