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“I am a woman who was born at the wrong time” Related as a letter from Mata Hari to her lawyer, this ingenious piece of historical fiction tells her story as only she could; as a misunderstood, unappreciated and independent woman. Was she a spy or was it all the result of an unfounded, malicious allegation? Coehlo re-imagines her life based on nonfiction accounts, and it was a fascinating read to the bitter end. Quick and enjoyable. ~ Reviewed by Tambra Johnson Reap
This luminous piece of historical fiction is set in early 20th century Irish-Catholic Brooklyn. It is a tale of how a man’s death resonates through subsequent generations whose faith and beliefs have been shaped by their religion and superstitions. The author beautifully and non-judgmentally relates how they are doing the best they can with the lives they are given, flawed but good-intentioned, in making choices on love and vocation. Gorgeous. ~ Reviewed by Tambra Johnson Reap
Have you ever been curious about what the working life of a long haul van line driver might be like? The author takes us on a witty, humorous, and informative cross country trip with him. His first exposure to trucking resulted in his decision to drop out of college to spend the next 30 years as a high-end “bedbugger”, showing us a life few of us know about, with funny and poignant stories of the people he moves. A delightful, informative romp! ~ Reviewed by Tambra Johnson Reap
How well do we really know someone? And what influences that supposed knowledge? In this mystery, a father is trying to carry the weight of his grief of losing his wife and trying to provide financially and emotionally for his distraught teenage daughter, Olive. Then questions surface and doubts begin to creep in..... is Billie really dead or did she stage her disappearance to escape her confining life? What really are Olive’s visions? This book will keep you guessing until the very end. ~ Reviewed by Tambra Johnson Reap
Crombie’s 17th Duncan Kincaid/Gemma James mystery has the detectives going in separate directions: Gemma dealing with a tragic murder and Duncan with possible internal corruption that could endanger not only himself but family and friends as well. This well plotted novel will keep you guessing until the very end of both of these complex cases. ~ Reviewed by Tambra Johnson Reap