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Mistress Firebrand by Donna Thorland
ARCs and Galleys / Historical Fiction / New to Me Author / Review Requests

Mistress Firebrand by Donna Thorland

I love a good historical novel, but I don’t read a lot of historical romances because I really want history first, romance second. I want a good story and well-developed characters, not just a bodice-ripper. And that’s what I got with Thorland’s novel, which is one of a loosely connected series about the Revolutionary War. … Continue reading

Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout
Award winners / Contemporary Fiction / Highly Recommended / New to Me Author

Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout

Olive Kitteridge won the 2009 Pulitzer Prize winner for fiction, and the basis for a recent miniseries starring Frances McDormand. It’s a book that falls somewhere between a novel and short stories, a trend I’m seeing a lot of lately. The stories take place in the small town of Crosby, Maine, and Olive is the … Continue reading

Shifting Shadows: Stories from the World of Mercy Thompson by Patricia Briggs
Fluffy Summer Travel Reads / Paranormal / Part of a Series

Shifting Shadows: Stories from the World of Mercy Thompson by Patricia Briggs

Patricia Briggs is my favorite “series” writer.  I try to read everything she writes, and that’s unusual for me.  I mostly read a few books from a series and then move on to another one, and I ignore all the extra short stories and novellas that seem more for marketing purposes than to further the … Continue reading

The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henriquez
Contemporary Fiction / New to Me Author

The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henriquez

I read this book right after reading Americanah, and both provide a fascinating, though different, perspective on the immigrant experience in the United States. Sometimes a book makes you take a second look at the people you encounter every day. Makes you think beyond whether the person behind the counter can understand your sandwich order, … Continue reading