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Jan 05

From My Bookshelf: The Wonder Garden

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By Lynn Willoughby The Wonder Garden ~ Lauren Acampora This novel had a great concept and lots of potential, and while I am not one who needs a conclusion where everything is settled and tied neatly together, it does have to have a conclusion.  This fell short by not creating any real relationships or connections. It […]

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Dec 22

From My Bookshelf: All This I Will Give to You

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By Lynn Willoughby All This I Will Give to You ~ Dolores Redondo Like many books the title of the novel has more than one meaning and is of central significance to the story.  That is what intrigued me here. Manuel Ortigsa is a writer, living in Spain with his husband of fifteen years.  When the […]

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Dec 08

From My Bookshelf: The Great Alone

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By Lynn Willoughby The Great Alone ~ Kristen Hannah Many, many vets of the Viet Nam war suffered from PTSD.  However, it was never labeled and they were expected to return home and pick up their lives where they left off – with their family, with their job. Ernt Allbright came home an enraged, volatile, hard […]

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Nov 24

From My Bookshelf: Deep River Night

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By Lynn Willoughby Deep River Night ~ Patrick Lane This entire novel takes place in only forty eight hours.  The location – a remote sawmill community north of Kamloops.  It is mostly a community of men, where violence, complicity, past allegiances, alcoholism and minding your own business are the norm. The story appears to be […]

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Nov 10

From My Bookshelf: And the Birds Rained Down

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By Lynn Willoughby And the Birds Rained Down ~ Jocelyne Saucier This little novel was a finalist in the 2015 Canada Reads competition.  It is unusual, it is heart breaking, it is very Canadian. A trio of elderly men are living out the remainder of their lives cut off from the outside world.  They each […]

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Oct 27

From My Bookshelf: The Dry

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By Lynn Willoughby The Dry ~ Jane Harper This is a book that has sat on my shelf for some time.  Now that I’ve read it, I have ordered another by the same author.  It was a really good read. There are two story lines here – present day, where Aaron Folk, a Federal Agent, […]

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Oct 20

From My Bookshelf: The Trouble With Goats and Sheep

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By Lynn Willoughby The Trouble With Goats and Sheep ~ Joanna Cannon This is a debut novel that begins “Something happened on a particular day.  I know it was that particular day because…” Not very original you say.  Not very catchy.  Not the enticing beginning I am used to in a book I find enjoyable.  But […]

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Oct 13

From My Bookshelf: The Vengence of Mothers

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By Lynn Willoughby The Vengence of Mothers: The Journals of Margaret Kelly and Molly McGill Some time ago I reviewed “One Thousand White Women” by this same author.  It is literary fiction based on the story of Little Grey Wolf, head of the Cheyenne Sweet Medicine tribe, and his proposal to President Grant in 1874 […]

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Oct 06

From My Bookshelf: Christina Baker Kline

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By Lynn Willoughby A Piece of the World ~ Christina Baker Kline The writing style in this novel is somewhat unique.  It spans decades, moves back and forth in time, but is always written in the present tense. The novel opens in 1939, at the farm in Maine, where Christina lives with her parents and […]

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Sep 29

From My Bookshelf: Jessica Shattuck

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By Lynn Willoughby The Women in the Castle ~ Jessica Shattuck I have read a lot of books about World War ll from the perspectives of soldiers, prisoners, widows, nurses, Generals, horses, the Japanese invasion of Alaska, internment camps, spies, Nazis and Jews.  But this book is different.  It is about a group of German […]

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