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Feb 16

From My Bookshelf: One Good Thing

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By Lynn Willoughby One Good Thing ~ Rebecca Hendry If you have spent any time in Yellowknife, you will love this book.  It is told through the eyes of twelve year old Delilah, whose father has been living in the north for some time.  Annie, Delilah’s troubled, flighty, arty, hippy mother, decides they will join […]

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Feb 02

From My Bookshelf: Sandstorm

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By Lynn Willoughby Sandstorm ~ Michael Asher It is 1946 when a plane crashed in Africa.  Fourteen year old Billy comes to and finds himself alone in the wreckage.  There is sand as far as he can see and no one comes to rescue him. The war, Nazi gold, MI-5, heroes, pilots, secret agents, spies, […]

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Jan 19

From My Bookshelf: Unsheltered

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By Lynn Willoughby Unsheltered ~ Barbara Kingsolver Kingsolver’s extensive research, her exposure of history as seen through the eyes of her characters, the mix of fictional and non-fictional characters, all kept me coming back.  As in all her writing, there are no lack of social issues of the day.  This book did not disappoint. The […]

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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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