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Portrait of Vengeance

Portrait of Vengeance

On 9/19 EpicFehlReader wrote: In this fourth installment in the series, forensic artist Gwen Marcey is investigating the murders of a married couple within the Nez Perce tribe (Lapwai community) as well as the whereabouts of the victims' missing (presumed kidnapped) young daughter. Some of the particulars of the case, as far as clues ... Portrait of Vengeance (Gwen Marcey #4) by Carrie Stuart Parks

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4 Stars

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Unraveling

Unraveling

On 9/3 EpicFehlReader wrote: If you, like me, were solidly Team Ky during the entirety of Book 1, no worries! Your guy is back! But it does take time for his story to come to the forefront. While the traditional chapter format is used to alternate between the voices of El and Josh, Ky's chapters (in his voice) are shorter and simply ... Unraveling (#2 -- Unblemished Trilogy) by Sara Ella

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3 Stars

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The Illusionist's Apprentice

The Illusionist's Apprentice

On 7/4 EpicFehlReader wrote: After crafting quite the historical love story within The Ringmaster's Wife, author Kristy Cambron returns to the performance tent with The Illusionist's Apprentice, a tale inspired by the true-life story of Dorothy Young, who was, in fact, brought on as an apprentice to Houdini in her teens! . Wren's ... The Illusionist's Apprentice by Kristy Cambron

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4 Stars

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The Hideaway

The Hideaway

On 6/28 EpicFehlReader wrote: Well, I'll start off by saying that this is absolutely the perfect, easy-breezy, poolside kind of read. Perfect for fans of The Notebook! Not saying the plot is necessarily super-similar, just that the tone / feel one gets from this is similar to that Sparks novel. The Hideaway definitely has Hallmark ... The Hideaway by Lauren K. Denton

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3 Stars

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The Angels' Share

The Angels' Share

On 4/16 EpicFehlReader wrote: 3.5 Stars Personally, I was so pumped to dive into this story. My fella and I travel around the South visiting distilleries as a mutual hobby of ours and I'm well acquainted with the area where this story takes place. Though the town of Twisted Tree itself is ficitonal, there is a brief shout-out given ... The Angels' Share by James Markert

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4 Stars

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After the Cheering Stops

After the Cheering Stops

On 2/4 EpicFehlReader wrote: Though Grant's official cause of death was listed as ESLD or End Stage Liver Disease (aka cirrhosis of the liver), Cyndy lays out why she believes her husband essentially committed suicide slowly over the course of nearly 20 years, thanks to his then-undiagnosed CTE (Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy) ... After The Cheering Stops (memoir) by Cyndy Feasel

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3 Stars

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Unblemished

Unblemished

On 1/11 EpicFehlReader wrote: There were some things I noticed at the beginning of this novel that had me saying "uh oh, not another one..." Most noticeably, I spotted A LOT of elements that I've seen in various fantasy movies, tv shows and novels in recent years. Sprinkles of Once Upon A Time here and there... at times it felt like ... Unblemished (Unblemished Trilogy - #1) by Sara Ella

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4 Stars

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When Death Draws Near

When Death Draws Near

On 11/8 EpicFehlReader wrote: 3.5 Stars Forensic artist Gwen Marcey returns once again, this time in Pineville, Kentucky, to work on a case involving a serial rapist. Yet unidentified, the perp has only been dubbed "the Hillbilly Rapist" by the media. Women are kidnapped, raped and tortured for days on end and then left for dead. ... When Death Draws Near (Gwen Marcey #3) by Carrie Stuart Parks

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3 Stars

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One Small Donkey for Little Ones

One Small Donkey for Little Ones

On 10/9 EpicFehlReader wrote: Admittedly, the biggest pull for me with this board book was the undeniably adorable (and beautifully colored!) illustrations. Illustrator Marta Miguens does a fantastic job bringing real personality to the story’s starring mule! But aside from the illustrations, I think this little book offers a great ... Review | One Small Donkey by Dandi Daley Mackall, illustrated by Marta Alvarez Miguens

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4 Stars

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Sister Dear

Sister Dear

On 7/7 EpicFehlReader wrote: Though the thriller aspect of the plot wasn't quite as strong as I had hoped, there were still enough question marks around the characters to keep me turning pages. I think my main disappointment with the thriller element was that the build up was good and showed potential but there was some dropping ... Sister Dear by Laura McNeill

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3 Stars

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Running On Red Dog Road

Running On Red Dog Road

On 5/12 EpicFehlReader wrote: I found so many moments that echoed my own upbringing in a mountain community. There's a purity of soul to people who live in these areas that I just didn't fully appreciate until I was an adult and was exposed to more a more baser kind of people. I found myself growing attached to this family and realized ... Running on Red Dog Road (and Other Perils of a Appalachian Childhood) by Drema Hall Berkheimer

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4 Stars

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Love Arrives in Pieces

Love Arrives in Pieces

On 4/13 EpicFehlReader wrote: Stella, a former pageant queen turned interior designer, is trying to heal after a nasty divorce and an accident of her doing that caused a homeless shelter to burn to the ground. Trying to rebuild her reputation in her small town of Bayou Bend, Louisiana, she gets hired on to renovate a local historic ... Review | Love Arrives In Pieces by Betsy St. Amant

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3 Stars

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How to Live in Fear

How to Live in Fear

On 4/5 EpicFehlReader wrote: First off, I have to say I was completely charmed by the cover of this book! What a perfect illustration of how anxiety can feel! Okay, just had to take a moment to gush over that. I liked some of the facts that Hahn brings out to illustrate that you are not alone in this condition. As he points out, ... Review | How To Live In Fear: Mastering The Art Of Freaking Out by Lance Hahn

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3 Stars

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Dangerous Love

Dangerous Love

On 3/4 EpicFehlReader wrote: While I found much of Norman's story eye-opening and thought-provoking, there were moments that did rub me the wrong way a bit. I was touched by the passages remarking on his muddled feelings, after the shootings, of pain and confusion at being attacked by someone to whom he showed open and honest kindness ... Review | Dangerous Love by Ray Norman

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3 Stars

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The Golden Braid

The Golden Braid

On 12/26 EpicFehlReader wrote: Dickerson does an admirable job weaving together elements from the classic tale with ideas of her own. As for the story itself, it took me a bit to really get into it. The writing is good and this is a solid retelling, but it lacked a bit of the magical fairytale feel I was hoping for. It wasn’t really ... Review | The Golden Braid by Melanie Dickerson

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3 Stars

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The Carols of Christmas

The Carols of Christmas

On 12/16 EpicFehlReader wrote: Being a December baby and having Christmas as my favorite holiday, I was pretty excited to dive into this and see what stories Gant had to tell! I tend to love these kind of little known background stories. Each chapter in this book covers the history behind one carol, for a total of 21 carols. A few ... Review | The Carols Of Christmas by Andrew Gant

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2 Stars

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The Bones Will Speak

The Bones Will Speak

On 10/3 EpicFehlReader wrote: Just as in the first book, The Bones Will Speak is inspired by Parks' own true-life experiences as a forensic artist. In her author's afterword, Parks does explain that it is not scene for scene inspired and that a good bit of creative license was woven in, but I still found it pretty cool to hear the ... Review | The Bones Will Speak (Gwen Marcey #2)

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4 Stars

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When Mockingbirds Sing

When Mockingbirds Sing

On 9/6 EpicFehlReader wrote: I ended up having mixed feelings about this story. I really did like the concept and I like the characters of Leah and especially Leah's friend Allie. Allie cracked me up during the baptismal scene! That being said, a few things really tarnished the overall story for me. I strongly, strongly disliked ... Review | When Mockingbirds Sing by Billey Coffey

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3 Stars

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Sorry I'm Not Sorry

Sorry I'm Not Sorry

On 7/9 EpicFehlReader wrote: There were a lot of little moments in this book that I really loved and found pretty impactful. When Lydia asked Kylie to make a list of all of the wrongs she's done to others, she couldn't come up with one thing. Not. One. Yet, when asked to list her enemies, she can't be stopped. I loved how Lydia ... Review | Sorry I'm Not Sorry by Nancy Rue

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3 Stars

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Searching for Sunday

Searching for Sunday

On 5/27 EpicFehlReader wrote: I was pretty impressed with this one! I found myself hooked just by the intro and continued to nod along in agreement with most everything Evans said throughout the rest of her memoir. There was also a nice, fun tone and a sense of humor about her journey that I really appreciated and found relatable. ... Review | Searching For Sunday by Rachel Held Evans

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4 Stars

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Summer by Summer

Summer by Summer

On 5/12 EpicFehlReader wrote: It was a cute story as a whole, a nice light read with a mostly heartwarming friendship / romance between Summer & Bray. The tension between them was just the right amount to keep me reading to see how things would turn out. I liked that Bray proved himself to be an honestly good guy with strong moral ... Review | Summer by Summer by Heather Burch

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4 Stars

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You Can't Sit With Us

You Can't Sit With Us

On 3/25 EpicFehlReader wrote: This book struck me as a little bit darker in tone and a little edgier than Book 1, maybe because we see directly into the victim's life rather than from the bystander's POV, as in the first book. Lydia returns in this installment, coming back to teach Ginger more methods of fighting back against Kylie, ... You Can't Sit With Us by Nancy Rue (EFR Reviews)

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4 Stars

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Lucado Treasury of Bedtime Prayers

Lucado Treasury of Bedtime Prayers

On 2/20 EpicFehlReader wrote: This book is flat out gorgeous! The hardback design is totally gift worthy with the puffy/squishy feeling front cover, the blue ribbon bookmark, not to mention the stunning illustrations! Max and Denalyn Lucado put together a really lovely collection of prayers (some they wrote themselves, others are ... Lucado Treasury Of Bedtime Prayer Review

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5 Stars

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The Taste of Many Mountains

The Taste of Many Mountains

On 1/28 EpicFehlReader wrote: The concept of this book really intrigued me and the idea of four graduate students traveling through Guatemala seemed like there might possibly be a decent adventure story included. Meh, not so much. The author, in his introduction, explains that he was inspired to write this novel (which was inspired ... Better Off Reading A Non-Fiction On The Topic

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2 Stars

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A Cry from the Dust

A Cry from the Dust

On 1/9 EpicFehlReader wrote: I had a lot of so-so reads in 2014, so when I started this one up just a couple days ago, I was thrilled to have something that made my heart race once again! This novel -- the tension it made me feel from start to finish -- reminded me of what I love so much about reading. It shows how unnerving and ... My First "Favorited" Read Of 2015! So Eager For Book 2!

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5 Stars

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The Bracelet

The Bracelet

On 12/12 EpicFehlReader wrote: As a whole, this was an entertaining story, but I didn't find myself riveted. Historical fiction is my favorite genre but I found this one on the lighter, fluffier side of historical fiction. There were identifiable historical moments going on in the background but I didn't find myself all that immersed ... Fun & Easy Historical Fiction Mystery Set In The South

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3 Stars

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Fierce Convictions

Fierce Convictions

On 11/26 EpicFehlReader wrote: I absolutely loved this book! It's now one of my favorite bios I've ever read. Prior to getting this book, I had never even heard of Hannah More, but I found Hannah's life utterly fascinating and after reading her story, I feel as though I've come across a historical kindred spirit. Her intense curiosity ... The Resurrected Story Of A Fascinating and Admirable Woman!

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5 Stars

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Hit

Hit

On 11/4 EpicFehlReader wrote: There's no denying that the cover for this book was beautifully done --- I never get tired of looking at rain streaking down glass. :-) Also, I was pretty intrigued by the storyline concept. In the end though, I think the book was just a little too short in plot. I'm all for a fast read but this went ... Maybe for fans of If I Stay (by Gayle Forman)

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3 Stars

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BATHSHEBA Bathed in Grace

BATHSHEBA Bathed in Grace

On 10/31 EpicFehlReader wrote: Carol Cook takes the stories of eight famous women of the Bible -- Bathsheba, Sarah, Hagar, Rebekah, Leah, Rachal, Tamar and the big momma herself, Eve -- and brings their stories to life, recreating the scenes of their stories as easily imaginable environments and situations, rich in detail. It is this ... Strong women beautifully brought to life!

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4 Stars

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