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Into the Canyon

Into the Canyon

On 8/26 Laura Williams wrote: “Into the Canyon” by Michael Neale takes us back to Colorado to the life of river guide Gabriel Clarke. We first met Gabriel in “The River”. We learned that when he was five years old he witnessed his father lose his life while rescuing two young men. That event changed Gabriel for many years. ... Into the Canyon

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Seagrass Pier

Seagrass Pier

On 6/21 Laura Williams wrote: “Seagrass Pier” by Colleen Coble takes us once again to Hope Island. In this book we meet Elin Summerall and Marc Everton. Elin is a single mother and she also has the responsibility of taking care of her mother who has dementia. Elin’s life has taken a crazy turn lately. She was the recipient ... Seagrass Pier

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A Deadly Business

A Deadly Business

On 5/31 Laura Williams wrote: “A Deadly Business” by Lis Wiehl continues the story of prosecutor Mia Quinn. In “A Matter of Trust” Mia was coping with the death of her husband and trying to manage her career and raising a fourteen-year-old son and a four-year-old daughter. Mia thought she had a good life but she knew something ... A Deadly Business

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Critical Condition

Critical Condition

On 4/8 Laura Williams wrote: In “Critical Condition” by Richard L. Mabry, M.D. we meet Dr. Shannon Frasier. The book opens to a dinner party at her house with friends. Everything seems to be going fine until they hear gunshots. When a stranger dies on her front lawn it brings back old memories Shannon wished to keep locked inside. ... Critical Condition

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The Queen's Handmaid

The Queen's Handmaid

On 3/9 Laura Williams wrote: “The Queen’s Handmaid” by Tracy L. Higley takes us back to 39 BC in Alexandria, Egypt and then to Judea. Lydia is a servant in Cleopatra’s palace and takes care of the royal child. The arrival of the Galilean governor Herod is eagerly anticipated by Cleopatra but things are about to take a turn ... The Queen's Handmaid

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Princess Ever After

Princess Ever After

On 1/26 Laura Williams wrote: In “Princess Ever After” by Rachel Hauck we meet small town girl Regina Beswick. Regina left her job as a CPA to follow her dream of restoring antique cars. She loves her life in Tallahassee but her world is soon to be turned upside down. Tanner Burkhardt is the Minister of Culture for the Grand ... Princess Ever After

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The Sinners' Garden

The Sinners' Garden

On 1/7 Laura Williams wrote: In “The Sinners’ Garden” by William Sirls we meet teenager Andy Kemp, his mother Judi, his Uncle Rip, and his mother’s best friend Heather. When Andy was a small child a horrible accident left him with a scar on his face. His mother has never been able to forgive herself for not protecting him ... The Sinners' Garden

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The Captive Maiden

The Captive Maiden

On 12/16 Laura Williams wrote: “The Captive Maiden” by Melanie Dickerson takes us to early 1400s Hagenheim. When Gisela was seven years old she met the duke’s fourteen year old son, Valten. Then one year later Gisela’s father dies and she is left in the care of her evil stepmother and two stepsisters. Over the next ten years ... The Captive Maiden

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Carolina Gold

Carolina Gold

On 12/4 Laura Williams wrote: In “Carolina Gold” by Dorothy Love we meet Charlotte Fraser. The year is 1868 and Charlotte has returned to the South Carolina Lowcountry with hopes of restoring her father’s rice plantation, Fairhaven. The war has turned the south upside down and the planters have to adapt to a new way of life. ... Carolina Gold

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Beloved

Beloved

On 10/27 Laura Williams wrote: In “Beloved” by Robin Lee Hatcher we meet Diana Brennan and Tyson Applegate. Diana came west on an orphan train and was separated from her two siblings. When Diana was seventeen she met the dashing and wealthy Tyson Applegate. Tyson charmed Diana and they quickly married. When Diana learns that Tyson ... Beloved

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Sweet Olive

Sweet Olive

On 10/19 Laura Williams wrote: In “Sweet Olive” by Judy Christie we meet Camille Gardner. Camille works for a major oil and gas company in Texas. The boss, her uncle, has sent her to Samford, Louisiana to negotiate new land deals from a group of artists in Sweet Olive. As Camille sets out to do her job she quickly realizes that ... Sweet Olive

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Gunpowder Tea

Gunpowder Tea

On 10/10 Laura Williams wrote: In “Gunpowder Tea” by Margaret Brownley we meet Miranda Hunt. Miranda is a Pinkerton detective and she has been sent to the Last Chance Ranch to find the Phantom. The Phantom is a mysterious robber and they think he is hiding on the ranch. The owner of the ranch, Miss Walker, is looking for an heiress ... Gunpowder Tea

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Fatal Tide

Fatal Tide

On 9/22 Laura Williams wrote: “Fatal Tide” by Lis Wiehl and Pete Nelson is the enthralling conclusion to the East Salem Trilogy. In the first book a young high school girl is killed and Dani and Tommy soon learn that something sinister and supernatural is happening in East Salem. With the help of others they begin to piece together ... Fatal Tide

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Rosemary Cottage

Rosemary Cottage

On 7/22 Laura Williams wrote: In “Rosemary Cottage” by Colleen Coble, we meet Amy Lange. Amy and her brother Ben visit Hope Beach every summer,but when Ben is killed in a tragic accident on Hope Beach Amy believes that he has been murdered. She moves to Hope Beach in order to find out the truth. Curtis Ireland is a Coast Guard ... Rosemary Cottage

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The Wishing Tree

The Wishing Tree

On 6/8 Laura Williams wrote: In “The Wishing Tree” by Marybeth Whalen we meet Ivy Marshall. In one day, Ivy learns that she no longer has a job, her husband, Elliott, is cheating on her, and her sister is about to be proposed to on national television on Valentine’s Day. Ivy’s mother wants her to return home to help with ... The Wishing Tree

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Once Upon a Prince

Once Upon a Prince

On 5/18 Laura Williams wrote: In “Once Upon a Prince” by Rachel Hauck, we meet small town Georgia girl Susanna Truitt. Susanna has loved a man for twelve years and has patiently waited for the day they would be married. When her boyfriend returns to the states instead of proposing to Susanna he breaks up with her. She is devastated ... Once Upon a Prince

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Stress Test

Stress Test

On 3/26 Laura Williams wrote: In “Stress Test” by Richard L. Mabry, M.D., we meet Dr. Matt Newman. Matt has a wonderful life. He will soon be starting a new job teaching medicine and has a girlfriend who may be the one. Everything changes for Matt one morning when he leaves the hospital ER. Matt is attacked, kidnapped and almost ... Stress Test

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A Matter of Trust

A Matter of Trust

On 3/15 Laura Williams wrote: “A Matter of Trust” by Lis Wiehl opens with Mia Quinn overhearing her colleague and friend, Colleen, being murdered. Mia and Colleen worked together as prosecutors in the King County District Attorney’s office and now Mia is in charge of finding who murdered Colleen. It seems there may be link ... A Matter of Trust

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Moon Over Edisto

Moon Over Edisto

On 1/29 Laura Williams wrote: In “Moon Over Edisto” by Beth Webb Hart, we meet Julia Bennett. Julia is a well known artist living in New York. She has a great job, a wonderful fiancé and prestige in the art world, but Julia is running from the past and it is about to catch up to her. When her former best friend turned step-mother, ... Moon Over Edisto

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Every Perfect Gift

Every Perfect Gift

On 11/21 Laura Williams wrote: In “Every Perfect Gift” by Dorothy Love we meet Sophie Caldwell. Sophie grew up in Hickory Ridge, Tennessee in the orphan home until a kind couple took her in and moved to Texas. Now the year is 1886 and she has returned to Hickory Ridge to revive the town newspaper. Ethan Heyward has moved to Hickory ... Every Perfect Gift

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Isle of Shadows

Isle of Shadows

On 10/27 Laura Williams wrote: In “Isle of Shadows” by Tracy L. Higley we meet courtesan Tessa of Delos. Tessa lives on an ancient Grecian island and is enslaved to the very powerful politician Glaucas. When Glaucas has a fatal accident, Tessa knows her life is in danger. If she is found guilty, she will be killed. If they believe ... Isle of Shadows

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The Reason

The Reason

On 9/30 Laura Williams wrote: In “The Reason” by William Sirls, we are taken to a small Michigan town and some of its residents will soon be forever changed. On a stormy night lightning strikes the cross in the yard of the St. Thomas Church and the cross is destroyed beyond repair. Reverend Lindy, the church’s blind minister, ... The Reason

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The River

The River

On 9/11 Laura Williams wrote: In “The River” by Michael Neale we meet Gabriel Clarke. When Gabriel was five years old he saw a tragic accident that changed his life forever. Every since that fateful day on the river he has been afraid to really live. As the years go by he is afraid to join in and have fun with his friends. When ... The River

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Prayers of a Stranger

Prayers of a Stranger

On 8/30 Laura Williams wrote: In “Prayers of a Stranger: A Christmas Journey” by Davis Bunn we meet Amanda and Chris Vance. Amanda works in a hospital in Florida as the personal assistant to the hospital’s director. When changes come to the hospital she contemplates going back into nursing. When she is told to take a vacation ... Prayers of a Stranger

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This Scarlet Cord

This Scarlet Cord

On 6/25 Laura Williams wrote: Rahab was a young Canaanite girl in Jericho who hid two Israelite spies. In doing this she was able to save herself and her family from Joshua’s army during the battle of Jericho. During this time Rahab learns of the one true God and finds favor with God and in turn is placed in the genealogy of Christ. ... This Scarlet Cord

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Covenant Child

Covenant Child

On 4/22 Laura Williams wrote: In “Covenant Child” by Terri Blackstock we meet Amanda, Lizzie and Kara Holbrooke. Amanda was diagnosed with cancer at a young age and had to undergo a hysterectomy. She didn’t think she would ever find a man who would love her even though she could never have children. Then she meets Jack Holbrooke. ... Covenant Child

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Eyes of Justice

Eyes of Justice

On 4/22 Laura Williams wrote: “Eyes of Justice” by Lis Wiehl is the fourth book in the Triple Threat series. The Triple Threat is three friends who are in the crime business. Cassidy reports it, Nicole investigates it, and Allison is a federal prosecutor. These three ladies have helped solve several cases but now somebody is ... Eyes of Justice

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Dawn Comes Early

Dawn Comes Early

On 3/4 Laura Williams wrote: “Dawn Comes Early” by Margaret Brownley is the first book in her Brides of Last Chance Ranch series. In this book we meet Boston dime novelist Kate Tenney. When Kate’s latest book gets banned, she moves to Arizona Territory. Kate sees an ad for someone who is looking for an heiress to their cattle ... Dawn Comes Early

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Heart of Gold

Heart of Gold

On 2/7 Laura Williams wrote: In “Heart of Gold” by Robin Lee Hatcher, we meet southern belle Shannon Adair. Shannon and her father leave Virginia during the Civil War and head for Grand Coeur, Idaho. Shannon’s father is a preacher and he has been called to a new church in Grand Coeur. When they reach Idaho, Shannon is not ... Heart of Gold

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Pershing

Pershing

On 12/21 Laura Williams wrote: “Pershing: Commander of the Great War” by John Perry is one of six books in The Generals series and is about the great American military leader, John Joseph Pershing. Pershing’s earliest memories were of war. The Civil War was raging on while he was a small boy growing up in Laclede, Missouri. ... Pershing: Commander of the Great War

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Sherman

Sherman

On 10/16 Laura Williams wrote: “Sherman: The Ruthless Victor” by Agostino Von Hassell and Ed Breslin is one of six books in The Generals series and is about one of the great Union generals in the Civil War, William Tecumseh Sherman. In the first two chapters, we learn about Sherman’s childhood and his years at West Point. When ... "Sherman: The Ruthless Victor"

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Waking Hours

Waking Hours

On 10/3 Laura Williams wrote: In “Waking Hours” by Lis Wiehl we meet forensic psychiatrist Dani Harris. Dani is brought in on a case involving the death of a local high school girl, Julie. The awful way that she died leaves the town in an uproar. Dani has help with the case from her former classmate Tommy Gunderson. Tommy was ... Waking Hours

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Sunrise on the Battery

Sunrise on the Battery

On 9/25 Laura Williams wrote: In “Sunrise on the Battery” by Beth Webb Hart, we meet the Scoville family. Mary Lynn and Jackson Scoville moved to Charleston, South Carolina so that they could provide a better life for their daughters, Catherine, Lilla and Casey. Mary Lynn has done everything she can to be accepted by Charleston ... Sunrise on the Battery

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Fairer than Morning

Fairer than Morning

On 5/8 Laura Williams wrote: In “Fairer Than Morning” by Rosslyn Elliott, we meet the Miller family. Ann has helped her father raise her younger sisters after her mother died giving birth to the youngest. Ann had to become the woman of the family and was not able to follow her heart and her dreams. When she is finally old enough, ... Fairer Than Morning

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Heart of Ice

Heart of Ice

On 4/4 Laura Williams wrote: In “Heart of Ice” by Lis Wiehl, we are once again drawn into a murder mystery and the ladies of the Triple Threat Club soon find themselves in the middle of it. Elizabeth Avery appears to be a nice, attractive young lady to most people, but those that know her best know that she has a heart of ice ... Heart of Ice

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A Cowboy's Touch

A Cowboy's Touch

On 4/3 Laura Williams wrote: In “A Cowboy’s Touch” by Denise Hunter, we meet Abigail Jones who lives in Chicago and is a writer for a magazine. When her mother, who is also her boss, starts to worry about her health, Abigail is forced to take the summer off. Abigail goes to Montana to stay with her great aunt, Lucy. Abigail ... A Cowboy's Touch

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Save the Date

Save the Date

On 2/27 Laura Williams wrote: In “Save the Date” by Jenny Jones, Lucy Wiltshire runs a home, Saving Grace, for girls who have no family and need a mentor and a place to live. The primary donor, Sinclair Enterprises, has to cut their funding and Lucy has to face the possibility of losing the house and putting her girls back out ... Save the Date

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Dining with Joy

Dining with Joy

On 12/23 Laura Williams wrote: In “Dining with Joy” by Rachel Hauk, we meet cooking show host Joy Ballard. Joy took over the cooking show when the original host, her father, unexpectedly passed away. Joy learns that a major network has picked up her show, but there is a problem. She can’t cook. Joy has kept this secret so that ... Dining with Joy

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Resurrection in May

Resurrection in May

On 10/19 Laura Williams wrote: In “Resurrection in May” by Lisa Samson, May Seymour has recently graduated from college and does not know what she wants to do in life. May plans a mission trip to Africa in hopes of figuring out what she wants to do with her life. While in Africa she meets people that are very different from her, ... Resurrection in May

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Greater Love

Greater Love

On 7/5 Laura Williams wrote: “Greater Love” by Robert Whitlow is the third book in the Tides of Truth series. This book continues the story of Georgia lawyer, Tami Taylor. Tami comes from a very strict Christian family and is now faced with the realities of the world. Tami joins a law firm in Savannah and has to defend a young ... Greater Love by Robert Whitlow

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Hand of Fate

Hand of Fate

On 4/5 Laura Williams wrote: “Hand of Fate” by Lis Wiehl and April Henry is about the murder of the host of a popular Portland radio talk show. Jim Fate dies tragically from a poisonous gas that fills his recording booth while his show, “The Hand of Fate” is on air and everyone in downtown Portland panics and tries to evacuate. ... Hand of Fate

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The Clouds Roll Away

The Clouds Roll Away

On 3/1 Laura Williams wrote: In “The Clouds Roll Away” by Sibella Giorello, forensic geologist Raleigh Harmon returns to her hometown of Richmond, Virginia and is soon investigating a cross burning at a celebrity's mansion. It appears to be a hate crime but as she continues to investigate, things become more puzzling and complicated. ... “The Clouds Roll Away” by Sibella Giorello

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4 Stars

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Face of Betrayal (Trade Paperback)

Face of Betrayal (Trade Paperback)

On 1/22 Laura Williams wrote: "Face of Betrayal" by Lis Wiehl and April Henry is a mystery that will keep you guessing through out the whole book. Allison Pierce, a Federal prosecuting attorney, soon finds herself involved in the mysterious disappearance of a 17-year old Senate page, Katie Converse. With the help of her friends Cassidy, ... "Face of Betrayal" by Lis Wiehl and April Henry

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The Lightkeeper's Daughter

The Lightkeeper's Daughter

On 12/12 Laura Williams wrote: The Lightkeeper’s Daughter by Colleen Coble is about a young woman, Addie Sullivan, who grew up on a remote island in California. Her life is turned upside down when a long-lost uncle finds her and reveals that her parents are not her biological parents. She wants to find her family so he hires her ... The Lightkeeper's Daughter by Colleen Coble

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Healing Sands

Healing Sands

On 11/26 Laura Williams wrote: When Ryan Coe’s fifteen-year-old son is arrested, she cannot believe her son committed this crime. She is angry because he will not talk to her about what happened so she goes to Dr. Sullivan Crisp to find a way to cope with her anger. Sully is in town helping one of his clinics and searching for Belinda ... Healing Sands by Nancy Rue & Stephen Arterburn

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Seaside Letters

Seaside Letters

On 9/30 Laura Williams wrote: Seaside Letters by Denise Hunter is about Sabrina Kincaid who has been betrayed by her fiancé and her cousin. She has little trust for anyone. She travels to Nantucket and decides to move there. Sabrina joins an online chat room about Nantucket and soon starts emailing a local man, Tucker. When she ... Seaside Letters by Denise Hunter

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Beautiful Mess

Beautiful Mess

On 9/12 Laura Williams wrote: "Beautiful Mess" was a very interesting book. This book tells the story of how the six men from Diamond Rio became interested in music and the struggles they each faced before making it big in Nashville. It also describes how they came together as a band and became a very successful group in country ... "Beautiful Mess" by Diamond Rio

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