Book Reviews

Westering Women by Sandra Dallas

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In February 1852, notices are posted all over Chicago: “If you are an adventuresome young woman of high moral character and fine health, are you willing to travel to California in search of a good husband?” It sounds perfect to Maggie, so she and her little girl sign up, along with 43 other women,  for the California-bound wagon train led by two ministers. Maggie isn’t looking for a husband, though—she has other reasons for wanting to leave Chicago.

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The Dilemma by B.A. Paris

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I’ve come to expect certain things from a B.A. Paris novel. Vivid characters, with at least one who will be distinctly unlikable from the start. A plot that initially feels very straightforward, that makes you think you know what’s going on, only to realize you don’t. An event that lingers in the back of your mind at all times, creating an aura of suspense that alters your perception of everything you read. And finally, the lifting of that suspense, and resolutions you somehow didn’t expect despite your wildest imaginings.

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The Rise of Magicks by Nora Roberts

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Although I could have read The Rise of Magicks quickly, I forced myself to go slowly–to savor the reading experience. Knowing that this was the last piece of the story, I didn’t want to rush through it. It was the right call, because it deepened my enjoyment of the story.

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Can’t Wait Wednesday: The Rise of Magicks by Nora Roberts

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Can’t Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Tressa at Wishful Endings, to spotlight and discuss the books we’re excited about that we have yet to read. 

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Book Reviews

The Girls at 17 Swann Street by Yara Zgheib

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Anna Roux is a former ballet dancer from France, now living in Missouri with her husband, Matthias. When we first meet Anna, she is in Bedroom 5 at 17 Swann Street. She is 26 years old, weighs 88 pounds, and has been forced to seek treatment for the anorexia that is slowly killing her.

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Forget You Know Me by Jessica Strawser

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Lifelong friends Liza and Molly have grown distant since Liza moved to Chicago. One night, when Molly’s husband Daniel is away on business, they have a video chat in a bid to reconnect. After an awkward start, the conversation is flowing easily when Molly has to go check on one of her children. Liza is horrified when she sees a masked man enter her friend’s house, and panics when the screen goes dark. She calls the police, and then—unable to get Molly to answer her phone—Liza jumps in her car and drives all night to make sure she is okay, only to be turned away by an angry Molly. Confused, hurt, and angry, Liza returns home only to find more heartbreak waiting for her as she tries to figure out what happened that fateful night.

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