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Summer Island
by Kristin Hannah


Wonderful journey through difficult relationships featuring love, forgiveness, understanding, betrayal and redemption. Kristin Hannah creates characters that seem to come alive right off the pages. She did a good job with creating Summer Island as well, so good that I have to Google it to see if these islands really exist off the Washington coast. This is a story of an estranged mother and daughter. Nora, the successful mom, hosts a radio call in show giving stellar advice and upheld as a model of morality. Her daughter, Ruby, thinks otherwise, and rightfully so. Ruby carries a huge chip on her shoulders and is unable to connect with others at any level of depth. She ends up having to spend a week caring for her mother at their childhood home on Summer Island. She is offered a huge sum to write a tell all story about her mom just before she makes the decision to go. What follows is the packed week, an old boyfriend and the untangling of many emotions, learned behaviors and walls.
 
 


Where Paths Meet
by Paul Ellenberger


It was interesting to read stories from the author's lifetime spent in French West Africa, but it was hard to follow because the chronology was not in order. The stories jumped back and forth between time periods. I found it hard to figure out when each story was taking place.
 
 


The Bluest Eye
by Toni Morrison


This is a book I would have to read more than once to fully assess. I didn't like parts of the book, but I did appreciate reading about family life during this time period, getting a different perspective than the "expected" family household. It helped in understanding different backgrounds and underlying factors that contribute to peoples' lives.
 
 


First Drop of Crimson
by Jeaniene Frost


Denise MacGregor is being hunted by a demon. She is tasked with finding a long lost family member who cheated the demon and doomed her family to death until he can be found and the demons revenge can be had. Unfortunately, Denise doesn't want to bother her best friend Cat to help so she goes to her only other hope. Spade hasn't seen Denise since that fateful night Denise lost her husband to a zombie attack but he knows he has to help her in anyway he can but can he get her the help she needs in time to save her? This was a good side story in the Night Huntress universe but not my favorite characters. I would still reccomend it to fans of urban fantasy.
 
 


The Midnight Library
by Matt Haig


Nora Seed has nothing to live for. She just lost her job/s, her cat just died, she has no other living family other than an estranged brother and her best friend moved to Australia and barely speaks to her. Even her neighbor no longer needs her to pick up scripts or groceries for him. In her desperation to end things she overdoses but doesn't die. She ends up in the Midnight Library. She is neither dead nor alive. Nora can choose to live a life where she made different choices but will she be able to make a choice before it is too late? This was an amazing speculative fiction book! I thoroughly enjoyed the "what ifs" and thought about my own life choices. It was a great book for a book club discussion and so glad I finally read this book. I highly recommend this book to anyone!
 
 


The Viscount Who Loved Me
by Julia Quinn


The second book in the Bridgerton series made famous by the Netflix TV series. Viscount Anthony Bridgerton is determined to be married and any intelligent, respectable woman will do. When Anthony sets his sights on Edwina Sheffield and his only obstacle is Kate Sheffield, her elder step-sister. Kate has no intention of allowing her sister to marry Anthony, an infamous rake. Anthony, to his consternation, can't stop thinking about Kate erstwhile attempting to court her sister. Will Anthony finally get his suitable woman or be thwarted by the stalwart Kate? The TV series is very good but season two and book two of the Bridgerton series are very different. The storyline is similar but not the same. Both are still very entertaining. I highly recommend this to historical romance fans.
 
 


One for the Money
by Jeaniene Frost


Short story about Cat and Bones. While on vacation, they are recruited to be a bodyguard to a selfish human heiress. Unfortunately, their heiress is being hunted by ghouls and vampires. Will they be able to figure out who is behind the hits before one of them ends up permanently dead? An entertaining short story which takes place between Destined for the Grave and This Side of the Grave. Recommend for fans of the Night Huntress series.
 
 


Destined for the Grave
by Jeaniene Frost


Cat and Bones are finally in a good place in their relationship. Until Cat wakes in terror with another vampire trying to wish her away via her dreams. Gregor, a very powerful and manipulative vampire, is claiming that Cat is his wife and by vampire law is his. Cat has no intention of leaving Bones but she has a feeling there is more to this strange psychopath vampire. Will Cat and Bones survive this latest threat to their lives and relationship?! I love this series and really enjoyed this book. Highly reccomend this series for fans of urban fantasy with some spice.
 
 


This Side of the Grave
by Jeaniene Frost


Cat and Bones are in trouble...again. A very old and very powerful ghoul thinks Cat is a threat to ghoul kind. In their fight to preserve peace among species they seek out the ghoul queen of New Orleans for assistance but Cat will get way more than she bargained for. This was not my favorite in the series so far but it was entertaining. I hope the next in series is better. I still recommend to urban fantasy fans.
 
 


The Midnight Library
by Matt Haig


Woman gets a chance to visit other possible lives when she reaches a crossroads in her own. It was pretty good, although there were a few places that seemed to drag. Overall, not bad
 
 
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