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The Seduction of Water by Carol Goodman

This intertwining of fairy tales, suspense, and mystery is the second novel by writer Carol Goodman, published in January 2003.  Though it has aged a little, it is still an enticing read, and winner of the 2003 Hammett Prize, given by the International Association of Crime Writers, North American Branch (IACW/NA) each year since 1991 to a Canadian or US citizen or permanent resident for a book in English in the field of crime writing. 

A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness

A Discovery of Witches

This book is the first in the All Souls Trilogy by Deborah Harkness, and was published a few years ago in 2011.  I had the privilege of meeting the author when she visited another area library in 2012 around the release of the second book, Shadow of Night.  I had been pulled into the book by online reading group friends at the time, so I was very excited to meet her and hear her speak.  I was not disappointed, and left with a great picture with the author and a signed trade paperback of A Discovery of Witches

Royal Wedding by Meg Cabot

Royal Wedding cover

Ready for a fun, romantic, and laugh-out-loud read?  Then come join me for a walk with royalty as you might revisit Princess Mia from Cabot’s famous and delightful teen series, The Princess Diaries.  While you don’t have to have read the series to enjoy the new adult novel, it certainly helps to understand some of the characters, their histories, and their motivations.

Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis by Robert D. Putnam

Dr. Robert Putnam begins this analysis of our changing America with his childhood memories in Port Clinton, Ohio at a time when the American dream of opportunity was well within reach.

Orchard House: How a Neglected Garden Taught One Family to Grow

Sometimes I read to be entertained. Sometimes to learn. And once in a while, I read to relax. Pick up this book and turn the page, and I promise you will be drawn into warmth and calm.

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

Outlander coverThere is something magical about the Outlander books by Diana Gabaldon.  Sure, there is the element of time travel, but that is not the only thing to capture you.  There is adventure, anguish, childbirth, history, marriage, romance, war, and whiskey.  And more. 

The books of Outlander defy a single genre placement.  Probably the broadest term you could use would be historical fiction, but that still does not fully capture the presence of a 20th century English woman in 18th century Scotland, as the main protagonist, Claire, is the first person narrator of our tale.

Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover

This is another emotion-filled read from Colleen Hoover. I have read all of Hoover's books and find that she has a way of making each story feel unique. Hoover started out as a Young Adult author with her breakout Slammed, published independently. Her last few titles have crossed into the New Adult genre - angst filled love stories about complicated twenty-somethings with varying emotional and physical scars.

The Good Girl by Mary Kubica

Good read about a kidnapping with a twist.  I found it similar to Still Missing by Chevy Stevens and even The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty.  I listened to the audio and thought it was very well done with multiple voice actors.