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4/22/19 8:25 P

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The Perfect Couple - Elin Hilderbrand 3 stars

The maid of honor for the wedding is discovered in the water on Nantucket. Thus starts the mystery wrapped about the telling of a couple's romance.

It is a quick easy read but overall I think the author is better on regular romance rather than mysteries. She tried to add to the intrigue by going back and forth with the dates by chapter. Not needed for this and instead she should have had more character development.

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4/9/19 7:21 P

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Y is for Yesterday - Sue Grafton (3 stars)

The last in the A to Z series by Sue Grafton and I put off reading as long as possible. It was not supposed to be the last but unfortunately Ms. Grafton died before writing the last one. I did not find it the best of the series and at times I found it repetitive and other times it didn't have the depth I expected. Some suspense.

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4/6/19 10:26 P

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Lord John and the Brotherhood of the Blade by Diana Gabaldon (4*)
Lord John and his brother Hal seek to solve the mystery of their father's long ago murder, which was labeled a suicide and gave rise to gossip and scandal that stain the family honor. Meanwhile, his mother plans to remarry, which brings her widowed fiance's stepson into the family, which was no problem until the young man gets arrested and tried for a hanging offense. John and Hal's regiment are posted to Prussia, where John is critically wounded. I like the natty, urbane, and courageous Lord John, a spin-off character from Outlander, but didn't enjoy this book as much as the others in the Lord John series. The Lord John in this book seemed out of character, with the wit, charm, and manner not up to par. There were an annoying overabundance of gratuitous and graphic sex scenes which were overdone and a disruption to the flow of the mystery plot. As a whodunnit, It was generally creative and well-built, but I would have loved to edit out the excess flab into a more taut and focused story.

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4/6/19 9:45 P

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--The Flying Flea, Callie, and Me
--That Furball Puppy and Me
--Chomps, Flea, and Me by Carol and Bill Wallace (4*)
I read these three short kids' stories as if they were one book, which essentially they are. A gray kitten is adopted by a farm family when the old cat gets too arthritic to keep down the mice and rats. There is good continuity in plot and character in the three books, centering around the put-upon and often misunderstood little gray cat, who seems to have a bit of the middle child syndrome in this farm family of pets. I enjoyed the stories and think most cat-loving kids would also enjoy Gray's misadventures. The books were written by a couple of retired teachers who had a good grasp kids' reading level and attention spans, so pre-middle school kids should be able to follow along and enjoy the stories without getting lost or confused.

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And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. Micah 6:8
"If you trust in yourself and believe in your dreams and follow your star...you'll still get beaten by people who spent their time working hard and learning things and weren't so lazy." Terry Pratchett


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4/6/19 8:54 P

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Red Seas Under Red Skies by Scott Lynch (5*)
After The Lies of Locke Lamora, conmen Locke and Jean plan the heist of an impenetrable casino, where any hint of cheating is punished by death, but their risky venture is further complicated by several assassination attempts for unknown reasons, the interference of their enemies among the magi, and being kidnapped, poisoned, and blackmailed by the powerful local warlord into fomenting a war with pirates to scare the council into not cutting funds to his navy. If they mess up, he withholds the antidote but probably plans to withhold it even if they succeed. Skipping this book, would not interfere with following the series but doing so would mean missing out on some great fantasy/adventures/heists/scams/wit/and danger. I'm definitely loving this series!

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And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. Micah 6:8
"If you trust in yourself and believe in your dreams and follow your star...you'll still get beaten by people who spent their time working hard and learning things and weren't so lazy." Terry Pratchett


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Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman (5*)
Eleanor narrates the events, as filtered through her uniquely idiosyncratic POV, that occur when the IT guy from work enlists her aid for an old man who passes out on the streets. The grungy but endearing computer geek and the sweet old man and his family give the dissociated Eleanor little opportunity not to engage with them, but poor Eleanor distrusts and dislikes the human species. These caring human interactions make strange changes occur in a life Eleanor considers perfectly fine! This book contains much charm, wit, original characters, great dialogue, creativity, and so much more. I had to love Eleanor Rig...er, Oliphant and her rock solid integrity, her unique personal logic, and her true-to-self authenticity and how well the author led the reader to walk in Eleanor's sensible shoes. Of course, I loved Raymond because he is just so...lovable! This is one of the truly great modern novels, a masterpiece of insight, humanity, and story, and a completely fine example of a literary classic to be.


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And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. Micah 6:8
"If you trust in yourself and believe in your dreams and follow your star...you'll still get beaten by people who spent their time working hard and learning things and weren't so lazy." Terry Pratchett


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--Time Was by Ian McDonald (4*)
A modern book dealer finds photos taken decades apart showing the same two men, who did not age, leading to his piecing together the story of a failed WWII experiment blasting a gay scientist and his poet lover into a time warp. As agreed, if they get separated, the poet leaves notes in a certain rare book wherever and whenever he find a bookshop that carries it, in an attempt to reconnect. This novel is not primarily a gay romance but science fiction, which led to many bad reviews by disappointed people who expected otherwise. Not being a fan of romances, I was delighted to find more science fiction and mystery than romantic schmaltz. As time travel books go, this one is rather well-polished, well-organized, creatively original, narrated in beautiful prose, and has the added intrigue of a mystery being skillfully unfolded.

--The Secret Orphan by Glynis Peters (3*)
In this WWII story an English farm girl, heiress to a late childless aunt, takes in the orphaned child of the caretakers of the aunt's home, who were killed when the house was destroyed during a bombing. The mysterious couples' secrets make the little girl and her guardian pariahs in their little rural community when a sleazy female farm worker spreads gossip about the child that she heard from her escaped German POW lover. About 3/4 of the book was really good, but the last quarter just made no sense--seriously, what was everyone so panicked about? Who would you find more threatening and vile, a sweet seven-year-old war orphan with a lot that's unknown about her background info or the vicious, skanky rumor-monger who openly brags about her affair with a dangerous escaped Nazi? Yeah, the last quarter really is that dumb and badly needs big booster shots of plausibility, cohesiveness, realism, and at least some sense.

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And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. Micah 6:8
"If you trust in yourself and believe in your dreams and follow your star...you'll still get beaten by people who spent their time working hard and learning things and weren't so lazy." Terry Pratchett


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Please share your reading with the other team members. Let's help each other find interesting books to read, including fiction, non-fiction, plays, novellas, and short story or poetry anthologies.
Please post and rate every book members read during the month and tell each other a little about them. Please list title, author, and a 1-5* rating.
If you choose, please follow with a brief summary of what the book was about and what you did, or did not like about it.

1 star--* hated it!
2 star--** bad but not the worst, some positive attributes.
3 star--*** A good read, entertaining but nothing spectacular.
4 stars--**** A great read, above average.
5 stars--***** An awesome read, among the best!

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And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. Micah 6:8
"If you trust in yourself and believe in your dreams and follow your star...you'll still get beaten by people who spent their time working hard and learning things and weren't so lazy." Terry Pratchett


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