JenniferChiaveriniTheSpymistress

The Spymistress

The Spymistress (Dutton/Penguin Group) begins in 1861, right before Virginia secedes from The Union. The novel vividly narrates the struggles of a loyal Unionist family living in the Confederate capital (Richmond) throughout the Civil War. Our heroine,...
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Hotshot by Julie Garwood

  WARNING: Reading Hotshot by Julie Garwood will cause (a) lack of sleep (b) a burning desire to find hot, hunky FBI men and (c)  the need to book a plane ticket  to Florida. As a longtime fan/reader of Ms. Garwood’s books, I can attest to the fact...
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Almost Snow White by Jeffrey Blount

Almost Snow White (Alluvion Press) chronicles the trials of Precious Anne Sprately, a mulatto child conceived when her mother was raped by a white man. Precious lives in a black community in Virginia with her “father” who can’t stand to look at her, and...
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The Ghost Bride by Yangsze Choo

As a working mom, my most recent literary fixes include A Very Hungry Caterpillar and Go Dog Go. As fascinating as those stories are the 100th time around, I needed a new book to read for MY reading pleasure (in all that free time I have, wink!). I was...
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The Illusion of Separateness by Simon Van Booy

The Illusion of Separateness (Harper Collins) is the story of six complete strangers, whose lives unknowingly intertwine to affect each other’s destinies in monumental ways. World War II is the central event connecting each of these people in ways they...
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The Good Luck Girls of Shipwreck Lane by Kelly Harms

In lesser hands, the plot of The Good Luck Girls of Shipwreck Lane (Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martins Press) could be the premise of a really bad Lifetime movie. In Harms’ deft hands, the story of two women who share the same name and both claim a...
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The Registry by Shannon Stoker

New dystopian thriller The Registry begs us to imagine a world in which the government exercises ultimate control over the future of every boy and girl. Stoker fails to create an environment as evocative as say, District 12. To her advantage, it is not hard...