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Name : Valerie G.
Gender : Female
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Palisades Park by Alan Brennert
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Adventurous, Interesting
Palisades Park

The nostalgia of Palisades Park and its location is just wonderful. Allan research on the Parks history was right on the mark and a big part of the book. The saga of Stopka family, the heart beat of the book, was just as intoxicating. Beautifully written, immensely consuming, LOVE IT! Bravo :)
Palisades has the rides...
Palisades has the fun...
Come On Over
Ride the coaster...
Get cool...
In the waves in the pool.
You\'ll have fun... so...
Come On Over.

Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Interesting, Insightful
Light Between the Oceans

From the first page to the last sentence, I was captivated. Stedman’s beautifully written story and unforgettable characters have you on a emotional roller coaster from beginning to end. Her description of the Lighthouse on Janus Rock were just wonderful it made we want to run away to a isolated Island. Tom and Isabel are a happy couple that make a very heartfelt decision which will haunt them till the end. Was it right or wrong, we always hope we make the best decisions, sometimes they could be selfish ones, or painful, but in the end we always hope there for the best. Compelling, powerful, definitely a must read.

What She Left Behind by Ellen Marie Wiseman
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Informative, Addictive

This book was a diamond in the rough. Loved how Ellen Marie Wiseman took a non-fiction book and created a story around it. This book was addictive and my whole book club loved it. I had 4 new members join thanks to this book BRAVO Ms. Wiseman. We all wanted more...

My Sunshine Away by M.O. Walsh
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Addictive, Dramatic
My Sunshine Away by M.O. Walsh

I liked the way this book made me feel. It took me down my nostalgia road. Where I was, who I was with in many historical events. M.O. Walsh writing was pleasant in my mind. You could say it was a coming of age meets mystery. The beginning was smooth, middle slightly slow, ending great pick up. I can\\\\\\\'t wait to discuss it at my book club this week. Without no spoilers it is about a young teenager in Baton rouge who becomes a suspect in the rape of the girl across the street who he is obsessed with. Definitely a good read. I guess M.O. stands for MOVE OVER Walsh is coming through.

Leaving Time: A Novel by Jodi Picoult
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Interesting, Insightful
Leaving Time

When I finished Leaving Time I felt like I was leaving family members behind. Loved it, my book club loved it. Five stars. Jodi Picoult did not disappoint her fans. Who does not love Jodi\\\'s story endings? The story was outstanding, it had mystery, paranormal elements, detectives, love triangle, and most of all elephants. Bravo Jodi, I applaud you, and the elephants....thank you

Love Anthony by Lisa Genova
Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Inspiring, Dramatic
Love Anthony

Ok not my favorite Lisa Genova book, but the lady can still write a good book. LOVE ANTHONY in the beginning takes place in Nantucket Island in winter(depressing weather), as two women (alternating chapters) try to rebuild their lives after different tragedies effect them. On one hand a wife has a cheating husband, on the other hand a mother grieves a lost son with autism.
Unbeknown to them, their lives interweave together.
Lisa provides a picture definition into the world of autism. Where most struggle to understand autism, Lisa introduces us to embracing it.
Not sure what my book club is going to say about it. They were not looking forward to reading another book about a boy with autism. LOVE ANTHONY wasn\\\\\\\'t just about that, it was about unconditional love and how to open our hearts and mind and let it in. It was a steady read, it made me feel good but in the end I felt cheated.
The character Beth was advised after she finished writing her book, \\\\\\\"you don\\\\\\\'t have the right ending yet\\\\\\\", well Lisa I believe that might be the same case here. You don\\\\\\\'t have the right ending...But I liked it

Insightful, Interesting, Slow
Go Set a Watchman

Book should have stayed in the safe where Alice Lee left it all those years.

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
Book Club Recommended
Adventurous, Brilliant, Slow
Graveyard Book

Great fun, good read, but what isn't good by Neil Gaiman?

The Nightingale: A Novel by Kristin Hannah
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Informative, Inspiring
The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

Beautiful book about a family, a war, Nazi's, and survival. Even days after reading it which I couldn't put it down, I would think about it and have a good cry. Love the book, love Kristin Hannah she never disappoints me. Bravo...

Book Club Recommended
Slow, Interesting, Insightful
Summer Before the War

I listened to the audio book, 13 disks and not until disk #10 did I think it became interesting and addictive. If I was reading it I would have stopped after the first 100 pages. This book is for fans of Downton Abbey with all the proper English and social class. Not my cup of tea...

Book Club Recommended
Informative, Interesting, Insightful
Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI

Killers of the Flower Moon was like a history class that you couldn't leave. My book club couldn't stop talking about it. We were fascinated by the events and murders that took place. Although I am not a big fan of non-fiction my book club absolutely loved it.

Book Club Recommended
Informative, Dark, Dramatic
Orphan Master's Son

Wow I found this a very difficult, graphic read. More then half my book club (about 7 people) did not finish it. Way to much (fiction or non-fiction) hardship, torture, bizarre an all around difficult read, not for the light at heart.

Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Informative, Romantic
White Houses

Beautifully written, way to much information I really didn't want to know, but glad I read the book. My club were divided on how many stars. Some voted 3 stars while others voted 2. Amy Bloom took a sensitive subject and gave it the soft touch of forbidden love. This book is not for everyone.

Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Brilliant, Beautiful
Daughter of a Daughter of a Queen Sarah Bird

I would have drove my car from coast to coast listening to Bahni Turpin narrate "Daughter of a Daughter of a Queen" The story (politically correct or not) was absolutely fabulous for me. I have been in a dry spell finding my next great story and Sarah Bird wet my whistle. Unfortunately I have never heard of Cathy Williams a woman Buffalo Soldier and now I can't tell enough readers about this well written, exciting story about Cathy. All the elements that make a good book great are in this book. I didn't care if Cathy Williams words were true or not true for a slave in that era. I thought all the words were fantastic and they took me on a beautiful journey through love, loss, grief, beauty, ugly, and friendship I was totally captivated. If you like to read historical fiction that dreamily takes you there and back DAUGHTER OF A DAUGHTER OF A QUEEN is the book for you. I rate it 5 stars for Sarah Bird and 5 stars to Cathy Williams.

Book Club Recommended
Adventurous, Informative, Interesting
Girl Waits with Gun

My book club and I loved this book. Not only are we located in north Jersey and new about all the cities Amy wrote about we were all intrigued by Constance Knopp. So much so we will continued the series at another time. We gave it 4 stars and are looking forward to Lady Cop makes Trouble.

Finding Dorothy: A Novel by Elizabeth Letts
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Fun, Informative

Book Club Recommended
Beautiful, Interesting, Addictive

Wow a must read loved it!

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