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Mistress of the Art of Death by Ariana Franklin
 
Dramatic, Scary, Confusing
This book is a mystery, with a surprise ending. It also presents a microcosm of life in the 11th century. The character is strong, despite the general opinion at that time that women belonged at hom

The book was excellent.

The Piano Teacher: A Novel by Janice Y. K. Lee
 
Informative, Pointless, Confusing
The Piano Teacher

It was too depressing, and the plot was difficult to follow.

 
Pointless, Slow, Interesting
Julie/ Julia

loaded with 4-letter expletives and plot wandering off at times as it is peppered with too many characters and extraneous information.

When Crickets Cry by Charles Martin
 
Book Club Recommended
Inspiring, Insightful, Beautiful
When Crickets Cry

I loved the characters and felt the joy and the sadness. I have never cried so many times over a book. Only negative comment is that perhaps there was too much drawn out details, for instance, building the boat.

Prayers for Sale by Sandra Dallas
 
Book Club Recommended
Inspiring, Beautiful, Interesting
Prayers for Sale

A lovely theme of love and friendship, spanning the ages. The main character shows strength and kindness throughout.

 
Fun, Adventurous, Interesting
The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie

Cute book, but doesn't seem suitable for a Book Club read. Kind of an elaboraate Nancy Drew.

 
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Interesting, Adventurous
The Forgotten Garden

A lovely story of love with a hint of mystery. The author used the plait method on the time sequence and setting. It is a little confusing, but the plot was wonderful.

Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout
 
Insightful, Interesting, Gloomy
Olive Kitteridge

Olive was a difficult character to love. The way the chapters were presented were confusing. It was a study of a community and full of vignettes with characters living in Olive's small town.
she did have her occassional kind moments, which endeared her somewhat.

South of Broad by Pat Conroy
 
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Interesting, Dark
South of Broad

believable characters, mystery

The Help by Kathryn Stockett
 
Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Inspiring, Interesting
The Help

Poignant story...talk about seeing the other side of the coin! I can remember some of the things from my own life. It really touched me.

 
Informative, Interesting, Dark
The Devil in the White City

As often happens in non-fiction, the author feels she has to include every historic fact that she finds, making the reader try to remember mountains of facts.

The story itself was quite incredible, both what went into building the fair and tracing Holmes' wickedness.

 
Informative, Interesting, Insightful
Beast in the Garden...

I found it to be impossible to keep up with the number of characters. I appreciate the huge amount of research in the book. The subject was a terrifying one, and it opened my eyes as far as America's ignoring of the crisis going on in Germany.

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