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Ireland: A Novel by Frank Delaney
 
Dramatic, Interesting, Adventurous
historic events from Ireland as told by a traveling storyteller.

Easy read. I learned some things I didn't know about Ireland's history and saw them from the perspective of the natives (or invaders). Loose ends were tied up at the end of the book in an interesting way.

Signora da Vinci by Robin Maxwell
 
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Interesting, Romantic
Signora da Vinci

This was an interesting historical fiction which went to great lengths to remain historically correct. Since so little is known of the real mother of Leonardo da Vinci, the imaginary life of the main character was fairly easy to accept. Well written.

 
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Insightful, Inspiring
Lone Survivor

This story of the author's harrowing experience in Afghanistan and losing three of his team mates was quite moving. The first part of the book provided insight into what it takes to become a seal and the second part revealed how those skills were put to use by the US Navy. I come from a non-military background and I learned a lot about life in the military and the sacrifices that are made every day. The book provided an intimate look at the bravery and commitment of US Navy SEALs.

 
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Insightful, Informative
Change of Heart

I felt the story got bogged down near the end. Picoult began throwing in additional weird scenes which weren't necessary and didn't add to the story. The Maggie character offered a little levity which I liked and our Club did enjoy a lively discussion of the book. Its possible that I wasn't in the proper mindset (on a cruise) to enjoy this book. But it is close to the bottom in my list of books I recommend to others.

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