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The Orchardist: A Novel by Amanda Coplin
 
Book Club Recommended
Slow, Insightful, Gloomy
The Orchardist

Beautifully written, Amanda Coplin transports the reader to the wilderness of Washington at the turn of the 20th century. The characters are deeply developed and you will find yourself captivated with this touching debut novel.

The Time Keeper by Mitch Albom
 
Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Interesting, Inspiring
The Timekeeper

Entrancing and inspiring...this novel sucked me right into the story and held me there until the end. Loved the set up and the author\'s ability to weave together the lives of characters who are all so different; and yet have similarities that allow them to learn from each other.

 
Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Interesting, Difficult
A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki

This is a gorgeously written novel that intertwines past and present, the real with the fantasy and the affect that one person's life can have on another. You will be left in awe of the author's ability to tie each character together and you will fall in love with and develop an attachment to at least one of the characters; I guarantee it!

 
Adventurous, Interesting, Inspiring

2 A.M. at The Cat's Pajamas by Marie-Helene Bertino
 
Confusing, Gloomy, Adventurous
2 A.M. at the Cat\'s Pajamas

This book did not thrill me but I also did not take it to be a complete failure. It is a bit disjointed because it is told by so many different perspectives. The result is the reader being plunged into a whirlwind of characters, not all of which having a main role in the story. Some characters are introduced but then the reader does not get the chance to get to know them because they are never mentioned beyond a single chapter. Lastly, some of the character actions are very unrealistic and the author tried too hard to weave together three different lives.

I did like the layout of the book; each chapter beginning with the time of day, short chapters making the book an easy read. The book cover and chapters suggest a fun, whimsical read, while the content is much heavier and realistic than the cover portrays.

Finally, the entire book builds to a crucial moment, and in my opinion, it is not well executed.

Slade House: A Novel by David Mitchell
 
Book Club Recommended
Dark, Scary, Dramatic
Slade House by David Mitchell

Though I found the book to be interesting, thrilling with an unexpected twist at the end, it is also difficult to follow at times. I had to write down dates, characters, and new words in order to keep track of everything. A book read for pleasure should not be such work. Still, it was a fast and enjoyable read, despite its dark and graphic nature. It did yield some very good discussion points among my book club members.

 
Book Club Recommended
Romantic, Fun, Dramatic

This book is the first in a new series (The Medlar Mysteries) and the debut attempt at mystery writing for author Jude Deveraux. When Kate moves to Lachlan, Florida to begin her work as a Real Estate agent, she has no idea what the secrets are harbored deep beneath the town's surface. She moves in with her Aunt Sara, who is nothing like her mother led Kate to believe, and gets to know a town local boy, Jack, who is also living under Aunt Sara's roof.
When two skeletons are found on a property Jack owns, the unlikely trio spiral down a windy road of mystery, secrets and long buried lies. Will the three be able to handle solving a 20 year old mystery?

The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides
 
Addictive, Interesting, Dramatic

Lost Roses: A Novel by Martha Hall Kelly
 
Interesting, Informative, Dramatic

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