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Name : Nancy M.

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The Language of Flowers: A Novel by Vanessa Diffenbaugh
Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Beautiful, Interesting
The language of flowers

A beautifully written book about love, and overcoming a difficult childhood to find your place in this world. I loved this book!

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

A beautifully written book set in Australia post WW1. Tom, who,has come home from the war, barring scars, finds love in Isabel and marries her and takes her to love on a remote island off the coast of Australia, where he is the lighthouse keeper. The descriptions of the island, the lighthouse and Australia are vivid and interesting! You fall in love with the characters in this book. It doesn't disappoint!

The Shoemaker's Wife by Adriana Trigiani
Book Club Recommended
Romantic, Inspiring, Beautiful
The Shoemakers Wife

I loved this book about life in the Italian Alps, and immigration in the US, ear.y 1900's. Enza and Ciro fist met in Italy, and were meant to find each other again in the US. Their story is one of love, hard work, and sacrifice. I loved this book!

The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay
Book Club Recommended
Inspiring, Dramatic, Informative
The Power of One

A beautiful co ing of age story! One of my favorite books of all time! This author takes us through the life of a young boy, in South Africa before and during WW2. It covers the topic of racism, war, a d overcoming great odds, reaching I side to harness the power within! I love this book!

Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Interesting, Adventurous
The Forgotten Garden

I loved this book, it even brought me to tears at one point. Highly recommend this book for your book club selections.

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer, Annie Barrows
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Interesting, Fun
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Poe Society

My book club loved this book! It was an awesome read! The book takes place on the Guernsey Islands during WW2, and the Hermans were occupying this British Island. You learn how the islanders coped during the occupation. This book has it all, romance, tragedy, it makes you laugh and cry! One of my all time favorites! A must read!

The Lost Wife by Alyson Richman
Book Club Recommended
Romantic, Inspiring, Dramatic
The Lost Wife

This book takes place in pre world war 2, Prague. It is the story of Lenka and Josef, two young and wealthy Jews, who fall in love, but their world is about to fall apart around them. A beautifully written book, good character development, and graphic descrition of life in a concentration camp. This book made me cry in some parts! Worth reading!

Book Club Recommended
Informative, Interesting, Dramatic
Cleopatra's Daughter

This is the story of what happened to Cleopatra's daughter, after she and Mark Anthony died. I loved this book! It was well written, very informative and gives the reader a good sense of what life was like in Rome. This book prompted me to do a little research on Cleopatra's daughter, and her life was incredible!

Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Interesting, Informative
Year of Wonders

This book is based on true story of an English village during the plaque. It was very interesting and informative!

Moloka'i: A Novel by Alan Brennert
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Inspiring, Interesting

Our book club loved this book, and it provided for good discussion!

Book Club Recommended
Informative, Interesting, Insightful
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

This is a very informative book, very interesting non fiction! A good book for your book club.

Book Club Recommended
Informative, Interesting, Dark
Devil in the White City

Another great non fiction book for a book club pick! We enjoyed this book! What a story, and in today's world of DNA and detective work, the serial killer would have been caught a lot earlier. Very interesting description of how the Worlds Fair in Chicago was put together! My book club enjoyed this book!

Book Club Recommended
Double Cross

This book is about five very different characters for all walks of life, who became double agents i. World War 2. They participated in espionage at great peril, and were successful in convincing the Germans that the D Day invasion would happen in a different place, other than Normandy. This book was difficult to read because each double agent had handlers on both sides, and more than one code name, as well as various other sub agents and characters. I had some trouble keeping track of all the characters involved, that said, this book is worth reading, especially for history buffs!

Book Club Recommended
Go Down Together

This was our November book club selection. It was a very interesting book to read. The author is able to humanize Bonnie and Clyde, without making any excuses for what they did I and the life they led, I highly recommend this book!

The House at Tyneford: A Novel by Natasha Solomons
Book Club Recommended
Romantic, Informative, Insightful
The House at Tyneford

What a beautiful book! It takes place in Vienna and the coast of England prior to, and during Ww2. Elise, the daughter of an opera singer and a well known author, is sent to England as a house maid, to escape the increasing hardships on the Jewish population in Vienna, no one Jewish is safe! Elise begins a new life in England, while desperately waiting for her parents to escape Vienna. This book was beautifully written, and the descriptions of the English coast and quaint village, Elizabethan manor house and way of life that was quickly this book!!!

Book Club Recommended
Informative, Dramatic, Interesting
My Name is Mary Sutter

This book was great! Mary Sutter is a brilliant young midwife who longs to become a surgeon. The outbreak of the Civil War gives her the opportunity to pursue her dreams, but at a very high cost to her, emotionally, physically, and mentally. This story is graphic in the descriptions of war, but is also a story of love between family members, and the two surgeons who fall in love with Mary. A must read book!

The Cellist of Sarajevo by Steven Galloway
Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Dramatic, Interesting
The Cellist of Sarajevo

This book tells a haunting story of four people in war torn Sarajevo, during the long siege. A mortar kills 22 people waiting in line for bread, and a cellist, friends with many of those killed, decides to play his cello on the exact spot, exact time, as the deadly attack, for 22 days, one day for each person killed. A young sniper is called on to protect the cellist. This book describes what daily life is for those who live in the city under siege. Highly recommend this book!

Book Club Recommended
Inspiring, Informative, Optimistic
The Eighty Dollar Champion

A beautiful, true story about Snowman, an older plow horse who was saved by Harry, a Durch immigrant. Harry was an expert horseman who was the riding instructor at an exclusive girls school on Long Island, in the late 1950's. He bought Snowman to use for training, and what happens next is unbelievable! I loved this book! It is about the love and trust between a man and his horse! They were the underdogs in the national horse jumping competition, but went on to win, two,years in a row. I fell in love with Snowman!! It is a wonderful, true story!

Loving Frank: A Novel by Nancy Horan
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Interesting, Dramatic
Loving Frank

Very well written and researched historical fiction about the love affair between Frank Lloyd Wright and Mamah Cheney. While I found that I couldn't sympathize with the main characters, it was a book that I enjoyed.

Descent: A Novel by Tim Johnston
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Addictive, Graphic

This book made for a very live,y discussion at our book club. I would say that most of us didn't love this book. At times it was hard to put down, while other sections of the book were off track from the main story. Overall interesting, but most of us didn't care for the style of writing.

Book Club Recommended
Adventurous, Fun, Dramatic
Cinnamon and Gunpowder

I loved this book! It was so different from any other book I've read recently. It was fun, fast paced, interesting, unusual characters and I loved the ending! I'm eager for,our book club meeting to see how the other members liked this book.

America's First Daughter: A Novel by Stephanie Dray, Laura Kamoie
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Interesting, Insightful
America's First Daughter

Very interesting read about Thimas Jefferson's daughter and the life she lead. I love history and this book gives the reader a window in to what Colonial life was like for the upper classes. Weather women didn't have an easy life back then, with very few rights. The book also delves in to Sally Hemmings and the relationship she had with Jefferson.

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

Excellent book! If you enjoy historical fiction and WWII history, read this book! I loved the characters and the story, although tragic at times. This book gives the reader information on the Nazi occupation of France and the French resistance. Wonderful ending! Read this book!

A Man Called Ove: A Novel by Fredrik Backman
Book Club Recommended
Fun, Insightful, Beautiful
A Man Called Ove

This is a really sweet story about Ove. He has lost his wife and is consumed with his grief and is very closed minded about allowing others in to his life. He carries around grudges and is generally miserable, until get gets to know his new neighbors. This book is about the transformation of Ove. A very beautiful and uplifting story.

Book Club Recommended
Addictive, Interesting, Dramatic
The Kind Worth Killing

We read this for our December book club meeting. All of us really liked the book! It is full of twists and turns and surprise ending. We had a lively discussion.

Book Club Recommended
Inspiring, Insightful, Beautiful
The Art of Racing in the Rain

This is a beautiful story! Very well written and keeps your interest through out the story. It will tug at your heart strings, especially for animals lovers, but has a very happy ending!

Re Jane: A Novel by Patricia Park
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Insightful, Dramatic
Re Jane

This was a fun and light read and gives the reader a chance to learn about the Korean culture and how difficult it was for the main character to grow up in her uncle's home in NYC. She feels like an outsider in her own family because she is half American. She never felt wanted after her mother died and she was pawned off on her uncle in America. This book takes you from NYC, and then to Korea as we follow Jane in her quest to find happiness and to figure out where she truly belongs.

The English Girl by Daniel Silva
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Informative, Adventurous
The English Girl

This book kept me on the edge of my seat! I thought I had it figured out, and was partly correct. I loved the writing, the book was fast paced with many characters, but easy to keep up with as the author takes you from Israel, England Russia and Corsica with great descriptions of each setting. Very good character development! I loved the main character! I will read more of this author's books!

Book Club Recommended
Beautiful, Insightful, Dramatic
The Memory Keeper's Daughter

Beautifully written novel about the choices people make, in an instant and how those choices, whether good or bad can impact you for the rest of your life. Young doctor has to deliver his own twins in the middle of a blizzard in 1964. One is born healthy, the other twin has Down Syndrome. Based on his own life experience with his sister who had a heart defect, the doctor hastily decides to give the baby to his nurse and tells his wife the twin was still born. This is a riveting story following each twin as they grow up and they dynamics of both families. Well worth reading, thought provoking and heart warming ending.

Book Club Recommended
Addictive, Dramatic, Adventurous
The Woman in Vabin Ten

Excellent thriller, filled with some twists and turns. This is a real page turning, nail biting kind of novel that does not disappoint!

Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Adventurous, Graphic
The Night Ranger

I read this book for my High Octane book club, which is geared toward spy and suspense novels. This is the second book we have read from this author, and he does not disappoint! If you enjoy reading this type of book, give this author a try. The first book in this series is called The Faithful Spy.

Book Club Recommended
Fun, Interesting, Beautiful
a Dog's Purpose

A beautiful story about a dog' life and his continuing quest to discover the purpose for his life. The author writes from the dog's point of view, and it is fun to view life from that perspective and the author write it is a way it is believable. a must read for anyone who is a dog lover!

Book Club Recommended
Informative, Dramatic, Insightful
The Pearl That Broke Its Shell

Very moving book about two women and their lives living in Afghanistan. The book follows both women in different time periods and details how difficult life is for women living under Islamic laws. This is a beautifully told story about the spirit of these two women and how they tried to have some control and meaning to their lives.

Suspect by Robert Crais
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Informative, Dramatic

Very well written, good developement of characters and if you are any kind of a dog lover and like thriller suspense novels, this book is for you! I enjoyed it from start to finish, and having owned and trained three Blegian Malinois, I could relate to the training and the deep bond and devotion that these awesome police/military dogs have for their owners and handlers! These dogs will lay down their lives for their people. This book doesn't disappoint!

Book Club Recommended
Informative, Interesting, Insightful
The Girls of Atomic City

This book was just so-so for me. The author introduced us to too many characters and never really develops any of them for the reader to care about! The topic is an interesting piece of history, and quite an amazing feat! I am sure we could not pull off anything like this, in this time and age!

I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Addictive, Interesting
I Let You Go

I could not put this book down! It was a great thriller with twists and turns, well developed characters and plot. I'm anxious to hear how my book club members liked this book. Read it!

Book Club Recommended
Beautiful, Interesting, Adventurous
The Snow Child

This is a beautiful story that takes place in the 1920's in Alaska. The author based this book on an old Russian fairytale about a childless couple who builds a snow child, and she comes to life. The author takes us on a journey through the wilderness of Alaska and you can actually feel how cold it is while reading the story. This book is about life and love, challenges and losses, hope and loyalty. I really liked it!

Informative, Slow, Boring
hidden figures

I had hoped for this book to be better, but it was not. I think the movie is better.

The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Dramatic, Addictive
The Husbands Secret

Really good book! We enjoyed it.

Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Addictive, Dark
The Guest List

This book reminded me of an Agatha Christie type of who done it. It was a fast read and hard to put down once I started it.

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