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Book Review: The Road from Gap Creek

The Road From Gap Creek
By: Robert Morgan
333 pages
Genre: Literature/Fiction
Publisher: Algonquin Books
Publication Date: August 27, 2013
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Synopsis: One of America’s most acclaimed writers journeys to the land on which he has staked a literary claim to paint an indelible portrait of a family in a time of unprecedented change. When Robert Morgan began the saga of the Richards family in his novel Gap Creek, the book became an Oprah Book Club Selection, attracting hundreds of thousands of readers to its beguiling story of a marriage begun with love and hope but beset by chaos at the turn of the twentieth century. Now, in a masterful work of historical fiction, he introduces a new generation of this close-knit family in a captivating story that looks ahead to the uncertainties of the future, the struggle to define oneself, and the discovery of endurin…

Book Review: The Quotable Eleanor Roosevelt

The Quotable Eleanor Roosevelt
By:  Michele Wehrwein Albion
Genre: Biography
272 pages
Publisher: University Press of Florida 
Publication Date: September 24, 2013
* I received a complimentary copy from the publisher via netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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Born to one of the wealthiest families in New York City, Eleanor Roosevelt seemed destined for a sedate and comfortable life. Instead, she fell in love with her fifth cousin and was flung into the highest levels of American politics, culminating in Franklin's unprecedented four-term presidency. Before her, no first lady had ever held a press conference or written a syndicated column. Eleanor spoke at national conventions and often made appearances on her husband's behalf. Her own influence lasted years beyond his death. She advocated for human rights, worked with the United Nations, and supported what later became the civil rights movement. The fascinating quotes …

Book Review: Murder, Plain, and Simple

Murder, Plain, and Simple
(Amish Shop Quilt Mysteries #1)
By: Isabella Alan
Genre: Cozy Mystery
368 pages
Publisher: Signet
Publication Date: September 3, 2013

* I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.

Synopsis: When Angela Braddock inherits her late aunt’s beautiful Amish quilt shop, she leaves behind her career and broken engagement for a fresh start in Holmes County, Ohio.

With her snazzy cowboy boots and her ornithophobic French bulldog, Angie doesn’t exactly fit in with the predominantly Amish community in Rolling Brook, but her aunt’s quilting circle tries to make her feel welcome as she prepares for the reopening of Running Stitch.

On the big day, Angie gets a taste of success as the locals and Englisch tourists browse the store’s wares while the quilters stitch away. But when Angie finds the body of ornery Amish woodworker Joseph in her storeroom the next morning, everything starts falling apart.

With evidence mounting against her, Angie is determin…

Book Review: Eternal Dreams

Eternal Dreams: The Curse of Memories
Book One
By: Christopher Compton
Genre: Fantasy
228 pages
Publisher: Virtual Bookworm 
Publication Date: May 2013

* I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.

Eternal Dreams is a fiction fantasy tale about six teenage friends who escape into a dream world to hide away from the horrors of their own lives, only to find that reality is catching up to them anyway. Drephoria, the name of the stunning dream world created from their collective minds, will test the limits of their friendship, break the balance between good and evil and prove the true value of memories and the imagination.

The first book in the trilogy, "The Curse of Memories," focuses on the central character Kail and his dark past, told through memories, while simultaneously introducing the rest of his friends (known as The Inseparable Six) and the other strange and deadly inhabitants of Drephoria. Pitted against the dark queen Malise and her …

A Book Review of A Plain Disappearance

A Plain Disappearance ( Appleseed Creek Mystery # 3)
By: Amanda Flower
Genre: Cozy Mystery
336 pages
Publisher: B& H Books
Publication Date: September 1, 2013
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It’s Christmastime in Amish Country, and Chloe Humphrey has begun settling into her life in Appleseed Creek excited to see where her new relationship with Timothy Troyer will lead. Unfortunately it leads to murder when the couple discovers the body of Amish teenager Katie Lambright while on their first date.

Near the scene there is evidence that Timothy’s friend and auto mechanic Billy Thorpe is involved with the crime. The police reveal Billy is not really who he said he was and has been living the last decade in Knox County under a stolen alias. Now, Chloe and Timothy must find Billy, bring him to justice, or prove his innocence.
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Another great myste…