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These is My Words

Title: These is My Words Author: Nancy F. Turner Genre: Historical Fiction Age Range: Adult Don't let the title sway you. Don't let the odd way of writing (especially the first few pages) sway you. Don't let the harsh stuff that happens sway you. This is an amazing book. Sarah Prine is an inspiring, tough woman living in the old west. The best part? Watching her learn and grow and become an even better version of herself as she experiences the world around her. This story will stay with you long after you read it. ------------- A moving, exciting, and heartfelt American saga inspired by the author's own family memoirs, these words belong to Sarah Prine, a woman of spirit and fire who forges

The Night Circus

Title: The Night Circus Author: Erin Morgenstern Genre: Metaphysical Fiction Age Range: Adult The best words to describe this book are "magical" and "intriguing." The author created a sense of wonder and mystery with the circus. Descriptions were rich. I was entranced by the characters, especially Marco and Celia. I cared about this troupe of performers and was excited to see what was going to happen to them. Based on the fact that the book has over 6,000 reviews on Amazon and sales are still fairly strong seven years after publishing, many other readers were curious too. However, I was a little disappointed with the overall plot, and I felt that the climax fell a little flat. That being sai

The Red Tent

Title: The Red Tent Author: Anita Diamant Genre: Historical Fiction/Religious Age Range: Adult This story really captured me. Partly because it was based on a real person, but also because of the way the writer wrote it. I think a gifted writer is one who makes you feel as if you are there, in the story. This author is a gifted writer. I could feel the heat and the sand, and I could smell the food. Her imagery was amazing. I could see the lay of the land, and also the small details. I could also see and feel what her characters were seeing and feeling. I loved that. To me, one slight drawback were aspects of the plot. The story itself was interesting, though at times I wondered why the autho

Author Interview: Faye Hall, Avarcie & Charity

After Faye Hall published her first book, Mistress of Purity, she didn't have plans to write more. But as most writers know, they can't NOT write. "I never really decided to write more books, it just kind of happened. It’s more like I need to write. I get these ideas for stories and they plague me until I write them down." She's still going strong, having just released her 11th book, Avarcie & Charity. Check out her full author interview below! 1. List the titles of your published books (include publisher and year published) and your author website/Facebook page links. Publications with Beachwalk Press Shrouded Passions 2016 Deceit & Devotion 2016 Heart of Stone 2017 Lust & Chastity

Hatchet

Title: Hatchet Author: Gary Paulsen Genre: Fiction Age Range: Late middle grade/teen First published in 1986, this book is still a best-seller for a reason--it's riveting. I still remember picking up the audio version from the library and listening to it with my boys (now ages 9 and 12). They hung on the author's every word. How could they not? It was their little boy fantasy of having an adventure in the woods. With a hatchet. It's a story that captures the fear of living out in the wild alone, but along the way we see Brian's growth. That is the part I loved the most. As readers we got to see what he did and how he thought through things. We also thought about what we would do in that situ

The Blue Castle

Title: The Blue Castle Author: L.M. Montgomery Genre: General Fiction/Romance Age Range: Adult Stop what you're doing and go read this book. Written by the author of Anne of Green Gables, LM Montgomery uses the same wit and creativity in The Blue Castle! This book has amazing characters who you will either love or detest. It's a great story filled with transformation and living life to the fullest. So many little writing nuggets of wisdom in this book. The Blue Castle is on my short list of all-time favorite books. ------------- Valancy lives a drab life with her overbearing mother and prying aunt. Then a shocking diagnosis from Dr. Trent prompts her to make a fresh start. For the first time

Maude March books

Title: The Misadventures of Maude March Author: Audrey Couloumbis Genre: Middle Grade Fiction Grade Level: 3-7 Age Range 8-12 years​ I loved this book! What a fun read. At first I was confused why it was in the perspective of the younger sister, but then after a chapter or so, it all made sense. Her comments and descriptions were funny. The story was adventurous. The two sisters accidentally fell into some pretty hairy but funny wild west type situations. ---------- Eleven-year-old Sallie March is a whip-smart tomboy and voracious reader of Western adventure novels. When she and her sister Maude escape their self-serving guardians for the wilds of the frontier, they begin an adventure the li

Boston Jane trilogy

Title: Boston Jane: An Adventure (Book 1) Author: Jennifer L. Holm Genre: Young Adult Historical Fiction Age Range: Teen At first I found Jane to be annoying. Her only family left was her father, and she didn't appreciate him. But then, she's a teenager. I shook my head when she followed the doofus William to Washington territory. I almost gave up hope until.... ....she landed in the wilds of the less civilized west coast and things weren't as rosy as she had expected. From there I laughed out loud several times. Jane got into all sorts of predicaments, and is still a dumb teenager, but as a reader I enjoyed watching her think through things and grow. ----------- 1855. The unknown wilds of t

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