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The Perfect Fraud

February 12, 2020

indexClaire is a psychic, just like her mother, but she’s just not getting the vibes that she needs. So she tries to tell people what she thinks they want to hear during her readings. But when she loses her father, her world begins to change, especially her relationship with her mom.
Rena is a mom with a very sick daughter, but doctors aren’t able to diagnose her issues. She is flying to Arizona to hunt down yet another doctor to  cure her four-year old Stephanie, and her seatmate on the flight just happens to be Claire. Will Claire be able to help Stephanie before it becomes too late? The novel addresses a very disturbing psychological disorder, but one that needs to be brought to light.

Lady Clementine

February 5, 2020

indexMany of us are familiar with the legacy of Winston Churchill, but what about his wife? Clementine Churchill was a formidable woman in her own right. She had an amazing grasp of the political sphere, and was quite an influence on Churchill and his career. Mrs. Churchill also took on government officials in her fight to keep Britain’s air raid shelters livable for the families that were forced to reside there when their homes were bombed during WWII. Marie Benedict paints a clear picture of an amazing woman. Highly recommended for fans of historical fiction.

Goodnight Moon detested by a children’s librarian?

January 29, 2020

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It’s hard to believe, but  Anne Carroll Moore DID NOT like Goodnight Moon, the famous picture book by Margaret Wise Brown. Moore was a leading advocate for children’s rights in the library, developing the children’s room at Pratt Institute and at New York Public. Moore graduated from Pratt with a degree in library science in 1896 and developed a set of standards for children titled the four respects: respect for children, for children’s books, for fellow workers and for the professional standing of children’s librarians. We librarians owe her a huge debt of gratitude. Before 1896 children were seen as a nuisance in the library, and often excluded until the age of 14. But oddly enough, she had a wee problem with censorship, refusing to order Wise’s classic for NYPL. She also didn’t like Charlotte’s Web and Stuart Little, two classic children’s chapter books. Oh well, none of us are perfect…

Secret of a Charmed Life

January 26, 2020

indexKendra, a college history major spending a term at Oxford, is interviewing Isabel, a 93 year old who survived the Blitz, for a term paper. But she is shocked to discover that Isabel is not the woman’s real name, nor is she 93. Susan Meissner spins the story of two sisters separated after a relocation from London to the British countryside in 1940. The novel is written in alternating time frames between the 1940s and the present, and provides a window into wartime England from a young person’s point of view. I enjoy this author’s writing and would definitely recommend this novel for fans of historical fiction.

The Matchmakers of Minnow Bay

January 25, 2020


Kelly Harms has penned a light-hearted romance about Lily, an artist who doesn’t like change very much. So she is horrified when she finds a set of annulment papers that she never filed, after a quickie Vegas marriage ten years ago. After a single night together, Lily hasn’t seen Ben, her “husband” since. So she decides to track him down, and explain the situation to him in person. Can you predict the outcome? I found this to be a very satisfying read, with themes of friendship and empathy threaded throughout the novel.

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