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Author: Regina Calcaterra

This is the story of two sisters and their siblings, living with a mother you may not believe could actually be a real person.   As a retired Social Worker, I can tell you these situations do in fact exist   The public is often unaware of the neglect and abuse that  goes on in their own communities.  In defense of Social Workers, the laws in Wisconsin would not have prevented more involvment than in the state this case took place in.   What is harder for me to believe, than their case and what happend to them,  is the amazing way the girls were able to overcome their childhood experiences.

If you can read about  some sad and deplorable situations you will be rewarded with a unbelievable outcome given what happened to these girls.  This part of the story, unfortunately, is not  what usually happens in real life.  (  I can also reccommend another memoir  similar to this one  : A Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls)

Author: Sarah Jio

This is the first time I read this author and look forward to reading more.

June lived in New York and was successful in finance. She inherited a children's book store when her favorite aunt died. She left New York to take care of her estate and decided to reopen the book store. Her aunt left clues in the store and June realized that her aunt was good friends with the author of Goodnight Moon and how the bookstore she now owned was the inspiration to the famous children's book. There is one big twist at the end I was not expecting. A real wow moment.

Great Thriller!

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Author: Mary Kubica

This debut novel is not to be missed!  Mia Dennett, daughter to a prominent judge, is kidnapped after leaving a bar with a man she just met.  Halfway through the process, her kidnapper decides not to deliver Mia to his employers and instead hides her in a cabin.  The intricate story unfolds with more depth than anticipated and keeps the reader hanging on for the full story until the very last page.  The story is expertly written from the viewpoints of Mia's mother, her kidnapper and the detective desperately looking for her as well as told from perspectives "before" and "after" the incident.  The characters are deep, well developed and the lies they hide behind damaging.  This book has often been compared to the likeness of Flynn's Gone Girl.

Author: Herman Koch

This is the first time I read this author and looking forward to reading more of his books.

This is a story of a doctor who has celebrities as his patients. He and his family has been invited to his summer house, but he declined the invitation. The doc does make sure that he and his family go vacation in a campground that shares the beach with the summer house.

This vacation turns into a nightmare and as time goes on the celebrity dies and the doctor is found at fault. As the story goes on what really happened that summer night is revealed.

Author: Debbie Macomber

Debbie Macomber is one of my favorite authors. I just recently have been able to read as much as I want. So I am catching up on all her books! Susannah's Garden is great; characters you care about; interesting story line; plus I was caught by surprise with the ending!

Author: Sara Gruen

This is a must read for any fan of historical fiction.   Set in the time of the "great depression",  the book describes the account of a man in a nursing home reflecting on his history.  The movie was  finely done, but I much prefered the book.   The plot and story are outstanding and the characters are believeable.   I have reccommended this book to friends and they were very impressed,  they asked it I had more such reccommendations ! (  Sorry, books like these don't come along very often.)   This is a book that would be of interest to men, women, and older teens.  If you read only one book this year, read this one!

Author: A.J. Quinnell,

This is an excellent read, released in 1980.   A movie with the same title was also done, with Denzel Washington as John Creasy.   Because I enjoyed the story and the character of John Creasy in the movie, I read the book.  I was not disapointed.   The book takes place in Italy and has a different twist than the movie.   I recommend both.  This is a read that can be of interest to men, women, and older teens.   If you liked the movie, try the book.   If you haven't seen either, try one or the other.  It is violent so if that bothers you, this may not be the one for you.  Great story and characters !

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Author: A.J. Quinnell,

This is an excellent read, released in 1980.   A movie with the same title was also done, with Denzel Washington as John Creasy.   Because I enjoyed the story and the character of John Creasy in the movie, I read the book.  I was not disapointed.   The book takes place in Italy and has a different twist than the movie.   I recommend both.  This is a read that can be of interest to men, women, and older teens.   If you liked the movie, try the book.   If you haven't seen either, try one or the other.  It is violent so if that bothers you,   It may not be the one for you.  Great story and characters !

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Author: Charles Martin

Totally fell in LOVE with this book. 2 strangers found that they could trust each other with the lives. That they could get stronger with each other also.

This book is one of the best I have read in a LONG time! This author takes you on this journey and you feel as if you are there with the characters. I actually was trying to will my strenght to them. Charles Martin worked ver hard on this book, with the knowledge of outdoor survial to hunting to reading a compass.The research he did for this book is remarkable. At the end of the story I just cried for all concerned. I trully never saw that ending coming. What a lovely book to read. You HAVE to turn the page to see what happens. This author is now on my favorite author list. I will keep an eye on new books of his to come.

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Author: Adriana Trigiani

Great book. This started out a little slow, but about half way through it really turned into the good book that I have enjoyed. I like this author and can't wait to listen to another one of her books.