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Reviews by : Kimberly-Little Chute Public Library

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Author: Stephanie Grace Whitson

This was a historical fiction/romance (set in 1869). The story of a young girl (18) from the east who sets out to find her only living relative in Montana Territory. I am amazed at the courage it took to settle this country. Stories like this give our history flesh and bones. The author makes the characters 'real'.

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Author: Robyn Carr

I always enjoy books written by Robyn Carr. This one was different in that it was the story of three generations of women struggling with relationships. It was funny. It was serious. I would like to see it on the big or small screen!

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Author: SI Robertson

What a fun book! For Duck Dynasty fans, this book gives us a look at the serious side of SI without losing sight of his zaniness.

Audiobook Review
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Author: Laura Hillenbrand

Audiobooks are great for road trips! Seabiscuit was an amazing horse. This book showed the love the main characters had for this phenomenal horse. It must have been quite a time to live, to see Seabiscuit race.

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Author: Jeffrey Zaslow

For the author to Interview ten women friends regarding a 40-year friendship was an unique idea for a book, so I was curious to read it. Staying in touch for that length of time must have been very difficult for the group; especially since they lived in different states. This is a good story of having lots of fun, being there for friends, keeping secrets and also forgiving each other for hurts inflicted on one another.  

The book shows how women can influence one another to find and meet their goals and to help friends through their sorrow and pain in life. It also shows how family and work have drastically changed throughout the generations. Even when these women were girls in school, kids were at times very mean.  Today it is much worse. People from the Midwest (Iowa) generally have pretty good values.  Therefore, they stay out of trouble and live happier lives. This book shows us how to celebrate and treasure the good times with friends and relatives and give comfort to those who are suffering.  Be a good friend.

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Title: Driven
Author: Donald Driver

For Packer Fans this is a must read. For anyone who wants to read a feel good, rags to riches story, this is it! My husband is not a reader, but he enjoyed reading this book.

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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!

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Author: Nickolas Butler

I love reading books by Wisconsin authors. Michael Perry, Jane Hamilton, David Rhodes, & Jacquelyn Mitchard are some favorites, to name a few. Nickolas Butler now joins my list of favorites with his book, Shotgun Lovesongs. The book has a distinctive midwestern voice, and I, as a reader, felt like I was in familiar territory. At the same time, the lives of his small town, rural characters were anything but typical and kept me interested from the very start. The book's description in InfoSoup states, "Shotgun Lovesongs is a remarkable and uncompromising saga that explores the age-old question of whether or not you can ever truly come home again - the the kind of steely faith and love returning requires." Maybe that's why I identified with it so strongly - I left my small hometown for college and never went back. Relationships lost and history left behind - this book made me think about what it would have been like to go home.

Author Nickolas Butler was raised in Eau Claire, WI and studied at the University of WI-Madison. He still lives in rural Wisconsin on 16 acres of land. 

Audiobook Review
Author: Laura Hillenbrand

We were going on a long road trip. We heard that Unbroken was being made into a movie. Decided to get the audiobook to listen to while we traveled. OH BOY! This book really touched me. This is the story of Louie Zamperini and his fellow POW's experience in Japanese POW camps. This book is a must for anyone who wants to read a story about the bravery, courage, perseverance and resilience of those who defend our freedom.

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Author: Debbie Macomber

When Charles & Emily trade homes for Christmas, they get more than they barganed for. Emily goes to surprise her daughter, but her daughter suprises her by staying in the East for Christmas.Charles goes to the West to get away from Christmas, but when he gets to Emilys house, that is all he gets!

Things do turn out for both Charles & Emily, but it takes a little while.

Listen to the book & enjoy!