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Dark Shores

Earlier this month I realized that, in more than two years of doing this book club, I hadn’t featured a Canadian author. Well, that’s embarrassing! In true Canuck form, I can only apologize and to rectify the situation, this month I’m recommending a YA (Young Adult) novel from Danielle L.

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The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue

Harper Collins recently asked their Twitter followers to describe the perfect beach read and the answers surprised me. I assumed the suggestions would be for romantic comedies and women’s fiction, and while they were among the suggestions, there were just as many mentions of thrillers, crime stories, tales of friendship

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While Justice Sleeps

There are two things you need to know before reading this month’s book club recommendation; one, I’m a huge fan of Stacey Abrams and two, the publishing industry probably isn’t what you think it is.  As far as being a fan, I think the work Abrams has done to protect

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Because of You

Because of You, by Dawn French is one of the sixteen books on this year’s Women’s Prize for Fiction longlist. I’m a big fan of Dawn French’s comedy sketches, but this is the first one of her novels that I’ve read. She’s been in the entertainment industry for a long

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And Then There Were None

And Then There Were None is one of the great masterworks of English crime fiction. Agatha Christie is the best-selling author of all time for the genre (more than two billion of her books sold to date) and this particular novel is considered one of her three best. (The other

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The Duke and I

With the massive success of the Bridgerton series on Netflix (63 million views and counting), and the inevitable controversy that has sprung up as a result, I had to go back and read the book that the series is based on. And, since Valentine’s Day is this month, what better

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