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The Mother-in-Law

Australian author, Sally Hepworth, got the idea for her latest novel when her real-life mother-in-law was living with her for six weeks. Hepworth swears that it’s a complete coincidence that the book is a murder mystery with the mother-in-law as the victim. (We’ll take her word for that, shall we?)

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Daisy Jones & The Six

Daisy Jones & The Six is a love story involving the lead musicians of a fictional 1970s American rock band, but it’s far from a typical love story. Author Taylor Jenkins Reid has innovated the heck out of it. I’m really tempted to tell you all the amazing things that

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Summer at the Art Cafe

Ahhhhh, summer has finally arrived! I’ve gotten some requests for a romance, so this month I’ve chosen a charming story from Sue McDonagh, a debut author out of Wales. Before I go further, a brief word about romances. It’s an easy genre to poke fun at and the uninitiated love

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Dear Mrs. Bird

Summer is around the corner so, I’m going to ignore the fact that I still need my winter coat here in Newfoundland, and begin my beach read recommendations!  One of the things I like best about Dear Mrs. Bird is that author AJ Pearce starts the story with a bang. Not literally,

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Prime Time

Jane Fonda’s Prime Time might seem like an odd choice given that Mother’s Day is this month. And I’ll be honest, I was hoping to recommend a novel about motherhood. I looked high and low and read (or partially read) about a dozen books. I discovered that books about motherhood fall

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Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine

Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine is a rare find. Published in 2017, it’s the debut novel from Scottish author, Gail Honeyman and it earned her the Costa First Novel award.   I’m telling you, this is a writer to watch. If Eleanor Oliphant has not already been optioned for film, it will be soon.  When

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