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The Bride Lairds' Fiancees Series, Book 1 by Julie Garwood ***

An arranged marriage leads to passionate love in this classic Scottish historical romance. Good read, romance, humor and a bit of intrigue!

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7/30/20 2:27 P

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Trust Me
By Hank Phillipi Ryan
3.5 stars
A psychological thriller. Did Ashlyn kill her own daughter, or did she not? In the end, she was such an unlikeable character that I felt she should have been incarcerated for that alone.

~ Joanne

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"The Last Odyssey" by James Rollins. I love the Sigma Force series.

You can't wait for motivation to strike; sometimes you need to dig deep into yourself and find the motivation on your own.


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Wait Until Dark Maximum Security prequel novella by Kat Martin ***

Quick read, I have already read some of this series so this fills in nicely :)

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7/28/20 7:44 P

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Golden in Death In Death Series, Book 50 by J. D. Robb *****

Such a good series. Forced to wait until the next one is released.

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The Glass Hotel
By Emily St. John Mandel
4.5 stars
Beautifully austere, this book evoked such feelings of loneliness and loss. I love this author and the way she has of making me feel such delicious sorrow. Suicide, a Ponzi scheme, lies, theft, empty lives - with so many negative themes going on, it is hard to explain why The Glass Hotel is so wonderful.

~ Joanne

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7/27/20 7:57 P

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Death on Nantucket by Francine Mathews

3 stars

A death on the island and the family that surrounds it.

Very good story and a quick read! I read it this afternoon/evening.










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7/27/20 2:05 P

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Mambo in Chinatown by Jean Kwok
3 stars

Young woman from Chinatown blossoms when she finds a job at dance studio in NYC.

Enjoyable read but a bit predictable and could have had more depth.

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7/26/20 7:13 P

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Miracle Creek
By Angie Kim
4 stars
From Amazon:
In a small town in Virginia, a group of people know each other because theyíre part of a special treatment center, a hyperbaric chamber that may cure a range of conditions from infertility to autism. But then the chamber explodes, two people die, and itís clear the explosion wasnít an accident.
A powerful showdown unfolds as the story moves across characters who are all maybe keeping secrets, hiding betrayals. Chapter by chapter, we shift alliances and gather evidence: Was it the careless mother of a patient? Was it the owners, hoping to cash in on a big insurance payment and send their daughter to college? Could it have been a protester, trying to prove the treatment isnít safe?
ďA stunning debut about parents, children and the unwavering hope of a better life, even when all hope seems lost" (Washington Post), Miracle Creek uncovers the worst prejudice and best intentions, tense rivalries and the challenges of parenting a child with special needs. Itís ďa quick-paced murder mystery that plumbs the power and perils of communityĒ (O Magazine) as it carefully pieces together the tense atmosphere of a courtroom drama and the complexities of life as an immigrant family.

~ Joanne

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Love these suggestions! I just finished The Glamourist on kindle unlimited, and enjoyed it!



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Defender Long, Tall Texans Series, Book 47 by Diana Palmer ***

ok read,

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7/22/20 10:00 A

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Daddy's Girl by Lisa Scottoline *****


"All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them." Walt Disney


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7/21/20 9:30 A

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Party of Two by Jasmine Guillory ****

Funny dialog, fun easy read with the happy ending. :)

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The World That We Knew
By Alice Hoffman
4 stars
I am usually not one who enjoys magic realism, it i. This World War I Holocaust story it works beautifully.

~ Joanne

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7/19/20 1:19 P

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Joanneji- I was just looking at this title last night on the Library eBook website. "The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek" Looked OK, but now that I've read what you said I cant wait to read it. Thank you for sharing your review.

Holly- Ca

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Would Like to Meet by Rachel Winters ****

Took me a while to get into this, but so worth it! Great romance and relationships in general.

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7/15/20 8:12 A

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The Right Address by Carrie Karasyov and Jill Kargman

4 stars

The story of a young woman who marries a wealthy man and tries to break into NYC high society.

A fun, quick read! Loved it!








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7/13/20 2:54 P

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Not A Drop To Drink
By Mindy McGinnis
3.5 stars
Dystopian YA. Good, but not the best out there. A great premise, relatable characters, but a few plot inconsistencies that drove me crazy!

~ Joanne

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The Happy Ever After Playlist by Abby Jimenez ****

Another book by this author that has such witty characters but such a heart wrenching story line!

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@JOANNEJI I enjoyed The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes and will definitely put the Book Woman of Troublesome Creek on my library tbr list to compare!

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The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek
By Kim Michele Richardson
5 star
Totally engaging story of a small group of folk I had never heard of - the Blues of Kentucky. Also a fascinating exploration of those daring young women (and men) who delivered books, learning, and human connection to the rural population of the time. Built on history, but peopled with delightfully interesting characters.
Highly recommend!

~ Joanne

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Undercover Bromance Bromance Book Club Series, Book 2 by Lyssa Kay Adams ***

Male romance book club,

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Pretend You Don't See Her by Mary Higgins Clark - 4 stars

Classic Mary Higgins Clark with some interesting twists and turns. Read it in one day.

Real estate agent witnesses a killer fleeing the scene. She ends up in the witness protection program as the killer is sought.

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The Summer Deal by Jill Shalvis****

Romance, relationships both with family and friends. Good read!

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Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston****

So not my typical romantic read, but well written and loved the story line! Politics, who woulda thought?

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Nowhere Child
By Christian White
3 stars
Meh... started out strong but this gripper lost its grip on me about 2/3 of the way in...

~ Joanne

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Olive Kitteridge #1 by Elizabeth Strout *** I was disappointed with this book because I have read the #2 book, Olive, Again and I liked it much better. If I had read #1 first, I would not have read #2 and that would have been a shame.


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Love Lettering by Kate Clayborn ***

I would have given this another star if the beginning and middle was as gripping as the end!!!

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The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn

3 stars

A psychological thriller debut novel from A.J. Finn.

This is a great read!








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July!!!!!!!!???????

Edited by: POTRIDGE at: 6/29/2020 (15:13)
DIET IS A FOUR LETTER WORD!!!!

We are constantly creating our "karma" or destiny through our intentions, thoughts and deeds in this moment. It is achieved through countless deliberate acts of selflessness.

It's hard to be happy with others if we are not happy with ourselves.

Just keep on moving and you'll get there.


If you ever want to feel good about yourself, go out and help someone else!


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Here we are! This is where you can list the books that you finished in July

All posts need book title, author, and stars; 0 being the worst and 6 being very special.

I would encourage you to comment on books that others have read by sending them a Sparkmail. This topic is just to list books read and finished in July 2020 for the team.

This is a thread where we list all the books that we read during the month of July and rate them by the system listed below. Please note that you need to list title, author, and your rating for it to be counted. Also, please give a description of the book and how it appealed to you. This is a great way to find new books and authors that you might be interested in. Everyone is welcome to join.

If you started a book in June (or any prior month), but finish in July, it counts for July..

DO NOT list books STARTED; only books FINISHED. Include title, author and rating.

Rereads count, audios count, electronics count. Our minimum word count is 25,000.

Book Ratings:

0 stars - Fit for only lining birdcages.
1 star - Agent was better salesman than author was writer.
2 stars - Some parts had promise.
3 stars - Solid read in its genre. Take it on plane.
4 stars - Better than average. Don't lose it on the plane.
5 stars - Recommended. One of the top 10% of books in its genre.
6 stars - Strongly recommended. Beg, Borrow, Buy, or Steal It.

Jo Ann
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Be not afraid of going slowly; be afraid only of standing still. - Chinese Proverb



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