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Review: Mary Astor’s Purple Diary by Edward Sorel

Mary Astor’s Purple Diary: The Great American Sex Scandal of 1936 by Edward Sorel My rating: 4 of 5 stars Sorel does a wonderful job of bringing lots of Mary Astor’s life that most people won’t know about to the forefront and building up why she became the woman became—multiple marriages to deadbeat men, an […]

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Review: A Stranger in the Mirror by Sidney Sheldon

A Stranger in the Mirror by Sidney Sheldon My rating: 5 of 5 stars What a journey! Sheldon captures quite a lot of what I know to be true in Hollywood based on the many biographies and autobiographies of stars I’ve read. Everything is believable, and he brings us so close to the characters, all […]

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Review: Sea Glass by Anita Shreve

Sea Glass by Anita Shreve My rating: 5 of 5 stars This book turned out to be so much better than I had thought when I first started it. It starts with quite a lot of description, which turned me off immediately; too much description in the beginning leaves me bored since there’s not enough […]

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Review: Silent Night by J.E. Taylor

Silent Night by J.E. Taylor My rating: 5 of 5 stars This is a short, quick read with every inch of it filled with Christmas. I enjoyed all the many holiday references the author managed to squeeze in in clever ways. I didn’t expect an urban fantasy book, even though it’s centered around Christmas, to […]

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Review: The Glass Key by Dashiell Hammett

The Glass Key by Dashiell Hammett My rating: 4 of 5 stars This book was enjoyable but not as much so as The Maltese Falcon. The style does take a little getting used to. It’s very sparse, which I don’t mind, except sometimes the description given was hard to understand. Someone moving their shoulders—that vague—was […]

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Review: ¡Yo! by Julia Alvarez

Yo! by Julia Alvarez My rating: 5 of 5 stars Under the guise of the general storyline—Yolanda García wrote a novel that shares too much of the truth about her real family for their liking—begins a book that’s really about the many perceptions different people can have of one woman. Each chapter is from a […]

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Review: Amphigorey by Edward Gorey

Amphigorey by Edward Gorey My rating: 5 of 5 stars All the stories inside this book are clever and fun with fantastic drawings and varied styles. I loved all of them, even the ones with uncertain endings. I was able to take guesses at what I thought the point was or what happened next, based […]

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Review: The Watcher Girl by Minka Kent

The Watcher Girl by Minka KentMy rating: 3 of 5 stars It was tough to choose a star rating on this book. First off I’ll say that I did enjoy reading it, mostly because the main character, Grace, has a really good, strong voice that never wavered in its cynicism, strength, and straightforward nature. I […]

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New Blog Review of THE ARTIST

Thank you to J.M. Northup for taking the time to read The Artist and review it on her blog! Check out her review here. Other reviewers on Goodreads and Amazon are saying: “Sometimes you read a story and things are nice, tidy, and convenient. The Artist avoids this and I think is an impressive way […]

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After Alice Fell by Kim Taylor Blakemore: Historical Suspense

After Alice Fell by Kim Taylor Blakemore My rating: 4 of 5 stars I was excited to read a fellow historical suspense author’s book—I LOVE historical suspense, especially since it should move faster than books in its overarching genre of historical fiction. There are some really good things about this book and some detractors, so […]

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