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At the Water's Edge by Sara Gruen
At the Water's Edge

Dieveney, June 24, 2015

The search for the Loch Ness monster becomes an allegory for the search for authenticity. A young couple estranged from their family tries to repair family ties with a trip to wartime Scotland for recorded proof of Nessie. They end up revealing much more of themselves than they expect and the search for truth is the overwhelming theme. Riveting and with a building pace, this search for monsters is my favorite summer read this year.
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A Desperate Fortune by Susanna Kearsley
A Desperate Fortune

Dieveney, May 30, 2015

A Desperate Fortune Is a sweeping adventure and romance with two strong protagonists living centuries apart. Sara Thomas, is hired to solve a cipher that hides the text on a nearly 300 year old diary written by a young Scot Mary Dundas. Sara, diagnosed with Asperger’s, struggles to find her own place in the world as she becomes absorbed into the mystery of Mary’s life. Mary Dundas, a Jacobite exile living in France is struggles with issues of abandonment and a desire for adventure as takes a fascinating journey with hilarious and strange companions. Susanna Kearsley fans will recognize her style of threading parallels between the lives of her two main characters not to mention the recurring Jacobite themes. While the direction of the story was completely unpredictable, the ending was incredibly satisfying. Definitively worth a read!
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The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black
The Darkest Part of the Forest

Dieveney, February 21, 2015

I began reading the Darkest Part of the Forest on my commute to work yesterday and after chapter 1, I started considering the merits of calling in sick and spending the day reading. Like Holly Black’s other novels, this is about relatable teenagers in extraordinary circumstances. Fairfold is a pretty normal town except for the strange fairy prince asleep in a glass coffin in the middle of the woods who is used primarily as a tourist spot and sometimes dance floor at high school parties. That’s not to say, other strange things don’t occasionally happen and residents of Fairfold find it helpful to turn their socks inside out and tuck a bit of iron in a pocket before leaving home, just in case. This is a lightning fast page turner and a great adventure where the knight in shining armor is not at all who you might expect.
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The Cure for Dreaming by Cat Winters
The Cure for Dreaming

Dieveney, February 9, 2015

What I love most about Cat Winters’ novels is that she’s not afraid of detail. So while the novel might be full of mystical and imaginative circumstances, her characters are firmly planted in reality. The Cure for Dreaming captures the world of 1900 Portland Oregon so beautifully that you can ride down the streets with suffragist and bicyclist Olivia Mead and feel fully immersed in the historic atmosphere.
Inspiring and timely, The Cure for Dreaming addresses the silencing of women’s voices and the diminishing of their dreams. A story with a fantastic message wrapped up in a very entertaining adventure about a young woman trying to find her way in the world. Olivia Mead is studious, shy, funny, ambitious, brave, and the kind of role model I’d like to share with the young girls and women in my life but certainly would appeal to a reader of any gender.
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My Notorious Life by Kate Manning
My Notorious Life

Dieveney, December 29, 2014

I picked this book at random looking for a fun interesting read and was thrilled to find such a captivating, no holds barred, timely story that I'm surprised it wasn't on everyone's "Best Of 2013" list last year. Based on a notorious midwife of 19th century NY, Kate Manning takes us on a journey full of adventure, Dickensian waifs, orphan trains, and the struggle to create something from nothing. As if that weren't enough, it is a striking portrait of the fight women face to achieve their ambitions and autonomy. Although the story takes place in the Victorian era, the narrative is a stunning contribution to the present conversation regarding equal rights and women's healthcare.
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