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The Palace: From the Tudors to the Windsors, 500 Years of British History at Hampton Court By Mr. Gareth Russell Cover Image
$29.99
ISBN: 9781982169060
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Published: Atria Books - December 5th, 2023

An entertaining and energetic history of Hampton Court. It covers roughly 500 years from being the home of Henry VIII to the site to celebrate the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. Not just a history of the building and the changes it underwent, reinventing itself as the centuries past, but also a history of the owners and occupants. The author delightfully shares with us their stories, their triumphs and tragedies, and the scandals and intrigue. Packed with details, this book had an effortlessly flowing narrative that was quite enjoyable. (Bob)


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City of Dreams: A Novel (The Danny Ryan Trilogy #2) By Don Winslow Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780062851246
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - February 6th, 2024

The second in the fabulous trilogy by our locally grown and now internationally famous author Don Winslow. This takes Danny Ryan, his son, dad, and crew to the west coast after the mob war in RI got too hot to handle. He tries to rebuild his life in Hollywood, but the mafia lifestyle is in his blood and the city of a million temptations soon finds Danny embroiled in turmoil again. Fast paced and an interesting cast of characters and plot lines. Just as great as the first book and I can't wait to read the concluding novel. Highly recommended! (Sue)


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The Last Twelve Miles: A Novel By Erika Robuck Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781728299839
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Published: Sourcebooks Landmark - June 4th, 2024

Mrs. Elizebeth Smith Friedman is one half of the husband-and-wife pair who invented cryptanalysis. Marie Waite, a savvy businesswoman longs to establish herself as the Queen of the rumrunners to improve her family's future. These two intelligent women play an intriguing game of cat and mouse during Prohibition. Elizebeth's struggle to balance home and work, Marie's determination to overcome her troubled past made both characters very relatable especially in their daily conflicts working in a typically male dominated profession. I also loved the descriptive passages about sights and sounds of life in Cuba, Miami, and the Florida Keys during Prohibition. A fascinating blend of history and fiction, I highly recommend this book! (Lisa)


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The Celebrants By Steven Rowley Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780593540435
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - March 26th, 2024

Heartwarming, emotional, uplifting, and at times heartbreaking and bittersweet - this book packs in all the emotions. Very reminiscent of The Big Chill, it tells the stories of a group of friends who made a pact in their younger years to reconvene to hold "living funerals" for each other, to ensure they'd all be able to hear how much their friendships meant to one another; to leave nothing unsaid. The story moves from the group's college graduation days through to middle age, and as we learn the details of those intervening years, the prevailing theme is of the strength of their bonds of friendship that endure through it all. A really beautiful story, wonderful characters, and so well-written. An all-around great read that will leave you both pondering and appreciating all of life's great mysteries. (Michelle)


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Divine Rivals: A Novel (Letters of Enchantment #1) By Rebecca Ross Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250857439
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Published: Wednesday Books - April 4th, 2023

This book is one of the 2025 teen award nominees and its easy to see why. Less fantasy based than many reviews led me to believe, the story follows Iris Winnow and Roman Kitt, journalists fighting for the same promotion at the local paper. When Iris uses her grandmothers old typewriter to send a letter to her brother, who is missing on the front lines of the war, her life is irrevocably changed. An unexpected pen pal, a career shift, dodging grenades on the front lines, and found family await readers in this fast paced tale. (Carrie)


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Someone Else's Shoes: A Novel By Jojo Moyes Cover Image
$19.00
ISBN: 9781984879318
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Published: Penguin Books - February 13th, 2024

A quirky and fun romp centered around three very different women. All three are very relatable and are all struggling to survive for very different reasons. A huge mix-up at the gym and a very wealthy husband who has cut off his wife completely from all of her things and money is the catalyst for this funny and poignant page turner by one of my favorite authors. (Sue)


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A Place to Land By Lauren K. Denton Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780785232698
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Published: Harper Muse - July 11th, 2023

I have loved every Lauren Denton book written and this one is no exception. They are gentle stories about family, relationships, and belonging, set in southern Alabama. The characters and plot always reel me right in. This story also includes a mystery which just added to my page turning. Loved it! (Sue)


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No Strangers Here: A Riveting Irish Thriller (A County Kerry Novel #1) By Carlene O'Connor Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781496737533
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Published: Kensington - August 29th, 2023

A great twisty page-turner mystery set in a small town on the Irish coast where everyone knows each other, but they don't know everyone's secrets. A murder brings suspicion on many of the villagers and brings Detective Cormac O'Brien to town to unearth the killer. First in a new series, I loved the characters and suspense and can't wait for book 2. (Sue)
 


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The Housemaid Is Watching By Freida McFadden Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781464221132
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Published: Poisoned Pen Press - June 11th, 2024

Millie and her family have moved from their cramped apartment in the Bronx to their dream house on Long Island. Unfortunately, life in the small cul-de-sac is not perfect and Millie feels like she's always being watched. I was so excited to read the third installment in the Housemaid series and Frieda McFadden did not disappoint! Twists and turns kept me glued to the book from start to finish. Prepare for an all-nighter when you pick up this addictive, riveting page turner! (Lisa)


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The Midnight Feast: A Novel By Lucy Foley Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780063003101
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Published: William Morrow - June 18th, 2024

Francesca Woodland's creation, the Manor, is the poshest getaway destination on England's Dorset coast, sparing no expense even greasing the wheels of the local council to get what she wants. As the solstice approaches a buried secret and old enemies come back to haunt the festivities. Lucy Foley has done it again with an eerie atmospheric thriller that kept me guessing from start to finish! I loved the descriptive locations of the wild and beautiful seaside versus the frightening, supernatural feeling in the dense woods surrounding the Manor. It was a slow burn to an explosive finish that I highly recommend! (Lisa)


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Miss Morgan's Book Brigade: A Novel By Janet Skeslien Charles Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9781668008980
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Published: Atria Books - April 30th, 2024

Recruited by Miss Anne Morgan, daughter of financier J.P. Morgan, to create a children's library, Jessie "Kit" Carson, uses all her skills to bring the magic of books and reading to a WWI devastated town a mere forty miles from the front lines. Kit and her fellow CARDS (nickname for the American Committee for Devastated France) work tirelessly to help the villagers not only survive but thrive. An excellent historical fiction account of a former New York Public Library librarian who changes the literary landscape of France. I was fascinated by the resilience and fortitude of the CARDS and their dedication to helping everyone no matter their race, social or economic class. Thank you to Miss Charles for reintroducing Jessie Carson to the world and shining a light on her unforgettable contribution to books, reading and libraries all over the world! (Lisa)


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Blood Sisters By Vanessa Lillie Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780593550113
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Published: Berkley - October 31st, 2023

This was a wonderfully well-written & well-researched novel centered around the disappearance of two Native American women in Oklahoma, and Vanessa Lillie has done a masterful job drawing much-needed attention to this issue through the lens of a cast of realistically flawed characters you will love. Most notably the main character of Syd Walker, an archeologist for the Bureau of Indian Affairs in Rhode Island. It’s an engaging mystery right from the start & the story moves along at a fast pace, with a few surprises and twists throughout. Lillie skillfully blends the character's personal relationships into and around the crimes that are the heart of the story, lending the issue the seriousness it deserves while also gifting readers an enjoyable and engrossing read. (Michelle)


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The Whispers: A Novel By Ashley Audrain Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781984881694
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Published: Pamela Dorman Books - June 6th, 2023

This reminded me a lot of Little Fires Everywhere, with drama, secrets, and lies among wives, husbands, friends, children, and neighbors, all unfolding against the backdrop of an unspeakable tragedy. The characters were very flawed, but I loved learning more about what made them the way they were, and what drove them to the often terrible choices they had made. The pacing is great, and had me on the edge of my seat for many, many chapters, and I thought the final surprises and the ending were perfect. A good, page-turning thriller. (Michelle)


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Big Lies in a Small Town: A Novel By Diane Chamberlain Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781250087348
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Published: St. Martin's Griffin - January 5th, 2021

An utterly captivating story, told from the points of view of two different artists, in two different timelines, both dealing with unforeseen difficult and heartbreaking consequences of their life choices. Present-day Morgan is offered a ticket out of wrongful imprisonment when she is hand-selected by one of her artistic idols for a mural restoration job. The mystery of the mural’s artist, Anna Dale, becomes Morgan’s inspiration and obsession. The alternating timelines unfolded seamlessly as both artists complete their work, and it was both fascinating and satisfying to see how they ultimately blended together. Loved the characters and the small-town setting, and I liked that this was a beautiful story about love and redemption, but with an underlying mystery and a few surprise twists, as well. (Michelle)


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Secrets of the Octopus By Sy Montgomery, Warren K. Carlyle, IV Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781426223723
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Published: National Geographic - March 19th, 2024

I never thought I would enjoy learning about octopuses. They are nowhere near my favorite ocean critters. But after reading, and loving, Soul of an Octopus by Montgomery, I knew I had to give this one a shot. Accompanied by amazing and one of a kind pictures, the stories and experiences shared in this book were no less informational, inspiring, emotional and interesting than the authors previous works. (Carrie)


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Assistant to the Villain By Hannah Nicole Maehrer Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781649375803
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Published: Entangled: Red Tower Books - August 29th, 2023

Evie ends up as the local villain's assistant sort of by mistake. But just as she begins to get used to seeing severed heads hanging from the ceiling in the lobby, things begin to go wrong. Shipments are missing, plans have been sabotaged, and Evie suspects a spy in their midst. Can she figure out who it is and save her handsome new boss before it's too late? Sequel out later this year! (Carrie)


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Champion of Fate (Heromaker #1) By Kendare Blake Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780062977205
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Published: Quill Tree Books - September 19th, 2023

The Aristene are mythical female warriors. When Reed is brought before their elders as a child she makes the choice to train with the order to eventually become a guide to heroes. For though it is the heroes who are immortalized in legend, it is the Aristene who guide them to please the goddess of glory. But Reed must make choices that she can barely fathom in order to save either her hero or the order she has longed to join for most of her life.

A fantastic and age appropriate tale reminiscent of Greek and Roman mythology, perfect for young adult readers. (Carrie)


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This Is Our City: Four Teams, Twelve Championships, and How Boston Became the Most Dominant Sports City in the World By Tony Massarotti Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781419753596
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Published: Abrams Press - August 22nd, 2023

Since 2001 Boston’s four professional sports teams combined for a total of 12 championships over the last 20 years. six by the Pat’s, four by the Sox, and one each by the Celt’s and B’s. This was an unprecedented run of success that may never be matched again, and along the way, Boston sports writer and radio host Tony Massarotti gives us a chance to relive it all through his stories and insight into the greatest and not so greatest moments in Boston sports history, with the title referring to David Ortiz’s Speech after the 2013 Marathon bombing. Written as a journalist but also as a fan, this book -now in paperback- takes us through all those moments that made it memorable. (Bob)


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Making It So: A Memoir By Patrick Stewart Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9781982167738
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Published: Gallery Books - October 3rd, 2023

This is a warm hearted autobiography by famed stage performer( & Starfleet Captain), Patrick Stewart. I’d like to point out that the part about Jean Luc Picard begins in the second half of the book, but I loved learning about Stewart’s upbringing in his small town. Stewart has been in so many productions with so many famous actors, and he writes generously about all of it. What I thoroughly enjoyed was learning how he got interested in becoming an actor, what his family thought about his choice, and just how hard he works at his craft. (Kim)


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