Category Archives: Literary Fiction

Frog Music

I really liked this book and had absolutely no idea that it was based on real-life people, until I got to the author’s notes at the back!  I had a feeling this novel would be up my alley because it … Continue reading

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Bone and Bread

In a book whose title has so many symbolic meanings, it is hard to express how I felt about this story when I read the last page.  I really loved the writing and appreciated the relationship between sisters Beena and Sadhana … Continue reading

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The Quick

If you are looking for something which is similar in tone and theme to Kostova’s The Historian, this may be a good choice.  It is set in historical times and focuses on vampires.  James and Charlotte Norbury have spent most of their … Continue reading

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Fin & Lady

What a charming and cute novel.  I really liked it, partly because it takes place in the 60’s and uses terms such as “Groovy” and “Good Grief”, while also mentioning classic oldies that I used to hear on the radio … Continue reading

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A Well-Tempered Heart

I just knew that a second book from Sendker would be as transforming as his first novel.  I was hyped when I found out there was a sequel to The Art of Hearing Heartbeats.  I was drawn in by the new … Continue reading

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The First Rule of Swimming

Growing up on a secluded island of Croatia, sisters Magdalena and Jadranka have learned from their grandfather, the importance of swimming.  The first rule is to make sure you can stay afloat.  In life, they try very hard to do … Continue reading

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City of Women

Berlin, 1943.  You are seated in a darkened movie theater when a strange young woman sits next to you and asks you to tell the Gestapo (who are looking for her) that she has come in with you.  What do … Continue reading

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The Twelve Tribes of Hattie

There is a lot of misery in this story.  Where sorrow begins in Hattie’s young life, it continues on with her offspring.  The book is broken up into chapters that look into the lives of Hattie’s twelve children.   It … Continue reading

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Telling the Bees

What an insightful and interesting book, despite the fact that it has sad undertones.  Eighty-year-old Albert Honig from California, who is a beekeeper and has been a bachelor all his life, is still a very likable and sympathetic character.  We … Continue reading

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The Dressmaker

I was always fascinated by the story of the Titanic and her tragic fate ever since I was a little girl.  When I heard about this novel, I thought it might give me an idea of how things could have … Continue reading

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