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Unsheltered
By BarbRa Kingsolver
3 stars
Barbara Kingsolver is a remarkable writer. She has such a command of the English language. Believing those things to be true, I am sorry that I didn’t enjoy the book more. It I am due to re-read it again in the next few months though, for a book club, and I am hopeful that I will enjoy it more deeply the second time around. That is often the case.

~ Joanne

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3/30/20 10:01 A

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Looking for Salvation at the Dairy Queen **** I love books set in the Southern U.S.


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


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3/27/20 7:29 P

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Delay, Don't Deny by Gin Stephens 3 stars

You want to know about Intermittent Fasting? This is the easy to read book about how to get started and keep it as a way of life.

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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3/26/20 11:21 P

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Small Spaces
By Katherine Arden
4 stars
A genuinely spooky book for kids, with strong, fully-formed characters.

~ Joanne

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A Winter Wedding (Marriage Mart Book 3) by Amanda Forester***

Last book in the regency trilogy. Intrigue, romance and good characters.
































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3/25/20 8:24 P

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Orbiting Jupiter
By Gary Schmidt
4 stars
A YOUNG ADULT novel
Although short in length, this book packs a punch. A foster brother brings enormous challenges, and then changes, to a family. A satisfying conclusion leaves the reader feeling hopeful.

~ Joanne

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3/23/20 9:11 A

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The Night Tiger
By Yangsze Choo
3.5 stars
This book presented a delicious view of the life of the privileged Brits who lived in Malay in the 1930s; colonialism at its greatest. The tiger lore was fascinating - I had never heard of a weretiger before! The magic realism was not overplayed, and it felt like it was legitimate in this setting. The mystery and suspense were well-wrought and very satisfying. However, like a previous reviewer, I was not expecting the romance, of which I am not the biggest fan. That said, forbidden romance is the best kind when it comes to novels! I think I might have enjoyed this book more if I hadn’t been so distracted by the COVID19 Scare of 2020. That circumstance has made it very difficult for me to sustain focus. In a different state of mind, I may have given it 4 stars.

~ Joanne

Location: Stettler, Alberta, Canada


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3/22/20 6:31 P

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Searching for Perfect (Searching For series Book 2) by Jennifer Probst ***

Romance with some funny moments. Not great, but a light read.

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3/20/20 9:42 P

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The Giver of Stars: A Novel by Jojo Moyes****

Story based on the Packhorse Librarians of Kentucky. The characters show strength and courage and growth in friendship and love.

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3/17/20 9:35 A

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The Bad Mother’s Book Club
by Kerris Stainton
2 stars
I read this for an online book club. Just not my up of tea. I am not a fan of contemporary fiction as a rule, and this one just did not engage me as a reader.

~ Joanne

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The View from Alameda Island by Robyn Carr***

2nd chance at love for each in this new relationship.

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3/14/20 6:29 P

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The Key To Murder - A French Quarter Mystery by Jen Pitts

4 stars

A young woman moves to New Orleans in an attempt to learn about her biological family. Being in the French Quarter....secrets.

A mystery story from new author Jen Pitts. A fun read and well written! This is the first book in the series.








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3/14/20 1:36 A

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Death of Kings (The Saxon Stories, #6) by Bernard Cornwell (5*)
With Alfred the Great's demise the Danish invaders gather to oppose the young King Edward but are also joined by several supposed Saxon allies of Edward, who prefer to be kings in their own smaller ponds rather than subordinate to a Wessex king in a united England. Betrayals, traps, and treachery most foul abound in this one. This series is not growing dull and Cornwell keeps our sardonic hero Uhtred's blade and tongue sharp.

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And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. Micah 6:8
"If you trust in yourself and believe in your dreams and follow your star...you'll still get beaten by people who spent their time working hard and learning things and weren't so lazy." Terry Pratchett


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3/13/20 11:25 P

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--Redcoat by Bernard Cornwell (5*)
The British army occupies Philadelphia and the American colonists are split between those desiring independence, those loyal to the England crown, and those fearing independence will bring ruin without the support of British trade and protection of British troops. I did not enjoy this book as much as The Last Kingdom, but a less enjoyable Cornwell book is still better than most non-Cornwell books. Instead of focusing on a central magnetic character, it began by introducing several main characters, whose lives had not yet intersected. It took awhile to get moving and to establish who, if anyone, the central character would be. After that, it became a fast-paced, engrossing story that was well worth reading.

--The Reason You're Alive by Matthew Quick (5*)
Crusty old Vietnam Vet and successful financier faces up to widowhood, brain tumor, estrangement from his wimpy henpecked snowflake son, the brutal legacy of Vietnam, and a soldier to whom he did a great wrong. This could be labeled the best book you haven't heard about and will go on the list of my all-time favorite books. I listened to the audiobook, and it was so well done.

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And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. Micah 6:8
"If you trust in yourself and believe in your dreams and follow your star...you'll still get beaten by people who spent their time working hard and learning things and weren't so lazy." Terry Pratchett


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3/12/20 9:21 A

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A Midsummer Bride (Marriage Mart Book 2) by Amanda Forester ***

Good read

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3/10/20 11:21 A

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T he Secret Wisdom of the Earth
By Christopher Scotton
5 stars
Coming of age. Loss. Boyhood. Conflict. Evil. Acceptance. Tolerance. Forgiveness. This book consumed me as I consumed it. I loved the characters, I loved the plot, I loved the setting, and I loved the conclusion. All the components of good solid storytelling.

~ Joanne

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3/9/20 8:28 P

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The Glass Castle by Trisha White Priebe ****
This book would be good for middle school students. I am wondering if the author is planning a sequel. It left me hanging. Just looked up the author. She has thirteen books in this series. I don't think I will continue.

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


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3/8/20 7:04 P

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The Perfect Couple by Elin Hilderbrand

4 stars

A Nantucket wedding weekend, a murder and secrets get spilled as the police investigate.

Another great beach read from Elin Hilderbrand.








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3/8/20 6:37 P

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Sisters by Choice: A Novel (Blackberry Island Book 4) by Susan Mallery ****

Good read even though one character is totally unlikable and another has his moments.

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3/8/20 12:17 A

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The Yard by Alex Grecian (4*)
1889 is a tough time to be a cop in London. The police get no respect after their failure to find Jack the Ripper, and now there's not only a cop killer to hunt down but a new serial killer, who isn't Jack, roaming the streets. Then there's that emerging field of forensic medicine to add to the confusion. Against this backdrop, an intriguing and entertaining murder mystery takes place. I found this to be a well constructed crime novel with some rather interesting characters. This book is entertaining as both historical fiction and suspense novel.

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And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. Micah 6:8
"If you trust in yourself and believe in your dreams and follow your star...you'll still get beaten by people who spent their time working hard and learning things and weren't so lazy." Terry Pratchett


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3/7/20 9:04 P

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The Marriage Bargain by Jennifer Probst **

It was ok, but I m not sure finding the rest of the series will be worth my time. :(

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3/6/20 11:35 P

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The Mother Tongue: English and How It Got That Way by Bill Bryson (3*)
This book about the inconsistencies and vagaries of the English language, spelling, and grammar and how they evolved is one of Bryson's earlier books before he found his style and is disappointingly dull. There was food for thought and some of his sardonic humor, but not nearly enough.

Lola--Eastern Standard Time
And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. Micah 6:8
"If you trust in yourself and believe in your dreams and follow your star...you'll still get beaten by people who spent their time working hard and learning things and weren't so lazy." Terry Pratchett


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3/6/20 11:14 A

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Boy’s Life
By Robert McCammon
4 stars
This author has such a way with words! I was captivated from page one, and my enthusiasm did not wane until around the halfway mark. Then, although the writing was still wonderful, the magic realism began to undermine my bond with the story itself.
It’s funny; I was just thinking the other day that I wished I could find a book that I could enjoy as I had enjoyed books as a kid - with total anticipation and immersion. Then along came this book. And my engagement at the beginning of the book was such that I almost felt I had recaptured that elusive reading experience.
Every chapter is weighted with adventure and mystery. The author demonstrates such insight into his characters’ motivations and makes brilliant observations of human nature. He makes use of clever turns of phrase that I feel certain he could publish his own volume on those alone.
Cory was a fully-realized character, and as the reader, I felt all his feels! I wish, for my sake though, that the author had grounded his Cory’s adventures in more believable circumstances...

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3/5/20 11:32 P

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The Burning Land (The Saxon Stories, #5) by Bernard Cornwell (5*)
Uhtred wins a great battle but while he is off fighting, his wife dies. Uhtred kills a crazy monk who was coached by enemies to badmouth Uhtred's late wife. Rejecting the proposed penitence, he goes raiding to make the money he will need to pay an army to besiege his uncle's fortress. He fails to steal enough, but while in Northumbria, he is approached by Danes to join a raid into Mercia. Since he has sworn an oath to Alfred's daughter, Aethelflaed, who also has custody of his children whom he must protect, he joins the Saxons of Mercia, becomes Aethelflaed's lover, and faces his toughest battle yet. Cornwell can create an atmosphere that feels so authentic that I could almost believe he was a time traveler and actually there, and he's created a most unusual and fascinating character in Uhtred.

Lola--Eastern Standard Time
And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. Micah 6:8
"If you trust in yourself and believe in your dreams and follow your star...you'll still get beaten by people who spent their time working hard and learning things and weren't so lazy." Terry Pratchett


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The Girl You Left Behind: A Novel by Jojo Moyes*****

Such a good read!!!

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-- Lords of the North (The Saxon Stories #3) by Bernard Cornwell (6*)
Uhtred returns to Northumberland to seek revenge on the enemies who killed Ragnar and to take back his inheritance from his uncle. Both impossible missions are more impossible than he ever imagined and not made any easier when he is betrayed and sold to a slaver.

-- Sword Song (The Saxon Stories #4) by Bernard Cornwell (6*)
Uhtred is now happily married and a successful military commander. Alfred places him under arrogant cousin Aethelred to take back London from Viking hordes, a difficult task at best even without Aethelred really screwing up and getting his wife, Alfred's daughter, captured by the Vikings that they drove out of London. Now Uhtred has to pull off an even more perilous raid.

Our little Uhtred has grown up and has become a smart and fearsome warrior as well as an acerbic rogue who can weave an engrossing tale from his memories and draw the reader into the midst of the action, and action and romance abound in these two volumes.

Lola--Eastern Standard Time
And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. Micah 6:8
"If you trust in yourself and believe in your dreams and follow your star...you'll still get beaten by people who spent their time working hard and learning things and weren't so lazy." Terry Pratchett


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--The Last Kingdom (The Saxon Stories, #1) by Bernard Cornwell (6*)
Little Northumbrian Saxon Uhtred's father is killed by Danish invaders, and he is taken as a slave by an affable Dane, Ragnar, who is a kinder father than he's known and who trains him to be a formidable warrior. When Ragnar's enemies slaughter the family and friends at a wedding feast, Uhtred escapes into Wessex where he must serve Alfred the Great, but his belief in the pre-Christian gods, mixed loyalties, and brash personality make him generally disliked and untrusted.

--The Pale Horseman (The Saxon Stories, #2) by Bernard Cornwell (6*)
Angry at Alfred and bored with peace, Uhtred "borrows" a boat and crew to seek wealth by raiding Saxons in the far West. A priest who escaped the slaughter becomes a favorite of Alfred's and is now a powerful enemy of Uhtred. The Danes attack in force but Uhtred rescues Alfred and his family and they hide in the swamps regathering their army. Uhtred is instrumental in retaking Wessex but pays a heavy price.

These first two volumes are essentially one long story and should be read together. They are excellent and exciting reading. Although Uhtred and friends are fiction, Cornwell does his best to keep the historical part accurate. His writing is beautiful to read and he draws the readers deeply into the story. There is also humor in Uhtred's sardonic narrative and dialogue. The biggest problem is that the books are close to impossible to put down and they cost me much sleep.

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And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. Micah 6:8
"If you trust in yourself and believe in your dreams and follow your star...you'll still get beaten by people who spent their time working hard and learning things and weren't so lazy." Terry Pratchett


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Her Sister's Shoes by Ashley Farley ***** Set in the South Carolina Lowcountry. Packed with Southern charm and memorable characters

Her Sister’s Shoes is the story of three sisters—Samantha, Jackie, and Faith—who struggle to balance the demands of career and family while remaining true to themselves.

Samantha Sweeney has always been the glue that holds her family together, their go-to girl for love and support. ...


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


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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 March

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 March 2020 for the team.

This is a thread where we list all the books that we read during the month of March 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 February (or any prior month), but finish in March, it counts for March..

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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