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Here are some books that we have enjoyed and want to recommend to you!


January 2023


Cat and Nat's Mom Secrets


"Cat and Nat are mom best friends who like to tell the truth (the whole truth about parenting). They are quite comical in the way they think and relate to everyday life. In Cat and Nat’s Mom Secrets, they share stories, tips, and advice. Everything is not always picture perfect, but it makes it feel like every mom is not alone.” - AJ




A Flicker in the Dark



“I found this book very twisty and engaging! I think every psychological thriller should keep you guessing and although I guessed correctly in this one, it was a page turner to the end to see if I was right.” - Jasmin






The Exiles



"Three women are exiled to Australia in the 19th century, enduring unimaginable hardships and brutality on their long voyage and in establishing themselves in their new country. I loved learning about a part of history that I know little about, and got caught up in the characters and descriptions. The women form strong friendships and have the courage to persevere even when it seems all is lost.” - Rebecca





The Book of Speculation



“This book hit some of my favourite tropes: an old house, family secrets, carnivals, an old book, and folklore. I liked the characters and the story kept me reading to find out if the family was cursed or just unlucky. The story is told in dual timelines, which I found easy to follow.” - Elesha







The Sorcerer of Pyongyang



“This story was a pleasant surprise. A humbling coming of age tale of a boy growing up in North Korea and how he utilizes the role playing game Dungeons & Dragons as a tool for more than simply escapism.” - Cole







The Change



"A co-worker suggested this book to me and I’m so happy I decided to give it a go! This is certainly not something I would have chosen on my own. It was very entertaining, funny, and far-fetched. It also had fantastic female characters and a mystery.  I thoroughly enjoyed this!” - Alison








October 2022


The Great Witch of Brittany


“If you enjoy historical fiction, magic,  and strong female main characters, this book is for you! Louisa Morgan’s writing is smooth and the story made it hard for me to put the book down. The story spans the life of Ursule and how she escaped persecution to fulfill her role as a great witch.” - Elesha







This Tender Land




“This historical fiction book tells the story of four orphans who run away from a residential school in Minnesota and set off on an adventure through the Midwest of the United States during the great depression of the 1930’s. The author’s engaging characters and descriptions really drew me into the story!” -Rebecca






Love and Other Words



“This friends to lovers trope resonated with me. To anyone who has ever thought about giving that first love a second chance, or just wants a little tug on their heartstrings, this is a sweet love story that encompasses heartbreak, angst, joy and hardship.” - Jasmin








The Bullet



“This is an Eve Duncan novel so it had familiar characters but also introduced a few new ones.  Another thrilling, time sensitive mission for Eve and the others to pull off.  Very exciting!” - Alison







A Man Called Ove


“This is the first book I found by Backman, and it remains my favorite.  A grumpy, and very sad man, misses his dead wife and wants to give up and join her, but new boisterous neighbors and a stray cat conspire to bring him back to life.  I thought the book was beautifully written and very moving.” - Sharren








My Heart is a Chain Saw




“An award winning horror genre title. For readers looking to scratch that slasher movie itch. A slow-paced novel focusing on hidden truths and a bleak outlook on life. Did I mention the protagonist is not the “final girl” of these tales?” - Cole








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