LitStack Review: Catching Christmas by Terri Blackstock

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Catching Christmas Terri Blackstock Thomas Nelson Release Date: October 9, 2018 ISBN: 978-0310351726 The last thing Finn Parrish wants is involvement. Unhappy with life in general and disappointed with himself, in particular, Finn just wants to pay his rent and get through the crazy holiday season with as little fuss as possible. Sydney Batson is too stressed to [….]

Fictional Family Ties

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It’s been said that families are like fudge—mostly sweet with a few nuts. If we’re lucky, the balance between the two is just right, but even then, we have moments when we wonder what it would be like to have a different set of relatives. Reading gives us that opportunity. For the span of a [….]

LitStack Review: With Every Breath by Elizabeth Camden

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With Every Breath Elizabeth Camden Bethany House ISBN-10: 0764211749 Release Date: August 5, 2014 I have learned…that spiritual courage is of a higher type than physical courage; and that it takes a higher type of courage to fight a losing rather than a winning fight.” These words, written by Dr. Edward Livingston Trudeau, encapsulate the [….]

LitStack Review: Candlelight Christmas by Susan Wiggs

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Candlelight Christmas Susan Wiggs Harlequin MIRA ISBN-10: 077831474X “Hearts… don’t let you lie, even to yourself.” That’s the lesson Darcy Fitzgerald learns in her attempt to navigate the holiday season after a devastating divorce. Since her childhood, her family and her ex-husband’s family have celebrated Thanksgiving and Christmas together, but after their divorce, the strain [….]

LitStack Review: Deadline by Sandra Brown

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Deadline Sandra Brown Grand Central Publishing ISBN-10: 1455501514 One of my favorite elements of suspense is something I call the “gasp factor”—the number of times and ways the author surprises the reader with a development in plot or character. It’s that twist in the story you didn’t see coming or the secret revealed that you [….]

Banned Book Review: ‘Fahrenheit 451’ by Ray Bradbury

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“It was a pleasure to burn. It was a special pleasure to see things eaten, to see things blackened and changed….and his hands were the hands of some amazing conductor playing all the symphonies of blazing and burning to bring down the tatters and charcoal ruins of history.” These words are our first introduction to [….]

LitStack Review: Declan’s Cross by Carla Neggers

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Declan’s Cross Carla Neggers Harlequinn MIRA ISBN-13: 978-0778314639 Release Date: August 27,2013  When asked why she chose to write romantic suspense, New York Times and USA Today best-selling author Carla Neggers replied, “I’m drawn to stories with great characters, a sense of adventure, high stakes, a fast pace…and a lot going on.” The passion she [….]

Celebrating Shakespeare: A Review of The Taming of the Shrew

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“And where two raging fires meet together They do consume the thing that feeds their fury.”  Few lines capture the essence of Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew better than these words. Spoken by the brash Petruchio, they reveal his confidence in his ability to transform the sharp-tongued Katherina Minola into his agreeable, compliant wife. [….]

LitStack Review: Shattered by Dani Pettrey

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Shattered Dani Pettrey Bethany House ISBN-13: 978-0764209833 — ♦ — Just after midnight Piper McKenna is awakened by a strange sound. Slipping from her bedroom into the hallway, she joins her sister Kayden at the top of the stairs. Rifle at the ready, Kayden gives Piper the signal. Piper flips the lights and finds her [….]

LitStack Review: Cover of Snow by Jenny Milchman

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Cover of Snow Jenny Milchman Ballantine Books ISBN-10: 0345534212 —♦— Waking up one wintry morning in her old farmhouse nestled in the Adirondack Mountains of New York, Nora Hamilton instantly knows that something is wrong. When her fog of sleep clears, she finds her world is suddenly, irretrievably shattered: Her husband, Brendan, has committed suicide. [….]