All Other Nights [4★]

In All Other Nights, author Dara Horn pulls back the curtain on a secret side of Civil War History and a hidden people who were tangled up in its dark mysteries.  Horn imagines the Civil War and it’s bloody horrors through the eyes of the Jews–people who were often ostracized and looked down upon, but […]

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Review: The Night Circus [3★]

Erin Morgenstern’s The Night Circus is a gorgeous, surreal piece of writing that carries its readers into a fully realized world of magic where anything is possible. The world of Morgenstern’s novel is fully original and delightful, but unfortunately the plot itself feels as thin as an illusion.  In the late Victorian era, on opposite […]

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Review: More Than We Remember [3★]

More Than We Remember, by Christina Suzann Nelson, is a touching story of friendship, forgiveness, and finding the strength to move forward. Faith in God plays a pivotal but natural role in the lives of Nelson’s protagonists–three women tied together by a tragedy that threatens to destroy them.  Addison’s husband is involved in a tragic […]

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Wonder Boys 2.5★

Michael Chabon’s twenty-five-year-old novel Wonder Boys is an evocative ode to the “midnight disease” writers share and a perplexing celebration of the anti-hero. Chabon’s writing is intense and intimate, but Wonder Boys will leave readers struggling with a sense of disappointment and confusion.  Grady Tripp is a professor and a writer, and as a writer […]

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In the Image 3.5★

Dara Horn’s richly symbolic narrative In the Image is a generational tale of suffering, love, and the ties that bind us to each other.  Leora is a Jewish girl in New Jersey, whose otherwise ordinary life is marked by tragic coincidences and incredible twists of fate. Her best friend, Naomi Landsmann, is killed as a […]

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Review: Circe 5★

Madeleine Miller’s best-selling novel, Circe, revives ancient Greek mythology, breathing into it a fresh spirit of feminism and grit.  Circe, daughter of the sun-god, Helios, never fit in with the shallow, back-biting gods and goddesses she was born among. She is awkward and plain, and she lacks the deific powers that a daughter of Helios […]

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Review: End Game 1★

Rachel Dylan embarks on her new Capital Intrigue series with romantic crime novel End Game, a story that combines suspense, love, and faith in one extravagant drama.  FBI Agent Bailey Ryan is a young, beautiful professional working to make the world a safer place in her D.C. home. She finds her work exciting and fulfilling, […]

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Review: At Home in Mitford [2★]

There are some places that are described as being too good to be true. Mitford, the setting of Jan Karon’s At Home in Mitford, really is just that. Along with a slowly meandering plot and exaggerated characters, Karon’s novel is made primarily of scrumptious dinner parties and picturesque views rather than any substantial story.  Father […]

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Review: Ghost Stories

Hauntingly beautiful and delightfully spooky, Ghost Stories is a curated collection of classic short stories filled with spectres and nightmarish visitations. Though the subject matter is ethereal and intangible, Ghost Stories is leaves a substantial impression.  Editors Lisa Morton and Leslie Klinger selected time-honored tales of the dead visiting the world of the living and […]

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Review: Good Omens

The rise of the Antichrist and the coming of the Apocalypse hardly seem like the ingredients for a warm, humorous story, but Good Omens by Gaiman and Pratchett takes the age-old Biblical story of the end times in an entirely new direction: fun.  A devil named Crowley and an angel named Aziraphale have been rivals […]

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