The Shimmering Road shimmers but does not shine

The Shimmering Road by Hester Young

Genre: Women’s Fiction; Suspense and Thriller Publication Date: 14 February 2017 Source: Publisher via NetGalley Synopsis from the Publisher: “A pulse-pounding mystery from the author of The Gates of Evangeline featuring Charlotte ‘Charlie’ Cates, an unforgettable heroine whose dark visions bring to light secrets that will save or destroy those around her . . . When soon-to-be mother Charlotte…

Universal Harvester is the Midwest in all its weird glory

Universal Harvester by John Darnielle

Genre: Fiction; Short Stories Publication Date: 7 February 2017 Source: Publisher via NetGalley Synopsis from the Publisher: “Jeremy works at the Video Hut in Nevada, Iowa. It’s a small town in the center of the state—the first a in Nevada pronounced ay. This is the late 1990s, and even if the Hollywood Video in Ames poses an…

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? – 13 February 2017

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Hosted by Kathryn from Book Date, this is a weekly event to share what we’ve read in the past week and what we hope to read, plus whatever else comes to mind. To learn more about each book, just click on the book cover!  Another not-great reading week. Damn work getting in the way of my…

Sunday Reflections – 12 February 2017

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Happy Sunday! Coming at you from a decidedly snow-free southern Wisconsin. Plus, it is near 40 degrees again today and supposed to be even warmer tomorrow. I don’t like this weather. I want my snow. It makes me feel better about not wanting to leave the house. This week was another rough one. Work kept…

Fabulous Friday – 10 February 2017

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We should always find ways to celebrate the little things in life. What better day to celebrate these little things than the best day of the week? So, here are the things that make this a Fabulous Friday for me this week. ******************** It’s been another LONG week. The news is just…ugh. Work was not much better….

Let in The Refugees

The Refugees by Viet Thanh Nguyen

Genre: Fiction; Short Stories Publication Date: 7 February 2017 Source: Publisher via NetGalley Synopsis from the Publisher: “Viet Thanh Nguyen’s The Sympathizer was one of the most widely and highly praised novels of 2015, the winner not only of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction but also the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize, the Edgar Award…

The Book of Strange New Things is not for me

The Book of Strange New Things by Michel Faber

Genre: Science Fiction; Literary Fiction Publication Date: 28 October 2014 Source: Purchased Synopsis from the Publisher: “It begins with Peter, a devoted man of faith, as he is called to the mission of a lifetime, one that takes him galaxies away from his wife, Bea. Peter becomes immersed in the mysteries of an astonishing new environment, overseen by…

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? – 6 February 2017

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Hosted by Kathryn from Book Date, this is a weekly event to share what we’ve read in the past week and what we hope to read, plus whatever else comes to mind. To learn more about each book, just click on the book cover! Not the greatest reading week for me. The books were fantastic. The…

Sunday Reflections – 5 February 2017

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Happy Super Bowl Sunday! Or as I am calling it this year, just another Sunday. Does anyone really care about the game this year? I just feel like there are other things that are more worthwhile than watching Tom Brady and Bill Belichick cheat their way through another game. I am happy for the Falcons but…

The Dressmaker’s Dowry is a dud

The Dressmaker's Dowry by Meredith Jaeger

Genre: Fiction Publication Date: 7 February 2017 Source: Publisher via Edelweiss Synopsis from the Publisher: “An exquisite ring, passed down through generations, connects two women who learn that love is a choice, and forgiveness is the key to freedom… San Francisco: 1876 Immigrant dressmakers Hannelore Schaeffer and Margaret O’Brien struggle to provide food for their siblings, while…