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Blackberry Winter: A Novel
Blackberry Winter: A Novel
Offered by Penguin Group (USA) LLC
Price: $7.99

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The kind of book you could recommend to almost anyone, September 25, 2012
Loved this novel! Fresh and unexpected, Blackberry Winter is both a mystery and a love story (two of them, in fact) with great Seattle settings from the past and present. Jio excels at writing about the many angles of relationships, and her latest book is no exception. Clare's struggles with her husband and his family were spot-on and kept me guessing until the end, while Vera's loss of her son and how she reacted to his disappearance felt real--and thankfully, very unlike the glossy Hollywood treatment that's typical in books and movies about missing children.


The Bungalow: A Novel
The Bungalow: A Novel
by Sarah Jio
Edition: Paperback
Price: $13.44
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A captivating, romantic page-turner, December 27, 2011
This review is from: The Bungalow: A Novel (Paperback)
Sarah Jio has done it again! I devoured The Bungalow just as fast as I did The Violets of March. As in Violets, The Bungalow offers readers several mysteries rolled into one compelling and often heart-breaking romance--this time between Anne, a woman engaged to a man she feels ambivalent about, and Westry, the solider who steals her heart when the pair discover an abandoned Bora Bora bungalow that was once home to a famous painter (I won't say who, but art enthusiasts will love the little slice of art history hidden within the plot). Jio has an amazing ear for dialogue and I truly felt like I was catching a glimpse of wartime life in the 1940s. Can't recommend this one highly enough.


She Makes It Look Easy: A Novel
She Makes It Look Easy: A Novel
by Marybeth Whalen
Edition: Paperback
Price: $13.45
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling and relatable novel, September 24, 2011
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If you're avoid "Christian fiction" because you worry it'll be a sermon rather than an engrossing narrative, read "She Makes It Look Easy," which takes on the age-old theme of other people's grass being greener in a fresh and unflinching way. Justine and Ariel are two very different women whose lives intertwine when they become neighbors. Their accidental and uneven friendship illustrates the winding path that our choices can take--and how faith influences those choices in surprisingly subtle ways. Without spoiling the plot, I will say that the scene that gave "She Makes It Look Easy" its name illustrates what a gifted writer Whalen is; I never saw it coming. Highly recommended, including for non-Christian readers.


Project: Happily Ever After: Saving Your Marriage When the Fairytale Falters
Project: Happily Ever After: Saving Your Marriage When the Fairytale Falters
by Alisa Bowman
Edition: Hardcover
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny, touching and thought-provoking, August 9, 2011
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I expected this book to be more like a conventional self-help title--i.e. "steps to save your marriage"--but instead I found a touching, funny, brutally honest memoir that I could really relate to, even as a happily married person. Bowman creates a compelling narrative that had me thinking long after I put this book down (and by "put it down," I mean I immediately handed it off to a relative, who read it in two days and then proceeded to give it to her friend--it's that good).


The Happiest Mom (Parenting Magazine): 10 Secrets to Enjoying Motherhood
The Happiest Mom (Parenting Magazine): 10 Secrets to Enjoying Motherhood
by Meagan Francis
Edition: Paperback
Price: $12.26
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Smart, practical advice, June 12, 2011
Instead of telling moms how they don't measure up, Francis offers solid, doable advice on how to enjoy and get more out of parenthood. The biggest takeaway for this new-ish mom was that dialing down your expectations can go a long way towards enjoying your kids (and your life!) more. A must-read for anyone with young children.


The Violets of March: A Novel
The Violets of March: A Novel
by Sarah Jio
Edition: Paperback
Price: $12.02
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63 of 70 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lush, descriptive novel, April 26, 2011
The Violets of March is the kind of book that you could share with your best friend, mother or grandmother and know that they'd all love it. Set on scenic Bainbridge Island, Violets is a love story within a mystery and has a whole cast of characters who are flawed enough to be human but so compelling that you'll root for them throughout the book. Jio excels at description; although I've never been to Bainbridge Island, I felt like I was right there with her protagonist, Emily. This was a gorgeous story, and I didn't want it to end.


Pictures of You
Pictures of You
by Caroline Leavitt
Edition: Paperback
Price: $12.28
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Captivating and compelling, April 24, 2011
This review is from: Pictures of You (Paperback)
This was the rare novel that made me go to bed early so I could fit in a few extra chapters. Leavitt writes about the interior lives of others with spectacular insight; both the characters and the plot could have been one dimensional in less-skilled hands, but instead, I felt the grief and triumph of Charlie, Sam, April and Isabelle as though they were people I knew. Pictures of You is a lush, captivating book--one of the best I've read in several years.


Telling Lies (Laurel and Helen New York Mystery)
Telling Lies (Laurel and Helen New York Mystery)
by Cathi Stoler
Edition: Paperback
Price: $13.38
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5.0 out of 5 stars Smart and surprising, April 24, 2011
Telling Lies was well-told (especially for a first novel); the pace started fast and stayed that way, and was filled with twists I didn't see coming. Stoler takes an already-interesting concept of someone "disappearing" during 9/11 and starting a new life and adds layers of Italy and art, a la Dan Brown. I didn't love all of Stoler's characters--Laurel's reserve made her hard to warm up to, especially in the first few chapters--but I hope Helen, an Upper East Side broad with more than a few secrets up her sleeve, will appear in Stoler's next mystery. Great read.


The Big New York Sandwich Book: 99 Delicious Creations from the City's Greatest Restaurants and Chefs
The Big New York Sandwich Book: 99 Delicious Creations from the City's Greatest Restaurants and Chefs
by Sara Reistad-Long
Edition: Paperback
Price: $19.11
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Delicious and doable, April 8, 2011
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Fantastic cookbook--there are recipes for serious foodies who like a challenge, but lots of completely easy-to-execute (like the grilled mozzarella). Every sandwich I've made so far has been fantastic. Highly recommended for the home cook.


The Self-Compassion Diet: A Step-by-Step Program to Lose Weight with Loving-Kindness
The Self-Compassion Diet: A Step-by-Step Program to Lose Weight with Loving-Kindness
by Jean Fain
Edition: Paperback
Price: $13.77
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Smart advice that works, January 22, 2011
Fain's advice isn't just good for those looking to achieve a healthy weight; her wise words about self-acceptance and how to stop negative thought processes in their path can help anyone who's prone to being self-critical. This smart, well-written book stands out in the sea of diet and self-help books that simply don't work.


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