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Falling LeavesFalling leaves / Adeline Yen Mah
Born in 1937 in a port city a thousand miles north of Shanghai, Adeline Yen Mah was the youngest child of an affluent Chinese family who enjoyed rare privileges during a time of political and cultural upheaval. But wealth and position could not shield Adeline from a childhood of appalling emotional abuse at the hands of a cruel and manipulative Eurasian stepmother. Determined to survive through her enduring faith in family unity, Adeline struggled for independence as she moved from Hong Kong to England and eventually to the United States to become a physician and writer.

A compelling, painful, and ultimately triumphant story of a girl's journey into adulthood, Adeline's story is a testament to the most basic of human needs: acceptance, love, and understanding. With a powerful voice that speaks of the harsh realities of growing up female in a family and society that kept girls in emotional chains, Falling Leaves is a work of heartfelt intimacy and a rare authentic portrait of twentieth-century China.

A very emotional and gripping story of the 5th child Adeline who was born in an affluent and rich family. Had to suffer emotional abuse and go through painful childhood.
Rating: 4/4

Savannah WindsSavannah Winds / Tamara McKinley
When Fleur receives word of a surprise inheritance from an aunt she never knew, it couldn't come at a more opportune moment. Her relationship is crumbling, and she's caught in the middle of a serious family rift. Consulting her aunt's long-lost diary, Fleur sets out on a voyage of historical discovery up the coast and through the Gulf Country, to the isolated cattle ranch Savannah Winds. But unbeknownst to Fleur, what she uncovers there could have devastating repercussions for her own life. Set between the 1930’s and the modern day, Savannah winds is an exploration of family ties, bitter rivalry and the strength of enduring love.
Rating: 4/5

The girl who soared over fairyland and cut the moon in twoThe girl who soared over Fairyland and cut the moon in two / Catherynne M. Valente.

September misses Fairyland and her friends Ell, the Wyverary, and the boy Saturday. She longs to leave the routines of home, and embark on a new adventure. Little does she know that this time, she will be spirited away to the moon, reunited with her friends, and find herself faced with saving Fairyland from a moon-Yeti with great and mysterious powers.

It was good and really cool. Some things are random but cool and the tittle sounds great.
Rating: 3.5/4

A contemporary thriller with plenty of twists and turns to capture your interest!

The Spider of SarajevoThe spider of Sarajevo / Robert Wilton
"From the secret archives of the Comptrollerate-General for Scrutiny and Survey. Summer 1914: Europe is on the brink. As Britain's enemies grow stronger, the Comptroller-General must confront the man with whom he has struggled for a generation - a man he knows only as the Spider. In a desperate gamble, he sends four agents out across the continent, on a mission they do not understand...The future of British intelligence - of the British Empire - is in their hands. Not all of them will return. Unique and resourceful, hunted and deceived, they have embarked on a journey that will climax in the town of Sarajevo on the 28th of June 1914."
He was a bit boring unfortunately did not have my interest at all. Male readers would be more interested.
Rating: 1/4

This is a true story written by two families affected by the tragic events of a car accident in 2006...Meet Laura Van Ryn and Whitney Cerak: one buried under the wrong name, one in a coma and being cared for by the wrong family.

Everybody was a baby onceEverybody was a baby once / Allan Ahlberg

They’re back! The inspired creators of THE RUNAWAY DINNER and THE PENCIL serve up a shouting, screaming, smiling, whistling, playing, chasing, rhyming romp. Nineteen impishly illustrated poems present a unique cast of babies and witches, sausages and robbers, and a few favorite nursery-rhyme characters sure to entice everybody who ever was a baby.
Very enjoyable short poems. A great book I would not usually think to pick up.
Rating: 4/4

Another clever suspense and engaging psychological thriller novel by an Australian writer, that you don’t want to put down the book.

The Marraige CharmThe Marriage Charm / Linda Lael Miller

The women of Bliss County have a pact—to find husbands. The right husbands.

One already has: Hadleigh Stevens, who married rancher Tripp Galloway a few months ago. Now Melody Nolan thinks it's her turn. Melody has recently found success as a jewelry designer, and her work is the focus of her life. She's not exactly unhappy, but she wants more. She's always been attracted to Spence Hogan, the local chief of police, but she's convinced that Spence, a notorious charmer, isn't what you'd call husband material.

Spence is a good cop who isn't scared of anything—except love. And he's done everything he can to preserve his reputation as a womanizer—a reputation that keeps marriage-minded women, including Melody, at bay. And yet…there's something about Melody he can't forget. Something his heart can't ignore.

Clichéd but very well written. Romantic but predictable. The Characters lack depth
Rating: 2/4

A portrait of the Jazz Age in all of its decadence and excess,The Great Gatsby is arguably Fitzgerald's finest work and certainly the book for which he is best known.

Ma, I've reached for the moon and I'm hitting the starsMa, I’ve reached for the moon and I’m hitting the stars / Martha Long

After a failed suicide attempt and recovery in the mad house, Martha is heading for France to be reunited with the one true love of her life. Father Ralph Fitzgerald rescued her from the streets when she was sixteen and was the first person to show Martha true love and affection. But their relationship threatened his vocation and he eventually fled to Africa to take up missionary work.
Martha never got over losing him and now, after nearly twenty years, he has made contact again. She sets off on a mission to find him and uncover his motives for getting in touch. Does he still love her? Has he left the priesthood? Is he now free to marry her? She needs to know what the future is going to hold.

It was a very personal and insightful approach to dynamics of life. It leaves the reader with a certain feeling that reflection on one story is necessary to create a distance to the problems. Very inspiring experience it was!
Rating 4/4

A Paranormal Vampire Romance, a unique fantasy story that has lots of nice surprises...check out our review of 'Parched' by Z. L. Arkadie.