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January Reads

1.  The Lying Game by Sara Shepard
2.  At Home in Dry Creek by Janet Tronstad
3.  Good Time Man by Emilie Richards
4.  Grave Situation by Alex MacLean  This crime drama is one that holds your interest until the last page.  We do see a little bit about police detective, Allan Stanton’s private life though it doesn’t go into much detail.  It does cover finding a serial killer on the loose in Halifax Canada and in a small Canadian town where we do discover why the killer did what he did.  The book does keep you on the edge of your seat while you wait for the cops to find out who the serial killer was.
5.  Summer Friends by Holly Chamberlin Both Delphine Crandall and Maggie Weldon are best friends and did everything together during the summer months when Maggie spent the summer in Ogunquit, Maine.  Maggie gets her MBA, lands a lucrative career and marries while Delphine moves back home to run the family farm and has a married lover.  Delphine is satisfied with her life until Maggie comes back to Ogunquit for a visit.  With Maggie’s visit Delphine is forced to reevaluate her life and the choices that she has made.  Maggie also reevaluates her life choices in that she is bored in her marriage.  This is a book about the female midlife crisis where our life choices are questioned.
6.  Tour de Force by Elizabeth White   Gillian Kincade is a soloist with a New York ballet company who is originally from Alabama and is returning to dance the lead in the Nutcracker for Jacob Ferrar’s regional ballet company.  Both Gillian and Jacob are Christians who had dealt with the New York ballet scene in different ways, since Jacob was a former dancer in New York until he became a Christian.  This book offers a realistic view of the ballet world in New York where Gillian doesn’t live in a Christian bubble but instead has a dance partner who is gay and a former roommate who is promiscuous.  She does give us an honest look at what Christians deal with every day and the temptations that they face.
7.  Over My Head by Maria Lamba   This young adult book is about one half Indian’s summer vacation where instead of spending a week at the Jersey Shore they have purchased a membership at the local pool club.  Sang’s parents sign her up for swim lessons at the club in order to help her get over her fear of the water.  She meets and falls for the lifeguard who helps out with her swim classes where she is one of the oldest students along with her cousin from India who is visiting with her family for the summer.  Her younger sister Doodles is trying to raise money in order to help their parents in order to pay for a bone marrow transplant for an elderly relative in the States.  This book takes an honest look at the experience of a teenage girl who falls for an older guy that her father doesn’t agree that his daughter should be dating.
8.  Learning by Karen Kingsbury This is another light read from Karen Kingsbury, the second book in her Baily Flannigan series.  In this book we see Baily land a role on Broadway and she experiences the bigger world for the first time in New York City instead of in her small town.  She does board with a Christian couple who do mentor her though is it realistic that she would board with an older Christian couple instead of rooming with another young woman who is in her stage in life.  Karen also escapes a small detail in the book where Baily has five siblings instead of only four.  Cody on the other hand is still coaching the small town football team in Indiana.   The two of them go through important issues even though their stories are not finished yet.  This is a sweet story that you can read quickly.
9.  Hotel On the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford
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