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There is always a fear that when an author comes out with a new book and you have loved her other works that it will not measure up.  Magorian does not churn out a novel a year.  Her books are always well thought out and researched.  Just Henry takes place in post WWII London and it centers around Henry and his group of friends.  This is a coming of age story set in a time of turbulence after the horrors of war.  Henry has a lot of growing up to do  and a lot of preconceived notions to abandon.  Thanks to his teacher, he not only learns about others but also about himself.  The settings and characters are so vivid, it feels like Magorian takes the people straight out of the pages of history.  While I do feel the book could have been shorter than its 700 pages, it really covers a lot of ground and manages to take multiple storylines and weave them together until they become one.

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Randall has just resigned his commission and is looking forward to spending time with friends back in England.  His uncle informs him that he needs to wed, but Randall figures he can take his time with the whole affair.  Until he runs across Julia, a woman he has been unable to get out of his mind since he met her.  She is a local midwife and Randall rides to her rescue when she is kidnapped.  We soon learn that Julia is much more than a local midwife.  Randall proposes to her for her safety and because he wants to.  And therein the fun begins.  A haunting tale of overcoming your past to create a strong future.

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Loved it!!!!  She is such an utterly amazing writer.  And again I don’t normally do short stories (although I have been reading a lot lately), I couldn’t pass this set up.  We find out how Clay and Elena met, how Eve and Kristof first hooked up and even how Paige and Lucas finally got married.  They are all wonderfully crafted and help give a greater understanding of these characters.  I have to say that I loved every single story.  And there has not been a Kelley Armstrong book that I have not loved.

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A short book, but very powerful.  Claudette Colvin was instrumental in the civil rights movement, but she has been largely forgotten.  Hoose corrects that.  We learn about her early life and her fight for justice.  A great tale with many photographs.  It made me rethink much of what I knew about the civil rights movement.  A very well crafted tale of an amazing individual.

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Another case of mistaken identity.  Jasper Sullivan must find a lady of ill repute and marry her or risk losing his uncle’s fortune….which he and his brother’s desperately need.  He stumbles across Clarissa and decides she will do…only one problem, she isn’t a whore.  She is the daughter of a minor nobleman in London looking for her brother.  But in order to protect herself from her guardian, she agrees to go along with Jasper’s plan.  A delightfully funny tale  I can’t wait to read the other two in the series.

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I really enjoyed this book though I would not say it is 100% fantasy.  It is the first in a series and I have a feeling that we will see more magic in future books.  Aurelia Kim Murray is on a trek through Europe to find out about her family’s past.  She is accidentally mistaken for a minor noble of a small country and agrees to pretend to be this girl to help out a Mr. Darcy look alike.  It soon becomes apparent that there is more to her background than she realizes.  The book slowly unfolds the story and we get glimpses of magic, but nothing overt. I did enjoy it and look forward to reading the rest of the series.  This one felt more like it was setting us up for some revelations rather than telling a stand alone story if you know what I mean.

P.S.  I think her sunglasses look silly on the cover.

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I should like steampunk, but I just can’t seem to get into it.  I thought I would give MacAlister’s book a try since I have enjoyed so many of her other books.  But, alas, it did not do it for me.  I tried and got about a third of the way through.  I even went and read the last chapter to see if I could plow my way through it, but it wasn’t happening.  This is a time travel book about a brother and a sister who end up on a steamship with a female captain.  There are pirates, an Empire, and a quirky crew.  I think it is a good representation of the genre, but I just don’t care for the genre.  So I am going to stop trying to like it.  Because I just don’t.

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