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The Beekeeper's Daughter
Title
The Beekeeper's Daughter
Author
Santa Montefiore
Review
A story of forbidden love which ends up with a surprise ending. Written well and enjoyable. I would recommend this book.  The Beekeeper's Daughter
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The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane
Title
The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane
Author
Lisa See
Review
A very interesting book about the types of tea and the Chinese culture which grows them. The life of the TeaGirl is the basis for the story. As an educated female she is a rarity and overcomes her tragic life which ends up successful and a great help to the economic growth of the area she came from. A must read.  The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane
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The Mermaid Chair
Title
The Mermaid Chair
Author
Sue Monk Kidd
Review
Jessie returns home to Egret Island to care for her mother and discovers the truth about her father's death.  The Mermaid Chair
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The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone
Title
The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone
Author
Tennessee Williams
Review
This is the first novel by the famous playwright. He chronicles the affair of a wealthy American former actress who is now living in Rome. I personally found the story so-so.   The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone
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Forget Me Not
Title
Forget Me Not
Author
Fern Michaels
Review
For my mystery/suspense block on the Bingo Card I read this novel. This will be my last time reading this author as I believe her reading style is utterly childish and immature. I found it hard to enjoy the mystery of this story because of the unbelievable happenings in the story. Not worth my time.  Forget Me Not
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Riverbend Road
Title
Riverbend Road
Author
RaeAnne Thayne
Review
A young cop falls in love with her supervisor who she has been friends with all their lives.  Riverbend Road
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Plum Lucky
Title
Plum Lucky
Author
Janet Evanovich
Review
An easy to read mystery with strange characters. Stolen money falls into the hands of an elderly lady who takes off to Atlantic City and that's where the problem begins. The stolen money is a mob boss's and he seeks revenge if the money is not returned.  Plum Lucky
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The Ice Cream Queen of Orchard Street by Susan Jane Gilman
Title
The Ice Cream Queen of Orchard Street
Author
Susan Jane Gilman
Review
I decided to read a book about ice cream for summer. This book is the debut novel of an author with 3 other books. It covers the years from 1913 to 1983. It is the made up story of Lillian Dunkle who is supposed to resemble a Tom Carvel franchise originator. Gilman takes the 70 year span of the book to cover many historical events. I found the book quite enjoyable but be forewarned it makes you crave ice cream throughout most of the story.  The Ice Cream Queen of Orchard Street by Susan Jane Gilman
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The Summer Queen
Title
The Summer Queen
Author
Elizabeth Chadwick
Review
13 year old Eleanor of Aquitaine is forced into a marriage she does not want, and when a death thrusts her into the role of queen, she faces scandal, forbidden love, and the complexities of the ruthless French court at every turn.  The Summer Queen
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 Dust : a Richard Jury mystery
Title
Dust--A Richard Jury Mystery
Author
Martha Grimes
Review
I did not enjoy this book for several reasons. It was part of a series and people and situations were mentioned that I wasn't familiar with. Also the book took place in England and terms, etc were used which I wasn't familiar with. all of this took away from the enjoyment of "solving" the mystery.   Dust : a Richard Jury mystery
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