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Book Review | The Girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden

★★★★★ Dressed as a boy Vasya is on the road, traveling away from home where her dead father lies buried, his death her fault. When she encounters a village burned down by bandits, she decides to help, but in her attempt she gets stuck in a web of lies as she tries to hide the fact that she's a girl from the Grand Prince of Moscow and the rest of the court. All the while other strange things are happening and time is running out..

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Book Review | A Storm of Ice and Stars by Lisa Lueddecke

★★★★☆ Janna has lived her entire live trying to find moments to escape the confines of her close minded village, especially in the last year when she's been grieving. Only in the woods and under the stars does she feel free and at ease. But when the sky turns read warning the people of Skane that there's a plague coming, Janna is forced to flee her village when fin fear they turn against her to try and save themselves..

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Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik

★★★★★ Miryem is the daughter and granddaughter of moneylenders, but her father isn't a very good one. When the winters get colder, the Staryk closer, and her mother sicker, she lets her heart grow cold and does what her father cannot do. Soon she is making more money than they've ever had before, and she's able to turn silver into gold. But when the Staryk overhear her boasting in the winter forest, she's up for a challenge that might end in her death..

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The Way Past Winter by Kiran Millwood Hargrave

★★★★★ Mila and her siblings live alone in the forest after her father has left them five years ago - right when the winter came and never left again. Then one night a fur-clad stranger comes to their door, asking for shelter for himself and his men. The next morning, Mila's brother, Oskar, has left. Mila is convinced he's been taken, and sets out to save him.

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The Peach Keeper by Sarah Addison Allen

★★★★★ Willa Jackson tries to live a quiet life, an adult life, working in her own shop and doing laundry in the evening, just like her Dad would have wanted it. The only thing she allows herself is looking at the progress of the restoration of the Blue Ridge Madam, the building that was once her family's pride but because of a scandal no longer belongs to them. Then one faithful night, she meets one of her old classmates by chance, and Willa's quiet life is not so quiet anymore, forcing her to deal with her past and allow herself to have a future.

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Jane Austen at Home by Lucy Worsley

"Great' writers were so obviously supposed to be male, and not anyone's aunt." This new telling of the story of Jane's life shows us how and why she lived as she did, examining the places and spaces that mattered to her. It wasn't all country houses and ballrooms, but a life that was often a… Continue reading Jane Austen at Home by Lucy Worsley

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The City Baker’s Guide to Country Living by Louise Miller

★★★★☆ When Olivia Rawlings--pastry chef extraordinaire for an exclusive Boston dinner club--sets not just her flambeed dessert but the entire building alight, she escapes to the most comforting place she can think of--the idyllic town of Guthrie, Vermont, home of Bag Balm, the country's longest-running contra dance, and her best friend Hannah. But the getaway turns into something more lasting when Margaret Hurley, the cantankerous, sweater-set-wearing owner of the Sugar Maple Inn, offers Livvy a job. Broke and knowing that her days at the club are numbered, Livvy accepts. But little does she know yet that this decision is about to change her life forever.

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A Redbird Christmas by Fannie Flagg

★★★★★ After Oswald T. Campbell has to leave Chicago because of his health, he spends what he believes to be his last Christmas in a small, warm, welcoming town called Lost River. There he meets a post man who delivers mail by boat, a store owners who has a pet bird, a little girl who needs a new family, and more colorful characters that soon become his whole life. In this wonderful Christmas tale, a lonely old man learns what it means to come home, and that miracles still exist..

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The Christmas Train by David Baldacci

★★★★☆ Disillusioned journalist Tom Langdon must get from Washington D.C. to L.A. in time for Christmas. Forced to travel by trains, he begins a journey of rude awakenings, thrilling adventures and holiday magic. He has no idea that the locomotives pulling him across America will actually take him into the rugged terrain of his own heart, as he rediscovers people's essential goodness and someone very special he believed he had lost. (from Goodreads)

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How to Stuff up Christmas by Rosie Blake

★★★☆☆ Eve is heartbroken after she's discovered that her fiancé has cheated on her. To avoid all of her memories of him and his proposal during Christmas a year ago, she flees to the country side to follow a pottery course. She wants to be alone and she wants to learn something, but when she meets Greg, her plans are about to change drastically...