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Chocolat by Joanne Harris

★★★★☆ In Lansquenet, nothing much has changed for decades and decades. That is, until Vianne Rocher comes to settle and begin a chocolate shop and outrages the local priest to begin such a shop in temptation and sin - and at the beginning of Lent, too! But slowly and surely, the town gives in, despite the preaching and the threats of damnation, but evil still lurks in the corners. But sometimes the only way to cast out true evil, is to expose it to the light..

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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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The Hygge Holiday by Rosie Blake

★★★★☆ Yulethorpe is dying. The people who live there know it, and they've given up. Even the well-loved toy shop has to close, but then Danish Clara arrives, a mysterious tourist, who volunteers to help keep the shop open. Joe, the son of the owner of the shop, a very important an busy business man, can't believe someone would so something like that for nothing. He does not trust Clara and her intentions and lets her know that. But perhaps even a man who answers e-mails at 3 am can change..

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Ramona Blue by Julie Murphy

★★★★☆ When Ramona was five years old, hurricane Katrina changed her life forever. Since then, it's been her and her family against the world. She's six-foot tall, likes girls and knows she needs to be the adult of the family, with a flaky mom, a hard-working dad and a pregnant sister. Juggling multiple jobs, dreaming of something more, something else, she lives her life as best as she can. Then Freddie, a childhood friend, returns to the neighborhood, and proves to shake up her life.

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Like a River Glorious by Rae Carson

★★★★☆ After a difficult journey across the country, Leah Westfall finally has found a place to build a home. With her ability to sense gold, she finds the best spots for her and her friends, and together they start building a town. But then her greedy Uncle Hiram finds her, and the troubles start all over again. She's kidnapped and held in his cabin against her will, and now she has to figure out how to use her gift to escape..

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Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson

★★★★☆ Lee has a secret. Lee can sense gold around her. The gold in the hills, in the river, in someone's pocket. This is a dangerous gift for a girl to have in Gold Rush-era America, and one day that proves to be true. When everything she holds dear is taken away from her, Lee needs to escape across the country to hopefully find a better life in California - if she survives the journey.

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I Have Lost My Way by Gayle Forman

★★★★★ Freya has lost her voice. Harun has lost his love. Nathaniel has lost his home. When Freya, lost and almost famous, falls off a bridge Nathaniel, just arrived in New York with a backpack and nothing else to his name, is there to break the fall and Harun, planning on running from home, is there to witness it. An accident seems to bring these three strangers together, but as their secrets start to unravel it seems much less like an accident, and much more like fait.

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Ross Poldark by Winston Graham

★★★★☆ Ross Poldark returns from the war, weary, wounded, and presumed dead by his family. He expects a joyful welcome but life has moved on since he left. His father has died, his servants have run amok neglecting the house and the land, but worst of all, the girl he loves is engaged to his cousin. Ross has no other choice but to pick up his old life and move on.

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Sunset and Sawdust, by Joe R. Lansdale

★★★★☆ In the middle of a cyclone, Sunset shoots her town constable husband after he beats her and attempts to rape her. This is not the first time, but it is the first time she's hit back. After her house is blown away her mother-in-law arranges for Sunset to be the new constable, to the dismay of most of the town. Even worse, she takes her job seriously and tries to solve a brutal double murder, but some members of her town try and stop her with every means possible. Sunset and Sawdust is a story about the Great Depression, a woman finding her own strength, but also about murder, deceit, corruption, greed, and generally awful people.

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Wing Jones by Katherine Webber

Wing Jones tries to be unobtrusive, invisible, letting her perfect, golden-boy brother take the spot light. Till he does something terrible and selfish, and leaves Wing and the rest of her family (her mom, a grandma from Ghana and grandma from China) scramble to pick up the pieces. In the aftermath of this terrible thing, which weighs heavy on every family member, Wing learns to know her own strengths and discovers a talent for running she never had. With this new found gift, she tries to save her family from ruin, all the while dealing with her feelings for her brother's best friend. No longer can she hide, now she has so step up and become who she really is, but luckily she has her dragon and lioness to help her.