Jeanne Blasberg is a novelist, travel writer, and adventurer. She is a voracious reader and regularly reviews books on her blog, Goodreads, BookBub, LibraryThing, and Amazon.

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Wonder Valley by Ivy Pochoda

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Wonder Valley by Ivy Pochoda

The hot, dry setting is palpable. I loved Wonder Valley from the opening scene where the traffic is driving everyone crazy. It brings back memories of the opening scene of LaLaLand – maybe the defining setting of modern day California – stuck in traffic… and what “being stuck” drives people to do…. Each of Pochoda’s characters are driven to their personal edges, and then what happens when their lives intersect is even more charged. A great read, with edgy language and imagery, I recommend this book highly.

 

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Things Unsaid by Diana Y. Paul

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Things Unsaid by Diana Y. Paul

Things Unsaid is my favorite type of book -the introspection of a family from multiple points of view. Jules and her siblings come together to assist their parents and thus the tension mounts. I really enjoyed the varying perspectives from which the story was told, issues being turned and turned, so the facets of one family’s flaws are observed from different angles. Things Unsaid delves into the type of tension many people can relate to. It is a beautiful, timeless book.

 

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Faint Promise of Rain by Anjali Mitter Duva

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Faint Promise of Rain by Anjali Mitter Duva

This was a magical book that hit all five of my senses. A time period and piece of culture I knew nothing about, so fascinating, yet timeless and universal. Anjali is a talented author and I am so looking forward to reading her future work!

 

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Circling My Mother: A Memoir by Mary Gordon

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This book made me cry. As an only child / daughter of a difficult alcoholic mother, as the the product of a marriage that was a mistake…. I felt Mary Gordon’s confusion in coming to grips with her mother as my own. I love my mother as if we are connected, but the end of her life came as a relief. I always felt best when alone with my mother as our connection was also strangely viewed by others and I preferred bearing her alcoholic rants alone.

 

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Fill the Sky by Katherine A. Sherbrooke

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Fill the Sky by Katherine A. Sherbrooke

I felt like I was joining three wonderful women on a trip to Equador. The healing ceremonies with shamans were described with such sensory detail. There are several twists which keep the book moving along quickly and even though I was starting to guess how each woman might find healing, I was surprised and uplifted.

 

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