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Tall Poppy Review: “The Dog Year” is Compelling and Real

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The Dog Year

Think of a time in your life when you hit a wall. Everything was going to pieces. You were living your life and then wham. You got hit. And kept getting hit. One problem after another. It wasn’t, “Problems come in threes,” it was, “Problems come in SETS of three.” Been there? That’s where the protagonist of The Dog Year (Berkley Publishing Group) by Ann Garvin is. Dr. Lucy Peterman has worked hard her whole life to become who she is: a respected surgeon. It’s been work and work and more work to build the life she wants, but then it all falls apart. Tragedy strikes, her mind snaps, and she ends up in a 12 step program for stealing…

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Tall Poppy Review: “The Man She Married” Shocks

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There are many ways to write about being in a coma, the shock, the helpless entrapment, and the frightening numbness and silence, but then there is Cathy Lamb‘s way, with bewilderment, with laugh-out-loud humor, and with chilling fear of why things have gone wrong. In The Man She Married,  (Kensington) a witty, suspenseful novel, Natalie considers herself a safe woman. She drives a safe blue truck as solid as a tank; she has a safe occupation as an accountant because numbers tell the truth; she has safe hobbies, reading, going fishing and making necklaces; she has safe friends with whom she bonded as a kid. Despite being abandoned by her selfish, judgmental, critical mother when she was seven, Natalie builds…

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Tall Poppy Review: “The Language of Sisters”

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The Language of Sisters

Sometimes we read a book and sometimes we disappear into another world. Cathy Lamb’s novel, The Language of Sisters (Kensington Publishing Co.) is the latter. This story took me from Russia to Oregon and back again, through the tangles of family and the veracity of the statement “The truth will set you free.” This is the tale of a Russian, close-knit, witty and brilliant clan, the Kozlovsky family, who escape the horror of Communism and the KGB in Russia but can’t escape the memories. As they build a new life in Oregon they each must find a new life. But leaving the country does not mean leaving the secrets. We meet them twenty-five years after their escape. The Language of Sisters…

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Real People, Real Problems in Cathy Lamb’s ‘No Place I’d Rather Be’

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Full disclosure. I love Cathy Lamb’s books and No Place I’d Rather Be is no exception. Her writing is so warm, funny and real. Real people, real problems, solved in real ways. I mean, what’s not to like? Oh, wait, that’s not enough for you? Okay fine, this book has a six-foot-four love interest and recipes that hold the answers to secrets long held by an earlier generation. If that’s not enough for you then maybe you need a little Vegas baby. It’s true, No Place I’d Rather Be is not Vegas. In my mind, it’s better because this book is totally worth the money. It’s set in Montana where cookbooks with backstory are hidden in attics for women with…

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Is Shattered Glass The New Profile of A Woman For Trendy Book Covers?

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They say to never judge a book by its cover, but most of us are guilty of picking up a shiny novel just because of the awesome book cover image. It’s hard not to be enticed by a particularly cool graphic or just the right picture to whet your appetite. Book covers are works of art in and of themselves, pulling in the audience and setting the stage for the reading experience to come.  But if you’ve browsed enough bookstores, you start to notice that some of the covers look alike. Maybe it’s a bold print, or a similar type of photo, but soon you’re recognizing the same images in book after book. It makes sense: just like with fashion,…

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