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Tall Poppies Review: Perfectly Timed, Socially Relevant, “What Happened That Night” Is a Must-Read

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Perfectly-timed and socially-relevant, What Happened That Night by Sandra Block is a page-turning thriller that will satisfy readers of Lisa Scottaline and Jessica Knoll. This story is an emotional and twisting ride that follows Dahlia and her new friend James on a journey of payback and justice for an unquestionably terrible act of violence. Dahlia is a student at Harvard when she is drugged and brutally raped by a string of attackers during a night out partying with her best friend. Five years later in what seems like a surprising twist of circumstances, someone leaks the video of the assault on-line, and Dahlia discovers what really happened on that awful night, getting a shocking look at her attackers and what they did…

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Tall Poppies Review: “Promised to the Crown” is Embroidered with Love

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Lovers of historical fiction will be swept away by Amie Runyan’s Promised to the Crown. I was! This book follows three young women as they leave their homes to travel across an ocean towards a future each has chosen but none can quite imagine. Rose, Elizabeth and Nicole come from different backgrounds, and undertake their journeys for vastly different reasons. But in Canada, their fates intertwine and they become fast friends, sharing heartache and happiness as wives and mothers who forge their own paths in the northern towns and teaming wilderness. In the 17thcentury, a girl without a dowry had little hopes to make a happy match and secure a future in France. Meanwhile, the colony of New France needed…

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Tall Poppies Review: Sonja Yoerg’s “House Broken” Tackles Tough Issues With Wit and Layers

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Veterinarian Geneva Novak relates better to animals than humans. Maybe not that surprising once we meet her dysfunctional family. When her mother is injured in an alcohol-fueled accident, Geneva’s husband convinces her that taking mom in, is the opportunity to repair their relationship. Toss in two teenagers with their own set of issues, a slew of family secrets and complicated sibling relationships and you have the ingredients for a perfect familial explosion. Sonja Yoerg tackles tough issues in this book with an unsentimental and unapologetic honesty. Her wicked wit and effortless writing lift this fractured family from the pages and into your heart. Told from the point-of-view of three characters and three generations, we’re drawn into the complexities of families…

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Tall Poppies Review: Kimberly Brock’s ‘The River Witch’ is a Modern Day Classic with a Southern Accent

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When Roslyn Byrne’s life implodes through miscarriage and job loss, she escapes to a remote island in Georgia, hoping for peace and healing. Instead, she discovers a broken family and Damascus, an unforgettable ten-year-old girl — the real star of this debut novel — whose life can be changed by nothing short of magic. If you yearn for escape yourself — and these days, who doesn’t? — The River Witch is a book that embraces you as only warm-hearted Southern literature can. Don’t expect the quick clip of a thriller. This charming novel by Kimberly Brock unwinds with calm assurance, and takes you along for a compelling ride that calls for a tissue or two as it tugs at your heart. The…

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Fireworks Ensue When Past Meets Present in ‘The Distance Home’

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During the holiday season, many of us will be heading back to a place we think of as home. Orly Konig’s debut novel shows us that, no matter how many miles you’ve put between you and your formative experiences, they’ll still beg for attention when you reach that heart-tugging, familiar turf—and maturity may not be enough to counter returning feelings of awkwardness. Emma Metz isn’t necessarily interested in nostalgia. She’s all business these days, and plans a quick return to put her deceased father’s affairs in order. But as if of its own accord, the wheel of her rental car turns in at Jumping Frog Farm, where secrets and old wounds rise to greet her. The home world of this story…

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Tall Poppies Review: Laura Drake Takes Sibling Devotion to a New Level in ‘Days Made of Glass’

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“Shared blood defines a family, but spilled blood can too…” ~ Days Made of Glass Buckle up readers, because your emotions are in for a roller coaster ride in Laura Drake’s Days Made of Glass – A gripping story of sibling devotion, mental illness and having to face hard truths about oneself. The symbolism in this story hits from every angle. Shattered glass is the splintering of the illusion of reality. In Drake’s novel the smashed mirrors are a sign of both enlightenment and madness. Shards of glass are everywhere, representing broken dreams, broken promises, broken relationships and broken people. Two sisters—tough-as-nails Harlie (the protector) and her younger sister Angel (the lost soul), have had a rough life. So far Harlie…

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Tall Poppies Review: Kate Moretti’s ‘Season’ Of Secrets and Suspense

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At BookTrib, we are constantly searching for the best ways to connect readers with writers, opening their eyes and worlds to fresh ideas! This is how we came across a wonderful group known as the Tall Poppies, who are not only avid readers, but extremely talented writers as well! This week Sandra Block reviews the latest by Kate Moretti, The Blackbird Season. “The smaller the town, the bigger the secrets.” So reads the tag-line of Kate Moretti’s haunting and gorgeous The Blackbird Season. Some taglines may be misleading or grandiose, but this one is right on target. After the paper mill closes, the small town embarks on a slow, ignominious death. Even shut down, the factory is still killing the town, expelling…

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Redemption and Second Chances in Thomas’ ‘The Future She Left Behind’

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A story of new beginnings in old places – with baggage. Unwanted baggage. Katelyn ran from her small-town roots as soon as she could. Don was everything she wanted: ambitious, caring, safe. After nineteen years, the kids have left for college, and she’s just beginning to realize her life has been on autopilot when her husband serves her divorce papers. She decides to go home to Little Springs Texas to visit her mother and regroup. Through a series of mishaps and misinformation, she ends up having to take her mother-in-law with her. She’s a doozy: uppity, opinionated and memory-challenged. And she doesn’t think much of her son’s wife, either. Everything in Little Springs is the same, so maybe its Katelyn…

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Who are the Tall Poppies and Why You Should Care

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At BookTrib, we are constantly searching for the best ways to connect readers with writers, opening their eyes and worlds to fresh ideas! This is how we came across a wonderful group known as the Tall Poppies, who are not only avid readers, but extremely talented writers as well! On a weekly basis, we will be introducing many wonderful books to you straight from the Tall Poppies. Reviews are on their way! First, we would like to introduce you to the Tall Poppy Founder, Ann Garvin. She was interviewed by her crabby brother, Ray, about the Tall Poppies. Ray: So, Ann – what is this flower group you put together and why do you spend so much time on it?…

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