Britt-Marie Was Here by Fredrik Backman

June 8th, 2016 Kimberly Review 70 Comments

8th Jun
Britt-Marie Was Here by Fredrik Backman

Britt-Marie Was Here by Fredrik Backman was on my wish list for BEA 2016. I was delighted to receive a signed copy. When an opportunity to review the audio came along, and I heard the delightful voice of Joan Walker I decided to listen first. I am so grateful that I did. Britt-Marie Was Here is going on my top ten audio listens for 2016. Brilliant, heart-warming, funny, and poignant, Fredrik Backman shows that anyone can change, even a stubborn, set in her ways young woman like sixty-three year old Britt-Marie.

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Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee

August 6th, 2015 Kimberly Review 83 Comments

6th Aug
Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee

One of my favorite books is To Kill a Mockingbird from the characters to the writing. I have re-read it many times and I have always mourned the fact that I could not read more works by Harper Lee. Therefore, when news of Go Set a Watchman spread I knew that I would have to read it. I noticed Resse Witherspoon was narrating the audio edition and decided to listen instead.

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Asleep Without Dreaming by Barbara Forte Abate

November 16th, 2012 Kimberly Review 1 Comment

16th Nov
Asleep Without Dreaming by Barbara Forte Abate

Barbara Forte Abate’s writing style has always delighted me and I was pleased to accept an arc of Asleep Without Dreaming. Abate took me on a coming of age journey at the Moonglow motel with fleshed out characters and a look at life in a forgotten town. I quickly became caught up in this slow moving tale and let her words carry me away.

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Your House Is on Fire, Your Children All Gone by Stefan Kiesbye

October 12th, 2012 Kimberly Review 29 Comments

12th Oct
Your House Is on Fire, Your Children All Gone by Stefan Kiesbye

When I was younger I read two short stories that gave me the chills. I still remember them as if it were yesterday. They were Lamb to the Slaughter by Roald Dahl and The Lottery by Shirley Jackson. (click on the links to read them..eep) Your House is on Fire, Your Children All Gone reminded me of those dark tales. The book takes us to the superstitious and creepy town of Hemmersmoor, Germany. Four young friends share dark tales from their own childhood. This was spine-chilling and the perfect read for fall.

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Every Day by David Levithan

August 26th, 2012 Kimberly Review 28 Comments

26th Aug
Every Day by David Levithan

When I read the synopsis for Every Day I knew that I had to read it. I found the idea of waking each morning in strangers body thought provoking. Could I love someone who appeared differently each morning? What about all the senses surrounding that love..like the way they smell, the feel of their hand, the way their eyes sparkle when they laugh. David Levithan not only addressed these questions, he made me think about so much more. I feel in love with the characters, the journey and didn’t want this bittersweet novel to end.

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The Priest and the Peaches by Larry Peterson

March 20th, 2012 Kimberly Review 0 Comments

20th Mar
The Priest and the Peaches by Larry Peterson

The Priest and the Peaches, by Larry Peterson, captures the life of the newly orphaned Peach kids as they struggle in the aftermath of their father’s death and plan his funeral. This touching tale of faith and hope offers a glimpse into the lives of this working-class Catholic family set in 1960’s Bronx, NY. Steeped in faith and laced with humor Peterson’s tale delivers a powerful message “to love thy neighbor.”

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Spare Change by Bette Lee Crosby

January 12th, 2012 Kimberly Review 2 Comments

12th Jan
Spare Change by Bette Lee Crosby

Every once in a while you read a book with characters that touch you. It’s the kind of book you want to share with others. Spare Change is that type of book. It’s the story of a woman who fears marriage and children at a time when all women long to walk down the aisle. It is a beautiful, heartwarming tale about love, loss and unexpected gifts. It deals with a violent murder, a witness and those who wish to keep it a secret. Above all, this novel offers characters you won’t soon forget.

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Must Love Mistletoe by Christie Ridgway

December 21st, 2011 Kimberly Review 0 Comments

21st Dec
Must Love Mistletoe by Christie Ridgway

I purchased Must Love Mistletoe, for my Nook, because I was looking for a novel to put me in the holiday mood. I have enjoyed other novels by Ridgway and the synopsis piqued my interest. Must Love Mistletoe was a delightful romance about taking risks with your heart, empty nests and small towns.

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