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Book Review and Author Interview: Heart Land By Kimberly Stuart

  HEART LAND By: Kimberly Stuart Published: July 17, 2018 Publisher: Howard Books – Simon & Schuster Fiction/Women’s Fiction   * This article first appeared in The Cedar Rapids Gazette on Sunday, July 15, 2018. * Returning home to Iowa is not exactly what Grace Kleran had in mind. She never looked back after high…
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Books that Came in December 2017

Happy New Year to all of you! We are in the frozen tundra here in Iowa with a fresh 5″ of snow and wind chills have been as cold as -40 degrees. I am quite happy to stay inside and catch up on my reading. I have some great books to tell you about that…
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Children’s Book Review: National Geographic Kids United States Atlas

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC KIDS UNITED STATES ATLAS Fifth Edition Published: July 11, 2017 Publisher: National Geographic Kids Non-Fiction/Atlas I loved maps as a kid. During any of our trips or Sunday drives, I would have the map out in the backseat, looking ahead to the next town we’d be going through. I loved measuring the distance…
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Book Review: Me & Milo the Great By Michelle Schlicher

ME & MILO THE GREAT A Novel By: Michelle Schlicher Published: September 14, 2017 Publisher: Michelle Schlicher Fiction I wasn’t sure what to expect from Iowa author Michelle Schlicher’s newest book. The synopsis doesn’t tell the reader much about the story and you go in a little blind. But, since I had read one of…
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Book Review: Seven Threads By Jason Atkinson

SEVEN THREADS A Book of Short Stories By: Jason Atkinson Published: July 4, 2017 Publisher: Mascot Books Fiction/Short Story Iowa City based author, Jason Atkinson, hasn’t always been a reader. Hoping to identify both with those who love novels and those who maybe like reading shorter books, Atkinson has written a collection of seven short…
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Book Review and Author Interview: Stars Over Clear Lake By Loretta Ellsworth

STARS OVER CLEAR LAKE A Novel By: Loretta Ellsworth Published: May 2, 2017 Publisher: St. Martin’s Press Fiction/Historical Fiction Most of the WWII stories I read are set in Europe with a few set in the US, but usually on the coast. What grabbed my attention about this particular WWII novel was that it was…
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Book Review: Better Together By Kimberly Stuart

BETTER TOGETHER A Heidi Elliott Novel: Book #3 By: Kimberly Stuart Published: October 31, 2016 Publisher: Blom Books Fiction/Christian Fiction/Contemporary Romance I first learned about Kimberly Stuart several years ago from another blogger talking about Stuart’s blog and how funny and relatable she was. Stuart, who lives in Des Moines, wrote about motherhood and life…
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Book Review and Interview: Prohibition in Eastern Iowa By Linda Betsinger McCann

PROHIBITION IN EASTERN IOWA By: Linda Betsinger McCann Published: June 2014 Publisher: The Iowan Books Non-Fiction When Linda McCann would visit cemeteries, she realized she had stories to share while telling her granddaughter about their ancestors. In her research, she realized her family was a descendant of the founder of Shellrock. No one in her…
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Book Review: Gracie’s Song By Michelle Schlicher

GRACIE’S SONG By: Michelle Schlicher Published: March 7, 2016 Publisher: Michelle Schlicher Fiction/Women’s Fiction I love finding out about Iowa authors and sharing their books with my readers. Michelle Schlicher lives near Des Moines and has written her second fiction novel which she says fits in the category of Contemporary Romance. I’d have to disagree…
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Book Review: Missing Pieces by Heather Gudenkauf

MISSING PIECES By: Heather Gudenkauf Published: February 2, 2016 Publisher: MIRA Fiction/Mystery/Suspense Heather Gudenkauf is an Iowa author and sets her mysteries in small towns across Iowa. In her newest mystery, Sarah and Jack return to Penny Gate, Iowa from their home in Colorado. Jack’s aunt, Julia, has had a fall and is now in…
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How to Manage Your Home Without Losing Your Mind: Dealing with Your House's Dirty Little Secrets
Granted
Hello Mornings: How to Build a Grace-Filled, Life-Giving Morning Routine
Just Between Us


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