Reader Reviews

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Reader Reviews Good for Book Clubs

SuperRIFer Mary Jo on Michelle Moran’s Novel Madame Tussaud

“The writing in Madame Tussaud is so good that I felt like I was in Paris, experiencing the events firsthand for myself,” writes SuperRIFer Mary Jo. “The second half of the book flew by, and each night I couldn’t wait to jump into bed and open the book to read a few more chapters before sleep. I think it’s the mark of a true writer when, after reading one of her books, a reader looks up more by the same author. That is exactly what I did. I am a new Moran fan and recommend this book to everyone!”

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RIFer Reader Reviews: Sister by Rosamund Lupton

Sister was an instant bestseller in the U.K. and quickly climbed the bestseller lists in the U.S. as well. The New York Times compared Rosamund Lupton to Kate Atkinson, Patricia Highsmith, and Ruth Rendell, and called Sister “both tear-jerking and spine-tingling.” But don’t just take the New York Times’ word for it! We all know that a recommendation from a friend is the best way to find a great new read. Your fellow RIFers are smart, voracious readers like you, and they have great things to say about Sister. Enjoy excerpts of just a few of the amazing reviews RIFers shared with us. Read It First and Pass It On!

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Reader Review: Queen Hereafter by Susan Fraser King

“I knew very little of Queen Margaret or King Malcolm and this was a great introduction,” writes Siobian at The Owl Bookmark Blog. “Reading Susan Fraser King’s Queen Hereafter, it was easy to see why the Catholic church made Margaret a saint. Equally moving to me was the love between her and Malcolm. The scenes of them together were so sweet and I enjoyed watching her go from indifference toward the king to bliss. Overall, I liked this book and learned a lot about Scotland and its heritage.”

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Erik Larson’s In the Garden of Beasts Sparks Book Club Discussion

“There were many issues related to Hitler’s rise that we were unaware of,” says Laurie of the Ancora Imparo book group after reading In the Garden of Beasts. “The opinions of those advising Dodd (did the government really not care?); the U.S. government being more concerned with getting its money from WWI than with what was happening at the time; the isolationist movement; immigration quotas; suicides during this time; and Dodd’s foresight in regards to Hitler. These issues sparked many long discussions in our group.”

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Book Group Reacts to Erik Larson’s In the Garden of Beasts

Debby’s book group – the Temple Har Shalom Evening Book Group from Warren, NJ – met recently and had a lively discussion of In the Garden of Beasts. “As a group of Jewish women,” Debby shared with RIF, “we were interested in the Jewish issues that came up throughout the book, including the anti-Semitism of some U.S. government officials – and perhaps the Dodds themselves – as well as the often-asked question of what could have been done to stop Hitler, if anything.”