• The cover of the book Me Before You

    Me Before You

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    What can I say? I laughed and cried—okay, I may have actually been sobbing. It’s wonderful! And the movie just came out! Which, I guess means, I can now sob in public.

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  • The cover of the book Outlander (Starz Tie-in Edition)

    Outlander (Starz Tie-in Edition)

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    Wonderfully detailed historical fiction wrapped around a breathtaking, time-traveling romance. The first in a fabulous series of books that I haven’t been able to resist revisiting via the television adaptation.

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  • The cover of the book The Martian

    The Martian

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    The story of American astronaut Mark Watney who is stranded alone on Mars in the year 2035 and is forced to improvise in order to leave the Red Planet alive. This is a smart, dryly humorous tale of survival. And yes, if you want to, it’s possible to skim right over the science and still bond with this fabulous character and engrossing story.

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  • The cover of the book The House on Tradd Street

    The House on Tradd Street

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    Karen’s novels are all fabulous, but she has a very deft light touch in her Tradd Street series about a realtor who sees dead people and really wishes she didn’t. (After this you won’t want to miss her The Girl on Legare Street, The Strangers on Montagu Street, and Return to Tradd Street—you’ll thank me later!)

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  • The cover of the book Big Little Lies (Movie Tie-In)

    Big Little Lies (Movie Tie-In)

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    A stunningly good story about three women, all of whom have children at the same preschool in an Australian suburb. Witty and heartfelt—the word “perfect” comes to mind.

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  • The cover of the book The Haunting of Maddy Clare

    The Haunting of Maddy Clare

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    I don’t usually look forward to being frightened, but St. James’ novels are full of dark and compelling atmospheres and characters that keep me turning the pages.

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  • The cover of the book Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey

    Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey

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    I read this while researching my novel While We Were Watching Downton Abbey. Written by Fiona Carnarvon, whose estate, Highclere, provided the setting for television’s Downton Abbey, this is the true story of Almina, the illegitimate daughter of Alfred de Rothschild, who married the 5th Earl of Carnarvon. Her stupendous dowry kept the estate solvent and thriving and funded her husband’s ultimately successful search for and excavation of the tomb of Tutankhamun. Downton Abbey‘s scripts reflect a number of the historical and personal elements recounted in the Countess’s book.

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  • The cover of the book A Discovery of Witches (Movie Tie-In)

    A Discovery of Witches (Movie Tie-In)

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    In this, the first novel in Harkness’s All Souls Trilogy, a historian opens a bewitched alchemical manuscript in Oxford’s Bodleian Library and is drawn into a world of witches, vampires and magic that she turned her back on long ago. Strong women, a great romance and magic—a great escape.

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