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Staff Reviews by Sarah Moscatello

Cover: 'The Fate of Mercy Alban'

"The Fate of Mercy Alban" by Wendy Webb

★★★★★ This is a must read for fans of gothic suspense and mystery, with even a bit of romance thrown in to soften the strong female lead's journey of discovery that spans decades of family secrets. When Grace Alban hears of her mother's untimely passing, Grace returns to their sprawling family estate on Lake Superior with her teenage daughter. But after finding...

Audience: adults | Genre: fiction, mystery

Cover: 'Little Beach Street Bakery'

"Little Beach Street Bakery" by Jenny Colgan

★★★★★ In this unforgettable and heartwarming novel, readers meet Polly, a woman who's life has completely gone up in flames: her boyfriend and her are bankrupt, their business done, flat foreclosed on, and relationship on the rocks. Fleeing alone to a dilapidated flat in a tiny seaside town (the only thing she can afford), Polly slowly begins to heal and find a...

Audience: adults | Genre: fiction

Cover: 'Once Upon a Lie'

"Once Upon a Lie" by Maggie Barbieri

★★★★ The first in a fantastic mystery series, readers meet Maeve Conlon, a baker whose bakery is struggling, a mother whose ex-husband has a new wife and baby, and daughter whose father is falling into the depths of dementia and possibly worse. When Maeve's brutal cousin dies under alarming circumstances, police start to be interested in her father as a prime...

Audience: adults | Genre: fiction, mystery

Cover: 'Never Die Alone'

"Never Die Alone" by Lisa Jackson

★★★★ Twins turning 21 years old have been disappearing, only to be found brutally murdered in a seemingly ritualistic manner. Brianna, cousin of the man put in jail for the crimes, believes her cousin is innocent. When two twins she knows closely go missing the night before they turn 21, she is frantic to find them and prove her cousin's innocence, with or...

Audience: adults | Genre: fiction, mystery

Cover: 'Dairy-Free Ice Cream: 75 Recipes Made Without Eggs, Gluten, Soy, or Refined Sugar'

"Dairy-Free Ice Cream: 75 Recipes Made Without Eggs, Gluten, Soy, or Refined Sugar" by Kelly V. Brozyna

★★★★★ I am completely ecstatic to try every single recipe in this beautifully illustrated book. Every recipe looks absolutely delicious, and won't make me sick! For all of us ice cream lovers with food allergies, rejoice! These recipes are made without eggs, gluten, soy, dairy, or refined sugar. As someone who can't have soy or dairy, finding dessert recipes has...

Audience: adults | Genre: nonfiction, cookbook

Cover: 'Raw and Simple Detox: A Delicious Body Reboot for Health, Energy, and Weight Loss'

"Raw and Simple Detox: A Delicious Body Reboot for Health, Energy, and Weight Loss" by Judita Wignall

★★★★ This a great new resource for anyone looking to eat delicious, healthy raw foods. Included is helpful information and guides to detoxing for those interested. For me, having food allergies and eating a mostly vegan diet, I just enjoyed the recipes that are naturally safe for me and great for my body. Included on my list to try: rustic raw lasagna,...

Audience: adults | Genre: nonfiction, cookbook

Cover: 'Lies That Bind'

"Lies That Bind" by Maggie Barbieri

★★★★ In this fast-paced mystery, Maeve Conlon is not the typical suburban mom. Owner of a bakery and mother of two daughters, Maeve loses her beloved father suddenly from a heart attack. At the funeral, Maeve's already tumultuous life is thrown into chaos when a relative tells her she has a sister that her father kept hidden from her. Spurred by her desire to...

Audience: adults | Genre: fiction, mystery

Cover: 'The Tale of Halcyon Crane'

"The Tale of Halcyon Crane" by Wendy Webb

★★★★ I happily stumbled upon this atmospheric novel and immediately couldn't put it down. We meet Hallie, a woman who receives a very mysterious and unbelievable letter from a woman who claims to be her long-lost mother. When Hallie confronts her beloved father, days before he dies, she learns the letter is no lie. What she grew up believing is, and she travels...

Audience: adults | Genre: fiction, mystery

Cover: 'Make My Day London'

"Make My Day London" by Lonely Planet

★★★★ This is a great, quick resource to go through for anyone interested in a short trip to London. As someone who's lived in this amazing city, I thought Lonely Planet did a great job picking some of the top attractions for a city where there's something to see around every corner (in my very biased opinion!). This resource allows you to mix and match...

Audience: adults | Genre: nonfiction, travel

Cover: 'The Silver Witch'

"The Silver Witch" by Paula Brackston

★★★★ I couldn't help but immediately get sucked into the setting and characters in this novel. Set in Wales, a country I've always loved since visiting it in person, this beautiful landscape has many secrets. Tilda, a woman who just tragically lost her husband after they bought a lakeside cottage, feels an immediate affinity for the mysterious place. She vows to...

Audience: adults | Genre: fiction, historical fiction

Cover: 'Style & Simplicity'

"Style & Simplicity" by Ted Kennedy Watson

★★★★ This isn't your typical decorating book. This is a celebration of the beauty in everyday items. Organized alphabetically, the author beautifully displays items and ideas on how to use them to create a wonderful space. A few recipes are included, and every page is gorgeous. A fantastic book to look through for ideas and inspiration.  

Audience: adults | Genre: nonfiction, decorating

Cover: 'The Dress Shop of Dreams'

"The Dress Shop of Dreams" by Menna van Praag

★★★★★ What a beautiful, enchanting read! This is a book you will fall in love with, and characters that you feel as if you know from the very beginning. Studious and unfeeling Cora, after the death of her parents, splits her life between trying to continue her parents' scientific work and keeping her grandmother company in the beautiful dress shop she owns in...

Audience: adults | Genre: fiction

Cover: 'By Book or By Crook'

"By Book or By Crook" by Eva Gates

★★★★★ I stumbled upon this brand new cozy mystery series by happy accident, and am thankful I did! Set along the beautiful Outer Banks, Lucy has just escaped from her chaotic Boston life to start a job in the quaint local lighthouse library. Set to host first editions of Jane Austen's work, the library hosts a party commemorating the temporary additions. But when...

Audience: adults | Genre: fiction, mystery

Cover: 'The House of Memories'

"The House of Memories" by Monica McInerney

★★★★★ What an amazing, moving journey this book took me on! Ella has just tragically lost her young son. Unable to deal with the grief or look her husband or step-sister in the eye, both of whom she blames for her son's death, Ella escapes to London. There, she stays with the only family she has ever really loved, her beloved Uncle who has secrets of his own....

Audience: adults | Genre: fiction

Cover: 'The Secrets of Midwives'

"The Secrets of Midwives" by Sally Hepworth

★★★★★ Are you a fan of "Call the Midwives" and are looking for something similar? Or are you just interested in novels with strong female characters? This novel centers around three generations of midwives, each with a startling secret that will alter their lives and the lives of their families. When Neva, a third generation midwife learns she's pregnant, she...

Audience: adults | Genre: fiction

Cover: 'life.love.beauty'

"life.love.beauty" by Keegan Allen

★★★★ This is a thoughtful collection of photographs, poems, journal entries, and thoughts from Keegan Allen. Most readers will recognize him from the ABC Family TV show "Pretty Little Liars." Fans will enjoy moments and photos taken on and off the set featuring many of the actors from this show, as well as other productions important to Keegan Allen. He also...

Audience: adults | Genre: nonfiction, photography

Cover: 'Healthy Pasta: The Sexy, Skinny, and Smart Way to Eat Your Favourite Food'

"Healthy Pasta: The Sexy, Skinny, and Smart Way to Eat Your Favourite Food" by Joseph Bastianich, Tanya Bastianich Manuali

★★★★ Who doesn't love pasta? This cookbook has a plethora of new and traditional ideas. All 100 recipes are under 500 calories for those focused on healthy eating, although with the tempting photos, you'd never think this cookbook was focused on flavorful but healthy recipes! I can't wait to delve into a few of these!  

Audience: adults | Genre: nonfiction, cookbook

Cover: 'My Perfect Pantry: 150 Easy Recipes from 50 Essential Ingredients'

"My Perfect Pantry: 150 Easy Recipes from 50 Essential Ingredients" by Geoffrey Zakarian, Amy Stevenson, Margaret Zakarian

★★★★ For those of us who cook frequently, we almost always have a stocked pantry. But even if it isn't, pantry items are easy to shop for and keep on hand. This cookbook highlights 50 valued pantry items, from honey to canned chickpeas to some of the most essential spices, and includes beautiful recipes that use them. Everything looks delicious, original, and...

Audience: adults | Genre: nonfiction, cookbook

Cover: 'The Ultimate Allergy-Free Cookbook'

"The Ultimate Allergy-Free Cookbook" by Judi Zucker, Shari Zucker

★★★★ Allergic or intolerant to milk, eggs, wheat, nuts, soy, or fish, and looking for easy recipes to make? I qualify for 3 of the allergies mentioned in this cookbook, and it was very helpful having a whole cookbook devoted to recipes I can safely have! Although I was disappointed that no photos were included, the amount of recipes and tips included were...

Audience: adults | Genre: nonfiction, cookbook

Cover: 'Very Good Lives: The Fringe Benefits of Failure and the Importance of Imagination'

"Very Good Lives: The Fringe Benefits of Failure and the Importance of Imagination" by J. K. Rowling, Joel Holland

★★★★★ I wish someone had read these inspiring words to me on my graduation day! This is a beautiful commencement speech formatted into a beautiful book that helps a beautiful cause, J.K Rowling's charity, Lumos. Told with humor and unquestionable wisdom by (in my very biased opinion) one of the best authors in the world, this is a commencement speech for the...

Audience: adults | Genre: nonfiction

Cover: 'At the Drop of a Hat'

"At the Drop of a Hat" by Jenn McKinlay

★★★★★ This was probably my favorite book in the Hat Shop mystery series, the third book in a fantastic series set in London. It follows Scarlett and Viv, two loveable characters that run a hat shop they inherited from their grandmother. Their newest customer, Ariana Jackson, comes in hoping to get her mother's wedding hat restored by Scarlett and Viv, since it...

Audience: adults | Genre: fiction, mystery

Cover: 'The Seafront Tea Rooms'

"The Seafront Tea Rooms" by Vanessa Greene

★★★★★ This was the coziest, most heartwarming novel I've read this year! Set mostly in a beautiful English seaside town, we follow three woman on a journey of friendship, discovery, and life altering decisions. Seraphine, who travels from France to be an au pair and practice her English gets a moment to relax in a quaint, seaside tea room. Charlie, at the...

Audience: adults | Genre: fiction

Cover: 'Pluto'

"Pluto" by R. J. Palacio

★★★★★ This is another fantastic addition to the "Wonder" story, told from the viewpoint of Chris, the childhood best friend of August Pullman. Truly heartwarming, this short story adds another layer to the wonderful story surrounding a severely disfigured boy named August. Chris, the boy who grew up beside August, faced his own set of challenges being best...

Audience: children, tweens | Genre: fiction

Cover: 'Chloe's Vegan Italian Kitchen: 150 Pizzas, Pastas, Pestos, Risottos, & Lots of Creamy Italian Classics'

"Chloe's Vegan Italian Kitchen: 150 Pizzas, Pastas, Pestos, Risottos, & Lots of Creamy Italian Classics" by Chloe Coscarelli

★★★★★ This is another fantastic vegan cookbook! Countless pasta, soup, and pizza recipes, as well as delicious desserts had me hooked. You no longer have to give up on the idea of alfredo sauce, gelato, biscotti, or any other of your Italian favorites. Coming from an Italian who can't have any more soy, dairy, or egg, (but who's favorite food is authentic gelato...

Audience: adults | Genre: nonfiction, cookbook

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