Author name: Jill Minor

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Sandwich

SANDWICH rating: 5 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐. Don’t tug at my heartstrings, as a rule. It annoys me. I don’t like three-hanky, or even two-hanky reads. One hanky might be okay if there is also humor. SANDWICH by Catherine Newman (HarperCollins, June 18, 2024), a dead-realistic novel about three generations of family vacationing at Cape Cod. It’s […]

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The Fox Wife

THE FOX WIFE rating: 5 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐. The term “immersive” gets thrown around a lot, but I rarely get truly immersed in books. Yangsze Choo‘s fantasy novel THE FOX WIFE (Henry Holt/Macmillan, February 13, 2024) had me in its grip from page one. I was there in 1908 Manchuria. The novel is as stunning as

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The Warm Hands of Ghosts

THE WARM HANDS OF GHOSTS rating: 5 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐. I’ve been waiting for-ev-er. Eons. Okay, five years. But that’s a long time to wait for Katherine Arden. The Winternight Trilogy is one of my favorite fantasy trilogies, hands down. THE WARM HANDS OF GHOSTS by Katherine Arden (Del Rey/Penguin Random House, February 13, 2024) ends

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What Feasts at Night

WHAT FEASTS AT NIGHT rating: 4 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐. Chilling! It wasn’t real horses as I predicted from the cover, but dream horses that were scary in WHAT FEASTS AT NIGHT, the second novella in the Sworn Solider horror series by T. Kingfisher (Tor/Macmillan, February 13, 2024). However, distinguishing dreams from reality is iffy in this

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The Familiar

THE FAMILIAR rating: 5 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐. Leigh Bardugo‘s historical fantasy novel THE FAMILIAR (Flatiron/Macmillan, April 9, 2024) is set around 1590 in Madrid, just after the defeat of the Spanish Armada by England under Elizabeth I, and a century after the first expulsion of the Jews from Spain in accordance with Ferdinand and Isabella’s Alhambra

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David Small, the Master

THE WEREWOLF AT DUSK: AND OTHER STORIES rating: 4 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐. (Every line of every illustration: five stars). David Small is a favorite illustrator of both me and my children, and STITCHES is my favorite graphic novel of all time and one of my favorite memoirs. This graphic novel story collection, THE WEREWOLF AT DUSK

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Text says "Stella Gibbons Cold Comfort Farm Introduction by Lynne Truss." Images of the characters drawn by Truss. Text in the center says "A few of the people you'll meet." Characters are labeled with text: Aunt Ada Doom saw something nasty in the woodshed, Flora Poste (holding a book with text The Higher Common Sense), Elfine a free spirit, Seth a prime specimen of manhood, Reuben a sad sack, Judith Starkadder just leave her in her misery, Adam washes dishes with a twig, Amos Starkadder (labeled with quote text "There'll be no butter in hell!")

Cold Comfort Farm

COLD COMFORT FARM rating: 5 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐. Last night I dreamt I went to Cold Comfort again. I didn’t see anything nasty in the woodshed, but then I steered well clear of all outbuildings. COLD COMFORT FARM by Stella Gibbons (1932) is 91 years old and one of my favorites. I’ve read it many times.

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Wolf Den Trilogy

THE TEMPLE OF FORTUNA rating: 4 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐. Titles in the Wolf Den trilogy by Elodie Harper: THE WOLF DEN (Union Square & Co., March 29, 2022).THE HOUSE WITH THE GOLDEN DOOR (Union Square & Co., September 26, 2022).THE TEMPLE OF FORTUNA (Union Square & Co., November 14, 2023): four stars Throughout this immersive trilogy,

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Text says: "The Madstone a Novel Elizabeth Cook Author of The Which Way Tree." Cover image shows a woman on horseback with two children on horseback, a boy and a girl. They are on a dirt road that stretches into the foreground with trees on other side. In the background is a huge sky with a sunset. The cover blurb says, "'The Madstone is a treasure: a brilliant, beautiful page-turner . . . Both a poignant love story and a riveting road novel–I devoured it.'–Chris Bohjalian, #1 New York Times Bestselling author of The Double Bind."

The Madstone

THE MADSTONE rating: 4 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐. I’ve fallen for another western: THE MADSTONE by Elizabeth Crook (Little, Brown and Company/Hachette, November 7, 2023). The madstone of the novel’s title is not just a talisman with reputed healing power: it is a symbol of found family, a mother’s determination to protect her children at all costs,

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