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    The Swan Keeper by Milana Marsenich

    **DISCLAIMER: This book was sent to me by Open Book Publishers in exchange for an honest review.** SUMMARY Since she was a child, Lillian Connelley has been raised to love trumpeter swans and she is determined to protect them at all costs from a vicious hunter who is killing them. As a birthday wish come true, Lilly’s family take her to visit Cattail Marsh on her 11th birthday to see the newly hatched cygnets. Tragic events unfold when the murderous hunter, Dean Drake, shows up and shoots the swans and Lilly’s parents – killing the swans, her father, and injuring her mother. She watched as Drake shot them all and…

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    The Phone Box at the Edge of the World by Laura Imai Messina [Review]

    SUMMARY “We all have something to tell those we’ve lost” Yui lost her mother and daughter in the devastating March 2011 tsunami in Tōhoku, Japan. Now she is faced with dealing with her crippling grief and learning how to live with it. She hears about the phone box on the radio she realises she must go to it herself in hopes of trying to heal her broken heart. That’s where she meets Takeshi, a widowed husband with a daughter who won’t speak after the loss of her mother. Together, they must work through their pain in order to start living again. REVIEW When I first laid eyes on this book,…

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    Here to Stay by Mark Edwards

    Summary After a whirlwind two-month romance results in marriage, Gemma asks Elliot if her parents can stay with them for a couple of weeks. Wanting to impress his in-laws, Elliot obliges and invites them to stay in his home. The Robinsons arrive with Gemma’s younger sister, Chloe, who seems to be mute and won’t leave her room. Elliot begins to feel like something isn’t quite right. When the in-laws outstay their welcome and destroy Elliot’s beautifully restored Victorian home, he becomes desperate to get rid of them. But to do so, he must uncover the family’s darkest secrets and risk losing everything. How far will he go to save his…

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    Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon [Review]

    Goodreads Summary My disease is as rare as it is famous. It’s a form of Severe Combined Immunodeficiency, but basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in fifteen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla. But then one day, a moving truck arrives. New next-door neighbors. I look out the window, and I see him. He’s tall, lean and wearing all black—black t-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly. I…

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    Do Not Disturb by Clare Douglas [Review]

    Goodreads Summary Could your dream home be your worst nightmare? After what happened in London, Kirsty needs a fresh start with her family.And running a guesthouse in the Welsh mountains sounds idyllic. But then their first guest arrives.Selena is the last person Kirsty wants to see.It’s 17 years since she tore everything apart. Why has she chosen now to walk back into Kirsty’s life?Is Selena running from something too?Or is there an even darker reason for her visit? Because Kirsty knows that once you invite trouble into your home, it can be murder getting rid of it . . . Review After a difficult 18 months married couple, Kirsty and Adrian, pack…