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Leaving The Witness
by Amber Scorah

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When I heard about this memoir, I decided to read it because I really don't know much about Jehovah's Witnesses' beliefs and I haven't heard much about people leaving the religion, while there are many books written by people who leave LDS and other groups. This was an interesting memoir because it didn't just detail Amber Scorah's life as a Jehovah's Witness, but also her decision to live abroad in China, somewhere that religion cannot be openly practiced. The book was an interesting synopsis of how Scorah grew up as Jehovah's Witness, made her way as a young adult, and ultimately left the group and was "disfellowshipped." I wish she had written more about her life post-Witness. The book ends somewhat abruptly, with a tragedy that makes you feel for Scorah and hope good things come her way in the years to come.

The Book Of Summer
by Michelle Gable

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Nostalgic is what I would call this book. A family house that has been in the family for 90 years is crumbling into the sea. It evokes memories from the main character, Bess. There are flashbacks to 1940's and Bess's grandmother. Through this and a book that was written in by summer guests and family, we learn the history of the family and the house. We also follow Bess, in the present, whose life seems to be crumbling along with the house. Family secrets are brought to life as well as love and losses.

No Exit
by Taylor Adams

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Darby, a college student on her way home to visit her dying mother gets stranded at a rest stop during a blizzard with four strangers. She notices the van parked next to her car has a small child in an animal crate in the cargo area, she has to figure out how to save the child and herself. She tries to figure out who is the kidnapper, how to get help without cell service and get word to her family that she is in danger. I won't be stopping at a rest area any time soon after reading this thriller.

Be The Bridge
by Latasha Morrison

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In these times of racial divide in our country this book shows both blacks and whites a peaceful path to reconciliation. In very non-preachy terms, but using the Bible and Christian themes the author is very practical in ways to come together and learn from each other. I loved this book so much that I bought it, and have shared with with many friends and family. I highly recommend this book!

Game Plan
by Sarah Harnisch

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I loved the book, excellent read for building my Young Living Essentials Oils & More business!

Golden Girl
by Elin Hildebrand

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This book was a very fast read because it was so enticing and enjoyable. Who wouldn't want to have three "nudges" to help those we love after we die? Especially if we could help our children! Very well written ( although I could have done without all the in depth descriptions of food) with some big surprises. I highly recommend this book.

Queen Bee
by Dorthea Benton Frank

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Holly raises Bees. She talks to them, telling the bees her troubles and they seem to understand and empathize with her. Holly and her family have some interesting dilemmas! If you enjoy quick reads and would like to learn a bit about bee habits, then read this book.

The Guest List Lucy Foley
by Lucy Foley

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What a great book, really character-driven. I don’t normally read thrillers but this was just fantastic. Foley did a great job showing the characters’ introspections and capturing human nature. A well-written and suspenseful thriller. Check for triggers before reading, but I would highly recommend!

Miles Morales Spider Man
by Jason Reynolds Miles Morales

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This was a super hero story only on the very surface. Reynolds, known for his ability to accurately and compassionately depict the struggles of young men of color, tells a story about an inherently prejudiced school system, comparing the modern prison system to slavery. The story ends with the depressing realization that racism isn't only the work of evil villains, but of everyday people, such as teachers and people in authority positions. However, Reynolds, through Spider Man, highlights the hope that comes from the knowledge that the young generation has the power to work together to fight against unjust systems.

Sooley
by John Grisham

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John Grisham has a gift for getting the feel of the characters, the surroundings and the reality of the situation. Based on a true story, Grisham tells the story of young man from the South Sudan who loves basketball and gets a chance to play a few exhibition games in the US. Grisham conveys the amazement Simon, later known as Sooley, feels throughout the experience. Grisham also does a great job portraying Sooley's love of basketball and love of his family.