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The Nightingale
The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah (10 Winter Readers liked this book)
"this was a great book. I blazed through it! I haven't read a book so engaging in a while. I am looking forward to reading more from this author and hoping that her other books are just as good." -- ariacheney, 01/13/2016

"This book is fantastic!! I love stories set in WWII, and this was a wonderful one!" -- lowecinda, 01/11/2016

"Thank goodness for book club! I'm usually not interested in historical fiction, but our group selected Ms. Hannah's book for this month...and, thank goodness, they did. I didn't feel like I was reading someone else's story, but rather was part of the story. I've often wondered why so many appeared to turn a blind eye to the atrocities of World War II. I think this book reveals some spiritual tormenting that many French people faced during the occupation. Highly recommend!" -- majicgynx, 01/22/2016

"Beautiful book! Could not put this one down. Characters you won't forget. Two sisters you won't forget. Historically written. Read this one!" -- Kat26sim, 02/07/2016

"From the moment I started reading this book I could not put it down. This book tells the tremendous story of the strength of women living in Nazi occupied France during World War II. A must read! " -- Mamamoulton, 01/28/2016

"Riveting story of the French Resistance in WWII. Kristin Hannah does it again, writes a book I couldn't put down." -- Noni, 02/24/2016

"Wonderful, easy read" -- Nancy ahrbecker, 02/15/2016

"This book is Amazing! After the first few chapters I was hooked- it was WWII from a perspective I had never seen before... I didn't want to put it down!" -- Ashvive , 01/31/2016

"Yes! Loved it." -- Aspin, 01/30/2016

"This beautifully written story gives us a different view of the WWII experience, from a French villager struggling to make decisions daily about how to treat the occupying Nazis, how to treat her fellow villagers and friends, how to stay true to herself. I loved the interconnectedness of all the characters and their stories - even though their circumstances made their lives very different. Hannah did an incredible job highlighting the hardship of this war on the French population, and the conflicts that arose relating to the identification and treatment of Jews in the town. Close second to All the Light We Cannot See." -- AmyJ, 01/31/2016

Tricky Twenty-Two
Tricky Twenty-Two by Janet Evanovich (5 Winter Readers liked this book)
"Nothing new here - just another enjoyable book in the Stephanie Plum series." -- Crash, 02/08/2016

"Quick read. Good story. She's still not with Ranger. Bummer." -- kissifer, 02/18/2016

"Pooka unleashing fleas he thought carried bubonic plague. Gobbles did not beat up the dean of students. Hard to believe story line" -- Kathie, 02/10/2016

"I would read this again and again. Lula was hysterical. " -- realvamps, 01/24/2016

"This series is like watching favorite show on tv. You have a good idea of the story line, there is a lot of laughs and it is comforting to read. It isn't a tricky thriller that keeps you guessing but it is fun. " -- sblanchard76, 02/25/2016

All the Light We Cannot See
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr (4 Winter Readers liked this book)
"Sometimes I get tired of novels involving WWII, but this was not one of them! The situation of the characters was unique, with the twist involving a young blind girl and the legend of a valuable gem. You know it hits a spot in your heart when you think of the characters and their situations after you have finished. I definitly recommend this book. " -- Donnam, 02/24/2016

"An excellent story that is beautifully told, it has a narrative that is not in chronological order, but this device is used so successfully that it builds suspense in the reader." -- Lmclevine43, 02/14/2016

"Love love love this book! Hated for it to end. Deeply moving novel weaving together fate, love, war, history and healing that comes together in the end perfectly...except one part for me..will let you discover why. Read this book! " -- Kat26sim, 01/23/2016

"Very good read although i was not a fan of the ending." -- boilerbir, 02/29/2016

The Lake House
The Lake House by Kate Morton (4 Winter Readers liked this book)
"Great story!" -- lekoenigs, 02/29/2016

"I enjoy Kate Morton's novels, although this wasn't one of my favorites. I did find it a bit of a compulsive read during the final third of the book. The ending had some twists, but I had figured out most of the plot mid way through. A good read, however and I would recommend." -- KCheesman, 01/26/2016

"It was ok, if you like reading books that jump from past-now and back again. However, interesting read-missing child, abandoned house, unsolved mystery." -- Bernadette, 02/11/2016

"Always enjoy Morton's way of weaving an old story with the present day. It is a lovely mystery where you care about all the characters and of course they all find there way to an answer and a better life " -- arose, 01/17/2016

The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto LP
The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto LP by Mitch Albom (4 Winter Readers liked this book)
"This isdhis best book yet. It is long almost 500 pages but it is a quick read with many stories and layers. Celebity interviews are accurate. Idions are great." -- Kathie, 01/14/2016

"Such a wonderful book about how music can affect so many lives." -- mattlane, 01/19/2016

"This book was interesting and suspension-of-belief factor was acceptable. Frankie's story begins with his funeral, so a happy ending totally depends on whether you see his life as a tragedy or a triumph. " -- crazycat66, 02/23/2016

"Frankie Presto was a fictional character. But, after reading this book, I hoped he was real. This was a feel good book of what the value of music can do for the "bands" in your life. The bands are the connections you have in your life with people. Frankie Presto belonged to many bands and changed the life's of many. When the special guitar strings turn blue, a person's life is shifted and altered. Music soothes the salvage beast and it makes believers out of non-believers. Frankie Presto guitar playing and life lessons will make you fly with imagination for your own life. Happy Reading. Quote: Suddenly it was terribly quiet, as if the earth itself were too stunned to breathe. I know this sound; silence is part of music. But just because something is silent doesn't mean you aren't hearing it. "Niles, what I play, you can't write, and what you write, I can't play." "Money and music are not friends." Frankie chuckled. "I know something about that." " -- LTJOR14, 01/29/2016

A Christmas Story
A Christmas Story by Jean Shepherd (3 Winter Readers liked this book)
"This book is really funny and the inspiration for the movie. Our family loves this movie and watches it every Christmas. We walk around saying You'll shoot your eye out for days after we watch it together." -- Deedah67, 02/18/2016

"I loved the movie inspired by this book, but I loved the book more! It's hilarious. Definitely worth reading if you enjoyed the movie. " -- EBeliles, 02/11/2016

"Interesting to hear many of the stories told in the movie but on a broader timeline. Very enjoyable, and a quick read." -- Curllyq, 01/25/2016

A Man Called Ove
A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman (3 Winter Readers liked this book)
"I loved this book. About an old man living in a row house, lonely and unfriendly toward his neighbors. Always aggravated by the "stupidity" of those around him, until by chance he meets a new couple, moving into the row. The pregnant wife and the air head husband befriend Ove and the story takes a turn from there. An uplifting book and a quick and enjoyable read. I recommend." -- KCheesman, 01/26/2016

"This was a great read! Ove is a grumpy older man who has experienced a huge amount of loss in his life, including the loss of his wife 6 months ago. He is severely depressed and wants to kill himself, but when new neighbors move in things start happening around the neighborhood that Ove can't help but get involved with. Along the way, he develops a strong relationship with his new neighbors-albeit in a somewhat awkward way since Ove is an awkward/socially incompetent guy at times. Very funny and thought provoking regarding the nature of human relationships. " -- lrobakow, 01/30/2016

"Easy read, nice story about a man and his relationship with special neighbors." -- Bernadette, 02/11/2016

How the Light Gets In
How the Light Gets In by Louise Penny (3 Winter Readers liked this book)
""There is a crack in everything. That's how the light gets in." -Leonard Cohen Christmas is approaching, and in Qu├ębec it's a time of dazzling snowfalls, bright lights, and gatherings with friends in front of blazing hearths. But shadows are falling on the usually festive season for Chief Inspector Armand Gamache. Most of his best agents have left the Homicide Department, his old friend and lieutenant Jean-Guy Beauvoir hasn't spoken to him in months, and hostile forces are lining up against him. When Gamache receives a message from Myrna Landers that a longtime friend has failed to arrive for Christmas in the village of Three Pines, he welcomes the chance to get away from the city. Mystified by Myrna's reluctance to reveal her friend's name, Gamache soon discovers the missing woman was once one of the most famous people not just in North America, but in the world, and now goes unrecognized by virtually everyone except the mad, brilliant poet Ruth Zardo. As events come to a head, Gamache is drawn ever deeper into the world of Three Pines. Increasingly, he is not only investigating the disappearance of Myrna's friend but also seeking a safe place for himself and his still-loyal colleagues. Is there peace to be found even in Three Pines, and at what cost to Gamache and the people he holds dear? I would give it 3.5 out of 4 stars." -- billrye, 02/23/2016

"A clever plot.An enjoyable mystery" -- russell judd, 02/12/2016

"A fantastic addition to the Chief Inspector Gamache series! I could hardly put it down. Gamache has seen his department nearly obliterated by his evil superior, but it appears that something far worse is brewing that might have a far wider-reaching impact. The story takes place in both Montreal and Three Pines, the small town in the woods of Quebec where the series had its start. The big mystery is shadowed by a smaller mystery too. One of the villagers of Three Pines, Gamache's good friend Myrna, reports the disappearance of a woman who was supposed to come visit for Christmas. Louise Penny ratchets up the suspense through the book till the stories come to a crescendo at the very end. It can't get much better than this." -- ElizabethR, 02/02/2016

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou (3 Winter Readers liked this book)
"Interesting story about a hard life." -- ozreader, 01/27/2016

"This book was the February selection for the Critical Mass reading group. It's a well-written, thought-provoking book about racism, identity, and the power of words. " -- Jhusain, 02/11/2016

"I was a fan of Maya Angelou so when she died in 2014 I made it a point to read her biography. So glad I finally got to it. Her young life was hard as she was passed between her parents and her grandmother. Had it not been for her natural talent who knows where she might have ended up. Great read . . . recommend!" -- lovetoread, 02/21/2016

Orphan Train
Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline (3 Winter Readers liked this book)
"Would recommend this book. It was interesting to learn about the orphan trains that took children from the east coast to new homes in the Midwest. This was a book club selection and the entire group found the book to be a good selection." -- Cheryl C., 01/25/2016

"I had heard of the orphan trains, and enjoyed this novel with belieavable characters. The author did a good job of bridging from the early 20s to current day in the dialogue and interactions." -- read-when-i-can, 02/27/2016

"I would recommend this book if you enjoy historical fiction." -- dsfederi, 02/22/2016

Quiet by Susan Cain (3 Winter Readers liked this book)
"This is a really interesting read about introverts and extroverts and how each process the world differently. I really enjoyed this book and it helps me better understand extreme introverts in my life personally and professionally. " -- bchamness , 02/19/2016

"This book helps introverts embrace their true nature and how to use their power to contribute their talents to the world." -- yenshuol, 02/08/2016

"I would definitely recommend this book! It was quite interesting to read. It is all about introversion and extroversion, and how our society views those attributes, as well as lots of science behind the two. Especially interesting if you are married to, or parenting someone of the opposite party. " -- madelineg7, 03/02/2016

Salt to the Sea
Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys (3 Winter Readers liked this book)
"Great read, compulsive toward the end! " -- KCheesman, 02/17/2016

"Easy read-could not put this book down. Interesting, somewhat unfamiliar piece of WWII history. Good character development. I enjoyed this book." -- Bernadette, 02/20/2016

"Another brilliant book by one of my favorite authors. Beautifully written story during the end of WWII and a little well known maritime tragedy of the Wilhelm Gustloff. The book was written as a YA but would be a great story for adults too. I loved it!" -- lisaannmcintoshsmith, 03/05/2016

The Dressmaker of Khair Khana
The Dressmaker of Khair Khana by Gayle Tzemach Lemmon (3 Winter Readers liked this book)
"This is a true story of how some entrepreneurial, innovative women survived during the brutal Taliban rule in Afghanistan. Although the subject matter is important, the book is not well-written and is short on characterization and other cultural details." -- Jhusain, 02/11/2016

"I thought this book was excellent. I loved learning more about middle eastern culture. It also proved for a great conversation in my book club." -- mallard87, 03/01/2016

"A story about bravery, courage and to do all you can with what you have, given the situation you are in. Its the life of Kamila who is living in Kabul during the Taliban." -- Priddis, 03/04/2016

The Guest Room
The Guest Room by Chris Bohjalian (3 Winter Readers liked this book)
"The story concerns what happens as a result of a bachelor party gone- bad in a wealthy New York suburb. It was a very entertaining book and a quick read. If you like his other books, you will probably enjoy this one too." -- kennedyb45, 01/13/2016

"Loved this book!" -- loldson, 02/24/2016

"Love anything by this author - one of my favorites. " -- baroth02, 02/01/2016

The Japanese Lover
The Japanese Lover by Isabel Allende (3 Winter Readers liked this book)
"Oh, what a satisfying read this was! I love this book! Set primarily in San Francisco, the story goes back and forth in time. The main characters are Alma, an aging artist living in a quirky retirement home, and Irina, her assistant. There are plot twists that feel more like the reveals when a multi-colored flower opens: startling yet just right." -- Hope, 02/02/2016

"Good simple read that brought me to tears at the end." -- 21690200435595, 02/09/2016

"This is one of those books that you look at the few remaining pages with dismay - I was not ready for it to end. I love anything written by Isabel Allende and this book did not disappoint. " -- baroth02, 02/25/2016