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Melissa Crytzer Fry

Book Review: THE SPORT OF KINGS by C.E. Morgan

What I’ve come to learn about myself as a reader is that I am patient enough (who knew?) to enjoy epic novels that span generations (This one was 545 pages). And I’m nerdy enough to enjoy puzzling out long, beautiful… Continue Reading →

Book Review: ALL THE BEST PEOPLE by Sonja Yoerg

I’ve read all of Sonja Yoerg’s work and with each novel, she brings something different to the table. In her first novel, hidden secrets; in her second, a search for self among the wilderness; and in ALL THE BEST PEOPLE,… Continue Reading →

Book Review: THE FIRE BY NIGHT by Teresa Messineo

There is something about THE FIRE BY NIGHT by Teresa Messineo that packs a big punch. Perhaps it’s the reality of nurses who volunteered to serve during the war and who were put into the same horrific, life-threatening predicaments as… Continue Reading →

Book Review: THE BONES OF PARADISE by Jonis Agee

I’m not generally a reader of mysteries, and frankly, I’m not sure THE BONES OF PARADISE by Jonis Agee can be billed as one. It is a fabulous conglomerate: a family saga, literary fiction, historical fiction, a love story, a… Continue Reading →

Book Review: THE ATOMIC WEIGHT OF LOVE by Elizabeth J. Church

Anyone who knows me will not be surprised to learn that I found much to love about THE ATOMIC WEIGHT OF LOVE by Elizabeth J. Church.  1) Crows! 2) Science! 3) Southwestern setting – I so enjoyed the references to… Continue Reading →

Book: EAT DIRT by Josh Axe

Reading EAT DIRT : Why Leaky Gut May Be the Root Cause of Your Health Problems and 5 Surprising Steps to Cure It  by Josh Axe was a necessity for me as someone who has struggled with off-the-charts inflammatory markers and… Continue Reading →

Book Review: THE WOMEN IN THE CASTLE by Jessica Shattuck

Where to begin with THE WOMEN IN THE CASTLE? For starters: if you think you’ve read every WWII historical fiction book there is and can’t fit another into your reading schedule, please let me urge you that you have room… Continue Reading →

Book Review: DID YOU EVER HAVE A FAMILY by Bill Clegg

“stellar writing… unique story structure… uncannily genuine” I have to admit, when I picked up DID YOU EVER HAVE A FAMILY by Bill Clegg, I had reservations based on the theme, which felt like it had been done a million times … “Character… Continue Reading →

Book: NEWS OF THE WORLD by Paulette Jiles

“a powerful little book… a gently told story” What a powerful little book! I was surprised when I picked up NEWS OF THE WORLD  by Paulette Jiles – not only for the short length (209 pages), but also the physical dimensions of… Continue Reading →


“spellbinding tale… deep characterization… beautiful language” I absolutely adored THE LIGHT BETWEEN OCEANS, M.L. Stedman’s spellbinding tale about the love of a child and the grave consequences, perhaps, of loving too much. Set on coastal Australia (the majority upon a small… Continue Reading →


 “lush imagery … A quick, nature-soaked read.” For starters – knowing that Sonja Yoerg (whom I am honored to call a friend) has hiked the same John Muir Trail as her character, Liz, I am ready to lace up my hiking boots… Continue Reading →

Book: FALLEN LAND by Taylor Brown

“big-in-heart debut novel… poetic and evocative” If you appreciate a sense of place and lush descriptions of the natural world (and, in this case, its devastating destruction by men in battle), FALLEN LAND by Taylor Brown is for you. I guarantee you… Continue Reading →


Wow. ALL THAT IS SOLID MELTS INTO AIR by Darragh McKeon was an incredible read: lush, lyrical prose on a sentence-by-sentence level, with breathtaking imagery and description. The stories of the four main characters were introduced separately but woven together like… Continue Reading →

Book: THESE IS MY WORDS by Nancy E. Turner

“Sarah Prine… is a force to be reckoned with – gun toting and fierce” These Is My Words: The Diary of Sarah Agnes Prine, 1881-1901, Arizona Territories by Nancy E. Turner was SO much more than I expected. And I don’t think I… Continue Reading →

Book: RUBY by Cynthia Bond

“beautifully crafted… multi-faceted… important book to read” Books keep us reading for different reasons. For some it’s plot, for others it’s characterization, and yet for others it’s beautifully crafted sentences or a sense of intrigue. Some of us like fast-paced, some… Continue Reading →

Book: THE HOURS COUNT by Jillian Cantor

“skillful weaving of fact and fiction… A roller-coaster ride of emotion and adrenaline” THE HOURS COUNT by Jillian Cantor is a quiet but impactful story about the only two civilians (the married couple Julius and Ethel Rosenberg) who were executed in the U.S…. Continue Reading →


“…a necessary read. For all of mankind.” I want to extend the same courtesy that so many other reviewers extended to me by NOT exposing a key point of this story that, some 70 to 80 pages in, changes everything… Continue Reading →

For The Joy of Animals: Turkey Bobbing

Turkey bobbing anyone? We take an all hands — and paws — approach to prepping for our christmas feast.   Do you have plenty of helping hands and paws at your house? MERRY CHRISTMAS and  HAPPY HOLIDAYS! ~~~ You can find more Macho… Continue Reading →

Book: WILDERNESS by Lance Weller

I’ll start with this:  WILDERNESS by Lance Weller is THE book I’ve been waiting for.  In fact, if I could give it more than five stars, I would. Without a doubt, it is among my all-time favorite reads, so rich is… Continue Reading →

Book: WOLF WINTER by Cecilia Ekbäck

WOLF WINTER by Cecilia Ekbäck — “skillfully spans genres…breathtaking… beautifully haunting”  This atmospheric novel drips with a sense of foreboding, but underlying that darkness is respect and admiration for the environment and the harsh Swedish winters of the mid 1700s…. Continue Reading →

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