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Here are some new books I’ve read and loved:


THE BITTER SIDE OF SWEET by Tara Sullivan - Chocolate!  What an amazing treat - but in Tara Sullivan's wonderful new novel, we learn about the very darkest side of harvesting beans for chocolate.  Amadou and Seydou have been working on a cacao farm for the better part of two years.  In an attempt to escape famine in their native country of Mali, the boys left with men who promised them work and money.  But instead, they are forced into servitude, harvesting cacao pods from sunrise to sunset and never being paid.  Beaten and locked into a shed after their days' labors, Amadou and Seydou's lives are a endless streak of bleakness.  Until the day a girl arrives on the scene.  Khadija refuses to surrender or give up on the idea of escaping their prison of a life.  Her strength and pig-headedness gives Amadou the courage to finally make an attempt to save not just him, but his brother and Khadijia herself.  Their harrowing journey makes for an incredible read.


LIKE WATER ON STONE by Dana Walrath:  The genocide in Armenia is a topic a lot of us are unfamiliar with.  Dana Walrath does an amazing job of introducing us to the horrors of this event without creating a story that is too scary.  Written in verse, Like Water on Stone follows a close-knit Armenian family - the Donabedians - as they live their daily lives, ignoring the growing resentment building up in Turkey.  We grow close to each of them, even as it is clear that their lives are about to be upended.  When Turkish soldiers arrive to effectively eliminate their village and its inhabitants, the Donabedians are forced to flee for their lives.  This is a well-written, important book to add to the annals of this oft-overlooked period in history.


SALT TO THE SEA by Ruta Sepetys:  Told from four points of view, Salt to the Sea takes place in Eastern Prussia in January 1945.  As Germany begins losing World War II, it is the innocent civilians of Prussia who are left in the crosshairs of the invading Russians and the retreating Germans.  This is a wonderful book, rich in historical detail with characters you can really care about.  A great read for those who love historical fiction!!







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Traveling, writing, spending time with my girls, my sister and my friends

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We make a living by what we get – but we make a life by what we give!

One strange fact about me: I had braces at age 33

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