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Books read in 2017

Books I've Read in 2017
January
1.  Armageddon by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B Jenkins. The 11th book in the Left Behind Series. I've liked the whole series though I think it is a bit drawn out.

2.  Glorious Appearing by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B Jenkins.  12th and last book in the Left Behind series.

3.  The Dollhouse by Fiona Davis. About the Barbizon Hotel for woman in NY City.  Back in the 1950's aspiring models and secretaries lived there. Present times it is an apartment building. A journalist lives there and uncovers a secret buried in the past.  I liked the book.

4.  The Mountain Story by Lori Lansens. Wolf Truly takes a cable car 8,000 feet up a mountain with the intention of taking his own life. Through a series of mishaps he gets lost and is stranded among the forested cliffs with three women. Four go up the mountain but only four come down. I thought the book was very good.

5.  Never Let You Go by Chevy Stevens. Eleven years ago, Lindsey escaped her house with her young daughter from an abusive relationship. Her ex-husband was sent to jail and she started a new life. Now, Lindsey is older and wiser, with a teenage daughter. When her ex-husband is released, Lindsey believes all ties are cut. But she gets the sense that someone is watching her.
I thought the book was very good - a page turner for me which kept me guessing.

February
6. Still Missing by Chevy Stevens. Annie is a realtor and is abducted by a man at an open house. From the cover, "Interwoven with the story of the year Annie spent captive in a remote mountain cabin - which unfolds through sessions with her psychiatrist - is a second narrative recounting the nightmare that follows her escape:  her struggle to piece her shattered life back together......"
The book was for sure a page turner for me and I thought it very good.

7. The Paris Architect by Charles Belfoure.  In 1942 an architect accepts a commission that could get him killed but make a lot of money.  He has to design a secret hiding place a for rich Jewish man.  From the cover -   "The Paris Architect asks us to consider what we owe each other, and just how far we'll go to make things right."  I thought the book very good and a page turner.

8.  Never Knowing by Chevy Stevens.  Sara  searches and finds her birth mother.  Turns out she is the only victim to escape from a rapist serial killer and he was Sara's father and hasn't been caught yet.  I didn't think the book was a good as the other two I've read by her but still a good one.

March 
9. Highgate Rise by Anne Perry.  Another great book from the Charlotte and Thomas Pitt series.  Mysteries set in London in Victorian times.

10. The Brutal Telling by Louise Penny.  Book 5 in the series featuring Chief Inspector Gamache set in the small village of Three Pines.  I love the books in this series.

11. Always Watching by Chevy Stevens.  Dr. Nadine Lavoie works in a psychiatric hospital where a young woman patient who leaves a cult commune commits suicide. Nadine has to confront her own past from the time she lived there too.  A good book but I didn't think as good as the other books I've read by her.

12. Belgrave Square by Anne Perry.  A Pitt and Charlotte Mystery.  Another good one.  I like them all.
A quote from the book.
Too much happiness is lost because we spend our time 
regretting the past and seeking for the future 
and miss what we are given for the moment at hand.  
The gift to be happy is a blessing to all around.

13. My Sister's Grave by Robert Dugoni.  Tracy believes the man who is in jail for killing her sister was framed and is innocent and she tries to prove it. A page turner for me!!

April
14.  Except the Dying by Maureen Jennings.  The television series The Murdoch Mysteries is based on a series of 4 books.  This is number 1.  I enjoyed the book.

15. Skeletons and the Feast by Chris Bohjalian.  Takes place in January 1945 in the waning months of WWII.  A small group of people begin a journey in an attempt to cross the remnant of the Third Reich from the Russian front to the Rhine as seen from the German side.  I thought the book very good, though there are some truly horrible things that happen!!!

16. Bury Your Dead by Louise Penny.   Book 6 in the series featuring Chief Inspector Gamache.  I liked this one too.

May 
17. Last One Home by Debbie Macomber.  Three sisters reunite years later after one runs away at 18 to get married.   I enjoyed the book.  A nice easy read.

18.  A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman.  About a grumpy man who is not so grumpy.  Excellent Book.  

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