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I love reading and write about great books on my blog https://booknationbyjen.wordpress.com

The Seasons of My Mother by Marcia Gay Harden

My Review: In The Seasons of My Mother, Well known actress from stage and screen, Marcia Gay Harden, tells the story of her life in the context of memories she has with her mother. Their close relationship is so beautiful … Continue reading

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That Kind of Mother by Rumaan Alam

My Review: Rebecca Stone desperately needs help with her newborn and Pricilla, a La Leche nurse from the hospital comes to her rescue.  Pricilla, having mothering experience herself as she was a single, teen mom many years ago, leaves her … Continue reading

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The Girl Who Smiled Beads by Clemantine Wamariya

My Review: The Nobel Peace Prize winning author and Holocaust survivor, Elie Weisel, appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show in 2006 where Oprah played clips from an interview they had done on site at Auschwitz.  In addition, on the same … Continue reading

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The Ropes That Bind by Tracy Stopler

My Review: WOW! The Ropes That Bind is a heartbreaking, powerful and hopeful story of a woman’s journey and her quest for healing and growth after being sexually assaulted as a young girl. As Tali crosses the street to get … Continue reading

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The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah

  My Review: LOVED THIS BOOK! The Great Alone is an epic story of love of family and love of home –  full of emotion with picturesque descriptions of the beautiful and dangerous Alaskan landscape and the depiction of a non … Continue reading

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The Husband Hour by Jamie Brenner

My Review: Kick off your summer reading list with The Husband Hour by Jamie Brenner, author of The Forever Summer, one of last year’s favorite beach reads.  There is nothing like young love that has so much passion and hope … Continue reading

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White Houses by Amy Bloom

My Review: I haven’t stopped thinking about this gem of a book, the powerful telling of an unconventional love story by author Amy Bloom.  White Houses is historical fiction, based on research and letters exchanged between Eleanor Roosevelt and Lorena … Continue reading

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A Marriage in Dog Years by Nancy Balbirer

My Review:  AVAILABLE IN JUNE! PRE-ORDER NOW! Author Nancy Balbirer takes us with her on the rocky journey of life as we see her joy filled marriage filled with hopes and dreams blossom then fizzle, at the same time her … Continue reading

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*SPECIAL GIVEAWAY* UPDATE: Hum if You Don’t Know the Words by Bianca Marais WINNERS are Linda J. and Book Gypsy!

This is one of my favorites (my review is here) and I have 2 copies to give away to lucky winners!  How to enter: 1. Like Book Nation by Jen Facebook page 2. Like and Share this post 3. Tag a … Continue reading

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