Until We Collide by Charlotte Fallowfield

Paige is hopelessly in love with Alec, but every time they run into each other, one or the other is in a relationship with someone else so it’s never their time. Meanwhile, over the course of more than a decade, Paige’s love life is a complete comedy of errors.

Until We Collide is quite entertaining. Although it was easy to put down, I still enjoyed it a lot and laughed out loud at some of Paige’s mishaps and babbling. I recommend it to women who enjoy a good, modern love story.

4 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2018: 7
Pages Read in 2018: 1662
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The Trumpeter of Krakow by Eric P. Kelly

Chased from their home, Pan Andrew and his family have a treasure that must be delivered to the king of Poland.

The Trumpeter of Krakow begins most chapters with historical background information that somehow relates to that part of the story. The story unfolds slowly, with the mystery of the treasure sucking you in and keeping your interest. I recommend this book to kids studying medieval Poland and those who enjoy historical fiction.

4 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2018: 6
Pages Read in 2018: 1474
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Intelligence Was My Line by Ralph W. Hauenstein

Hauenstein was an intelligence officer in World War II. Intelligence Was My Line is his story of that period of time in his life. Though he repeated himself quite a bit, there was a lot of interesting stuff in there. Included are pictures. I recommend this book to anyone interested in World War II or intelligence gathering.

4 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2018: 5
Pages Read in 2018: 1246
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The Magician’s Elephant by Kate DiCamillo

Peter wants to find his sister. Adele lives in an orphanage. A magician attempts to produce lilies. An elephant falls on a wealthy woman. A fortune teller tells Peter an elephant will lead him to his sister.

The Magician’s Elephant weaves together the seemingly separate lives of several people who discover, in the end, they are all connected. The end is truly lovely. I didn’t totally enjoy the writing style, however. It’s a sweet book, though, so I recommend it to people of all ages. It makes a nice read-aloud.

4 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2018: 4
Pages Read in 2018: 1064
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Utopia by Thomas More

In the 1500s, Sir Thomas More described his idea of the ultimate perfect society in Utopia. Written like a travelogue, various aspects of the way of life in Utopia are examined. As with many books written long ago, it tends to ramble on and on. It makes for an interesting read, though, since what we think of as a Utopian society today doesn’t really match the book where we got the word from.

3 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2018: 3
Pages Read in 2018: 854
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A Question of Love by Isabel Wolff

Laura Quick is the host of a prime time quiz show. She is very surprised when her ex-boyfriend Luke shows up as a contestant and gets to “turn the tables” on her and ask any question and ends up asking her out on a date. She soon discovers she must play third fiddle to Luke’s daughter and soon-to-be-ex-wife and then everything gets worse when the tabloids get wind of her own husband’s disappearance three years before. Meanwhile, her sisters’ marriages are having issues making life just generally stressful.

A Question of Love is an enjoyable book filled with British humor. I guessed how it was likely to end long before the end, but that didn’t make it any less satisfying. There are quite a few typos/repeated words scattered throughout. I recommend it to people who like women’s fiction and happy endings.

4 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2018: 2
Pages Read in 2018: 732
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God’s Jury by Cullen Murphy

God’s Jury tells about the Inquisition and how it has affected the modern world. There was a lot of excellent information about the Spanish, Roman, and even American Inquisitions. The author, however, tended to meander and one paragraph would be about the 1500s and the next would be about something in recent history with no transition in between. Sometimes the parallels drawn didn’t quite make sense. I would have preferred more of the history. I do recommend the book, however, to anyone interested in the Inquisition.

3 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2018: 1
Pages Read in 2018: 332
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