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Staff Reviews by Sarah Moscatello

Cover: 'Chocolate-Covered Katie: Over 80 Delicious Recipes That Are Secretly Good for You'

"Chocolate-Covered Katie: Over 80 Delicious Recipes That Are Secretly Good for You" by Katie Higgins

★★★★★ This is a must read for anyone with a sweet tooth! Plus, the author of the popular blog, "," created these recipes with a healthy goal in mind. As a woman who wanted treats that satisfied her sweet tooth without using artificial sweeteners and unhealthy ingredients, the recipes in this cookbook use natural sweeteners and real...

Audience: adults | Genre: nonfiction, cookbook

Cover: 'Happy Cooking'

"Happy Cooking" by Giada De Laurentiis

★★★★ This is my favorite cookbook so far from chef Giada De Laurentiis! There's something here for everyone, even a few vegan recipes, which made me super happy to see! Giada included vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free recipes for all of us allergy sufferers, as well as recipes to be enjoyed by those without allergy concerns. Included in this cookbook are main...

Audience: adults | Genre: nonfiction, cookbook

Cover: 'The Zig Zag Girl'

"The Zig Zag Girl" by Elly Griffiths

★★★★ When the body of a girl, cut into three, is found in Brighton by Detective Inspector Edgar Stephens, his first thought is the popular magic trick called the Zig Zag Girl. His next thought is of an old friend he served with in the war, Max Mephisto, who was the inventor of the famous trick. When the two combine forces to solve the murder, the clues seem to...

Audience: adults | Genre: fiction, mystery

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"The Lake House" by Kate Morton

★★★★★ This astounding and captivating new novel from Kate Morton is utterly amazing. When detective Sadie Sparrows is forced to take a leave from work and stay with her grandfather in Cornwall, she stumbles upon an abandoned lake house standing beautiful and stagnant in time. When she finds out that the family left everything in place behind locked doors after...

Audience: adults | Genre: fiction, mystery, historical fiction

Cover: 'Main Street Vegan'

"Main Street Vegan" by Victoria Moran, Adair Moran

★★★★ Have you been thinking of going vegan? Or, are you already vegan (or mostly vegan) and would like more information on the reasons why this lifestyle is helpful to you and the environment? I found this book to be packed full of helpful information! As someone who eats vegan at least 90% of the time, I enjoyed gaining more specific information than what I...

Audience: adults | Genre: nonfiction, health, cookbook

Cover: 'After You'

"After You" by Jojo Moyes

★★★★★ In this fantastic, heartfelt sequel to "Me Before You", readers meet Louisa in the aftermath of a pivotal and heartbreaking experience. Months before, her life had taken such a drastic turn, and Louisa is left adrift struggling to find herself and live a meaningful life that honors who she lost. I couldn't stop reading this novel! For those that read "Me...

Audience: adults | Genre: fiction

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"The Gates of Evangeline" by Hester Young

★★★★ Charlotte Cates has not only just lost her young son suddenly, but now single and completely alone, she wakes up from a haunting dream where a young boy, around her son's age, asks her for help in finding him. When she is given a sudden job opportunity to write a book about an infamous thirty-year-old cold case about a young boy, Charlotte feels she must...

Audience: adults | Genre: fiction, mystery

Cover: 'The Ice Twins'

"The Ice Twins" by S. K. Tremayne

★★★★★ What would you do if your one surviving daughter, a year after the other twin's death, suddenly tells you she's really the dead twin? For over a year you've been calling her the wrong name and the wrong daughter survived. Forced to move from London into a lighthouse on a remote Island in Scotland after financial disaster and the death of one of their twin...

Audience: adults | Genre: fiction, mystery

Cover: 'Cooking Light The Good Pantry: Homemade Foods & Mixes Lower in Sugar, Salt & Fat'

"Cooking Light The Good Pantry: Homemade Foods & Mixes Lower in Sugar, Salt & Fat" by Cooking Light Magazine

★★★★ This new cookbook is packed full of homemade mixes, meals, doughs, snacks, and jams utilizing pantry items. I appreciated that each recipe is fully illustrated and is marked if nut-free, dairy-free, egg-free, and gluten-free for all of us allergy sufferers. I was surprised that even though I can't have soy, dairy, or egg, I was still able to find a few...

Audience: adults | Genre: nonfiction, cookbook

Cover: 'The Coincidence of Coconut Cake'

"The Coincidence of Coconut Cake" by Amy E. Reichert

★★★★★ In this lovely new novel set in Milwaukee, Lou, owner and extremely talented chef of her own restaurant, literally runs into the food critic who eventually threatens to destroy her restaurant. Unbeknownst to either of them at the time, the food critic, Al, cannot forget the smell of vanilla and coconut Lou carried with her after their run in. But later that...

Audience: adults | Genre: fiction, romance

Cover: 'Black-Eyed Susans'

"Black-Eyed Susans" by Julia Heaberlin

★★★★★ In this extremely addicting, fast-paced thriller, Tessa Cartwright is months away from watching the man on death row executed for leaving her mistaken for dead in a field filled with black-eyed susans and the bodies of young women who did not survive his attacks. But when a patch of freshly planted black- eyed susans appears under her bedroom window, Tessa...

Audience: adults | Genre: fiction, mystery

Cover: 'Summer at Little Beach Street Bakery'

"Summer at Little Beach Street Bakery" by Jenny Colgan

★★★★★ This is the fantastic sequel to the equally fantastic "Little Beach Street Bakery" and was just as heartwarming and completely captivating as the first. Polly, having just bought a lighthouse with her boyfriend Huckle, is happily settled spending her days working in the local bakery that brought the town together. But when a newcomer comes to town, her...

Audience: adults | Genre: fiction

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"The Canterbury Sisters" by Kim Wright

★★★★ After the death of her mother, Che receives a letter from her longtime boyfriend saying he's leaving her for another woman. In the same batch of mail, Che is notified of her mother's last wishes including the request that Che complete their unfulfilled plans of hiking the Canterbury trail in England. Not wanting to confront the breakup and exhausted from...

Audience: adults | Genre: fiction

Cover: 'A Place in the Country'

"A Place in the Country" by Elizabeth Adler

★★★★ Newly single Caroline and her teenage daughter Izzy are in desperate search for a change of scenery and a new home. After Caroline discovers her husband has been unfaithful throughout their marriage, Caroline knows she has to sacrifice her comfortable life in Singapore for anything that doesn't involve her ex-husband. Finding a renovated barn in the English...

Audience: adults | Genre: fiction

Cover: 'Beneath the Shadows'

"Beneath the Shadows" by Sara Foster

★★★★★ When newly-weds Adam and Grace inherit a cottage in the Yorkshire's moors, they leave their frantic life in London with their newborn Millie, ready for a quiet life. But when Adam disappears a week later and Millie is left on the doorstep, Grace's life is forever changed. A year later, Grace finally returns to the cottage to confront what happened, seeking...

Audience: adults | Genre: fiction, mystery

Cover: 'Buttercream Bump Off'

"Buttercream Bump Off" by Jenn McKinlay

★★★★ The second novel in the cozy "Cupcake Mystery" series, finds Mel and Angie, co-owners of Fairy Tale Cupcakes Bakery, wrapped up way too closely in murder. Mel's mother has just found her first date in decades floating in his pool. Now she is a prime suspect, and her daughter Mel and best friend Angie race to find other suspects for the police to focus on....

Audience: adults | Genre: fiction, mystery

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"The Vanishing" by Wendy Webb

★★★★★ Julia Bishop is newly widowed after her husband, who exploited enormous amounts of money from his investors, is murdered. Utterly alone after her friends and family have abandoned her and newly penniless, Julia is desperate. When a man shows up at her doorstep offering her a home at a grand estate on Lake Superior and an opportunity to disappear while...

Audience: adults | Genre: fiction

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"The Fate of Mercy Alban" by Wendy Webb

★★★★★ This is a must read for fans of gothic suspense and mystery, with even a bit of romance thrown in to soften the strong female lead's journey of discovery that spans decades of family secrets. When Grace Alban hears of her mother's untimely passing, Grace returns to their sprawling family estate on Lake Superior with her teenage daughter. But after finding...

Audience: adults | Genre: fiction, mystery

Cover: 'Little Beach Street Bakery'

"Little Beach Street Bakery" by Jenny Colgan

★★★★★ In this unforgettable and heartwarming novel, readers meet Polly, a woman who's life has completely gone up in flames: her boyfriend and her are bankrupt, their business done, flat foreclosed on, and relationship on the rocks. Fleeing alone to a dilapidated flat in a tiny seaside town (the only thing she can afford), Polly slowly begins to heal and find a...

Audience: adults | Genre: fiction

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"Once Upon a Lie" by Maggie Barbieri

★★★★ The first in a fantastic mystery series, readers meet Maeve Conlon, a baker whose bakery is struggling, a mother whose ex-husband has a new wife and baby, and daughter whose father is falling into the depths of dementia and possibly worse. When Maeve's brutal cousin dies under alarming circumstances, police start to be interested in her father as a prime...

Audience: adults | Genre: fiction, mystery

Cover: 'Never Die Alone'

"Never Die Alone" by Lisa Jackson

★★★★ Twins turning 21 years old have been disappearing, only to be found brutally murdered in a seemingly ritualistic manner. Brianna, cousin of the man put in jail for the crimes, believes her cousin is innocent. When two twins she knows closely go missing the night before they turn 21, she is frantic to find them and prove her cousin's innocence, with or...

Audience: adults | Genre: fiction, mystery

Cover: 'Dairy-Free Ice Cream: 75 Recipes Made Without Eggs, Gluten, Soy, or Refined Sugar'

"Dairy-Free Ice Cream: 75 Recipes Made Without Eggs, Gluten, Soy, or Refined Sugar" by Kelly V. Brozyna

★★★★★ I am completely ecstatic to try every single recipe in this beautifully illustrated book. Every recipe looks absolutely delicious, and won't make me sick! For all of us ice cream lovers with food allergies, rejoice! These recipes are made without eggs, gluten, soy, dairy, or refined sugar. As someone who can't have soy or dairy, finding dessert recipes has...

Audience: adults | Genre: nonfiction, cookbook

Cover: 'Raw and Simple Detox: A Delicious Body Reboot for Health, Energy, and Weight Loss'

"Raw and Simple Detox: A Delicious Body Reboot for Health, Energy, and Weight Loss" by Judita Wignall

★★★★ This a great new resource for anyone looking to eat delicious, healthy raw foods. Included is helpful information and guides to detoxing for those interested. For me, having food allergies and eating a mostly vegan diet, I just enjoyed the recipes that are naturally safe for me and great for my body. Included on my list to try: rustic raw lasagna,...

Audience: adults | Genre: nonfiction, cookbook