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Book Review: Frankie: The Woman Who Saved Millions from Thalidomide by James Essinger, Sandra Koutzenko and Sir Harold Evans (Foreword)

You may have noticed from reading Joyful Antidotes that there is a distinct lack of non-fiction reviews published. There is a simple reason for that: I don't get along with non-fiction books. I often find them tedious to read and would rather learn about a topic by watching a documentary or via a fictional story. … Continue reading Book Review: Frankie: The Woman Who Saved Millions from Thalidomide by James Essinger, Sandra Koutzenko and Sir Harold Evans (Foreword)

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Book Review: Death Train by Daye Williams

I'm fussy when it comes to short stories. It takes a lot to impress me. But when one does... well, I like to share it on Joyful Antidotes! Goodreads Blurb Death Train by Daye Williams Upon a grand spiritual train that delivers/commutes dead beings into the Underworld, a mysterious passenger cloaked in an enchanted veil … Continue reading Book Review: Death Train by Daye Williams

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Book Review: Not Me by Marianne Dissard

*Trigger Warning* This book deals with anorexia and bulimia. Blurb Not Me by Marianne Dissard French chanteuse Marianne Dissard recorded and toured with members of alt-Americana bands Giant Sand and Calexico. Her own desert noir chanson plays effortlessly with contradictions: tender, yet abrasive; melodramatic, but vulnerable; comical and heartbreaking.  Equally so her first book, Not … Continue reading Book Review: Not Me by Marianne Dissard

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Book Review: Strange Secrets by Mike Russell

It's Halloween. Strange things are in the air. Like this quirky collection of short stories. Goodreads Blurb Strange Secrets by Mike Russell Discover the mystery of the two-headed rose and many more Strange Secrets in this new collection of extraordinary stories by Mike Russell. 'It can't be real.' 'But it is.' Strange Secrets invites you … Continue reading Book Review: Strange Secrets by Mike Russell

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Book Review: The Claim by David Briggs

This book was my first unsolicited book post (thanks Red Door Books!), so this book review holds a special place in my heart. Lucky it was a good book 😉 Goodreads Blurb The Claim* by David Briggs When his father dies, leaving behind a legacy of debt and failed businesses, Evan Cadwallader is doubtful that … Continue reading Book Review: The Claim by David Briggs

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Book Review: Pivotal by Nikki Valance

The weather is getting colder and darker. You know what that means. More time indoors reading! If you are looking for an intelligent book that will leave you thinking, I have just the thing for you. Goodreads Blurb Pivotal by Nikki Valance When you pass through a door does your life change or do you … Continue reading Book Review: Pivotal by Nikki Valance

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Book Review: The Wife’s Revenge by Deirdre Palmer

Hell hath no fury than a woman scorned. No truer words in The Wife's Revenge. Goodreads Blurb The Wife's Revenge by Deirdre Palmer Sometimes the lie is safer than the truth. Fran made the biggest mistake of her life when she had an affair with Ben. Both families live in the village of Oakheart; their children … Continue reading Book Review: The Wife’s Revenge by Deirdre Palmer

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Book Review: The Three Hares: The Jade Dragonball by Scott Lauder and David Ross

Where are all my fantasy readers at? And the ones who enjoy historical fiction? I have a great book that combines both genres for you today. Goodreads BlurbThe Three Hares: The Jade Dragonball by Scott Lauder and David Ross Sara Livingstone's school trip to the Beijing Palace Museum takes a terrifying turn when an encounter … Continue reading Book Review: The Three Hares: The Jade Dragonball by Scott Lauder and David Ross

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Book Review: Blood and Sand by Jennifer Lane

How do you rebuild your life when you are suffering from your father's mistakes? That's what Logon needs to figure out in today's review. Goodreads BlurbBlood and Sand by Jennifer Lane When her father goes to prison for crimes against the country, Logan Cole loses everything: her family, her fortune, her future, and her home. … Continue reading Book Review: Blood and Sand by Jennifer Lane

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Book Review: Sacrificing Starlight by David Pipe

Do you like books with a darker theme? I know they are not for everyone but if you do, this one is for you. Goodreads Blurb Sacrificing Starlight by David Pipe Time's running out for DCI Hunter. His wife and child are missing, perhaps even dead. Unable to pursue those responsible he's transferred to the … Continue reading Book Review: Sacrificing Starlight by David Pipe