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At the Edge of the Orchard Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780143110972
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Published: Penguin Books - January 31st, 2017

OCTOBER 2017

At the Edge of the Orchard combines apples (the season is upon us), historical insight on the Westward Expansion, and an award winning fiction author, writer of Girl With Pearl Earring.
Tracy Chevalier depicts the challenge of pioneer life and the courage it often took to live it. Her story can be dark and honest at times, revealing the flaws of the main family while they struggle to survive. A nice plus: she also paints us nature pictures of trees and their surroundings in both the "Black Swamp" area of Ohio and California's Sequoia Forest during the 1800s.


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If You Take a Mouse to School Cover Image
By Laura Numeroff, Felicia Bond (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780060283285
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Published: HarperCollins - July 16th, 2002

AUGUST 2017

It's that time of year again!- back to school! For most of us that can mean a lot of different things: the excitement, the loneliness, the preparing, ans the learning itself. But for Laura Numeroff's main character it is an opportunity for more silly antics. Join this fun as you read it to your favorite student OR better yet, how about giving it as a "back to school" gift?


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Enemy Women Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9780061337635
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Published: William Morrow & Company - April 10th, 2007

JULY 2017

I've been a fan of Civil War fiction and this one is perhaps one of the most enlightening novels I have read about the era.
It takes place mostly in Missouri, a state that was really what one would would consider as a "middle" state, due largely to the fact that it contained no plantations and so centrally located. The heroine in this book is wrongly accused and jailed. Her Union interrogator attempts to save and free her from her incarceration after falling in love with her. You will feel as if you really are there in this epic of courage and passion, and this book will hauntingly stay with you as a favorite for life.


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Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780767929714
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Published: Anchor Books - June 12th, 2012

JUNE 2017

This historical non-fiction book is not typical reading for me.  I actually picked it up after a recommendation from a Horizon Books customer I had waited on.  Profoundly interesting, James Garfield’s assassination and death could have been prevented.  Shortly after he became President in 1881, a crazy gunman took on the mission of killing him, and in pre-Secret Service times, achieved his goal.  The story of his medical care following the event is harrowing, in that many mistakes were made, and he could have been saved.  Read for yourself this “little” known chapter of our “Presidential history.” A great Father’s Day gift!


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America's First Daughter Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062347268
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Published: William Morrow & Company - March 1st, 2016

MAY 2017

You won't be sorry when you start this great read about Revolutionary America and Thomas Jefferson's oldest daughter, Patsy. Miss Dray takes us right into the 18th century with researched descriptions of Monticello throughout the years and Virginia's favorite son's family life. The novel is long, but flows so smoothly while much history is disclosed. We hear through Patsy's voice how the writer of the Declaration of Independence inspired her and how close her bond was with her father throughout her life. She stood by him during his long career and was the substitute for the first lady during his presidency. Briefly touching on his relationship with the beautiful Sally Hemmings, this also brings out the sticky issue of slavery that has caused so much dissension in American history.


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The Easter Bunny That Overslept Cover Image
By Priscilla Friedrich, Donald Saaf (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780060296452
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Published: HarperCollins - January 22nd, 2002

APRIL 2017

Take a peek at this great Easter book that has been around since before I was born and to this day is still one of my favorite children's books. Obviously, the Bunny did not wake up in time and he goes through the entire year of holidays trying to find Easter. You'll laugh and love all the ways he tries to distribute eggs throughout the seasons. I read this story so many times to our own 5 children, and was quite tickled when I discovered that the authors themselves had 5 little ones. Make sure to share this with the little people in your life! I know it will become a family favorite for you as well.


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Labyrinth Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780425213971
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Published: Berkley Books - February 6th, 2007

As I was beginning to read Kate Mosse’s newest, ‘The Taxidermist’s Daughter’,  I suddenly decided to veer back in time to her 1st book in the Labyrinth series.
Situated in the Pyrenees Mountains in France, this story is an epic Grail-quest tale, actually Kate’s view of what  a woman’s role in this medieval quest could have been.
You will go back and forth in time from present day to the 1200’s, and learn much about the Crusades and the Cather legacy.  Enjoy  Alais’ story and make sure to read the rest of the trilogy.  
 


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The Invisible Bridge Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781400034376
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Published: Vintage Books USA - January 25th, 2011

FEBRUARY 2017

From Budapest to Paris... to Hitler's World War II invasion of European nations, The Invisible Bridge rings of deep love and exceptional history. Infused with notes of theatrical ballet and an architect's view of all that is Paris, this dream of a novel does not disappoint. With enduring infatuational love and terrible tragedy, this book is truly ranked in my top 20 all time favorites. It's descriptive historical passages guide you to keep reading even as history's darkest times unfurls - the Holocaust.
If you loved All the Light We Cannot See, you'll not want to miss this great read!


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The Flight of Gemma Hardy Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062064233
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Published: Harper Perennial - June 26th, 2012

JANUARY 2017

Take a flight back in time to Scotland and the Orkney Islands in the 1950s and relax with this book that is based on the story of Jane Eyre. With a compassionate character that you will find yourself rooting for, this book hits all the features that a true classic needs. The modern overtones seem to make the story more beguiling and believable. Whether you are a Bronte fan or not, this thoughtful escape reading is a treasure you won't soon forget.


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Good Housekeeping Christmas Cookies: 75 Irresistible Holiday Treats Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781618371454
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Published: Hearst - October 4th, 2016

DECEMBER 2016

What a great collection of goodies for everyone to enjoy this yummy holiday season! Pick up a copy for that person that you just don't know what you could get them. OR better yet, treat yourself to a Christmas present that will just keep on giving! ENJOY THE SEASON.


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Fiercombe Manor Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062332950
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Published: Harper Paperbacks - March 1st, 2016

NOVEMBER 2016

A book after my own heart...Mansions, mystery, love, hope, and discovery! Uncover the secrets as you escape to Gloucestershire, England, in the 1930s. Luscious reading!! What else can I say? Think WUTHERING HEIGHTS, REBECCA, with a bit of THE FORGOTTEN GARDEN thrown in! Thanks, Horizon Books, for allowing me to find this book here!


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A Wolf Called Romeo Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780544228092
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Published: Mariner Books - March 17th, 2015

OCTOBER 2016

Follow the story of this extraordinary wolf who seems to have wanted to bond with the people of Juneau, Alaska, and their dogs for seven years. This true story moved me greatly and has opened my eyes to the plight of this very misunderstood species. You'll learn about his habits: how he lives, plays and hunts. You will read of his curiosities and his tendencies. If you love animals, or even care about them, you will be awed by Jans' honest mesmerizing narrative, in which he describes the beautiful Alaskan landscapes that Romeo inhabited. 

 


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The History of Love Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780393328622
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - May 17th, 2006

SEPTEMBER 2016

Combine an old man's travels through his past, the wanderings of a book that couldn't be found, and a teenage girl who must resolve a passion to her own past and what do you get? ...this book
Nicole Krauss fills our hearts with both laugh-out-loud humor and deep love that seeps unknowingly through the main character into so many other lives. The sadness that is lived through somehow creates hope; the hope breeds, once again, the memory of love. A really good, tender depiction of how the written word can once again bind us together.

 


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Pukka's Promise: The Quest for Longer-Lived Dogs Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780547236261
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Published: Houghton Mifflin - February 5th, 2013

AUGUST 2016

As an avid dog lover, I often find myself drawn to books about our canine friends. A Good customer here at Horizon Books recommended this read to me recently, so I gave it some of my precious reading time. I was not disappointed! This book is filled with insight and information; even a dog expert will be glad to have read about living with, loving, and hoping to extend the life of dogs. A Great book and what a bargain!


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Memory Wall: Stories Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781439182840
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Published: Scribner Book Company - July 5th, 2011

JULY 2016

Have you read All the Light We Cannot See? Before he wrote this extraordinary novel, Anthony Doerr put together this insightful collection of some of his short stories. They are all beautiful renditions of individuals - their plights, their imaginations, and the grandeur (or not) of their lives. Every story shows a glimpse into memories and will help you to understand new perspectives on humanity. You won't forget these tales by this amazing Pulitzer Prize winning author.
 


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The Total Grilling Manual Cover Image
By Lisa Atwood (Editor)
$29.00
ISBN: 9781681880471
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Published: Weldon Owen - March 29th, 2016

JUNE 2016

THE grilling cookbook we've all been waiting for! Packed with mouth-watering meat recipes and great descriptions of the meats themselves, Dad will love this gift the most for Father's Day!
 


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Redeeming Love Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781590525135
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Published: Multnomah Books - May 1st, 2005

MAY 2016

Once recommended to me by a good friend, this retelling of the biblical story of Hosea is my choice to you! Such a true gem, the power of love permeates throughout the story, with undertones of forgiveness, finding oneself, and the wrongs of judging others. Historical and emotional as well, it keeps you reading and refreshes the soul.... What an amazing Mother's Day gift this would be! Or treat yourself to one of the best books I've put in my own personal library!


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The Forgotten Garden Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781416550556
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Published: Washington Square Press - February 16th, 2010

APRIL 2016

Here we are with spring upon us and gorgeous gardens on our minds... so escape this April with a delightful novel that crosses continents - from Australia to England - and generations as well - from the early 1900s to present day. You will discover a family secret that is so wonderfully told that you really feel as though you were a part of it: what a quaint mixture of fairy tales, mystery, and history! If you haven't read Kate Morton before, this is definitely one of her best!


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In the Woods Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780143113492
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Published: Penguin Books - May 27th, 2008

MARCH 2016

Having not read a good mystery for a few months, I decided to give Tana French a try. It's always good to start with the author's first book, so I did and WOW! - am I hooked! As a young girl, I, like one of the main characters, spent many an hour playing in the woods near my home, so the setting of this thriller greatly captured my interest. The plot is full of descriptive murder, memories, and police procedural events. The detectives stay with you, as always with a good book's characters, and the story itself is harrowing, romantic, dramatic, and tragic all at once. I promise you this: you will want to read all of Tana French's books!


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Tatiana and Alexander Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780061987465
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Published: Avon A - June 29th, 2010

FEBRUARY 2016

For those of you who have read and loved The Bronze Horseman, I eagerly recommend it's sequel Tatiana and Alexander. This timely story, just in time for Valentine's month, is sprinkled with not only love hearts but with war history, all while the main characters try to find eachother across oceans and continents. The story goes back and forth between the two, putting us right in the middle of their griefs and passions. Definitely not only a romance (or I would not have chosen it), this book is epic in survival and hope, a moving historical saga!


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The Other Boleyn Girl Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780743227445
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Published: Touchstone Books - June 4th, 2002

JANUARY 2016

From time to time in my reading world, I love to return to the eras of ancient kings and queens and their regal court drama. This very book happens to be the book that started my love of this Tudor historical craze! I have always been so intrigued as to what made Henry VII so nasty. What else didn't I know about? Did Anne Boleyn have a sister who may have turned his head? And why did he feel it necessary to cut off Anne's head? Philippa Gregory is a master. She has definitely done her homework and we reap the benefits of a great read!


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Paws to Reflect: 365 Daily Devotions for the Animal Lover's Soul Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781426744174
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Published: Abingdon Press - October 1st, 2012

DECEMBER 2015

We all love pets!! What could be more inspiring than this collection of 365 daily anecdotes about pets and their unconditional love? This book of the lessons that animals teach us will be such a great gift to treasure for years to come, for both you favorite pet lover and/or yourself!!


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The Wild Inside: A Novel of Suspense Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781476775456
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Published: Atria Books - June 16th, 2015

NOVEMBER 2015

Out in the wilds of Glacier National Forest, life can be serene and beautiful, or it can be deadly. This mystery brings us all the grandeur of wide-open protected lands, and takes us upon a thrilling, gruesome adventure. The descriptions of the landscape are lush and the characters are quiter unique, effectively supporting a man vs. nature theme. This crime novel is definitely not in my "normal" reading genre, but once I started to read it, I could not put it down. The Wild Inside will keep you in suspense until the very end!


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Ghost Story Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780671685638
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Published: Pocket Books - September 1st, 1989

October 2015

Fall is here and with it comes preparing for Haloween. Time for a scary read! I read this great classic ghost story many years ago and it remains, in my eyes, one of the scariest books ever written. The tale is about four men who "go back to the past" and certainly get more than they bargain for. Chilling and suspenseful, you will long remember this book and its characters. Keep the lights on!


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Juliet's Nurse Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781476757452
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Published: Atria Books - June 9th, 2015

SEPTEMBER 2015

One of the most loved tales of all time, one of love and loss, suffering and survival, is Romeo & Juliet! What could Juliet's young life have been like? What is not really revealed in Shakespeare's play? Step back into old Verona to the household of the Cappelletti family and view this young girl's story through her nurse's compassionate eyes. At times sensual, tragic, and comic, in this book we catch glimpses of rivalries, jealousies, and secrets that the Bard only hinted at. Revisit the Italian Renaissance with this affecting (prequel) !


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The Zookeeper's Wife: A War Story Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780393333060
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 17th, 2008

JULY 2015

this is such a great read for anyone who thinks they have read it all about the hiding and care of refugees who were being sought by the Nazis. It is no fairytale story - it really happened - over 300 people were saved while being hidden in a zoo in Warsaw! Hiding many of the survivors in animal cages, the Zabinskis and those who helped in their compound, actually put themselves in grave danger. The book details the lengths good people will go to help others - all in the name of human decency.


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A Memory of Violets: A Novel of London's Flower Sellers Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062316899
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Published: William Morrow & Company - February 3rd, 2015

JUNE 2015

A refreshing story of early 1900”s London history, bringing to light the plight of the young London flower sellers.  In a mysterious way, Ms. Gaynor brings us main characters that exhibit never-give-up attitudes and she places us right in the London culture of the afflicted, crippled, and orphaned children.  Family bonds, hope, second chances, and overcoming adversity are sensitive emotional themes in this book. Touching and intriguing as well, it speaks “the language of flowers” to us all.


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Moloka'i Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780312304355
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Published: St. Martin's Griffin - October 4th, 2004

MAY 2015

Treat yourself to the many splendors of Hawaii, while following the plight of a young girl who suddenly appears with signs of leprosy at the age of seven. As the young girl grows up and is quarantined on the leprosy settlement Moloka'i, we learn her story and all that this devastating disease brings her way. Her courageous attitude is an encouragement to us all!!


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Rebecca Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780380778553
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Published: Avon Books - July 30th, 2002

AUGUST 2015

For as long as I can remember, I have been infatuated with books about mansions. Rebecca's Manderley remains at the top of my list. Who was Rebecca? Whatever happened to her? You will go back again and again to this classic... trying to determine if you may have missed something.