The Curated Bookshelf: June 2023’s Theme

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Welcome to this month's Curated Bookshelf! It's June, which means the school year is about to come to a close. I'm sad it means my kids are growing up, but I'm actually looking forward to all the fun we can have now that they don't have to spend the better part of a weekday at … Continue reading The Curated Bookshelf: June 2023’s Theme

Book Highlight: Spells for Forgetting by Adrienne Young

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Title: Spells for Forgetting Author: Adrienne Young Publisher: Delacorte Publication Date: September 27, 2022 Genre: Magical Realism, Mystery, Romance Emery Blackwood’s life changed forever the night her best friend was found dead and the love of her life, August Salt, was accused of murdering her. Years later, she is doing what her teenage self swore … Continue reading Book Highlight: Spells for Forgetting by Adrienne Young

Book Highlight: The Spice Master at Bistro Exotique by Samantha Verant

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Title: The Spice Master at Bistro Exotique Author: Samantha Verant Publisher: Berkley Publication Date: December 6, 2022 Genre: Romance A talented chef discovers how spices and scents can transport her—and, more importantly, how self-confidence can unlock the greatest magic of all: love—in this perfectly seasoned new novel by Samantha Vérant.Kate Jenkins doesn’t believe in fate. … Continue reading Book Highlight: The Spice Master at Bistro Exotique by Samantha Verant

Book Highlight: Wildwood Whispers by Willa Reece

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Title: Wildwood Whispers Author: Willa Reece Publisher: Redhook Publication Date: August 17, 2021 Genre: Women's Fiction, Magical Realism Step into a world of hope, fate, and folk magic in this bewitching debut when a young woman travels to a sleepy southern town in the Appalachian Mountains to honor her best friend.  Mel Smith’s life is shattered … Continue reading Book Highlight: Wildwood Whispers by Willa Reece

Book Highlight: In a Garden Burning Gold by Rory Power

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Title: In a Garden Burning Gold (The Wind-Up Garden #1) Author: Rory Power Publisher: Del Rey Publication Date: April 5, 2022 Genre: Fantasy Rhea and Lexos were born into a family unlike any other. Together with their siblings, they control the seasons, the tides, and the stars, and help their father rule their kingdom. Thanks to their magic, the family has ruled … Continue reading Book Highlight: In a Garden Burning Gold by Rory Power

Book Highlight: In the Shadow Garden by Liz Parker

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Title: In the Shadow Garden Author: Liz Parker Publisher: Forever Publication Date: September 13, 2022 Genre: Magical Realism, Mystery, Romance There’s something magical about Yarrow, Kentucky. The three empathic witches of the Haywood family are known for their shadow garden—from strawberries that taste like chocolate to cherry tomatoes imbued with the flavors of basil and … Continue reading Book Highlight: In the Shadow Garden by Liz Parker

Book Highlight: The Savage Garden by Mark Mills

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Title: The Savage Garden Author: Mark Mills Publisher: Berkley Publication Date: May 6, 2008 Genre: Mystery & Thriller Young Cambridge scholar Adam Banting is in Tuscany, assigned to write a scholarly monograph about the famous Docci garden—a mysterious world of statues, grottoes, meandering rills, and classical inscriptions. As his research deepens, Adam comes to suspect … Continue reading Book Highlight: The Savage Garden by Mark Mills

Book Highlight: From Bad to Cursed by Lana Harper

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Title: From Bad to Cursed (Witches of Thistle Grove #2) Author: Lana Harper Publisher: Berkley Publication Date: May 17, 2022 Genre: Fantasy Wild child Isidora Avramov is a thrill chaser, adept demon summoner, and—despite the whole sexy-evil-sorceress vibe—also a cuddly animal lover. When she’s not designing costumes and new storylines for the Arcane Emporium’s haunted … Continue reading Book Highlight: From Bad to Cursed by Lana Harper

Book Highlight: The Bitter and Sweet of Cherry Season by Molly Fader

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Title: The Bitter and Sweet of Cherry Season Author: Molly Fader Publisher: Graydon House Publication Date: June 9, 2020 Genre: Women's Fiction In cherry season, anything is possible… Everything Hope knows about the Orchard House is from the stories of her late mother. So when she arrives at the northern Michigan family estate late one … Continue reading Book Highlight: The Bitter and Sweet of Cherry Season by Molly Fader

Book Highlight: The Faithless by C.L. Clark

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Title: The Faithless (Magic of the Lost #2) Author: C.L. Clark Publisher: Orbit Publication Date: March 7, 2023 Genre: Fantasy In the second installment of C.L. Clark's Magic of the Lost trilogy, soldier Touraine and princess Luca must return to Balladaire to reclaim Luca's throne and to face the consequences of dismantling an empire.The rebels … Continue reading Book Highlight: The Faithless by C.L. Clark