The Curated Bookshelf

Enjoy a curated selection of books all based on a theme that changes every month. Pick up that book you’ve been meaning to get or find new stories to explore.

This month’s theme: Books with Children

Bella Cigna by Wendi Dass
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This features a girls’ school in Rome, and one student in particular. After devastating losses, Sarah heads to Rome to teach English, unexpectedly losing her heart to a sweet child and her handsome father.

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Set in a futuristic world dealing with the effects of climate change, this also involved time travel and a young woman expecting her first child.

DreamRovers: Price of Deliverance by Christie Valentine Powell
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This focuses on a large family with a number of children, but the reader is given the opportunity to get to know one teenage girl in particular.

Of Magpies and Men by Ode Ray
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This book mostly focuses on a mother and a young man she has a surprising connection to, but she also has an adorable young son she was willing to do anything for.

piano zen thomas rheingans
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The main character is a young boy. This is his story as he embarks on a unique journey to learn to play the piano.

Book Review: The Unfettered Child by Michael C. Sahd - an updated review of this fantasy novel featuring family
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This follows a young girl’s journey as she tries to reunite with her father while a mysterious voice might or might not be leading her in the right direction.

Book Review: Esperanza by Tommy Tutalo - a fictional novel about illegal immigration and drug cartels
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This is a heartbreakingly beautiful novel about a mother, her daughter, and a man inextricably tied to them, and the daughter’s journey to find her mother.

Book Review: On a Blue Moon by Willow (R. J. Parker) - a fascinating first book in the Daughters of Firth Tales series
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A man is taken from Earth and transplanted to an alien moon where he meets a girl named Willow and ends up traveling with her to find a new home.

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This is a beautiful story about motherhood and adoption as a young widow ends up becoming a mother of two.

Book Review: What You Wish For by Katherine Center - a cute, easy women's fiction novel
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Set mostly at a school, romance brews between a librarian and a principal, but it’s one of the young students who steals the show with his big, beautiful heart.

a tiny upward shove melissa chadburn
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This is a painful fictional story telling the story of a young woman who never had it easy while also exposing what happens to the children in LA who fall through the cracks.

Book Review: The Bitter and Sweet of Cherry Season by Molly Fader - book blog tour - women's fiction
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A mother and daughter go on the run, ending up at an aunt’s cherry orchard where they have the opportunity to reshape their lives and learn to live without fear and with love.