April 30th, 2016

5 Inspiring Reads for your Summer Book Club

With summer approaching, we couldn’t wait to pick our favourite books (hello beach reads!). We’ve chosen memoirs, non-fiction books, and novels that will make you laugh, cry, and want to be a better version of yourself. Don’t forget – summer reading is best served poolside, with a cold iced tea.

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February 1st, 2016

Book of the Month – February

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pretty-babyPretty Baby by Mary Kubica
She sees the teenage girl on the train platform, standing in the pouring rain, clutching an infant in her arms. She boards a train and is whisked away. But she can’t get the girl out of her head…
Heidi Wood has always been a charitable woman: she works for a nonprofit, takes in stray cats. Still, her husband and daughter are horrified when Heidi returns home one day with a young woman named Willow and her four-month-old baby in tow. Disheveled and apparently homeless, this girl could be a criminal – or worse. But despite her family’s objections, Heidi invites Willow and the baby to take refuge in their home.
Heidi spends the next few days helping Willow get back on her feet, but as clues into Willow’s past begin to surface, Heidi is forced to decide how far she’s willing to go to help a stranger. What starts as an act of kindness quickly spirals into a story far more twisted than anyone could have anticipated.

Reviews
“Pretty Baby is a psychological thriller with lots of twists and turns that leave you guessing right till the end as to what the whole story is behind each of the characters” – Review by Carolynn

“Compelling story written in the views of the 3 main characters – Heidi, her husband Chris and Willow the homeless teen with a new baby. Although disturbing and difficult to read at times, it’s intriguing – you want to find out Willow’s back story and how she came about to be homeless and with child. The chapters are relatively short and alternate between the three main characters, so you want to keep reading to follow up on each of the storylines” – Review by Janice

Book of the Month
Every month we will be featuring a new book to be showcased in our Book of the Month. Staff members and friends will be reading the book and posting their reviews. We’d love to hear what you thought of these book as well. Post your comments and let us know.

Pretty Baby is available at London Drugs along with many other great titles and is on sale for the month of February.



January 12th, 2016

6 Books That Will Warm You Up on Cozy Winter Nights

Sure, skiing and snowshoeing are fun, but shovelling snow and scraping windshields? Not so much. Sometimes the best way to enjoy winter weather is to curl up with a great book – away from the pesky sub-zero temperatures. Here are our picks for 6 great winter reads, best enjoyed with a roaring fire and a cup of tea.

Photo via Flickr user Michael Pardo

Photo via Flickr user Michael Pardo

1. The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith

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Written by J.K. Rowling under a pseudonym, The Cuckoo’s Calling is the first novel in a new seven-book mystery series. Harry Potter fans will love Detective Cormoran Strike’s keen investigative skills and Hagrid-like gruffness, but shouldn’t expect further similarities to the magical teen series. Though Rowling’s signature engaging characterization and intricate plots remain, The Cuckoo’s Calling offers a much darker reading experience. Fair warning: be careful when you choose to start this book. With sequels The Silkworm and Career of Evil already published, you may be in for a binge-reading experience that will last weeks or months, depending on your reading speed.

2. The Martian by Andy Weir

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Adapted as an award-nominated feature film starring Matt Damon, The Martian is a gripping tale of determination, resourcefulness, and independence. Astronaut Mark Watney is accidentally left deserted on Mars and is forced to save himself through a series of seemingly unsurmountable tasks. A survival story laced with wit and humour, readers will be engrossed in this unpredictable tale – we dare you to put it down.

3. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo

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If you’re dreaming of spring (and spring-cleaning!), or made a New Year’s resolution to de-clutter your closets, then this is the winter read for you. Reknowned organizer Marie Kondo takes the reader through her acclaimed de-cluttering process that creates lasting change and big impact. Enjoy the reading time, because once you’ve finished, you’ll feel an instant urge to start tidying up your home and your life.

4. The Lake House by Kate Morton

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Alice Edevane’s baby brother Theo disappeared when she was only sixteen years old. Decades later, a clue emerges that might have the solution to her family’s tragedy. A cozy mystery that will keep you flipping pages, The Lake House is sad, beautiful, and absolutely gripping.

5. The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey

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Set in 1920’s rural Alaska, this fantasy novel tells the story of an aging couple that aches for a child. When cabin fever hits, the two build a snowchild when playing in the snow. The next day, the snowchild is gone, but they soon discover Faina, a child of the woods that they eventually come to love as their own. An emotionally complex fairy tale, The Snow Child will make you reconsider what you think you know about love and life.

6. If I Stay by Gayle Forman

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Winter is an appropriate time to indulge in some guilty pleasures, right? With young adult fiction popular for all age groups, it’s hard to resist a heart-wrenching page-turner like this one. Recently adapted in a film starring Chloe Moretz, If I Stay tells the story of Mia Hall, a teenager with dreams of becoming a professional cellist. When tragedy strikes in the form of a winter car accident, Mia finds herself caught between life and death – and has to choose which way to go. A story of love and heartbreak, If I Stay will have you considering what makes your life worth living. (If you love it, the sequel Where She Went is equally addicting.)

 



June 1st, 2015

Book of the Month – June 2015

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a-long-time-goneA Long Time Gone by Karen White
When Vivien Walker left her home in the Mississippi Delta, she swore never to go back. But in the spring, nine years to the day since she left, that’s what happens. Vivien returns, fleeing a broken marriage and her lost dreams for children.
What she hopes to find is solace with her dear grandmother who raised her, a Walker woman with a knack for making everything all right. Instead she finds herself forced into the unexpected role of caretaker, challenging her personal quest to find the girl she once was. but things will change again in ways Vivien cannot imagine. A violent storm has revealed the remains of a long-dead woman buried near the Walker home, not far from the cypress swamp that is soon to give up its ghosts.
Vivien knows there is now only one way to rediscover herself – by uncovering the secrets of her family and breaking the cycle of loss that has haunted them for generations.

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April 1st, 2015

Book of the Month – April 2015

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The-Husband's-SecretThe Husband’s Secret
by Liane Moriarty
Imagine that your husband wrote you a letter, to be opened after his death. Imagine, too, that the letter contains his deepest, darkest secret – something with the potential to destroy not just the life you built together, but the lives of others as well. Imagine, then, that you stumble across that letter while your husband is still very much alive… Cecilia Fitzpatrick has achieved it all – she’s an incredibly successful businesswoman, a pillar of her small community, and a devoted wife and mother. Her life is as orderly and spotless as her home. But that letter is about to change everything, and not just for her: Rachel and Tess barely know Cecilia – or each other – but they too are about to feel the earth-shattering repercussions of her husband’s secret.

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March 1st, 2015

Book of the Month – March 2015

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House-BrokenHouse Broken by Sonja Yoerg
For veterinarian Geneva Novak, animals can be easier to understand than people. They’re also easier to forgive. But when her mother, Helen, is injured in a vodka-fueled accident, it’s up to Geneva to give her the care she needs.
Since her teens, Geneva has kept her self-destructive mother at arm’s length. Now, with two slippery teenagers of her own at home, the last thing she wants is to add Helen to the mix. but Geneva’s husband convinces her that letting Helen live with them could be her golden chance to repair their relationship.
Geneva isn’t expecting her mother to change anytime soon, but she may finally get answers to the questions she’s been asking for so long. As the truth about her family unfolds, however, Geneva may find secrets too painful to bear and too terrible to forgive.

Reviews
“A contemporary story of the relationships between 3 generations of family members and their challenges told by the mother, daughter and granddaughter. Interesting storyline with a number of subplots of the different relationships within the family and how they deal with issues that arise. A good read, especially for it being the author’s first novel.” – Review by Janice

Book of the Month
Every month we will be featuring a new book to be showcased in our Book of the Month. Staff members and friends will be reading the book and posting their reviews. We’d love to hear what you thought of these books as well. Post your comments and let us know.

House Broken is available at London Drugs along with many other great titles and is on sale for the month of March.



December 1st, 2013

Book of the Month – December 2013

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This month we are reviewing the book My Mother’s Secret by J.L.Witterick

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Franciszka and her daughter Helena, are unlikely heroines. They are simple people who mind their own business and don’t stand out from the crowd…until 1939, when crisis strikes. The Nazis invade Poland and start to persecute Jews. Providing shelter to Jews has become a death sentence, and yet Franciszka and Helena do exactly that. In their tiny two-room house in Sokal, they cleverly hide a Jewish family in a loft above their pigsty, a Jewish doctor with his wife and son in a  makeshift cellar under the kitchen floorboards, and a defecting German soldier in the attic – each party completely unknown to the others. For everyone to survive, Franciszka will have to outsmart her neighbors and the German commander.

Told simply and succinctly from four different perspectives – all under one roof – My Mother’s Secret is a testament to the kindness, courage, and generosity of ordinary people who choose to be extraordinary.

Reviews
“My Mother’s Secret is a story about the bravery and compassion of a woman and her daughter during the holocaust. Although a short book, this book is poignant and amazingly powerful. Based on a true story, it is inspiring to learn that during this dark time during the world war 2, love and nobility existed. It was definitely a good read.” – Review by Maria

“Given the story content, I thought this would be a difficult one to read.  On the contrary.  It was an easy, yet inspiring and poignant read that actually uplifted me.  Those who were going through so much suffering, gave what little they had, despite persecution and the threat of death.  In a time of ugliness and hatred, compassion and kindness was not obliterated.” – Review by Susie

“It’s like many short stories that merge into one at the end. Although it is a touching story of the bravery and generosity of some people, I found that the chapters were too short and the stories were bouncing back and forth too often. Because the chapters were so short, it was difficult to pick up the story line before it went to the next story line. There could have been better descriptions/build up of the characters so that the reader can have more empathy for them.” – Review by Janice

Book of the Month
Every month we will be featuring a new book to be showcased in our Book of the Month. Staff members and friends will be reading the book and posting their reviews. We’d love to hear what you thought of these books as well. Post your comments and let us know.

 



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