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Without You by Anthony Rapp. Once in a while, there's a book that unlocks your heart and is filled with charisma, sensitivity and depth. Without You is Rapp's autobiography about Rent as well as his relationship with his mother who is fighting cancer. The beautifully written book is a testament about family relationships and the importance to being yourself. To quote a line from the show, 'how do you measure a year in a life' and throughout Without You, he made each of his mother's years, count.

What would you do if you had the chance to go back in time and prevent Kennedy from being assassinated? For Jake Epping, the choice was made for him by an old friend's last wish. As he circumnavigates the past, he creates a Butterfly Effect that ripples through the past and alters the present. Finding love, fulfillment and a chance to put things right, will he risk everything, including his heart, to save the future?

The Girl You Left Behind by Jojo Moyes begins in 1916 with Edouard Lefevre presenting his wife a portrait that captures her spirit. Drafted into service, he leaves behind Sophie at her family's hotel where they must defend themselves against the invaders. Trying to survive, she forms a truce with a German soldier but is labeled a traitor by her peers. Will she ever be reunited with Edouard, will the painting resurface to put to rest past wrongs and what happened to the Lefevre family?

The Diplomat's Wife by Pam Jenoff is the continuing story of the Kommandant's Girl. This time it's Marta's story and her journey from being left for dead to surviving World War II, falling in love, suffering devastating loss and then takes readers on a journey through the twists and turns of espionage.

The Stranger By Harlan Coben

What starts out as an ordinary evening spirals out of control when Adam meets The Stranger! Settling old scores and putting to 'right' past mistakes he's told that his wife faked her pregnancy and he didn't have to be married. He's now living a lie and as he comes to terms with his wife's betrayal, strange events commence around him making him think maybe she's innocent in her crimes. Will he solve the mystery, restore his wife's good name or will the Stranger create strangers among friends

In a world where there's only six degrees of separation between people, one action can create a change of events that forever alters a community. A letter, beads and a piece of the Berlin Wall, at first sight seem like innocent souvenirs but will expose a twisted turn of events that will be life-changing. .

Set in France during World War II, the Rossignol sisters prove that persistence and determination can make a difference. Putting themselves in harm's way, they join the resistance. It comes to no surprise that impetuous Isabelle would join the movement but when Vianne sees her friends and family hurt, she takes action. The story is told in flashback sequence through Vianne or Isabelle's perspective but the author keeps readers guessing throughout the book.

The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein. The novel is told from a dog's perspective and readers will be lapping up Enzo's story. As the novel races along, Enzo has his paw on the metal as Denny's career and family life unravels. It's a unique 'tail' that illustrates the bond between man and his best friend.

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. The novel centers around the lives of two families on opposing sides of the war.Throughout the years both children are forced to grow up quickly; while one embraces her future, the other, horrified with his role in the guards, spirit begins to diminish. When their paths cross in 1944, although blind, its Marie-Laure who teaches Werner to see.

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty. Behind Pirriwee Public School's doors, the private lives of the parents are filled with turmoil.

The story is told in the style of Gone Girl reflecting through Rachel, Anna and Megan's memories. It quickly picks up and like a train speeds rapidly through the pages. Readers along on the high-charged journey will find themselves second-guessing the characters' motives. A chilling murder, psychological flashbacks, plot twists and a climax that begs for release, those who get over the threshold will find themselves holding their breath until the killer is revealed.

New York by Edward Rutherfurd. Born in Buffalo and having lived in New York City for twelve years, Rutherfurd's novel was especially poignant to me. The historical fiction was impressively researched and spans the founding of New Amsterdam to the attack of the World Trade Center.

This Star Won't Go Out by Esther Earl was one of the best books I've read this year! I laughed, cried and was amazed by the true beauty, Esther portrayed. Instead of being defined by cancer, she lived her life and helped change the world. Although her life was cut short, she will forever be remembered by the remarkable character she displayed and the lives she touched.

Is violence hereditary and which is more important, nature or nurture? For the Barber family, life as they know it is shattered when their son's classmate is killed. Andy Barber, the father and D.A. is in charge of the investigation. Despite a difficult case, the angst begins when his son becomes a suspect. How far would you go to defend your child?

Betrayed by Lisa Scottoline. Mystery lovers, Scottoline's latest book will keep you on the edge of your seat and frantically thumbing through the novel. I fell in love with her books while working for her publisher but like a fine wine, she gets better with age. Twists and turns are thrown in with every chapter and every time you think you know what's going to happen, another one is heading your way. If you pick up Scottoline's latest book, you won't be 'Betrayed' by the plot. Happy reading!.

Dallas' novel sets readers in mining country but instead of the usual story, it features a strong female protagonist who against the odds carves out a new life for herself. The book has several layers and I found myself eagerly waiting for the Hennie's next story to be told. A gifted storyteller, Hennie weaves her lessons in order to forge a better life for her friends. Readers will find themselves rooting for the characters and hoping that they can rise above their circumstances and persevere.

Little Bee by Chris Cleave, a beautiful story, sad, honest and inspiring.

Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier

Gray Mountain by John Grisham.

I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafzai.

Barefoot in Baghdad: A Story of Identity-My Own and What It Means to Be a Woman in Chaos

Once We Were Brothers is Ronald H. Balson's compelling tale of two boys and a family who struggle to survive in war-torn Poland, and a young love that struggles to endure the unspeakable cruelty of the Holocaust. Two lives, two worlds, and sixty years converge in an explosive race to redemption that makes for a moving and powerful tale of love, survival, and ultimately the triumph of the human spirit.

The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho. This is such a beautiful book. Not only is it inspiring, but it also teaches you the virtue of patience and how it pays off when trying to reach your dreams.

After her parents die in a tragic fire, Niamh find herself a reluctant passenger on the Orphan Train bound for the countryside in a movement to 'help' foster kids find a family. Although well-meaning, the children are carted aboard and exhibited like possessions chosen for their age, ability to work or money that the families would receive for housing the children.