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The Illusionist's Apprentice

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     Our story begins in the year 1926 in December, at Mount Aubern Cemetary in Cambridge, MA where a man seemingly rises from the grave, only to drop dead again within moments. This introduces us to two agents of the newly-formed FBI, and a vaudeville performer by the name of Wren Lockhart. The next chapter begins from Wren's perspective, in January of 1927, at her office in Boston.    So begins Kristy Cambron's latest novel - a murder mystery set in the 1920s. Lori, our bookkeeper here at the House of James, read The Illusionist's Apprentice recently and recommended it very highly. As she reports, The Illusionist's Apprentice is full of mystery, intrigue, and romance (the book-reading-life essentials, essentially), and it kept her attention with each piece and revelation. Cambron plays with timeline in this novel - you have to pay attention to the dates under the chapter headings, because it will be 1927 one chapter and 1907 the next, with some leaps in betw

The Secret of Nightingale Wood

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    I'm sure that I never would have thought to read this book if my coworker hadn't handed it to me and told me it might be my kind of story. He suggested it to me purely for the beauty of the prose, but what he couldn't know was how deeply the story itself would impact me.    The Secret of Nightingale Wood by Lucy Strange is listed as juvenile fiction for 8-12 year olds, but I think it holds a powerful message about mental health and grief for people of all ages. I would recommend this to anyone over 8 years old who knows someone struggling with their mental health, or who struggles themselves.     Henrietta is a young girl, around ten years old, who has just lost her brother to a house fire. Her family moves out to a house near the coast, for the sake of her mother's health. The Secret of Nightingale Wood is told entirely from Henrietta's perspective - she goes by Henry, has a baby sister they call Piglet, and meets a stranger she christens "Moth"