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Jennifer Kortfelt is enjoying a second career as a knitter and weaver after spending 25 years in the library/information technology field. She is an avid reader since childhood and cannot imagine anything more wonderful than a job where she is surrounded by books. She handles accounting tasks for the bookstore.



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The Ten Thousand Doors of January Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316421997
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Published: Redhook - September 10th, 2019

January lives in a big house on the shores of Lake Champlain with her guardian, a collector of antiquities, while her father is away for months at a time seeking treasures to add to the guardian’s collection. January is left mostly to her own devices and discovers a room where mysterious presents appear  as if by magic. The discovery of a book containing stories of other worlds leads January on adventures that are both exciting and dangerous. The audio version of this book had me enthralled and making opportunities to listen so I could find out what happened next.

The Bookshop on the Shore: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062850188
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - June 25th, 2019

Zoe and her son escape the noise, overcrowding and expense of London when on a whim she takes a job as a nanny for a family in Scotland. There is much mystery surrounding the family members and the crumbling castle they inhabit on the banks on the Loch Ness. Zoe’s second job managing a mobile bookshop becomes challenging when the shop owner suddenly becomes ill. I listened to the audio version of this book and really enjoyed the gorgeous accents and the excellent narration. I was especially charmed by the character Patrick and his interesting manner of speech. Lovely escapist story for the beach, a rainy day, or any time really.

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Smitten Kitchen Every Day: Triumphant and Unfussy New Favorites: A Cookbook Cover Image
ISBN: 9781101874813
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Published: Knopf - October 24th, 2017

I love this cookbook. I'm reading it like a book of short stories. The little essays describing how she came to develop the recipes draw me into her cooking mindset. The recipes themselves are quite approachable, and the ones I've already made came out beautifully. I especially appreciate that she provides alternate methods for ingredient prep and doesn't assume, for instance, that everyone owns a food processor.

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Come Sundown: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250123091
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Published: St. Martin's Paperbacks - March 26th, 2019

The dilemma I have with a new Nora Roberts novel is whether to enjoy it in small bites or devour it. Once Come Sundown's heart-wrenching story got me in its grips, there was no question of taking my time. I couldn’t go to sleep without knowing how it ended.