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Karen Rigby, Book Reviewer

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Farmer Arnold's Barnyard

by Karen Rigby

There’s plenty of warmth to the stories of Farmer Arnold’s Barnyard, which make life on a farm seem charming and serene. In M.E. Hulme’s bucolic collection Farmer Arnold’s Barnyard, uplifting tales team classic farm animals with... Read More

Book Review

Off Island

by Karen Rigby

Lara Tupper’s melancholy alternative history combines the romance of visionary, socially outlying artists with down-to-earth events that reveal them as fallible people. "Off Island" reimagines Paul Gauguin’s final year and connects... Read More

Book Review

The Weekend Wedding Assistant

by Karen Rigby

Just before their wedding, Julia’s husband-to-be Aaron died in a freak hiking accident. Now she’s a “wianceé” caught between grief and new passions. In Rachel Gladstone’s frothy Southern romantic comedy, The Weekend Wedding... Read More

Book Review

The Way of the Brave

by Karen Rigby

Susan May Warren’s Christian romance "The Way of the Brave" applies a razor-sharp eye to a suspenseful climb of Denali and its characters’ private wars. Orion is a former pararescue jumper who served in Afghanistan. Jenny is a... Read More

Book Review

Daughter of Rome

by Karen Rigby

"Daughter of Rome" is an intricate Christian novel focused on Priscilla and Aquila, following them from their charged first meeting through to their work as Corinthian tent makers. Little is known about the couple’s early days, but the... Read More

Book Review

Open Fire

by Karen Rigby

In 1917, Maria Bochkareva commanded the Women’s Battalion of Death, a unit in the Russian army that fought against invading Germany. In Amber Lough’s novel "Open Fire", this episode in women’s military history is the piercing... Read More

Book Review

Turn to Stone

by Karen Rigby

James W. Ziskin’s "Turn to Stone" pulls Ellie, an enterprising reporter, into a slow-burning search for the truth behind a professor’s reputation. In 1963, Ellie is in Italy for a literature symposium. When the body of Professor... Read More

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