Indie book reviews

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Our Reviewers won’t judge your book as compared to other self-published titles, but against other books, period. Our ratings are based on the following criteria, although reviewers are able to award partial stars (i.e. a 1.3 or a 4.7), rather than rounding up or down to a whole or half number.

1/5

Really bad 
Work on it.

2/5

Mediocre
1-2 bright spots.

3/5

Good
Worth reading.

4/5

Very Good
1-2 spots that need work

5/5

Excellent!
Must-read.

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IR Approved

LOVE & LIES

By Ann Hymes
Rating:
4.8 / 5.0

Theresa, mother of three adult sons, is forced to confront the secrets of her past when the death of her youngest son sets into motion...

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ALL GOD’S CHILDREN

By Susan J Kraus
Rating:
5.0 / 5.0

Father is a military veteran. Mother is a member of the Westboro Baptist Church. Grace McDonalds is trying to help them agree over joint custody...

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WATER IS WIDER

By Marie Green McKeon
Rating:
4.0 / 5.0

Sydney has quietly kept her head down for years, working a steady but unrewarding job as a proofreader. But now her mother is dead, the...

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ANNA INCOGNITO

By Laura J Preble
Rating:
5.0 / 5.0

To ANNA INCOGNITO in the novel by Laura J. Preble, life is disastrous; something that must be survived, and often isn't.

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LONG DIVISION

By Sara B. Fraser
Rating:
5.0 / 5.0

LONG DIVISION is a multi-generational tale of dysfunction and hope echoing from grandmother, to mother, to daughter.

RISING ABOVE IT

By Katherine P. Stillerman
Rating:
3.7 / 5.0

RISING ABOVE IT, the fourth installment in Katherine P. Stillerman's Barton Family Series, chronicles the emotional journey of Hattie Barton as she loses her fortune...

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IF YOU TAME ME

By Kathie Giorgio
Rating:
4.2 / 5.0

Adopting an iguana launches a lonely woman’s exploration of feminism, companionship, and the politics of finding love in IF YOU TAME ME.

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WHAT WE DO FOR LOVE

By Anne Pfeffer
Rating:
5.0 / 5.0

WHAT WE DO FOR LOVE is a captivating story about the depths of a mother’s love.

FIFTY PLASTIC BOTTLES AND THE SHOESHINE BOX

By Maédeiva Myre
Rating:
3.0 / 5.0

Cruelty and innocence meet in Pakistan in FIFTY PLASTIC BOTTLES AND THE SHOESHINE BOX.

LONDON, CAN YOU WAIT?

By Jacquelyn Middleton
Rating:
5.0 / 5.0

LONDON, CAN YOU WAIT? is a romance, and the sequel to LONDON BELONGS TO ME.

HEROINES OF AVALON

By Ayn Cates Sullivan
Rating:
4.7 / 5.0

HEROINES OF AVALON is an inspiring new take on Celtic spirituality aimed specifically at women.

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IMMACULATE PERCEPTION

By Kik Phillips
Rating:
4.2 / 5.0

IMMACULATE PERCEPTION introduces readers to Lincoln, an offbeat but highly likable woman whose present life as a quirky introvert is shaped by her unusual, unsettling...

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