Summer Reads: Sadie, A Book Review

Sadie by Canadian author Courtney Summers is a gutsy and terrifying young-adult thriller guaranteed to keep readers tethered to the story from start to finish. Summers offers a fresh style of prose + podcast, showing two sides of the same story that will leave readers breathless for more. The story Sadie is narrated by two …

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Safe Harbour

Summer Reads: Safe Harbour, A Book Review

Continuing with MuskokaStyle’s Summer Reads, Safe Harbour is a young adult novel by Muskoka writer Christina Kilbourne. It’s fiction that leads you down a path of false safety, a path on which easy solutions become a lot more complicated. The novel begins with Harbour, a 14-year-old girl who finds herself living in a tent in …

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The Girls of Pearl Harbor

Summer Reads: The Girls of Pearl Harbor

Summer reads aren’t restricted to summer. Staying close to home, curling up on the coach, taking some downtime with a good book are all worthy endeavours in springtime, too. With help from Goodreads, NetGalley, blurbs from book launches, and our own reading time here at MuskokaStyle, we’re putting together previews of upcoming “summer reads” for …

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Beachread: In a Dark, Dark Wood

The word hen is all it took. The English mot for bridal shower led author Ruth Ward to devise a twisted “hen party plot” for her first suspense novel, In a Dark, Dark Wood. Set in an eerie glass house in the midst of a secluded English forest, this 2017 beach read will keep you biting your nails to the bitter …

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Beach Read: Bittersweet

It’s the classic summer beachread of rags to riches, with a twist. Miranda Beverly-Whitemore’s haunting Bittersweet follows troubled Ivy League scholarship student Mabel Dagmar to her New England dorm room where she’s befriended by the school’s wild and very blue-blooded It Girl, Ev Winslow. It’s an unlikely friendship that leads to a summer at Ev’s …

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Book Cover for Delicious


Famed food restaurant reviewer, author and TV personality Ruth Reichl’s first novel is as light as gossamer spun sugar – perfect for dockside reading. Ruth Reichl’s first novel is as light as gossamer spun sugar. Using New York’s fine foods scene and publishing world as an appetizing backdrop, Reichl serves up a modern and decades-old …

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Summer Reads | 5 All-Star Books

There are 5 new all-star books you can add to your summer reading list thanks to some rigorous debate by CBC’s Canada Reads. The 2016 literary competition placed Lawrence Hill’s The Illegal on the top of its list, followed by Anita Rau Badami’s The Hero’s Walk, Michael Winter’s Minister Without Portfolio, Salem Nawaz’s Bone and Bread, and …

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Summer Reads | Book Preview: After You Die

With place names like Peterborough and Fenlon, we could mistake this tight summer read as a Canadian cottage-country tale. It’s not. Author Eva Dolan is an Essex-based writer whose crime fiction follows two detectives working the UK’s Peterborough Hate Crimes Unit. Still, what makes After You Die a prospect for an afternoon read on a …

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