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  Riley Sager has proven that he can up the ante with each thriller. Survive the night is an expertly maneuvered set of spurts, spins, curves, and brakes that convinced me that I might not make it through the night without reading the last page. Sager has a knack for revealing the inner workings of […]

David Bell’s newest thriller, Kill All Your Darlings, takes us through those mysterious college hallways where the inside politics behind classroom lecture halls are revealed. That pressure to publish is real. It’s easy to see why Professor Connor Nye passed off a missing student’s manuscript as his own. After losing his wife and son in […]

The Moonshiner’s Daughter is a coming of age story featuring Jessie Sasser, a teenager who lives up to her name. This young lady grows up in the 60s during the time of backwoods stills and festering family feuds. From the earliest of Jessie’s memories, she is convinced that no good will ever come from her […]

This summer read unearthed a range of emotions for me that seldom happens in one novel. Not only do I love magnolias, I grew up on a tobacco farm much like Austin Foster and her family. Unlike me, she grows up while raising her six siblings after her mother dies giving birth to twins. Feisty, […]

  Northern Spy is a story of Tessa, an intelligent, career-focused woman raising her infant son on her own. The Irish Republic Army has been active. Terrorist attacks have threatened the peaceful life Tessa shares with her sister, a paramedic, and her mother, a house cleaner. Everyone, including Tessa, wants a united Ireland but some […]

  Have you ever regretted the choices you’ve made in life? In The Midnight Library, Nora Seed regrets everything, believing she is insignificant and of no use to anyone. She can’t even properly care for her cat, which happens to be the last straw in her state of despair. Nora wishes to die. Then Nora […]

  Ordinary Grace is one of those novels that wraps you up in a time period with vivid details as told from the perspective of Frank Drum, looking back on his thirteenth summer in 1961. The setting of New Bremen, Minnesota represents typical American small towns with networks of community linking the church, schools, police, […]

  This book is a treasure for anyone who loves a story of two distinct timelines that relate in more ways than one. Author, Sarah Penner, leads her reader to a mysterious London Apothecary owned by Nella over two hundred years ago. Remedies are doled out for a host of ailments to aid the sick […]

  I’m guilty – I judged a book by its cover. But this time it paid off. Kelly Irvine, a bestselling author with 19 books penned in her name, gives her all to each page. Her Every Move features an independent woman dedicated to her beliefs and living life on her terms. Then, add in […]

BOOK REVIEW The Scent Keeper is Erica Bauermeister’s heavenly work of art. This story is a unique coming of age journey for Emmeline as she grows up on an island with only her father. She is taught to navigate the world through the wildly complex sense of smell. The author is vastly talented in her […]

BOOK REVIEW Jojo Moyes has outdone herself with a novel set in the mountains of Kentucky during the Great Depression. The Giver of Stars draws you in with immediate tension as five strong willed women dive into the roles of pack-horse librarians on a mission to spread literacy despite any obstacles. Complications of every kind […]

BOOK REVIEW Lauren K. Denton’s newest Southern novel, The Summer House led me through a tranquil path, curled up on my porch swing. This journey takes place in the peaceful town of Safe Harbor, Alabama, where I would love to stroll along the water’s edge and visit the endearing characters of this novel. Two strong […]

BOOK REVIEW Lisa Wingate doesn’t shy away from giving a heart wrenching portrayal of individual suffering caused by some of the greatest injustices ever faced. Her newest release, The Book of Lost Friends is giving me a front seat view of historical events of the 1875 period of Reconstruction in the deep South of Louisiana.  I’m […]

BOOK REVIEW Diane Chamberlain’s Big Lies in a Small Town grabbed me from the first line. She crafts a tale that expertly weaves the past of Anna Dale, an artist in a 1940 North Carolina town with present day Morgan, already living with regrets and secrets of her own. Morgan is cornered into reconstructing the post […]

Lucy Foley’s The Guest List had me guessing until the last squirrely click of the puzzle piece. A creepy, Irish island is the fantasy wedding venue for a talented magazine publisher and her charming fiancé, a gorgeous television star. The fast pace and intriguing characters mix with your imagination in this ghostly, dangerous setting. The […]

Fall into the stunning world of authentic food, culture, and magnificent landscapes of the Cuban experience spanning two generations torn between war and love of their homeland.

  I’m guilty – I judged a book by its cover. But this time it paid off. Kelly Irvine, a bestselling author with 19 books penned in her name, gives her all to each page. Her Every Move features an independent woman dedicated to her beliefs and living life on her terms. Then, add in […]

  This book is a treasure for anyone who loves a story of two distinct timelines that relate in more ways than one. Author, Sarah Penner, leads her reader to a mysterious London Apothecary owned by Nella over two hundred years ago. Remedies are doled out for a host of ailments to aid the sick […]

  Ordinary Grace is one of those novels that wraps you up in a time period with vivid details as told from the perspective of Frank Drum, looking back on his thirteenth summer in 1961. The setting of New Bremen, Minnesota represents typical American small towns with networks of community linking the church, schools, police, […]

  Have you ever regretted the choices you’ve made in life? In The Midnight Library, Nora Seed regrets everything, believing she is insignificant and of no use to anyone. She can’t even properly care for her cat, which happens to be the last straw in her state of despair. Nora wishes to die. Then Nora […]

  Northern Spy is a story of Tessa, an intelligent, career-focused woman raising her infant son on her own. The Irish Republic Army has been active. Terrorist attacks have threatened the peaceful life Tessa shares with her sister, a paramedic, and her mother, a house cleaner. Everyone, including Tessa, wants a united Ireland but some […]

This summer read unearthed a range of emotions for me that seldom happens in one novel. Not only do I love magnolias, I grew up on a tobacco farm much like Austin Foster and her family. Unlike me, she grows up while raising her six siblings after her mother dies giving birth to twins. Feisty, […]

The Moonshiner’s Daughter is a coming of age story featuring Jessie Sasser, a teenager who lives up to her name. This young lady grows up in the 60s during the time of backwoods stills and festering family feuds. From the earliest of Jessie’s memories, she is convinced that no good will ever come from her […]

David Bell’s newest thriller, Kill All Your Darlings, takes us through those mysterious college hallways where the inside politics behind classroom lecture halls are revealed. That pressure to publish is real. It’s easy to see why Professor Connor Nye passed off a missing student’s manuscript as his own. After losing his wife and son in […]

  Riley Sager has proven that he can up the ante with each thriller. Survive the night is an expertly maneuvered set of spurts, spins, curves, and brakes that convinced me that I might not make it through the night without reading the last page. Sager has a knack for revealing the inner workings of […]

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