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17 04, 2017

Review: The Expatriates by Janice Y.K. Lee

By | April 17th, 2017|Categories: Contemporary, Literary, Literature & Fiction, Women's Fiction|Tags: , , , |5 Comments

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expatriates book coverReviewed by Lauren Cannavino

Janice Y.K. Lee’s novel, The Expatriates, is a lyrical and close look at the lives of three women living in Hong Kong. While the women do have differences, their stories and lives have strong intersections and Lee’s wonderful storytelling ability blends the stories together smoothly. The novel speaks of three lives on hold while in Hong Kong and the development of the characters, their emotions and their situations, make this a fast, enjoyable read.

Mercy, Margaret and Hilary are in Hong Kong for different reasons, Mercy a former student laden with bad luck and the latter two being wives and/or mothers, in Hong Kong for their husband’s careers.

7 04, 2017

Review: A Bridge Across the Ocean by Susan Meissner

By | April 7th, 2017|Categories: Contemporary, Genre Fiction, Historical, Literary, Literature & Fiction, Women's Fiction|Tags: , , |5 Comments

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a bridge across the ocean book coverReviewed by Charity Lyman

Have you ever started a book and found yourself unsure of where the author was going to take you? Well, that is where I began my journey through A Bridge Across the Ocean by Susan Meissner. I entered a world of ghosts, intrigue and ethereal people. Believe me, I don’t think I will be the same after reading this book.

The plot bounces back and forth between many different time periods, including present day California, and 1940s Boston, England and France. There are many characters who are a part of the tale, but all are connected in some manner or another. Even if only by the fact that they can see ghosts, or people from other dimensions.

25 03, 2017

Review: The Last Chance Matinee by Mariah Stewart

By | March 25th, 2017|Categories: Contemporary, Family Life, Genre Fiction, Literature & Fiction, Romance, Series, Women's Fiction|Tags: , , , |5 Comments

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last chance matinee book coverReviewed by Kelly Ferjutz

‘Blended’ families – you know, the ‘hers’, ‘his’, and ‘ours’ type of familial organization is a fairly recent invention in this country. Especially during the last 50 years or so. But in this story you get a different kind of ‘blended’ family – three daughters of one man, with two different women, and no divorce in the middle. The three daughters meet for the first time as 30-somethings after both Moms and the Dad are all deceased. Talk about a surprise!

Allie and Des are full sisters, Cara is the singleton in the batch. Allie and Cara both had unhappy marriages; Des is still single. They meet in the attorney’s office to go over the terms of the will. All three women did know the attorney as Uncle Pete, however. It seems that Dad (Fritz Hudson) came from a wealthy family in the small town of Hidden Falls, Pennsylvania.

12 01, 2017

Review: Lacombe Lucien by Louis Malle & Patrick Modiano

By | January 12th, 2017|Categories: Coming of Age, Contemporary, Drama & Plays, Genre Fiction, Literature & Fiction|Tags: , , , , |2 Comments

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lacombe lucien book coverReviewed by Nina Longfield

Set in Southwestern France in June 1944 during the German occupation, Lacombe Lucien is a tense work digging into the pathos of the era. The French citizens go about their lives quietly trying not to bring any attention to themselves. No one seems to know where his or her neighbor’s and, sometimes, even family loyalties lie. Lacombe Lucien is the 1974 screenplay collaboration between renown French movie producer Louis Malle and Patrick Modiano, recipient of the 2014 Nobel Prize in Literature. Translated into English by Sabine Destree, the screenplay is beautifully written and easily read.

17 12, 2016

Review: The Promise Kitchen by Peggy Lampman

By | December 17th, 2016|Categories: Contemporary, Family Life, Genre Fiction, Literature & Fiction, Women's Fiction|Tags: , , , |1 Comment

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the promise kitchen book coverReviewed by Amanda Schafer

Shelby is a small-town girl who has big dreams. Her daughter Miss Ann is her life and she has plans to get both of them out of their small town. But to do that, Shelby has to sacrifice: she has to move to Atlanta so she can receive training on how to be a chef. Her goal is to become a chef so that Miss Ann can come live with her and they can be done with small town life. But working at Grasso’s and taking classes on the side is a very slow way to make her dreams come true. However, along the way, she becomes close friends with Tracy and Clare, owners of Squash Blossom Farms. Tracy and Clare help her find herself and realize exactly what her priorities should be.

28 10, 2016

Review: Mending Fences by Sherryl Woods

By | October 28th, 2016|Categories: Contemporary, Family Life, Genre Fiction, Literature & Fiction, Romance, Women's Fiction|Tags: , , , |4 Comments

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mending fences book coverReviewed by Kelly Ferjutz

If you like character-driven, well-written books, then you have probably already read something by Sherryl Woods. I can’t think of anyone who does them better! All her books contain conflict, which is essential to any plot, but Mending Fences one has CONFLICT! Big-time conflict on so many levels I couldn’t begin to identify all of them.

Although it was originally published in 2007, this is a new edition, and could have been ripped out of today’s headlines. In the author’s own words from the preface, this is the story of . . .

What would happen between two families who’d shared so many important events, so many hopes and dreams and such a deep friendship, if something tragic occurred with the potential to split them apart?

14 10, 2016

Review: Learning to Fall by Anne Clermont

By | October 14th, 2016|Categories: Coming of Age, Contemporary, Genre Fiction, Literature & Fiction, Sports, Women's Fiction|Tags: , , |3 Comments

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learning to fall book coverReviewed by Kelly Ferjutz

Now in her early twenties, Brynn Seymour has always been around horses, which are, after all, her family’s main source of income. The family home is part of the Redwood Grove Stables, some forty or so miles north of San Francisco spread over grassy hills and valleys, perfect for the stabling and hunter/jumper training offered by her father. Beginning with smaller scale events, horses and riders gradually move up to the Gran Prix circuit with prizes of a million or so bucks. It’s big-time stuff!

An only child, Brynn has always wanted to be a veterinarian. She’s now just one year away from graduation when she accompanies her dad and their number one stableman Derek, to the biggest of them all — The Million Dollar Gold Cup Event in Canada. She is over-tired from studying and may have forgotten to securely latch the gate on the three horse trailer they’re towing.

11 10, 2016

Review: What Becomes Us by Micah Perks

By | October 11th, 2016|Categories: Contemporary, Literary, Literature & Fiction, Women's Fiction|Tags: , , |7 Comments

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what becomes us book coverReviewed by Kate Schefer

When Evie Rosen is trapped in an avalanche during a ski trip, her husband fails to come her aid, and when she does escape, she decides to escape her life with him as well. Hiding out with her cousin and best friend, Molly, Evie discovers that she’s also pregnant—with twins. So she starts completely anew in upstate New York, as the substitute teacher for a high school history class in a strange little town. What Becomes Us, written from the perspective of Evie’s twin fetuses, is Micah Perks’ latest insightful and inventive novel.

As Evie learns how to live on her own, she also learns about the residents of Lonely Rincon, who rally around their newest addition with varying fervor. While parts of the book were definitely lacking, I immediately noticed the strength and definition of each character.

2 10, 2016

Review: Where Love Lies by Julie Cohen

By | October 2nd, 2016|Categories: Contemporary, Literature & Fiction, Romance, Women's Fiction|Tags: , , |2 Comments

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where love lies book coverReviewed by Kelly Ferjutz

Publishing is heavily dependent on ‘what the other guy does’. If a certain theme from one of them is successful, then all of a sudden, they all want one ‘like that.’  This year’s theme seems to be a single Mom raising a young daughter, with no Dad anywhere to be found. Not even his identity. This leaves the daughter with a major gap in her history and even herself. True, some adjust better than others. Frequently Mom is an artist of some variety–otherwise known as a ‘free spirit’. Mom and daughter move a lot, maybe every year or so. With no roots and no stability, it’s hardly any wonder that so many of these daughters end up as a neurotic basket-case.

2 10, 2016

Review: Regrets Only by M.J. Pullen

By | October 2nd, 2016|Categories: Contemporary, Literature & Fiction, Romance, Women's Fiction|Tags: , , |2 Comments

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regrets only book coverReviewed by Bethany Kelly

Regrets Only, M.J. Pullen’s second novel in a series about a group of friends living in Atlanta, is a charming and suspenseful read, keeping the reader guessing until the very end.

Suzanne is 33 years old, has a successful event planning business, an amazing group of best friends, a fabulous condo in Atlanta, and guys lining up to take her out on the town and attempt to win her heart. Not to mention, she has just booked an event that could take her career to a whole other level.

However, after meticulously planning this “event of the season,” a series of strange accidents send her life into a tailspin. Not only does it end with a huge blow to her career, but it also has her re-thinking her philosophy on life and love.