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26 01, 2017

Review: The Road to Enchantment by Kaya McLaren

By | January 26th, 2017|Categories: Coming of Age, Family Life, Genre Fiction, Literature & Fiction, Women's Fiction|Tags: , , |7 Comments

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road to enchantment book coverReviewed by Meg Massey

When she was a child, Willow’s father cheated on her mother and left their family in shambles. She and her mother moved to New Mexico, where she felt like an outsider among the Apache people. Her only saving grace in her mother’s strange and eccentric new life was Darrel, a young Apache boy who would become her best friend in the world.

Fast forward many years, and Willow is a musician living in Los Angeles. She finds out she’s been dumped, and that her mother has died in a tragic accident on the same horrible day. And when she returns to New Mexico to settle her mother’s affairs and sees Darrel for the first time in years, he realizes before she does that she is pregnant with her ex-boyfriend’s child.

28 12, 2016

Review: My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout

By | December 28th, 2016|Categories: Family Life, Genre Fiction, Literary, Literature & Fiction, Women's Fiction|Tags: , , |5 Comments

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my name is lucy barton book coverReviewed by Nina Longfield

My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout is a novel that begins in reflection. The main character, Lucy, is looking back at a time “many years ago” in which she was hospitalized for nine weeks with a mysterious illness. At that time, she was weak and growing weaker. Her one constant was the view from her hospital bed of the Chrysler Building. In the daytime, the building seemed to recede, another gray silhouette surround by gray, but at night, it shown bright giving Lucy hope in her darkness.

Lucy’s story is about loneliness and isolation. Even surrounded by family, she seems to be alone. Lucy wakes in her hospital room some days after being admitted to find her mother sitting in the chair at the foot of her bed.

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.

12 12, 2016

Review: Mothers, Tell Your Daughters by Bonnie Jo Campbell

By | December 12th, 2016|Categories: Family Life, Genre Fiction, Literature & Fiction, Short Stories, Women's Fiction|Tags: , , |2 Comments

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mothers tell your daughters book coverReviewed by Alisha Churbe

Bonnie Jo Campbell’s short story collection, Mothers, Tell Your Daughters is honest, bitter, sad and powerful. The book consists of sixteen short stories, two of which run only about a page. The collection of stories centers around women, many about motherhood and the complicated relationships between mothers and daughter. The stories will remind you of your own mistakes. Many of the stories have been published in other publications prior to this collection.

The stories are far from happy tales of weddings and grandchildren, the stories are centered around the effects of relationships with men, the effect of life-altering decisions and how mothers and daughters cope with each other and the mistakes that are made. Campbell illuminates what its like to be a mother and how to cope as a daughter.

22 11, 2016

Review: A House Without Windows by Nadia Hashimi

By | November 22nd, 2016|Categories: Cultural Heritage, Family Life, Genre Fiction, Historical, Literature & Fiction, Women's Fiction|Tags: , , |1 Comment

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house without windows book coverReviewed by Benish Khan

A House Without Windows by Nadia Hashimi revolves around the lives of modern Afghan women. The character Zeba used to be a wife, mother, and a peaceful villager. Her husband Kamal is found murdered outside the courtyard of their house and as anyone sane would be, Zeba is overcome with grief and shock. Unfortunately, due to her altered state, she cannot recall where she was at the time of the murder leading her husband’s family to believe that she has murdered her own husband.

Zeba is arrested and jailed. While awaiting trial, she bonds with a group of other Afghan women who share their stories with her. She meets Nafisa, a teenager who was imprisoned to protect her from an honor killing.

13 11, 2016

Review: Losing Me by Sue Margolis

By | November 13th, 2016|Categories: Family Life, Genre Fiction, Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction, Women's Fiction|Tags: , , |3 Comments

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losing me book coverReviewed by Sarah McCubbin

A common calamity faces men and women in the Western Hemisphere. It’s not a sickness per se, but more of a mental condition that afflicts people as they get older and realize that their lives really haven’t had the impact that they always hoped they would have. Some call it a mid-life crisis…others just call it life. In her novel, Losing Me, Sue Margolis tells the story of Barbara Stirling. Past mid-life at 58, she works as a teacher, comes home, talks to the husband, talks to her son and presses repeat day after day. There is a familiar monotony to her days that is comforting in its familiarity but suffocating at the same time. When Barbara is suddenly faced with losing her position, her whole world starts to unravel as she begins to analyze just exactly the life she has built for herself.

3 11, 2016

Review: Saving Phoebe Murrow by Herta Feely

By | November 3rd, 2016|Categories: Family Life, Genre Fiction, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Women's Fiction|Tags: , , |5 Comments

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saving phoebe murrow book coverReviewed by Kate Schefer

I’m going to preface this review by admitting that I went into this completely blind. I didn’t read other reviews, or author bios, or even a synopsis. I picked the book because the cover intrigued me—yep, you heard me. I judge books by their covers. I should’ve looked more closely, though, because the tagline at the top hinted at the plot. “Have you ever tried to be the perfect mother?”

Saving Phoebe Murrow is Herta Feely’s debut novel about the severe impacts that cyber-bullying can have on its victims, perpetrators, relatives, and entire communities. Set in 2008 and inspired by the real 2006 case of Megan Meier (the details of which may act as spoilers, so be warned), the book is told from multiple perspectives, but focuses on three main characters.

1 11, 2016

Review: The Fallout by Tamar Cohen

By | November 1st, 2016|Categories: Family Life, Genre Fiction, Literature & Fiction, Women's Fiction|Tags: , |1 Comment

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the fallout book coverReviewed by Jennifer Jensen

When Dan informs he and his wife Sasha’s best friends, Josh and Hannah, that he has fallen in love with a younger woman and is leaving Sasha for her, loyalties and boundaries are tested. Dan looks to Josh for validation in the choices that he has made, and Josh finds himself slightly jealous of Dan’s new freedom. Meanwhile, tension rises between Hannah and Sasha as Sasha leans more heavily on Hannah than she ever has before. Hannah begins to question if it weren’t for their daughters’ friendship if they would even have one at all…

If you are looking for your next light read, Tamar Cohen’s The Fallout is not the one. It actually took me several months to make my way through this book; I was so infuriated by the actions, words, and thoughts of all of the main characters. This book is dark and depressing and weighed on me every time that I picked it up to read it. Finally, I just took a deep breath and forced myself to get to the very last page.

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?

28 10, 2016

Review: Harmony by Carolyn Parkhurst

By | October 28th, 2016|Categories: Family Life, Genre Fiction, Literary, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense|Tags: , , , |4 Comments

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harmony by parkhurst book coverReviewed by Lauren Cannavino

Carolyn Parkhurst’s novel, Harmony, captures the reader almost immediately. The stage is set with quiet suspense as a small, young family heads to New Hampshire to begin a new life. Something is clearly going to happen and from the well-paced intensity, there is no way to determine exactly what will transpire. The Hammond family, compromised of Josh, Alexandra, Tilly and Iris, have sold most of their belongings, their home and are ready to embark on a new life together, living and working on a family camp. Tilly, the elder of the two girls, has a rare version of Autism and for Josh and Alexandra, the family camp seems like the best and perhaps last option to see a breakthrough.