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19 05, 2016

Review: Who Do You Love by Jennifer Weiner

By | May 19th, 2016|Categories: Contemporary, Family Life, Genre Fiction, Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction, Women's Fiction|Tags: , , , |4 Comments

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who do you love book coverReviewed by Bethany Kelly

I had never heard of Jennifer Weiner before I got Who Do You Love, but this book definitely makes me want to read her other novels.

Rachel Blum is eight years old – in the hospital again because of her congenital heart defect – when she meets Andy Landis, also eight years old. This chance meeting is the beginning of a lifelong relationship between the two.

Rachel lives in Florida and wants for nothing. At least nothing material. However, because of her heart defect, her parents spend all of their time worrying about her and keeping her from being a kid. Andy grows up in Philadelphia with a single mom. His mom, having to work long hours to keep a roof over their heads, is never home, so he spends his time running.

Rachel and

31 03, 2016

Review: The Restaurant Critic’s Wife by Elizabeth LaBan

By | March 31st, 2016|Categories: Humor & Entertainment, Literary, Literature & Fiction, Women's Fiction|Tags: , , |5 Comments

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restaurant critic's wife book coverReviewed by Lauren Cannavino

Lila Soto finds herself in a world that she never really paid much attention to and then suddenly realizes that she does not know how exactly she even came to this point in her existence. A former public relations and crisis management executive for a successful, large hotel chain, Lila now finds herself a faint image of her past. After moving to Philadelphia from New Orleans for her husband Sam’s new job as the food critic for the local paper, a very pregnant Lila must learn to juggle not only the new surroundings, but also putting career on hold, her toddler, role as a wife and a new social landscape.

Sam becomes quickly obsessed and ridiculous about remaining anonymous in their new city–he wants Lila to make no new friends out of fear of

23 03, 2016

Blog Tour: The Total Package by Stephanie Evanovich

By | March 23rd, 2016|Categories: Contemporary, Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction, Romance, Women's Fiction|Tags: , , , , , , |6 Comments

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the total package book coverPlease join Stephanie Evanovich, author of The Total Package, as she tours the blogosphere with TLC Book Tours!

Reviewed by Bethany Kelly

The Total Package by Stephanie Evanovich is all about second chances, and how we all deserve to be able to make up for our past transgressions.

Tyson Palmer is a star quarterback who is no stranger to rock bottom. After all, he was there a few short years ago. After an addiction to painkillers, drinking, and women leaves him exiled from football, Palmer has no choice but to accept Barrow’s offer of redemption.

After staying with Barrow and the Mavericks for a few years, Palmer decides it’s time to stop tempting fate and quit football. However, when a star player is about to be traded to the Mavericks with the requirement that Palmer play

4 03, 2016

Review: Read Bottom Up by Neel Shah and Skye Chatham

By | March 4th, 2016|Categories: Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction|Tags: , |5 Comments

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read bottom up book coverReviewed by Meg Massey

Madeline and Elliot first meet at a restaurant opening in New York, and exchange email addresses and phone numbers. Read Bottom Up allows readers to view the messages that are shared between the two as their relationship begins and inevitably heats up. We also see them share what’s happening in their blossoming relationship with their closest (and hilarious) friends, Emily and David. As expected in just about any relationship, conflicts and misunderstandings occur. Will Madeline and Elliot be able to overcome their issues and find their happily ever after?

Neel Shah and Skye Chatham’s Read Bottom Up does something that few novels are able to do these days: truly surprise its readers! Consisting entirely of email and text messages, this is a unique read that you’re sure to enjoy. You’ll share in the ups

16 02, 2016

Review: What You Don’t Understand by Lance Manion

By | February 16th, 2016|Categories: Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction, Short Stories|Tags: , |5 Comments

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what you don't understand book coverReviewed by Neriza Billi

A book that contains a collection of short stories has always been a good distraction for me. I have always found it easier to put aside and come back to compared to a regular novel.

What You Don’t Understand is precisely one of these books. It contains a compilation of Lance Manion’s reflections, childhood memories, odd observations and sometimes peculiar people from his past. Some of them are remembered fondly, some are analyzed in hindsight, but always with a bit of wit. He has touched on pop culture, reality TV and famous people who he thinks should not be given a minute of our attention (and I wholeheartedly agree on that one).

Reading the book made me feel like I was in a standup club, surrounded by people with mixed reactions on the

19 11, 2015

Blog Tour & Giveaway: Life and Other Near-Death Experiences by Camille Pagan

By | November 19th, 2015|Categories: Giveaways, Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction, Women's Fiction|Tags: , , |10 Comments

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life and other near death experiences book coverPlease join Camille Pagan, author of Life and Other Near-Death Experiences, as she tours the blogosphere with TLC Book Tours.

Enter to win a copy of the book below – open to US and Canada

Reviewed by Vera Pereskokova

Libby Miller was content  – if not perfectly happy – with her life. She married Tom, the boy she fell in love with in grade school. Geographical separation aside, she adored her twin brother and his two children with his partner. And despite a miserable devil-wears-prada-like boss, Libby still felt like she had an upper hand because tolerating her boss also meant a hefty paycheck and an impressive, if not entirely real, resume.

When a mass removed from her stomach turns out to be a rare type of cancer, Libby expects to have Tom’s shoulder to cry on.

23 09, 2015

Review: The Someday Jar by Allison Morgan

By | September 23rd, 2015|Categories: Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction, Romance, Women's Fiction|Tags: , , |7 Comments

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the someday jar book coverReviewed by Sarah McCubbin

Childhood dreams are the stuff of fantasy. Wishful thinking and happy expectations are like fairy dust that glitters the whimsy of young lives. But something happens in those years when one transitions into adulthood. Somehow that sparkle falls away and dreams are tucked carefully in boxes of memorabilia. Life goes on with those hopes forgotten. In her novel, The Someday Jar, Allison Morgan tells the story of Lanie Howard and her long forgotten wishes tucked away in a humble jar.

Lanie works as a real-estate agent. Successful and charming, the puzzle pieces of life fit perfectly together in her career and in her relationships. Engaged to Evan, everything about her life is picture perfect. One day, a piece of her childhood resurfaces, setting her off kilter and changing her future forever. When Lanie was young, her

11 09, 2015

Review: The Woman Who Stole My Life by Marian Keyes

By | September 11th, 2015|Categories: Humor & Entertainment, Literary, Literature & Fiction, Women's Fiction|Tags: , , |3 Comments

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woman who stole my life book coverReviewed by Carrie Ardoin

In the past I have been a huge fan of Marian Keyes’ work. Her series centered around the Walsh Family was touching, hilarious, and highly relatable. With this latest offering, however, the characters are horrific people and the plot pretty unbelievable, so I was left rather disappointed in a favorite author.

Stella Sweeney is a forty something year old woman with a typical life: workaholic husband, two surly teenagers, and a stake in a local beauty spa. Until one day, her life instantly changes. Stella becomes completely paralyzed, needing to be hospitalized to even be able to breathe. It’s discovered that Stella has Guillain Barre syndrome, and her recovery will be long, hard, and excruciating.

This is where Dr. Mannix Taylor, Stella’s neurologist, comes in. Handsome, charming, and completely disarming, he and Stella quickly form

7 09, 2015

Review: This Is Your Life, Harriet Chance! by Jonathan Evison

By | September 7th, 2015|Categories: Contemporary, Family Saga, Genre Fiction, Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction, Women's Fiction|Tags: , , , |4 Comments

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harriet chance book coverReviewed by Jax Kepple

A cruise to Alaska bookends Jonathan Evison’s excellent This Is Your Life, Harriet Chance! Bouncing around to different periods in Harriet’s life, a story slowly unfolds of a woman who constantly took the backseat and let life happen to her, even as past lies and deceits come to light, and who tries to learn to forgive and begin to heal before her life ends.

Seventy-nine-year-old Harriet Chance, freshly widowed, discovers that her late husband, Bernard, bid on the cruise three years ago, and it is about to expire. She decides to go with her best friend Mildred, much to the dismay of her children Skip and Caroline, who think she’s too old and infirm to make the trip. Mildred backs out at the last minute, and Caroline decides to join her, which leads to fifty years of skeletons coming

4 09, 2015

Review: Burning Down George Orwell’s House by Andrew Ervin

By | September 4th, 2015|Categories: Humor & Entertainment, Literary, Literature & Fiction|Tags: , |3 Comments

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george orwell's house book coverReviewed by Nina Longfield

Burning Down George Orwell’s House by Andrew Ervin is a novel about one man’s extreme escape from the material world. Running away to the edge of the world in an attempt to fall off the grid and escape his life, Ray Welter lands on the Isle of Jura, Scotland at George Orwell’s former cottage, Barnhill. Ray chooses Barnhill as his escape for a reason. Orwell’s novel 1984 is Ray’s favorite book; a first edition is Ray’s most valued possession. Ray believes Orwell foresaw not only the future of humankind but also his own life within the pages of the famous Orwellian novel.

Ray Welter is not an easy character to like. He is tedious, a bit single minded in his actions, at one moment rude and the next apologetic, and he has a tendency of coming