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30 12, 2016

Blog Tour: The Golden Son by Shilpi Somaya Gowda

By | December 30th, 2016|Categories: Coming of Age, Cultural Heritage, Genre Fiction, Historical, Literary, Literature & Fiction|Tags: , , , |6 Comments


the golden son book coverPlease join Shilpi Somaya Gowda, author of The Golden Son, as she tours the blogosphere with TLC Book Tours!

Reviewed by Nina Longfield

In a rural province of India, young Anil Patel witnesses secondhand the miracle of modern medicine when a traveling clinic restores health to a baby girl and faith within the family. Anil is then determined to enter the medical field with his father’s blessings. Anil’s father sees medicine as an honorable calling and encourages his son’s pursuit giving him permission to remain home away from the fields so he can study, which Anil does morning to night.

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


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.

27 12, 2016

Blog Tour: The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

By | December 27th, 2016|Categories: Dystopian, Literary, Literature & Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy|Tags: , , , |4 Comments


queen of the tearling book coverPlease join Erika Johansen, author of The Queen of the Tearling, as she tours the blogosphere with TLC Book Tours!

Reviewed by Bethany Kelly

The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen is the coming of age fantasy novel that I have been waiting for! With action and adventure, magic and mystery, and also a little bit of romance sprinkled in, this book is definitely on my list of top ten reads!

Princess Kelsea Raleigh Glynn has been living in exile for many years after her mom hides her from an immense evil, the Red Queen. However, after her mother’s death, and then finally her 19th birthday, she must face her fate head on and make the journey back to the Keep in the Tearling to take her rightful place on the throne.

2 12, 2016

Review: Morning Light by Holland Kane

By | December 2nd, 2016|Categories: Coming of Age, Genre Fiction, Literary, Literature & Fiction|Tags: , |1 Comment


morning light book coverReviewed by Holly Madison

The description of Morning Light states:

“Emily, a twenty-four-year-old dancer and choreographer, confronts her husband’s fixation with right-wing Catholic dogma that condemns her use of birth control. His faith is so powerful that he refuses to have sex with her, even though he desperately wants to. As awful as this broken faith feels, she is troubled more by her best friend’s losing fight with cancer, and seeks to help her friend’s grief-stricken, precocious, son–the seventeen-year-old David. But the boy’s willful ways turn the tables on her. Denied intimacy by her husband, the boy’s passion asserts itself, and everyone’s life is explosively altered.”

In theory, this is a very intriguing story that would make me dive right in. Stories about battling cancer, romance, forbidden love, and marital problems are packed full of drama and emotion that usually result in wonderful tear jerkers. Unfortunately, this book did not provoke any intense emotions for me, and was a rather dull, if not frustrating, read.

26 11, 2016

Review: Ark by Julian Tepper

By | November 26th, 2016|Categories: Literary, Literature & Fiction|Tags: |3 Comments


ark book coverReviewed by Kate Schefer

Ben Arkin has accomplished a lot in 84 years, but he will never be satisfied. A self-made millionaire ad man (a la Don Draper) who cashed out of the game at 42 to fund his three children’s record label Shout!, Ark devoted the second half of his life to making strange and unusual art. With his assistant Jerome, he spent twelve hours a day creating and thinking and constructing thousands of pieces that would never see an audience. Ark only cared about “making” art, not selling or making others appreciate it. But his remaining funds are quickly being drained by the salaries of his assistant and his wife Eliza’s nurse, the mortgages on their Wooster St loft and Southampton home, and a legal battle with his eldest daughter Sondra. ARK is the story of how one flawed and desperate family can be destroyed by the one thing that gave them status.

10 11, 2016

Review: The Woman on the Orient Express by Lindsay Jayne Ashford

By | November 10th, 2016|Categories: Biographical, Genre Fiction, Historical, Literary, Literature & Fiction|Tags: , , |4 Comments


woman on the orient express book coverReviewed by Maria Tews

As a huge fan of Agatha Christie, I was intrigued by The Woman on the Orient Express by Lindsay Jayne Ashford, a historical fiction novel about Agatha Christie’s own, eventful trip on the Orient Express. Recovering from a divorce that caused her mental breakdown and seeking an exotic adventure in the Middle East, Agatha boards the Orient Express to heal.

Fate leads her to Katharine Keeling, her cabin mate, and Nancy Nelson, both women with painful secrets of their own traveling and trusting the train to bring them to better futures.

2 11, 2016

Review: The Lemoncholy Life of Annie Aster by Scott Wilbanks

By | November 2nd, 2016|Categories: Genre Fiction, Historical, Literary, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy|Tags: , , , |1 Comment


annie aster book coverReviewed by Nina Longfield

Mailboxes and doors are seemingly simple devices. Both allow communication. Both open, yet protect that which is within. Both offer a modicum of mystery. Sometimes, though rare, mailboxes and doors allow the select few to correspond with the past or future or even travel into other worlds. The Lemoncholy Life of Annie Aster by Scott Wilbanks is a story that drops the reader within a mysterious adventure that includes a mailbox and a door.

On a dry dusty Kansas morning in 1895, Elsbeth Grundy’s trip to the water-well baffles then irritates her. Someone has placed a tall strange house in her back forty acres. Her attempts to approach the house are thwarted by some unseen barrier.

31 10, 2016

Review: Small Great Things Jodi Picoult

By | October 31st, 2016|Categories: Family Saga, Genre Fiction, Literary, Literature & Fiction, Women's Fiction|Tags: , , |7 Comments


small great things book coverReviewed by Amanda Schafer

As a labor and delivery nurse, Ruth Jefferson knows how to help people. She sees women at their worst, totally exposed and vulnerable, in order to bring a tiny human into this world. She comforts them and guides them through the stages of labor, and also guides the husbands in supporting their wives. One aspect of her job that is most difficult is when the baby doesn’t survive and she has to guide the parents through a new set of stages…the beginning stages of grief.

Turk Bauer is a first-time father who has helped his wife through the stages of labor and now they have a beautiful baby boy, Davis.

28 10, 2016

Review: Harmony by Carolyn Parkhurst

By | October 28th, 2016|Categories: Family Life, Genre Fiction, Literary, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense|Tags: , , , |3 Comments


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.

25 10, 2016

Blog Tour: The Opposite of Everyone by Joshilyn Jackson

By | October 25th, 2016|Categories: Family Life, Genre Fiction, Literary, Literature & Fiction, Women's Fiction|Tags: , , |7 Comments


opposite of everyone book coverPlease join Joshilyn Jackson, author of The Opposite of Everyone, as she tours the blogosphere with TLC Book Tours!

Reviewed by Bethany Kelly

Paula Vauss, a cutthroat divorce attorney, wasn’t always this way: skeptical and emotionless, pushing people away when they got too close. No, she used to be a free-spirited young girl on the road with her even more free-spirited mom, who told beautiful and entrancing tales born from Hindu mythology and southern oral tradition. She used to be the girl with a new past and present every time her mom decided it was time to leave the town they were in.