I feel like Raging Star mostly lived up to my hopes for an end to this series. I honestly had forgotten a lot of what happened in these books (and maybe thought that they happened in a different series don’ttellanybody), but as it all came back to me, I got really excited. I’ve grown to love these characters over ...
Stephanie Nielson led what some might call a charmed life. She had a happy marriage, a few little ones around the house, and lots of little things that filled her days with joy. And then she got on a plane. In August, 2008, Stephanie and her husband, Christian, were in a terrible plane crash that nearly killed Stephanie, and left her with burns over ...
Sia has just 15 days to live. 15 days to cram in whatever she still wants to do with the rest of her life. Or…15 days to figure out how to save her family. I love novels like Dark Days–the pressure’s on because there’s a finite amount of time to work with, and the characters have to really move. Sia and her family ...
If you haven’t heard of The Hiding Place, please let me be the first to insist that you read it. Immediately. The Hiding Place had been recommended to me for years, but like a lot of people might, I thought, ‘Yeahhh, I’m not sure I’m so excited about reading a non-fiction book written by a WWII concentration camp survivor. That sounds ...
  I know what you’re thinking. Campy wax museums–right? Boardwalks full of tourist attractions and cheesy photographs and wax representations of Brangelina and Elvis. That’s Madame Tussaud. WRONG! Madame Tussaud shocked the pants off me, which makes it a perfect example of why I love good historical fiction. I had absolutely no idea that a) she was an actual, historical figure, and b) she was a ...
Catching Air is a nice little vacation escape of a read. Kira and her husband Peter set off from their high-stress jobs in Florida to try their hands at running a bed & breakfast with Peter’s brother, Rand, and his wife, Alyssa. None of them has done anything quite like it before, but they each bring their separate talents–and baggage–to ...
If you’re looking for something that’s a change from the constant wave of dystopian blather in YA literature, The Peculiars is it. It’s an adventurous story with a likeable heroine, set in a quirky historical time period. Steampunk fantasy? Sure, why not? McQuerry is a natural writer, and I delighted in every last page, here. Her characters are colorful and ...
  I was so excited to start reading Delicious!: A Novel. The synopsis promises a story about a girl, New York, renowned chef James Beard (!), and a food magazine. It’s like someone asked me what I love and then pitched a big, fat juicy one right to me. Delicious! is absolutely everything it promises, and more. A story about family and relationships, ...
There is nothing like a Daphne du Maurier book. You’re probably familiar with her work, whether you know it or not–du Maurier wrote the short story that inspired Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds, and is probably most famous for her novel Rebecca, which was made into a fantastic movie with Lawrence Olivier and Joan Fontaine. (Omgosh, just thinking about it makes me ...
I pretty much adore Sara Zarr. If you’re looking for a contemporary novel with realistic characters and authentic emotions that can portray the beauty of real life without being overly dark, Sara’s your girl. I picked up The Lucy Variations without really knowing anything about the story. The cover, as you can see, implies there’s something about a piano. That’s ...