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Popcorn Reads’ Best Books of 2014: Collection & International Giveaway

Bestsellers

This is the most torturous thing I do every year. In fact, I think I completely wussed out last year on compiling this collection. It’s like asking a mother to pick a favorite child – agh! I can never pick just one because if I don’t like a book, it doesn’t get reviewed. The collection […]

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Nora Bonesteel’s Christmas Past, a Ballad Novella by Sharon McCrumb

Fiction
Nora Bonesteel's Christmas Past

We don’t normally review novellas but we’ve got a couple of them this holiday season. Bestselling and award-winning author Sharon McCrumb is one of my favorite authors. I love all of her books but her Ballad series novels featuring old Appalachian Mountain tales are very special to me. I grew up there and she beautifully […]

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Risky Undertaking by Mark de Castrique: Mystery Book Review & Giveaway

Crime Story
Risky Undertaking

I had never heard of Mark de Castrique when I decided to read his latest Buryin’ Barry mystery, Risky Undertaking, and I’m wondering now how I missed this NC author since he’s quite a prolific writer. All I really knew from the publisher’s blurb was that this latest mystery was set in the Great Smokey […]

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Mr. Samuel’s Penny by Treva Hall Melvin: Book Review & Giveaway

Crime Story
Mr. Samuel's Penny

Treva Hall Melvin always wanted to be a writer but somehow ended up becoming a criminal attorney instead. Still, she never forgot her childhood dream and has now written Mr. Samuel’s Penny, which is based on events in her own childhood and is also her homage to To Kill a Mockingbird. This historical mystery takes […]

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Ruth’s Journey by Donald McCaig: Who Was the Woman Who Became Mammy?

Cross Cultural
Ruth's Journey

I had read Donald McCaig’s 2007 novel about Rhett Butler and did not like it, so you might wonder why I bothered to read Ruth’s Journey, a novel Margaret Mitchell’s estate authorized about Mammy from Gone With The Wind. There are a couple of reasons: 1), Mr. McCaig has since won two awards for his […]

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The Girls of August by Anne Rivers Siddons: Should You Read It?

Fiction
The Girls of August

Okay, I have to admit I had never completely read any of bestselling author Anne Rivers Siddons’ novels when I chose The Girls of August although I had started a couple of her earlier novels. My mom has been a long-time fan of her work but when I was younger I always found her writing […]

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