fiction

If I Fall, If I Die by Michael Christie: Book Review & Giveaway

Fiction
If I Fall, If I Die

Sometimes it’s hard to pin down what attracts me to a book. In the case of If I Fall, If I Die, I think it was a combination of things. There was the parent-child relationship theme but I was also drawn to the skateboarding element. Even though I’m not a skateboarder, I have friends who […]

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The Jazz Palace by Mary Morris: An Ode to Chicago’s Golden Jazz Age

Fiction
The Jazz Palace

Award-winning author Mary Morris’ The Jazz Palace was in the works for almost twenty years while she went on to write a number of novels and non-fiction books. It is an ode to Chicago, a city she may have left a long time ago but one that holds a special place in her heart – […]

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At the Water’s Edge by Sara Gruen: A Startling Awakening at Loch Ness

Cross Cultural
At the Water's Edge

Like pretty much the entire world, I loved the bestselling novel, Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen (review link at the end of this review). Having read several of her novels, I’ve been wondering what topic she would tackle next. I could hardly wait to begin reading At the Water’s Edge and, once I read […]

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Sisters of Shiloh by Kathy Hepinstall & Becky Hepinstall Hilliker

Events

We’re participating in the Fool for Books Giveaway Hop in honor of April Fool’s Day. It seems only fitting that we feature a novel for that giveaway that pulls the wool over on someone, doncha think? Well, the sisters in Sisters of Shiloh pulled the wool over the eyes of everyone in the Confederate Army. […]

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The Witch of Painted Sorrows by M.J. Rose: A Possessed Gothic Thriller

Cross Cultural
The Witch of Painted Sorrows

I’ve loved bestselling author M.J. Rose’s historical series as well as her stand-alone novels, so it’s no surprise that I jumped on The Witch of Painted Sorrows when I learned it was being published. This is a stand-alone novel with only a brief reference to the Paris L’Etoile family of perfumers who feature in her […]

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Shadows Over Paradise by Isabel Wolff: Book Review & Giveaway

Cross Cultural
Shadows Over Paradise

The heading on the back cover of Shadows Over Paradise by bestselling author Isabel Wolff reads, “Sometimes the only way forward is through the past.” That sums up this story nicely. It’s the tale of two women with events in their childhoods which they can’t move beyond because they can’t forgive themselves – two very […]

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