southern fiction

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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The Last Breath by Kimberly Belle: Will the Truth Lead to Forgiveness?

Crime Story
The Last Breath

What does it mean to truly forgive someone? What price do we pay for holding onto old hurts and wounds? In her debut novel, The Last Breath, Kimberly Belle looks at the pain families go through when something happens that tears them apart and whether it’s ever possible to heal old rifts. Why is it […]

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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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The Hurricane Sisters by Dorothea Benton Frank: Life As a Hurricane

Fiction
The Hurricane Sisters

Having lived for two years in Charleston a few decades ago, I immediately gravitated toward Dorothea “Dot” Benton Frank’s novels. I knew those people and, while living on the West Coast at the time, it gave me just enough of a taste of the South to make me feel nostalgic. The Hurricane Sisters is the […]

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The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd: Book Review & Giveaway

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The Invention of Wings

As soon as I discovered bestselling and multi-award-winning author Sue Monk Kidd had a new novel coming out, I was dying to read it. I’ve loved this Southern author’s novels since the day a friend recommended The Secret Life of Bees. I spent a couple of years in Charleston, SC, so I was very excited […]

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