southern fiction

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

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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

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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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Grounded by Angela Correll: Book Review & Giveaway

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grounded

We’re participating in the Staying Warm or Keeping Cold Giveaway Hop. Just the name of this hop made me think about a novel I could get cozy with on a cold winter night. For that reason I’ve chosen Grounded by Angela Correll. When I read the publisher’s description of Grounded, it resonated with me personally […]

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The Wedding Gift by Marlen Suyapa Bodden: Book Review & Giveaway

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the wedding gift

When I saw The Wedding Gift by Marlen Suyapa Bodden, I welcomed a novel about slavery from an African American point of view because so many novels about the pre-Civil War era are written by Caucasian women. Don’t get me wrong – a lot of those novels have been excellent. Still, I’ve always felt they […]

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The Tilted World by Tom Franklin & Beth Ann Fennelly: Review/Giveaway

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The Tilted World

I became familiar with bestselling author Tom Franklin’s work through an LA Times Festival of Books author panel (link below review). His wife, Beth Ann Fennelly, is an award-winning poet. Because Tom spoke that day about their working together, I’ve been anxious to read a novel they collaborated on ever since. I was thrilled to […]

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