Book Review: The Plot by Jean Hanff Korelitz

The Plot by Jean Hanff Korelitz is a delicious and suspenseful story of a struggling novelist and a far-too-tempting opportunity. Jacob Finch Bonner was once a promising novelist, but years after his initial book he’s now struggling with his writing and working as a teacher for a third-rate MFA program. And then Evan Parker walks […]

Book Review: Margeete’s Harbor by Eleanor Morse

Margreete’s Harbor is a deeply emotional dive into the family of Margreete. Living alone in her home in Maine, it becomes evident that dementia is impeding her ability to safely live alone any longer. Her daughter Liddie uproots her own family—husband Harry and children Bernie and Eva—to move into the family home to help care […]

Book Review: Hello, Cruel Heart by Maureen Johnson

A book about Cruella De Vil as a teenager? Yes, please! I wa so excited to receive an ARC copy of Hello, Cruel Heart and it didn’t disappoint. Author Maureen Johnson opens with the teenage Estella. She’s got a knack for petty crime but dreams of fashion design. The sixteen-year old and her accomplices Jasper […]

Book Review: The Drowning Kind by Jennifer McMahon

The Drowning Kind is a twisted, creepy book—and I mean that in the best possible way. The story evolves over two timelines—1929 and contemporary—and involves the Brandenburg Springs. Four underground springs carry healing minerals into a pool. In 1929, Dr. and Mrs. Montrose visit the pool. Mrs. Montrose is desperate to have a baby and […]

Book Review: The Final Revival of Opal & Nev by Dawnie Walton

It’s hard to not compare The Final Revival of Opal & Nev to Daisy Jones and the Six. Both are told in a similar format: through interviewed segments with people at the heart of the events. But Opal and Nev are not Daisy Jones and the Six. Dawnie Walton has done a magnificent job of capturing life and […]

Book Review: Blessed Monsters (Something Dark and Holy #3) by Emily A. Duncan

All the chaos, betrayal, and tragedy of the first two books in the Something Dark and Holy series comes to a head in Blessed Monsters and there are repercussions to be had. The eldritch gods have been freed and are ready to take of the world. Malachiasz is alone and struggling to fight the ancient god who has possessed […]

Book Review: A Reluctant Attraction by Rosanna Leo

Nick is the youngest of the Zorn brothers and deck specialist on their home improvement series The Handymen. But now his brothers are settling into married life and would rather keep working at their contracting business than expand the show. After one more joint project as The Handymen, Nick’s going out to travel with his […]

Book Review: The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah

Kristin Hannah is one of those authors who always manages to pull me directly into her stories in a quick manner.  She is a master at world building and setting a tone. In The Four Winds she hooked me on page one. The Four Winds opens with Elsa, a formerly ill girl who has grown […]

Book Review: The Last Goodbye by Fiona Lucas

Nearly three years ago Anna’s life was shattered when her husband Spencer was killed in a tragic accident. Anna has spent every day since then wrapped in the numb embrace of her grief. On New Years Eve while in the depths of despair, Anna dials Spencer’s phone number, desperate to hear his voice on his […]

Book Review: We Begin at the End by Chris Whitaker

Set in the small towns of Cape Haven, CA and Copper Falls, MT, We Begin at the End is a haunting and somber tale of just how far-reaching secrets of the past are and the destruction they can cause to the lives of the innocent. Duchess Day Radley is a 13-year-old self-described outlaw, doing her […]