‘The Beach House: Coming Home’ Should Come With Sunscreen [REVIEW]

Pacific Gull

A visit to the beach house may hold the key to a woman’s deepest desire. (Photo by Sascha Wenninger, Flickr)

A successful woman with a heartbreaking secret. A loving father who will do anything for his daughter. A sick young girl whose one wish is to meet the woman who gave her away. Three disparate lives come together in Georgia Bockoven’s touching new novel, The Beach House: Coming Home. Read more of this post

‘Dragon Teeth’ Is An Unforgettable Adventure Into the Wild West [REVIEW]

T-Rex

In 1876, a Yale student joins forces with a world-renowned paleontologist and travels west in search of extraordinary treasure in Michael Crichton’s Dragon Teeth. (Photo by John Sonderman, Flickr)

A spoiled Ivy League student. A crusty paleontologist. An unforgettable adventure into the Wild West that will never be forgotten. All these elements colide in legendary author Michael Crichton’s delicious new novel, Dragon Teeth.  Read more of this post

Cheesy Summer Squash Casserole [RECIPE]

Cheesy Summer Squash Casserole

Turn your summer harvest into a tasty side dish with our Cheesy Summer Squash Casserole.
(Photo by Jathan Fink, Jadeworks Entertainment)

We love summer! One reason for this is that we adore the bounty of fresh produce that is in season. One vegetable that always seems to grow well is squash. Over the years, many items in our garden have yielded less than satisfactory results, but we never seem to have a shortage of squash. And since hot summer days aren’t conducive to eating heavy meals, we’re always looking for tasty ways to prepare the summer harvest, and this is one dish that’s a real crowd pleaser! So instead of bringing the prerequisite baked beans, cole slaw or potato salad to the next neighborhood barbecue, try serving up this cheesy summer squash casserole instead. We guarantee your friends will be asking for the recipe. Enjoy! Read more of this post

‘Allie and Bea’ Make Us Believe in the Power of Friendship [REVIEW]

Catherine Ryan Hyde's ALLIE AND BEA

An unlikely duo, Allie and Bea are destined to become as unforgettable as Thelma and Louise.
(Photo courtesy Lake Union Publishing)

A senior citizen down on her luck. A teenage girl with nowhere else to turn. Two people at opposite ends of life find themselves in the worst situations possible. But out of their dismay, an unlikely friendship is born. Meet Allie and Bea, the two remarkable heroines of Catherine Ryan Hyde’s triumphant new novel. Read more of this post

Pack Your Bags and Visit Some ‘Novel Destinations’ [REVIEW]

Heather in Concord MA

We love traveling to “novel destinations,” just like we did on this excursion to Concord, Massachusetts, former home to the Alcott sisters, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Ralph Waldo Emerson. (Photo by Jathan Fink, Jadeworks Entertainment)

Greg Iles’ Natchez. Mark Twain’s Mississippi River. John Steinbeck’s Salinas. Heather and I love to travel, and oftentimes our wanderlust takes us to places we have only encountered in books. There is something inspiring about walking in a favorite writer’s footsteps, seeing where he lived, or exploring a place that ignited his creative spark and ultimately fueled the imaginations of countless readers. If this type of travel appeals to you, then you’re going to love National Geographic’s new book, Novel Destinations!   Read more of this post