In ‘The Long March Home,’ Friendship and Forgiveness are the Keys to Survival [REVIEW]

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During World War II, the Bataan Peninsula in the Philippines became the stuff of nightmares for POWs. (Photo courtesy Canva)

From a young age, four friends growing up in the American South find joy and solace in their fierce devotion to one another. But as they enter adulthood, war tests the strength of their bond. Will they survive the ravages they endure on foreign soil? And just what will be waiting for them at home if they manage to return? Find out in Marcus Brotherton and Tosca Lee’s unforgettable new novel, The Long March Home.

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Cathie Dunn’s ‘Ascent’ Welcomes Readers to the House of Normandy [BOOK BLAST]

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We love well-written, thoroughly researched historical fiction when it pulls back the veil of time and introduces us to people, places, and events that we are otherwise unfamiliar with. But outside of shows like the History Channel’s Vikings and DreamWorks Animation’s How to Train Your Dragon, we haven’t really been exposed to vast quantities of Viking lore, except through historical romances by authors like Johanna Lindsey (Fires of Winter, Hearts Aflame, Surrender My Love) and Catherine Coulter (Season of the Sun, Lord of Hawkfell Island, Lord of Raven’s Peak, Lord of Falcon Ridge) back in the 1980s and 1990s. Still, we don’t recall any of those books digging as deep into the annals of history as Cathie Dunn is doing with her new series about the early women of the House of Normandy. If you love history and have a penchant for stories about strong women and Viking legends, you’re going to devour her first book, Ascent. Enjoy! —J&H

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Danielle Steel Reminds Readers to Choose Happiness in ‘Without a Trace’ [REVIEW]

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A near-death experience makes one man reevaluate his life in Danielle Steel’s Without a Trace. (Photo by Moslem Sheihaky/500px/Getty Images)

A materialistic wife. A loveless marriage. A job he detests. Aside from his children, there is nothing keeping one man going. Then an opportunity presents itself to course correct his life. But at what cost? And is a clean getaway even realistic or possible? Find out in Danielle Steel’s newest thought-provoking novel, Without a Trace.

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Jude Deveraux Delivers Another Atmospheric Whodunnit with ‘A Forgotten Murder’ [REVIEW]

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An English estate holds many secrets in Jude Deveraux’s A Forgotten Murder. (Photo by Boys in Bristol Photography on

A crime-solving trio ventures across the pond to visit a friend in her restored English manor home. But there is more afoot here than a much-needed vacation. Like it or not, there’s a mystery to solve… if the past doesn’t get the best of them first. Downton Abbey meets Murder, She Wrote in Jude Deveraux’s third Medlar mystery, A Forgotten Murder.

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How to Iron Your Clothes in Four Easy Steps

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Ironing is a chore few of us actually enjoy doing. But we can make it easier on ourselves by following some simple guidelines, and no, avoiding ironing altogether isn’t one of them! Here are four things we do to keep our clothes looking sharp no matter how long we’ve had them.

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