Game Changer: Learn to Shift Your Perspective [GUEST POST]

Ice trays

Sometimes the stories we live by don’t make sense until we change our perspective. (Photo by Andrew Gustar, Flickr)

When I was in college, I once walked in on my roommate filling ice trays at the sink, a cloud of steam billowing around her face. I stopped and put my books down.

“Uh, Jenny, what are you doing?”

She turned, still holding the tray under the hot water, her expression what I would have expected if I’d just asked her what planet we lived on.

“Filling the ice trays.”

“With hot water?”

She made a face as if this question was, if possible, even dumber than the first. “Duh. It freezes faster.” Read more of this post

‘My Lovely Wife in the Psych Ward’ Offers Insight Into the Pain of Mental Illness [REVIEW]

Woman in bed

When a man finds out that his wife is mentally ill, will he have the strength to stick by her? Find out in Mark Lukach’s powerful memoir, My Lovely Wife in the Psych Ward. (Photo by Lawrence Murray, Flickr)

Nearly all of us are taught the classic stories where boy meets girl. But not every couple gets a “happy ever after.” Sometimes, even the most dazzling romances can get dark and twisty, especially when mental illness rears its ugly head. In his memoir My Lovely Wife in the Psych Ward, Mark Lukach recounts the frightening tale of how his beautiful bride became someone he didn’t recognize, and what it took to keep his young family together.  Read more of this post

Lovely and Refreshing, ‘Sweet Tea Tuesdays’ Restores Our Faith in Friendship [REVIEW]

Girlfriends

They thought they would be friends forever. Meet Georgia, Midge, and Lula in Ashley Farley’s Sweet Tea Tuesdays. (Photo by Torrey Wiley, Flickr)

During Charleston’s long, languid, sultry summers, the heat can be so oppressive even the family dog doesn’t want to move from his spot in the shade. But three women find a way to survive, year after year: with laughter, friendship and iced cold refreshments in Ashley Farley’s delicious new novel, Sweet Tea Tuesdays.   Read more of this post

Mean Girls Pursue ‘Corliss’ in V.C. Andrews’ New Novella [REVIEW]

Girl in glasses

Smarter than everyone else, a teenage girl becomes a victim of vicious bullying in V.C. Andrews’ Corliss. (Photo by Rikard Elofsson, Flickr)

Mean girls always despise people who are smarter or prettier than they are. So it is no surprise when they gang up to pick on the beautiful math genius in their midst and make her life unbearable in V.C. Andrews’ latest novella, Corliss, the first book in the Girls of Spindrift series (the prequel to Bittersweet Dreams). Read more of this post

‘The Alice Network’ Introduces Readers to the Great War’s Mysterious Female Spy Ring [REVIEW]

Woman in London

A young woman returns to Europe after the war in search of her cousin, only to discover the truth about a little known female spy ring known as “The Alice Network” in Kate Quinn’s new novel. (Photo courtesy William Morrow)

An American college student can’t believe that her favorite relative is dead, so she takes matters into her own hands and goes in search of her cousin in post-World War II London. However, the questions she has aren’t so easily answered and soon she learns much more than she bargained for in Kate Quinn’s new historical novel, The Alice Network.  Read more of this post