‘Among the Lesser Gods’ Reminds Us to Listen to Our Elders [REVIEW]

Leadville, Colorado

Sometimes bad decisions take us to unexpected places. (Photo by Gene, Flickr)

Faced with a startling change in circumstances and a questionable future, a young woman takes a chance and accepts an unexpected opportunity that sends her to the Colorado mountains in Margo Catts’ debut novel, Among the Lesser Gods.  Read more of this post

‘Same Beach, Next Year’ Is Unrepentently Hilarious and Heartfelt [REVIEW]

Two empty deck chairs on the beach

One magical summer, two families begin a friendship that will last more than 20 years. (Photo by Richard Walker, Flickr)

Whenever I pick up one of Dottie Frank’s books, I know I’m in for a treat. Filled with humor, sass and plenty of snark, it is almost as if my favorite characters from Steel Magnolias regularly get together to write stories they would love to read, populated with characters they would easily get along with. And that’s exactly the type of story Same Beach, Next Year delivers, one that exudes Southern charm, invites you in to sit a spell, drink sweet tea and catch up with folks you can’t help but adore.  Read more of this post

Secrets and Scandals Abound In Holly Peterson’s ‘It Happens in the Hamptons’ [REVIEW]

Couple swimming

Everything can be had for a price in Holly Peterson’s provocative new social satire, It Happens in the Hamptons.
(Photo by Eleazar, Flickr)

Quaint coastal cottages, powder soft sand, surf lessons on picturesque beaches, decadent gelato eaten with wooden spoons, pastel bicycles traversing narrow streets, lazy lunches at the club, and plenty of scantily clad bodies walking barefoot through tides as the sunset paints the sky orange. It’s summertime, and you’re invited to join the fun in Holly Peterson’s delicious new beach read, It Happens in the Hamptons.   Read more of this post

Fear Has An Agenda In Lisa Jackson’s ‘Expecting to Die’ [REVIEW]

Woods at night

In Lisa Jackson’s Expecting to Die, someone is watching teens in the moonlit woods. (Photo by Ryan and Sarah Deeds, Flickr)

In Grizzly Falls, urban legends aren’t just stories told around the campfire to keep children awake at night. Deep in the woods, under the shroud of night, a sinister figure is watching… waiting… ready to kill. In Lisa Jackson’s newest Selena Alvarez/Regan Pescoli novel, Expecting to Die, fear has an agenda and it starts with Big Foot. Read more of this post

‘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