Cultures Clash With Comic Results in Linda Nielsen’s ‘Because I’m Worth It’ [REVIEW]

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Can marriage survive when Big Sur life meets country club values? Find out in Linda Nielsen’s Because I’m Worth It. (Photo by Steve Jurvetson, Flickr)

It isn’t very often that we encounter a book that is as insightful as it is satirical, but that is what Linda Nielsen has done with her sophomore novel, Because I’m Worth It, a story that makes us take a look at what we are willing to do for power and prominence by juxtaposing two very different lifestyles: Bohemian Big Sur and the genteel South.  Read more of this post

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‘Everything We Lost’ Delivers Surreal Psychological Suspense [REVIEW]

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Ten years ago, Lucy Durant’s brother disappeared into the California desert. (Photo by Bureau of Land Management, Flickr)

A young woman’s life is irrevocably changed when her brother disappears into the vast California desert. A decade later, the tragedy still haunts her. Will she ever discover the truth about what happened to her beloved sibling? Find out in Valerie Geary’s suspenseful new novel, Everything We Lost.  Read more of this post

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

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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

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

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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

Amanda Quick’s ‘The Girl Who Knew Too Much’ Is Glamorous and Intriguing [REVIEW]

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A reporter finds a dead actress at the bottom of a pool in 1930s Hollywood in Amanda Quick’s
The Girl Who Knew Too Much. (Photo courtesy Pexels)

There are few things as glamorous as 1930s Hollywood, back when Tinsel Town was in its heyday and everyone wanted to be the next rising star. Now, with The Girl Who Knew Too Much, New York Times bestselling author Amanda Quick leaves behind “the ton” in England to tackle a new mystery, one that transpires among society’s most celebrated and infamous characters and begins with the shocking discovery of a beautiful actress found floating at the bottom of a pool.   Read more of this post