Victims of Abuse Find A Second Chance at Life in Alena Dillon’s ‘Mercy House’ [REVIEW]

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A Brooklyn nun will do whatever it takes to protect the women she shelters in Alena Dillon’s debut novel, Mercy House. (Photo courtesy Canva)

She lives by a strict moral code and has a strong sense of justice. The people in her charge are like family and she’ll do whatever it takes to protect them. But she’s not a cop. She doesn’t even work in the justice system. Instead, she’s a nun who won’t take flack from anyone. Welcome to Mercy House. Read more of this post

‘The Spirit of Fire’: Six Questions for Susanne Dunlap [INTERVIEW]

Susanne Dunlap

Susanne Dunlap is the prolific author of the Orphans of Tolosa trilogy.
(Photo by Sigrid Estrada)

Looking back at all those history classes I took during college, I recall being fascinated by the time period surrounding the Crusades. It was a bleak era filled with much bloodshed, and yet the stories of the Templar knights always seemed mysterious and adventurous despite it all. Now Susanne Dunlap brings those same qualities to her own work with her engrossing Orphans of Tolosa trilogy, and its latest installment, The Spirit of Fire. We were delighted she stopped by to chat about the new volume. We hope you enjoy this exclusive interview. —J&H Read more of this post

Elly Griffiths’ ‘The Woman in Blue’ Is Profoundly Entertaining [REVIEW]

The Church of St. Peter in Walsingham

Medieval Walsingham is the perfect backdrop for an ominous story filled with murder, mayhem and thinly-veiled threats. (Photo by Spencer Means, Flickr)

Elly Griffith’s latest Dr. Ruth Galloway novel, The Woman in Blue, unfolds like a deadly, mysterious flower in the medieval village of Walsingham. With haunting, elegant prose, readers are lured into a story populated by quirky characters, an intriguing landscape, and an impossible whodunit that will keep them guessing.  Read more of this post

Danielle Steel’s ‘Blue’ Is Uplifting and Inspiring [REVIEW]

Woman and boy walking in snow

When a human rights activist and a homeless boy meet by chance, their lives are changed forever in Danielle Steel’s BLUE. (Photo by Arcangel/Stephen Mulcahey)

In Danielle Steel’s latest bestselling novel, Blue, former journalist Ginny Carter works in the trenches of some of the most dangerous hot spots on the planet, helping others as a human rights activist. She pays no heed to the danger she faces every moment of the day, much to the chagrin of her sister.

Yet having suffered from so much personal loss herself, Ginny feels she has nothing left to lose, at least until the fateful night a 13-year-old homeless boy named Blue enters her life. As the two become friends, old wounds open and suddenly Ginny finds herself on a new crusade, one that could bring the entire world down on both of them and ultimately change both their lives forever.  Read more of this post