‘By Invitation Only’ Reminds Us of the Importance of Family [REVIEW]

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Opposities attract in Dorothea Benton Frank’s uproarious new novel, By Invitation Only. (Photo by freestocks.org on Pexels.com)

When a young couple falls in love and announces their engagement, it sends their families reeling. After all, the bride is a well-to-do Chicago socialite while the groom comes a peach farm in the South Carolina Lowcountry. As their families meet for the first time, will the starry-eyed couple be able to handle the heat or will their romance disintergrate as cultures clash? Find out in Dorothea Benton Frank’s hilariously candid new novel, By Invitation Only. 
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Learn to Handle ‘Husbands and Other Sharp Objects’ with Courage and Humor [REVIEW]

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Laughter helps Marcy Hammer navigate everything from divorce and new love to sticky-fingered in-laws in Marilyn Simon Rothstein’s Husbands and Other Sharp Objects. (Photo courtesy Pexels)

Family can drive a woman crazy if she doesn’t have good humor and great friends to support her through each new episode of life’s little dramas. Thankfully, the heroine of Marilyn Simon Rothstein’s Husbands and Other Sharp Objects, Marcy Hammer, has no shortage of either.  Read more of this post

Secrets Won’t Stay Buried in C.J. Tudor’s ‘The Chalk Man’ [REVIEW]

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Chalk figures begin to appear on their own, striking fear in the hearts of longtime friends with a shared secret in C.J. Tudor’s The Chalk Man. (Photo by Quinn Dombrowski, Flickr)

In 1986, a band of misfits on the cusp of adolescence made a discovery that would haunt them forever. They agreed never to speak of it again. Now it seems someone has discovered their secret and is threatening their very lives. Will these old friends be able to stop a stranger bent on revenge before they all fall victim to a killer? Find out in C.J. Tudor’s The Chalk Man.  Read more of this post

Can ‘Little Broken Things’ Ever Truly Be Mended? [REVIEW]

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A woman is shocked when her sister asks her to take care of a little girl she’s never seen before in Nicole Baart’s Little Broken Things. (Photo by Jay, Flickr)

Two sisters with a tenuous relationship. A mysterious little girl who doesn’t speak. Loads of unanswered questions. All of these ingredients make Nicole Baart’s new novel, Little Broken Things, a story that will tug at your heartstrings and make you examine just how you define “family.” Read more of this post

‘The Doll Funeral’ Is Strange and Hypnotic [REVIEW]

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Battered and left behind, a young child dreams of something more. (Photo by Jack Lyons, Flickr)

A young girl caught in a nightmare dreams of another life. In some ways she envies Lewis Carroll’s Alice, who disappeared down the rabbit hole to find herself in an enchanted world. Yet there is no magical fall into a land populated by cheshire cats and mad hatters for her. She does have a glimmer of hope, however, when she receives an unexpected revelation on her thirteenth birthday. Find out what happens to her in Kate Hamer’s new novel, The Doll Funeral.  Read more of this post