♦ The Magic In ‘The Trick’ Is How It Wins Our Hearts [REVIEW]

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In the hopes of saving his parents’ marriage, a young boy who still believes in the impossible elicits the help of a cranky old stage magician in Emanuel Bergmann’s debut novel, The Trick. (Photo by Todd Baker, Flickr)

Diamond Review BannerOnce in a great while, a book comes along that so completely captures my heart and imagination I can’t wait to tell others about it. Emanuel Bergmann’s marvelous debut novel, The Trick, is one such story. In it, we meet a charming little boy who sees the world with such wide-eyed wonder we can’t help but fall in love with him. After his parents deliver an announcement that will shatter his world, he forges an unlikely alliance with a cynical old man who has lost the ability to see all of life’s dazzling possibilities. Their friendship changes both of them in powerful and unexpected ways.  Read more of this post

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Second Chances Await at ‘The Lavender House’ [REVIEW]

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Would you risk everything for a second chance at love? (Photo by Eric Huybrechts, Flickr)

When a woman’s 69-year-old husband of 34 years nonchalantly announces that he is leaving her for a talented soprano, she calmly inquires why it took him so long to go. But what happens once he actually leaves? And this late in life, will she ever be able to move on with her life and find happiness again? Find out in HIlary Boyd’s touching novel, The Lavender House. 
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Restore Marital Bliss with ‘It Takes One to Tango’ [REVIEW]

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Sometimes the first steps you’ll take to improving your marriage are yours alone. (Photo by slgckgc, Flickr)

Marriage is hard. It takes lots of hard work to make it last. But sometimes, only one partner is interested in putting in the time and effort it takes to turn things around. Is it still possible to make a difference in your relationship if all the effort put in is one sided? Marriage and family therapist Winifred M. Reilly thinks no union is beyond redemption. Find out why in her new book, It Takes One to Tango: How I Rescued My Marriage with (Almost) No Help From My Spouse—and How You Can, Too.  Read more of this post

Share Marilyn Simon Rothstein’s ‘Lift and Separate’ With Your Girlfriends for LOL Fun [REVIEW]

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When your life turns upside down, sometimes you need a good friend’s humor to pull you through. (Photo by j. cliss, Flickr)

When a wife loses her husband of many years to a woman with a bust size bigger than her IQ, she must learn to navigate life without the spouse she built her very existence around in Marilyn Simon Rothstein’s uproarious novel, Lift and Separate.  Read more of this post

‘Soulmates’ Will Have Readers Second Guessing Their Yoga Class [REVIEW]

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Dana doesn’t know why her marriage to Ethan ended, or why he was murdered, but she needs to find out in Jessica Grose’s Soulmates. (Photo by Brian Auer, Flickr)

When a divorcee discovers that her ex-husband is dead, she realizes that she hasn’t completely let go of the past. Distraught, she begins investigating what happened to him. But will she get the answers she needs? Find out in Jessica Grose’s Soulmates.  Read more of this post