Danielle Steel Reminds Readers to Choose Happiness in ‘Without a Trace’ [REVIEW]

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A near-death experience makes one man reevaluate his life in Danielle Steel’s Without a Trace. (Photo by Moslem Sheihaky/500px/Getty Images)

A materialistic wife. A loveless marriage. A job he detests. Aside from his children, there is nothing keeping one man going. Then an opportunity presents itself to course correct his life. But at what cost? And is a clean getaway even realistic or possible? Find out in Danielle Steel’s newest thought-provoking novel, Without a Trace.

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‘Overkill’ Has Sandra Brown’s Fingerprints All Over It [REVIEW]

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A man must make a painful decision about his former spouse’s life in Sandra Brown’s Overkill. (Photo by EVG Kowalievska on Pexels.com)

If you were asked to decide between life and death for your ex who is on life support, what would you do? Could you perform as their medical power of attorney without bias, even if your relationship did go down in flames? That’s exactly the situation Sandra Brown’s protagonist faces in Overkill, her latest emotionally fraught thriller.

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THE SCENT OF GARDENIAS: An Interview with Lorraine Haas

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When a writer discovers her mother’s secret past, she is compelled to tell her story in The Scent of Gardenias. (Photo courtesy Canva)

The older we get, the easier it is to see our parents from the same vantage point as an outsider would. As such, we’ve often found that we gain better understanding of choices they have made over the years, some of them having been made even before we were born. As author Lorraine Haas wrote her latest book, The Scent of Gardenias, she delved deep into her mother’s past to fictionalize her life story and gained similar insights along the way. She shares some of what she learned in this enlightening interview. We hope you enjoy it! —J&H

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In Debbie Macomber’s ‘It’s Better This Way,’ Two Families Seek Redemption in the Wake of Divorce [REVIEW]

Sometimes love blossoms in the ashes. (Photo courtesy Canva)

When two marriages are left in tatters following a torrid affair, the surviving spouses must piece together their lives and start anew. But grown children from both families refuse to accept and forgive the sins of their parents. Will everyone involved ever be able to move on in life or will they hold fast to their resentment forever? Find out in Debbie Macomber’s heartfelt new novel, It’s Better This Way.

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‘There Will Be Lobster’ Examines One Woman’s Battle with Depression and Anxiety [REVIEW]

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Even when your world is turned upside down, there are things to look forward to… including lobster. (Photo courtesy Canva)

We hate to admit it, but we are right there in the zone when so many of our friends are going through a midlife crisis for various reasons. Spouses flip their wigs and ask for divorces after decades of marriage. Others are devastated when they suddenly lose their mates in death. Parents watch their kids leave the nest and don’t know what to do with themselves. And so many lose their jobs due to downsizing, the pandemic, or something else. The list goes on and on, and it can all become a bit much. Few people really like change, and when it comes at you with both barrels, it can be near impossible to deal with. Enter Sara Arnell, a successful businesswoman who was at the top of her game before she faced similar struggles. Now in her memoir, There Will Be Lobster, she shares a message of hope and survival, and how she managed to get her life back on track after being derailed in a spectacular fashion.

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