Forgiveness Doesn’t Come Easily With ‘A Mother Like Mine’ [REVIEW]

Mother and daughter at the beach

Tensions flare when a mother and daughter reunite at the beach in Kate Hewitt’s A MOTHER LIKE MINE. (Photo by Lorrie McClanahan, Flickr)

Left behind as a toddler to be raised by her grandmother, a young woman works hard to build a life of her own with her young son in a picturesque seaside village. Just when she thinks she’s finally happy, her mother suddenly returns. Will she be able to forgive and bridge the chasm between them? Find out in Kate Hewitt’s emotion-packed new novel, A Mother Like Mine. 
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‘The Doll Funeral’ Is Strange and Hypnotic [REVIEW]

Doll

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

Secrets and Scandals Abound In Holly Peterson’s ‘It Happens in the Hamptons’ [REVIEW]

Couple swimming

Everything can be had for a price in Holly Peterson’s provocative new social satire, It Happens in the Hamptons.
(Photo by Eleazar, Flickr)

Quaint coastal cottages, powder soft sand, surf lessons on picturesque beaches, decadent gelato eaten with wooden spoons, pastel bicycles traversing narrow streets, lazy lunches at the club, and plenty of scantily clad bodies walking barefoot through tides as the sunset paints the sky orange. It’s summertime, and you’re invited to join the fun in Holly Peterson’s delicious new beach read, It Happens in the Hamptons.   Read more of this post

‘Night Blindness’ Encourages Readers To Reconcile Their Past [REVIEW]

Almost was a sunset kiss shot

Couple by the water at sunset (Photo by David Spencer, Flickr)

Many of us have memories of our youth that we would like to forget. Sometimes, however, time refuses to keep those thoughts silent and starts to prick our conscience with increasing regularity. As Jensen Reilly discovers in Susan Strecker’s debut novel, Night Blindness, in some cases those frequent reminders can become both overwhelming and debilitating. Read more of this post