‘Pieces of Her’ Asks If It Is Ever Truly Possible to Know Those We Love [REVIEW]

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After watching her mother perform an unexpected act of violence, Andy can’t help but wonder if she ever knew her mother at all in Karin Slaughter’s Pieces of Her. (Photo by Dave, Flickr)

Two women bound by blood. They think they know everything about one another. Then a deadly event throws their relationship into a tailspin. Now the question begs to be answered: is it ever really possible to know someone completely? Find out in Karin Slaughter’s new stand-alone thriller, Pieces of Her. 
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Delores Fossen’s ‘The Last Rodeo’ Captures What It Means To Be A Texan [REVIEW]

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Ranching is tough business, and sometimes it takes more than a little faith to make it all work. (Photo by Don Christner, Flickr)

Being the oldest son isn’t everything it’s cracked up to be, especially when you’re from a small Texas town and your father is a serial philanderer with a lecherous eye who seems intent on running the family business into the ground. With all that against him, will the “devil” of Wrangler’s Creek be able to salvage his family empire, win the girl, and beat his father at his own game? Find out in Delores Fossen’s latest novel, The Last Rodeo.
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Romance, Magic, and Enlightenment Await You at ‘The Paris Wedding’ [REVIEW]

Paris

Is Paris ever a bad idea, even when it is to go see your first love marry someone you’ve never met? (Photo by George Estreich, Flickr)

Shortly after receiving a devastating blow that shakes her carefully constructed world, a young woman receives an unexpected invitation to Paris. Even as she tries to sort through a bevy of emotions, her family encourages her to make the journey. But is she up for watching her first love get married? Find out in Charlotte Nash’s gorgeous new novel, The Paris Wedding.  Read more of this post

Cultures Clash With Comic Results in Linda Nielsen’s ‘Because I’m Worth It’ [REVIEW]

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Can marriage survive when Big Sur life meets country club values? Find out in Linda Nielsen’s Because I’m Worth It. (Photo by Steve Jurvetson, Flickr)

It isn’t very often that we encounter a book that is as insightful as it is satirical, but that is what Linda Nielsen has done with her sophomore novel, Because I’m Worth It, a story that makes us take a look at what we are willing to do for power and prominence by juxtaposing two very different lifestyles: Bohemian Big Sur and the genteel South.  Read more of this post

Lovely and Refreshing, ‘Sweet Tea Tuesdays’ Restores Our Faith in Friendship [REVIEW]

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They thought they would be friends forever. Meet Georgia, Midge, and Lula in Ashley Farley’s Sweet Tea Tuesdays. (Photo by Torrey Wiley, Flickr)

During Charleston’s long, languid, sultry summers, the heat can be so oppressive even the family dog doesn’t want to move from his spot in the shade. But three women find a way to survive, year after year: with laughter, friendship and iced cold refreshments in Ashley Farley’s delicious new novel, Sweet Tea Tuesdays.   Read more of this post