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

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‘Among the Lesser Gods’ Reminds Us to Listen to Our Elders [REVIEW]

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Sometimes bad decisions take us to unexpected places. (Photo by Gene, Flickr)

Faced with a startling change in circumstances and a questionable future, a young woman takes a chance and accepts an unexpected opportunity that sends her to the Colorado mountains in Margo Catts’ debut novel, Among the Lesser Gods.  Read more of this post

Lucinda Scala Quinn Teaches Us How She Cooks for Her ‘Mad Hungry Family’ [REVIEW]

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Lucinda Scala Quinn is a longtime crusader for the family meal. (Photo courtesy madhungrylsq, YouTube)

We are firm believers in the old adage that food is love. It is one of the reasons that we are such huge fans of Lucinda Scala Quinn. She’s been preaching about the importance of cooking for your family for years now. As a mom, she realizes this is not always an easy feat, but after raising three sons, she knows that it is possible, and that is why her Mad Hungry trilogy of cookbooks should be a staple in every family’s kitchen. Each volume is not only packed full of recipes that will satisfy growing teens, but they are also filled with cooking principles which make the family meal the bedrock we can all build upon. The third book chronicling her culinary journey, Mad Hungry Family, is the capstone on this epic quest to bring families together.  Read more of this post

Delores Fossen’s ‘Blame It On the Cowboy’ Reminds Us to Laugh in the Face of Adversity [REVIEW]

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If you fall in love with a Texan, you simply have to “Blame It On the Cowboy.” (Photo by Roderick Eime, Flickr)

Handsome. Strong. Shrewd. These are all words that describe Logan, the third sibling in Delores Fossen’s addictive McCord Brothers trilogy. Although he’s Lucky’s twin, the two men are as different as night and day. Whereas Lucky is easygoing and rambunctious; Logan has a fierce work ethic and is determined to build a life that looks just as good on paper as it does in reality. But when his best laid plans come crashing down, obliterating every hope he ever had, will Logan be able to recover and start again? Find out in Blame It On the Cowboy.  Read more of this post

Sherryl Woods’ ‘Willow Brook Road’ Reminds Us To Claim The Life We Want [REVIEW]

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Spontaneous Carrie Winters must learn what to do when her life comes to a screeching halt. (Photo by Tom Bream, Flickr)

With Willow Brook Road, Sherryl Woods tells a delightfully layered story about what it takes to change directions and keep move forward after life takes an unexpected turn. Read more of this post