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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Forgiveness Doesn’t Come Easily in Sean D. Young’s ‘Secrets from the Heart’ [REVIEW]

Can a couple overcome an old family feud for love? (Photo courtesy Canva)

She may have just gotten the opportunity of a lifetime, but her entire family is causing her stress as they study her every move. Then she hires a new employee—who just so happens to be from a rival family—and it brings out all the critics! Will she be able to weather the storm, or should she just throw in the towel? Find out in Sean D. Young’s second Clover Creek novel, Secrets from the Heart.

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In Sarah Morgan’s ‘The Christmas Sisters,’ It Is Never Too Late for a Mother to Teach Her Daughters New Life Lessons [REVIEW]

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The snowy Scottish Highlands may be the perfect place for family time. (Photo courtesy Canva)

They may be sisters, but they are three very different women leading complicated lives. But when their adoptive mother asks them to return to the family home in the snowy Highlands of Scotland, coming together may prove a challenge for all of them in Sarah Morgan’s The Christmas Sisters.

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Estranged Siblings Reconnect in Jenny Hale’s ‘Butterfly Sisters’ [Excerpt]

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A trip home helps a woman find out what she really wants in life. (Photo courtesy Canva)

In recent years, Jenny Hale has become one of our favorite writers. She consistently delivers heartfelt stories we readily recommend to everyone because they’re about family and small-town life. It’s no wonder her stories translate well into Hallmark Channel movies! Now, in her latest book, Butterfly Sisters, she tells a story about a woman who must return to her family’s cabin to face the loss of her beloved grandma, see her estranged sister, and reconnect with an old beau. We hope you enjoy this special excerpt from the book! —J&H

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Lisa Gardner’s ‘Look for Me’ Examines Substance Abuse and Flaws in the Foster Care System [REVIEW]

When a family is murdered, can a detective get at the truth? (Photo courtesy Canva)

A family murdered. A girl on the run. Is she a savage killer or an innocent bystander? To find her, two women must first make sense of the clues. But can they do so in time? Find out in Lisa Gardner’s twisty thriller, Look for Me.

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