One Mother’s Worst Nightmare Comes True in ‘The Missing’ [REVIEW]

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When her son goes missing, one mother will stop at nothing to get to the truth in C.L. Taylor’s The Missing. (Photo by Adrien Leguay, Flickr)

When her teenage son disappears, one woman relies on her family to help her through the devastating crisis. But what can she do if she realizes that she may be relying on the wrong people for support? In fact, who can she turn to if she discovers that she can’t trust anyone at all? Find out in C.L. Taylor’s compelling psychological thriller, The Missing. Read more of this post

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Fall in Love with Debbie Macomber’s ‘Merry and Bright’ [REVIEW]

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Merry Knight loves catching snowflakes on her eyelashes in Debbie Macomber’s Merry and Bright. (Photo by Stephen Poff, Flickr)

Falling in love is tricky business in the fast-paced world we live in. Besides, who has the time? Discover what happens when the best of intentions leads to the most complicated of circumstances in Debbie Macomber’s sweet new romance, Merry and Bright.  Read more of this post

‘Start Without Me’ Illustrates Why Some of Us Avoid Going Home at All Costs [REVIEW]

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In Start Without Me, Joshua Max Feldman proves that sometimes going back to your childhood home isn’t as joyous as it could be. (Photo by Doug Kerr, Flickr)

Home for the holidays. The very thought of it conjures up idealized Hollywood scenarious where everything is perfect, blanketed in clean white snow, with the family gathered around the table sharing fond, sweet memories of yesteryear. But in Joshua Max Feldman’s new novel, Start Without Me, he depicts another type of homecoming altogether. In fact, this story is as far from a Frank Capra movie as you can get.  Read more of this post

Meet ‘The Other Alcott’ of Orchard House in Revealing Debut Novel [REVIEW]

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Within the walls of Orchard House, May Alcott dreams of life beyond Concord, Massachusetts. (Photo by Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism, Flickr)

We’ve all heard of Louisa May Alcott, the author of the classic novel, Little Women, a story she based on her own family. As beloved as that book is, have you ever stopped to think what it might have been like to actually be one of Louisa’s sisters? In Elise Hooper’s exquisite new novel, The Other Alcott, she takes us inside Orchard House, shows us that fame has a price, and reveals just how complicated sibling rivalry can be.  Read more of this post

‘Everything We Lost’ Delivers Surreal Psychological Suspense [REVIEW]

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Ten years ago, Lucy Durant’s brother disappeared into the California desert. (Photo by Bureau of Land Management, Flickr)

A young woman’s life is irrevocably changed when her brother disappears into the vast California desert. A decade later, the tragedy still haunts her. Will she ever discover the truth about what happened to her beloved sibling? Find out in Valerie Geary’s suspenseful new novel, Everything We Lost.  Read more of this post