‘The Doll Funeral’ Is Strange and Hypnotic [REVIEW]

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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

Restore Marital Bliss with ‘It Takes One to Tango’ [REVIEW]

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Sometimes the first steps you’ll take to improving your marriage are yours alone. (Photo by slgckgc, Flickr)

Marriage is hard. It takes lots of hard work to make it last. But sometimes, only one partner is interested in putting in the time and effort it takes to turn things around. Is it still possible to make a difference in your relationship if all the effort put in is one sided? Marriage and family therapist Winifred M. Reilly thinks no union is beyond redemption. Find out why in her new book, It Takes One to Tango: How I Rescued My Marriage with (Almost) No Help From My Spouse—and How You Can, Too.  Read more of this post

Rhys Bowen Breaks Down Social Barriers ‘In Farleigh Field’ [REVIEW]

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With the onset of WWII, everything is quickly changing for Lord Westerham and his family in Rhys Bowen’s In Farleigh Field. (Photo by Marc Pether-Longman, Flickr)

Spies. British aristocracy. A dead body. A love triangle. Rhys Bowen’s new World War II thriller, In Farleigh Field, has it all in spades, making for a truly delicious stand-alone novel that will delight fans of Masterpiece Theater’s Home Fires and Downton Abbey.  Read more of this post

Steph Jagger’s ‘Unbound’ Takes Readers On A Journey of Self Discovery [REVIEW]

Steph Jagger in New Zealand

Steph Jagger in New Zealand when the clouds rolled in and everything started going downhill. (Photo courtesy Steph Jagger, Facebook)

What does snow have to do with self discovery? Steph Jagger explains in her new memoir, Unbound, as she seeks to unleash her authentic self and stop fulfilling the expectations others set for her. Read more of this post

Mom Turns Antihero Mastermind in James Patterson’s ‘113 Minutes’ [REVIEW]

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When her son dies in front of her, a devastated mother takes the law into her own hands in James Patterson’s 113 Minutes. (Photo by Tobie Chapman, Flickr)

Molly Rourke just lived through every mother’s worst nightmare. She watched her son die in front of her, and she knows who is responsible. Grieving and angry, she is determined to get revenge. But will she be able to execute her plan before she gets caught by the Feds? Find out in James Patterson and Max DiLallo’s 113 Minutes.   Read more of this post