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

Orchard House

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

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‘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

Forgiveness Doesn’t Come Easily With ‘A Mother Like Mine’ [REVIEW]

Mother and daughter at the beach

Tensions flare when a mother and daughter reunite at the beach in Kate Hewitt’s A MOTHER LIKE MINE. (Photo by Lorrie McClanahan, Flickr)

Left behind as a toddler to be raised by her grandmother, a young woman works hard to build a life of her own with her young son in a picturesque seaside village. Just when she thinks she’s finally happy, her mother suddenly returns. Will she be able to forgive and bridge the chasm between them? Find out in Kate Hewitt’s emotion-packed new novel, A Mother Like Mine. 
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‘The Doll Funeral’ Is Strange and Hypnotic [REVIEW]

Doll

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]

Single rose

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