‘Stars of Alabama’ is a Love Letter to the South [REVIEW]

Meadow

When life seems drenched in despair, Sean Dietrich reminds us that hope is on the horizon. (Photo courtesy Canva)

Two old friends find a baby in the woods. A girl seeks to understand her mysterious gift. An abused boy runs for his life. Caught in the midst of the Great Depression, will each of these strangers fall prey to adversity or will circumstances bring them together? Find out in Sean Dietrich’s inspiring new novel, Stars of Alabama.
Read more of this post

Six Ways to Chill Out on National Relaxation Day

Relaxing in a hammock

Take time to chill out and relax. Your heart deserves it. (Photo courtesy Canva)

If you’re like us, you like to get things done. Whether we’re managing people on the job site, delegating tasks, streamlining processes, and plowing through our email inbox or at home cleaning the house, organizing the closets, bathing the dog and ironing the clothes, we all have those check lists of chores we feel compelled to accomplish before we fall in bed utterly exhausted. And while there is satisfaction to be gained from those accomplishments, finding time to relax, unwind, and chill out is actually still quite productive. Read more of this post

‘The Great Unexpected’ Is A Celebration of Life [REVIEW]

You’re never too old to get in step with a new friend. (Photo by Canva)

“Aging stinks. Especially if you have to do it alone. In a nursing home. And now they want to assign a roommate? Can life possibly get any worse? Oh yeah, did I mention the new guy is famous?” When two old men with nothing in common are made to share living quarters, will they become bitter enemies or fast friends? Find out in Dan Mooney’s delightful new novel, The Great Unexpected.  Read more of this post

Nancy Thayer’s ‘Surfside Sisters’ Hits Beaches This Summer

Girls at play on beach

As children, they were inseparable. But that was ages ago. Will these Surfside Sisters be able to make amends this summer? (Photo by Todd, Flickr)

Stepping. Nell. Three Women at the Water’s Edge. With each new novel, Nancy Thayer captivates readers with stories about determined women and the tough choices they must make when it comes to family, friendship, and love. I have been a Nancy Thayer fan ever since I read 1991’s Everlasting, an enthralling tale based in a world of flowers that still remains on my list of favorite books. So I’m always excited when she releases a new novel, and this summer’s Surfside Sisters sounds like it is going to be my next great beach read. Read more of this post

‘I Invited Her In’ Is Diabolically Clever [REVIEW]

Red Coat Night

When Abigail Curtiz reached out from the distant past, I made a mistake. I invited her in. (Photo by John Fraissinet, Flickr)

Seventeen years ago, they were inseparable. But then an unexpected pregnancy sent their lives in two different directions. One found domestic bliss at home while the other reveled in a life of glitz and glamour abroad, until the ultimate betrayal reunites the two women once more. All too quickly, they each find that life has a way of changing people… and not for the better. Brace yourself for a new foray into psychological terror and discover why some friendships should never be rekindled in Adele Parks’ I Invited Her In.
Read more of this post