‘Allie and Bea’ Make Us Believe in the Power of Friendship [REVIEW]

Catherine Ryan Hyde's ALLIE AND BEA

An unlikely duo, Allie and Bea are destined to become as unforgettable as Thelma and Louise.
(Photo courtesy Lake Union Publishing)

A senior citizen down on her luck. A teenage girl with nowhere else to turn. Two people at opposite ends of life find themselves in the worst situations possible. But out of their dismay, an unlikely friendship is born. Meet Allie and Bea, the two remarkable heroines of Catherine Ryan Hyde’s triumphant new novel. Read more of this post

Unplug in Arkansas’ Ozark Mountains [PHOTOS]

Heather relaxes on a beautiful Ozark morning

The Ozark mountains are a restful destination where we love to reconnect with nature and good friends.
(Photo by Jathan Fink, Jadeworks Entertainment)

We love our friends in Texas, but sometimes the chaos of the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex is enough to drive anyone batty. That’s when we know it is time to escape to the mountains. Read more of this post

Danielle Steel Redefines Family in ‘The Apartment’ [REVIEW]

Four friends in New York City

Four very different women become a new kind of family when they share a Hell’s Kitchen loft in Danielle Steel’s THE APARTMENT. (Photo by Delacorte Press)

In Danielle Steel’s latest novel, The Apartment, a loft in New York’s Hell’s Kitchen is home to four vastly different young women who become roommates out of necessity but a family by choice. Read more of this post

A Little Sugar Goes A Long Way

Heather and friend

Heather gets a little sugar from a friend. (Photo by Jathan Fink, Jadeworks Entertainment)

It seems we can’t go very long in America without having conversations about race and all the tension that inevitably comes along with it. Someone is constantly stirring up trouble. Yet the U.S. is frequently called a melting pot and has a history steeped in immigration, according to BBC News. So why can’t we see past our differences and simply get along? Read more of this post

Trust Your Intuition and Live Life Wide Open

Jathan

Jathan at Fort Phoenix in Fairhaven, Mass. (Photo by Heather Fink)

I’m a firm believer in trusting your instincts. If you get a bad feeling about something, that little nagging feeling in the pit of your stomach is your intuition’s way of saying, “Hold it right there, mister. You’d better think about this for a moment.” Read more of this post