Lovely and Refreshing, ‘Sweet Tea Tuesdays’ Restores Our Faith in Friendship [REVIEW]

Girlfriends

They thought they would be friends forever. Meet Georgia, Midge, and Lula in Ashley Farley’s Sweet Tea Tuesdays. (Photo by Torrey Wiley, Flickr)

During Charleston’s long, languid, sultry summers, the heat can be so oppressive even the family dog doesn’t want to move from his spot in the shade. But three women find a way to survive, year after year: with laughter, friendship and iced cold refreshments in Ashley Farley’s delicious new novel, Sweet Tea Tuesdays.   Read more of this post

‘Same Beach, Next Year’ Is Unrepentently Hilarious and Heartfelt [REVIEW]

Two empty deck chairs on the beach

One magical summer, two families begin a friendship that will last more than 20 years. (Photo by Richard Walker, Flickr)

Whenever I pick up one of Dottie Frank’s books, I know I’m in for a treat. Filled with humor, sass and plenty of snark, it is almost as if my favorite characters from Steel Magnolias regularly get together to write stories they would love to read, populated with characters they would easily get along with. And that’s exactly the type of story Same Beach, Next Year delivers, one that exudes Southern charm, invites you in to sit a spell, drink sweet tea and catch up with folks you can’t help but adore.  Read more of this post

‘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

RaeAnne Thayne’s ‘Snowfall On Haven Point’ Is Full of Promise and Possibilities [REVIEW]

Haven Point

Welcome to the tranquil little town of Haven Point, where second chances are possible and romance fills the air.
(Picture courtesy HQN Books)

When a single mother moves to Haven Point to start over with her two children after the death of her husband, her past follows her with horrifying consequences, possibly scarring her heart forever. Will her heart ever mend and ultimately grow strong enough to love again? And how will she react when she meets a man who is perfect for her in almost every way? Find out in RaeAnne Thayne’s Snowfall On Haven Point.  Read more of this post