Explore the Hidden Fears that Make Us Human in ‘Beautiful Bad’ [REVIEW]

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How could the perfect marriage go so horribly wrong? (Photo by Vee, Flickr)

There are so many things that make Maddie afraid. And yet, that isn’t the face she shows to the public. Most people look at her husband and child and think she has the perfect life. Yet perfection is usually only in the eye of the beholder. After all, even the most precious gems are liable to crack under the right amount of pressure. Find out what makes Maddie go off the rails in Annie Ward’s Beautiful Bad.  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]

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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.
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Some Friendships Are Stronger Than War, Just Ask ‘Bess and Frima’ [REVIEW]

Bess and Frima

Theirs is a friendship that would endure politics, marriage, and even war. (Photo courtesy Julie Metz)

Two girls on the cusp of womanhood. Two lives irrevocably intertwined. In the face of World War II, each must make decisions that will shape their destinies and alter the course of their lives forever. But which dreams will they pursue and will fate ultimately tear them apart? Find out in Alice Rosenthal’s new historical novel, Bess and Frima, a coming-of-age story about friendship, family, and daring to be different. Read more of this post

Love Sees Past Race in Sarah Creviston Lee’s ‘The War Between Us’ [EXCERPT]

Sarah Creviston Lee's THE WAR BETWEEN US blog tour bannerIt never fails to surprise me. No matter how many novels I read set against the backdrop of World War II, no two stories are ever identical. Because so many nations were involved in the conflict, the war tore everyone apart. But even in the midst of great turmoil and grief, stories of survival and courage and undeniable love continue to emerge. That’s why I love Sarah Creviston Lee’s book, The War Between Us. In it, she captures the dramatic, captivating and bittersweet romance between two people who should never have fallen in love. All these years after WWII, it is a story that is simultaneously touching, heartfelt, and relevant to today’s turbulent social climate. I think you’ll see what I mean when you read the excerpt below. Enjoy! —Jathan Read more of this post