‘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

J. T. Ellison’s ‘No One Knows’ Is A Truly Chilling Read [REVIEW]

Missing You

Even after her husband goes missing and is declared dead, all Aubrey Hamilton wants is her husband back.
(Photo by Leonidas Konstantinidis, Flickr)

Can love be so all encompassing between two people that the surviving mate is unable to move forward in life? Bestselling novelist J.T. Ellison plumbs the depths of love and loss in her enthralling novel, No One Knows. 
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Dorothea Benton Frank’s ‘All Summer Long’ Is A Love Letter to the South [REVIEW]

Lowcountry Landscapes SC

When a couple moves from New York City to the Carolina Lowcountry, their lives are changed forever in Dorothea Benton Frank’s All Summer Long. (Photo by Yvette Wilson, Flickr)

Moving is hard. There are so many things to think about when one uproots a life. There are the inevitable changes of career, saying goodbye to friends and family, and even having to find someone new to style your hair. But when a New York based couple decides to make the life altering decision to retire to the slower paced South, they must face not only a change in circumstances and locale, but the secrets they have kept hidden from one another. Will their marriage be strong enough to survive these challenges as they arise? Find out in Dorothea Benton Frank’s new novel, All Summer Long.   Read more of this post

Ina Garten’s ‘Cooking for Jeffrey’ Proves Food Is Love [REVIEW]

Ina Garten's COOKING FOR JEFFREY

Ina Garten’s Cooking for Jeffrey is her most personal collection of recipes yet. (Photo by Jathan Fink, Jadeworks Entertainment)

Food is love. It’s something Heather and I have said for years, because we both love to spoil the people we care about with phenomenal meals. Obviously, we’re not alone when it comes to that sentiment. That’s why Ina Garten’s latest cookbook, Cooking for Jeffrey, features all the recipes her doting hubby loves most, and now she’s sharing them with the rest of us.  Read more of this post

Meredith Duran’s ‘A Lady’s Code of Misconduct’ Is Flawless [BOOK SPOTLIGHT]

Jane Mason

If you think Jane Mason is just another wilting flower, think again.
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Facing a future without independence, a young woman will go to great lengths to gain the upper hand, even if that means that she has to break all the rules and make a deal with the devil. But what price will she pay for this pact? And will she get everything she bargained for? Find out in Meredith Duran’s scintillating new novel, A Lady’s Code of Misconduct.  Read more of this post