‘The Daisy Children’ Remind Us That We Can’t Outrun Our Past [REVIEW]

Smelling the daisies

Sometimes the untold stories are the ones we need to hear… (Photo by Amy the Nurse, Flickr)

With no job, no baby, a self-centered mother and a husband who is growing increasingly distant, a young woman doesn’t know what direction her life is going to take her. But when she receives news that she’s been named in her grandmother’s will, she makes a journey to the past and learns some important life lessons along the way in Sofia Grant’s The Daisy Children.
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Love Triumphs Over Illness in Mary Hogan’s ‘Left’ [REVIEW]

Couple

When love is the last memory, a little fantasy can go a long way. (Photo by mrhayata, Flickr)

A dream vacation becomes a surreal moment in time when everything one woman knows about her husband begins to unravel as their relationship begins its descent into frightening new territory. How will she cope? And can their marriage survive? Find out in Mary Hogan’s beautiful, thought-provoking new novel, Left: A Love Story.  Read more of this post

Cultures Clash With Comic Results in Linda Nielsen’s ‘Because I’m Worth It’ [REVIEW]

Post Ranch Inn

Can marriage survive when Big Sur life meets country club values? Find out in Linda Nielsen’s Because I’m Worth It. (Photo by Steve Jurvetson, Flickr)

It isn’t very often that we encounter a book that is as insightful as it is satirical, but that is what Linda Nielsen has done with her sophomore novel, Because I’m Worth It, a story that makes us take a look at what we are willing to do for power and prominence by juxtaposing two very different lifestyles: Bohemian Big Sur and the genteel South.  Read more of this post

‘By Invitation Only’ Reminds Us of the Importance of Family [REVIEW]

wedding couple sitting on green grass in front of body of water at sunset

Opposities attract in Dorothea Benton Frank’s uproarious new novel, By Invitation Only. (Photo by freestocks.org on Pexels.com)

When a young couple falls in love and announces their engagement, it sends their families reeling. After all, the bride is a well-to-do Chicago socialite while the groom comes a peach farm in the South Carolina Lowcountry. As their families meet for the first time, will the starry-eyed couple be able to handle the heat or will their romance disintergrate as cultures clash? Find out in Dorothea Benton Frank’s hilariously candid new novel, By Invitation Only. 
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An Old House Teaches ‘A Hundred Small Lessons’ [REVIEW]

Elsie and Lucy

A house connects two women at very different points in their lives in Ashley Hay’s A Hundred Small Lessons. (Photo by donireewalker, Flickr)

We’ve frequently heard the saying, “if walls could talk, think of the stories they could tell.” In Ashley Hay’s new novel, A Hundred Small Lessons, we learn about two families who inhabited the same house at very different points in their lives, and it demonstrates how one home connects generations in a very unique way. Read more of this post