National Geographic Wants to Help You Plan Your Next Great Adventure to One of ‘100 Great American Parks’ [REVIEW]

Yosemite Valley from Tunnel View
Yosemite National Park (Photo courtesy Canva)

I am often amazed when I talk to friends and hear that they have never visited any of America’s national parks. From the time I was a child, my parents took me to gasp in awe at Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona, watch the bats fly out of Carlsbad Caverns National Park in New Mexico, and relax in Hot Springs National Park in Arkansas. But in Stephanie Pearson’s new book for National Geographic, 100 Great American Parks, she shows us that we don’t have to visit a national park to appreciate nature and have a little fun. There are loads of great places to choose from!

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Nancy Thayer Invites Readers Back to Nantucket for a Much Needed ‘Family Reunion’ [REVIEW]

Nantucket sunset
Nantucket is the perfect place to rejuvenate your spirit. (Photo courtesy Canva)

An aging matriarch longs to reconnect with her loved ones. A young college graduate is ready to leave a bad romance in her wake. Will these two women be able to find what they’re looking for? In Family Reunion, New York Times bestselling author Nancy Thayer welcomes readers back to Nantucket for one more magical summer, where life is bolstered by the surrounding tides and seemingly anything is possible.

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John Saul’s ‘The God Project’ is a Parent’s Worst Nightmare [REVIEW]

Teddy bear mobile above a crib

Something is amiss when babies start turning cold in their cribs in John Saul’s classic thriller, The God Project. (Photo courtesy Canva)

In one small town, when children die doctors can’t explain what happened. When other children vanish, police can’t find them. Who can two distraught mothers trust, and will they be able to get to the truth before something happens to any more kids? Find out in John Saul’s classic thriller, The God Project.  Read more of this post

The Right Way to Buy and Store Fish

New Bedford Working Waterfront

Fresh fish is readily available in New Bedford, Mass., the top producing fishing port in America. (Photo by Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism, Flickr)

Having lived on the coast, we are picky when it comes to seafood. In Massachusetts, we got really spoiled because New Bedford is still the top producing port in the U.S. when it comes to commercial fishing revenue, according to NOAA, so there was never a shortage of fresh-off-the-boat scallops, monkfish, lobster, summer flounder, black sea bass, and more. Now that we are back in Texas, finding quality seafood is a chore. However, that doesn’t mean it is impossible! So here’s the 4-1-1 on what you should know no matter where you buy your fish, and a few tricks on how best to store it when you do. Read more of this post

Meet ‘The Other Alcott’ of Orchard House in Revealing Debut Novel [REVIEW]

Orchard House

Within the walls of Orchard House, May Alcott dreams of life beyond Concord, Massachusetts. (Photo by Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism, Flickr)

We’ve all heard of Louisa May Alcott, the author of the classic novel, Little Women, a story she based on her own family. As beloved as that book is, have you ever stopped to think what it might have been like to actually be one of Louisa’s sisters? In Elise Hooper’s exquisite new novel, The Other Alcott, she takes us inside Orchard House, shows us that fame has a price, and reveals just how complicated sibling rivalry can be.  Read more of this post