RHAPSODY: Six Questions for Mitchell James Kaplan [INTERVIEW]

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Mitchell James Kaplan brings George Gershwin and the jazz age to dazzling life in Rhapsody. (Photo courtesy Canva)

Few musicians left as indelible a mark on the great American songbook as George Gershwin. But it was his epic masterpiece, Rhapsody in Blue, that made him an icon. From the first moment audiences heard the score’s opening wail, it was clear there were few musicians as adventurous or brilliant as Gershwin. Yet as with every artist, there is much more to his story than just his music. Now novelist Mitchell James Kaplan pulls back the curtain on the famed pianist’s fabled career in the forthcoming novel, Rhapsody, a book that is both vividly written and utterly compelling, and truly worthy of becoming our first Diamond Reviewed title for 2021. It shines a light not only on Gershwin’s discography, but also on his decade-long romance with another pianist, Kay Swift. We loved the book so much we couldn’t wait to sit down with Mitchell James Kaplan for this exclusive interview. Enjoy! —J&H

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Escape to Coastal South Carolina in Reese Ryan’s ‘Second Chance on Cypress Lane’ [REVIEW]

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Love gets a second chance on Holly Grove Island. (Photo courtesy Canva)

They were high school sweethearts. Then he shattered her dreams and she built a life without him. When their paths finally cross again, can she learn to forgive the past or will old wounds keep them apart forever? Find out in Reese Ryan’s charming new romance, Second Chance on Cypress Lane.

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Susan Mallery’s ‘The Vineyard at Painted Moon’ [EXCERPT]

Escape into Susan Mallery’s The Vineyard at Painted Moon. (Photo courtesy Canva)

We frequently hear that we can have it all if we work hard enough. But is that always the case? For one woman, family relationships may be getting in the way of pursuing her dreams and living her best life in Susan Mallery’s thoughtful new novel, The Vineyard at Painted Moon. We hope you enjoy this excerpt from her forthcoming book. —J&H

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Marie E. Bast’s ‘The Amish Baker’s Rival’ Is Full of Charm and Life Lessons [REVIEW]

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Which baker has the winning recipe? (Photo courtesy Canva)

She has the most popular bakery in town. He is the competition who opens his shop directly across the street. They both are determined to ensure their own business succeeds. But will their rivalry keep them apart or will their hearts draw them together? Find out in Marie E. Bast’s The Amish Baker’s Rival.

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Danielle Steel’s ‘All That Glitters’ is a Parable for Our Time [REVIEW]

Sometimes we are too easily distracted by the flash. (Photo courtesy Canva)

Growing up, she had it all. Parents who loved her. A privileged life. And dreams as big as the sky. But just when she is about to begin living the life she’s always planned for, the world she knows changes with an explosive, blinding flash of light and suddenly she has to grow up very quickly. Will the lessons her parents taught her be enough to help her navigate her future? Find out in Danielle Steel’s new bestseller, All That Glitters.

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