Susan Mallery’s ‘The Friendship List’ [EXCERPT]

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Checking off a fun to-do list with your BFF should be fun, shouldn’t it? (Photo courtesy Canva)

We’ve all heard of a bucket list. You may even have started one of your own. But have you ever created a to-do list for you and a buddy? It’s what the two best gal pals do in Susan Mallery’s hilariously heartfelt new novel, The Friendship List. So for all of you dynamic duos out there, the BFFs who would move heaven and earth for one another, this one’s for you. We hope you have fun reading this exclusive excerpt from the book. Enjoy! —J&H

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‘Simon the Fiddler’ Captures the Transcendent Power of Music [REVIEW]

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In post-Civil War Texas, a fiddler with a dream sets out to build a life filled with love and music. (Photo courtesy Canva)

He was always wily and had a knack for evading the conscription officers. Then came the fateful night he finally got caught. Can his passion for song get him through the Civil War? And will his dreams survive intact? Find out in Paulette Jiles’s immersive new historical saga, Simon the Fiddler. Read more of this post

Well Behaved Women Seldom Make History [Guest Post]

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What type of woman do you think makes the most impact? (Photo courtesy Canva)

There is a large debate about the origins of the quote “well-behaved women seldom make history” and more specifically who said it first. Was it Anne Boleyn? Marilyn Monroe? Eleanor Roosevelt? Or Laurel Thatcher Ulrich in a 1976 academic paper? Whoever the history books select, the truth of the statement cannot be denied. Read more of this post

Alison Hammer’s ‘You and Me and Us’ Plucks at Our Heartstrings and Fuels Us with Hope [REVIEW]

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One family will spend one last summer at their favorite beach as they struggle to reconnect before life changes forever. (Photo by Canva)

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A workaholic mom. A doting dad. A teenage daughter making plans for the future. Life as usual is busy and complicated, filled with school and jobs and the day-to-day challenges of family. When an unexpected piece of news throws a wrench in all their lives, it tests  their mettle and the strength of their familial bond. How will they navigate life once the rug has been pulled out from under their feet? Find out in Alison Hammer’s debut novel, You and Me and Us. Read more of this post

An Unexpected Inheritance Comes with Plenty of Dark and Twisty Family Secrets in Danielle Trussoni’s ‘The Ancestor’ [REVIEW]

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The secrets to one family’s dark past lies buried deep in the Italian Alps. (Photo courtesy Canva)

She is trying to put her life back together when she receives a letter that challenges everything she thought she knew. But the truth comes with a warning… and a price. What cost will she pay to unlock her family’s darkest secrets? Find out in Danielle Trussoni’s engrossing new gothic suspense novel, The Ancestor. Read more of this post