♦ ‘My Glory Was I Had Such Friends’ Is A Love Letter to the Power of Friendship [REVIEW]

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Amy Silverstein and friends at her book launch party for My Glory Was I Had Such Friends.
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Amy Silverstein knows a thing or two about hearts. She is on her third one! But her second heart transplant almost didn’t happen. She’d almost given up on life when she got sick again, some 26 years after her first transplant. What she hadn’t counted on, however, was the immense power of friendship.  Read more of this post

‘The One That Got Away’ Delivers Wish Fulfillment On A Grand Scale [REVIEW]

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A working mom gets a chance to explore the road not traken in Leigh Himes’ The One That Got Away. (Photo by Tom Merton, Flickr)

When life gets tough, many of us oftentimes reflect on our past decisions and think, “Would things have worked out if I had taken what was behind curtain number two?” Life’s usually not like Let’s Make A Deal though, or even the Choose Your Own Adventure books we used to devour as kids, a lesson the working mom in Leigh Himes’ The One That Got Away knows all too well. But when a freak accident suddenly changes the rules, she gets the chance to explore the road not taken in this charming debut novel.  Read more of this post

‘Soulmates’ Will Have Readers Second Guessing Their Yoga Class [REVIEW]

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Dana doesn’t know why her marriage to Ethan ended, or why he was murdered, but she needs to find out in Jessica Grose’s Soulmates. (Photo by Brian Auer, Flickr)

When a divorcee discovers that her ex-husband is dead, she realizes that she hasn’t completely let go of the past. Distraught, she begins investigating what happened to him. But will she get the answers she needs? Find out in Jessica Grose’s Soulmates.  Read more of this post

Lovely and Refreshing, ‘Sweet Tea Tuesdays’ Restores Our Faith in Friendship [REVIEW]

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They thought they would be friends forever. Meet Georgia, Midge, and Lula in Ashley Farley’s Sweet Tea Tuesdays. (Photo by Torrey Wiley, Flickr)

During Charleston’s long, languid, sultry summers, the heat can be so oppressive even the family dog doesn’t want to move from his spot in the shade. But three women find a way to survive, year after year: with laughter, friendship and iced cold refreshments in Ashley Farley’s delicious new novel, Sweet Tea Tuesdays.   Read more of this post

Keep Calm, Slow Down and Open Yourself Up to Life’s Little Pleasures [REVIEW]

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Dr. Barbara Ann Kipfer knows all kinds of ways we can relax. She shares them with us in her new book, 1,001 Ways to Slow Down. (Photo by Björn Söderqvist, Flickr)

Author Jane Austen once said, “Life seems but a quick succession of busy nothings.” This comes from a woman who was born in 1775, long before the Information Age, which has whipped all of us into a frenzy, hurtling us through life at the speed of light. Cell phones. Twitter. The Internet. Twenty-four hour news cycles. It gets to the best of us, which is why I love the new book, 1,001 Ways to Slow Down: A Book of Everyday Calm. Here, bestselling author Barbara Ann Kipfer reminds us about all the many ways to unwind.  Read more of this post