Sometimes ‘The Crooked Path’ is the Most Rewarding [REVIEW]

South Africa

In South Africa, a woman finds the road to happiness to be The Crooked Path. (Photo by Julie Laurent, Flickr)

When a South African young girl who never seems quite good enough in her own mind has her heart crushed and her dreams shattered, will she allow her personal tragedy to define her life or will she forge ahead more determined than ever to construct her own destiny? Find out in Irma Joubert’s The Crooked Path. Read more of this post

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‘Everything We Lost’ Delivers Surreal Psychological Suspense [REVIEW]

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Ten years ago, Lucy Durant’s brother disappeared into the California desert. (Photo by Bureau of Land Management, Flickr)

A young woman’s life is irrevocably changed when her brother disappears into the vast California desert. A decade later, the tragedy still haunts her. Will she ever discover the truth about what happened to her beloved sibling? Find out in Valerie Geary’s suspenseful new novel, Everything We Lost.  Read more of this post

‘The Sworn Virgin’ Reminds Us To Never Give Up [REVIEW]

Albania waterfalls

In the land of waterfalls, Albania, a young woman must fight for her freedom in Kristopher Dukes’ THE SWORN VIRGIN. (Photo by Alessandro Giangiulio, Flickr)

Throughout history and all around the world, women have had to fight for their rights and for their freedom. In some countries, this is still the case. And in early twentieth-century Albania, a woman’s independence came at a great price: she must remain a virgin for the rest of her life.  Read more of this post

The Surprising Role of Women in Medieval Japan [GUEST POST]

Geisha

Over the centuries, Japanese women have been everything from shopkeepers and moneylenders to geisha and warriors. (Photo by Yiannis Theologos Michellis, Flickr)

Many people don’t realize the important roles women played in medieval Japan, or that a Japanese woman’s “place” was often in the shop—or even on the archery range—as well as in the home. Read more of this post

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

Girlfriends

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