Books

Book Spotlight: The House on Mermaid Point by Wendy Wax and Giveaway

July 17, 2014
The House on Mermaid Point

In this new novel from the author of Ten Beach Road and Ocean Beach, three unlikely friends who were thrown together by disaster get a do-over on life, love, and happiness . .

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Book Spotlight and Giveaway: Flight of the Sparrow by Amy Belding Brown

July 7, 2014
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Flight of the Sparrow by Amy Belding Brown is a historical novel based on the life of Mary Rowlandson, who was captured by Native Americans during King Philips War (1675-78) and held for 11 weeks before she was ransomed.

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Book Review: The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

July 4, 2014
The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman is one of those books that I picked up based on the cover. Yes, I do judge books by their covers. And this one intrigued me.

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Book Review: Cop Town by Karin Slaughter

June 24, 2014
Cop Town by Karin Slaughter

Cop Town takes place in 1974 in Atlanta. Tensions are high and it seems that everyone is suspicious of everyone else. There is racial and religious tension. The city is in turmoil.

And someone is executing cops.

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Book Review: Fallen Beauty by Erika Robuck

June 13, 2014
Fallen Beauty

I have been a fan of Erika Robuck since her first book, Hemingway’s Girl. Fallen Beauty weaves together the stories of Edna St. Vincent Millay, a poet a completely adore, and Laura, a seamstress. Both women are battling their own thoughts and hearts. Both women are looking for love, but don’t feel as if they […]

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Book Review: The Never Never Sisters

June 1, 2014
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The Never Never Sisters will be available June 3. From the publisher,” An absorbing, highly entertaining novel about family secrets, The Never Never Sisters introduces you to the strong-willed and big-hearted Reinhardt women, as they reunite one summer in New York. Gifted storyteller L. Alison Heller has written another witty and moving page-turner that will […]

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Book Review: Here and Again

May 30, 2014
Here and Again by Nicole Dickson

Here and Again will be out June 3, 2014. Deep in the Shenandoah Valley, the present and the past are as restless as the river mists. And when they collide, the heart is the only compass pointing home. For nurse Ginger Martin, her late husband’s farm is both a treasured legacy and the harbinger of […]

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Summer Reading

May 26, 2014
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Memorial Day is the official start to summer which means it is the official start to summer reading! Here is my summer reading list: Fallen Beauty by Erika Robuck The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline I Am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes The Silent Wife […]

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Book Review: Reconstructing Amelia

May 13, 2014
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I have had this book for quite a while now and I’m not sure why I haven’t gotten around to reading it until now. Once I started it, I couldn’t put it down. This story is about Amelia, but it’s also about Kate, her mother. At the beginning of the novel, Amelia dies by falling […]

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Interview with Louise Caiola, Author of The Making of Nebraska Brown, and Review

April 26, 2014
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Buy on iBooks  Buy on Amazon The Making of Nebraska Brown by Louise Caiola is one of those mysteries that picks you up right at the start and carries you until the very end. It reminded me of Gillian Flynn’s writing. Not in the style, but in it’s ability to grip you with the plot. Being […]

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10 Things You Need This Spring

April 15, 2014
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1. A Colorful Suit A colorful suit gives you so many possibilities for outfits! Wear the pieces separately to make new looks all Spring! 2. Bright Lips Bright lips are everywhere! The color of the year is Radiant Orchid after all. Try Milani, Maybelline Vivids, or Sephora. 3. A Blender To make smoothies of course. […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Fly Away by Kristin Hannah and a $100 Giveaway

April 1, 2014
Fly Away by Kristin Hannah

The novels of Kristin Hannah really strike a chord with so many women—with stories that are emotionally rich and deal with real life issues that so many of us face. She is a #1 New York Times bestseller, and her books, which include Firefly Lane and Home Front, will make you laugh, cry, and want to call the […]

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Book Review: The Longevity Kitchen: Satisfying, Big-Flavor Recipes Featuring the Top 16 Age-Busting Power Foods

February 25, 2014
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Many of us want to live a long and vibrant life. Food is one of the most important tools. However, the science of eating has become more complicated than ever. Rebecca Katz, culinary nutrition pioneer and wellness authority, has provided us with a helpful and flavorful solution. In The Longevity Kitchen: Satisfying, Big-Flavor Recipes Featuring […]

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Movie Review: The Lego Movie

February 10, 2014
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With Lego characters voiced by Morgan Freeman, Will Ferrell, Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett, Liam Neeson, and Channing Tatum, how can you go wrong? I will admit that I had high expectations for this movie. As a regular builder of Legos, I have a special place in my heart for these building blocks. It’s […]

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Book Review: Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion

January 27, 2014
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There is nothing hotter than a girl with brains. Warm Bodies is a story about a fairly well preserved zombie who falls in love with a human girl after he eats her boyfriend. I guess that’s the Match.com of the zombie apocalypse. I really enjoyed this novel. It was a softer look at zombies and […]

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Book Review: The Chaperone by Laura Moriarty

January 21, 2014
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I adore this book. The Chaperone is Cora’s story. When Cora is 36 years old, she accompanies Louise Brooks, who will soon be a silent film star to New York for a summer in the 1920s. Louise is determined to push the limits and embrace what is new instead of what is “proper.” But the […]

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Book Review: The Secrets She Carried by Barbara Davis

January 17, 2014
The Secrets She Carried

The Secrets She Carried is a story about going home, and how hard that really is sometimes. Leslie is living in New York when she finds out she has been given part of Peak Plantation as an inheritance. When she finally decides to go claim her part, she finds that the memories, and the mysteries […]

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Book Review: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

January 13, 2014
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The Book Thief is a story of a young girl in WWII Germany, narrated by Death. It had the potential to be very hokey. But it wasn’t. Luckily Death is a silent onlooker passing through as he performs his duties. We don’t hear too much about Death. We hear about the girl. And the girl […]

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BOOK REVIEW: The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

January 3, 2014
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The Kite Runner isn’t quite the book I was expecting. I was expecting a book that had a lot of politics, a lot of Taliban, and a lot of mistreatment of women. I have had this book for a long time and didn’t pick it up for these reasons. However, what I found was an […]

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Books Read in 2013

January 1, 2014
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1. The Willpower Instinct: How Self Control Works, Why It Matter, and How You Can Get More of It – Review 2. The American Heiress – Review 3. The Lightening Thief – More Books for Boys 4. Hemingway’s Girl – Review 5. Wife 22 – Review 6. The Affair – Review 7. The Casual Vacancy […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Letters to Love

December 23, 2013
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Letters to love is written by one of my favorite people on this planet, Missy Nicholas. Missy is one of the warmest, most uplifting people you will ever meet. Her book reflects her heart, which is generous, kind, and full of love. It really isn’t possible for me to give a completely unbiased review of […]

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BOOK REVIEW: A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki

December 19, 2013
A Tale for the Time Being

I use Grammarly’s online plagiarism checker because when you steal words, you steal someone’s thoughts and creativity. “Now, no matter what the mullah teaches, there is only one sin, only one. And that is theft. Every other sin is a variation of theft… When you kill a man, you steal a life. You steal his […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Fiend by Peter Stinson

December 12, 2013
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I picked up this book based on the recommendation I would like it if I liked World War Z, which I LOVED. Fiend is one of those books that will leave you wondering what the heck you just read. And that it was either really disturbing or really awesome. Or both. Fiend is a zombie […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter

December 11, 2013
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I have to admit when I picked up this book at the library, I really wasn’t sure what to expect. But it was on a display right at the entrance next to a couple other books I liked so I decided to give it a try. I was pleasantly surprised. No, this is not high […]

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BOOK REVIEW: A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra

November 22, 2013
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I am so very glad that I picked up this book. Anthony Marra has won a ton of writing awards, and there is a good reason why. The book opens with the line, ““On the morning after the Feds burned down her house and took her father, Havaa woke from dreams of sea anemones.” This […]

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8 Books Everyone Should Read Before They Die

November 21, 2013
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The Unbearable Lightness of Being – This is one of those books where the whole world makes sense after you are done reading it. Harry Potter – J.K. Rowling created an amazing world that everyone should participate in. Catch-22 – This is just a classic you can’t pass. It’s where the phrase Catch-22 comes from […]

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BOOK REVIEW: What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty

November 13, 2013
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This book starts out with Alice falling of a bike during spin class, hitting her head, and losing ten years of her memory. Sounds humerous, and there are parts of the book that are funny. More importantly, this is a book about reflection. What memories would you lose from the last 1 years? Similar to […]

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Guest Post – Barbara Davis, Author of Secrets She Carried

November 11, 2013
Barbara Davis, author of The Secrets She Carried/Penguin USA

Today I am excited to welcome Barbara Davis, Author of Secrets She Carried, to the blog! 7 Embarrassing Truths About Debut Authors 1) One bad review can negate ten great ones. We are fragile, terrified, thin-skinned individuals. It comes with the territory. We know going in that not everyone will see our genius, that our […]

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Orange is the New Black

October 30, 2013
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If you haven’t checked out Orange is the New Black, which is a Netflix original series, you need to. Well, as long as you aren’t offended by nudity, foul language, lesbians, criminals, or Jason Biggs. One thing I really liked about this series was Netflix released the entire season 1, 13 episodes, all at once. […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Life After Life by Kate Atkinson

October 29, 2013
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Life After Life by Kate Atkinson is one of those books I picked up because of the review on the front. In this case it sais, “One of the best books I’ve read this century.” ~Gillian Flynn I loved Gone Girl so I figured if Gillian Flynn likes it, I’ll give it a try. It […]

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Book Review – Island Beneath the Sea by Isabel Allende

October 14, 2013
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I have been a fan of Isabel Allende ever since I was introduced to her my Freshman year in college. Island Beneath the Sea is another story that you can’t help but take to heart. Zarite is a slave in Santo Domingo, the island that will become Haiti, in the late 18th century. The story […]

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Room by Emma Donoghue

September 27, 2013
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Room by Emma Donoghue is narrated by Jack, a five year old boy who has lived in a 11×11 room his entire life. It takes some getting used to Jack’s voice as the narrator. His sentences are somewhat choppy. Having a five year old son myself, I think Jack would have spoken a little better. […]

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Book Review: Heart Like Mine

September 17, 2013
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This is the second book I have read by Amy Hatvany. The first I read was Best Kept Secret, which I really loved. Heart Like Mine is about a woman and a girl. Grace is a hard-working, professional woman who doesn’t want kids, but her fiancee, Victor, has two kids. Grace decides she can find […]

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Skinny Solutions to Weight Loss

September 10, 2013
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Soup-only sustenance, detoxifying smoothies and fat-burning superfoods are just a few of the many ways people have attempted to lose weight in recent years. Although many diets can help a person shed unwanted pounds or get healthier, many more fail to address the problems boomerang dieters often face: the fundamental lifestyle choices that lead to […]

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Summer Reading Wrap-Up

September 2, 2013
Dead Ever After

I chose quite a few books to read this summer. I figured we would spend a lot of time at the pool. Then it rained. A lot. I did get most of the books read, but not all. FINISHED – I did like this book a lot. I didn't think it was as good as […]

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World War Z

August 16, 2013
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World War Z is one of those smart books. One of those books where it bends your brain a little and you like it. One this I was really hoping for this book is that it would not be just another zombie book. It wasn't. The book is an oral history of the zombie war. […]

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