REVIEW: The Garden of Lost Secrets

WWII had an impact on so many people’s lives. Stasia is a young girl from Rotterdam who visits her grandparents’ farm in France for the summer. While there she meets a young man and they form a friendship that leads to young love. When the war breaks out we follow them both, Nicolas goes offContinue reading “REVIEW: The Garden of Lost Secrets”

REVIEW: French Holiday

Merry’s best friend is marrying her sister, that sounds like a dream come true, if only she weren’t in love with him herself. After years of pining away for him, her sister, who has stolen everything she loves all of her life, has taken him as well. She decides to go to a French chateau ownedContinue reading “REVIEW: French Holiday”

Pub Week REVIEW: Seven Rules for Breaking Hearts

“….if there’s one thing I’ve learned, it’s that love doesn’t play by the rules in the first place.” ——————- Margo wants nothing to do with love. Her parents divorced when she was in high school and it left her with some relationship trauma. She and her best friend, Jo, have made a career out ofContinue reading “Pub Week REVIEW: Seven Rules for Breaking Hearts”

REVIEW: The Half Moon

The Half Moon is a bar at the center of Malcolm’s life. He goes from bartender to owner. His wife is a lawyer who dreams of being a mother. They muddle through life never quite getting what they dream of and their marriage falters. They must face the realities of their choices, hopes and dreamsContinue reading “REVIEW: The Half Moon”

REVIEW: Prize Women

Back in the 1920’s in Canada, a rich man dies with an unusual will. He offers a large cash prize to the woman who can have the most children in the ten years after his death. The story follows two women from starkly different circumstances who are “competing” for the prize. They become friends andContinue reading “REVIEW: Prize Women”

REVIEW: In The Shadow Of The Apennines

Samantha is recently divorced and quite bitter about it. Her husband convinced her to live the life he wanted for her and then left her for a younger woman. She reacts by moving to a small town in Abruzzo hoping for an Under the Tuscan Sun renaissance in her life. It doesn’t exactly go asContinue reading “REVIEW: In The Shadow Of The Apennines”

REVIEW: My Pen is the Wing of a Bird

This powerful collection of stories by Afghani women gives us a glimpse of life in the country that has been in the midst of turmoil for decades. The stories we get are of women fighting to be seen, heard, trusted and valued. Some of the stories are small scenes of violence, longer passages of what it’s likeContinue reading “REVIEW: My Pen is the Wing of a Bird”

REVIEW: The Unsinkable Greta James

Greta is a budding rockstar who has had a recent hiccup in her career. She is about to launch her second album and tensions are high. Her brother convinces her to join her newly widowed father on an Alaskan cruise. The cruise is intended to be healing for them both and bond them after years ofContinue reading “REVIEW: The Unsinkable Greta James”

REVIEW: The After Wife

The After Wife is the story of Abby, a recently widowed writer who is forced into making a new start when she can’t afford her apartment following her husband’s death. She takes a giant leap and moves to a fixer upper in a small town in Canada. She wants to be left alone in herContinue reading “REVIEW: The After Wife”

REVIEW: Must Love Books

Nora is an underling in the publishing world, she followed this career path because she loved reading, but her job has her in a rut. Too much work with not enough pay and zero appreciation on top of work that doesn’t inspire her has her at the end of her rope. She is looking for somethingContinue reading “REVIEW: Must Love Books”