The Last Year of the War by Susan Meissner: Read It and Get Ready to Love It

Beautiful. Heart-wrenching. Eye-opening. Timely. Unforgettable. I’ve used all of these words when describing Susan Meissner’s forthcoming novel, The Last Year of the War, but there are two I can’t stress enough: read it. The Last Year of the War is the story of Elise Sontag, a typical American teenager who has spent her entire life … More The Last Year of the War by Susan Meissner: Read It and Get Ready to Love It

The Curiosities by Susan Gloss: Curious Beauty on Every Page

I have a soft spot for books that make me weep openly in public, and that’s exactly what Susan Gloss’s beautiful new novel, The Curiosities, did. Set in Madison, WI, The Curiosities introduces us to a cast of memorable characters, each at a breaking point in his or her own way. At the center of … More The Curiosities by Susan Gloss: Curious Beauty on Every Page

The Wartime Sisters by Lynda Cohen Loigman: Your Next Favorite Read

It’s hard to express how much I love finding a new favorite author. A few years ago, when I read Lynda Cohen Loigman’s The Two-Family House, I was immediately smitten with her richly drawn characters, her exploration of complex family dynamics, and her ability to construct the vivid sense of time and place I love … More The Wartime Sisters by Lynda Cohen Loigman: Your Next Favorite Read

Outlander Superlatives: Episode 405 – Savages

Just when you think Outlander can’t get any better, they go and throw in a Murtaugh.   There’s a lot to unpack from Episode 405, “Savages.” Bree’s at Craigh na Dun! Jamie’s having premonitions! Roger’s beefing up on his detective skills! Claire makes a friend! Oh, no. It never ends well when Claire makes a … More Outlander Superlatives: Episode 405 – Savages

Outlander Superlatives: Episode 404 – Common Ground

Outlander fans, we are Rollo-ing right along with season four and things are only getting better. There are cool nicknames. There are phone calls. THERE ARE BEARS! (Sort of.) We have a lot to cover this week, from hot Jamie after hot Jamie to those two crazy kids in the 20th century, so let’s jump right … More Outlander Superlatives: Episode 404 – Common Ground

Outlander Superlatives: Episode 403 – The False Bride

THE MACKENZIES  ARE HERE!!! Sorry, I’ve been waiting a while to say that. In what is already a fantastic season of Outlander, “The False Bride” is my favorite episode so far. Jamie is emotional. Claire is Claire. ROGER AND BREE ARE BACK!!!! Again, sorry. I’ve just really missed them. We have a lot to cover, … More Outlander Superlatives: Episode 403 – The False Bride

Outlander Superlatives: Episode 402 – Do No Harm

Jamie and Claire have made it to River Run, and in true Fraser fashion, they have MADE THEIR PRESENCE KNOWN, SIR. Tackling the horrors of slavery, Outlander episode 402, “Do No Harm”, was hard to digest. It was ugly and painful and a lot to process, as it needed to be. And while the Frasers have the … More Outlander Superlatives: Episode 402 – Do No Harm

Outlander Superlatives: Episode 401 – America the Beautiful

It’s official, clan: Droughtlander is OVER!!! It seems like an eternity since we last saw the Frasers making out on that deserted beach in Georgia, but they’re finally back! And they’ve made their way to North Carolina! And Jamie is wearing a tricorn like it’s nobody’s business! As happy as I am that Outlander is … More Outlander Superlatives: Episode 401 – America the Beautiful

The Late Bloomers’ Club by Louise Miller: As Warm, Winning and Wonderful as They Come

It’s official: I’m packing up and moving to Guthrie, Vermont! Okay, so I can’t actually move to Guthrie because, well, it’s fictional, but after reading Louise Miller’s debut novel, The City Baker’s Guide to Country Living, two years ago, I fell truly, madly in love with everything about the quaint little town. Now, with her … More The Late Bloomers’ Club by Louise Miller: As Warm, Winning and Wonderful as They Come