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
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
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
It’s far too late for me to wish you all a happy new year, but since I was apparently too busy over the past month stuffing my face with cookies, cookies, and more cookies, I’ll go ahead and say: HAPPY 2019! I’ll argue that it’s never too late to wish someone a happy year. I’ll … More New Year, New Blogs!
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
Throw on your party hats and get ready for some awkward, off-key singing. Book Perfume is FOUR today! LET THEM EAT CAKE! (Sorry. You’re going to have to provide your own. I’ve already eaten mine and it was delicious.) I say it every year, but it still rings so true: When I started this blog … More Shut the Front Door. Book Perfume is FOUR!
Seven years ago, I fell in madly in love with Paula McLain’s The Paris Wife. It was exquisitely written, stocked with complicated and memorable characters, and it tapped into the first marriage of my literary main squeeze, Ernest Hemingway. I loved McLain’s rich blend of history and imagination and how it resulted in a gorgeous … More Fall in Love with Paula McLain’s Love and Ruin
“Do not worry. You have always written before and you will write now. All you have to do is write one true sentence. Write the truest sentence you know.” – Ernest Hemingway, A Moveable Feast This quote from Hemingway has always been one of my favorites, and it feels especially fitting today as I return … More A Moveable Feast: Moving and Memorable in Every Way
Quick—someone get me a tissue, a hug, and a big ol’ glass of sweet tea. The Murphy women of Kristy Woodson Harvey’s Peachtree Bluff series are back, and they are bringing along all of the feelings. Following last summer’s stunning Slightly South of Simple, The Secret to Southern Charm transports us back to the quaint … More Kristy Woodson Harvey’s The Secret to Southern Charm: Too Good to be Kept a Secret
Readers, you have spoken. Or should I say you have clicked your little paws off? After five rounds of competition with a bevy of literary dreamboats duking it out, a new champion has been named. And Great Scot, he is hot. In round one, he triumphed over poetic icon Dr. Yuri Zhivago. Round two saw … More March Hunkness: Our 2018 Champion of Hunks