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

Fall in Love with Paula McLain’s Love and Ruin

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

Kristy Woodson Harvey’s The Secret to Southern Charm: Too Good to be Kept a Secret

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

Still Me by Jojo Moyes – And Why Louisa Clark is Still (and Always) With Me

You are scored on my heart, Clark. When Will Traynor wrote those famous words to Louisa Clark at the end of Me Before You, I pretty much cried, “Mine too, Will! MINE TOO!” Well, let’s be honest. I pretty much cried—and cried and cried and cried—into oblivion, but then I cried, “Mine too!” because Louisa … More Still Me by Jojo Moyes – And Why Louisa Clark is Still (and Always) With Me

Last Christmas in Paris by Hazel Gaynor and Heather Webb: A Gorgeous Read Any Time of Year

Confession time: I’ve had a hard time letting go of Christmas this year. I still have a few lingering holiday decorations hanging up that I’m now calling “winter flair” and I’m deeply mourning the end of my Candy Cane Milanos. (How will I ever wait another ELEVEN MONTHS for them to come back?!) I love … More Last Christmas in Paris by Hazel Gaynor and Heather Webb: A Gorgeous Read Any Time of Year

Allison Winn Scotch’s Between Me and You: A Great Story From Beginning To End (And End to Beginning)

I have a lot to thank Brandon Flowers for. He fronts my favorite band, writes anthems that cut right to the heart, and puts on just about the greatest show imaginable. I adore Brandon Flowers, and now I adore him even more because his gorgeous song “Between Me and You” inspired Allison Winn Scotch to … More Allison Winn Scotch’s Between Me and You: A Great Story From Beginning To End (And End to Beginning)

Claire Cook Unleashes More Fun with Must Love Dogs: A Howliday Tail

The stockings are hung, the tree is up, we’ve seen our first snowfall, and I’ve gone A LITTLE OVERBOARD with doggie Christmas outfits. That can only mean one thing: The howlidays are here!! Wait, did I just say howlidays? That must be because I just finished the puptastic 6th installment of Claire Cook’s Must Love … More Claire Cook Unleashes More Fun with Must Love Dogs: A Howliday Tail

The Other Alcott: An Extraordinary Read About an Extraordinary Woman

Growing up as a book lover in New England, there was no one I revered more than Louisa May Alcott. With Little Women, she gave me a favorite book, a set of characters I’d love for life, and the belief that one day I too could become a writer. As I got older and dipped … More The Other Alcott: An Extraordinary Read About an Extraordinary Woman

The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman: Spellbinding in Every Way

I’ve always believed in magic. My dog gives me a look, and through no control of my own, I find myself handing over a cookie. A rainstorm clears, and suddenly, there’s a giant double rainbow. I pick up a book, and through words on paper, I’m instantly transported to another time and place, immersed in … More The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman: Spellbinding in Every Way