Swimming for Sunlight by Allie Larkin Will Have You Swimming in Emotions

Guys, I’m smitten. Actually, I’m more than smitten. I’m head over heels, unabashedly gaga, and for once I’m not even referring to my dog. (Although I am quite smitten by him too, thankyouverymuch.) The object of my adoration is Allie Larkin’s latest novel, Swimming for Sunlight, and I truly cannot gush about it enough. Swimming … More Swimming for Sunlight by Allie Larkin Will Have You Swimming in Emotions

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 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

A Moveable Feast: Moving and Memorable in Every Way

“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

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