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

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

Wickwythe Hall by Judithe Little: Love, Loss, and the Anguish of War

There’s a reason why World War II-era historical fiction is so popular, and why it’s my very favorite. Timeless tales of heroism, tragedy, heartbreak, and love are stories that always leave a mark on me, and Judithe Little’s debut novel, Wickwythe Hall, undoubtedly has. Wickwythe Hall introduces us to three unforgettable characters, brought together by … More Wickwythe Hall by Judithe Little: Love, Loss, and the Anguish of War

Cocoa Beach–And Why I’m a MAJOR Beatriz Williams Fangirl

I fangirl over a lot of things. Sprinkles Cupcakes, for instance. Jamie Fraser in a kilt. The four sacred Hollywood Chrises. My beagle on a random Monday afternoon when he gives me this look and makes me putty in his paws. Bottom line, when I love something, I go all in, and if you’ve been … More Cocoa Beach–And Why I’m a MAJOR Beatriz Williams Fangirl

Hadley and Ernest Forever: Why I’ll Always Love The Paris Wife

There’s a line in A Moveable Feast that has always stayed with me. Written at the end of his life about his early years in Paris, Hemingway reflects on his first marriage to Hadley Richardson, saying, “When I saw my wife again standing by the tracks as the train came in by the piled logs … More Hadley and Ernest Forever: Why I’ll Always Love The Paris Wife

The Lost Letter by Jillian Cantor: Lose Yourself in This Historically Good Read

I can’t say that I’ve ever given a lot of thought to postage stamps. Over the years, I’ve collected a few commemoratives adorned with my favorite movie icons and writers, and every holiday season, I load up on adorable Christmas designs (ideally with Snoopy on them) for my mass mailing of yuletide greetings. In general, … More The Lost Letter by Jillian Cantor: Lose Yourself in This Historically Good Read