I was lucky enough to grow up in the same three-family house that my mother and grandmother grew up in. Three (and, at times, four) generations of our family could be found living there at once, and no matter how old I get, I know that one of my favorite sounds in the world will … More The Two-Family House: A Great Read from Top to Bottom
One of the hardest things about finishing a great book is saying goodbye to characters I’ve come to know and love. When I heard that Kristen Harnisch was releasing a follow-up to her fantastic debut, The Vintner’s Daughter, I was thrilled. After reading its sequel, The California Wife, cover-to-cover on a 5 a.m. flight when … More The California Wife: The Lemieux Family Returns
February is the month of love, and no literary hunk brings on those ooey-gooey, heart-a-fluttering feelings quite like Ross Poldark. I fell in love with him hard and fast through Winston Graham’s novels, and, as a woman with eyes, I basically lost my mind over Aidan Turner’s portrayal in the Poldark TV series. The name … More Literary Hunk of February: Ross Poldark
Droughtlanders, I know you’re feeling me on this. Pretty much ever since the second we found out that there would be a second season of Outlander (Halleluiah!), we’ve all been dying to know the same thing: WHO WILL PLAY OUR FOREVER AND ALWAYS BOYFRIEND ROGER MAC?!?! Earlier this month, our Christmas miracle arrived. The powers … More Literary Hunk of December: Roger Wakefield
If you’ve ever read this blog, you’ll know that I’m a bit of a Little Women fanatic. I love the March sisters, and as a book nerd growing up in New England, Louisa May Alcott has always been one of my heroes. When I was in grad school, what started out as archival research on … More Little Woman in Blue: A Novel of May Alcott — And a Giveaway!
There are few things in life that get me more excited than a fabulous debut novel. When I can’t put it down, almost miss my train stops, and can’t stop telling everyone I come in contact with that they have to read it, I know I’ve encountered a special new voice in fiction. Kristen Harnisch’s … More The Vintner’s Daughter: One to Savor—Plus a Giveaway!
I love ice cream. Cones, sundaes, soft serve, Fribbles—I can’t get enough. In the summers, it’s not out of the question for me to go night after night to my favorite local dairy, and I tell myself it’s because I have this face looking at me, begging for a special treat—and really, it would be … More The Ice Cream Queen of Orchard Street: Sinfully Delicious
Civil War history, an engrossing contemporary story, dogs (!!!) and an adorable kid, all at the hands of the delightful Sarah McCoy. How could anyone not flat out love The Mapmaker’s Children? The Mapmaker’s Children ties together two equally compelling narratives to make one beautiful novel. In the mid-19th century, Sarah Brown, daughter of abolitionist … More The Mapmaker’s Children by Sarah McCoy: You’ll Love It (And So Will Your Dog)
To me, the very best historical fiction succeeds in doing three things: It makes me learn, it makes me think, and it makes me feel. The House of Hawthorne, the newest release by Erika Robuck, not only hits these points, it gets the most golden gold star all over. The House of Hawthorne follows the … More The House of Hawthorne—and Why I Adore Erika Robuck
Sometimes I can be really late to the party. That’s the only excuse I have for not reading any of JoJo Moyes’ books until now. Thankfully, I’ve rectified that with The Girl You Left Behind, and you can guarantee that I’ll be making up for lost time by reading everything else she’s ever written. The … More The Girl You Left Behind (And Why I’ve Got a Lot of Reading to Do)