The California Wife: The Lemieux Family Returns

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

Literary Hunk of December: Roger Wakefield

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

Little Woman in Blue: A Novel of May Alcott — And a Giveaway!

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!

The Vintner’s Daughter: One to Savor—Plus 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!

The Ice Cream Queen of Orchard Street: Sinfully Delicious

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

The Mapmaker’s Children by Sarah McCoy: You’ll Love It (And So Will Your Dog)

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)

The Girl You Left Behind (And Why I’ve Got a Lot of Reading to Do)

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)