The Songs That Could Have Been

The Songs That Could Have Been

I appreciate authors who tackle difficult topics. Amanda Wen is one of those. In The Songs That Could Have Been, she takes on three issues: bulimia, alcoholism, and a mixed race romance. Each occurs in separate timelines of a split-time novel. A few facts about...
A Novel Proposal

A Novel Proposal

I don’t read on the beach anymore. The wind and sand drive me crazy! So my light-hearted beach reads are more likely to take place by the pool, without any sand. But whether you prefer the beach or a pool, A Novel Proposal by Denise Hunter is the perfect summer read....
The Memory House

The Memory House

We all have memories associated with a place we call home, particularly ones we grew up in. Some memories are happy and pleasant, some might be sorrowful. But a house is much more than a place where we spend time growing up. At best, it’s a place of laughter,...
The Writing Desk

The Writing Desk

My first introduction to The Writing Desk (2017), by Rachel Hauck, was reading The Fifth Avenue Story Society (2020). (See my November 15 post.) Certain characters and situations overlap. Since I enjoyed The Fifth Avenue Story Society so much, I knew The Writing Desk,...
Keeping Christmas

Keeping Christmas

I don’t usually read the new Christmas stories published each year, but when I heard about Naomi Craig’s novella, “The Weary World Rejoices,” I knew I wanted to read it. It’s another example of Biblical fiction at its best and offers a fresh perspective on the birth...

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