Olive, Again by Elizabeth Strout

Olive, Again by Elizabeth Strout

One of the most intriguing characters in contemporary literature is back! Olive Kitteridge, whom we first met in Strout’s eponymous novel of 2008, is not the most likable woman. She’s got a Down East bluntness and speaks her mind, often sharply. Her inner thoughts are often nasty but she doesn’t let them out. She has […]


Pride of Eden

Pride of Eden

Eden is a wildlife sanctuary on the Georgia coast run by Anse Caulfield, an ex-jockey and Vietnam war veteran who uses all his military skills to save animals being mistreated in roadside attractions or private cages.  Malaya, a young Filipino-American, Iraqi War veteran, fresh from a gig hunting poachers in Africa, saves herself from PTSD […]


Thirteen Doorways, Wolves Behind Them All by Laura Ruby

Thirteen Doorways, Wolves Behind Them All by Laura Ruby

Suspenseful and with unexpected plot-twists, this novel kept me on edge. Frankie, her sister Toni and their brother Vito have been left at a Catholic orphanage in Chicago during the Depression. Their mother died and their father can’t afford to keep them. The ghost who watches Frankie has been dead since the Spanish Flu epidemic. […]


The Grammarians by Cathleen Schine

The Grammarians by Cathleen Schine

Language mavens, read and forwynsumian. Ah, the play of words, the joy of vocabulary! Not only are Laurel and Daphne red-headed identical twins, they are named for the same Greek myth. They love the power and mastery of grammar and each other. The twins are surrounded by family and friends who are amazingly tolerant of […]


The Girl in the Green Raincoat by Laura Lippman

The Girl in the Green Raincoat by Laura Lippman

With a nod to Hitchcock’s “Rear Window,” private detective Tess Monaghan is confined to her sofa during the final weeks of a high-risk pregnancy. Bored beyond belief, she mopes and watches with great envy the jolly collection of twice-a-day dog walkers she can easily see from her large picture window. As a trained observer of […]


The Beekeeper of Aleppo by Christy Lefteri

The Beekeeper of Aleppo by Christy Lefteri

Nuri was a beekeeper with his cousin Mustafa in the beautiful Syrian city of Aleppo before the civil war broke out in 2011 and he lost all he loved. His cousin left first but Nuri and his wife Afra were reluctant to leave the place where their families had lived for generations. Finally, they decided […]


How Not to Diet: the Groundbreaking Science of Healthy, Permanent Weight Loss

How Not to Diet: the Groundbreaking Science of Healthy, Permanent Weight Loss

If you are worn out trying to make sense of the dueling advice one gets about weight loss, each with a charismatic spokesperson, this might be your book. Dr. Michael Gregor, MD., FACLM, only writes about new and existing findings with multiple, double blind, placebo controlled studies behind it. Dr. Gregor set out to find […]


Chilbury Ladies’ Choir by Jennifer Ryan

Chilbury Ladies’ Choir by Jennifer Ryan

This is a quick entertaining read with a well-tied up ending though, since it only takes place over nine months in 1940 England, the characters will go on to have other war adventures. Written as diary entries and letters, we enjoy many first person accounts of how the war affects a small community of (mostly) […]


The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory

The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory

Brilliant, career-oriented Alexa wouldn’t normally agree to be a stranger’s last minute wedding date but there’s just something about Drew. They have a great time at the wedding, but could there be something more between them than just fun and a mutual physical attraction? If you’re new to the romance genre and looking for something […]


Madame Fourcade’s Secret War by Lynne Olson

Madame Fourcade’s Secret War by Lynne Olson

Here is yet another tale of unsung heroism and the role of women being often discounted by both allies and enemies in times of war. Marie-Madeleine Fourcade was a beautiful Parisian socialite in her mid-20s at the start of World War II. She was a smart, independent minded person and was in the perfect position […]