The Girl You Left Behind by Jojo Moyes

The Girl You Left Behind by Jojo Moyes

Jojo Moyes knows how to write about love, especially love that gets off to a rocky start or hits some bumps in the road along the way. She only tugs at the heartstrings a little, by which I mean she’s a deft writer who knows how to avoid sap, and tempers the melodrama with a good sense of […]


My Not So Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella

My Not So Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella

I love Sophie Kinsella’s books because they always make me laugh out loud. Her characters are fun and have a lot of heart. They always manage to get themselves into sticky situations and then make their way out of them with a happy ending for all at the end of the book. My Not So […]


The River of Kings by Taylor Brown

The River of Kings by Taylor Brown

River of Kings is a daring, violent quest  following 3 different strands of story down the Altamaha River including one from 1564 and one from today — and a mystery that mirrors and haunts the other two; this book is also written in gorgeous muscular prose that makes the river itself a powerful character in […]


Never Let You Go by Chevy Stevens

Never Let You Go by Chevy Stevens

If you are a fan of suspenseful novels that hover right on the line between fiction and mystery, then let me introduce you to Chevy Stevens. The author of five previous novels (Still Missing, Never Knowing, Always Watching, That Night and Those Girls), Stevens is a master at weaving stories with wonderful characters placed in […]


Stella Bain by Anita Shreve

Stella Bain by Anita Shreve

She calls herself Stella Bain, but is not sure it’s really her name. She can’t remember much when she awakes in a French military hospital near the front during World War I after three days of unconsciousness. She is injured but will heal. Stella does know that she’s not French–most likely American based on her accent. She knows […]


Instructions for the End of the World by Jamie Kain

Instructions for the End of the World by Jamie Kain

To prepare for a government meltdown or apocalypse, the ex-army survivalist father has moved the family of four out to the California desert, to an old house mostly in ruins. The nearest neighbors live in a free-wheeling hippie compound. The father has taught sixteen year old Nicole to hunt and given her a notebook he’s […]


Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf

Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf

Addie and Louis are elderly acquaintances in small town Holt, Colorado. They strike up an unusual friendship, sharing a bed at night to talk and hold hands in order to conquer their nighttime blues. People gossip, relationships are tested and built. This lovely story is a fitting final book for the author of the quiet […]


The Extra by A. B. Yehoshua

The Extra by A. B. Yehoshua

Noga, Hebrew for Venus, is a divorced Israeli harpist, who plays in a Dutch orchestra. After her father in Jerusalem dies, her brother calls her back to help their mother decide whether to stay in their childhood apartment in a neighborhood that is becoming daily more full of ultra-religious Jews or move to assisted living in […]


Fortune Smiles: Stories by Adam Johnson

Fortune Smiles: Stories by Adam Johnson

This is the best collection of short stories I’ve read in a long time: Evocative, intriguing, darkly funny and smart are words that spring to mind. I became an Adam Johnson fan after reading his Pulitzer prize winning novel, The Orphan Master’s Son, and he’s equally adept at short fiction. The six stories in this […]


Every Day by David Levithan

Every Day by David Levithan

A wakes every day in a new body-male, female, transgender, addict, jock, mean girl, etc. The change happens at midnight and A is helpless to stop it. This has never been a problem since this is the only life A knows but then A falls in love with Rhiannon. Never having shared the secret of […]