The Over Earnest, Over Protective Mother in Modern Fiction

This year I learned that there is something about over earnest, over protective mothers in fiction that just doesn’t work for me. A while back Jen from Devourer of Books once wrote an excellent post about how a royal mother choosing to nurse her own babies in Historical Fiction is like a key word for […]

Monday Mini ~ The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

Getting back into the swing of things each week is hard. So is finding the quiet time to write a review over the weekend. In order to ease out of the weekend, I’ve decided to begin my blogging week with a mini review. Thanksgiving ushers in the holiday season. I know that retailers see Halloween […]

#472 ~ The Mirrored World

The Mirrored World by Debra Dean Published by: HarperCollins Published on: August 28, 2012 Page Count: 256 Genre: Historical Fiction My Reading Format: eGalley provided by the publisher for consideration Available Formats: Hardcover, eBook, and Audiobook My Review A great fire brought Dasha’s cousins Xenia, Nadya into her family home to live with her as […]

#433 ~ My New American Life

My New American Life by Francine Prose Published by: HarperCollins Published on: May 8, 2012 (reprint) Page Count: 336 Genre: Fiction My Reading Format: ARC sent to me by the publisher for consideration Available Formats: Hardcover, paperback, eBook, and Audiobook   Today it is my great pleasure to be Francine Prose’s host on her TLC […]

#206 ~ Goldengrove

Today it is my great pleasure to be Francine Prose’s host on her TLC Book Tour for her novel, Goldengrove.  I have enjoyed the reviews I’ve read along the way.  Please see the end of my review for a list of the blogs who are on this tour with me. I have a lot of fun […]

The Sunday Salon ~ Dog Days of Summer Selections & Winner

Okay, today is July 12.  I promised to draw the winner for my initial Dog Days of Summer contest on July 4th.  I got sidetracked by the fireworks and news about my new niece Lawson (she’s a doll baby, BTW), and apparently it slipped my mind.  I’m back on the ball today! To refresh your […]

#177 ~ Belong to Me ~ Review and Giveaway

Belong to Me by Marisa de los Santos Cornelia, a died in the wool city girl, moves with her gorgeous, oncologist husband Teo to the suburbs outside of Philadelphia. Unfortunately, her prejudices about suburban life become reality almost instantaneously. No sooner had the couple moved in to their new house that nosy, opinionated neighbors, led […]

The Dog Days of Summer

I don’t know about where you live, but Southwestern Virginia has been hot and muggy (when it’s not raining) for the past week or so.  Summer has arrived and I’m sure that the heat and humidity will only intensify.  During this time, I’ve walked through the stickiness to the mailbox and found two books that […]

Announcing Winner of The Laws of Harmony

Thanks to HarperCollins and TLC Book Tours, I was able to hold a contest for a copy of The Laws of Harmony by Judith Ryan Hendricks.  I am pleased to announce that the winner is: Karen @ Planet Books! Congratulations, Karen!  Please send me your mailing address and I’ll forward it along.  I can’t wait […]

#159 ~ The Laws of Harmony ~ Book Tour and Giveaway

Today it is my pleasure to serve as Judith Ryan Hendricks’ hostess on her The Laws of Harmony blog tour organized by TLC Book Tours.  What a great way to kick off the week!  Since I had already received a copy of this novel from Audrey at HarperCollins (thank you!), I get to offer my book […]