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#182 ~ The Goodbye Cousins

The Goodbye Cousins by Maggie Leffler Di, short for Diotima, was born in Pittsburgh.  After her parent’s divorce and her father’s remarriage when she was eleven, her psychic mother kidnapped her and took her to Europe.  There, she was constantly on the move. Her mother loved her, but she moved around a lot and never […]

#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 […]

#175 ~ Baggage Claim

Baggage Claim by Tanya Michna Beth Overton comes up with a brilliant idea after learning that her only daughter Joy is expecting her first baby – she flies from Atlanta to Houston to surprise her husband with the news.  Beth is not at all confident in herself or her marriage, so she is hoping to  […]

#171 ~ My Cousin Rachel

My Cousin Rachel by Daphne du Maurier Philip Ashley, orphaned at an early age, was raised unconventionally  by his older bachelor cousin Ambrose.  Ambrose owns the estate and 500 acres on which they live. Ambrose did not care to have women around, so Philip’s exposure to the fairer sex was quite minimal.  He only regularly […]

#163 ~ The Story of a Marriage

The Story of a Marriage by Andrew Sean Greer Pearlie loves Holland. She has since they were growing up  in Kentucky, before he went into service during World War II.  Despite all odds, they run into each other in San Francisco after the war. Holland is hesitant to start a relationship, but eventually he gives […]

#151 ~ Foreign Tongue

Foreign Tongue: A Novel of Life and Love in Paris by Vanina Marsot Anna is running away from Los Angeles and the debacle that was her relationship with an actor boyfriend who began cheating on her the moment the clock started ticking on his fifteen minutes. As a result of her dual French/US citizenship and […]

#93 ~ Surviving Ben’s Suicide

Surviving Ben’s Suicide: A Woman’s Journey of Self-Discovery by C. Comfort Shields When Comfort Shields was a freshman at Sarah Lawrence she met and fell in love with Ben, a former Navy recruit who joined the college as a second year freshman. Their relationship would impact Shields’ life on many levels. While he initially helped […]

#80 ~ Matrimony

Matrimony by Joshua Henkin This novel tells the story of Julian Wainwright, an only son from a well-to-do family. At the beginning, we meet Julian as a young man beginning his college and writing career at Graymont College, a liberal arts college that both gets him away from his parents and, to a certain extent, […]

#18 ~ Snow Flower and the Secret Fan

. Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See Snow Flower and the Secret Fan is an amazing book about the lives of women in 16th century China. I selected the book for this very reason. I have two Chinese/American nieces and I wanted to learn more about the culture that has been permanently […]