Book Review: Barbara O’Neal’s The Lost Girls of Devon

Barbara O'Neal's books always have 3 things in common: strong women discovering who they are and where they belong; the value of friendship; and a lovable pet who makes the tough things in life a little easier to bear. The Lost Girls of Devon includes these themes in the best of ways. While When We Believed [...]

Book Review: How the Penguins Saved Veronica

Did it feel a bit odd to read a book set in Antartica while reading poolside? Nope, not even a little. You see, How the Penguins Saved Veronica is so utterly absorbing, it doesn't matter where you read it. Hazel Prior, author of Ellie and the Harpmaker, has once again crafted incredibly nuanced characters and mastered their voices [...]

Little Women Book Review

Although my childhood was full of wonderful books, the famous classic Little Women by Louisa May Alcott was not one of them. It was recently recommended to me, and I had to read it before watching the new movie, so I dove into the past and discovered these four lovable sisters. Towards the end of the movie [...]

Quarantine Reads

Some people have been having a hard time focusing on reading during the pandemic...but I've had the opposite problem. I'm devouring books left and right, staying up way too late and having a hard time not reading. Hello, escapism! Whichever end of the pandemic reading spectrum you find yourself on, these reads are ones I've [...]

Book Review: Paris Never Leaves You

Never fear, there are no spoilers here! One letter. All it takes is one letter to shock Charlotte Floret from her life in 1955 New York and send her careening back to occupied Paris. As the story goes between her postwar New York life and her life living under occupation, Charlotte remembers who she was [...]

Book Review: The Secret, Book, and Scone Society

The Secret, Book, and Scone Society may be a tongue twister of a title, but it sure is a fun mystery to read! When one suspicious death draws four loners together, they find they have more in common than their connection to the deceased. As they open up to the idea of friendship, they launch [...]

Of Mutts and Men Book Review

Way back in 2008, I was working at Barnes & Noble and found myself in the mystery section. Now, back in those old days I didn't really stray from my general fiction section. The mystery covers were often, quite frankly, terrifying. While we all say the adage don't judge a book by its cover, I often [...]

How I Rate Books on Goodreads

Y'all know I'm a bookaholic, a bibliophile, a word nerd...you get the gist. I've been using Goodreads to track my reading and books I want to read for a couple of years now. I started keeping a list of books I read after checking the same book out from the library...three times. Apparently I thought [...]

Book Review: What You Wish For

Author Katherine Center grabbed my attention with Things You Save in a Fire. She has a knack for thoroughly developed characters, and her latest novel is no exception. Both the characters and the world they inhabit are impeccably crafted. Maybe too well, as it sent me virtually house hunting in Galveston! It may or may [...]