The Heirloom Garden

In her inimitable style, Viola Shipman explores the unlikely relationship between two very different women brought together by the pain of war, but bonded by hope, purpose…and flowers. Iris Maynard lost her husband in World War II, her daughter to illness and, finally, her reason to live. Walled off from the world for decades behind…

The K Team

Note: Despite the cute dogs this isn’t a kids book. In David Rosenfelt’s newest series – a spinoff of the much beloved Andy Carpenter mysteries – Andy’s wife forms an investigative team with a former detective and his German shepherd partner. Andy Carpenter’s wife, Laurie, was a cop, a good one. Now she helps out…

Book Review: The Glass Hotel

From the award-winning author of Station Eleven, a captivating novel of money, beauty, white-collar crime, ghosts, and moral compromise in which a woman disappears from a container ship off the coast of Mauritania and a massive Ponzi scheme implodes in New York, dragging countless fortunes with it. Vincent is a bartender at the Hotel Caiette, a five-star…

Book Review: Followers

Shop your local indie bookstore This novel shows us a world where our follower count and social standing is more important to us than our real friendships. Equal parts horrifying and entertaining the story is half Orla, a journalist in 2015, and Marlow, a 2051 “influencer” celebrity. Sometime between Orla’s and Marlow’s lives, an event…

Book Review: Such a Fun Age

Shop your local indie bookstore This fantastic debut novel blew me away. If, as an adult reader, you wished for a book akin to something like what Jason Reynolds or Angie Thomas writes for teens- this is it. This is the book you suggest for your book club in 2020 or hand to your neighbor….

Book Review: Deep State

Shop your local indie bookstore Hayley Chill is the female action hero I didn’t know I needed. What a fast read. I mean the political intrigue kept me up way past my bedtime and then just when things were wrapping up at the end there is another big unforeseen twist. So fun to read a…

Book Review: WinterWood

Enchanting is not an overstatement as a broad description of the prose in this book. Nora is the latest in a long line of witches that live in Wicker Woods. The connection with the Woods goes so deep they predate the very trees inside the forest. One day Nora runs into Oliver Huntsman in the…

ARC Review: Meg and Jo

From the publisher: The March sisters—reliable Meg, independent Jo, stylish Amy, and shy Beth—have grown up to pursue their separate dreams. When Jo followed her ambitions to New York City, she never thought her career in journalism would come crashing down, leaving her struggling to stay afloat in a gig economy as a prep cook…

Book (ARC) Review: HighFire

This review is for all the now-adult Artemis Fowl fans out in the world. Mr. Eoin Colfer wrote this appropriate aged book just for you 20 something readers out there.I’m passing my ARC into the hands of my now adult sons, and I’ll update with their impressions. Vern is an ancient dragon hiding out in…