DEATH OF A NEW AMERICAN is
Mariah Fredericks' second novel featuring my favorite kind of
character: the plain lady's maid, daughter of the Gilded Age, whose
unobtrusive appearance belies a bright wit.
If this were a Romance novel, Jane Prescott would charm Read more...
It was wonderful to begin reading A PALM BEACH WIFE
on a day that was cold and dreary, forecast to go from
all-day rain to overnight snow. On a day like that, I
welcomed the escape to the tony Floridian world where people
"divide their summers between Read more...
Darby Thorne's mother has horrible timing. She would choose to be
dying of pancreatic cancer in Utah just as a blizzard blows through the
Rockies, trapping Darby on top of a mountain pass overnight.
I don't know if author Taylor Adams intentionally chose Read more...
There is something swoon-inducing about your best
friend's older brother, isn't there? The familiarity
makes him attractively safe while the proximity lends an
irresistible air of the forbidden. This dynamic is drawn
out to satisfying conclusion in Valerie Bowman's THE RIGHT
KIND OF ROGUE.
Meg Timmons Read more...
This story has enough in it to appeal to supernatural fans
of every stripe. There are ghosts, psychic powers,
and fairies. Even the hero's nickname, "Little Wolf,"
hints at some lupine possibilities.
Luckily for Regan MacCarthy, the beautiful, masculine
Faelan is neither a ghost nor a werewolf. No, this Read more...
No one could rightly accuse Antoinette May of not doing her research
in writing THE DETERMINED HEART: THE TALE OF MARY SHELLEY AND HER
FRANKENSTEIN. However, no one could likewise assert that May has not fallen
so in love with her research that she sacrificed storytelling for biographical
At a taut 192 pages, The Woman in Black by Susan Hill is perhaps the
classic example of a good ghost story's ability to suggest the terrifying
and let our imagination do the rest.
THE VISITANT: A VENETIAN GHOST STORY by Megan Chance is a classic
example of the Read more...
Attorney Mike Sweeney is the cherry on top of Dana
business trip to North Carolina. Not only is Mike
attractive, charming, and
driven, he's also from Chicago like Dana. After a chance
encounter, they spend
an evening getting to know each other over dinner, at the Read more...
From Oedipus Rex to Monster-in-Law, stories about romantic
love are often
equally stories about parental love -- and hate.
Kathryn Craft's novel, THE FAR END OF HAPPY, follows in
this tradition. It is the
story of a man's suicidal standoff with police. Which is
really the story Read more...
1989: What a year, right?
You will recall 1989 as the year of the fatwa against
Salman Rushdie and the
death of the Ayatollah Khomeini. Perhaps you remember
where you were when
you heard about the Exxon Mobil disaster or the
debilitating stroke of
playwright Phillip Prys.
If you're Read more...
If ships at a distance carry every man's dreams on board,
as Zora Neale Hurston
wrote in Their Eyes Were Watching God, then ships at
proximity carry the
realization or denial of those dreams.
In Alexandra Fuller's third memoir LEAVING BEFORE THE
RAINS COME, the ships
are people Read more...
The first installment of the new Carter Mays
mystery series by Alan Cupp, WHEN
LIES CRUMBLE introduces us to a seamy underbelly of
Chicago's upper middle
class and the private investigator who uncovers it.
When Cindy Bedford's fiancÚ disappears on their wedding
day, she's crushed Read more...
Andrea once hid her copy of "50 Shades
of Grey" under her bed when she
returned to college. Her mother soon
called to chide her for owning the
smut ... and ask if she had the sequel
somewhere. Needless to say, that's
where she got her love for romance. If
it's set in Ancient Rome or Regency
England, Andrea is reading it, and
probably reviewing it for Fresh
Fiction or on her blog,