Book Review: Miss Emily

Posted by: on Jul 20, 2015 | No Comments
Publisher's Synopsis: Ada Concannon's first day in America is a success. She's the new maid for the respected but eccentric Dickinson family of Amherst, Massachusetts. Despite differences in age and class, eighteen-year-old Ada, fresh off the boat from Ireland, strikes up a deep friendship with Miss Emily, the gifted elder daughter living a spinster's life at home. Emily is a bastion of support as Ada struggles to find her place in this new world, while Ada's toil gives Emily the freedom she needs Read more [...]
Book Review: Liar’s Bench

Book Review: Liar’s Bench

Posted by: on Jun 5, 2015 | No Comments
Publisher's Synopsis: In 1972, on Mudas Summers' seventeenth birthday, her beloved Mama, Ella, is found hanging from the rafters of their home. Most people in Peckinpaw, Kentucky, assume that Ella's no-good husband did the deed. Others think Ella grew tired of his abuse and did it herself. Muddy is determined to find out for sure either way, especially once she finds strange papers hidden amongst her mama's possessions. But Peckinpaw keeps its secrets buried deep. Muddy's almost-more-than-friend, Read more [...]
Book Review: Inside the O’Briens

Book Review: Inside the O’Briens

Posted by: on May 6, 2015 | No Comments
Publisher's Synopsis: From the New York Times bestselling author of Still AliceLisa Genova comes a powerful and transcendent new novel about a family struggling with the impact of Huntington’s disease.Joe O’Brien is a forty-four-year-old police officer from the Irish Catholic neighborhood of Charlestown, Massachusetts. A devoted husband, proud father of four children in their twenties, and respected officer, Joe begins experiencing bouts of disorganized thinking, uncharacteristic temper Read more [...]
Book Review: At the Water’s Edge

Book Review: At the Water’s Edge

Posted by: on Mar 30, 2015 | No Comments
Publisher's Synopsis: Gruen returns to the kind of storytelling she excelled at in Water for Elephants: a historical timeframe in an unusual setting with a moving love story.  After embarrassing themselves at the social event of the year in high society Philadelphia on New Year’s Eve of 1942, Maddie and Ellis Hyde are cut off financially by Ellis’s father, a former army Colonel who is already embarrassed by his son’s inability to serve in WWII due to his being colour blind. To Maddie’s Read more [...]
Book Review: The Woman Who Stole My Life

Book Review: The Woman Who Stole My Life

Posted by: on Dec 2, 2014 | No Comments
Publisher's Synopsis: The Woman Who Stole My Life is a beautiful, page-turning novel about losing the life you had and starting a new one. One day, sitting in traffic, married Dublin mom Stella Sweeney attempts a good deed. The resulting car crash changes her life. She meets a man who wants her telephone number (for the insurance, it turns out). That's okay. She doesn't really like him much anyway (his Range Rover totally banjaxed her car). But in this meeting is born the seed of something Read more [...]
Review & Giveaway: Anne Geddes Board Books

Review & Giveaway: Anne Geddes Board Books

Posted by: on Nov 3, 2014 | 39 Comments
Oh my goodness the cuteness! My daughter has 2 new favourite bedtime books, and they feature the deliciously adorable photography of the very talented Anne Geddes. Some of the most well-known and loved images from baby photographer Anne Geddes have been combined with a classic lullaby and a much-beloved nursery rhyme in two new padded board books: Anne Geddes This Little Baby and Anne Geddes Lullaby and Good Night.  The result are two gorgeous and fun new books to be shared with little ones Read more [...]
Book Review: The Rise & Fall of Great Powers

Book Review: The Rise & Fall of Great Powers

Posted by: on Sep 29, 2014 | No Comments
  Publisher's Synopsis: Following one of the most critically acclaimed fiction debuts in years, New York Times bestselling author Tom Rachman returns with a brilliant, intricately woven novel about a young woman trying to piece together the puzzle of her mysterious childhood.Tooly Zylberberg, the American owner of an isolated bookshop in the Welsh countryside, conducts a life full of reading, but with few human beings. Books are safer than people, who might ask awkward questions about Read more [...]
Book Review: One Plus One

Book Review: One Plus One

Posted by: on Sep 12, 2014 | No Comments
  Publisher's Synopsis:   One single mom. One chaotic family. One quirky stranger. One irresistible love story from the New York Times bestselling author of Me Before YouAmerican audiences have fallen in love with Jojo Moyes. Ever since she debuted Stateside she has captivated readers and reviewers alike, and hit the New York Times bestseller list with the word-of-mouth sensation Me Before You. Now, with One Plus One, she’s written another contemporary opposites-attract Read more [...]