Review: A Long Time Gone by Karen White

We are born to fight the bends and curves of our own rivers, pushing back that which will not give, understanding where we are meant to be only when we let go and let the river take us back tot he place where we began. Vivien Walker left home in Mississippi nine year ago, running…

Review: White Chrysanthemum by Mary Lynn Bracht

Look for your sister after each dive. Never forget. If you see her, you are safe. Living on Jeju Island under Japanese occupation during the Second World War is anything but simple. Hana and her mother are haenyeu, women of the sea. They dive into the deepest waters and look for sea creatures to sell…

Review: The Woman in the Window by A. J. Finn

You can hear someone’s secrets and their fears and their wants, but remember that these exist alongside other people’s secrets and fears, people living in the same room. Anna didn’t leave her house for over a year. After a very traumatic experience, she hides in her safe place, her house in New York, with her…

Review: The Last Mrs. Parrish by Liv Constantine

“This was the kind of home that was safely hidden from the eyes of those who could not afford to live this way. That’s what wealth does for you, she thought. It gives you the means and the power to remain concealed from the world if you choose – or if you need to.” Amber…

Review: Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

Sometimes you need to scorch everything to the ground, and start over. After the burning the soil is richer, and new things can grow. People are like that, too. They start over. They find a way. The novel follows two families; the Richardsons and Warrens. The Richardsons are the ideal big and wealthy, successful and…

Review: Calling Me Home by Julie Kibler

“When you fall in love, every kind of reason flies out the newly opened window of your brain.” The story of a heartbreaking, forbidden love and its tragic consequences in 1930s Kentucky. Isabelle McAllister seems to have everything a seventeen-year-old girl could want; a wealthy and respectful family, friends and secure future. However, Isabelle is a…

Review: The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah

Ernt, Cora and thirteen-year-old Leni Allbright never stayed long in one place. Especially after the Ernt returned from Vietnam, and was trying to adjust to the life back home. Leni cannot recall how many times she was a new girl at school, she got used to loneliness. But deep inside she was longing for a…

Review: The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom

‘You must not become too friendly with them,’ she said. ‘They are not the same as us.’ ‘How?’ I asked. ‘How are they not the same?’ Lavinia lost both of her parents on their way from Ireland to America. She was brought to work at the tobacco plantation and assigned to the kitchen house. The…

My Favorite Fictional Mothers

To honor the International Women’s Day. I’ve decided to make a list of my most favorite and admirable fictional mothers. Margaret March from The Little Women Seriously, Marmee is the nicest woman in the fictional world. Who wouldn’t want to spend a weekend with the March family? She is such a sweet, comforting and supportive woman…