Category Archives: General Fiction

Review: The Unimaginable by Dina Silver

Paperback: 264 pages Publisher: Lake Union Publishing (December 1, 2014) ISBN: 9781477824962 Source: BookSparksPR After her mother passes away, twenty-eight year old Jessica Gregory packs her bags and leaves her small town Indiana home for Phuket, Thailand, where she’ll work at a school teaching English to the native children.  Her relationship with her mother was less than healthy; […]

Review: Brutal Youth by Anthony Breznican

Hardcover: 416 pages Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books; 1ST edition (June 10, 2014) ISBN: 9781250019356 Source: Publisher Saint Michael’s is a crumbling Catholic high school, both structurally and figuratively.Freshman Peter Davidek’s first experience at the school is of an upperclassman that finally reacts to the abuse he received. On the large part, the faculty ignores the tormenting […]

Review: Closed Doors by Lisa O’Donnell

Hardcover: 256 pages Publisher: Harper (May 20, 2014) ISBN-10: 006227189X Source: Publisher Eleven-year-old Michael Murray lives on a small Scottish island, a community so small that there are no secrets. His mother and grandmother are often found sitting at the kitchen table, gossiping about one person or another. Believing Michael too young to listen in, […]

Review: The Blessings by Elise Juska

Hardcover: 272 pages Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (May 6, 2014) ISBN-10: 1455574031 Source: Publisher The Blessings are a large, tightly-knit family.  Celebrations are large and grand like the family itself. When John Blessing, the oldest son, passes away at a young age, his death causes a rippling affect that alters the lives of each generation. […]

Review: The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin

Hardcover: 272 pages Publisher: Algonquin Books (April 1, 2014) ISBN-10: 1616203218 Source: Publisher A.J. Fikry is…to put it gently, a curmudgeon.  After his wife passes away, he discovers his life isn’t as he planned. The small independent bookstore the couple owned on the small island of Alice is suffering. It’s peak season is summer when vacationers […]

Review: The Deepest Secret by Carla Buckley

Hardcover: 448 pages Publisher: Bantam (February 4, 2014) ISBN-10: 0345535243 Source: Publisher Eve Lattimore and her family live on a quiet, suburban street. From the outside, it seems as though they live a relatively normal life. Unfortunately, that’s not the case.  Her fourteen-year-old son, Tyler, lives with a rare disease that prevents him from going outside during the day. […]

Review: The Good Luck of Right Now by Matthew Quick

Hardcover: 304 pages Publisher: Harper (February 11, 2014) ISBN-10: 006228553X Source: Publisher Bartholomew Neil has cared for his mother for the entire thirty-eight years of his life. When she passes away from cancer, he’s left with an emptiness in his life.  He has no concept of living on his own, free of obligation and co-dependence. […]

Review: The Whole Golden World by Kristina Riggle

Paperback: 448 pages Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks (November 5, 2013) ISBN-13: 978-0062206459 Source: Publisher Rain and her husband, TJ, a popular high school teacher, are struggling with infertility.  Each month Rain if faced with defeat at the news she isn’t pregnant.   She thought that this was going to be the most difficult challenge she and […]

Review: Big Girl Panties by Stephanie Evanovich

Hardcover: 336 pages Publisher: William Morrow (July 9, 2013) ISBN-10: 0062224840 Source: Publisher Holly is a thirty-two year old widow. After her husband’s death, food was her only source of comfort. She didn’t plan on getting as large but without anyone to stop her, she frequently binge-eats rather than dealing with her loss. Logan Montgomery […]

Review: The Exiles by Allison Lynn

Hardcover: 336 pages Publisher: Little A / New Harvest (July 2, 2013) ISBN-10: 054410210X Source: Publisher After realizing their Manhattan lifestyle was far more than they could afford, Nate Bedecker, Emily Latham, and their ten-month-old son Trevor, leave the city and head to Newport, Rhode Island.  Nate was “the only pauper on Wall Street” and […]