The Henna Artist – Book Review

The inspiration behind this story was the reimagining of the author's mother's life had she not wed at 18 and had 3 children by age 22, had she been able to choose her own path instead of uphold the cultural responsibilities of her sex. The vivid descriptions of the sights, sounds and smells really took me to India and had me dreaming of it for days after finishing.

The Push – Book Review

Nature v nurture, the age old debate. What makes a good mother? If your mother was a no-show in your life, did that mean you were doomed to be a bad mother? Blythe’s mom left her and her dad when she was a little girl, and when her husband, Fox, starts talking babies, Blythe is doubtful about motherhood, but is desperate to keep Fox happy. Motherhood is hard, anyone will tell you that, but is it supposed to be THIS hard? And when tragedy strikes the family and the blame game starts, lines are drawn and sides are taken, for better or worse.

An iPad showing the cover image of an audiobook titled "The Condemnation of Blackness" by Khalil Gibran Muhammad lays next to a working crochet project, a ball of cream yarn, and a candle lay on a wooden board on top of a white bedspread.

The Condemnation of Blackness – Book Review

As someone who was raised in the North, I used to believe that I was not racist, particularly because I hail from the northern states, and frown at the outright, in-your-face racism of the South. I mean, the North won the Civil War after all. Clearly we're the good guys, right? I'm ashamed to say that I thought that way for far too long, blind to the systemic racism inherent in everything, even here in the North, and especially that within myself. Thankfully, books like this one were written.

Cemetery Road – Book Review

Murder. Power. Corruption. Greed. Infidelity. But what I love is the way that the author is able to portray that nothing is ever black and white, or so easily right and wrong. The best we can do is to be the best we can be in a way that does the most good for the most people.

The Last Time I Saw You – Book Review

This was my first book by the sister writing duo publishing under the pen name Liv Constantine. Their earlier book, The Last Mrs. Parrish, received rave reviews and that was enough for me that when my mom asked me if I wanted to borrow this one, I said absolutely! The book opens strongly, with a woman gasping for breath in an inferno, struggling to make it to safety. It pretty much goes downhill from there. Why? Well, several things actually.

A hardback copy of the book "The Four Winds" by Kristin Hannah sits on a wooden drafting board next to a white metal watering can, a green and white on terra cotta vase holding faux greenery, and a black mug of hot tea.

The Four Winds – Book Review

It's my belief that good books are diverting and can take you to a place outside of where you are in the real world, but great books are those that make you think, that challenge you to re-evaluate what you know, that change your viewpoint, that teach you something. Few authors are able to deliver on greatness time after time, but Kristin Hannah appears to be one of those authors.

An iPad with the cover of the ebook "Everything I Never Told You" by Celeste Ng sits on a wooden tray next to a vase of peachy pink and cream flowers, a small glass bud vase on a cream colored coaster, a pair of metal filigree embroidery scissors, and a crochet project with a brown swirl Furls Streamline hook.

Everything I Never Told You – Book Review

There are so many layers that drive this story all the way to its heart-wrenching conclusion.We see how each character's insecurities cause them to misconstrue the words and actions of those around them and how those insecurities embitter them toward one another as well. Will the characters' individual insecurities and motivations break the family apart, or will they be able to heal together after their loss?