August in Reviews


Just Released


Sold on a Monday by Kristina McMorris is a thought-provoking and emotionally profound historical fiction novel about a news reporter who takes a photograph of two children for sale. Times were tough for everyone during the depression, but what could possibly have pushed the family to this heartbreaking decision? And what were the consequences of the photograph’s publication. Loved this book. (2018)


Rush by Lisa Patton is a compelling story of fairness empowerment and forgiveness in a sorority house at Ole. Miss in Oxford,Mississippi. The newest members of the sorority step up and make a difference to change the status quo. It’s a book that could have a significant influence on the issues discussed in the book which still exist today. (2018)


Face Off by Brenda Novak is and enthralling suspense thriller set in Alaska with an amazingly strong female lead character. Dr. Evelyn Talbot is the lead psychiatrist studying psychopaths and serial killers. Little does she know the psychopath that tortured her and left her for dead many years ago is waiting for her just around the corner. (2018)


From the Corner of the Oval by Beck Dorey-Stein is an enlightening and captivating journey around the world on Air Force One with President Obama. Twenty-something Beck gives us a nice behind the scenes look at traveling with the President, but also shares a bit to much about her personal relationships with the men she encountered along the way. (2018)


Previous Releases


The Stolen Marriage by Diane Chamberlain is a heart wrenching and engaging historical novel of mistakes, secrets, love and forgiveness. One mistake in 1944 changed Tess’s life forever, but she never stop fighting to find happiness and forgiveness. The many fibers of the story are securely woven together to make this a magnificent read. (2017)


A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith is the classic coming of age novel where a young girl’s love of reading leads to strength and perseverance. It’s a family drama that is at times overwhelming, uplifting, frustrating and heartbreaking. All the significant moments of Francie’s life are shared in a rich manner, and despite hardships she is persistent and determined to fulfill her dream of going to college. (Original 1943)


The Girl Who Was Taken by Charles Donlea is a riveting story of the abduction of two high school senior girls, Megan and Nicole, but only one returns. Megan is found after escaping from a bunker where she was being held. The country was transfixed not by the girl who was gone, but by the one who made it home. But Livia, Nicole older sister continues to look for evidence of her sister’s fate. Anyone who likes good mysteries with a strong woman character would like this one. (2017)


The Magnolia Story by Chip and Joanna Gaines is a delightful look at their life together, from how they first met, to how they became the media darlings of HGTV. It includes the very first renovation project they ever tackled, and a the project that nearly cost them everything, as well as the childhood memories that shaped them both. (2016)


Mr. Owita’s Guide to Gardening by Carol Wall. Is part memoir and part tribute to the relationship between the author Carol Wall and her gardener, Mr Owita. He not only taught her about landscaping and gardening but also about friendship and handing difficulties with grace and humility. A charming read. (2014)






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