Book Review: One for the Blackbird, One for the Crow by Olivia Hawker

In 1876 on the Dakota prairie, two women are forced to combine households in order to survive when one husband is killed and the other jailed. Only one major obstacle exists between them: Nettie Mae’s husband was killed by Cara’s husband when stumbling upon an adulterous affair between the man and his Cara. Told byContinue reading “Book Review: One for the Blackbird, One for the Crow by Olivia Hawker”

Book Review: Love and Other Consolation Prizes by Jamie Ford

This book was included as part of the Advent Box presented by Once Upon a Book Club in 2019. Set in 1962, Ernest Young splits his narrative between the present and 1902 he was brought to Seattle as a young boy. Coming from China during a time of famine, completely alone and eventually auctioned toContinue reading “Book Review: Love and Other Consolation Prizes by Jamie Ford”

Dreyer’s English by Benjamin Dreyer

Sent in a care package from a dear friend of mine, this book was an unexpected joy to read. A painless look at the grammar and word use that is guaranteed to leave you with newfound appreciation of the English language as well as a repertoire of inside jokes shared only with Dreyer and otherContinue reading “Dreyer’s English by Benjamin Dreyer”

Book Review: Never Split the Difference by Chris Voss

Recommended by a friend, I found this book fascinating and a wonderful near-scientific report of social psychology and human interaction. Former top FBI hostage negotiator Chris Voss gives up his secrets and lets us into the world of understanding how to identify what you want – then get it. Applicable for every relationship and decisionContinue reading “Book Review: Never Split the Difference by Chris Voss”

Book Review: The Family Upstairs by Lisa Jewell

One of my all-time favorite books! Suspenseful but without the paranormal elements that so often taint thrillers. This story follows three narratives, all siblings, as they piece together the true history of their childhood. Growing up in a home with a cult leader and parents that were later found dead, the confusion of control andContinue reading “Book Review: The Family Upstairs by Lisa Jewell”

Book Review: Today We Go Home by Kelli Estes

In this fantastic demonstration of female strength and dedication, Larkin returns from Afghanistan with severe PTSD and depression after losing her best friend. Charged with clearing out her friend’s storage, she finds a diary from a soldier in the civil war. What makes this soldier unusual, however, is the fact that she was forced toContinue reading “Book Review: Today We Go Home by Kelli Estes”

Book Reviews: Wild Land by Rebecca Hodges

This was a truly heart-stopping page turner of a book, just like the cover promises! The characters are beautifully developed and incredibly realistic. Kat finds herself alone on retreat to contemplate end of life decisions when she has children and two dogs suddenly dumped in her lap. So much for the quiet she needed! WhenContinue reading “Book Reviews: Wild Land by Rebecca Hodges”

Book Review: A Thousand Roads Home by Carmel Harrington

“Home isn’t a place, it’s a feeling.” In this heartwarming novel Carmel Harrington captures the essence of this featured line in a way that sticks with you long after you’ve turned the last page. Ruth calls herself an ‘aspie’ as she and her son make their way into emergency housing for the homeless. Tom isContinue reading “Book Review: A Thousand Roads Home by Carmel Harrington”

Book Review: Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown

Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown in typical style brings forth a beautiful and chaotic mess that we call real life put forth in a way that encourages us to embrace all of it. Brown challenges our mindsets and behaviors in ways that allows us to step back and see the striving and performing for whatContinue reading “Book Review: Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown”