Book Reviews, Romance

Book Review: Cooking Up Love

A med school grad who’s left the field to become a food critic, Shelbi Arrington delivers a less than stellar review to doctor-hating chef and restaurateur Justin Richardson’s restaurant Lillian’s. When the two accidentally meet, sparks fly in and out of the kitchen. But can their feelings stand the heat when Justin learns of Shelbi’s medical background and Shelbi struggles with her professional choices? Author Candace Shaw offered this book for a limited-time free download on Amazon, and I scapped this baby up fast as could be. And I am glad I did, because it gave me a fun, sexy…

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Book Reviews, Interracial Romance

Book Review: The Maid’s Daughter

In 1950’s South Carolina, Naomi Jackson’s mother takes a live-in maid’s position in the home of young William Cooper’s parents. Over the years, Naomi and William become fast friends and eventually teenage lovers.When William’s parents discover the interracial affair, Naomi is sent away. Forty years later, the young lovers cross paths again, but can they find their way back to each other after all the deception and lies? I one-clicked this book on a hummer, meaning a hunch knowing nada about it, including this was Ms. Knight’s debut novel. Yet, I am so happy to have found her at the…

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Book Reviews, Books, Memoir, Writing

Book Review: The Duchess of Bloomsbury Street

New York writer Helen Hanff has corresponded for years with Marks & Co. Booksellers on London’s 84 Charing Cross Road, and they’ve faithfully cared for all her eccentric reading needs. Having developed a touching transatlantic friendship with bookseller Frank Doel and all the good folks at Marks & Co., she’s been issued countless invitations to visit the United Kingdom. In this sequel to 84, Charing Cross Road, Hanff  takes us along on her trip of a lifetime as she explores all the places she’s dreamed of for so long. Feted by friends and admirers alike, she is dubbed the Duchess…

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Autobiography, Book Reviews, Inspirational, Memoir, Self Help

Book Review: Year of Yes

On Thanksgiving Morning, Shonda Rhime’s watches big sister Delorse cook and relates all the glittering events she’s been invited to. When Delorse asks will she accept any of these invitations, Shonda says no, citing her busy life. Her sister’s response—you never say yes to anything—sets Shonda Rhimes on a year-long commitment to saying YES to everything that scares or challenges her, to finding the real Shonda hiding inside, and to changing her life. As with a hella books I have, YES had been sitting on my shelf for a long time. Waiting like a 19th-century spinster for a proposal. I’m…

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Book Reviews, Nonfiction

Book Review: 84, Charing Cross Road

New Yorker Helene Hanff loves books, but not just any old books. In 1949, hoping to satisfy her ‘antiquarian taste’ in books and save herself from the exorbitant prices of New York bookstores, this self-described ‘poor writer’ turns to Marks & Co. Booksellers on London’s Charing Cross Road. So begins a 20-year letter exchange between the lively, somewhat salty and sarcastic Ms. Hanff and the oh-so-very-proper and reserved British bookseller Frank Doel… a letter exchange that slowly but surely turns into a touching friendship. This is the first time I’ve ever taken Amazon.com up on one of its book recommendations.…

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Book Reviews, Romance

Book Review: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

In 1946, writer Juliet Ashton finds inspiration for her next book in her correspondence with a native of Guernsey, who tells her about the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, a book club born as an alibi during German occupation. I’m a history fanatic, but if a book’s about war, it generally needs to be pre-20th century for me. A War of the Roses story, and I am glued, telling myself it was long ago and far away, even somehow romanticizing it. A story about WWI or any war thereafter – well, I am simply uninterested in a reminder…

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