Freefall by Jessica Barry – Review

FreefallFreefall by Jessica Barry – Expected publication: January 8th, 2019 by Harper – mystery, thriller

A propulsive debut novel with the intensity of Luckiest Girl Alive and Before the Fall, about a young woman determined to survive and a mother determined to find her.

When your life is a lie, the truth can kill you.

When her fiancé’s private plane crashes in the Colorado Rockies, Allison Carpenter miraculously survives. But the fight for her life is just beginning. For years, Allison has been living with a terrible secret, a shocking truth that powerful men will kill to keep buried. If they know she’s alive, they will come for her. She must make it home. Continue reading

The Girl with the Broken Heart by Lurlene McDaniel – Review

The Girl with the Broken HeartThe Girl with the Broken Heart by Lurlene McDaniel –  Publication date of December 18th, 2018 by Delacorte Press – young adult

An inspirational story about love, tragedy, heartbreak, and renewal as a young woman deals with her serious health issues, a fractured family life, and the prospect of romantic love while trying to remain focused on her studies and a lifelong dream.

Kenzie Caine is enrolled at Vanderbilt University, with the goal of becoming a veterinarian. When she lands a summer job caring for and helping to rehabilitate abused horses at the Bellmeade Estate stables, she is over-the-moon happy. One place she does not want to be is at home with her parents. Since the tragic death of Kenzie’s younger sister, her mother has unraveled and her father has lost Kenzie’s trust. Continue reading

The Duke I Once Knew: Unlikely Duchesses #1 by Olivia Drake – Review

The Duke I Once Knew (Unlikely Duchesses, #1)The Duke I Once Knew: Unlikely Duchesses #1 by Olivia Drake- publication date December 31st, 2018 by St. Martin’s Press – Romance

First love is always the sweetest. For years, Abigail Linton devoted herself to caring for her aging parents and the children of her siblings. Now, eager to make her own life, she takes a position as a governess on the neighboring estate. It shouldn’t matter that her absentee employer is Maxwell Bryce, the Duke of Rothwell, the infamous rake who once broke her youthful heart. Surely he’s forgotten her, for he hasn’t set foot on his estate for fifteen years. At least, that is, until he arrives unexpectedly. Continue reading

The Enchanted Hour: The Miraculous Power of Reading Aloud in the Age of Distraction by Meghan Cox Gurdon – Review

The Enchanted Hour: The Miraculous Power of Reading Aloud in the Age of DistractionThe Enchanted Hour: The Miraculous Power of Reading Aloud in the Age of Distraction by Meghan Cox Gurdon – Expected publication: January 15th, 2019 by Harper – Nonfiction

A Wall Street Journal writer’s conversation-changing look at how reading aloud makes adults and children smarter, happier, healthier, more successful and more closely attached, even as technology pulls in the other direction. Continue reading

Late in the Day by Tessa Hadley – Review

Late in the DayLate in the Day by Tessa Hadley – Expected publication: January 15th, 2019 by Harper – Fiction

Alexandr and Christine and Zachary and Lydia have been friends since they first met in their twenties. Thirty years later, Alex and Christine are spending a leisurely summer’s evening at home when they receive a call from a distraught Lydia: she is at the hospital. Zach is dead. Continue reading

Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol: A Book-to-Table Classic by Charles Dickens – Review

Charles Dickens's a Christmas Carol: A Book-To-Table ClassicCharles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol: A Book-to-Table Classic by Charles Dickens  – Published October 16th, 2018 by Puffin Books

Puffin Plated A Book-to-Table Reading Experience.

A deluxe, full-color hardback edition of the perennial Christmas classic featuring a selection of recipes for your holiday table from Giada de Laurentiis, Ina Garten, Martha Stewart, and Trisha Yearwood! Continue reading

When Death Becomes Life: Notes from a Transplant Surgeon by Joshua D. Mezrich – Review

When Death Becomes Life: Notes from a Transplant SurgeonWhen Death Becomes Life: Notes from a Transplant Surgeon by Joshua D. Mezrich – Expected publication: January 15th, 2019 by Harper – Nonfiction, Autobiography, Memoir, Medical

A gifted surgeon illuminates one of the most profound, awe-inspiring, and deeply affecting achievements of modern day medicine—the movement of organs between bodies—in this exceptional work of death and life that takes its place besides Atul Gawande’s Complications, Siddhartha Mukherjee’s The Emperor of All Maladies, and Jerome Groopman’s How Doctors Think. Continue reading