Natalie failed cooking school and left her agoraphobic mother behind. Now she's back for the funeral, lost. This book will make you desperate to try your hand at cooking Chinese dishes, show you how perception affects joy, and how a neighborhood can come together through the magic of food and love.
Emma's boarding school is in a German castle. A boy named Darcy has just arrived to solve the mystery of his missing twin sister, when Emma finds a magic book that makes anything written come true. A fun YA fantasy mystery for fans of Jane Austen and classic lit.
Summer is here, and it is HOT! So what essential items do you need to beat the heat? I've compiled a list of things that help my family make it through the long, hot months that should help you too!
Hopeful, rewarding, and highly informative, this book is a necessity for all who’ve begun the trilogy, following along with the journey of the weary travelers, as it is the satisfying ending of all who hoped to see good triumph over evil, and the hopes of Middle earth restored.
Filled with gripping action, wondrous scenery, and deeper revelations of the characters of men when tempted. A new cast of characters will reveal themselves—some as guides, some as hindrances—to what remains of the fellowship. But always there is hope, even during the mighty battle at Helm’s...
Time paradoxes, irie, multiverses—This book is filled with the maxims of a perceptive adult, through the eyes and wit of an NYC teen. It will leave you craving Korean food, karaoke, and to sit comfortably answering deep life questions with someone you love.
Rife with hope in the midst of many evils and darkness, a tale of how even a small creature is mightier than he realizes, and that friends can always be counted on, especially when most necessary. This book will encourage you to begin or continue your own journey, for friends are always near.
Lizzie thinks she is a good judge of character, but her friend's choices and a few newcomers to town will prove how proud and even prejudiced she can be. A story about romance, pride, class, and wealth, filled with delightful drama.
With powerful imagery and a tangible, understandable need for vengeance and retribution as a result of the poignant losses she and her family have suffered, the voice of Beatriz Perez is fascinating and compelling. What it means to be Cuban and resilient.
"A story about a father and a son and mistaken identities and missed chances and vengeance…” with elements of justice, mythology, and questions about the truth in an upstate New York town on the brink of a winter storm.
Filled with all the high school drama and cliches we love, this book is witty, insightful, intelligent, and an entertaining account of a teen’s realizations. Norris is a black French Canadian hockey-playing teen loner who just relocated to Austin, Texas, where he literally cannot stop sweating.
A fast-paced mystery that is difficult to put down, even when weaving among the three narratives. Each character gives a unique perspective into the case, and unveils details the others don’t know. Mysterious stories by the fictional author R.M. Holland also add a creepy, supernatural element.
A teenage love story about being faced with cancer and potentially dying at a very young age. The Fault in Our Stars is witty, romantic, clever, and surprising, and will teach anyone how to more deeply embrace whatever life you’re given.
As female heroine of her time digs into the past of the families that surround her, Castle on the Rise unveils a fascinating historic web of loyalty, duty, faith, and freedom, and especially the power of a woman, especially in times of revolution. A Perfect read for St. Patrick's Day.
Stella’s optimistic, achieving attitude is a stark contrast to Will’s pessimistic desire to live what’s left of his life outside of hospital rooms, yet both challenge each other to be different. An an uplifting look at appreciating what you can do or overcome, regardless of what's holding you...
Ellis, an aspiring writer at a retreat unveils the story of Corinth Blackwell, a Native American medium who has come to put the spirits of a family's lost children at rest. Both women are more connected than they realize. A ghost tale for those who love a bit of history, suspense, romance, and art.
Noah and Allie met as teenagers in the summer of 1932. She came from wealth and Southern privilege. He was poor and a poet. The Notebook is a classic, powerful love story about the persistence of hope, the pursuit of love, and the presence of miracles across a lifetime, even in one’s twilight...
Hunted is a tale of magic and new fairy tales, written for any girl who has ever felt out of place in society, or longed to see the edges of another world; who knows magic is real. It is a tale of a huntress who becomes the hunted, by a beast who must remember what it means to be human.
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe is a classic children’s book, but it is also a tale of magic, hope, and valiance that can be enjoyed at any age, so long as you still long for adventure and triumphs of good over evil, even by small people and creatures.
There is a ghost living in Xanthe's new home, a mother demanding justice for her daughter. This novel is an interesting historic mystery, about social justice, time travel, and being a misfit in society trying to blend in and discover who she is in two challenging worlds and time periods.
Dumplin' is about deep loss, first love, friendship, finding your compass and accepting yourself, no matter your shape or talents. It’s a perfect read for teens or those who remember those challenging years, especially the struggle of trying to chase that elusive “shadow of perfection.”
With all the awkward hilarity we adore in a romantic comedy, as well as gripping, heartbreaking drama, this book is a clever span across a decade into the lives of three intimate friends, who grow together and apart.
At winter solstice near a weathered pub beside the Thames river, a man washes up, banged-up and nearly dead, with a very young girl, as lifeless as a mannequin. Until she wakes up. Full of town secrets, and old legends, Once Upon a River is about a place where miracles and myth follow the river.
Annabelle is a 100-year old china doll who lives with her family in Kate’s room. She has discovered a secret journal in the library, kept by her missing Auntie Sarah. This is a fun children's book that answers the questions of what dolls think and do when we are asleep at night.
A middle-aged farmer’s wife fascinated by the Tollund man in a museum in Denmark writes a letter to the professor who wrote about him. The man who answers is the curator, someone who will grow to share a deep bond with her, and leave both of them questioning their life choices.
Anna worked at a boring mass-produced chocolate factory until a freak accident left her missing two toes, and her self-esteem. Her former French teacher gets her a job at a prestigious chocolate shop in Paris. A hilarious feel-good comedy about longing, perfection, and chocolate.
Filled with hilarious, sarcastic humor from a man in a backwards baseball cap, innocent judgements from an elderly lady, and reevaluations of life choices culminating in needed positive changes, Catching Christmas is a quintessential Christmas romantic comedy to cozy up with.
On a seaside cliff near a castle which houses the kingdom’s library, a baby girl was left to be raised by the hoary librarians. Deep in the nearby woods is the mages’ floating school where a magic book awaits translation. This story is a fantasy world to be savored and magic discovered.
Two sisters are preparing for harvest to end and winter to arrive, one is engaged to a farmer, and one is as wild as the autumn winds and her namesake. Their lives are changed when a blond stranger appears to rebuild his old family house, and capture both of their hearts. A tragic, romantic fantasy.
Olivia comes across a weeping woman about to throw a small black book into the river. As she snatches the book, the woman warns her to stay away from large places when the mist rises. Stick to small spaces. This book is fun, clever, and creepy for children and adults.
A psychiatrist attempts to untangle the connection between artists and their secret histories in order to understand and save the tortured mind of a brilliant, attractive man. A fascinating blending of psychology, art, and obsession with the past, and how it paints who we allow ourselves to become.
A tale of interconnected people across a century who have suffered loss and lived within the haunted walls of Birchwood Manor, often unknowingly beside its ghost. The Clockmaker’s Daughter hosts a web of intricately interlaced characters, and is a treasure of the history of a house’s skeletons.
The House on Foster Hill is a gripping, haunting story of two women who seek to uncover the whole truth about a powerful, long-standing evil, and who choose to fight back and have hope even amidst the most terrifying circumstances.
The Bone Witch is an intelligent, consuming fantasy with an intricate world to unfold of magics, cultures, and classes with a girl who upends the status quo in order to save their world and its asha. She never meant to raise her brother form the grave, but she is more powerful than they imagined.
The Distant Hours is an engrossing unveiling of family secrets, the motivations of human nature, and the elaborate strides taken to protect preserve what we deem most valuable. From the first pages imaginations are captured by the dark tale of the Mud Man and all he symbolizes in this haunted tale.
With elements of ancient Judaism intertwined with sci-fi and a heavily post-apocalyptic fervor, Strange the Dreamer is a frightful lesson about the effects of genocide, fear, and hate against the power of knowledge.
A classic story about two self-indulgent creatures who are both the same parts of one dark soul, mirroring that which we all have within us. Wuthering Heights is an addicting indulgence for anyone who has ever loved a despicable character.
Tiffany Blues is a creative answer to the mysterious question of how the real Laurelton Hall came to be burned in a fire after many years of neglect, and an embellished, thrilling story of the lives of the artists who might have studied there.
"The Shortest Way Home" is a delightful escape to California wine country accompanied with reevaluation of life goals and a homage to taking a chance on your dreams (or finding new ones) no matter what age. You'll crave good wine and cheese, and the views of a gorgeous sunset over a vineyard.
The Hobbit is a must-read for anyone who would enjoy reading of grand adventures from their own hobbit-hole. This book review, and discussion guide also includes a delightful recipe.
Jane Eyre is an orphaned governess who develops romantic feelings for her employer. This novel is one of the most tragically brilliant pieces of Gothic fiction ever written, at times satisfying everything and nothing in a whirlwind of passion and drama that will appeal to readers for all time.
On 4 Privet Drive, Surrey, a baby was delivered to the most unmagical family that ever lived. But on Harry’s eleventh birthday, a letter arrives, inviting him to Hogwarts, the famous school of magic and wizardry, where he will make his first friends, and discover how his parents really died.
Guernsey is a small English island of hope, a place that proves that even the oddest and most contentious characters can bond through literature and shared hardships.
The Magician’s Nephew is an inspiriting magic adventure about the ancient battle of good and evil, and a protest against slavery and the unkind treatment of others (and animals), especially those under our power or authority. It is also the prequel to The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.
Spinning Silver is a fast-paced fantasy novel overflowing with well-spun together variations of old fairy tales and a large cast of characters.
Willa of the Wood is a suspenseful, empowering adventure for older children and teens, and a lesson for all of us to live in harmony with nature and animals and to never allow greed to control our desires.
Snarky, broken, and completely endearing, Loveday Cardew of The Lost for Words Bookshop is someone you'd love to befriend. Her triumphant, tragic literary story will have you cheering her on through every page, and desiring your own book quote tattoo.
Miranda loves her uncle's bookstore, but she must solve one last series of riddles he left her there after dying, in order to discover the truths about her family. The Bookshop of Yesterdays is a fun little mystery/drama for anyone who loves riddles, bookshops, or literature.
Fat Girl on a Plane a hilarious revealing of the fashion industry and the struggles of overweight women, and is a testament that women need to learn to love ourselves more, and compare less, while achieving our goals.
A Court of Frost and Starlight is a cool breeze of Night Court air, and while contentions gurgle below the surface, it remains a deeper insight into a city, and a world, that dreams of peace, hope, and starlight.
A Court of Wings and Ruin is the culmination of the great war that has been building up for the last two novels, and the satisfying answer to what the mighty, secret abilities are within ancient beings, including Amren, as well as displaying all the powers that Feyre is truly capable of wielding.
A huntress with an artist's soul and a dark, fallen Prince in the land of night become part of a new alliance developed to stop a terrible king. It is filled with clever, delightful revelations and is a tribute to the stars and those who wish on them, and the dreams that are answered.
Peppered with wonderfully dry wit, The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry is about accepting life’s unforseen ambushes, and will be an exceptional delight for readers who’ve dreamed of choosing which books to sell in a bookstore.
Part love story, part tragedy, Love and Ruin is a raw and heartbreaking historical fiction, exposing war, death, and the things that give life worth, told through the voice of Hemingway's second wife, Martha Gellhorn, a great journalist and novelist.
Reminiscent of the original Beauty and the Beast fairy tale in an intricate world of power and magic, A Court of Thorns and Roses is an alluring dark fantasy that burns like a wildfire, where no creature or story is what they seem to be.
Something Like Happy is chaotically funny and raw with grave tragedy. It encourages even the most sorrowful to find small ways to make ourselves, and those we’re accustomed to not even see, somewhat happier.
With clever twists, quick suspense, and engrossing tales interwoven in the storyline, The Hazel Wood will make you yearn for answers from grim stories you’ve truly never heard before.
Chanel Cleeton captures more than the essence of Cuba, she brings a country and its passions to life, while showing how to hold empathy even for an enemy, and fury even for a comrade. Our hearts our broken at each loss, each death, yet still somehow filled with hope, like a true Cuban.
A brilliant, creative foray into sci-fi and the great "what if" questions adults have forgotten to ask. For anyone who's forgotten how to love or be happy or the importance of living in harmony.
A Wrinkle in Time is for anyone who ever wondered about other planets or time travel, or any person who was ever an awkward child, wishing their life was made for more than just fitting in.
A castle in a forest inspires the stories of three women, scattered across centuries. An empowering historical drama and love story, with a fairy-tale castle's story written in generations of stone.
Ginny Moon is a fascinating window into the mind of an autistic teen girl. It will leave you captivated, sympathetic, and hopefully, encourage you to slow down and take life one question at a time.
Sara Smythe is managerette of new luxury apartments in NY. 100 years later, Bailey is renovating the apartments. How did Sara wind up in jail for murder? An engrossing tragedy of the lost Gilded Age.
Charming and filled with mouth-watering descriptions, The Simplicity of Cider will make you long for homemade cider and a dance under the apple trees.
Eleanor Oliphant, lonely and literally scarred by the past, is desperate to connect with someone. A woman who scorns the conventions of polite society,” Eleanor is hilarious, tragic, and triumphant.
Comical and merry, and an honest look at the misunderstandings that can occur when people fear to trust and love one another.
Daniel Sempere, 10 yrs old, selects an obscure novel from the Cemetery of Forgotten Books, not knowing that his selection of Julian Carax and uncloaking his mysteries will endanger and begin his life.
Quentin is a high school boy who lives next door to the girl of his dreams, who takes him for a night of adventure then disappears. He must unravel her clues to find the paper town and the paper girl.
A psychological thriller about five women who carry ghosts and long-buried secrets, and the one reporter whose curiosity led to unraveling the tragic truths that began at a demolished apartment site.
Painful yet hilarious, this book is one of the most brutally honest and necessary teen novels of our time, about mental disorders, hope, and humor, even when you sometimes have to ride the spiral downward.
Two young boys’ wanderings along dangerous coastlands and discovery of a rifle will lead to such monstrosities, one will suppress them as an adult, leaving only his brother to tell their horror story.
A humorous foray into summer love and second chances at Butternut Lake, featuring a librarian mother who loves Jane Austen, her rebellious teen, and a sympathetic listener, a Labrador named Murphy.
Many heroes will rise in this last installment of the series, and prejudgments will be shattered when “I open at the close” and beloved characters greet death like an old friend.
Filled with the beautiful poetry of magic and the thrilling dangers of corruption, "Uprooted" is saga for anyone who’s wondered what became of the beauty who lived in a tower with a dragon sorcerer.
Tropical Mimosa Key holds a stinky bait shop refashioned into a heavenly oasis of fragrant oils and new life for a young widow, where tragedy becomes sweet serenity.
A young girl named Frances is relocated to her mother’s hometown in England during WW1. A country in despair seeks hope, and a neighbor finds peace in the magic of the Cottingley fairies.
An NY lawyer visits her grandmother’s hometown in Maine to deliver a letter, but is met by mishaps. This book is a hilarious look at the choices that drive our impulses, and a glimpse of lost youth.
The Life She Was Given is enthralling and tragic, evoking pity and sympathy for both children and animals, and the choices others thrust upon the innocent.
Meet Me at the Cupcake Cafe will make you long for a cute little cafe on the corner with a bench under a pear tree, where you can eat baked yumminess, and maybe even be kissed by a handsome man.
The Cafe by the Sea is a humorous look at the contrast between city and country life, and where our souls long to rest.
Harry Potter discovers a book owned by a mysterious Half-Blood Prince, and meetings with Dumbledore will reveal more about Tom Riddle than anyone else knows, including the key to undoing immortality.
My Cousin Rachel blurs the boundaries of reality and deception, and what is morally right. See if you can determine who is innocent or guilty, and of what crimes.
Sara grew up with an embarrassingly eccentric grandmother named Mags and her hippie friends. But death brings Sara back to a small town to learn about the woman she hardly knew and her lost love.
Harry must learn about defense against the dark arts on his own and teach his friends in order to stop Voldemort from acquiring a dangerous object hidden at the Ministry of Magic.
As a child, Leisl played in the woods with the Goblin King and promised to wed him one day. He has returned to seduce her into a magic world where she will hunger, play music and burn slowly for him.
Harry will have to use every bit of wit his friends have to survive the tournament in this thrilling, wise tale of triumphing over impossible odds through the aid of friendship and hard work.
Learn Joanna Gaines' secrets to overcoming hard life lessons in this encouraging story about Magnolia, filled with the wisdom and humor of Chip and Joanna Gaines.
The Night Sister exposes generations of beastly family secrets and the monsters that hide in dark towers.
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban answers many questions about Harry’s father’s past and reveals the deepest powers true friendship can unlock.
Harry must use his abilities and overcome the scorn of his peers to try to save a dear friend from dying when the Chamber of secrets is reopened by the heir of Slytherin.
This book is the perfect retreat for anyone who’s ever worked their hardest and failed anyway, about a girl who's always loved baking fresh bread, and featuring a handsome honey-maker and a puffling.
Nina is a former librarian who adores books and is searching for a way to unite readers with their perfect book. So she leaves the big city for a small town in Scotland, with a van of books to sell.
With gorgeous Scottish landscape descriptions, this is a story about forbidden love, poignant art, and the connection between all those who live and work on the island with the mansion between tides.
With even more odd photos, Hollow City is an urgent necessity for those itching to know what happens next to the Bird and peculiar children in war-devastated London as they seek to defeat the hollows.
An abandoned orphanage on the coast of Wales, with a suitcase of odd photographs, will disclose what Jacob's grandfather meant about peculiar children, and what happened on September 3rd, 1940.
The fairy king-a children's story. A legend says that an entire village in a town called Reliance mysteriously disappeared one day. There a little girl named Lisa who believed also disappeared...
On a shore in Scotland is a sea house where two tales unravel, one of the woman renovating the house, who found mermaid bones beneath the floor. The other, a reverend obsessed with finding proof.
A weekly Fish Fry at the Kingfisher Inn brings together a teen boy with a magic knife, a teen girl who cooks in a tasteless kitchen, and another boy who follows ghosts into the past.
In a Dark, Dark Wood is a large house with glass walls, host to a hen party that ends with Leonora Shaw in a hospital room, trying to remember the last violent night with an old friend and crazy MOH.
A creative writing professor must prove her innocence in a hit and run for which she has been framed, an event which echoes the loss of her daughter years ago, from which she never fully recovered.
At thirty, Josey spends her free time hiding from her controlling mother in her secret, second closet usually filled with forbidden sweets and travel magazines, until a waitress appears in it, whose advice changes everyone's lives.
Buried in the woods of Cornwall is the Lake House, frozen the day when a little boy disappeared. Detective Sadie contacts the aged mystery-novel author who lived there to find the missing baby.
Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers is a story of love’s continuous mercies and how a woman who never dared to hope discovers that happiness can be found, if we’re willing to forgive ourselves.
The labor of Puritan life is frigid compared to Kit's childhood of relaxing warm beaches. Living near the recent Salem witch trials, she must decide what she’s willing to sacrifice for those she loves
Garden Spells is a perfect beach-day book that exudes the smells and flavors of summertime, no matter what season it is, and reveal what it means to be part of a family, no matter how eccentric.
Huguette Clark, an incalculable heiress and a “a shy ten-year-old throughout her life,” may be one of history’s most fascinating enigmas of all time, and this book a labyrinth of her many riddles.
Watchman forces us to watch heroes fall, to rediscover the beginnings of bigotry and prejudice, and to reassess survival in a small town, even if it means sacrificing part of yourself.
With layers of metaphor, this novel redefines prejudice and contrasts, through children's eyes, the barriers adults create. It reevaluates beliefs and their roots, and seeks trinkets in knotted trees
Little Women is about four young women in New England who use creativity and generosity to overcome the frustrations of maturity with “humor, pathos,” and wisdom. A rare type of novel that sympathizes with each character's vices and joys and teaches about life with grace.
In North Carolina, in the backyard of the Waverly home, there is a magic apple tree that blooms in fall and throws apples. Waverly women are known for each having their own magic abilities as well.
A Paris Apartment by Michelle Gable is a historical fiction novel set in Paris, told by an auction furniture specialist who finds the journals of an 1890's's courtesan in her abandoned apartment.