That wonderful moment when…

  ...you finish a novel! Of course, you're never really "done" with a novel until it's been printed, but I can confidently say that for the first time ever I have finished writing and editing (two rounds) of a novel that I wrote for NaNoWriMo last year. I didn't realize how difficult it would be… Continue reading That wonderful moment when…

Upcoming Books: Eternal Life by Dara Horn

I received an Advanced Reader's Copy of this book from W.W. Norton Publishers. I was excited to read this because of the great reviews I was hearing about it. The premise for this book is that Rachel can't die, but she wants to. After living two thousand years and watching children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, lovers, husbands,… Continue reading Upcoming Books: Eternal Life by Dara Horn

Book Review: The Stolen Marriage by Diane Chamberlain

In Baltimore, Maryland, 1944, Tess DeMillo finds herself pregnant and alone. Her only way of escape is to break off her engagement to the love of her life and marry the father of the baby which forces her to leave her hometown and move to Hickory, North Carolina. Married to a complete stranger, she soon… Continue reading Book Review: The Stolen Marriage by Diane Chamberlain

Upcoming Books: “The Immortalists” by Chloe Benjamin

I received this book as an Advanced Readers Copy from Penguin Random House and I am so grateful to have been given the opportunity to read it before its publication. I originally had applied for the book because the publisher was giving away a black canvas bag with the cover art on it and it… Continue reading Upcoming Books: “The Immortalists” by Chloe Benjamin

Book Review: The Alice Network by Kate Quinn

I really enjoyed this book. It is a new book that was published June of this year. I listened to the audio and thoroughly enjoyed it. The book goes back and forth between the lives of two women navigating life in the midst of two different world wars. Charlie is a 19-year-old unmarried pregnant college… Continue reading Book Review: The Alice Network by Kate Quinn

Upcoming Books: “Paris in the Present Tense” by Mark Helprin

I received an ARC of "Paris in the Present Tense" by Mark Helprin. Thank you to W.W. Norton. I really have a mixed review here. I have heard good things about Helprin's writing and I was not entirely disappointed on that front. On one side Helprin's writing is phenomenal. He has this incredible ability to… Continue reading Upcoming Books: “Paris in the Present Tense” by Mark Helprin

October is National Reading Group Month

    October is National Reading Group Month, and what better way to celebrate than to read book club selections?! The College, Career, and Coffee Book Club at the Iredell County Public Library decided to read titles that have been selected by other book clubs. This includes the New York Times choices, Oprah’s Book Club,… Continue reading October is National Reading Group Month

Themed Book Club: September Blue Books

The College, Career, and Coffee Book Club is a monthly book club that meets at the Iredell County Public Library in Statesville, North Carolina. I've talked about the concept of a themed book club here, and it was very well received. If you are local to the Statesville area, STOP BY! Or join the discussion here… Continue reading Themed Book Club: September Blue Books

Book Review: Necessary Lies by Diane Chamberlain

This was a wonderful book that covers the very controversial topic of the North Carolina Eugenics Program which lasted until the 1970s; longer than any other state in the nation.  I had mixed emotions throughout this entire book. On the one hand, I was not opposed to the option of sterilization, especially for those women… Continue reading Book Review: Necessary Lies by Diane Chamberlain