Colleen Oakley’s You Were There Too grabbed me from the opening pages and kept me guessing throughout, which I love. The premise alone gave me goosebumps: A happily married woman has had dreams of a man she’s never met … and then one day they meet and it turns out he dreams of her too.…

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Oh my gosh. I’ve made it through nine of the 12 books I outlined for the first half of the year (and many more which appeared along the way). I WILL catch up on the three I missed! It’s also time to tackle my target list for the second half of 2019—some I’ve been waiting…

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Here are some books I can’t wait to read in the first half of 2019. Problem is, I’m sure I’ll think of more, the minute I post this blog. Click the links to learn more. What’s on your reading list so far this year? The Wartime Sisters: A Novel by Lynda Cohen Loigman. It’s on…

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Much is made of a novel’s first five pages. I love to be hooked by page five, myself—if not by page one, paragraph one, or even sentence one. I’ve assembled five of many books that riveted me from the start. With these, I knew in the opening that I’d have read to the end. These…

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Browse any bookstore and you’re sure to find enticing covers with “summer” in the titles. Hard to resist, aren’t they? Reading by the pool while listening to the birds sing is one of my favorite things to do on a weekend. I just finished The Summer I Met Jack by Michelle Gable, and oh my…

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What makes a fictional mother memorable to me? It may be a woman who has survived a great tragedy, or one who’s made great sacrifice. It may be a mother who has faced unspeakable choices, struggled with a decision, and then lived with the consequences. It may be a mother who has made mistakes, or one…

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One of my favorite author discoveries in recent years is J. Courtney Sullivan. Her literary novels go back and forth through the decades of this century and the last, and the stories go deep into the hearts of loving but troubled families—often Irish-Catholic families. Whether it’s the family matriarch who’s riddled with guilt or a…

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This month’s issue of the Historical Novels Review features my article on multi-period novels. In it, I share insights from four authors who’ve written new or forthcoming books that alternate between the past and present: Chanel Cleeton, Jane Johnson, Ariel Lawhon, and James Carroll. The authors reveal the challenges they face in writing dual narrative novels…

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Books that take me into the darkest times in history, where human beings treat other human beings with unimaginable cruelty, both enlighten and horrify me. When the stories are told through the eyes of the young, they also reveal pain, hope, and strength in ways no other novels can. Four such books that I highly…

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