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Reviewed by Jessi Lewis Here and Again is the story of the widow Virginia (Ginger) Martin, the repercussions of her husband’s death in the Iraq War, and how her loss is a repetition of grief from other generations. Through Ginger’s familial struggles with her three children, the reader is introduced to the parallels of loss. […]
Reviewed by Chris Timmons Normally, it is appropriate to take the squeamish position when reading about someone’s private life—the invasion of personal space being a violation of personal dignity. But when someone offers a memoir, what is the squeamish to do? Rather hope that it is not too raw, too confessional. Julie Freed begins her […]
Reviewed by Donna Meredith Jeff High delivers another heart-warming novel in Each Shining Hour, the sequel to More Things in Heaven and Earth, further exploring life in a small town in Tennessee. While the clever repartee between Dr. Luke Bradford and Watervalley’s citizens adds humor to the story, the serious scenes are the ones you’ll […]
Reviewed by Jenny Huston Crowley Many readers think of a “beach read” as having a shallow storyline and underdeveloped characters. It Comes in Waves, Erika Marks’s fourth novel, fits the beach material category, except that Marks has written an engaging story with skill and insight. According to the author, “There’s no question that for me, […]
Jenny Huston Crowley, retired nurse and medical practice administrator, lives in Tallahassee, Florida. A graduate of Emory University with degrees in English and Nursing, she is currently writing her memoir. Her award winning creative nonfiction stories have appeared in the Seven Hills Review and Life Lessons: Writings from the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at FSU. […]
Reviewed by Donna Meredith Escaping the past proves more difficult than New York editor Jen Gibbs thinks in The Story Keeper, Lisa Wingate’s uplifting new novel about a woman’s journey to find a manuscript, and along the way, to reclaim the missing parts of her soul. Jen has barely begun her new job at Vida […]
Reviewed by Anastasia Wickham “If at the end of our lives we’re nothing more than a collection of our memories, then I know John has had a very good life.” Richard Wickliffe’s 2013 novel is 265 pages of nostalgic summer enjoyment. Memories of Holly Woode is an easy read with short chapters rife with scenes […]