May Read of the Month: “Only Oona” by Tamatha Cain

Tamatha Cain’s Only Oona (Orange Blossom Publishing, 2023) is not only a remarkable woman’s story; this outstanding historical novel shines as a glittering Who’s Who in the 1940s. With impeccable research, Cain brings Oona O’Neill Chaplin to life, stretching from her early years in the Bermuda countryside to teen years roaming the streets of Manhattan […]

Donna Meredith interviews Tamatha Cain, author of “Only Oona”

Tamatha Cain’s latest novel, Only Oona, focuses on the life of Oona Chaplin. The daughter of famous playwright Eugene O’Neill, Oona marries famed silent film star Charlie Chaplin. The novel paints a vivid portrait of a warm and intelligent woman who rubbed shoulders with many of the most prominent creative people of her times, such […]

“Feels Like Falling” by Kristy Woodson Harvey

Best-selling women’s fiction author Kristy Woodson Harvey (Peachtree Bluff series, Slightly South of Simple) is known for her crystalline depictions of modern, genteel Southern life. Her female lead characters are imbued with a fiercely feminine strength that serves them well as they face life’s challenges and never fail to inspire fans to cheer them on. […]

“Song of the Chimney Sweep,” by Tamatha Cain

Reviewed by Donna Meredith The rich musical history of Jacksonville, Florida, provides an appealing backdrop for Tamatha Cain’s debut novel Song of the Chimney Sweep (Orange Blossom Publishing, August 2022). R&B, jazz, and rock stars with Jacksonville roots making appearances include the Allman Brothers, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Ray Charles, Ma Rainey, Blind Blake, and James Weldon […]

“The Shaadi Set-Up,” by Lillie Vale

Reviewed by Tamatha Cain This delightful and deceptively deep romance delivers laughs, sighs, and heartfelt cheers as former sweethearts battle the past and the expectations of family to find their way to happily-ever-after. The prose is mouth-watering at times, as are the passages describing swoon-worthy food. When Rita, an Indian-American furniture restorer, signs herself and […]

“Meg & Jo,” by Virginia Kantra

Reviewed by Tamatha Cain Virginia Kantra’s latest novel, Meg & Jo, plays on the beloved story of the March sisters of Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women, imagining the sisters as millennials navigating through both the internal and external pressures of modern womanhood. Kantra is New York Times best-selling author of 30 novels and winner of […]