The Frozen River by Ariel Lawhon

The Frozen River by Ariel Lawhon

Ariel Lawhon’s latest work is my favorite book of 2023. This whopper of a novel delicately peels back the layers of history to reveal the intricate struggles and enduring resilience of women in post Revolutionary War 18th-century America. Through the eyes of Martha Ballard, a local midwife and guardian of the town’s hidden stories, Lawhon…

Reckless at Heart by Zoe York

Reckless at Heart by Zoe York

Zoe York brings a heartfelt and extremely enjoyable new series to life with the first volume of her Kincaids of Pine Harbour trilogy, Reckless at Heart. Ex-firefighter and current EMT Owen Kincaid lives with his teenage daughter, Becca, who has fallen pregnant by her boyfriend Hayden.  Hayden has made it clear – multiple times –…

Digging Deep by Jay Hogan

Digging Deep by Jay Hogan

Digging Deep is the first book I’ve read by New Zealander Jay Hogan, and I have to say I was pretty impressed.  In it, the author takes a long, hard look at how living with a chronic illness impacts on every single aspect of life for the person who has it and those around them,…

Hard Target by Pamela Clare

Hard Target by Pamela Clare

Hard Target is the first book in a new series of romantic suspense novels from popular author Pamela Clare featuring the men (and maybe women?) who work for Cobra International Security, the high-end security firm owned and run by Derek Tower, who was a recurring character in the author’s earlier I-Team series.  I confess that…

The Familars by Stacey Halls

The Familars by Stacey Halls

I’m drawn to historical novels about witchcraft, so The Familiars by Stacey Halls seemed like a novel I’d absolutely love. I’ve read quite a few books about the witch hunts of the Middle Ages, but this was the first one I picked up that dealt specifically with the Pendle Hill witch trials in the early…

Love in a Sandstorm by Zoe York

Love in a Sandstorm by Zoe York

Pine Harbour, Ontario is the fictional setting for a small town contemporary romance series by indie author Zoe York. Some romances in this kind of setting veer into stereotypical territory – think gossipy neighbors, the coffee crowd at the local diner, high school sweethearts, etc.. This author has set her series apart by featuring tried…

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