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So Many Beginnings: A Little Women Remix

The best literary retellings take us to new places and bring new worlds to light.  So Many Beginnings does a beautiful job of applying the basic background of Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women and adding a whole new layer of emotions and experiences to it. I have read many retellings of the story, ...

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Beth & Amy

Virginia Kantra’s epic modern retelling of Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women continues with Beth & Amy, which follows the developing lives of the March family’s two youngest siblings. I actually liked this volume better than its predecessor, and quite enjoyed the way Kantra combines a very ...

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The Single Mom's Second Chance

The Single Mom’s Second Chance takes on so many topics - grief, cancer, parenting, step-parenting, second-chance romance, brother’s widow - and, quite unfortunately, fails to deliver on any of them. Widowed Roz Martin has been diagnosed with cervical cancer, and the only person she can think ...

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Meg & Jo

Meg & Jo is a charming – but yet another modern retelling of -  Louisa May Alcott’s classic novel, Little Women. Though there have been a ton of retellings of the novel released in latter days (such as 2017’s The Spring Girls), Meg & Jo stands apart for injecting a little bit of South ...

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The Secret Ingredient

Family tradition, high octane baked goods, the world of competitive baking, small town living and pet pigs collide in Nancy Naigle’s The Secret Ingredient, a decently good and pleasantly readable homespun romance about an engaged couple torn apart by differing ambitions  But its deep commitment t ...

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Dirty English

As a fervent anglophile and Janeite, I was ALL in to read Ilsa Madden-Mills’s Pride & Prejudice-inspired steamy New Adult romance, Dirty English the first in her British Bad Boys series. I was instantly hooked by the epigraph - “You have bewitched me, body and soul.” Reading Mr. Darcy ...

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Across the Blue

Carrie Turansky is a new-to-me author, and I was pleasantly surprised by her clear storytelling and smooth writing. In Across the Blue, she brings us a story of the ingenious and daring men and women who plumbed the mysteries of flight in the early 1900s.  Being from North Carolina - where the stor ...

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Couldn't Ask for More

Kianna Alexander’s The Southern Gentlemen series continues charmingly with the story of a fashion designer and the textile manufacturer who falls in love with her. Alexis – Lex - Devers lives, breathes, sleeps and eats fashion.  She’s the kind of girl who spends hours in a hardworking daze ...

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The Fourth Summer

As kids, Caitlin McGraw and Seth Street used to meet in North Carolina in the summers, where he taught her to skateboard and became her first love. Then the Olympics pulled Seth away to snowboarding glory, and Caitlin moved on as a graphic designer. Both are surprised to realize they are still legal ...

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A Hope Divided

In A Hope Divided, we meet Marlie Lynch - a spy for the Union living in North Carolina - and Ewan McCall, an escaped prisoner with a dark past. They’re both brilliant, strong, resilient, and willing to do whatever it takes to stop the Confederacy from winning the war. As they have to flee Marlie ...