realistic parenting

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Two Tribes

Fearne Hill’s Two Tribes is a funny, touching and heartrending romance set across three decades in which we follow two teenagers from the Midlands as they fall in love (think Heartstopper but with class differences and a lot more snark and swearing!), are separated by circumstance and reunite twen ...

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Sleepover

Sleepover is one of the best contemporary romances released in the past ten years.  You don’t need me to tell you that.  But maybe you do need me to let you know that the book’s just been reissued and if you don’t own it, you should run and grab your own copy. Sawyer Paulson has just star ...

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Sink or Swim

Annabeth Albert has entertained me in the past with several of her m/m romances, and in Sink or Swim, the second book in her navy-themed Shore Leave series, she's upped the ante with a charming, single dad meets playboy romance. Felix Sigurd, newly divorced doctor, parent to his two nieces Madeli ...

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Donut Fall in Love

Actor Ryan Kwok is back in Toronto after the promotional tour for his latest film, a rom-com that is getting less-than-stellar reviews. After years of constant work and the sudden death of his mother, Ryan is taking some much-needed time off. But as he tries to be supportive to his family, he strug ...

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All Rhodes Lead Here

Mariana Zapata is very well reviewed here, so I was excited to try her new book, All Rhodes Lead Here. But with its clumsy heroine, rude but ultimately gold-hearted hero, and bland first person narrator, this book reads as run-of-the-mill YA, with only the swearing and sex scenes making it an adult ...

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The Secret Ingredient

A fantastic, touching, charming romance with a sweet core, The Secret Ingredient is a handsome and homespun contemporary about life in small-town Maine. Adah Campbell and her nine-year-old son Peter have just moved to North Point, Maine.  Adah grew up in the Ozarks and Peter was born and raised ...

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My Last Duchess

My Last Duchess is a wonderful, engaging story about finding new love after heartbreak, and taking a risk on happiness instead of contentment. It is a sweet, hopeful book that shows that love comes around more than once. Lady Ophelia Astley is a respectable widow, raising her daughter alone after ...

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Reckless at Heart

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 ha ...

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Imagine

It’s 1896, and in San Francisco, successful, hard-working attorney Margaret Huntington Smith has been urged by her father, a judge, to take a well-deserved vacation.  Knowing she won’t go unless given a push (in the best way) he’s brought her a first class ticket for a cruise to “French Oce ...

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Always the Last to Know

Kristan Higgins' most recent offering, Always the Last to Know, is a pitch-perfect picture of a family in crisis. That might sound a bit depressing, but Higgins is able to infuse the story with exactly the right amount of humor which, while not necessarily going to cause you to laugh out loud, will ...