What I'm Reading

The Takeaway Men

The Takeaway Men
Aug 23, 2020 by Valerie Taylor

In The Takeaway Men (Sparks Press), Meryl Ain sheds much-needed light on a topic rarely explored. What happened to the families that survived the Holocaust?

Every Bone A Prayer

Every Bone A Prayer
Aug 10, 2020 by Valerie Taylor
Without a doubt, Ashley Blooms is a talented young writer. In her debut novel, Every Bone A Prayer (Sourcebooks Landmark), she gifts us a story so personal only she could write.  

The Last Flight

The Last Flight
Jun 03, 2020 by Valerie Taylor
Spoiler alert! The Last Flight (Sourcebooks Landmark) by Julie Clark is about a scary plane crash. Well, not really a spoiler, as the book’s cover and title imply at least that much. But a plane crash isn’t half of what will keep you up at night turning the pages of this remarkably crafted thriller.

Sister Dear

Sister Dear
May 30, 2020 by Valerie Taylor

The sibling rivalry story in Sister Dear (Mira) by Hannah Mary McKinnon is as old as Cain and Abel. The difference is McKinnon throws a howitzer into the plot, turning this contemporary thriller unexpectedly inside out and upside down.

 

 

Truths I Never Told You

Truths I Never Told You
Apr 14, 2020 by Valerie Taylor
Truths I Never Told You Doesn’t Lie is a review I did for BookTrib. The review and interview with the author start with...No matter what your age, you’ll have an emotional reaction to Truths I Never Told You (Graydon House) by Kelly Rimmer.

The Lost Orphan

The Lost Orphan
Apr 07, 2020 by Valerie Taylor

The Lost Orphan (Mira) by Stacey Halls, which takes place in 1747, could just as easily been titled “A Tale of Two Mothers,” with a respectful nod to Charles Dickens’ novel set similarly in Georgian London three decades later.

Freedom Lessons

Freedom Lessons
Feb 27, 2020 by Valerie Taylor

Freedom Lessons (She Writes Press) by Eileen Harrison Sanchez is a lesson for us all. Through her experience as a teacher in the South in the late 1960s during desegregation, especially of the schools, as well as her in-depth research, ...
 

Wife After Wife

Wife After Wife
Feb 06, 2020 by Valerie Taylor

Wife After Wife proves history repeats itself. As I read Olivia Hayfield’s debut novel, Wife After Wife (Berkley), about a serial philanderer, I kept yelling, “Off with his…head.” As you read it, the story will seem predictable if you’re familiar with the history and legend of King Henry VIII.

The Books I Read in 2019

Dec 26, 2019 by Valerie Taylor
Surpassed my goal of reading 30 books, but fell short of 40 by two. Maybe next year!

Flip-Flops After 50

Flip-Flops After 50
Dec 11, 2019 by Valerie Taylor

Cindy Eastman’s memoir, Flip-Flops After 50 (She Writes Press), is a breath of fresh air!

 

The Girl and the Tiger

The Girl and the Tiger
Nov 11, 2019 by Valerie Taylor
On one of his trips to the rainforest, Paul Rosolie is haunted by an email he's received from a fourteen-year-old girl in India asking for his advice about a tiger.
 

Land of Last Chances

Land of Last Chances
Oct 31, 2019 by Valerie Taylor

Land of Last Chances (She Writes Press) by Joan Cohen may be a novel, but it’s about real-life situations. Drawing from some of her own personal and professional experiences, Ms. Cohen crafts a complex and fast-paced story that forces us to examine our own values and beliefs.

Pretty Guilty Women

Pretty Guilty Women
Oct 28, 2019 by Valerie Taylor

In Pretty Guilty Women, Gina LaManna invites you to join four women at a destination wedding. What happens once you arrive is anybody's clue.


 

Followers

Followers
Oct 13, 2019 by Valerie Taylor

Do you know how many social media followers you have? Do you care? Even if you do, I bet you’re not as obsessed as the central characters are in Followers by Megan Angelo (Graydon House).

The Wives

The Wives
Aug 18, 2019 by Valerie Taylor

Released at the end of 2019, The Wives, by Tarryn Fisher, is a thrilling story of self-loathing, revenge, and denial. Yet, in the end, there's no denying it, The Wives should be a smashing success.
 

The Two Lila Bennetts

The Two Lila Bennetts
Jul 25, 2019 by Valerie Taylor

Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke tell a tale of The Two Lila Bennetts. She is captured—blindfolded and restrained—as well as constrained by the ethics of her profession to defend a client who may be guilty of murder. Once the client is found not guilty, all hell breaks loose. And that’s just by page one.

Stepmother

Stepmother
Jun 01, 2019 by Valerie Taylor

If you hesitate to read Stepmother: A Memoir by Marianne Lile because you’re not a stepmother or you don’t usually read memoirs, you could lose out on a warm and rewarding reading experience. Believe me, I fall into both camps and am glad I ventured into this wonderful story.

Bedside Manners

Bedside Manners
Jun 01, 2019 by Valerie Taylor

Though a novel, Bedside Manners by Heather Frimmer, reads like a memoir or true-life story. And for us readers, that’s a good thing because though the topic—breast cancer—is scary, Ms. Frimmer juxtaposes it with relatable life-goes-on situations.