Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 6)

DON'T GET ME WRONG by Marianne Kavanagh
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"Kavanagh creates a story of family bonds and romantic misunderstandings that manages to be both heartwarming and heartbreaking."
Kim and Harry don't have anything in common—except their love of Kim's sister, Eva. Read full book review >
A GOOD FAMILY by Erik Fassnacht
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"This is a readable debut whose lapses into triteness betray the author's youth even as they belie his potential."
In 2011, a Chicago family splinters under the impact of crises that range from marital strife to war crimes. Read full book review >

MAID OF WONDER by Jennifer McGowan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"For readers who like their historical romance with a touch of second sight. (Historical fiction. 12 & up)"
It is the turn of shy Sophia to tell her story in the third of a series about the Maids of Honor, a privileged cadre of five young women assigned to spy for Elizabeth I. Read full book review >
THE TAMING OF THE QUEEN by Philippa Gregory
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"Although Kateryn's studiousness makes for some dull reading, the pace picks up as her intellect becomes her greatest liability."
By pondering the mistakes of her predecessors, Kateryn Parr, sixth wife of King Henry VIII, manages to keep her head. Read full book review >
IF YOU ONLY KNEW by Kristan Higgins
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"A powerful, emotionally textured winner."
A divorced wedding-dress designer tries to extricate herself from her ex-husband's new life by moving from Manhattan to her suburban hometown, just in time to see her sister's marriage rocked by a sexually graphic text. Read full book review >

YOU TOO CAN HAVE A BODY LIKE MINE by Alexandra Kleeman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"Existential paralysis is a great subject for short fiction but a more difficult one for a novel."
Identity, abjection, and consumerism are the primary concerns of this debut novelist. Read full book review >
LOST CANYON by Nina Revoyr
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"Like Deliverance, a tense and sometimes-violent morality tale formed in the crucible of physical duress."
Revoyr (Wingshooters, 2011, etc.) sends four Angelenos mired in First World angst to confront the wilds of California's Sierra Nevada range.Read full book review >
CANDY CORN MURDER by Leslie Meier
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"All this musing and fretting pushes the murder, when it finally arrives, into the back pages of Meier's 25th, and the solution is barely a footnote."
The Tinker's Cove Giant Pumpkin Fest turns into a giant pain in the squash for The Pennysaver's intrepid reporter Lucy Stone (Christmas Carol Murder, 2013, etc.). Read full book review >
THOREAU IN PHANTOM BOG by B.B. Oak
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"Although the story could use some pruning, it provides plenty of vividly presented historical information on the Underground Railroad and Thoreau's world in the 1840s."
A philosopher, a physician, and a free-spirited woman work together to solve a mystery in the 19th century. Read full book review >
ALLY HUGHES HAS SEX SOMETIMES by Jules Moulin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"Ultimately a romantic fantasy disguised by modern riffs, this novel is for those looking for a sexier 'Sleeping Beauty' set in the real world."
A single mother wrestles with her family responsibilities and her desire for romance in this debut novel. Read full book review >
THE NATURE OF THE BEAST by Louise Penny
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"Penny is an expert at pulling away the surface of her characters to expose their deeper—and often ugly—layers, always doing so with a direct but compassionate hand."
In Inspector Gamache's 11th outing, the sheltering forest around his small village of Three Pines is revealed to be a hiding place for unexpected evil. Read full book review >
THE BOOK OF LOST AND FOUND by Lucy Foley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"Lush descriptions of time and place enhance a compelling love story."
London in the Roaring '20s, Paris during the German occupation, and a clifftop villa in 1980s Corsica serve as backdrops for a tragic love affair. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Vanessa Diffenbaugh
September 1, 2015

Vanessa Diffenbaugh is the New York Timesbestselling author of The Language of Flowers; her new novel, We Never Asked for Wings, is about young love, hard choices, and hope against all odds. For 14 years, Letty Espinosa has worked three jobs around San Francisco to make ends meet while her mother raised her children—Alex, now 15, and Luna, six—in their tiny apartment on a forgotten spit of wetlands near the bay. But now Letty’s parents are returning to Mexico, and Letty must step up and become a mother for the first time in her life. “Diffenbaugh’s latest confirms her gift for creating shrewd, sympathetic charmers,” our reviewer writes. View video >