Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 9)

DAUGHTERS OF THE BRIDE by Susan Mallery
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 12, 2016

"Readers looking for sister relationships, wedding details, and steamy scenes will enjoy Mallery's latest."
Three daughters attempt to juggle their mother's upcoming wedding and their own tumultuous love lives in this novel from Mallery (The Friends We Keep, 2016, etc.). Read full book review >
CHANCE DEVELOPMENTS by Alexander McCall Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 12, 2016

"In all these stories, love and goodness ultimately win out, but the charming details and bittersweet human cost are what resonate."
In these five long stories, McCall Smith (The Revolving Door of Life, 2016, etc.) imagines the worlds he has glimpsed in the black-and-white photographs he shares with the reader. Read full book review >

MY NAME IS LEON by Kit De Waal
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 12, 2016

"Taut, emotionally intense, and wholly believable, this beautiful and uplifting debut gives readers a hero to champion."
When crushing mental illness sends a single mother to the hospital, her young sons become entangled in Britain's bureaucratic foster care system. Read full book review >
NINE WOMEN, ONE DRESS by Jane L. Rosen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 12, 2016

"Rosen's debut novel is rich in relationships, written with clarity and humor and surprise twists that bring the tale to a satisfying conclusion. A pure pleasure to read."
A charming story that twists the lives of New Yorkers around a little black dress. Or is it the other way around? Read full book review >
ALL THE TIME IN THE WORLD by Caroline Angell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 12, 2016

"Ultimately, a rewarding, emotionally satisfying read. A young woman runs from her talent and finds fulfillment after learning that it never left her, even as she immerses herself in another woman's world."
In this debut novel, playwright and director Angell's musical theater background informs the story of Charlotte, a young Manhattanite who's given up composing music to become a wealthy family's babysitter. Read full book review >

ALL IS NOT FORGOTTEN by Wendy Walker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 12, 2016

"A repugnant narrator, even an unreliable one, makes it difficult to focus on the true victim, one who is crushed under the weight of this ridiculous plot."
The traumatic memories of a teenager's rape are medically erased, but lingering thoughts of the attack remain, infecting everyone in her close-knit community. Read full book review >
NINETY-NINE STORIES OF GOD by Joy Williams
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 12, 2016

"Admirers of Williams—and anyone who treasures a story well told should be one—will find much to like here."
"Hell is unpleasant. Heaven is more pleasant." Williams, maker of superb short fictions, plumbs the distinction in this slender, evocative collection. Read full book review >
THE LIGHT OF PARIS by Eleanor Brown
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 12, 2016

"Brown conveys the importance of the arts in creating a life as well as the need to heed all voices, even those from the past, in looking to the future."
The lights of Paris act as a beacon for two generations of women in search of self-determination and fulfillment in Brown's (The Weird Sisters, 2011, etc.) story of loves lost and found. Read full book review >
THE DEATH OF REX NHONGO by C. B. George
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 12, 2016

"A story that promises global reach but settles for narrow domesticity."
The suspicious death of a Zimbabwean general radiates in ways overt and subtle in the lives of five couples in Harare. Read full book review >
THE CHOICES WE MAKE by Karma Brown
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 12, 2016

"A compelling premise with a plot that intensifies satisfyingly in the second half, this book is a good bet for readers who don't shy away from difficult moral questions swirling around a sometimes-sappy center."
In a novel exploring the fragile ties of friendship, love, and family, Brown (Come Away With Me, 2015) takes on the loaded subject of surrogate motherhood between a pair of best friends—and the unforeseen turmoil and tragedy that result. Read full book review >
LUCK, LOVE & LEMON PIE by Amy Reichert
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 12, 2016

"An enjoyable and thought-provoking exploration of a modern-day marriage in midlife crisis."
A middle-age housewife tries to rekindle her relationship with her husband by taking up his hobby of poker, then wins a tournament that puts her on the fast track to the poker championships, putting more pressure on a once-strong, now struggling marriage. Read full book review >
BABY DOLL by Hollie  Overton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 12, 2016

"Overton, while capturing the unique bond shared by identical twins, never manages to maintain narrative momentum beyond a series of heartfelt vignettes."
Held captive for eight years, a woman and her young daughter escape only to find that the outside world can be as frightening as their locked room. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Morgan Matson
July 25, 2016

The Unexpected Everything is a YA feel-good story of friendship, finding yourself, and all the joys in life that happen while you’re busy making other plans. Andie has a plan. And she always sticks to her plan. Future? A top-tier medical school. Dad? Avoid him as much as possible (which isn’t that hard considering he’s a Congressman and he’s never around). Friends? Palmer, Bri, and Toby—pretty much the most awesome people on the planet, who needs anyone else? Relationships? No one’s worth more than three weeks. So it’s no surprise that Andie’s got her summer all planned out too. Until a political scandal costs Andie her summer pre-med internship, and lands both she and Dad back in the same house together for the first time in years. Suddenly she’s doing things that aren’t Andie at all. “Romance fans will find plenty to enjoy, as Andie gradually lets down her guard and risks the messy and unpredictable wonder of first love,” our reviewer writes. “A novel best read on a lazy summer day with sand between the toes.” View video >