A thoughtful and sensitively observed tale with a heroine whose adventures are worth following.


In this debut novel, a series of chance encounters and coincidences sends a college student on a journey of self-discovery.

In April 1965, Katherine Roebling takes a leap of faith and moves to Chicago after accepting a position as an airline stewardess. The job means taking a two-year leave from Beloit College in Wisconsin, where she studies anthropology. But her adviser has given her a waiver to complete course work at Northwestern University before returning to her studies at Beloit. With her best friend and roommate, Charlotte Delaney, a Bunny at the Playboy Mansion, Katherine enjoys a life of travel and escapades; yet she finds herself at a crossroads as she reaches the end of her leave. While she promised her parents and adviser that she would continue her education, she is one-eighth Chippewa and feels the need to examine her Native American roots. Trips to Greece and New York pique her interest in other cultures, and a visit with a friend named Adam Goldstein prompts her to research possible connections between Native Americans and the lost tribes of Israel. She searches for direction until the mysterious appearance of eagle and crow feathers sends Katherine on an exploration of her Chippewa heritage and leads to a new career and the chance for true love in Washington, D.C. Kundert offers a sparkling, sharply observed tale of a young woman’s search for personal and intellectual fulfillment during a time of tremendous social and political change. Katherine is a strong, dynamic heroine whose odyssey takes her from academia to busy airports and exotic trips before she finds a home in Washington and a job at the Smithsonian. She is surrounded by a well-rounded cast of supporting characters, including Emma Jean Hasting, a fellow stewardess and Southern belle who dreams of romance; Danny O’Brien, a Playboy Club bouncer; and Neal Meyer, an aspiring Justice Department attorney who falls for Katherine. The author also does a fine job describing Katherine’s cultural and social milieu. A former United Airlines stewardess, Kundert paints a vivid portrait of Katherine’s flight attendant world, from the weigh-ins and strict dress code to the leering male passengers. The author weaves in several subplots, including one about Luther Williams, an inner-city child Danny mentors. While Luther’s story ends abruptly, his friendship with Danny provides additional insights into the bouncer’s character.

A thoughtful and sensitively observed tale with a heroine whose adventures are worth following.

Pub Date: June 18, 2019

ISBN: 978-1-63152-523-0

Page Count: 256

Publisher: She Writes Press

Review Posted Online: April 16, 2019

Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 15, 2019

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The much-loved royal romance genre gets a fun and refreshing update in McQuiston’s debut.

Alex Claremont-Diaz, son of the American President Ellen Claremont, knows one thing for sure: He hates Henry, the British prince to whom he is always compared. He lives for their verbal sparring matches, but when one of their fights at a royal wedding goes a bit too far, they end up falling into a wedding cake and making tabloid headlines. An international scandal could ruin Alex’s mother’s chances for re-election, so it’s time for damage control. The plan? Alex and Henry must pretend to be best friends, giving the tabloids pictures of their bromance and neutralizing the threat to Ellen's presidency. But after a few photo ops with Henry, Alex starts to realize that the passionate anger he feels toward him might be a cover for regular old passion. There are, naturally, a million roadblocks between their first kiss and their happily-ever-after—how can American political royalty and actual British royalty ever be together? How can they navigate being open about their sexualities (Alex is bisexual; Henry is gay) in their very public and very scrutinized roles? Alex and Henry must decide if they’ll risk their futures, their families, and their careers to take a chance on happiness. Although the story’s premise might be a fantasy—it takes place in a world in which a divorced-mom Texan Democrat won the 2016 election—the emotions are all real. The love affair between Alex and Henry is intense and romantic, made all the more so by the inclusion of their poetic emails that manage to be both funny and steamy. McQuiston’s strength is in dialogue; her characters speak in hilarious rapid-fire bursts with plenty of “likes,” “ums,” creative punctuation, and pop-culture references, sounding like smarter, funnier versions of real people. Although Alex and Henry’s relationship is the heart of the story, their friends and family members are all rich, well-drawn characters, and their respective worlds feel both realistic and larger-than-life.

A clever, romantic, sexy love story.

Pub Date: June 4, 2019

ISBN: 978-1-250-31677-6

Page Count: 432

Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin

Review Posted Online: March 4, 2019

Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 15, 2019

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Packed with riveting drama and painful truths, this book powerfully illustrates the devastation of abuse—and the strength of...


Hoover’s (November 9, 2015, etc.) latest tackles the difficult subject of domestic violence with romantic tenderness and emotional heft.

At first glance, the couple is edgy but cute: Lily Bloom runs a flower shop for people who hate flowers; Ryle Kincaid is a surgeon who says he never wants to get married or have kids. They meet on a rooftop in Boston on the night Ryle loses a patient and Lily attends her abusive father’s funeral. The provocative opening takes a dark turn when Lily receives a warning about Ryle’s intentions from his sister, who becomes Lily’s employee and close friend. Lily swears she’ll never end up in another abusive home, but when Ryle starts to show all the same warning signs that her mother ignored, Lily learns just how hard it is to say goodbye. When Ryle is not in the throes of a jealous rage, his redeeming qualities return, and Lily can justify his behavior: “I think we needed what happened on the stairwell to happen so that I would know his past and we’d be able to work on it together,” she tells herself. Lily marries Ryle hoping the good will outweigh the bad, and the mother-daughter dynamics evolve beautifully as Lily reflects on her childhood with fresh eyes. Diary entries fancifully addressed to TV host Ellen DeGeneres serve as flashbacks to Lily’s teenage years, when she met her first love, Atlas Corrigan, a homeless boy she found squatting in a neighbor’s house. When Atlas turns up in Boston, now a successful chef, he begs Lily to leave Ryle. Despite the better option right in front of her, an unexpected complication forces Lily to cut ties with Atlas, confront Ryle, and try to end the cycle of abuse before it’s too late. The relationships are portrayed with compassion and honesty, and the author’s note at the end that explains Hoover’s personal connection to the subject matter is a must-read.

Packed with riveting drama and painful truths, this book powerfully illustrates the devastation of abuse—and the strength of the survivors.

Pub Date: Aug. 2, 2016

ISBN: 978-1-5011-1036-8

Page Count: 320

Publisher: Atria

Review Posted Online: May 31, 2016

Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 15, 2016

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