Rx: NEXT YEAR IN HAVANA by Chanel Cleeton

For me, the worst kinds of books are those that disappoint. Next Year in Havana by Chanel Cleeton promised an intriguing glimpse into the mystery of Havana, that forbidden place that's been sequestered by corrupt government and untouched by big brand corporate America, indeed isolated in what would seem to be an alternate time. Cleeton... Continue Reading →

Rx: My Top Five

  THE GOLDFINCH by Donna Tartt - The writing is absolutely beautiful. Tartt has an incredible way of immersing you into her main character, Theo's mind, world, and emotions: you feel exhausted when he's exhausted - you feel like time dragging on when he feels time dragging on. The main criticism I found readers had was... Continue Reading →


Vicki Croke is an incredibly talented storyteller, who takes the extraordinary journey of Billy Williams and weaves it into a narrative that's alive with the dangers, mystery, and awe of the 1920s Burma. ELEPHANT COMPANY follows young Billy Williams who takes on the adventure of a lifetime after serving in WWI and travels to a... Continue Reading →

Rx: GIRL IN SNOW by Danya Kukafka

GIRL IN SNOW, a debut neighborhood mystery, speaks to both a literary and commercial audience. Kukafka is an absolutely brilliant writer, her descriptions are vivid, and character-specific. You truly see the world with three new sets of eyes in her alternating narrative that follows a shy young boy who observes to the point of obsession,... Continue Reading →


A FIERCE AND SUBTLE POISON is a coming-of-age story seated within Puerto Rican mysticism. Throughout the novel, the main character, Lucas teeters between childhood and adulthood, as well as between fantasy and reality, while trying to uncover the truths that lie within an old myth of an evil botanist and his locked gardens. Lucas, like any... Continue Reading →

Rx: REUNION by Beth Brophy

REUNION is a work of upmarket women’s fiction that tells the story of three childhood friends whose reunion leads them to dish out old secrets, admit their failures, and come to new understandings of themselves as they avoid making the same mistakes they made in their past. Despite going in three vastly different directions, each... Continue Reading →

Rx: THE DOLLHOUSE by Fiona Davis

THE DOLLHOUSE by Fiona Davis is a work of historical women’s fiction, in which the past and present are tied together by the iconic Barbizon Hotel and a handful of mysterious inhabitants that remained long after the hotel was converted into condos. Told from the perspectives of two women living in Manhattan during two different time periods,... Continue Reading →


Sarah Maine’s THE HOUSE BETWEEN THE TIDES is typical chick-lit. It's commercial women's fiction with a mysterious family saga at its core. The novel alternates between two generations of the same families—one in the 1890s the other in 2010. In the opening chapters, Harriet Deveraux travels to Bhalla Island to assess her inherited estate for renovation... Continue Reading →

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