Alice Hoffman’s new novel FAITHFUL begins in a very dark place. But by the end it’s lifted you up given you such heart. I keep thinking about it. So will you.
” For anyone who’s ever been a hurt teenager, for every mother of a daughter who has lost her way, FAITHFUL is a roadmap.”
Shelby Richardson has just been involved in a tragic accident. She’s sixteen. She was the one driving the car on a snowy, dark night on Long Island. She didn’t really want to go out that night but, her best friend did….Immediate devastation. Helene is in a coma. The outlook is not good. Shelby can not deal with it. She curls inside herself and tries to disappear. And she almost does. It gets worse and worse.
I can’t imagine dealing with anything like this. But Alice Hoffman has written a beautiful story of struggle after tragedy, and I have totally found myself rooting my head off for Shelby’s survival. After all, her friend has lost her future, but so might Shelby…
Shelby moves to NYC with her new boyfriend. She’s shaved her head and wears ragged old clothes. Ben and Shelby are a most unlikely couple. And Shelby is very good at using poor Ben who has fallen in love with her. Add Chinese food, dogs-both stolen and rescued, bookstores-especially The Strand, lost and found souls, and all the wrong men. Then toss in an angel. It’s a great story.
FAITHFUL is about much more than faith. Guilt runs highly throughout the entire novel. Family and friendship prevail in this profound and deeply moving story. The more I think about it, the more compelled I am to say I absolutely loved this book! Boom!
I have one finished hard copy of WINTER STORMS by Elin Hilderbrand for giveaway. Fans of Hilderbrand rejoice. Here’s your chance to win this beautiful new book by one of your favorite authors.
Just leave a comment telling me why you want to read WINTER STORMS. I will choose a winner on Monday, Dec. 5. Only U.S. addresses and no P.O boxes, please. Good luck!
A Gentleman In Moscow
This sophisticated novel from Amor Towles is perfect for the literary reader, man or woman, on your list. It’s my favorite book of the year!
COMMONWEALTH by Ann Patchett is my favorite of her novels so far. Wrap it up for everyone.
The Underground Railroad
THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD by Colson Whitehead, just won The National Book Award. It’s a must-read for all the readers on your list.
A Lowcountry Heart
A LOWCOUNTRY HEART by Pat Conroy is a tribute to Conroy’s writing life. It’s a must for Pat Conroy fans!
Last Days of Night
LAST DAYS OF NIGHT by Graham Moore is perfect for anyone intrigued by the ongoing feud between powerhouses Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse, along with Nikola Tesla. What a story! Especially great for the gentleman reader on your list, and a must-read for us here in S.W. Florida.
A Lowcountry Christmas
A LOWCOUNTRY CHRISTMAS by Mary Alice Monroe is the only Christmas book on my list. A heartwarming story about two boys and two dogs. I loved it!
The Magnolia Story
I just love Chip and Joanna Gaines’s show Fixer Upper. I bet you do too. Here’s their story. Charming. A great gift for anyone.
Cooking For Jeffrey
Thank God Ina Garten has a brand new cookbook out this year! This one is for all the cooks on your list. And I bet there are a lot of them. It’s a total winner.
Stay tuned. I just might add another book to this modest list. After all, you know I’m reading like a crazy woman day and night:)
This Was A Man
Finally, here it is; the final installment of The Clifton Chronicles. After deciding to add more books to this amazing series, it went from being five books to seven, each ending with an eye-opening cliff-hanger. After all, Archer is a master storyteller!!
THIS WAS A MAN begins with a shot being fired. Archer does like to get things started with a bang:) And we don’g know who pulled the trigger… A stellar beginning, for sure.
In this last installment we find out if Giles Barrington’s wife Karin actually was a spy. We see inside the realm of Margaret Thatcher as she takes office. And we get a lot more of the antics of Lady Virginia. What a piece of work she is. Sadly, a serious health issue shows up at the end of this novel.
Jeffrey Archer knows his way around The House of Lords. He spent twenty-two years in the House. He also served five years in Britain’s House of Commons. He was educated at Oxford University. You can see he is certainly no slouch. Very qualified to tell these stories. No wonder they ring with authenticity. They are.
So after spending seven years reading about this fabulously interesting family, and becoming very invested in them all, I can’t help but wonder what Archer will bring us next. It’s sure to be something fabulous. Of this I am certain!
Thank you St. Martin’s Press for this wonderful finished hardcopy. I loved it! As always, this arrived in exchange for an honest review.
The Magnolia Story
I became a huge fan of Chip and Joanna Gaines a couple of years ago when I started watching their wildly popular home show called “Fixer Upper.” It’s not even that we were looking to tear walls down in our home or, paint, or even get new appliances. It was just such an entertaining and fun show to watch. My husband quickly hopped aboard the Fixer Upper bandwagon too.
Waco, Texas. I wonder how many people have visited the once sleep town of Waco. Moreover, I wonder how many have actually relocated because of this show. I imagine we would all be shocked. Chip and Joanna are charismatic and smart. They are also hard working and down to earth. They are GOOD people, and in the crazy upside down world we live in these days, that’s HUGE.
You will love hearing about how Chip and Joanna met. And how they started out small and worked their way up. Work. That’s what they do. Hard.
I love the farm house. I love the Silos. Their kids are sweet and smart. What’s not to love? When they first began selling stuff on their website I was excited. However, that does seem to be a bit over- the- top for me. Plus, I don’t need Joanna’s purse. You know.
My daughter is also a fan. I am concerned as they continue to get more and more popular that their appeal may wane. My husband is already a bit over them. But we will watch this upcoming season and hope for more of the same. Call it entertainment. This book is a great gift for this holiday season.
A Lowcountry Heart
Pat Conroy, my all-time favorite author, wrote these essays before he died. Imagine how pleased I was to find that they would be published now on what would have been his seventieth birthday. I have been picking the little book up and putting it down, gently, for over a month now.
I am so grateful to have had the privilege of meeting Pat Conroy. It was a few years ago at the Miami Book Fair. My dear friend Danielle who loves him as much as I do went with me. We waited in a long line and sat in a packed hall. We laughed hard, then cried as Pat regaled us with hilarious stories of his family, and then agonizing stories of caring for his dying mother. It was a night I will always remember. Getting to meet him and have him sign my books afterward is the highlight of my reading and writing career!
What a perfect gift for those of you who love Pat as I do. A LOWCOUNTRY HEART belongs under each and every Pat Conroy lovers Christmas tree. We have this little gem at Copperfish and it’s marked 20% off. Come on in and treat yourself today.
Mimi For President Humane Party
You haven’t heard much from Mimi and Wyatt lately. There’s a reason for that. Enough has been going on about the candidates. We are all tired of hearing of the flaws of both candidates. So unAmerican if you ask the two candidates from the Humane Party:)
Wyatt For President
Mimi and Wyatt have decided the smart thing to do would be to run together. It’s the Humane Ticket. They promise nothing. They expect nothing. And they have no immediate plans for the future other than napping, eating their favorite foods, sunning on the lanai, and racing around the house chasing their tails. It is what it is.
But these two are nice to each other. They don’t complain. And they share:)
Mimi and Wyatt for President!! Go vote.