Release Day Blitz: LEAVING LUCY PEAR by Anna Solomon

Two-time Pushcart Prize-winner Anna Solomon’s new novel, LEAVING LUCY PEAR, is officially out today!

It is a moving exploration of motherhood, friendship, and marriage, and a perfect beach book for readers who like their summer reading smart and nuanced!

Early reviews are unanimous in their enthusiastic praise, calling the novel “truly new and fresh” (Good Housekeeping), “beautifully told” (Minneapolis Star-Tribune), and “fully-fleshed, compassionate, and satisfying” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review). Novelists Sue Monk Kidd, Celeste Ng, J. Courtney Sullivan, and Paula McLain are also early fans.


In 1917, Beatrice Haven—the unwed teenage daughter of wealthy Jewish industrialists in Boston—sneaks out of her uncle’s house on Cape Ann in the middle of the night, abandons her newborn baby at the foot of a pear tree, and watches as another mother claims the baby as her own.

Ten years later, Prohibition is in full swing and Bea has again sought refuge from her troubles at her uncle’s house, but she discovers far more than she bargained for when the rum-running manager of the local quarry inadvertently reunites her with Emma Murphy, the headstrong Irish Catholic woman who has been raising Bea’s abandoned child—now a bright, bold, cross-dressing girl named Lucy Pear, with secrets of her own.

As spring turns into summer, Emma and Bea begin to build a strained, strange friendship, ultimately confronting decisions whose consequences will forever change their lives—and Lucy’s.

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Review: City of Dark Magic (City of Dark Magic #1) by Magnus Flyte

Sarah Weston has spent her life studying Beethoven. So naturally her dream job would be cataloging his manuscripts. Well that dream is about to come true.

She has just received word that her mentor and master’s supervisor committed suicide in Prague.

He was working at Prague Castle on some Beethoven manuscripts for the newly developed Lobkowicz Palace Museum.

The Lobkowicz family contacts Sarah to take up where her professor left off. A paid summer at Prague Castle handling Beethoven’s letters? SOLD!

Sarah departs for Prague immediately, and almost as soon as she lands, strange things start to happen. First she hears strange rumors about her mentor being addicted to drugs and acting erratically before he committed suicide….if he really committed suicide at all.

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Review: Covet by Tracey Garvis-Graves

What if the life you wanted, and the woman you fell in love with, belonged to someone else?

Claire Canton is your typical suburban housewife. Her and her husband Chris live in a nice house in a nice suburb with their two kids.

Claire is a freelance graphic designer and holds down the household while Chris is out bringing home the big pay check. Until he loses his job.

A year passes and before they know it, Claire and Chris’s marriage is in serious trouble. Chris continues to pull away from Claire while Claire becomes increasingly lonely.

One afternoon Claire gets pulled over by Officer Daniel Rush….who happens to be ridiculously good looking.

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Review: Marilyn’s Red Diary by E.Z. Friedel

Everyone knows that Marilyn Monroe is American’s sex icon.

The blonde bombshells life is well known to many: the drugs, the sex, the insecurities, the tragic death, the conspiracy, the scandals.

So what makes this novel different the every other Marilyn story out there you ask?

It’s her diary.

I won’t spend too much time with the background of this novel since Marilyn Monroe is such a well known figure. We meet the troubled woman while she is undergoing treatment from her psychiatrist Ralph Greenson.

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Special Feature: The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert BOOK TRAILER

On October 1st 2013, embark on a magical and enchanting journey around the world with NY Times bestselling author Elizabeth Gilbert!

Gilbert is the best selling author of Eat, Pray, Love and on October 1st, she will release her first novel in twelve years, The Signature of All Things.

Ironically, I would say the most commonly asked question from my reads is if I have read Eat, Pray, Love….I have to admit, I have not. I have seen the movie though which I am sure doesn’t come close to the book itself.

When a book starts receiving lots of hype I usually try and steer clear until the hype dies down. I don’t want the hype to influence my review, opinion, or expectations which is why I avoided Eat, Pray, Love initially, but with that said, now that I’ve started exploring Gilbert’s other works I will gladly pick up that book in the future!

I first learned about The Signature of All Things when Gilbert announced that her fans would be picking the cover of the novel. Since then I have been unable to get this upcoming novel out of my head.

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