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Blue Slipper Bay by Wendy K. Harris
Blue Slipper Bay by Wendy K. Harris
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
The second novel in Wendy K. Harris's series set at Blue Slipper Bay was as pleasantly warm as her first, The Sorrow of Sisters, which I reviewed here a few months ago. Having become acquainted with her style in the first book, I was very much looking forward to the publication of her second. And she most definitely doesn't disappoint.

Some of the characters I enjoyed so much from the first book are here again in this tale, and to that framework Harris weaves in the story of her main character in the second installment, Sophie, a woman still in mourning after the loss of her mother and her husband's adulterous betrayal. Sophie comes to the island looking for a place she can… Read more
The Crowded Bed by Mary Cavanagh
The Crowded Bed by Mary Cavanagh
The Crowded Bed surprised me. It wasn't that I hadn't expected it to be a great read, because I'd peeked at enough other reviews by people I respect to know this was very much worth the time.

What I didn't expect was how complexly woven the writing actually was. I'm not one to throw out a lot of comparisons between modern writers and standards in the western canon, because that one thing can make me very wary of reviewers, but there were times I was reading this novel I thought the prose was so inwardly complex I thought of Woolf's novels. I know, that's a pretty high claim, but if it hadn't happened I wouldn't be claiming it. There were times I got so caught up in the prose… Read more
Mississippi Sissy by Kevin Sessums
Mississippi Sissy by Kevin Sessums
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Kevin Sessums's memoir Mississippi Sissy was one of an armload of review books the Holtzbrinck group sent me recently. In that pile of general and genre fiction, this one leapt out at me immediately. Not only was it the only work of nonfiction in the box, but it's not everyday you see a title with Mississippi in the title, much less one with as engaging a word as "sissy" to go with it. It gets the attention, it really does.

Just a catchy title isn't enough, of course, if the book itself doesn't engage. In this case the style engaged me immediately, and the authentic Mississippi voice was one I could identify with, coming from that state myself.

Sessum's book tells the… Read more

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