Editors' Picks

See the reviews our editors have chosen this month:

Lost on Hope Island   

 Lost on Hope Island

Patricia Harman has aptly titled this children's book, Lost on Hope Island: The Amazing Tale of the Little Goat Midwives, for it is truly an amazing story! It is a book you can read to children and enjoy, or it would be good for the independent pre-teen to teen readers in the house. more...
The Irresistible Introvert   

 The Irresistible Introvert

I'm finding the word "irresistible" a tricky word to spell. Being an "irresistible introvert" though is much easier and even more enjoyable since reading Michaela Chung's book. Everything about being an introvert is affirmed and applauded. more...
True Stories at the Smoky View   

 True Stories at the Smoky View

You've got to love a novel whose protagonist is an emotionally adrift art librarian turned kidnapper and detective. Stir together a literary mystery with a compelling setting, a liberal dash of humor, and a touching relationship and you get Jill McCroskey Coupe's debut novel, True Stories at the Smoky View. more...
The Truth about Truman School   

 The Truth about Truman School

Zebby, an eighth grader and editor-in-chief of the Truman Bugle at Truman Middle School, is not happy about freedom of the press restrictions. So she relinquishes her duties. Instead, she and Amr, two of the school's least popular students, create a secret website and invite students at Truman to write. The site is titled, "The Truth about Truman School." more...
Basque Moon   

 Basque Moon

Idaho author Julie Weston is back with another gripping page-turner in Basque Moon, her second Nellie Burns and Moonshine mystery. As with her first, the widely-praised Moonshadows, Basque Moon features a strong female character who may be naive about sticking her nose into places it doesn't belong, but is fearless (if stubborn); plus a challenging and realistic puzzle that sends the heroine on a transformative journey, a story that tackles difficult issues, and a setting so vivid it becomes a character. more...
Lost on Hope Island
The Irresistible Introvert
True Stories at the Smoky View
The Truth about Truman School
Basque Moon

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Review of the Month


In the Context of Love by Linda K. Sienkiewicz

Linda K. Sienkiewicz's debut novel, In the Context of Love, is a spell-bounding, layered story of a family's secrets from and assumptions about each other. Chapter One starts with the protagonist, Angelica, driving her two children, ten-year-old Michelle, and eight-year-old Jude, to the state penitentiary to visit their father. Social Services advised her it was important for them to see their dad. Angelica wants their children to be aware of the consequences one has to pay for breaking the law. Inside she is fuming at herself for her life being what it is while at the same time blaming him for his reckless regard for law and order. more...

Ann McCauley    Reviewed by Ann McCauley
Ann McCauley (the penname of Cheryl Bazzoui) is the author of two novels: Runaway Grandma (2007) and Mother Love (2012). She is a contributor to the anthologies Women Writing on Family: Tips on Writing, Teaching and Publishing (2012) and Women Writing After Retirement (2014). Ann also reviews books for WPSU, her local NPR radio station and StoryCircleBookReviews.org. Her work has been published in magazines, writing journals and newspapers. She is an RN, with degrees in Nursing, Psychology, and earned her master's in Creative Writing in 2014 from Wilkes University.
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