The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead @colsonwhitehead #fiction #historical fiction #literaryfiction #bookreviewer

Susanne’s Review: Utterly Gut-Wrenching! A fictitious novel about a real reformatory school in Florida that existed in the Jim Crow era, “The Nickel Boys” broke my heart.  I think perhaps it broke the heart of everyone who read this book before me and I will hazard a guess that it will break the hearts ofContinue reading “The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead @colsonwhitehead #fiction #historical fiction #literaryfiction #bookreviewer”

The Nature of Fragile Thing by Susan Meissner @SusanMeissner @BerkleyPub #librarybook #audiobook #historicalfiction #fiction #blogger #bookreviewer

Susanne’s Review: Completely Captivating! Sophie is an Irish Immigrant, who after arriving in New York, answers an ad for a mail-order bride.  Arriving in San Francisco shortly thereafter, she immediately marries Martin Hocking, though she does not know him.  He is looking for a mate and most importantly a father to his 5-year-old daughter Kat. Continue reading “The Nature of Fragile Thing by Susan Meissner @SusanMeissner @BerkleyPub #librarybook #audiobook #historicalfiction #fiction #blogger #bookreviewer”

The Drowning Kind by Jennifer McMahon @SimonAudio @netgalley #jennifermcmahon #fiction #paranormal

Susanne’s Review: Atmospheric, Eerie, and Dark. Bad decisions have unfortunate consequences for all in “The Drowning Kind” by Jennifer McMahon. The Present:  Jax and her sister Lex have a complicated relationship.  Close when they were young, they are now estranged.  Lex, you see, is manic-depressive and has wreaked havoc in Jax’s life.  One day, JaxContinue reading “The Drowning Kind by Jennifer McMahon @SimonAudio @netgalley #jennifermcmahon #fiction #paranormal”

The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah

Susanne’s Review: A Beautifully Written, Heartbreaking Novel! The year is 1921, the setting is Texas, during the Great Depression. Elsa is a young woman who has never known love. Ignored by her family, she yearns for a different life.  The first time a man pays attention to her, Elsa becomes wholly smitten.  That man isContinue reading “The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah”

When Stars Rain Down by Angela Jackson-Brown

Susanne’s Review: Beautiful. Emotional. Expressive. Heart-wrenching.  Opal Pruitt is Seventeen, soon to be Eighteen in the Summer of 1936. On the cusp of adulthood, Opal has never kept company or been the victim of violence, but she’s about to experience both.    Living in a neighborhood called “Colored Town” in Parsons, Georgia, racism, and segregation runContinue reading “When Stars Rain Down by Angela Jackson-Brown”

The Invisible Life of Addie Larue by V.E. Schwab

Susanne’s Review: Oh, Addie Larue, How I Adore You! Making a deal with the devil (aka “The Darkness”) seems impossible and yet that is exactly what Adeline Larue does.   The year is 1714.  The place is France.  From the moment the deal is struck, Adeline Larue’s life is changed forever.   For Addie. Never again, willContinue reading “The Invisible Life of Addie Larue by V.E. Schwab”