Serafina and the Twisted Staff by Robert Beatty
July 12, 2016
I really enjoyed the first Serafina novel, Serafina and the Black Cloak – bursting with history (the Biltmore Estate!) a touch of paranormal, and a TON of charm – and now the sequel is out!
In Black Cloak Serafina discovered the truth about who she is: she’s the daughter of a shapeshifting mountain lion and now, just a few weeks later, this 12-year-old is thrown into yet another whirlwind adventure as she finds out more about where she came from.
The book trailer doesn’t really do much in the way of explaining what’s going on, though it does a magnificent job of evoking that Victorian, dripping-with-money feel!
Home Field by Hannah Gersen
July 26, 2016
Friday Night Lights meets My So-Called Life. I am SO there. A small, rural Maryland town won the state championship and the football coach is declared a town hero. Dean’s life couldn’t be better until his wife (his high school sweetheart) commits suicide and suddenly Dean’s world is thrown into a tailspin.
It’s not just Dean who’s hurting either. Dean and Nicole’s three children, 8-year-old Bry; 11-year-old Robbie; and 19-year-old, just-left-for-college Stephanie, are left to make sense of their new life without their mother.
I’m a big fan of family dramas and quiet character studies and it sounds like Home Field fits the bill perfectly.
With Love from the Inside by Angela Pisel
August 9, 2016
Grace is on death row for murdering her infant son and she knows the exact moment she’ll take her last breath. Out of appeals, and with her death looming ever closer, Grace wants to make amends and reconnect with the daughter she left behind. Sophie lives a picture perfect life. Her husband is a plastic surgeon, they live in a sprawling house, and their bank account is even bigger. What Sophie’s husband doesn’t know, however, is the truth about her childhood, the truth about what happened to her baby brother and the unforgivable things her mother did.
When Sophie returns to her hometown, Grace’s execution even nearer now, she uncovers startling new evidence that could potentially set her mother free…but completely destroy her marriage.
Again, I love a good family story and this one sounds absolutely heartbreaking and oh so GOOD.