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SIBA Pat Conroy Book Award

Hi Everyone,

This year, I had the pleasure of voting in SIBA’s Pat Conroy Book Awards. I was assigned the Great Santini Prize and there were four books nominated in this category.

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My Sister’s Books Review #85

The Memory House
(Honey Ridge #1)
By: Linda Goodnight

 

Julia Presley’s heart is numb from the still unsolved disappearance of her son and the demise of her marriage. It doesn’t help that her family refuses to talk about the boy, who was ripped from her life. Julia decides to open a Bed and Breakfast in a charming, antebellum house in Honey Ridge, Tennessee. As she goes through the motions of each day, keeping her hands and mind busy, she can appear to be moving forward to the outside world.  Eli Donovan has just learned he has a son and when his car breaks down in this new town, he stops by the Peach Orchard Inn desperate for work. Julia must decide whether she is willing to risk her heart in the company of this duo, in order to get the extra renovations completed and maybe discover some answers about this house’s mysterious history.

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Sasee July 2016 Review

Lies and Other Acts of Love

By Kristy Woodson Harvey

 

Lovey is entering a new phase, having raised five very different women with her soulmate; she is now faced with the possibility of life without him. Her once grandiose life has now become a whirlwind of nurses, caregiving and latent fear. Lovey’s darling granddaughter was once the pride and joy of the family, always doing what she was supposed to do. However last year, just days before her idyllic wedding, she called it off and married a traveling musician. Now, as everyone’s routine is getting back to normal, Annabelle’s life is thrown upside down. As she tries to piece together the truth, she learns that her family has been hiding their own secrets. Will Lovey and Annabelle be able to sort out their lives and keep the peace or will their family be forever dissolved?

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My Sister’s Books Review #77

Home is Where My People Are

By: Sophie Hudson

 

The old saying states that the American Dream is a two story house with a nice, flat yard and a white picket fence. But what truly makes a house a home? Is it the building or is it the people? Do you have different homes throughout life, or is it just one single place that your soul belongs? These are just a few of the things that Sophie Hudson explores in her latest memoir Home is Where My People Are.

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My Sister’s Books Review #76

Dear Carolina

By: Kristy Woodson Harvey

 

Khaki Mason is an interior designer, who loves her husband and her son, but she desires to expand her family. Dealing with a newly diagnosed health issue, she sees numerous doctors to help her get pregnant. Jodi is her husband’s young cousin who has struggled with alcoholism. When Jodi finds out she is pregnant, Khaki does her best to help Jodi find her way as a new single mom. Despite how much Jodi loves her daughter Carolina, she knows Khaki would be a better mother and therefore she decides to ask Khaki to raise her baby. This is the story of these two Southern mothers, told through their letters to baby Carolina.

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Sasee Review

A Lowcountry Wedding
(Lowcountry Summer #4)By: Mary Alice Monroe

 

A few seasons have passed and Harper has settled in as the new owner of Sea Breeze. However, with Carson due to return to the family home, her anxieties are high. Meanwhile, Dora is figuring out who she is, while dealing with the stress of being a single mother. Everyone is looking forward to reuniting with the wandering middle sister, especially since the family has two weddings to plan.  Unfortunately, when a stranger with a secret is thrown into the mix, chaos and emotions erupt. Will Mamaw be able to comfort and reconnect her Summer Girls, or will their bond be forever broken?

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The Summer Girls

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By: Mary Alice Monroe

Lowcountry Summer #1

 

Three sisters at various stages of life, separated by time and distance, are summoned to their Grandmother’s home to celebrate her birthday. Little do they know, Mamaw has plans to make sure they spend the entire summer with her in their family home, before she places it on the market. Carson Muir has spent her entire life bouncing from one place to the other, and the only place she has ever felt safe is Sea Breeze. Currently without a job and feeling lost, she jumps at the chance to spend time with Mamaw and reconnect with the Atlantic Ocean.

The beautiful setting of Sullivan’s Island provides the backdrop of this series. Told from the points-of-view from each of these four strong women, the story ebbs and flows like the tide. Nature is a powerful healing agent for the soul, but in return humans must respect the rules to protect the wild. This book focuses on accepting the past, accepting and providing forgiveness and learning when to ask for help. Fans of Mary Alice Monroe will be delighted to see old friends from her previous series. Readers will learn about the dangers humans impose on wildlife and will have a desire to reach out and help raise awareness about dolphin advocacy. The Summer Girls is a powerful and poignant start to a promising series.

 

Enjoy!
~Ariesgrl

Notes:
The author provided a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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Sasee Review

Waterline

By: Elizabeth Robertson Huntsinger

Virginia Ross’ life has been turned upside down. Now living on her beloved Chaucer, she is determined to document all of her husband’s assets in order to have a fair divorce settlement. (It is the least she deserves after discovering his affair.) However, when she returns home to her boat she is greeted by the shocking news of her soon-to-be-ex’s death. Now under suspicion as a person of interest, Virginia must learn to balance out her new life with the help of her old friends. Along the way, she stumbles across some horrifying details that may connect her husband’s case to some unsolved mysteries. As she tries to make sense of everything, Virginia’s own life becomes hazardous and she must put her own safety, first.

Waterline gives readers of every genre something to appreciate. There’s the suspense with the murder plot, there’s the details of boat life, some romance, and even a feisty, adorable cat. Huntsinger weaves multiple incidents and storylines into one fascinating page turner. Readers who enjoy suspense stories, with a hint of romance will enjoy this book. The story seamlessly envelops the beautiful South Carolina coast and the rich history of its culture, in a contemporary mystery.  Right from the start with the unique quotes that foreshadow Virginia’s twisted life, this book flows quickly. Readers will be swept up in the author’s passion about boats, South Carolina and historical reenactments.

 

Enjoy!
~Ariesgrl

 

Notes:

This review was written for Sasee Magazine. To learn more about them, please visit their website.

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My Sister’s Books Review #63

Life is Short, So Read this Fast!

By: Ann Ipock

Life is Short, So Read this Fast! is the second of three books written by Ann Ipock. They are a collection of her newspaper articles and other writings. This particular title covers topics from fun women groups, bare necessities and family memories to the battle of the sexes that occur during every daily routine item. Also included are chapters dedicated to food, shopping and growing pains that females experience.

Ann Ipock has written the ideal book for the busy woman. The short chapters are perfect for squeezing in reading during even the most hectic of schedules. Chocked full of Southern flair and quick wit, readers will be kept on their toes as they are taken on a ride through life. Despite the fact that most chapters are humorous, the writer shows a deeper side by sharing her emotions and fears, as well. Overall, this book is a fast, fun read and one that people will savor and cherish for a long time.

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This review was written for Sasee Magazine and My Sister’s Books. To learn more about the Magazine and the Bookstore, please visit their websites by clicking on their names.

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My Sister’s Books #41

The year 1887, was special for Haw County, it was the year that the town got their first railroad, but for the Hartsoe family, it was the year their daughter, Mary Bet was born. Mary Bet suffered the loss of most her family member by the time she was fifteen and as she grows into a young woman she is faced with even more difficulties and must find a way to survive the worst.

Even though the book starts out with a family tree that warns readers of just how many lives are lost in the Hartsoe family, the emotional journey will be exhausting at times. The first half of the book is full of pain, grief and heartache, while the second half is focused on survival and perseverance. Thompson does a remarkable job of writing a poetic prose that will immediately whisk readers back in time. The rich metaphors bring the setting of Haw County alive, while Mary Bet’s strength will leave readers in awe. The narration was a bit strange at times, almost as though it is an outsider looking in and there is more to the story that is being glossed over. But overall, this is a must read for Southern Gothic Literature fans.

 

Notes:

This review was written for the My Sister’s Books bookstore. To learn more about this bookstore, please visit their website.

Similar Authors:

Amy Gail Hawkins, Elaine Hussey

 

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