Right now, I am reading two books that have me completely entranced. First is If the Creek Don’t Rise by Leah Weiss. This is a modern day, southern story, about a girl down on her luck and trying to find a safe place for herself and her unborn child. The second is, Underground Airlines by Ben H. Winters. This is a modern day story, with an alternative history twist. The Civil War hasn’t occurred and slavery is still in existence.
I am gearing up for the weekend. The two books that I will be reading are:
By Kristy Woodson Harvey
Ansley is the mother of three women, who lives alone in the quiet town of Peachtree Bluff. She runs a successful design shop named after her two youngest daughters. When her children converge on her home, they each bring along life’s trials and tribulations. However it is a shipwrecked boat that threatens to bring back a lost love and deep-rooted secrets. How will she keep her past from her girls, while maintaining her perfectly calm and peaceful life that she has finally achieved?
Each month, I will provide a list of new releases that you will definitely want to read.
(11th) The Night the Lights Went Out by Karen White – Southern Fiction
(25th) Slightly South of Simple by Kristy Woodson Harvey – Southern Fiction
The Second Mrs. Hockaday
By: Susan Rivers
Release Date: January 10, 2017
Placidia is a young teenager, living on her father’s farm, when she meets Major Gryffth Hockaday. The Major has been in several Civil War battles, but he needs a wife, to raise his child and look after the farm. Flash forward to his return home after two years, as he learns that his bride had been pregnant and buried the child. He charges her with infidelity and murder. Is Placidia guilty or are there things that happen on the home front, during war?
The Eyes Have It
By: Julie Allan
(A Lowcountry Home Novel #1)
Elizabeth “Lizzie” Long has recently been informed by her husband that he is moving on, and she also learned the news about her beloved Uncle’s passing. Lizzie packs up her dogs and moves back home to McClellanville, South Carolina, to soak up the healing vibes of the low country. With the help of her Aunt, and old friends, Lizzie realizes all that she has been missing in life and what she truly wants for her future. As Lizzie makes peace with her present, will she allow her past pain to control her chance at happiness?
A Lowcountry Christmas
By: Mary Alice Monroe
Book 5 in the Lowcountry Summer Series/Christmas Themed Book
Taylor McClellan is grateful for his wife, Harper, his home and his family. During this special Christmas, he reflects on his first Christmas at home, after being injured in Afghanistan. Five years ago, Taylor was released from the hospital, yet he knew his brain was still not well. His mother, Jenny, was thrilled to have her son home and wanted to have the best Christmas ever. Miller, Taylor’s younger brother, only wanted a puppy for Christmas. Life had changed drastically for each of the McClellan family members, but hopefully a Christmas miracle will bring them all together again.
Today’s author spotlight is about… Kristy Woodson Harvey. She is a must-read, Southern Literature author! I absolutely loved her debut novel, Dear Carolina and I enjoyed reading Lies and Other Acts of Love. Today’s thrilling news: Kristy Woodson Harvey has a new book coming out in April!!! To celebrate, she is hosting a huge giveaway!
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.
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.