‘The Forever Dog’ by Rodney Habib and Dr. Karen Shaw Becker is the complete handbook for how to help your dog live a longer & healthier Life

The Forever Dog by Rodney Habib and Dr. Karen Shaw Becker The full title of this very weighty tome by Rodney Habib and Dr. Karen Shaw Becker is "The Forever Dog: Surprising New Science to Help Your Canine Companion Live Younger, Healthier & Longer." It's a mouthful, and this book is not a one-night read. … Continue reading ‘The Forever Dog’ by Rodney Habib and Dr. Karen Shaw Becker is the complete handbook for how to help your dog live a longer & healthier Life

‘The Ballad of Laurel Springs’ by Janet Beard is historical fiction about the songs that might just define us

The Ballad of Laurel Springs by Janet Beard "The Ballad of Laurel Springs" by Janet Beard is historical fiction that begins in the present and gives us context for the ballads that are repeated through each woman's tale -- for this is a story that runs for over century, told about and by women all … Continue reading ‘The Ballad of Laurel Springs’ by Janet Beard is historical fiction about the songs that might just define us

‘It’s a Wonderful Woof’ by Spencer Quinn is another thrilling Chet and Bernie mystery with lots of holiday charm

It's a Wonderful Woof by Spencer Quinn Chet and Bernie (in that order; Chet the dog always comes first!) have appeared in eleven mysteries before this one, and their fans adore them, especially Chet, the intrepid almost K-9 who can smell fear, grab a gun, dig out important clues, and accidentally uncover evidence. Of course, … Continue reading ‘It’s a Wonderful Woof’ by Spencer Quinn is another thrilling Chet and Bernie mystery with lots of holiday charm

‘Drown Her Sorrows’ by Melinda Leigh is the third mystery in her Bree Taggert series

Drown Her Sorrows by Melinda Leigh I've really enjoyed books about women sheriffs, and Melinda Leigh's Bree Taggert series fits the bill nicely. The third book in the series, "Drown Her Sorrows," can be read as a stand alone book, but the whole series is so good, why not start with the first one, "Cross … Continue reading ‘Drown Her Sorrows’ by Melinda Leigh is the third mystery in her Bree Taggert series

‘The Matzah Ball’ by Jean Meltzer is a perfect holiday almost-fairy tale romance

The Matzah Ball by Jean Meltzer Matzah balls are soft and filling and satisfying in warm soup. However, "The Matzah Ball" by Jean Meltzer might better be compared to the rugalach that her characters love to nosh on, sweet and sometimes nutty, but made with love (and honesty) and with a texture that melts in … Continue reading ‘The Matzah Ball’ by Jean Meltzer is a perfect holiday almost-fairy tale romance

‘See Her Die’ by Melinda Leigh is the second in the Bree Taggert series

See Her Die by Melinda Leigh "See Her Die" is the second book in Melinda Leigh's Bree Taggert series that started with "Cross Her Heart." I had not read any of Leigh's previous mysteries (which I plan to rectify), but I knew from the first page of the first book in this series that I … Continue reading ‘See Her Die’ by Melinda Leigh is the second in the Bree Taggert series

‘Funny Farm: My Unexpected Life with 600 Rescue Animals’ by Laurie Zaleski is touching, charming, and humorous

Funny Farm by Laurie Zaleski "Funny Farm: My Unexpected Life with 600 Rescue Animals" by Laurie Zaleski is not what I was expecting at all. We know from the first page, the Prologue, that it's about how Zaleski rescues animals, but what is unexpected is that more than half the book is about her childhood, … Continue reading ‘Funny Farm: My Unexpected Life with 600 Rescue Animals’ by Laurie Zaleski is touching, charming, and humorous

‘What About Will’ by Ellen Hopkins is a middle grade novel about love and family and addiction

What About Will by Ellen Hopkins Ellen Hopkins knows a lot about addiction. Many of her young adult novels are about that very subject, and addiction's deleterious effect on families is something she knows all too well. In "What About Will," Hopkins writes about a younger brother who had a lovely family until he didn't. … Continue reading ‘What About Will’ by Ellen Hopkins is a middle grade novel about love and family and addiction

“The Madness of Crowds”: A Brilliant Mystery

The Madness of Crowds by Louise Penny Louise Penny, author of "The Madness of Crowds," is a literary artist. This latest work, a worthy addition to her "Inspector Gamache" series, exhibits all the brilliance that characterizes her every mystery novel. It's exceedingly thoughtful, potentially controversial, and incredibly reflective of the contemporary issues which most of … Continue reading “The Madness of Crowds”: A Brilliant Mystery

‘Greek Mythology: The Gods, Goddesses, and Heroes Handbook (From APHRODITE to ZEUS, a Profile of Who’s Who in Greek Mythology)

Greek Mythology by Liv Albert With this compendium of Greek myths, "Greek Mythology: The Gods, Goddesses, and Heroes Handbook (From APHRODITE to ZEUS, a Profile of Who's Who in Greek Mythology)" Liv Albert presents an engaging and comprehensive book that provides information about both the well-known and some lesser-known Greek Gods and demigods and even … Continue reading ‘Greek Mythology: The Gods, Goddesses, and Heroes Handbook (From APHRODITE to ZEUS, a Profile of Who’s Who in Greek Mythology)

‘Bluebird’ by Sharon Cameron is a stunning work of fiction based on real events that are shocking

Bluebird by Sharon Cameron Sharon Cameron demonstrated her ability to write engrossing historical fiction based on real events in her masterful book, "The Light in Hidden Places." In some ways, "Bluebird," based on real, shocking events, is the antithesis of that story. As a contrast to the first story that focuses on heroes that appeared … Continue reading ‘Bluebird’ by Sharon Cameron is a stunning work of fiction based on real events that are shocking

‘An Observant Wife’ by Naomi Ragen gives readers an inside look at the Ultra-orthodox Jews in Boro Park, Brooklyn

An Observant Wife by Naomi Ragen No one writes about observant Jews as well as Naomi Ragen, and her new novel, "An Observant Wife," follows Leah Howard and Yaakov Lehman, a story that Ragen began in "An Unorthodox Match." This sequel, which works as a stand alone book, begins with their Orthodox Jewish wedding, where … Continue reading ‘An Observant Wife’ by Naomi Ragen gives readers an inside look at the Ultra-orthodox Jews in Boro Park, Brooklyn