Nightjar by Paul Jameson

Wow. I picked this novel to read as part of #IndieApril, and I am so glad I did. I read “Nightjar” slowly because the writing was so lyrical, haunting, and atmospheric that I wanted to take my time and enjoy each page. I found myself stopping repeatedly as I read to reread particularly stunning passages.…

Empire's Daughter by Marian Thorpe

So let’s start with an admission on my part: I’ve never actually read a historical fantasy before. I love magical realism, but I find the world-building and all the rules in fantasies to be a little too confusing and tedious; I tend to like my fiction set closer to the real world. (To give you…

Coming About: Life In the Balance by Mario Dell'Olio

This is a memoir. It’s billed as A mid-life crisis, a sailing adventure, and a rescue at sea, Coming About tells a story of survival and inner-strength through a foundational loving relationship.  This was an #IndieApril read for me. Although this book didn’t quite grab me enough to earn five stars (if I could, I’d…

Big Mouth Blues by Danalynn Donovan

I read this book through Kindle Unlimited for #IndieApril. It’s the first book I have read by the author. From the first page, I found Kacy’s story gripping and thought-provoking. A very realistic, believable, and difficult story about child abuse handled with extreme sensitivity and tact. I would definitely read another novel by the author.…

Resilience in the Face of Multiple Sclerosis by Dr. Brandon Beaber M.D.

Over a million Americans live with MS—a debilitating and widely varying neurological disease which comes in many forms and progresses in different people at widely different rates. In this absorbing and truly exceptional book, Dr. Brandon Beaber, a neurologist who works with patients with MS, explores the concept of developing resilience and overcoming adversity using…

Surgeon in Blue: Jonathan Letterman by Scott McGaugh

This is a very difficult book to rate. On the one hand, it is extensively researched, to the point of almost repetition and dryness. On the other hand, this is a biography, and the author suffered extensively from the fact that his subject was a private man who apparently left no correspondence behind–nor, apparently, did…

Lifeline by Abbey Lee Nash

Ever read a novel where you reach the end of the story, and you’re sad because even though you know the characters aren’t real people, you can’t help but care about them, and you desperately want to *know* what comes next? Yeah. That was “Lifeline” for me. Lifeline is a serious YA novel about Eli,…