Gretel on Her Own – Elna Holst

4.5⭐️ - Calling this novella a queer retelling of the Brothers Grimm fairytale Hansel and Gretel is both true and inaccurate. Elna Holst takes the fairytale, breaks it apart and puts it back on with her very own twists, turning it into a completely different yet still familiar story. Whatever happened to Gretel and her … Continue reading Gretel on Her Own – Elna Holst

Traveller: A Ríona Kilbride Novel – Caitríona Page

Ríona and her mother moved from Ireland to Nebraska after Ríona’s father was killed in a fire. All Ríona has left of him is his fiddle (not a violin). Now a music student a few weeks from graduating, Ríona has to reinvent her life without her mother and away from the farm she grew up … Continue reading Traveller: A Ríona Kilbride Novel – Caitríona Page

The Song of the Sea – Jenn Alexander

Some people are brave. And by people, I mean authors. Jenn Alexander in this case. Grief, especially the grief for a lost child, as the topic of a debut novel couldn’t be handled by just anyone. Alexander does it masterfully. Rachel Murray is a good mom but she can't see it. Her six-year-old son Declan … Continue reading The Song of the Sea – Jenn Alexander

Face the Wind (Little Sister Island #2) – Caren J. Werlinger

After years of underestimating Caren J. Werlinger’s books, I now know when I open one that it’s going to be wonderful. There will be romantic aspects but it won’t be a romance novel. It’s going to be beautifully written, probably bittersweet, full of love and the need to belong. Because that’s what life is about. … Continue reading Face the Wind (Little Sister Island #2) – Caren J. Werlinger

Turning for Home – Caren J. Werlinger

A book by Caren J. Werlinger is never just a book. You know, going in, that it will get into you, move you, change you. I wasn't in the right headspace to tackle it when this second edition was released in April, complete with a short story, Just a Normal Christmas, that was initially published … Continue reading Turning for Home – Caren J. Werlinger