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The pen is mightier than the sword…

It isn’t easy, but telling something as it is, telling the truth, always seems more beautiful and more poetic than anything else,” says Mr. Graydon — the English teacher in Sarah Crossan’s simultaneously sweet and heartbreaking Apple and Rain. At first, he’s the teacher no one wanted, a replacement, and suddenly he spends the year treating his students […]

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June 26, 2015 - 4:27 pm

Emma @ Miss Print - Great post–I love seeing people comparing books with similar themes. It was nice hearing a more nuanced run down of both of these titles too (especially Every Last Word where I’ve seen so many reviews that all of the praise is starting to blend together).

June 24, 2015 - 11:59 am

Alexa S. - I loved this post, E! I love coming across characters who write in YA – it’s always so fun because I can identify so much with writing as an outlet and creative expression. I loved Every Last Word, and now I’m curious about Apple & Rain!

Estelle: Signed Skye Harper by Carol Lynch Williams

Signed, Skye Harper by Carol Lynch Williams ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: May 13, 2014 Publisher: Paula Wiseman Books/Simon & Schuster Pages: 304 Target audience: Middle grade Keywords: 1970s, moms/daughters, road trip, young love, Southern setting Format read: ARC from Publisher via Edelweiss. (Thanks!) Summary: Winston and her grandmother head out on a secret […]

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June 17, 2014 - 9:26 pm

Alexa S. - Whenever you come out and write a book review like this one, I almost always instantly want to buy it. (I’m only resisting now because of a lack of funds at the moment!) But seriously, Signed Skye Harper sounds really great! I love that there’s a road trip, and a huge family aspect, and just a great story that captures that awkward age (that was definitely mine too)!

Estelle: Recipe for a Happy Life by Brenda Janowitz

Recipe for a Happy Life by Brenda Janowitz ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: July 2, 2013 Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin Pages: 336 Target audience: adult Keywords: summer in the Hamptons, mothers/daughters, moving forward Format read: ARC eBook provided by author. (Thank you!) Summary: After a mini-disaster, Hannah, a lawyer in NYC, escapes to […]

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May 16, 2014 - 9:00 am

#lonelyheartsclub by Brenda Janowitz: a review in tweets - […] Also check out: Recipe for a Happy Life by Brenda Janowitz […]

January 29, 2014 - 11:19 am

Leah - Oh, this sounds LOVELY!! This is going straight to my To Read list. I have to admit I’m a little disappointed food wasn’t involved though 🙂

January 28, 2014 - 3:38 pm

Meg - Sounds so good! I feel like I read a book by Janowitz many moons ago — the name rings a bell — but now I can’t remember. Off to investigate!

January 27, 2014 - 11:49 pm

Wendy @ Book Scents - Definitely adding this to read! It sounds really good! Never heard of it before but you make me want to read it! stupid book buying ban… will look for it on my next library trip!

January 27, 2014 - 7:48 pm

Alexa S. - You’ve seriously got to stop doing this to me, E. Every time you write about a book (especially adult fiction), you convince me that it warrants at least a try! (Obviously, this went straight onto my list of books to check out). But seriously, Recipe for a Happy Life sounds pretty darn good!

January 27, 2014 - 4:29 pm

alice-jane - This book sounds wonderful and offers a great escape from the freezing cold weather that I’m experiencing right now! (-21C). I’m happy that the unfortunate news in the book is balanced out since I’m wary of characters with a lot of unfortunate happenings. Also, it’s good to know that the things that happened in the book, despite how bad they may have seemed allowed Hannah to grow.

January 27, 2014 - 1:20 pm

Maggie @ Just a Couple More Pages - Ok, you sold me. I probably would never have picked this one up based on the cover, but it sounds really good!

January 27, 2014 - 12:21 pm

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - I love it when I discover a new author that I love. Also, I am a big fan of reading books out of season. If it’s freezing cold winter, I love books set during the hottest months of Summer. And if I’m sweating buckets, bring on the winter books.

January 27, 2014 - 9:40 am

Kimi @ Geeky Chiquitas - Oohhh I love summer books! This sounds like such a cute read, I’m glad you enjoyed it! Great review 🙂

-Kimi at Geeky Chiquitas

January 27, 2014 - 9:38 am

Jessica - Oooh- Putting this on my TO READ list!!!

Estelle: All Summer Long by Susan Mallery

All Summer Long by Susan Mallery ( website | tweet ) Part of the Fool’s Gold series. Publication Date: 7/31/2012 Publisher: Harlequin Pages: 384 Target audience: Adult Keywords: mother/daughter relationships, second chances,  stereotypes Format read: ARC from NetGalley. (Thanks!) Summary: Charlie is used to people misjudging her, but who would believe she would have this […]

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September 7, 2012 - 7:53 am

VeganYANerds - This sounds GOOD! I haven’t read anything by this author before but you had me from the beginning of this review. I like the focus on how we treat men and women, especially based on their careers. And I am so sad that the Kindle version is not avail. for Aus

September 5, 2012 - 1:17 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - I think I may have to start reading this series. Seriously.

September 5, 2012 - 12:44 pm

Estelle - Lisa, it’s the perfect time to grab a few for your eReader. The sales are awesome for both a Nook & a Kindle! I like how they are part of a series but so easily, standalone. 🙂 Thanks for commenting!!!! Let me know if you start one of these!

September 5, 2012 - 12:39 pm

Lisa - This is how I feel about the Sookie Stackhouse books – formulaic, fun, and jump right in for the sexytimes when you feel up for it. The characters are just hanging out and waiting for you. Whenever you get there.

This sounds like yet ANOTHER new series I need to start!

September 5, 2012 - 10:35 am

Tara - To be honest, you had me at “ex-butt model.” Count me in!

Estelle: Return to Willow Lake by Susan Wiggs

Return to Willow Lake by Susan Wiggs (Part of Lakeshore Chronicles series) Publication Date: August 28, 2012 Publisher: Harlequin Pages: 320 Target audience: Adult Keywords: romance, single parents, fathers/daughters, mothers/daughters Format read: ARC from NetGalley. (Thanks!) Summary: On the cusp of an exciting opportunity at her job and growing closer to her successful boyfriend, Sonnet finds […]

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May 20, 2013 - 9:02 am

Adult Fiction: The Apple Orchard by Susan Wiggs - […] Other books by Susan Wiggs featured on RBR: Return to Willow Lake […]

August 30, 2012 - 4:36 pm

StephTheBookworm - I’ve been meaning to read this series for awhile now. I’m really OCD about series though and I will have to start at the beginning even if it reads as a standalone too. Anyways, sounds like a pretty good one. 🙂

August 28, 2012 - 4:32 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - “what’s right for someone else might not necessarily be the right thing for you” –> This is my favorite line from your review, and will probably be the reason that I end up reading this book. I love how TRUE this happens to be.

August 28, 2012 - 11:28 am

Tara - Oh wow, book 9? This series must be really good if there are so many books. I love the name Sonnet and this story sounds like just the right mix of family drama, romance, and self-discovery. Sign me up 🙂

Estelle: Daughters for a Time by Jennifer Handford

Daughters for a Time by Jennifer Handford Publication Date: April 24, 2012 Publisher: Amazon Pages: 302 Target audience: Adult fiction Keywords: infertility, adoption, cancer, loss of parent, estranged parent, marriage Format read: ARC from Little Bird Publicity (Thanks!) Summary: This book details the emotional journey of Helen, a woman who after years of trying to […]

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September 20, 2012 - 2:40 pm

Factoring in the Price Tag: New Rating System (Rather Be Reading Blog) - […] Hearts Club by Elizabeth Eulberg ( Amazon | B&N ) Saving Ruth by Zoe Fishman ( Amazon ) Daughters for a Time by Jennifer Handford ( Amazon ) For Amazon Prime members, you can downlaud this for free! New […]

June 29, 2012 - 1:09 am

VeganYANerds - This really does sound heartbreaking, but I am a sucker for books like this and I really enjoyed your review, Estelle!

June 28, 2012 - 12:13 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - Oh E, this one sounds really, really, really good. I always have a space in my heart for novels that focus on difficult situations, that will really touch a reader’s heart. And I will definitely be checking this one out.

As always, I love when you write reviews for adult novels. I don’t have enough of those in my life!

June 27, 2012 - 10:49 am

Jessie Marie - I recently read a book very similar to this. The stories aren’t relatable but the major themes (nontraditional families, searching for one’s biological parents, etc.) and feelings they invoked are very familiar to me. I didn’t think another book like that existed but I’m glad to hear about Daughters for a Time, a book I’d not heard about till now.

I really loved this review. Definitely got across to me that I need to read it. I don’t think fiction gets any better than real, strong emotions that take over one’s heart and it sounds like Daughters for a Time does that exactly.

Yeah, we all go for the high intensity, fast paced YA dystopians. But sometimes an adult book with real life stories between the covers is just every bit as amazing, if not more so. Thanks for bringing this to attention. : )