Book Review: “If the Light Escapes” by Brenda Marie Smith

At the end of Brenda Marie Smith’s novel, If Darkness Takes Us, things were looking up for Bea Crenshaw—but only in the sense that life had nowhere to go but up. Well, that’s not completely accurate. Good things happened, but I can’t tell you what they are without spoiling the story. But Bea’s Austin, Texas … Continue reading Book Review: “If the Light Escapes” by Brenda Marie Smith

Book Review: “Winter Garden” by Kristin Hannah

Twelve-year-old Meredith Whitson and her sister, Nina don't know what they did to make their mother, Anya, hate them. Well, maybe hate is too strong a word, but Meredith and Nina believe she definitely doesn't love them. In fact, other than knowing their mother is Russian, everything about her is a mystery--the girls don't even … Continue reading Book Review: “Winter Garden” by Kristin Hannah

Book Review: “Before She Disappeared” by Lisa Gardner

Frankie Elkin is an alcoholic, and she's on a mission: She finds missing girls that everyone else has stopped looking for. Don't ask her why--it's a motive that isn't clear to even her. But she is driven. She started her quest long ago, leaving her home in California and her friend, Paul, the man who … Continue reading Book Review: “Before She Disappeared” by Lisa Gardner