Adult Fiction Books Reviews

Porch Lights Dorothea Benton Frank a TLC Tour

There is nothing I love more when on vacation is to indulge in a beach read.  The sun and sand are an intoxicating cocktail that rejuvenates me and helps me get through the year.  Reading Porch Lights by Dorothea Benton Frank is like being on vacation.


Imagine the South Carolina Lowcountry, a screened in porch, a salty breeze and glasses of sweet tea at the ready.  That’s the makings of this sweet read.  Never having been to any of the Carolinas, Dottie’s writings makes me yearn for a summer at The Salty Dog.  Not only is Annie the perfect hostess, I’m pretty sure I could get my fill of Edgar Allen Poe’s books read from the Poe library.  The characters in this tale are easy to get along with, especially since they spend most of their time eating, drinking cocktails on the porch, or admiring the ocean: the newly widowed Jackie, poor fatherless Charlie, the handsome doctor next door, the tireless neighbor friend Deb and Guster, the husband.

To be sure, I don’t quite know what to make of the relationship between Annie and Guster but aside from that weird bit, the story of healing, reconnection, and family made me want to sit on the porch with Jackie and Annie to share some of that love.  It didn’t hurt that we were having some unusually warm weather here in the Philadelphia area so that I had the windows open and experienced a warm breeze that I pretended was the ocean breeze; I was transported to Sullivans Island!

I’m not sure what the appeal of South Carolina Lowcountry is to literature, but this title and Conjure by Lea Nolan make me want to visit.  I enjoyed the easy to read book.  While I wish there were ethnically diverse characters in the book, it is a great beach read.

I look forward to reading The Last Original Wife when it debuts in June!

Three paws for Poe history!

Unconventional Librarian 3 paws


Blogging from A to Z Challenge Books Young Adult

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The blogging from A to Z Challenge is underway!  Yesterday I hit it hard with letter A and Aces Up by Lauren Barnholdt, a YA book about a teen who gets involved in a secret poker ring.

Today is the letter B and because I couldn’t choose just one, I chose just four books for you:

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Beach Blonds by Katherine Applegate (of recent The One and Only Ivan fame).  Heres what Goodreads says about it:

Summer Smith is in for the best summer of her life. Between the cold weather and her boyfriendless existence in Minnesota, Summer is ready for sun, sand, and boys in the Florida Keys. And by the end of the first day, she has more than enough to keep her busy: Adam, the senator’s son, has looks, power, and all the money in the world. Diver, the mystery man, is mellow, intriguing, and definitely unique. And Seth, the perfect guy…only he has a girlfriend. But with new friends, cute guys, and miles of hot white sand, Summer’s in for more trouble than she thinks….

I’m thinking this will be one of my beach reads this summer!

Burn for Burn by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian, besties whom I met last fall when they visited Towne Book Center & Cafe (my place of employment)!

Bitterblue by Kristen Cashore, part of the Graceling Realm; hot hot hot!!

and Beautiful Creatures, by Kami Garcia, part of the Beautiful Creatures series, and now a major motion picture.

Well, what do you think? Good reading there isn’t it?

C you next time; get it? C…. har har har (sorry I need more coffee)