Books We Can’t Wait to Share



Review by Tara

The Other Side is Trice Hickman’s first book after a long hiatus. And it is spectacular! Booklist wrote: “Fans of Mary Kay Andrews and Mary Monroe may enjoy this excellent, dramatic story, featuring three smart women… With an ending that will leave readers wondering what happens next, Hickman’s romance offers plenty of satisfying emotions and surprises.”

I felt that this review hit the nail right on the head. The Other Side is full of emotion, wisdom and it is just plain fun to read. I totally identified with the heroines that Trice created, and went right with them on their roller-coaster ride of romance and life. All three women are different ages, but their characterization and their struggles ring so true for women of any age. I loved the book from the beginning pages, with the description of Bernadette and her mother picking out wedding dresses, right to the end as Arizona finally makes her decision on what to do about her love for Chris. Don’t miss it!


Review by Michaela

October is the month for good spooky fun. What could be better suited to the season than a delightful cozy mystery set on a resort island known for its fudge shops, Victorian hotels, horse-drawn carriages – and murders?

FUDGE BITES is the seventh full-length book in Nancy Coco’s popular Candy-Coated mystery series, featuring yummy recipes as well as plenty of murder and mayhem.  Mackinac Island has been looking forward to its annual Zombie Walk, complete with costumes, treats, and a parade. But there’s something new this year . . . one of the zombies turns out to be an actual corpse! It’s up to hotel owner/fudge maker Allie McMurphy to solve the case – with help from her perky pup and cuddly kitty, of course! I dare you to resist trying one or more of these tempting recipes:

Decadent Dark Chocolate, Cinnamon Chip, Flourless Brownies | Dark Chocolate Cinnamon Fudge | Apple Cinnamon | White Chocolate Fudge | Pumpkin Spice Fudge | Butterscotch fudge | Candy Corn Fudge | Chocolate-coated Truffles 

Happy haunting!



Review by Alex

As a self-proclaimed, obsessed, “Hamil-fan”, I’ve spent the last four years devouring documentaries and books on the Founding Fathers. The more I learned, the more I wondered about the role females played in the birth of our country.  So many women have been lost-in, and silenced-by, history. That’s where Susan Holloway Scott comes in.

A gorgeous blend of thoroughly researched fact and fiction, THE SECRET WIFE OF AARON BURR tells the story of Mary Emmons, an enslaved woman and her complicated relationship with infamous Revolutionary War hero, lawyer, and Vice President, Aaron Burr, best known for killing Alexander Hamilton one fateful day in 1804.

Strong, smart, and resourceful, Mary Emmons does what she can to survive in an oppressive world, quickly gaining the trust of her new “mistress” Theodosia Prevost. The bond between these women provides Mary with some comfort and companionship, but more importantly, ensures that Mary will continue to serve Theodosia instead of being sold to new “masters” when Theodosia weds Aaron Burr.

Burr is instantly drawn to Mary. Though the relationship between the two is complicated to say the least, Holloway has a gift for expertly depicting the dynamics of all three main characters, leaving the reader with a better understanding of how the relationships could exist in the first place. As Theodosia’s health fails, Burr and Emmons grow closer, eventually marrying in secret and having two children, who go on to have their own impact on American History.

We may never know more about the real Mary Emmons but The Secret Wife of Aaron Burr gives a voice to Mary and women like her. It’s a must-read for fans of the genre and lovers of all things Hamilton.

Speaking of which, be sure to check out I, Eliza Hamilton, Holloway’s take on the lives of Elizabeth Schuyler and Alexander Hamilton while you’re at it. Do not throw away your shot!