–Read It!–

By Nicole McManus

Spring is in the air, new books are coming out, and there are book tours galore! These three authors have several events planned in our area, so make sure to check with your local bookstores and libraries to see when your favorite authors will be in town.

Feels Like Falling, by Kristy Woodson Harvey

In less than a year, Gray has lost her mother, sister, and husband… for various reasons. All she wants is a quiet summer with her best friend, but when she accidentally gets the new girl fired, her guilty conscience pushes her to invite the stranger home. Diana left her home and boyfriend behind to start a fresh life. She accepts Gray’s invitation for a place to stay, but she never expects to form a friendship with her. As they each try to put the pieces of the past behind them, they will realize dreams change but sisterhoods last forever.

Kristy Woodson Harvey is one of my favorite authors. I stumbled upon her book, Dear Carolina, several years ago, and I have been hooked ever since. In Feels Like Falling, she returns to writing a stand-alone story, perfect for a day at the beach.

Bells for Eli, by Susan Beckham Zurenda

Eli and his cousin have a picturesque childhood in a small town in South Carolina. However, one tragic day leaves Eli horribly disfigured. Despite his cousin’s best intentions, Eli is bullied every single day. Will Eli be able to focus on the positive or will the pain be too much?

I have worked with Susan Zurenda for several years, as she works with a publicity team for several of my favorite authors. This was my first time reading her work, however, and I really enjoyed it. I was transported back in time with this powerful coming of age novel. I think readers everywhere will be looking forward to reading more from her in the future.

Note: See Sasee’s interview with Susan in this issue

The Antidote for Everything, by Kimmery Martin

Georgia loves her job as a urologist in Charleston, South Carolina, and she loves her best friend, Jonah, a fellow doctor. However, while she is on vacation she learns about Jonah’s firing and the new rule denying treatment to transgender patients. Will Georgia find a way to show the world that everyone deserves access to healthcare? Or will she find herself in worse trouble?

This is the first time I have read anything by Kimmery Martin, but it most definitely won’t be the last. This poignant tale brings to light many issues in today’s society. The cover art is absolutely incredible. I am currently on the hunt for her previous novel, and I look forward to reading it soon. This is a definite must read and perfect for reading groups.

About this writer

  • Nicole McManus

    Nicole McManus loves to read, to the point that she is sure she was born with a book in her hands. She writes book reviews in the hopes of helping others find the magic found through reading. Contact her at ariesgrlreview.com.

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