The Republic of Love by Carol Shields

“But Fay’s noticed something she’s never noticed before. That love is not, anywhere, taken seriously. It’s not respected. It’s the one thing in the world everyone wants — she’s convinced of that — but for some reason people are obliged to pretend that love is trifling and foolish.” I’ve noticed that too. And I’m guiltyContinue reading “The Republic of Love by Carol Shields”

Breathe by Kristen Ashley

So. Where to begin…? As the least romantic person I know, I stepped outside of my comfort zone this weekend. I read a romance novel. Yes, you read that right. And not just any romance novel, a romance novel featuring a debauched cop and a virginal librarian… (Beat that, I dare you.) And you knowContinue reading “Breathe by Kristen Ashley”

Mixtape | Walking Disaster

I’m not romantic, I’m realistic. Love does not conquer all (a lot, yes, but not all) and it cannot fix anyone. That’s not to say I don’t appreciate a love story – not to be confused with the dreadful Love Story by Erich Segal, which perpetuates one of the biggest lies in literature and inContinue reading “Mixtape | Walking Disaster”

Top Ten Tuesday: Literary couples that would survive the real world

“Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created here at The Broke and the Bookish. This feature was created because we are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and the Bookish. We’d love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!” This week’sContinue reading “Top Ten Tuesday: Literary couples that would survive the real world”

Dream Lake by Lisa Kleypas

In the third entry into the Friday Harbor series, we are introduced to Zoe Hoffman, an almost comically beautiful, divinely talented chef for a local bed and breakfast. After having her heart broken from a surprise ending to her first marriage, Zoe is ready to give up on love. Alex Nolan, who’s never believed inContinue reading “Dream Lake by Lisa Kleypas”

Rainshadow Road by Lisa Kleypas

Lucy is a sweet, successful glass artist living with her seemingly wonderful boyfriend in Friday Harbor (in the San Juan Islands –  this book will seriously make you want to visit). She has grown up in the shadow of her once sick, now healthy sister Alice. Alice has never been afraid to take anything sheContinue reading “Rainshadow Road by Lisa Kleypas”

This Bright River by Patrick Sommerville

Ben Hanson grew up as a privileged pothead with not particular direction. Lauren, labeled early on as a genius, always knew she would be a medical doctor. Life takes the two St. Helen’s, Wisconsin residents on separate paths. Ben makes a series of unintelligent choices, leading to a stint in a minimum security prison. LaurenContinue reading “This Bright River by Patrick Sommerville”

Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman: review and recipe

Sally and Gillian Owens are orphaned at a very young age. Knowing that someone had to be responsible, 4 year old Sally takes fate into her own hands and calls her Aunts and asks to be taken in. Somewhat reluctantly they agree, and so begins the story of Sally and Gillian. In their new town,Continue reading “Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman: review and recipe”

Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness

Shadow of Night, follow up to the brilliant and successful A Discovery of Witches, will assure readers that Deborah Harkness had no difficulties with her second outing as a novelist. In fact, I think most people will love Shadow of Night as much, if not more (as in my case), than the first in theContinue reading “Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness”