The Island Sisters is Micki Berthelot Morency’s debut novel. Told from the perspective of four women from the islands of Haiti, St. Thomas, and Guam, it is a story of life-long friendship held together by an unbreakable bond. When the four women meet at college, they discover their shared pasts and form a friendship that sees them through difficult marriages, motherhood, and much more.
The Thread Collectors is a collaborative novel written by authors Shaunna Edwards and Alyson Richman. Loosely based on the authors’ family histories, the novel tells the story of two women working to support the Union effort during the Civil War. As the novel progresses, the women (a black woman in the South and a Jewish woman in the North) work to aid the Union effort through sewing and later discover how their stories are intertwined.
Once We Were Home is beautiful, moving story about the Jewish children who were displaced during the Holocaust and never returned to family, it is a little-explored area of WWII fiction.
Jennifer Rosner was kind enough to send us to a special falafel recipe that she loves. Since falafels have a tie-in to the novel (keep reading to find out more) and are a beloved Mediterranean dish, this was a perfect choice.
The Maid is Nita Prose’s debut novel. This cozy mystery set in a hotel is sure to appeal to fans of Agatha Christie.
Featuring a neurodivergent main character, the novel follows Molly, the hotel maid, as she’s suspected of murder and tries to clear her name. The entire hotel staff is full of friend and foe, and in a Clue-like mystery, Molly must determine where each person lies.
Sarton Award-Winning author Debra Thomas’ second novel, Josie and Vic is an examination of the sibling relationship after years and distance have caused separation.
When siblings Josie and Vic are forced back together after tragedy, the door for reconciliation begins to open. Forgiveness, and ultimately hope, slowly follow as the characters cope with their pasts and work to heal fractured relationships.
Code Name Edelweiss is Stephanie Landsem’s newest novel about the rise of Nazi influence in 1930s Hollywood and one man’s mission to curtail the efforts.
Stephanie Landsem was kind enough to share her grandmother’s recipe for Old Fashioned Prune Cake (or as Stephanie’s family calls it – German Brown Cake)! This cake is truly one of the best spice cakes I’ve ever baked.