Thursday, January 3, 2019

How Well Do You Know Your Sister with Joshilyn Jackson?

Almost Sisters is the most recent novel by Joshilyn Jackson.  She is a local author in the Atlanta area.  I often go and visit the local authors.  I saw Joshilyn Jackson with Patti Callahan Henry at a local library.  She discussed her work with prisoners in one of the local prisons where she teaches creative writing. 

“Superheroes have always been Leia Birch Briggs’ weakness. One tequila-soaked night at a comics convention, the usually level-headed graphic novelist is swept off her barstool by a handsome and anonymous Batman.
It turns out the caped crusader has left her with more than just a nice, fuzzy memory. She’s having a baby boy—an unexpected but not unhappy development in the thirty-eight year-old’s life. But before Leia can break the news of her impending single-motherhood (including the fact that her baby is biracial) to her conventional, Southern family, her step-sister Rachel’s marriage implodes. Worse, she learns her beloved ninety-year-old grandmother, Birchie, is losing her mind, and she’s been hiding her dementia with the help of Wattie, her best friend since girlhood.
Leia returns to Alabama to put her grandmother’s affairs in order, clean out the big Victorian that has been in the Birch family for generations, and tell her family that she’s pregnant. Yet just when Leia thinks she’s got it all under control, she learns that illness is not the only thing Birchie’s been hiding. Tucked in the attic is a dangerous secret with roots that reach all the way back to the Civil War. Its exposure threatens the family’s freedom and future, and it will change everything about how Leia sees herself and her sister, her son and his missing father, and the world she thinks she knows.” (Amazon)

My Thoughts:

Unfortunately, I cannot say this is my favorite Joshilyn Jackson novel.  The Dragon Con aspects of the novel did not really appeal to me.  I loved the mystery that is discovered when Leia finds out that her grandma stole her car to hide a decades old family secret.  I felt that this family secret which is a mystery that carried the novel. It was worth finishing the book to find out how it would end.  Ms. Jackson is a talented writer and I look forward to her next novel. 

You can order a copy of Almost Sisters here.



Tuesday, January 1, 2019

What Is the Next Chapter for Ten Beach Road Ladies?

I hope that everyone had an enjoyable Christmas holiday!  Today we are once again turning to the beach.  It is time to get your tool belt out and help the ladies of Ten Beach road renovate another house.  This time the location is South Beach, Florida in Wendy Wax’s Ocean Beach.  Anyone say road trip?

“When unlikely friends Madeline, Avery, and Nicole arrive in Miami’s South Beach neighborhood, they’re hoping for a do-over. Literally. They’ve been hired to bring a historic house back to its former glory on a new television show called Do Over. If they can just get this show off the ground, Nikki could fix her finances, Avery could restart her career, and Maddie would have a shot at keeping her family together.
The women quickly realize that having their work broadcast is one thing, but having their personal lives play out on TV is another. Soon they’re struggling to hold themselves, and the project, together. With a decades-old mystery—and hurricane season—looming, the women are forced to figure out just how they’ll weather life’s storms...” (Amazon)

My Thoughts: 

I enjoyed this novel.  I am reviewing Ocean Beach as a stand alone novel.  I always enjoy visiting the ladies of Ten Beach Road should you continue to follow their journey.   Ocean Beach is the second novel in the series.  It has a great setting that includes South Beach.  There is significant growth in each of the characters at the end of the novel. I was glad to see Avery have a chance to grow up a little and appreciate her mother.   I enjoyed reading about how the ladies out witted the cameras for the reality television show.   A truly fun read!

You can preorder Wendy’s next novel My Ex-Best Friend's Wedding.