Pride, Prejudice, and Cheese Grits by Mary Jane Hathaway

Pride, Prejudice, and Cheese Grits is clearly based on Pride and Prejudice – many of the characters share similarities and there are Austen quotes at the opening of each chapter, but it’s a sweet romance in and of itself. It’s a very Southern story and although I’m not much of a …

Once Upon a Scandal by Julie LeMense

In a lot of ways, Once Upon a Scandal is a typical romance. She’s beautiful and spirited; he’s sexy with secrets. She, however, is dirt poor and shunned by (most) of her previous friends due to a her father’s scandal and death. He, while seemingly a rich playboy, is actually a …

Natchez Burning by Greg Iles

I really expected to like Natchez Burning. I’ve read Iles’ books before and found the gripping and thought-provoking. This one just didn’t work for me. The plot itself is good, I liked, or hated, the characters, and the setting was well-done. I enjoyed seeing the story from different characters points …

Elvis Sightings by Ricardo Sanchez

Sometimes I forget how fun books can be. If you read the blurb above, you know this mystery’s definitely quirky and pushing believability. But I loved it, pure and simple. The mystery itself is pretty good. The author plays fair enough with clues and motives. It’s the characters that are …

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo

Of course, I had heard about The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up before I picked it up. I knew she emphasized only keeping what brings you joy and that sounds simple enough, but there actually is more to the book than that. She gives you an order to de-clutter, starting …