The Christmas Spirits On Tradd Street By Karen White

by Chika Gujarathi   I live in one of Raleigh’s historic neighborhoods where the thrill of the holidays is hard to escape around this time of the year. So it felt like a happy coincidence when I picked up Karen White’s newest novel, Christmas Spirits on Tradd Street, which is not only set in a … Continue reading The Christmas Spirits On Tradd Street By Karen White

Because You’re Mine by Rea Frey

by Angela Zontek   Rea Frey’s latest novel hits the ground running so fast, it almost launched out of my hands. The first page doesn’t just hook you, it reaches out, grabs you by the collar, and pulls you into a desperate woman’s trek up a perilous mountainside in the dark. Because You're Mine made my … Continue reading Because You’re Mine by Rea Frey

The Book Charmer by Karen Hawkins

by Angela Zontek   Every book lover longs for their perfect marriage of themes. My personal favorite is a tightly woven mix of southern women and magic—that mystical, enchanted kind of magic. Karen Hawkins’ new novel brings all the drama of small-town southern women together with the glittering gift of magic to craft a beautiful … Continue reading The Book Charmer by Karen Hawkins

We’re Reading Stars of Alabama by Sean Dietrich

by Angela Garrison Zontek If you aren’t familiar with Sean of the South, then you’re not living your best life. Sean Dietrich’s take on the American South is warm, tender, and above all other things – hilarious. His latest novel, Stars of Alabama, does not disappoint. It’s the kind of book where you build relationships … Continue reading We’re Reading Stars of Alabama by Sean Dietrich

We’re Reading Shining: Ole Smoky Moonshine Family Cookbook by Jessi Baker

by Chika Gujarathi Jessi Baker’s Shining isn’t just an amalgamation of spot-on recipes, but also a delicious lesson in Appalachian history and what can happen when one follows their heart’s calling. Inspired by the history of making moonshine, Shining links the roots of early Scottish and Irish settlers in the mountains of Appalachia, distilling spirits … Continue reading We’re Reading Shining: Ole Smoky Moonshine Family Cookbook by Jessi Baker

We’re Reading Midnight At The Blackbird Cafe by Heather Webber

By Chika Gujarathi   If reading books is meant to be an escape, then let your next one be Heather Webber’s newest release, Midnight at the Blackbird Cafe.  An accomplished author of the Lucy Valentine and Nina Quinn mystery series, Webber takes a slight detour into the realm of magical realism with this new novel … Continue reading We’re Reading Midnight At The Blackbird Cafe by Heather Webber

We’re Reading The Peach Truck Cookbook by Jessica Rose and Stephen Rose

by Angela Garrison Zontek In their first cookbook, Jessica and Stephen Rose ask readers to consider what peaches mean to them. For me, peaches mean all the wonders of a hot Georgia summer—bare feet, lightning bugs in mason jars, and lazy afternoons at the farmer’s market. I grew up eating peaches off the tree, whole … Continue reading We’re Reading The Peach Truck Cookbook by Jessica Rose and Stephen Rose

We’re Reading The Last List of Miss Judith Kratt by Andrea Bobotis

By Chika Gujarathi   Andrea Bobotis grew up in Greenville, South Carolina with family stories abundant in murder, mystery and intrigue. But it wasn’t until she became an adult that she realized those stories would also make for a great book. Her resulting debut novel, The Last List of Miss Judith Kratt, is not only … Continue reading We’re Reading The Last List of Miss Judith Kratt by Andrea Bobotis

We’re Reading Only Ever Her by Marybeth Mayhew Whalen

  by Angela Garrison Zontek “One thing she knows about lies - once they start to stack up, they can topple over, crushing you under the weight of them.” There’s nothing like small-town drama, no? I grew up in one -- a place where it feels like everyone knows everyone -- but despite the sharing … Continue reading We’re Reading Only Ever Her by Marybeth Mayhew Whalen

We’re Reading Dear Wife By Kimberly Belle

by Angela Garrison Zontek   The value of a book should be measured by the amount of sleep you’re willing to sacrifice for the ending. In sleep currency, Dear Wife is a two-pots-of-coffee-the-next-morning kind of story. Despite having small children that wake up before dawn, I was up well past midnight—not one, but two nights … Continue reading We’re Reading Dear Wife By Kimberly Belle

We’re Reading Botanical Baking by Juliet Sear

by Chika Gujarathi   One of life’s simplest joys, I think, is the feeling you get when walking into a bakery and finding a display case filled to the brim with beautifully baked pastries. In that moment, it rarely matters how old we are, rather, we’re transformed into kids in a candy store - we … Continue reading We’re Reading Botanical Baking by Juliet Sear

We’re Reading The Summer House by Jenny Hale

by Chika Gujarathi Set in the tiny fictional community of Waves, North Carolina in the Outer Banks, is Jenny Hale’s newest romantic novel, The Summer House. As someone who loves to align her reading with the current season, I was so excited to pick up this book which is filled with new beginnings, friendships, and … Continue reading We’re Reading The Summer House by Jenny Hale

We’re Reading Field Guide to Urban Gardening by Kevin Espiritu

by Chika Gujarathi Gardening and I have never been friends, and, thanks to my husband and his enviable green thumb, it’s a skill I’ve never really needed to master. In fact, so brown is my thumb that pulling weeds - in essence, killing plants - is the primary role I play in any gardening-related activity … Continue reading We’re Reading Field Guide to Urban Gardening by Kevin Espiritu

We’re Reading The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele Richardson

by Angela Garrison Zontek The transportive element of historical fiction is wondrous, no? The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek moves us through time and place to an old mining town in Kentucky, where we see life through the eyes of a woman with skin a brilliant shade of blue. The last of her kind, Cussy … Continue reading We’re Reading The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele Richardson

We’re Reading Coffeehouse Knits by Kerry Bogert

by Chika Gujarthi It wasn’t long ago when cookbooks started layering personal essays with recipes as a way to evoke our interest beyond just the ingredients and methods. Using a similar spin is Kerry Bogert’s expertly curated Coffeehouse Knits - Knitting Patterns and Essays with Robust Flavor, which provides a perfect combination of know-how and … Continue reading We’re Reading Coffeehouse Knits by Kerry Bogert

We’re Reading 15 Everyday Objects Made From Foraged and Gathered Wood

by Chika Gujarathi When I recently came across the chance to review Geoffrey Fisher’s Slingshots & Key Hooks: 15 Everyday Objects Made from Foraged and Gathered Wood, it was nearly impossible to say no. This is quite a strange decision because I am not, nor have I ever been, a carpenter, a woodworker, or even a … Continue reading We’re Reading 15 Everyday Objects Made From Foraged and Gathered Wood

We’re Reading Southern Lady Code by Helen Ellis

by Angela Garrison Zontek Southern Lady Code by Helen Ellis is a literary cocktail of hilarious insights, snark, and shockingly good advice—best consumed with a vodka lemonade (and a shortbread cookie). Helen Ellis is the beloved author of Eating the Cheshire Cat and American Housewife. In her latest book, Southern Lady Code, she speaks to her readers … Continue reading We’re Reading Southern Lady Code by Helen Ellis

We’re Reading No Good Tea Goes Unpunished by Bree Baker

by Anika Williams Don't marry into murder. No Good Tea Goes Unpunished is the second book in the Seaside Café Mysteries series by Bree Baker. Set in a coastal community, it’s a fabulous breezy mystery for anyone looking for a little fun with a side of danger. Tea shop owner, Everly Swan is back home in Charm, North … Continue reading We’re Reading No Good Tea Goes Unpunished by Bree Baker