Book Review: A Single Breath




Title: A Single Breath

Author:Lucy Clarke

Publisher: Touchstone

Publication Date: April 8, 2014

Genre: Contemporary Women’s Fiction



I have read Lucy Clarke’s debut novel, Swimming At Night, and this novel is no exception to Clarke’s writing.

In A Single Breath Clarke transports readers into a world of secrets and discovery with her rich and descriptive writing style.  Secrets are brought out in the marriage of Eva and Jackson after Jackson drowns, but everything isn’t as it seems. The points of view switch between Eva and Jackson.

Clarke paints a colorful picture of Tasmania where Eva travels to learn more about Jackson and his life. For any travelers you will want to board a plane to Tasmania with it’s pretty beaches and culture after reading this book.

Eva is easy  to relate to in the way Clarke describes the emotional roller coaster that she is on. You want to not like Jackson, but parts of his personality are charming.

Jackson’s brother Saul adds romance to the novel as he and Eva get closer. It’s nice to see the contrast between the two brothers and this also adds another conflict to the novel.

You will want to keep turning the page as Eva starts to put the pieces together and begins to move on with her life.

A Single Breath can be purchased here.

I give this book a rating of 5 stars.

Happy Reading and Writing,



Book Review: Friendship Bread by Darien Gee


Author: Darien Gee

Pages: 402

Publisher: Ballantine Books

Release Date: April 5, 2011

Genre: Women’s Fiction


Synopsis (from Amazon)

In the quiet community of Avalon, Illinois, Julia Evarts wonders how to move on with her life. Though her husband and five-year-old daughter give her an abundance of love, Julia still reels from a tragedy that has left her estranged from the sister who was once her best friend. Meanwhile, across town, widow Madeleine Davis takes great pleasure in serving up delectable treats and cozy comforts at her tea salon—now, if only she had some customers to enjoy them. And famed concert cellist and recent Avalon transplant Hannah de Brisay finds herself at a crossroads when her career and marriage come to abrupt ends. The three strangers forge a friendship at Madeleine’s Tea Shop, and soon their camaraderie extends to everyone in Avalon in the guise of a unique and wonderful gift. But even as Julia becomes ever closer to her new friends, she realizes the profound necessity of confronting the painful past she shares with her sister.

Life and loss, friendship and community, food and family: Friendship Bread tells a spirited, remarkably moving tale about the triumph of hope.



From the start the tittle and cover of Friendship Bread let me know that it was my type of book.

Baking was a main theme of the book a long with the friendship of three women. Immediately I was drawn to how the idea of the friendship bread bonded people together.

Darien Gee is masterful in the craft of  writing different emotions and making you feel as if you have a slice of friendship bread in your hand.

I love how the friendship bread brings the people and community of Avalon together. It’s recipe helps mend broken relationships and teaches patience.

The themes of friendship as well as forgiveness are clearly found in this book. Just when you think that the friendship bread has run stale there are many angles surrounding the main them throughout the book.

I would recommend this book to anyone who loves to bake and anyone who loves good women’s fiction. Friendship Bread can be found on Amazon

Happy Reading and Writing,


Cover Reveal : Love Illusion

I am so excited to share with you all the cover of my debut novel, Love Illusion. I had this cover designed a few months ago and have loved it ever since I saw it. Scarlett at Chick Lit Book Covers designed the cover.  Without making you wait any further here is the cover!!


Love Illusion Info:

Release Date – February 3, 2014

Formats – Kindle, Nook, iBooks


Lucy is a confident PR professional, who is fearful of her troubled ex-boyfriend Charles. He is in denial about their breakup. With issues of alcoholism and abandonment, he spirals out of control.

Meanwhile, Lucy’s best friend Jade has found love and is about to get married. She is a loyal friend who is there for Lucy every step of the way.

Feeling trapped, Lucy is determined to fight back against Charles, but it won’t be without complication. After great debate, she optimistically accepts a new job offer miles away. Lucy soon embarks on an uncertain journey all connected to love.

About the Author:

Chineka Williams found a love of reading and writing early on as a child. She is a graduate of North Carolina Central University with a bachelor’s degree in Journalism. Books and Stilettos is the blog that she maintains for all things women’s fiction and writing updates. Outside of reading, her hobbies include baking, playing the clarinet, and photography. She can always be seen with a cup of tea close by. Love Illusion is her debut novel.


I hope that you all are having a great week and put Love Illusion on your to read lists.

Happy Reading and Writing,


November 2013 Reads

I read a lot of meaningful women’s fiction this month. Some authors were old and some authors were new ones that I discovered through twitter or amazon. The stories of the women in these books growing and jumping over obstacles were life changing . They would be life changing for you as well.



I was given There’s More to Life Than Cupcakes to review by the publisher. My review can be found here. I enjoyed reading this book and all of the changes that the main character went through.  It also included hobbies that I enjoy such as baking.



The Unfinished Work of Elizabeth D. was a book that I listened to on audiobook. The friendship between the two women was so strong. The addition of a journal in this book also made it a fascinating read to me. It was a recommended weekend read here.


If you have ever wanted to go to San Francisco then Take A Look At Me Now is the book to read.  Miranda Dickinson does a great job of describing the city.  The storyline is even more wonderful. It’s great to see the main character realizing her dreams after a major setback. This book was also a recommended weekend read here.


The Accidental Bestseller by Wendy Wax was the first book that I read by the author. I enjoyed the friendship of the four writers and how they all pulled together to help one of their friends out that needed them.

Those are my November 2013 reads. What books did you read this month?

Happy Reading and Writing,