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If you’ve ever wondered what it’s really like behind the star-studded world of Hollywood, Jennifer Weiner’s newest book will give you an insiders’ look, with plenty of laugh-inducing snark, as you follow main character Ruthie Saunders as she pursues her dream of writing the next hit TV show.
When her show if finally green-lit, Ruthie finds success doesn’t taste as she imagined.
Along with poking fun at the ways of Hollywood, Weiner includes a satisfying love story in the mix—with a few steamy scenes to boot— that will leave you wanting more of her quick wit and smart humor.
“The Next Best Thing,” by Jennifer Weiner, Simon and Schuster, 386 pages, $16.
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A sweet, light read with a good dose of heartwarming depth, Katherine Center’s newest novel explores the themes of family, love and loss in way that mothers especially will relate to.
After the sudden death of her husband, Libby Moran is still coping with her grief and raising her young children while living with her hypercritical mother. When she receives an out-of-the-blue letter from her quirky Aunt Jean offering her an escape (and a job) on her goat farm in the Texas Hill Country, Libby jumps at the chance for a change.
“The Lost Husband” by Katherine Center, Ballantine Books, 288 pages, $15.
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There’s something especially satisfying about lying on the beach on Sullivan’s Island and reading a novel that takes place on the same sand. That’s exactly what you’ll get with local author Dorothea Benton Frank’s newest novel. Much of the story takes place in Charleston, you’ll likely recognize many of the locales mentioned, and highlights the beauty and serenity of Lowcountry summer nights.
Fans of Frank’s writing won’t be disappointed with this classic addition that will leave you laughing, reflecting and savoring a renewed fondness for Charleston.
“The Last Original Wife” by Dorothea Benton Franklin, William Marrow publishing, 368 pages, $26.99.
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Exploring the nuances of family loyalty (and obligation), Curtis Sittenfeld’s newest novel released in June is a page-turner with a shocking final twist.
Since childhood, identical twins Kate and Violet shared a peculiar “sense” with visions concerning future events and others’ secrets. Eccentric Violet embraced this ability as an adult, while Kate spent her adult life denying it. After Vi predicts an earthquake on national TV, she becomes semi famous while Kate becomes mortified. As the date of the predicted earthquake approaches, Kate is forced to confront her own feelings toward her sister and her troubling fear that she may be right.
“Sisterland” by Curtis Sittenfeld, Random House, 416 pages, $27.