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Watch Me Disappear
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The Heirs
Our Souls at Night
White Fur
Confessions of a Domestic Failure
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Monday, April 30, 2018

Book Review: Those Other Women

Those Other Women by Nicola Moriarty

Nicola Moriarty’s latest novel, Those Other Women, has arrived just in time for summer (it comes out June 26 for the States). If you are a fan of women’s fiction that delves into the everyday conflicts of women in the middle-to-upper class demographic, then you should add this fun drama-filled book to your beach bag.

And, yes, I did say drama because there is DRAMA.

The title, alone, should clue you in. Throughout the whole book, readers get to see “those other women” from different viewpoints. For example, this book pits mothers against non-mothers from the get go. But, further along, it also pits working moms against stay at home moms. Add in every bit of drama you can think of – affairs with best friends, surprise pregnancies, lost jobs, depression, and even a cult – and it is covered in between these pages.

The basic plot is that the main character, Poppy, is hurt and heartbroken when her husband has an affair with her best friend (and subsequently leaves her and has a baby with the former BFF). Poppy has always known she wants a kid-free life, and this just about breaks her. To find some new friends, she decides to form her own Facebook group, similar to the mom’s groups you see on Facebook. However, this one would specifically be for other women like her who want to live a kid-free life. Along the way, she makes a new best friend, Annalise, and the two of them form this Facebook group that quickly gains attention – and then, notoriety. It is soon discovered that someone in their secret Facebook group is actually a mom and has been passing their complaints about moms and how they think they rule the world to the moms' group in town. D-R-A-M-A! At this point, the two groups (non-moms versus moms) go to war.

***Side Note – As a female and a mom who has been involved in her fair share of moms’ groups and women’s groups, I found this plot to be hilarious. And, sadly, a little truthful. While I am not familiar with any non-mom groups fighting mom groups, I have heard plenty about different moms’ groups competing with one another. Ai-yi-yi.

At some point, it did become a little too much drama for me. For instance, when one of the main character’s secret identity and the background is revealed, it felt so strange that I was a little disappointed. I guess this is because of the other points of drama where things I could relate to or envision, but this was something far out there. Without adding in a whole hidden identity, I would have been fine with all the drama simply going on between the warring women’s groups. It was the right amount of silly, entertaining, and thought-provoking. However, this was my biggest beef with the novel.

Another thing I loved about the novel was that it is told from four different viewpoints – the secret mole, Poppy, Annalise, and Frankie (a mother and co-worker). Personally, I liked Frankie’s character the best and wish she had been in the pages just a bit more. But, I have a feeling that whoever reads the book will relate to someone different for their own personal reasons.

In a time where we are being bombarded with messages to “not tear down other women,” Moriarty’s book reminds readers why we shouldn’t.

Thank you so much for sharing this book with me for review purposes, Penguin Random House UK! To see what other people are saying about Those Other Women, check out the blog tour! 

Monday, April 3, 2017

Giveaway: The Last Chance Matinee

Exciting day! I am happy to host my first giveaway.

Last week, I told you all about a super fun spring break read - The Last Chance Matinee by Mariah Stewart. Hop over here to read Lit Loving Mom's full review.


Mariah Stewart

Publication Date: March 21, 2017

Publisher: Gallery Books
Book 1 in the Hudson Sisters series
Look for Book 2 in 2018 and Book 3 in 2019!

Today, on this #MondayMatinee I will be giving away one hardback library edition of this book courtesy of the kind people at Simon & Schuster. The giveaway will end at 11:59 EST and is only open to US residents. For more chances to win, follow XOXO After Dark on Twitter (@xoxoafterdark) Mondays in April to see which blogs on the blog tour will host a giveaway for The Last Chance Matinee: April 3, 10, 17, 24! #MondayMatinee


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Thursday, March 30, 2017

Book Review: The Last Chance Matinee

The Last Chance Matinee by Mariah Stewart

While March has been a bit dreary, one of the highlights was getting the opportunity to read a newly released book and participate in my first book blog tour. Thankfully, it is a book that I enjoyed reading during these bleak March days.

last chance matinee

If you are looking for a fun, frothy piece of romantic escapism, then you should check out The Last Chance Matinee. It combines three sisters (one meeting the other two for the very first time), Hollywood, pleasant & quirky small towns, and several hints at romance. When the Cara, Allie and Des learn that in order to receive their hefty inheritances they must live together and rebuild their hidden family's art-deco theater, they balk at the idea. However, Stewart weaves the story well. With interesting characters and an engaging plot, readers will be able to put off their agendas and escape into a fun read. 

This book is the first in a series of three, with this book focusing mainly on Cara's story. It reminded me of Nora Roberts' bride quartet, so if you liked that series, you will enjoy this one as well. I am excited to know there are two books in the trilogy being published in the future! Pick this one up for a fun, fast spring break read!

* I received this book free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.* 

More information from the publisher:


Mariah Stewart
Publication Date: March 21, 2017
Publisher: Gallery Books
$16.00 Trade Paperback Original
ISBN: 9781501144905
Book 1 in the Hudson Sisters series
Look for Book 2 in 2018 and Book 3 in 2019!

Praise for The Last Chance Matinee:

“The combination of a quirky small-town setting, a family mystery, a gentle romance, and three estranged sisters is catnip for women’s-fiction fans, and the backdrop of the faded movie palace adds a fascinating element to the story. Stewart’s lively, warmhearted series starter [The Last Chance Matinee] will have readers eagerly awaiting the second installment.”
“A good read, with a nice blend of mystery, family drama, and romance. Readers will look forward to the next installment.”
—Library Journal

About The Last Chance Matinee:

From the New York Times bestselling author Mariah Stewart comes the first novel in her all-new series, which follows a trio of reluctant sisters who set out to fulfill their father’s dying wish and, in the process, discover the truth not only about their pasts but about each other—and themselves—in a way that will forever alter their futures.
When celebrated and respected Fritz Hudson passes away suddenly, he leaves a trail of Hollywood glory in his wake—and two separate families who never knew the other existed. Allie and Des Hudson are products of Fritz’s first marriage to Honora, a beautiful but troubled starlet whose life ended tragically. As his relationship with Honora was unraveling, Fritz was simultaneously falling in love on the Delaware Bay with New Age hippie Susa—but while Fritz adored Susa and fathered daughter Cara with her, he never quite managed to come clean about his West Coast Family.
Now Fritz is gone, and the three sisters are brought together under strange circumstances: there’s a large inheritance to be had, specifically one that could save Allie from her ever-deepening debt following a disastrous divorce; allow Des to open a rescue shelter for abused and wounded animals; and give Cara a fresh start after her husband left her for her best friend; but only if the sisters upend their lives and work together to restore an old theater that was Fritz’s obsession growing up in his small hometown in Pennsylvania’s Pocono Mountains. Will the sisters come together to turn their father’s dream into a reality – and will they come away with far more than they bargained for?

About Mariah Stewart:

Mariah Stewart is an award-winning New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of numerous novels as well as several novellas and short stories. She lives with her husband and two rambunctious rescue dogs amid the rolling hills of Chester County, Pennsylvania, where she savors county life and tends her gardens while she works on her next novel. Visit her at mariahstewart.com and follow her on Facebook.com/AuthorMariahStewart and on Instagram @mariah_stewart_books.

From the Preface, The Last Chance Matinee:

Everyone is familiar with the adage “write what you know”; it’s a saying that has dictated much of my decades-long career in publishing. But this time, it was what I (or rather, my mother) didn’t know that formed the basis for this first book in my new Hudson Sisters series.
When my mother was in her mid-forties, she received a letter from a woman named Alice, the wife of her recently deceased cousin Bill. Alice thanked my mother for the sympathy card she’d sent her, and finished her note by saying, “You do know that Bill was your half brother, right?”
Ah, no. She did not.
…Of course, I was fascinated. My grandfather died when I was four or five years old, and I have very little memory of him other than his deep, hearty laugh. I’ve been thinking for years that this foundation of a love child and secret siblings would make a great story; but not knowing all the facts, I was free to fill in the blanks—and so I did. Years passed before I felt I had the right story in my head. This is that story. I hope you enjoy my version of what could happen under such circumstances.
—Mariah Stewart

Monday Matinee Giveaway:

Follow XOXO After Dark on Twitter (@xoxoafterdark) Mondays in April to see which blogs on the blog tour will host a giveaway for The Last Chance Matinee: April 3, 10, 17, 24! #MondayMatinee

Events with Mariah Stewart:

Wednesday, April 5th, 6:30 pm
The Doylestown Bookshop
16 S. Main Street
Doylestown, Pa 18901
Tuesday, April 11th, 7:00 pm
Towne Book Centre
220 Plaza Drive – Ste B3
Collegeville, PA 19426


Mariah Stewart’s separate series, the bestselling Chesapeake Diaries, has been a favorite with readers since 2010. The eleventh installment, The Chesapeake Bride, will publish August 29, 2017.

March 23rd
The Librarian (Authors on the Air Global Radio Network) – Interview 7:00 pm ET

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May 25th
Review in First for Women magazine’s June 19th print issue, on stands May 25th!