Tonstant Weader Reviews

Opinionated Book Reviews.



Nice Girls by Catherine Dang

Nice Girls begins with "Ivy League" Mary moving back home from her prestigious college, moving back home with her father in disgrace after being expelled for fighting. Almost as soon as she is back in her affluent suburban hometown of... Continue Reading →

Jane Austen and Shelley In the Garden by Janet Todd

Jane Austen and Shelley In the Garden is a difficult book to describe in a sentence. It's a story of friendships new and old. Fran and Annie have been friends for most of their lives. They love each other even though... Continue Reading →

The Spectacular by Zoe Whittall

The Spectacular, by Zoe Whittal, is the story of three women who struggle with the demands placed on women as mothers. The story begins with Missy, a cellist and rock band musician who is desperately seeing a tubal ligation before... Continue Reading →

The Family Plot by Megan Collins

The Family Plot begins with the Lighthouse children returning home after their father's death. Dahlia Lighthouse hopes her twin Andy will finally return since he left on his sixteenth birthday. Her older siblings Charlie and Tate are there, the first... Continue Reading →

Paper & Blood by Kevin Hearne

Paper & Blood is the second book in the Ink & Sigil series. In this installment, our outwardly unimpressive hero, Al MacBharrais learns that a sigil agent and her apprentice have disappeared, he sets out to rescue her if he... Continue Reading →

She Wouldn’t Change a Thing by Sarah Adlakha

She Wouldn't Change a Thing begins on a hectic morning when Maria Forsmann is over-tired and cranky, rushed off her feet in the last month of her pregnancy. She already has two girls and is looking forward to a boy.... Continue Reading →

The People We Keep by Allison Larkin

The People We Keep is a charming, though often heartbreaking, story, of a young woman who raised herself. Both her parents were alive, but her mother left long ago and her dad moved in with his girlfriend, leaving April to... Continue Reading →

Where the Truth Lies by Anna Bailey

Where the Truth Lies operates on two levels. On the surface, it is a suspenseful mystery about the disappearance of a high school girl, her family's trauma, and the determined efforts of her best friend to find out what happened... Continue Reading →

Palm Springs Noir by Barbara Demarco-Barrett

Palm Springs Noir is the most recent of the Akashic Noir series. Set in the legendary resort city about a hundred miles from Los Angeles. In any resort area, there is always an innate tension between those who visit and... Continue Reading →

The Husbands by Chandler Baker

The Husbands is the story of Nora Spangler whose on track to become a partner in the law firm where she works. She's behind after taking some time off for parental leave when their child was born. She's pregnant with... Continue Reading →

Falling by T.J. Newman

Falling should come with a warning, do not start before bedtime. Seriously, the first sentence has a shoe falling into a woman's lap with the foot still in it. From there, the book never lets up other than briefly giving... Continue Reading →

Half Sick of Shadows by Laura Sebastian

Half Sick of Shadows is a historical fantasy that centers on Elaine, the Lady of Shallot, but a far more consequential Lady of Shallot than the passive victim of Alfred, Lord Tennyson's poem. She is a seer, blessed or cursed... Continue Reading →

The Grandmother Plot by Caroline B. Cooney

The Grandmother Plot is a warm and delightful mystery featuring  Freddy, a rather hapless glass artist who does lampwork, not glassblowing, and he surely wants you to know the difference. He is an artisan, but like many of his kind,... Continue Reading →

A Dark and Secret Place by Jen Williams

A Dark and Secret Place is a terrifying thriller that begins when Heather Evans returns home after her mother's shocking suicide. Their relationship was difficult and full of conflict so Heather swings between anger, grief, and confusion. Adding to her... Continue Reading →

I Don’t Forgive You by Aggie Blum Thompson

I Don't Forgive You presents us with Allie Ross, a professional photographer, mother, and new resident of an exclusive D.C. suburb. Her life seems to be falling into place, but her past is waiting for her. Allie is so ashamed of... Continue Reading →

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