Fiction - Realistic

Just Like Ziggy

By Julie Oleszek

Seventeen-year-old Anna is the ninth child in a family of ten brothers and sisters. Just Like Ziggy by Julie Oleszek starts with Anna being discharged from the psychiatric ward of the fifth floor of Advocate Hospital. Anna is still not able to talk about her...

Drift and Hum

The Great Canadian-American Novel
By Robert O. Martichenko

Drift and Hum: The Great Canadian-American Novel by Robert Martichenko surprised me in many ways. This is a story that beautifully showcases the themes of love, friendship, family, and the search for meaning, a story that spans fifty years. Readers are introduced to the incredible...


Southern Fiction Volume 1
By Rick DeStefanis

Tallahatchie by Rick DeStefanis is the first book in a Southern fiction series. “Jack knew he was a fool” is the way the protagonist is described in the opening lines of the story and his uncle had warned him that he was doing something foolish....

Kookaburra's Last Laugh

By Leonard Szymczak

In Kookaburra's Last Laugh by Leonard Szymczak, a man named Peter Pinowski, a psychologist, attends a retreat, hoping to experience transformation and make the journey home to himself, but he is instead led on a moving adventure that will bring him face to face with...

Swearing Allegiance

The Carmody Saga Book 1
By Jana Petken

In Swearing Allegiance, the first entry in The Carmody Saga by Jana Petken, the Carmody family is forced to face the devastating consequences of the First World War. Dublin has fallen apart and the British can’t keep the Germans at bay. Once an affluent family,...

Stealing Love

By H. Schreter

Stealing Love by H. Schreter tells the story of a Jewish businessman living and working in Israel, not really sure where his life is heading, and not really convinced he has met the love of his life and wants to settle down. Then his world...

One Wrong Turn

By Deanna Lynn Sletten

With so much to do to get the soon-to-open Bed and Breakfast ready, Jess Connors tries to do too much too fast. In One Wrong Turn by Deanna Lynn Sletten, Jess swerves on the wet highway to avoid a dog and the SUV skids and...

For Beau

The Sarah Ashdown Story
By Simon Gandossi

For Beau: The Sarah Ashdown Story by Simon Gandossi is a heartbreaking and gut-wrenching tale of a woman and her life when she fought alongside the French Resistance in the 1940s. Much like other war stories, this is not a novel for people who want...

Back to Blueberry Pond

By Carla Trueheart

Kyle, Brandon and Vanessa make a friendship pact and each places a treasured item in a Tupperware bowl, to be buried and never uncovered again. As they grow older and drift apart, each friend holds tightly onto the secrets of that night and their friendship...

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The Third Tour

By Bob Stockton

The Third Tour is an action/adventure novel by Bob Stockton. This in the third novel in a series called Stories from the U.S. Navy. Though I did not read the first two books, I plan to go back and read them. The Third Tour is...