Leah DeCesare

Book Reviews

Book Review: I’ll Be Your Blue Sky by Marisa de los Santos

I can’t quite begin to share how much I love I’ll Be Your Blue Sky. I couldn’t put it down and I didn’t want it to end. Marisa de los Santos is one of my favorite writers, she never disappoints and in I’ll Be Your Blue Sky, she delivers again. Not only…

Book Review: WOMAN LAST SEEN IN HER THIRTIES by Camille Pagan

This review was written for BookReporter.com. I’ve loved every one of Camille Pagan’s books (and all of their long, playful titles) and Woman Last Seen in Her Thirties is no exception. From the first line: “It’s an age-old story …” I was compelled to see how this story played out. How…

Book Review: Surprise Me by Sophie Kinsella

This review of SURPRISE ME by Sophie Kinsella was originally posted on BookReporter.com. In classic Kinsella fashion, I was intrigued at the epigraph, hooked at the prologue and laughing out loud by page one. At one point in the first chapters, I was laughing so hard that it drew attention…

Book Review: The Promise Between Us by Barbara Claypole White

This past October, I flew to New Mexico for a writers’ retreat (thanks Women’s Fiction Writers’ Association) and the first person I met at the airport was Barbara Claypole White. We were waiting for our shuttle to the hotel and she was as warm and cheerful as the Albuquerque sunshine….

Book Review: The Blackbird Season by Kate Moretti

I received a galley copy of this book from the publisher for review. This review was originally published on Bookreporter.com. Kate Moretti’s fifth novel, THE BLACKBIRD SEASON, will keep you up late flipping pages propelled to find out what happened. It is eerie and thought-provoking, suspenseful and chilling. The story…

Book Review: Where the Past Begins by Amy Tan

This review first appeared on the BookReporter but at the end I’ve added a little something I didn’t put in that review. Master storyteller Amy Tan’s new memoir, WHERE THE PAST BEGINS, is a gift to readers and writers alike. She brings us along as she riffles through bins of stuff…

Book Review: Best Day Ever by Kaira Rouda

This review was originally published on Bookreporter.com. Right from page one, Kaira Rouda hooks the reader in her new suspense novel, BEST DAY EVER. The story is told over the course of only one day, the day that Paul Strom has meticulously planned out, the day that he promises himself…

Book Review: Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

Check out my review of Celeste Ng‘s new book, Little Fires Everywhere over on Suzy Approved Book Reviews. Spoiler alert – I loved this book! I could’ve written a paper about all the intricacies and thematic principles in this story. Someday, someone will, as I’m sure it will turn up…

Book Review: The Address by Fiona Davis

This review first published on The BookReporter.com. I received a copy of this book from the publisher for review. Set in New York City in two time periods, one hundred years apart, about 1885 and 1985, THE ADDRESS by Fiona Davis is an educational and entertaining romp back in time…

Book Review: The Atlas of Forgotten Places by Jenny D. Williams

I received a copy of this book from the publisher for review and wrote this review for BookReporter.com. Because of my connection with Uganda, I was immediately interested in THE ATLAS OF FORGOTTEN PLACES. Our family has hosted and sponsored children, helped raise money to build a medical center in…