Leah DeCesare

Book Reviews

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…

Book Review: Hello Sunshine by Laura Dave

I wrote this review for bookreporter.com – an incredible hub of book news and reviews and contests … check them out! I was given this book by the publisher to review. HELLO, SUNSHINE is out today, July, 11. Happy Release Day, Laura! Not only do I love the cover of…

Book Review: The Alice Network by Kate Quinn

As an author, I have stacks of books (serious stacks) and a fully loaded e-reader which make me simultaneously giddy and overwhelmed. I love selecting the next book I’ll read and opening (or swiping) to the first page. I eagerly dove into the advance copy of The Alice Network, ready…

Forever is the Worst Long Time

I’ve just closed FOREVER IS THE WORST LONG TIME and, after wiping my tears away, grabbed my laptop to share my thoughts. This is one of those stories that is going to stick with me. It’s sad and wonderful, heartbreaking and heartwarming. Pagan digs deep into the human experience and…

Falling by Jane Green Book Review

Congratulations to Jane Green on her seventeenth novel, Falling, out today. I was privileged to read an advance copy for my review in The Huffington Post. Review of Falling by Jane Green What makes a family? What does it take to do what you love in life? These are some…