Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and a Culture at Risk by JD Vance | Review

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER “You will not read a more important book about America this year.“–The Economist “A riveting book.”–The Wall Street Journal “Essential reading.”—David Brooks, New York Times From a former marine and Yale Law School graduate, a powerful account of growing up in a poor Rust Belt town that offers …

Accepted, Secured, Significant: Empowering, Igniting and Fulfilling Your Purpose by Kemley Whiteside | Author Interview + Book Spotlight + Giveaway

Today it is my privilege to welcome Kemley Whiteside to my blog. An interview with Kemley follows below, together with a book spotlight on Kemley’s new book, Accepted, Secured, Significant: Empowering, Igniting and Fulfilling Your Purpose. And everyone’s favorite–a giveaway. Welcome to Puddletown Reviews, Kemley!   An Interview with Kemley …

Arcana by Jessica Leake | Book Spotlight

A romantic, suspenseful, genre-bending debut set in Edwardian London. Amid the sumptuous backdrop of the London season in 1905, headstrong Katherine Sinclair must join the ranks of debutantes vying for suitors. Unfortunately for Katherine, she cannot imagine anything more loathsome—or dangerous. To help ease her entrance into society, Katherine’s family …

The Romance Diet: Body Image and the Wars We Wage on Ourselves by Destiny Allison | Review

Brave, raw, and unflinchingly honest, this book is a weight loss journey, a love story, a heart beating loudly on the page. Every day we battle against something–injustice, our spouses, our weight. Seldom do we acknowledge the real wars we wage. Repressing feelings and silencing our voices, we suffer under …