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Saskia Sarginson: How Strong Is The Bond Between Twins?

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, AUGUST 28, 2013 | PERMALINK

The bonds between siblings are tough as nails — after all, blood is thicker than water. But there's nothing quite as magical and powerful as the relationship between twins. Author Saskia Sarginson skillfully tackles the trials and triumphs of twins in her heartfelt and beguiling novel, The Twins. Today, Saskia discusses the inspiration behind the novel, her experiences raising twin girls and the power of such a unique and unbreakable bond.

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Can the bonds between twins ever be broken? How can two girls who began their existence as inseparable identical twins end up living completely separate lives in their twenties, hardly speaking, awkward in each other’s company?

Those were the questions I set for myself when I sat down to write my novel, The Twins.


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Mainstream Overview: August 2013

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, AUGUST 05, 2013 | PERMALINK

With bright, warm days just made for lazing by the pool and cool, cozy nights ideal for bonfires, August is the perfect month to gather the family together for some good ol' quality time. Of course, those family get-togethers often involve loads of crazy adventures, fond memories — and drama. This month’s selection of mainstream fiction titles are heavy on the high jinks, sure to enthrall readers with their moving, entertaining stories of family and the delicate bonds that knit us all together.


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Cover Trend: The Cold Shoulder

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JULY 24, 2013 | PERMALINK

The weather in most places may be hitting record highs, but on upcoming mainstream fiction book covers, readers are getting the cold shoulder. There must be a reason these heroines are turning their backs on us. Was it something we said? Or maybe this is just a way to show these ladies (and children) looking towards their future. Either way, we are definitely seeing a trend of "backwards" characters on covers.


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Mainstream Book Recommendations: July 2013

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JULY 11, 2013 | PERMALINK

More often than not, people find themselves face-to-face with situations, feelings and people they never expected to crash into. These collisions often lead to momentous decisions and alter a person for better or worse. Dive into this month’s selection of mainstream fiction titles where worlds collide in eight exhilarating tales of loss, family, and love.


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Mainstream Book Recommendations: June 2013

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JUNE 13, 2013 | PERMALINK

Everyone has a past. It can be positive or negative, but it makes us who we are. This month there are several mainstream fiction books that take a look at characters reuniting with a piece from their history. When confronted with the past they will find just how much they have been influenced by things that have come before. And maybe their experiences will help them decide what's next.

Every family has stories that are passed down from generation to generation. In The Keeper of Secrets by Julie Thomas, we meet Daniel whose family is obsessed with a rare violin that his family owned before WWII. Will reuniting with his family’s treasure finally help Daniel understand his place in the world?


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Mainstream Book Recommendations: May 2013

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, MAY 23, 2013 | PERMALINK

18, 38 or 88 — it doesn't matter how old a person is, life changing events can happen at any age. And the characters in this month's mainstream novels can certainly attest to the fact that birthdates don't matter when facing tough decisions. But now there is a decision you have to make — what age protagonist do you want to read about next? No matter what your answer, we've got a recently released mainstream book that is right for you. 

Oh, the drama that comes with being a young adult! The teenage years and early twenties are times of growth and freedom, but they can also bring heartache and confusion. Two characters that must navigate this tricky age are Maya in Isabel Allende’s Maya’s Notebook and young London socialite Grace from Kathleen Tessaro’s The Perfume Collector. While Maya is on a road to self-destruction after the death of her grandfather, Grace is on a better path as she learns about a large inheritance waiting for her in Paris.


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Beth Kendrick's Heroine's To-Do List The Week Before The Wedding

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, MAY 07, 2013 | PERMALINK

It's obvious that any wedding — from an intimate gathering to a lavish celebration — takes planning. And in Beth Kendrick's latest release, The Week Before the Wedding, heroine Emily McKellips definitely knows a thing or two about arranging her big day. She's spent years getting her life sorted out. Now that Emily's dream wedding is near, there's nothing that can go wrong — that is, until her first husband shows up. But ex-husband drama aside, there's a ton to keep Emily busy. We asked the author to share what her heroine has on her wedding to-do list, and she was more than happy to share.

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TO-DO LIST:


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Mainstream Book Recommendations: April 2013

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, APRIL 04, 2013 | PERMALINK

The mainstream genre covers a lot of ground. From family drama to coping with illness to sweet romance, these titles can include a bit of everything. This month we picked out books focusing on three topics — humor, friendship and mystery — to help you chose which type of mainstream novel you may want to add to your TBR pile.


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Mainstream Book Recommendations: March 2013

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, MARCH 15, 2013 | PERMALINK

Relationships can be tricky. Whether you are navigating family dynamics, dealing with a significant other or even getting to know yourself better, working on personal issues never seems to go away. If you enjoy reading about characters struggling with complex relationships, then check out the following chart where we recommend some great mainstream reads releasing this month. 


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Lucy Dillon On The Evolution of Happily Ever After

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, MARCH 06, 2013 | PERMALINK

Lucy Dillon's latest mainstream novel The Secret of Happy Every After follows two best friends — wife Anna who wants a family of her own but copes with her husband's stepdaughters, and divorced Michelle who must deal with her obsessive ex-husband — as they experience the ups and downs of life and love. Since her book focuses on two characters who yearn for vastly different things, we asked the author about the idea of Happily Ever After and what it means in modern society. 

‘Happily ever after’ has changed a lot in recent years. For a long time, the final goal in any romance novel was marriage — Prince Charming galloping to the rescue with the ultimate prize: The Wedding Ring. (And very often a really nice house.) Reckless like Rhett Butler, or moody-but-moral like Mr. Darcy, heroes were gallant, powerful, but old-fashioned about a woman’s role, even if Scarlett and Lizzy Bennett gave as good as they got in the courtship.


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