A Buss from Lafayette by Dorothea Jensen

Rating: ★★★★

RCR Says: “The book is a coming-of-age tale centered on the main character Clara’s self-consciousness about her bright red hair, her growing up and needing to act more lady-like, and her gradual acceptance of her stepmother Priscilla.”

Invasion by Roxanne Bland

Rating: ★★★

RCR Says: “Early in the story, it becomes apparent that the characters’ relationships are complicated—as described in the plot summary above—which lends a beautiful tension throughout most of the storyline.”

The Writer’s Crucible by Philip Kenney

Rating: ★★★★★

RCR Says: “Perhaps the best part of Kenney’s book is that it seeks to connect writers over a common problem—this nagging and unflagging feeling of not being good enough.”

 

Snow City by G. A. Kathryns

Rating: ★★★★

RCR Says: “While certain questions go unanswered, ‘Snow City’ is weighty enough to stand on its own, and it illuminates human themes like family and mortality with unusual delicacy and compassion.”