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Jenny’s Two Pennies: One Good Mama Bone by Bren McClain


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 One Good Mama Bone by Bren McClain

Sometimes I discover a new book that leaves an imprint on my heart. I never would have thought that a story about a mama cow (Mama Red) and her calf (Lucky) would touch me so deeply. Mama Red and Lucky teach a human mother unconditional love, perseverance, bravery and bittersweet sacrifice for those we love. It’s about never giving up.
The author writes with a poetic hand causing you to pause and savor her descriptive prose.
The setting is rural countryside where nothing fancy exists but it is the simplicity that speaks volumes in this tale.

I took my time reading this one like you do when you savor your favorite dessert, not wanting to finish it, letting the words settle in my mind. I won’t soon forget the sweetness of this story. Bren McClain has written a jewel of a debut. Southern fiction at its finest.



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Jenny’s Two Pennies: The Bookshop At Water’s End by Patti Callahan Henry

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The Bookshop At Water's End Patti Callahan Henry

My latest book for review has been a pleasure to read. When reading The Bookshop At Water’s End, you can almost smell the ocean, see the Spanish moss in the live oaks swaying in the breeze and feel the warm sunshine on your shoulders.

The author writes with such poetic prose that you find yourself pausing after reading one of her descriptive passages, wanting to remember the words.

This is a book about enduring friendships-the kind that lasts forever; the kind that holds secrets and even holds grudges. It’s about love and profound loss and finding answers to questions that you may not really want to know. It’s also about redemption and forgiveness.

With endearing characters set in a small shore town, this one just may be the author’s best book yet, and that’s saying a lot.

Patti Callahan Henry does southern fiction divine justice.

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Jenny’s Two Pennies: The Life She Was Given by Ellen Marie Wiseman

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The Life She Was Given-Ellen Marie Wiseman

This is the latest book by popular author Ellen Marie Wiseman.  It is a historical fiction not to be missed.  The author has outdone herself with this one.

This book takes you to the circus where lions, tigers, and elephants steal the show.  Lilly is ten years old, shunned by her family, she becomes part of the circus’ freak show.  Feeling unloved she longs for just one friend.

There are deeply rooted family secrets that drastically change her life.   What follows is a riveting story of deception and survival against all odds.  It will keep you turning the pages late into the night with your heart in your throat.  It is a story you won’t soon forget.  You just might become another fan of her books.

Other books by the author include:  The Plum Tree, What She Left Behind, and Coal River.  I personally recommend any of her books



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Jenny’s Two Pennies: Beach House for Rent by Mary Alice Monroe

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Jenny's Two Pennies Beach House for Rent by Mary Alice Monroe


I have been a long time fan of Mary Alice Monroe’s books. From Beach House to Skyward to Time Is A River, and then her Lowcountry Summer Series, I have savored her love of the Lowcountry of South Carolina. I have learned about sea turtles and their habits, their amazing journeys to and from the ocean. I have witnessed through her words the survival of seabirds and their habitats, how we all play a part in the conservation of the flora and fauna native to the area and the importance of doing no harm.

Sprinkle in the sand dunes, sea oats, wildflowers and the perfect beach cottage and you have the makings of the perfect beach story- Beach House For Rent. This is the same beach cottage that belonged to Lovie, the matriarch of the family. Daughter Cara rents the cottage to a young woman looking for direction and solitude while she begins to paint seabirds, commissioned to be images on postage stamps. Cara and her husband run an eco-tourism boat business. Tragedy strikes Cara’s ideal life and the two women are destined to become supporters of each other in surprising ways.

Will both women learn how to cope, how to share compassion and empathy, how to move forward and reach their destiny?

In true form, the author gifts us with the beauty of the location and with endearing characters, she once again mesmerizes us with her words, telling us of the magic of the sea and all it offers, if only we listen. Don’t miss this one. This is my honest and unsolicited review.


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Jenny’s Two Pennies: The Marriage Lie by Kimberly Belle

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The Marriage Lie by Kimberly Belle

Greetings Fellow Readers. Today I review the riveting new fiction novel The Marriage Lie by Kimberly Belle.

How well do you know your spouse? Perfectly titled, this is the story of Iris and Will, a young married couple with a promising future together.

From the first page, you will be quickly drawn into what appears to be a happily-ever-after. Or so it seems. Suddenly Iris is facing an unbelievable dilemma. Where is Will? What is happening? Who can she trust? Filled with twists and turns, you won’t be able to put this book down until you find out all the answers. Will Iris have the future she planned on having? Will she find her answers? You might be surprised.

I highly recommend this book to those readers that enjoy a true page turner. It is simply unforgettable.


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Jenny’s Two Pennies: The Night The Lights Went Out by Karen White

Jennys Two PenniesThe Night The Lights Went Out by Karen WhiteTrue to form, Karen White offers magnetic characters that draw you into this sweet, southern romp.  The setting is Sweet Apple, Georgia (I mean, how southern can you get).

The characters include Merilee Talbot Dunlap, a recently divorced mother with two children, Sugar Prescott, town matriarch, who knows everyone in town and serves the best sweet tea, and wealthy, beautiful, and popular Heather Blackford. who knows how to throw an impressive party.  Each woman is hiding secrets that they hope are never revealed.

How well do you know your friends?  How well do these women know each other?  You can expect to shed a few tears, laugh out loud, and the suspenseful ending will leave you breathless.

For a great summer read. this one is perfect-settle in with a tall glass of sweet tea and enjoy.

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Jenny’s Two Pennies: The Orphan’s Tale by Pam Jenoff

Jennys Two PenniesThe-Orphans-Tale Pam Jenoff
I read numerous book genres including historical fiction, a personal favorite. What draws me to them is the unlimited historical subjects. One particular era always delivers interesting, emotional tales. World War II is such an important part of our world history that there is no end to the stories to be told and remembered. In Pam Jenoff’s latest book, The Orphan’s Tale, I was introduced to a part of that history I was not aware of-the German traveling circuses. This engrossing tale is about two women whose only intent is to survive the Holocaust. Astrid is the circus aerialist, a master at her craft. Noa, shamed and ostracized by her family to give up her newborn baby, she takes a job cleaning the local train station. Deciding that there had to be a better way to live, she leaves town after rescuing an infant from a train car filled with Jewish babies, forced from their mother’s arms and destined for sure death. She ultimately joins the traveling circus with the lie that the infant is her brother. Survival is difficult, secrets are kept by both women, but eventually friendships are formed. What follows is a heart pounding train ride to freedom or ultimate destruction.

Pam Jenoff is a NY Times best selling author of numerous novels, beloved by her followers. Her books are meticulously researched and admired by historical fiction fans and fellow writers. I highly recommend this book as well as her other books.

Jenny B
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Jenny’s Two Pennies: Kristy Woodson Harvey is My New Favorite Southern Fiction Writer


Slightly South of Simple

Kristy Harvey’s books always introduce me to a family that I know I am going to love. In her latest book, I met Ansley, mother to three grown daughters-Caroline, Emerson, and Sloane. They each are returning to their childhood beach home in Peachtree Bluff, Georgia with secrets in tow. With a beautiful setting, this story uncovers memories, some sweet and some painful. What emerges is betrayal, lost love, and tragedy, which ultimately leads this family to forgiveness, redemption, and the possibility of future happiness and healing.

The first book in this compelling series leaves me longing for the next installment. Kristy Woodson Harvey is the new southern fiction writer who is quickly becoming a favorite of many.


Jenny Collins Belk


Don’t forget to come see
Kristy Woodson Harvey April 27th at
Silver Coast Winery!

Pelican Bookstore Signing Kristy Harvey Woodson


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