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Marybeth Whalen

Marybeth Whalen has 5 articles published.

is the wife of Curt and mom of six children. The family lives outside Charlotte, NC. Marybeth is the author of the novels The Mailbox, She Makes It Look Easy, The Guest Book and The Wishing Tree. She also serves as director of SheReads.org an online book club focused on spotlighting the best in women's fiction. Marybeth spends most of her time in the grocery store but occasionally escapes long enough to scribble some words. She's always at work on her next novel.

Come disappear inside the pages of Lost Lake

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There are times when reading a book becomes so much more than just your eyes scanning words on a page. In those times, the act of reading becomes an encounter, a memory, a moment. And when that happens, that book, that author, that character becomes as familiar as a family member, as fond to you as an old friend. Reading transcends the boundaries of paper and ink and we know we will be different for having read that author, found that book, met those characters and visited that setting. And so when we at She Reads learned that Sarah Addison Allen had a title coming out this year, we begged for early copies, hoping–expecting– that we would be able to…

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A scandalous mystery that rocked the nation in 1930

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For most of us, February means the last pass through winter, highlighted by Groundhog Day, the Superbowl, and Valentine’s Day. But otherwise, as C.S. Lewis said, “Always winter but never Christmas.” So how can we beat the winter blues that inevitably set in this time of year? With a great story. And at She Reads this month, we’ve got one for you, and by one of our own no less! THE WIFE, THE MAID, AND THE MISTRESS is a romp through New York in 1930. Populated by gangsters and crooked politicians, society ladies and dancers, this story is nothing like your day-to-day life and yet… you will find the three women mentioned in the title strangely recognizable. At the center of this book…

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SheReads January book club pick

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For months, we’d been calling Jennie Shortridge’s Love Water Memory the “book that got away.” Only choosing one book per month can often feel restrictive, and means that there are books we can’t pay proper attention. Love Water Memory fell into that category when it was published in April 2013. It was a novel we read and fell in love with immediately. A traumatized woman. A secret buried within the folds of her unreliable memory. A man desperate to hold on to her, even as she slips away. And above all, the tender hope of second chances and genuine healing. There was nothing neat and tidy about this novel. It was real and gritty and beautiful. We walked with Lucie and Grady…

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JoJo Moyes – THE GIRL YOU LEFT BEHIND

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We first fell for JoJo Moyes with her book ME BEFORE YOU, a love story that had us in tears… and anxious for her next offering. So you can bet we were first in line for her new title, THE GIRL YOU LEFT BEHIND, a dual storyline featuring a contemporary and historical heroine. The fact that we’ve picked THE GIRL YOU LEFT BEHIND as our October selection is a good indicator of how we feel about it. We’re suckers for a good dual storyline, and this one is particularly riveting. We found ourselves momentarily sad each time the narrative changed from contemporary to historical and vice versa– but only momentarily, because we were quickly drawn into each story. These two stories of hardship…

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SheReads spends September with The Husband’s Secret

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When the selection team at She Reads heard that Liane Moriarty had a new book coming out, we were barely able to contain our anticipation of it, rubbing our hands together and stalking our mailboxes as we waited for our copies to arrive. We had come to Moriarty’s novels separately. One of us found WHAT ALICE FORGOT and was riveted. The other was enthralled with THE HYPNOTIST’S LOVE STORY. So we were predisposed to love whatever she wrote next. This is what Ariel Lawhon, She Reads’ co-founder, had to say about Liane: “I will read anything by Liane Moriarty. Novel. Short story. Grocery list. Anything. She has a way of tapping into the female psyche like no other author I’ve read.…

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