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‘The Best of Us’: Joyce Maynard’s Memoir on Love, Loss and Life

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I highly recommend reading Joyce Maynard’s The Best of Us, but just make sure you have a box of tissues. Maynard finds the love of her life in her 50s, many years after being divorced and raising her children as a single mother. She and Jim, her new love, had a wonderful connection and were enjoying life to the fullest. And then their future was shattered when he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. She stood by him, provided hope and continued to look for treatments and solutions until the end. Her love story is beautiful and devastating as she chronicles the time before she meets Jim, during their love affair and his battle with this devastating disease, and afterward when she…

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Tall Poppies Review: ‘Entanglement’: A Story of Friendship, Loyalty, and Struggles

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Entanglement by Katie Rose Guest Pryal is an evocative story of enduring friendship and the ties that bind. Charismatic Daphne, and her more reserved best friend Greta, both have troubled pasts so they are anxious to start an exciting new chapter in Los Angeles near the glitz and glamour of Hollywood. No matter what happens, they know they have each other. The girls quickly find work and a cute, quirky apartment. When they can’t immediately afford furniture they make the best of things and sleep on the floor where they muse together about their ambitions and dreams. With care and tenderness, Daphne guides Greta through the painstaking death of her mother, who had been suffering with a terminal illness. Steadfast…

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Heat Index: 5 Hot New Books that Tug at Your Heartstrings

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I’m pretty crazy about every book in our Heat Index this week, which explains why I’m starting the temperature at 90 for the first book. From strong, kick-ass heroines, to love, suspense, intrigue and folklore, these books will have you feeling ALL of the feels! These stories of lost love, new love, the kind of love that scares you and the love you one day wish to find, will not only pull at the heartstrings, they’ll tear your heart out and then, by the end, replace it with a heart that’s content, full and blissfully happy. From my heart to yours, enjoy these five damn good reads. The Heart You Carry Home, Jennifer Miller (Mariner Books, November 3, 2015) “Miller offers an impressively…

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