Can you believe we are midway through the holidays? During the craziness of the season, I hope you are finding a few moments each day for yourself.  If not, might I suggest a book from one of my new favorite authors, Sarah Addison Allen. I know I have found a truly gifted author when not one but all of her books are true gems.

Curling up with one of her books is like good wine…to be enjoyed without disruption (if there is such a thing for any woman out there, especially during this time of year!) However in order to be a good Mom, Wife or Friend, you have to first take care of yourself, and reading a good book is one of the happy things I do for myself.

Sarah’s books each stand alone, but all revolve around small coastal towns in the Carolinas, yet none of them have a cookie cutter feel that so many popular authors today feel the need to use. Each story is unique in its own way and you will want to savor each one.

She invites you to plunge into a world where you will still find someone willing to help a stranger, do the right thing, or make you laugh. Her stories are sprinkled with a type of magic that draws you in and makes you want to believe these things could and are happening. Sarah’s characters come to life within minutes of meeting them. They pull you into their world with such depth of feeling and emotion that you feel you have lost long time friends when you close that final page. Their stories will stay with you and touch you. And if you’re lucky enough, you will start seeing and experiencing the magic that happens in your own life.

If you want a book that will occupy your time, take you away from everyday life, or just put a smile on your face, then I recommend you pick up any or all of her four titles…The Peach Keeper, The Girl Who Chased the Moon, Garden Spells, or The Sugar Queen

What books do you read to relax and unwind?


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5 Responses to Relax and Unwind With a Good Book

  1. Alison Mahoney says:

    I’m in a Skype group video chat book club with 5 of my sorority sisters from Florida State. I created a closed group on Facebook so that we can plan meetings or reschedule if needed and we meet at least once a month. We had been sharing book recommendations for years by email and then FB so this was a natural progression. We’re all located in different states so it’s been a great way for us to stay connected and share one of our favorite hobbies. A few books we’ve read: The Glass Castle, Room, The Help and the Hunger Games trilogy.

    • Anne Boodheshwar says:

      Thats a great idea! I enjoyed the Help and HungerGames Trilogy…will have to look into the other two selections. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Sarah G says:

    The Glass Castle is a true story (if I remember right) and is really incredible!! Room is definately worth a read too. I just started the Hunger Games Trilogy. I am always looking for book suggestions!!

  3. Rebecca Pope-Ruark says:

    I love her books too. Sometimes you just need a book with an extra sprinkle of magic. Garden Spells is a favorite.

  4. Alisa Jordan Alisa Jordan says:

    I’ve always really enjoyed reading memoirs, and this time of year I especially like Christmas ones, like You Better Not Cry by Augusten Burroughs or Holidays on Ice by David Sedaris. It’s nice to be able to read the individual stories if you don’t have a lot of time! Thanks for these suggestions- I definitely want to check them out.

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