Book Review: We Love Anderson Cooper by R.L Maizes

Book Review: We Love Anderson Cooper by R.L Maizes

Today I bring you a wonderful short stories collection that I devoured!

*Thank you to Celadon Publishing for this complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

Title: We Love Anderson Cooper

About the author: (courtesy of Goodreads)

Publish Date: July 23, 2019

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Publisher: Celadon, Macmillan

Pages: 176

Genre: Short Stories

Synopsis: (courtesy of Goodreads)

What I Loved/Thought:

They say home is where the heart is, but I’m here to tell you that my heart loves Anderson Cooper.

🌿I’m going to divulge my age a bit here, but I can still remember watching Anderson Cooper as a young pup on air during Channel One news every morning in middle school. (You know.. that channel for teens that aired current events at the time. πŸ™‹β€β™€οΈ .. Anyone??)

I later discovered him as various news anchors and then as best bud to Andy Cohen, which I also adore, and looked forward to watching him on What Watch Happens Live as the featured guest of honor.

But I digress.. I loved these short stories by @r.l._maizes and was pleasantly surprised by their humor. While I don’t typically read a lot of short stories, I highly recommend these!

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5 stars!!

Praise: (courtesy of Amazon)

β€œMaizes’s direct manner of storytelling and her imperfect yet unmistakably human characters are sure to win over readers.”
―Publishers Weekly

“Each succinct fictional nugget rolls inexorably along its own quirky trajectory, arrives at its own unexpected destination, and never overstays its welcome … this is a book about the heart. Breaking news: Maizes’ gently witty and vaguely weird collection is well worth reading.”

“Told with humor and wisdom, these charming stories burst with possibility: At any moment, a character might risk all, or the world might tilt on its axis. Here is a wildly entertaining new voice, one to revel in.” 
–Rebecca Makkai, author of The Great Believers

Review: Trouble the Water by Jacqueline Friedland

Review: Trouble the Water by Jacqueline Friedland

Title: Trouble the Water

About the author: (credit to Goodreads)

Publish Date: May 8, 2018

Publisher: Spark Press

Pages: 353

Genre: Historical Fiction

Synopsis: (credit to Goodreads)


My Review:

β€œπšˆπš˜πšž 𝚐𝚘𝚝 𝚝𝚘 πšπš›πš˜πšžπš‹πš•πšŽ πšπš‘πšŠπš πš πšŠπšπšŽπš›, πšπš›πš˜πšžπš‹πš•πšŽ πš’πš πšžπš—πšπš’πš• πšπš‘πšŽπš›πšŽβ€™πšœ πš›πš’πš™πš™πš•πšŽπšœ, πšžπš—πšπš’πš• πšπš‘πšŽπš›πšŽβ€™πšœ 𝚠𝚊𝚟𝚎𝚜.”

Trouble the Water takes you back in time to Charleston, South Carolina during the 1800’s, before the Civil War. Seventeen-year-old Abbigail Milton has arrived from England to stay with Douglas Elling, a friend of her parents who have recently landed in unthinkable debt.

Abby is disgusted by her new guardian as she meets Douglas, but first impressions aren’t always what they first appear. When Abby overhears him planning the escape of a local slave, she is suddenly taken aback by him and finds herself falling for her benefactor.

I loved the rich atmosphere of this Charleston love story, woven together with a strong willed woman and a kind hearted widower. With the backdrop of this notorious southern city, I loved seeing the involvement in the abolitionist movement and supporting the Underground Railroad. Trouble the Water has a great cast of characters, from Abby and Douglas, to the debutante women she befriends, to the slaves she meets.


“Sweet and tender, this is a story with a slow-burning chemistry between the main leads, in addition to plenty of historical facts for readers who are seeking a well-researched historical fiction novel. It’s a story not to be rushed through, but one to savor.”

―Fresh Fiction