Mariana Cotromanes

Writer, Blogger, Crunchy Mom


Finally, a Book Review! THE LOOK OF LOVE

Posted on April 9, 2015 at 9:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Hello, my fellow readers!


What a crazy six months it’s been! We spent November packing and getting over the stomach flu, we moved in early December, and then I put on my party planner hat: we had two Christmas dinners, Alec’s big-fat-Greek baptism, then his first birthday. We made it through these chaotic and beautiful moments, and now I’m back to reading and rev...

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Book Review: Hand of Fire

Posted on October 3, 2014 at 8:25 AM Comments comments (0)


Hand of Fire by Judith Starkston is an impressive work of historical fiction and I didn’t want it to end. It is written elegantly, and the pacing is just right— the reader is immersed in this mythical wor...

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Book Review: Desperately Ever After

Posted on July 29, 2014 at 8:05 AM Comments comments (1)

Desperately Ever After by Laura Kenyon is a fun, smart read with great imagination and razor sharp wit. This work of women&#...

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Book Review: Goodnight June

Posted on July 14, 2014 at 8:05 AM Comments comments (0)


Sarah Jio’s Goodnight June is a literary treat for bookworms: the majority of the novel takes place in a bookstore, and the central mystery involves the talented (and endearingly quirky) Margaret Wise Brown, author of beloved children’s book Goodnight Moon.


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Book Review: The Glass Kitchen

Posted on July 7, 2014 at 8:00 AM Comments comments (0)

The Glass Kitchen by Linda Francis Lee is a work of contemporary women’s fiction with a touch of magical realism. From the first page I was drawn into the life of P...

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Book Review: The Word Exchange

Posted on April 25, 2014 at 8:15 AM Comments comments (0)

Alena Graedon’s The Word Exchange is a fantastic work of...

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Book Review: Becoming Josephine

Posted on April 7, 2014 at 7:00 AM Comments comments (5)


Heather Webb’s Becoming Josephine, published last December, is a captivating read. I was so absorbed by the charming Josephine and her world of tumult and tragedy, power and luxury, that I didn’t want to put the book down and read it during every spare second I ha...

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Book Review: Letters from Skye

Posted on March 31, 2014 at 6:30 AM Comments comments (0)


Letters from Skye, by Jessica Brockmole, made its debut back in July of 2013. I was incredibly excited to receive an advanced reading e-book copy because its book jacket summary contains exactly what I look for in a novel: rich historical context, romanc...

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Book Review: Paris Letters

Posted on February 3, 2014 at 10:50 PM Comments comments (2)



Paris Letters by Janice MacLeod is being released today, February 4th. On its surface this memoir is about a woman traveling to a foreign country to find herself. Delving deeper, it conveys the necessity to remain true to ourselves, and never neglect the maintenan...

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Book Review: Call Me Zelda

Posted on May 28, 2013 at 2:15 PM Comments comments (0)

There is something about "the Jazz Age" and the "Lost Generation" that captivates me.  I just can't get enough of the era-- the people who lived during it, the literature they produced, and the fascinating lives they led.  And I'm grateful that well-written books like "Z," "The Paris Wife," "

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Book Review: The Clover House

Posted on May 9, 2013 at 2:15 PM Comments comments (0)

The Clover House by Henriette Lazaridis Power is a novel thick with heritage, history, and complicated relationships.  The story alternates between Calliope (Callie) Notaris Brown-- in her thirties in the present-- and her...

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Book Review: Someday, Someday Maybe

Posted on April 23, 2013 at 1:00 PM Comments comments (1)

Being released today, SOMEDAY, SOMEDAY MAYBE by Lauren Graham (beloved actress from "Gilmore Girls" and "Parenthood") is a witty and revealing read, and an enjoyable work of contemporary fiction.

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Five Books You'll Devour

Posted on April 4, 2013 at 3:20 PM Comments comments (1)

Recently I've noticed an upswing in Facebook statuses among my friends asking for book recommendations, and luckily over the last few months I've read some amazing novels (and aren't their covers great too?!) Here are five of my favorites I highly recommend:

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Book Review: From the Kitchen of Half Truth

Posted on March 25, 2013 at 3:05 PM Comments comments (0)

In From the Kitchen of Half Truth by Maria Goodin (to be released April 1st), Meg May struggles to remember aspects of her early childhood.  Her memories are muddled further by outlandish stories her mother has told her: that she was so sweet she would dip Meg’s toes in coffee; and that she once ate so many ...

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Book Review: Z

Posted on March 20, 2013 at 9:20 AM Comments comments (2)

Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald


Zelda Fitzgerald, wife of infamous “Jazz Age” writer F.Scott Fitzgerald, was an exuberant woman—intelligent, witty, and impulsive—who shared the spotlight with her husband, making her a historical ...

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