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“We’ll choose to remain invisible. To everyone except each other . . . ”

There’s an unspoken feeling among women, that men come and go, but good girlfriends stay with us forever. The four women in the new novel, THE INVISIBLES by Cecilia Galante (WillamMorrow) are a wonderful example of that philosophy – of course, that includes a lot of heartache.

Nora, Ozzie, Monica and Grace were young teenagers when they first came together at Turning Winds, a home for girls with troubled pasts. Together they formed “The Invisibles” – creating their own family and solid bond based on the tragedy they faced in their pasts. On their final night, a terrible “incident” happens revealing that not everything is perfect within their circle. The girls graduate from the high-school and the home; three leave town, hoping to put any bad memories behind them and Nora stays in Willow Grove, where she works at the library and walks her dog “Alice Walker.”

“”Leave it in the past where it would get smaller and smaller until one day it would just disappear altogether.” Except that it hadn’t.””

Fifteen years later on her 32nd birthday, Nora receives an unexpected call that will change the course of the next week, and I’d argue, the rest of her life.  Ozzie calls to say that Grace is sick and her husband says Grace has asked the three of them to come to her side. With many deep secrets and unresolved issues, the four of them are brought together and finally explore that final night for what it was. THE INVISIBLES is about the healing power of friendship, honesty and being truthful. It’s learning to trust another human being for the first time in your life, despite how all logic says not to.

I always find it interesting to learn something about the author whose novel I’m reading and in this case I was fascinated by Cecilia Galante’s background. She was born and raised the first fifteen years of her life in a religious commune. I wonder if there’s something to be drawn from her experience that’s relative to this novel? I can’t help but be intrigued.

Thanks to TLC Book Tours and William Morrow Books, we have a copy of THE INVISIBLES to giveaway to one lucky winner. Just leave a comment about friendship and we’ll pick a winner on Friday! Good luck!

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Cecilia Galante author photoAbout Cecilia Galante

Cecilia Galante is the author of three young adult novels, three middle-grade books, and a children’s chapter-book series. She is the recipient of many awards, including a NAIBA Book of the Year and an Oprah’s Teen Read Selection for her first novel, The Patron Saint of Butterflies. Her books have been translated into Japanese, Turkish, and Polish.

Find out more about Cecilia at her website, and connect with her on Facebook and Twitter.

tlc logo Thanks to TLC Book Tours  for including Thoughts on This ‘n That on this blog tour. We also appreciated receiving a copy of THE INVISIBLES for an honest review. Feel free to check out my website for more of my reviews and news about my novel, “Viewer Discretion Advised.”

HAUSFRAU by Jill Alexander Essbaum


“A lonely woman is a dangerous woman. A lonely woman is a bored woman. Bored women act on impulse.”

In Jill Alexander Essbaum’s novel, HAUSFRAU, Anna Benz is an American woman living in Zürich with her Swiss banker husband, Bruno, three children and mother-in-law, Ursula. She is living what she calls a “tiny” life in the “tiny” town of  Dietlikon. From the outside her life looks perfect, but she’s miserable and doesn’t fit in with any of the other mothers, so she spends her time wandering the city on foot and by train. Eventually her husband tells her to go “fix” herself, as if she were a Swiss clock. For Anna, that means German-language classes and Jungian Psychoanalysis.

She ends up having an affair with a man from Boston, followed by many more sexually intense affairs. She finds its very easy to work her numerous encounters around her daily language classes and rarely disrupts the schedule of her mother-in-law’s babysitting her children.

“Some women collected spoons. Anna collected lovers.”

The character of Anna was difficult for me to get a full understanding of, but so intriguing that I wouldn’t give up. It would have be easy to dismiss her as a hopeless, over-indulged woman, but I believe she’s clinically depressed and not getting the help she needs. Her analysis sessions leave her with more questions than answers.

Anna is a complicated character and HAUSFRAU is a compelling novel that’s why I recommend everyone read it. This is Jill Alexander Essbaum’s first novel. She’s a poet first and her prose are as clear and as pristine as the Swiss winter air. I look forward to her next novel.

Thanks to Netgalley and Random House for providing a kindle copy for an honest review.

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