What’s in my Bookish {Beauty} Bag? 4th of July edition ~ Lisa Duffy

Happy 4th of July!  Time to celebrate and read a good book 🙂  I am so happy to have another local author and gal, Lisa Duffy on the blog sharing her debut book, The Salt House.  This is the perfect beach read or getaway book.  With rave reviews since its June release, The Salt House is a dramatic and emotional story that will hook you from the beginning, a must-read of 2017.

The Salt House cover

via Amazon ~

*Real Simple “Best Books of June”
*Refinery29 “Best Beach Reads of 2017”

In the tradition of Jodi Picoult and Lisa Genova, this gorgeously written, heartbreaking, yet hopeful debut set during a Maine summer traces the lives of a young family in the aftermath of tragedy.

In the coastal town of Alden, Maine, Hope and Jack Kelly have settled down to a life of wedded bliss. They have a beautiful family, a growing lobster business, and the Salt House—the dilapidated oceanfront cottage they’re renovating into their dream home. But tragedy strikes when their young daughter doesn’t wake up from her afternoon nap, taking her last breath without making a sound.

A year later, each member of the Kelly family navigates the world on their own private island of grief. Hope spends hours staring at her daughter’s ashes, unable to let go. Jack works to the point of exhaustion in an attempt to avoid his crumbling marriage. Their daughters, Jess and Kat, struggle to come to terms with the loss of their younger sister while watching their parents fall apart.

When Jack’s old rival, Ryland Finn, threatens his fishing territory, he ignites emotions that propel the Kelly family toward circumstances that will either tear them apart—or be the path to their family’s future.

Told in alternating voices, The Salt House is a layered, emotional portrait of marriage, family, friendship, and the complex intersections of love, grief, and hope


  • What is your bag of choice?

I have a thing for hobo bags. I’m not picky about the designer–it’s all about the color anddesign, sort of a love at first sight type of thing.


  • What are your top favorite beauty picks?

My go to perfume is Lush’s Lust. They call it “Unabashedly carnal jasmine”. I’m stocking up on it just in case they ever decide to discontinue the scent. I’m also a hand cream junkie. The prettier the tube, the better. My sister-in-law introduced me to L’Occitaine’s Shea Butter and I’m loving.


  • What beauty products do you always carry in your bag/purse/carry-on?

I always have a tube/container of lip balm (or ten) at the bottom of my bag. I don’t wear lipstick, and I love clear (not sticky!) lip moisturizers. Lush’s Ultrabalm is my go-to because it comes in this cool tin, and it’s all purpose…feels great on lips and hands.


  • What are you currently reading (can be books/magazines)?

I just finished an ARC of Elise Hooper’s The Other Alcott. An excellent debut out this September about the untold story of May Alcott.


  • And any other fun item/must-have that you always have with you 🙂

I try to always throw my Kindle in my bag. It comforts me to travel with it so if I’m stuck waiting somewhere, I can always just use the time to relax and read.

Lisa Duffy credit © Tom Wheble

Thanks to Lisa for sharing her bag and make sure to pick up a copy of The Salt House!

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Tiny Little Thing by Beatriz Williams

Tiny Little Thing by Beatriz Williams

Happy August fellow readers and book lovers!  Summer is flying by and I am finding the books are only getting better.  Tiny Little Thing by Beatriz Williams ended my July with a bang!  Set in Boston, as am I, this is on the top of my list for one of the best books this season!  It was also my first read by Beatriz Williams…I know where have I been?  She is absolutely amazing and I can not wait to get my hands on another one of her novels.

Tiny Little Thing takes us back to 60’s, set in Boston, revolving around politics, a little mystery and love.  Christina “Tiny” Hardcastle is married to Frank who is running for political office.  Together Tiny and Frank are the epitome of the perfect political couple.  They are brought to Cape Cod for the summer where Tiny receives a photograph in the mail bringing back a part of her past.  Frank’s cousin Caspian is the Vietnam vet who helps Frank complete his impeccable political front but also has ties to Tiny.  Does he have anything to do with Tiny’s mystery mail?  Struggling to figure out who is out to get her as well as maintain her trophy wife status, Tiny confides in her sister Pepper.   Pepper is as spicy as her name and is hiding her own secrets as well, naturally being the perfect partner in crime.  They need one another as the Hardcastle family is not one to hide secrets from.  Everyone is watching.

A little bit mystery and a whole lot of love story, Tiny Little Thing is literally the perfect summer read and my seventh “Blissful Beach Bag” pick.  Tiny Hardcastle is one of the best characters I have met in a book in a long time.  She is strong, elegant and persistent.  Williams’s story and characters challenge the times and makes the reader think.  I loved the sister dynamic between Pepper and Tiny and hope there is a story for Pepper somewhere down the road.  Williams certainly left that door open.  For all the lastest updates follow Beatriz on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Beatriz Williams

*Tiny Little Thing was sent to Bliss Beauty and Books for review purposes.