Nothing is more relaxing than laying back on a quiet beach, with the company of the waves lapping peacefully at the shore, and a great way to while away the hours is with a compelling novel. Today’s guests have delivered the goods.

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Acclaimed novelist Erin Duffy used her experience working on Wall Street as inspiration for her first novel, Bond Girl, and today she will discuss her latest work, Lost Along The Way, an exploration of women’s friendships and the critical ways they can grow, bend, even break, and be mended again.

Television shows like American Pickers and Antiques Roadshow that tease viewers with the universal dream of finding out that your dusty old painting is worth millions inspired versatile journalist Diane B. Saxton to pen her debut novel. Peregrine Island is a tale driven by mystery, as an unravelling family strains to stay together as their lives are picked apart.

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In Lost Along The Way, Erin Duffy explores the critical moments in all women’s friendships… marriage, motherhood, death, and divorce… and writes about the intricacies of family, friendship, and personal growth while dealing with the ups and downs life undoubtedly throws our way. She illuminates the moments that make us, the betrayals that break us, and the power of love that helps us forgive even the most painful hurts… a book not to be missed this summer. Erin graduated from Georgetown University with a B.A. in English and worked on Wall Street. She lives in New York City with her husband (whom she met the old-fashioned way… in a bar).

Peregrine Island is the story of the Peregrine family, living on an island off the Connecticut coast, whose lives are turned upside-down one summer when so-called art experts appear on their doorstep to appraise a favorite heirloom painting. When incriminating papers along with other paintings are discovered behind the painting-in-question, the appraisal turns into a full-fledged investigation. As summer progresses, the Peregrines discover facts about their past in the course of the investigation and learn that people are not always who they appear to be… themselves included… and art is often a reflection of life. Diane B. Saxton was a journalist with Vanity Fair UK, Holiday Magazine, and Greenwich Review, and covered everything from torture victims to psychics, animal rights activists, exotic travel, and movie producers.

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