Embroidery Table Puzzle

This is the box the puzzle came in.

It came with a poster – which is always a plus for me.
The poster really helped with all the small details on this puzzle.

So many good things to say about this puzzle. It was a challenge that I really enjoyed!
The pieces were a great size, they fit together very well and you could tell when they were in the right place. I have another puzzle from Big Ben Luxe – now I can’t wait to do that one!

My Daughter’s Mistake

Author: Kate Hewitt
Publisher: Bookouture
Genre: Fiction
Source: Bookouture ( Netgalley )

Goodreads: I look at my daughter. My darling girl. I remember her tiny hand in mine, her first smile. I recall her tears when she’d tumble over, healed instantly with a band-aid and a little kiss. I have to keep her safe. Even if it means someone else gets hurt…

In the pretty, privileged college town of Milford, New Hampshire, everyone is friendly, everything is safe. And on this cold autumn day, as red and yellow leaves begin to fall from the trees, and everyone wraps up for the first time, it would be easy to believe nothing bad could ever happen here.

Until a screech of tires is heard, a thud, a child’s scream. The crash that sees Jenna’s six-year-old daughter Amy Rose being hit by a car driven by seventeen-year-old Maddie.

Maddie’s mother, Ellen—a college professor with a warm, approachable reputation—insists it must have been an accident. Her daughter is always safe on the road—and she’s vulnerable herself.

But as Amy Rose lies unconscious in hospital, the town begins to take sides. With Ellen, who just wants to defend her daughter. Or with Jenna, a single mother with a past, whose child hovers between life and death…

The truth is that both mothers have secrets they’re trying to keep. And, with Amy Rose’s life hanging in the balance, one of them will stop at nothing to protect the person she loves—her daughter.

An incredible, powerfully emotional and heartbreaking read, with a dilemma that will make everyone wonder what they would do, in either mother’s shoes. Perfect for fans of Jodi Picoult, Jojo Moyes and Diane Chamberlain.

Ope’s Opinion: Oh, this book took my breath away several times! Just when I thought I knew where the story was going it took a turn around a corner I didn’t see coming. There was a lot packed into this book. It was so well written.

These two mom’s parent differently and come from different backgrounds, but at the heart of it all, they are mom’s who love their daughters. It is so hard to see each of them deal with the accident. I could not even imagine my own reaction on either side of this story.

I am going to be looking out for Kate Hewitt’s next book. I have one on my TBR list. This book makes me want to drop everything and go read that one!

The Liar’s Child

Author: Sheryl Browne
Publisher: Bookouture
Genre: Mystery
Source: Bookouture ( Netgalley )

Goodreads: I’ll do anything to protect my daughter…

When I pick my beloved daughter Poppy up from school one afternoon, my mind races when I see the little girl holding Poppy’s hand. With the same heart-shaped face, long brown hair and dark eyes, the two girls look identical. In fact, they look like sisters.

Is the secret I’ve been holding on to for so long about to be revealed?

That night, I cuddle Poppy even harder, desperately trying to decide what to do. And then my husband’s phone vibrates. A message. And then another. And another. All from a number I don’t recognise.

Is someone going to tell my husband what I did? Could I be about to lose everything I have worked so hard to protect?

But I’ve spent so long hiding the truth, I never stopped to wonder if I was the only liar in the family… The only thing I’m sure of is that nobody is going to take my child away from me.

If you can’t get enough of addictive psychological thrillers like Gone Girl, The Wife Between Us and The Marriage, you’ll love The Liar’s Child. With nail-biting suspense and an ending that will make your heart pound, this is one book you simply won’t be able to put down.

Ope’s Opinion: This book was on the short side, but I felt like it drug on. The two adult main characters acted like children – they would not talk to each and kept wondering if the other one loved them. Because of the miscommunication ( of lack of communication ) they each assumed incorrect things. There was information given to the reader on repeat.

The basis for the plot was a good idea and the ending was kind of unexpected – getting there was hard.

Find Me at Whisper Falls

Author: Ellyn Oaksmith
Publisher: Bookouture
Genre: Romance
Source: Bookouture ( Netgalley )

Goodreads: Two old rivals. One dream job. And a summer they’ll never forget.

Freya Johanssen needs a fresh start. A recently heartbroken and newly-qualified veterinarian, she will take any job that gets her away from Seattle—for now. Her plan is to spend two years in the small town of Whisper Falls, and then head back to the city and civilisation.

And then Trent Crossley shows up, and her carefully laid plans are blown to pieces. He’s the last person she expected—or wanted—ever to see again. This is the guy who thinks he’s God’s gift to women; who breezed through vet school without studying and who betrayed her in a way she’ll never forgive. She thinks he’s an arrogant party boy; he thinks she’s an uptight perfectionist. Now he’s in her clinic, and the fluttering in her stomach must mean she’s still mad at him.

It seems they have both been hired for the same job—and now neither is backing down. But as Freya works to outdo Trent at every turn, she starts to see a different side to the man she thought she knew. Falling in love was never part of her plan. And if she wants the new beginning she’s worked so hard for, can she afford to give away her heart?

Ope’s Opinion: This could be a Hallmark movie. It was a very predictable romance with a lot of insight to a veterinarian job. The story was told from Freya and Trent’s perspectives. Alternating their perspectives gave the reader insight into what each of them was thinking.

Freya and Trent each have their strengths and weakness in the veterinarian practice and in relationships. Being in a small town put a spot light on them. It made living and working together an interesting scenario. The other characters in the town added to the story.

This is my first Ellyn Oaksmith book. I am now interested in looking at what else she has written.

The Gathering Table

Author: Kathryn Springer
Publisher: Love Inspired Trade
Genre: Fiction
Source: Harlequin ( Netgalley )

Goodreads: Winsome Lake, Wisconsin, is postcard-pretty, but for chef Jessica Keaton it’s also a last resort. Fired from her dream job, Jess is starting over as a live-in cook and housekeeper. When she arrives, she finds her new employer is in rehab after having a stroke, and Jess expects she’ll be all alone in Elaine Haviland’s quaint house. A chef with no one to cook for.

But instead, she encounters a constant stream of colorful visitors who draw her back into the world. As Jess contends with local teenagers, a group of scrappy women and a charming football coach, Elaine faces some battles of her own that extend past her physical challenges. For both of them, all the ingredients for a fulfilling life are within reach, if they’re willing to take a leap. And maybe Jess will start to see that it’s not just what’s on the table that matters—it’s the people gathered round it.

Ope’s Opinion: This charming, small town story was full of heart warming characters. The story was easy to read and the characters were people I wanted to know. The romance was enjoyable and feel of a good family ( no matter what family looks like ) made me keep turning the pages.

One of the things that this story reminded me was – when you think things are really bad, it may be the beginning of something else really good. It was such an encouraging story.

With all the hard times and turns along the way, it ended the way you would want it.

Coming Soon…

…. On a Bookshelf near you!

In October I hope to read….

Publication Date: October 19, 2021
Publisher: Thomas Nelson

Goodreads:

She came in search of the family she’d always wanted—and found the kind of love she’d never dared to imagine.

When Katelyn Loveland’s car veered off a winding Appalachian Mountain road, she thought she was done for. That is until Cooper Robinson, local sheriff’s deputy, came to her rescue. And though Katie narrowly escaped her brush with death, she still fell. Hard.

She wasn’t the only one. But soon Cooper learns that the woman he’s more attracted to than any he’s ever met is his brother’s new girlfriend—and therefore unquestionably off limits. Yet, despite his best efforts, Cooper and Katie can’t seem to avoid running into each other. Or ignore the undeniable chemistry between them.

As they grow closer, Katie shares the secrets of her past and the real reason she moved to their small North Carolina town. She also wins over Cooper’s welcoming and bighearted family. But they don’t know that her feelings for Cooper keep growing—all while she’s dating his brother. Soon the stakes of their emotional connection become higher than either of them could have imagined. Katie stands to lose the first family she’s ever had, and a scandal could doom Cooper’s campaign for sheriff’s office. Suddenly they find themselves on the edge of another precipice—and they’re forced to make a decision that could change their lives forever.

What is coming soon …. to a bookshelf near you?

Let me know – I am always looking for a good read!

Look What is Inside!

Here is the box.

Publication Date: October 26, 2021

Goodreads: In the newest installment of New York Times bestselling author Kristy Woodson Harvey’​s Peachtree Bluff series, three generations of the Murphy women must come together when a hurricane threatens to destroy their hometown—and the holiday season in the process.

When the Murphy women are in trouble, they always know they can turn to their mother, Ansley. So when eldest daughter Caroline and her husband, James, announce they are divorcing—and fifteen-year-old daughter Vivi acts out in response—Caroline, at her wits end, can’t think of anything to do besides leave her with Ansley in Peachtree Bluff for the holidays. After all, how much trouble can one teenager get into on a tiny island?

Quite a lot, as it turns out.

As the “storm of the century” heads toward Peachtree Bluff, Ansley and her husband, Jack, with Vivi in tow, are grateful they’re planning to leave for the trip of a lifetime. But Vivi’s recklessness forces the trio to shelter in place during the worst hurricane Peachtree has ever seen. With no power, no provisions, and the water rising, the circumstances become dire very quickly…and the Murphy sisters, who evacuated to New York, soon realize it’s up to them to conduct a rescue mission. With the bridges closed and no way to access Peachtree Bluff by land or air, they set sail on Caroline’s boat, The Starlite Sisters, determined to rebuild their beloved town—as well as their family.

In “pitch perfect tones” (Publishers Weekly) and written with her signature Southern charm, New York Times bestselling author Kristy Woodson Harvey explores the magic of Christmas, the power of forgiveness, and the importance of family in a tale that reminds us that, no matter the circumstances, home is always where we belong—especially during the holidays.

This came as such a surprise!
Not only was it in a nice box, but there is a book mark and she signed the book!!
I have a shelf just for Kristy’s books – I am very excited to add this one.
Thank you Kristy!

No Words

Author: Meg Cabot
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
Genre: Romance
Source: William Morrow Paperbacks ( Netgalley )

Goodreads: Welcome to Little Bridge, one of the smallest, most beautiful islands in the Florida Keys.

Jo Wright always swore she’d never step foot on Little Bridge Island—not as long as her nemesis, bestselling author Will Price, is living there.

Then Jo’s given an offer she can’t refuse: an all-expense-paid trip to speak and sign at the island’s first-ever book festival.

Even though arrogant Will is the last person Jo wants to see, she could really use the festival’s more-than-generous speaking fee. She’s suffering from a crippling case of writer’s block on the next instalment of her bestselling children’s series, and her father needs financial help as well.

Then Jo hears that Will is off-island on the set of the film of his next book. Hallelujah!

But when she arrives on Little Bridge, Jo is in for a shock: Will is not only at the book festival, but seems genuinely sorry for his past actions—and more than willing not only to make amends but prove to Jo that he’s a changed man.

Things seem to be looking up—until disaster strikes, causing Jo to wonder: Do any of us ever really know anyone?

Ope’s Opinion: As a blogger I have been to several book festivals, so I was very interested in reading this book hoping to get insight into a festival from the authors perspective. I think I did get a little of the authors view of a festival, but there were so many antics going on, it didn’t feel real to me.

I was disappointed that the main character was portrayed as childish. Her love interest went from enemies to romance – it was a slow moving one – which I really like.

Although this was the third book in the series ( my first ) it stood alone just fine. I did not feel I was missing any information from pervious books.

New York Bookstore Puzzle

This is the box of Puzzle.
September always reminds of new books.
When school started my mom used to let us buy a new book.

This was a little challenging because there was no poster and
the colors were muted and blurred into each other.
I enjoyed the challenge.

This was a New York Puzzle company puzzle.
It is 1,000 pieces.
Thank you Kristi for giving this to me!

The Heart of Splendid Lake

Author: Amy Clipston
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Genre: Christian Fiction
Source: Thomas Nelson ( Netgalley )

Goodreads: Bestselling author Amy Clipston transports readers to a picturesque lakeside town in this heartwarming contemporary romance.

Brianna is the youngest of the three Porter sisters and the only one who chose to stay in the small town of Splendid Lake, North Carolina. She followed in her father’s footsteps and became an expert boat mechanic, helping him run their small resort with cabin rentals, a convenience store, and a marina. 

When Brianna’s father unexpectedly dies, Brianna is steeped in grief and guilt—then left alone to clean up the mess. To make matters worse, a constant stream of real estate brokers begins marching through her property, offering to buy the family land. In particular, she keeps running into handsome real estate mogul Scott Gibson. 

As Brianna struggles to keep it all together, Scott finds his way into her heart. And as the two fight against their feelings, they just might find themselves forging a surprising and exciting new love at Splendid Lake.

Ope’s Opinion: I really enjoy Christian fiction, so I wanted to love this book ( a new author for me ), but I only liked it.

The small town setting was enjoyable and I could picture the lake resort – some place I would like to visit! I like stories with characters that pull themselves out of difficult situations.

The struggles for Brianna stretched on too long. I was ready for the story to take an upbeat path sooner than it did. Although Brianna had wonderful friends, I was disappointed her sisters were not more supportive and available to her.

I liked the slow romance. There did not really seemed to be a connection between Brianna and Taylor. It took Scott coming along for her to realize it.