Coming Soon….

…. On a Bookshelf near you!

In January I hope to read….

Publication Date: January 23, 2018
Publisher: Harper

Goodreads:  When Angela met Jason Powell while catering a dinner party in East Hampton, she assumed their romance would be a short-lived fling, like so many relationships between locals and summer visitors. To her surprise, Jason, a brilliant economics professor at NYU, had other plans, and they married the following summer. For Angela, the marriage turned out to be a chance to reboot her life. She and her son were finally able to move out of her mother’s home to Manhattan, where no one knew about her tragic past.

Six years later, thanks to a bestselling book and a growing media career, Jason has become a cultural lightning rod, placing Angela near the spotlight she worked so carefully to avoid. When a college intern makes an accusation against Jason, and another woman, Kerry Lynch, comes forward with an even more troubling allegation, their perfect life begins to unravel. Jason insists he is innocent, and Angela believes him. But when Kerry disappears, Angela is forced to take a closer look at the man she married. And when she is asked to defend Jason in court, she realizes that her loyalty to her husband could unearth old secrets.

This much-anticipated follow-up to Burke’s Edgar-nominated The Ex asks how far a wife will go to protect the man she loves: Will she stand by his side, even if he drags her down with him?

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

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

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New Books

My daughter Kristin of Kritters Ramblings bought me two books for Christmas.

Both of these books are by Catherine Bybee.  She is an author I have enjoyed before.  Making It Right is the third in a series.
Fool Me Once is the start of her new series.

These will be nice to read with all the cold weather.  Just stay home and curl up with hot tea and one of these books.

Thank you Kristi!

 

 

Now That You Mention It

Author: Kristan Higgins
Publisher: Graydon House
Genre: Romance
Source:  Gloria at HarperCollins

 

Goodreads:  One step forward. Two steps back. The Tufts scholarship that put Nora Stuart on the path to becoming a Boston medical specialist was a step forward. Being hit by a car and then overhearing her boyfriend hit on another doctor when she thought she was dying? Two major steps back.

Injured in more ways than one, Nora feels her carefully built life cracking at the edges. There’s only one place to land: home. But the tiny Maine community she left fifteen years ago doesn’t necessarily want her. At every turn, someone holds the prodigal daughter of Scupper Island responsible for small-town drama and big-time disappointments.

With a tough islander mother who’s always been distant and a wild-child sister in jail, unable to raise her daughter–a withdrawn teen as eager to ditch the island as Nora once was–Nora has her work cut out for her if she’s going to take what might be her last chance to mend the family.

But as some relationships crumble around her, others unexpectedly strengthen. Balancing loss and opportunity, a dark event from her past with hope for the future, Nora will discover that tackling old pain makes room for promise…and the chance to begin again.

Ope’s Opinion: I usually start a Kristan Higgins book and the rest of the world disappears for me.  That didn’t happen this time.  The story started out slow, the mention of The Big Event, with no clues as to what it was, and the sad characters, all made it hard for me get excited about getting back to the book.

I found the romance crammed into the end of the book with a couple of twists that were interesting.

I like so many of her other books, that I will try her next one.  This one just didn’t grab me.

Mrs. Miracle

Author: Debbie Macomber
Publisher: Avon
Genre: Holiday Fiction
Source:  Harper Collins

 

Goodreads: Seth Webster’s heart never healed after he lost his adored wife. Now, with Christmas approaching, wild twin boys to raise alone, a home in chaos, and the latest in a long line of exasperated housekeepers quitting in disgust, Seth needs more than help to keep his family together…he needs a miracle.

And then a miracle arrives on his doorstep. Her name is Mrs. Merkle, but the kids call her “Mrs. Miracle”—and from the moment the warm, knowing, and very patient nanny appears, everything is different. Her sassy spirit is infectious, and it gives Seth the courage to approach Reba, a beautiful travel agent who’s been hurt and betrayed, and is afraid to ever love again. Through the magic of faith—and with a little help from a children’s Christmas pageant and a lot of encouragement from Mrs. Miracle—Seth and Reba might just be able to find a Christmas miracle of their very own: true love.

Ope’s Opinion:  This is such a prefect read for the holidays.  It is light, easy and happy at the end.  All the ways a holiday read should be. 

Although I thought the movie was better then the book, I did enjoy the book.  I saw the movie first, so that may have something to do with my point of view.

I am usually not one to read about angels and ghostly happenings, but for the Christmas season this seemed appropriate.

If you like Debbie Macomber books, you will enjoy this one too!

Christmas, Present

Author: Jacquelyn Mitchard
Publisher: Harper
Genre: Holiday Fiction
Source: Harper Collins

 

Goodreads:  A fourteenth wedding anniversary is nothing to sneeze at, Elliott Banner knows, but it’s not exactly a landmark year—like fifteen, or twenty, when he plans to take his wife, Laura, to Paris. But when a headache on the drive home from their anniversary date—two days before Christmas—turns out to be more than a migraine, he wishes he had celebrated every year as though it were their last.

In this poignant, touching, uplifting story, a woman calmly gathers her family around her during the Christmas holiday to celebrate their lives together—both past and future—and to truly count their blessings.

A family history unfolds in a single night in this deeply affecting story that speaks volumes about love, trust, and letting go—a perfect holiday read that underscores the true meaning of the season.

Ope’s Opinion:  Although this book was on the sad side, it reminded me to enjoy each moment.  It made me stop and think about how precious my family is – especially at a time when we are all so busy. 

Since this book was so short, some of it felt rushed and the ending came a little too fast.

The Thursday Night Club and Other Stories of Christmas Spirit

Author: Steven Manchester
Publisher: Fiction Studio Books
Genre: Holiday Book
Source:  Steven Manchester

 

Goodreads:  A joyous and deeply emotional collection of three unforgettable Christmas novellas.

With a series of #1 bestsellers like Twelve Months, The Rockin’ Chair and Pressed Pennies, Steven Manchester has established himself as one of the premier voices of moving and heartfelt fiction. Now, he collects his three unforgettable Christmas novellas in one volume.

The Thursday Night Club: Five college friends, three men and two women, have been getting together every Thursday night to share humble meals and an abundance of laughter. But when tragedy takes one of them, leaving the others to question the fairness of life, the Thursday Night Club decides to embark on a contest in the memory of the generous spirit of their fallen brother. The objective of the contest is simple: whoever performs the kindest deed by Christmas night wins the pot – four quarters. And there are only two conditions: the benevolent deed must be anonymous, and it cannot cost a single penny to pull off. As the four friends undertake the contest, the healing begins and they become inspired beyond their expectations. There might be a winner in this competition, but it is very clear there will be no losers.

A Christmas Wish: Steph is on a search for truth in her heart as she faces the prospect of real love for the first time. Brian is out to enjoy his favorite season in a way that doctors never thought he could. And at the center of it all is their grandmother, affectionately known as Mama, a woman of remarkable commitment and charity who knows something very important about making Christmas wishes come true.

The Tin-Foil Manger: Published in this volume for the first time, this is the story of Nancy, an elderly woman with little to live for and Jeanne, the caretaker who wants to believe that Nancy has more to live for. Together, they embark on a journey to the past – a past of modest Christmases, tin-foil mangers, and abundant love – to rediscover the time when Nancy felt truly alive. Nancy’s memories and how they touch Jeanne, will turn this Christmas into one for the ages.

Rich with emotion and profound with meaning, these three stories of Christmas spirit that will strike a chord in your heart any time of year and make you look at the holiday season in new ways.

Ope’s Opinion:  A year ago I read The Thursday Night Club and enjoyed it.  I decided when Steven sent me this book to reread it.  It was just as good the second time.

The other two stories were just as good as The Thursday Night Club.  They were perfect for this busy time of year – short, meaningful and a reminder of the reason for the season.  They made me stop for a minute, relax and think about what is really important.

Thank you Steven for writing such heartfelt characters and stories.