Coming Soon….

…. On a Bookshelf near you!

In July I hope to read….

Publication Date: July 27, 2021
Publisher: Entangled: Amara

Goodreads:  A delightful romantic comedy from New York Times bestselling author Ginny Baird…

Successful Boston matchmaker and television personality Meredith Galanes’s reputation is on the line. During a guest appearance on a morning talk show, she’s broadsided by questions about her own romantic attachments, just as she’s trying to secure a syndication deal. Afraid to admit her love life is a total disaster, Meredith blurts out that she’s seriously involved with a very special man—a boatbuilder in Maine. She never expects that small slip to get spun into a story about her supposed engagement.

Or that the paparazzi will track the guy down…

Derrick Albright is laid-back about many things. Being hounded by the press about some imaginary engagement to a woman he’s only met once—and couldn’t stand—isn’t one of them. Then Meredith actually shows up at his cabin in Blue Hill, Maine, with an apology, a pot roast, and a proposal—play along until she secures her TV deal, and she’ll help him win back his ex.

It’s a simple plan, but if they have any chance of pulling it off, they’ll have to survive each other first…

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

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

Summer by the Sea

Author: Jenny Hale
Publisher: Bookouture
Genre: Romance
Source: Bookouture ( Netgalley )

Goodreads: They say there’s always one summer that changes you.

For Faith the one summer she can’t forget is when she fell in love as a teenager – only for her sister, Casey, to steal her man. Now, at the request of her beloved ninety-year-old Grandmother, Faith has agreed to a family holiday – at their childhood beach house, where it all began.

Faith hasn’t seen her sister in years but is finally ready to forgive and forget, enjoy the sunshine and relive happy memories. What she’s not ready for is meeting Jake Buchanan – the owner of the beach house – or the long-forgotten feelings he ignites in her.

Can Faith overcome the hurt of the past, rekindle the close bond she had with Casey and make this summer THE ONE to remember?

Ope’s Opinion: The Outer Banks is one of my favorite places to be. I go often with family and friends. It is very special to me. So a book set at the Outer Banks and about developing it, is right up my alley. That part of the book was amazing.

The rest of the book gave me whip lash. The sister relationship was close, mad at each other, close – back and forth. Jake’s and Faith’s relationship was the same as her sisters – back and forth. Most of the book was on repeat.

Even though the end was what I usually like and expect from romance, by the time I got there I wasn’t sure I was believing it.

Summer Island Book Club

Author: Ciara Knight
Publisher: Author Collective 20
Genre: Romance
Source: Author Collective 20 ( Netgalley )

Goodreads: Widow Julie Boone has lived her life and is content, so she thought until her daughter gives her the perfect nightmare of a fiftieth birthday gift-her three childhood besties. The arrival of her wildly successful, buttinski friends, overwhelms Julie when her life goes from peaceful to melodrama, makeovers, and matchmaking. Especially when they make her believe there is still life to be lived with one handsome sailor who’s just moved to town.

Trevor Ashford retreats from big city life to sunny Florida after a failed marriage and damaged reputation. His only wish is to open a small boat charter company in peace, but when Houdini-a mischievous pet ferret-steals an engine part and leads him on a merry chase into the arms of Julie Boone, he has to choose between being a recluse or embracing a new love. 

Ope’s Opinion: This is a perfect book to slip into your beach or pool bag. It has some humor, awesome characters and a fun story line. There are wonderful relationships to follow – mother/daughter, friendships, and romance. It has all I want in a romance – strong women, good men and very little steam.

The ending is exactly what you expect and want. This is my first Ciara Knight book, so I will be adding some to my list to read and looking forward to her next one.

The Price of Secrets

Author: Jacquie May Miller
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press, Inc
Genre: Romance
Source: The Wild Rose Press, Inc ( Netgalley )

Netgalley: When Jamie Crandall left Seattle for college twenty-five years ago, she was pregnant. Her mother demanded that she abort the child or get the hell out of Seattle and never come back.

Jamie chose the latter, using her scholarship to UC Berkeley to disappear with the son she refused to abort. But now, everything has changed. Her mother has died, and Jamie is coming home to face the father of her son.

Reuniting her son and his father will come at a high price though…Jamie has one more secret left to reveal.

Ope’s Opinion: The book started out a little slow, but moved fast the further I was into it. All the characters had their flaws and their secrets. As the secrets came out, they lead to other secrets. It was sort of a domino effect.

I enjoyed the fact that the relationships started in high school and this was a rekindling of some of those feelings. The story had several twist I enjoyed.

The ending was a little sappy and predictable and I loved it – it was exactly what I wanted.

Blogaversary!

Hard to believe nine years ago I started this blog, mostly to keep track of my thoughts on books. It has become a community I enjoy being a part of.

This year I have expanded my book reading by buying a kindle and joining Netgalley. Now I have the privilege of reading ebook arcs. It has been nice when I travel to just pack the kindle and having access to my books in one place makes the packing lighter and easier!

I am looking forward to another year of reading and reviewing.

Message in the Sand

Author: Hannah McKinnon
Publisher: Atria/Emily Bestler Books
Genre: Fiction
Source: Gena at Simon & Schuster

Goodreads: Wendell Combs is as local as they come. Born and raised in the small town of Saybrook, Connecticut, his venture into the larger world was met with heartbreak. Now, middle-aged and a confirmed bachelor, he seeks solitude from his tour of duty as a soldier back in his hometown, working as head caretaker for wealthy Alan Lancaster’s forty-acre estate, White Pines, a place he has come to love for its beauty, peace, and quiet.

Alan’s eldest daughter, fifteen-year-old Julia, also loves White Pines, but for very different reasons. She and her little sister spend their days riding horses, swimming in the lake, and painting landscapes inspired by the property they adore. While her parents prepare to host their annual summer gala fundraiser, Julia’s eyes are set to the simpler joys of summer: she’s fallen in love with the boy-next-door and longs for their next encounter.

But as the last guests leave on that magical summer night, a tragedy no one could have predicted suddenly occurs, shaking the entire town to its core. Wendell and Julianow face an uncertain future. At the height of their grief, two very different women return to Saybrook: Ginny Foster, Wendell’s first love, who cannot stay away any longer, and Candace Lancaster, Julia’s estranged aunt who wants nothing to do with the town or the family estate she escaped decades earlier. Now, the only familiar things Julia has to cling to are Wendell and White Pines, but it looks like she’s about to lose both…

Ope’s Opinion: When I started this book I had very high expectations. I have read Hannah McKinnon before and was swept away, so I was expecting that again. I also have to admit I started reading this when I in a very busy time of my life. So take my thoughts with all that in mind.

I am not sure why this one did not sweep me away. I did enjoy it, but I felt I was watching it all take place from a distance instead of being involved in the story. It took a while to get to know the characters. I think Julia’s perspective was my favorite part of the book. I will definitely read another Hannah McKinnon and I am glad I read this one.

The Beach House

Author: Jenny Hale
Publisher: Bookouture
Genre: Romance
Source: Bookouture ( Netgalley )

Goodreads: When her gram passes away, Melanie Simpson feels utterly lost. She has no idea what to do with her life after she has devoted years to looking after her beloved grandmother.

But Gram’s will may hold the answer, instructing Melanie to use her inheritance to buy a crumbling house in Rosemary Bay. They used to visit the village every summer, sit by the sparkling gulf on a beach the color of a fresh pearl, and daydream about turning the place on the corner into a bed and breakfast.

Fulfilling her grandmother’s legacy, Melanie decides to restore the beach house to its original glory. She sets out on renovations of the wrap-around porch weathered by the coastal breeze, and the peeling white paint faded by the sun.

When Melanie runs into local carpenter, Josh Claiborne, whose eyes match the dazzling sea, she jumps at the chance to ask him for help. But that’s the last thing he wants. He’s off to New York soon, leaving his troubled past behind. Over a game of darts Melanie gets her wish, even if Josh isn’t happy about it.

As they work together, Melanie tries to ignore their undeniable chemistry and how Josh’s rare smiles take her breath away––because soon they’ll be thousands of miles apart. But hiding in a closet is a yellowing stack of letters that could change everything. The looping handwriting reveals the mystery of the rickety house––a buried history that touches everyone in Rosemary Bay. Will its secrets bring Melanie and Josh together or tear them apart?

An absolutely gorgeous and heartwarming read about never-ending love, new beginnings, and how family is always with you, no matter where you are. Fans of Pamela Kelley, Mary Alice Monroe and Susan Mallery will adore this romantic page-turner.

Ope’s Opinion: This book was my favorite kind romance – a slow moving relationship between the two main characters, other interesting characters, and more to the story than just their relationship. There was also mystery intermingled in the their lives that added another dimension to the story.

This was a wonderful read that I just enjoyed from start to finish. Speaking of finish – the end was all you expect and want from a romance story. I am looking forward to Jenny Hale’s next book.

All That Really Matters

Author: Nicole Deese
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers
Genre: Christian Fiction
Source: Bethany House Publishers ( Netgalley )

Goodreads: Molly McKenzie’s bright personality and on-trend fashion and beauty advice have earned her an impressive social media following, as well as a big paycheck each month. When her manager-turned-boyfriend says she has an audition to appear as a host on a makeover show that nominates underprivileged youth, her dream of further fame seems to be coming true. There’s just one catch: she has little experience interacting with people in need.

When her manager-boyfriend convinces her to partner with a local organization, she begins volunteering with a summer youth program. The program’s director, Silas Whittaker, challenges her at every turn, but she swiftly grows more attached to the kids–and him–every day.

As Molly experiences an acceptance unlike anything she’s known, she wrestles with the lies she’s been believing about herself for years. She thought she knew what mattered most in life, but maybe she’s had it wrong this whole time, and there’s more to being truly seen than what she’s built her entire life on.

Ope’s Opinions: This definitely is a wonderful Christian Fiction, but not preachy at all. The cast of characters were authentic and all had flaws ( as we do ). Reading about them dealing with their own flaws and the flaws of others was so realistic. The changes Molly makes from the beginning of the book until end, felt so genuine. As you read, you can see and feel her grow.

Parts of the story seemed enjoyably predictable, but there were enough unexpected turns to make me want to keep reading to see where it was going to go. It moved at a pace that kept my attention from beginning to end.

The ending was what I wanted, but I am wishing for a sequel to see where Miles, Val, Wren, etc. are now.

One Little Lie

Author: Colleen Coble
Publisher:
Thomas Nelson
Genre:
Christian Fiction
Source:
Kristin of Kritters Ramblings

Goodreads:

It started with one little lie. But Jane Hardy will do everything in her power to uncover the truth. 

Book one in a gripping new series from USA TODAY bestselling romantic suspense author Colleen Coble.

When Jane Hardy is appointed interim sheriff in Pelican Harbor, Alabama, after her father retires, there’s no time for an adjustment period. He is arrested for theft and then implicated in a recent murder, and Jane quickly realizes she’s facing someone out to destroy her father.

They escaped from a cult fifteen years ago, and Jane has searched relentlessly for her mother—who refused to leave—ever since. Could someone from that horrible past have found them?

Reid Bechtol is a well-known journalist who makes documentaries, and his sights are currently set on covering Jane’s career. Jane has little interest in the attention, but the committee who appointed her loves the idea of the publicity.

Jane finds herself depending on Reid’s calm manner as he follows her around taping his documentary, and they begin working together to clear her father. But Reid has his own secrets from the past, and the gulf between them may be impossible to cross.

It started with one little lie. But Jane Hardy will do everything in her power to uncover the truth.

Ope’s Opinion: It took me a little while to get into this book. I was willing to take the time with this book because it is the beginning of a series. You know when you start reading a series that the author is setting you up for future books.

The mystery in this book seemed to be secondary to developing the characters. There was a little romance sprinkled into the story – you can tell there is more to come from this.

I have Two Reasons to Run on my shelf. I will be reading that as soon as I can fit in to my schedule.