Coming Soon….

…. On a Bookshelf near you!

In August I hope to read….

Publication Date: April 27, 2021
Publisher: Red Adept Publishing

Goodreads:

Two friends. One pact. The performance of their lives.

Hannah Abbott is stuck in a dead-end relationship and at a job she loves but that barely pays the bills. The four walls of her tiny New York City apartment have never seemed so small. She’s barely toasted her thirtieth birthday when her old college friend Will knocks on her door with an unexpected proposal.

Will Thorne never forgot the marriage pact he made with Hannah, but he also never imagined he’d be the one to initiate it. One ex-fiancée and an almost-career-ending mistake later, however, he finds himself outside Hannah’s door, on bended knee, to collect on their graduation-night pinky promise.

With both of their futures at stake, Hannah and Will take a leap of faith.

Now, all they have to do is convince their friends and family that they’re madly in love. As long as they follow the list of rules they’ve drafted, everything should go smoothly. Except Will has never been good with rules, and Hannah can’t stop overthinking the sleeping arrangements. Turning thirty has never been so promising.

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

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

In the Mail….

Came a very interesting book.

If you are interested in the Kennedy family, this might be a read you won’t want to miss.
It will be published August 3, 2021.

Goodreads: Acclaimed biographer Susan Ronald reveals the truth about Joseph P. Kennedy’s deeply controversial tenure as Ambassador to Great Britain on the eve of World War II.

On February 18, 1938, Joseph P. Kennedy was sworn in as US Ambassador to the Court of St. James. To say his appointment to the most prestigious and strategic diplomatic post in the world shocked the Establishment was an understatement: known for his profound Irish roots and staunch Catholicism, not to mention his “plain-spoken” opinions and womanizing, he was a curious choice as Europe hurtled toward war.

Initially welcomed by the British, in less than two short years Kennedy was loathed by the White House, the State Department and the British Government. Believing firmly that Fascism was the inevitable wave of the future, he consistently misrepresented official US foreign policy internationally as well as direct instructions from FDR himself. The Americans were the first to disown him and the British and the Nazis used Kennedy to their own ends.

Through meticulous research and many newly available sources, Ronald confirms in impressive detail what has long been believed by many: that Kennedy was a Fascist sympathizer and an anti-Semite whose only loyalty was to his family’s advancement. She also reveals the ambitions of the Kennedy dynasty during this period abroad, as they sought to enter the world of high society London and establish themselves as America’s first family. Thorough and utterly readable, The Ambassador explores a darker side of the Kennedy patriarch in an account sure to generate attention and controversy.

Thank you, Michelle at St. Martin Press.

Time to Grow

Author: Claudia Shelton
Publisher: CCS Writings, LLC
Genre: Fiction
Source: CCS Writings ( Netgalley )

Goodreads: Welcome back to Nature’s Crossing as the small community starts to expand… Where the new subdivision, Peaceful Lake Acres, is bringing jobs for the area, new friendships and chances to embrace the future.

Thirty-four-year-old widow Rylie Crawford is struggling to get Crawford Enterprises out of the red since discovering company funds have been embezzled. She’s determined to hold onto the company she and her deceased husband started years ago. When the TRED Corporation hires her to take over commercial sales in their new subdivision development, one stipulation is that she live in Nature’s Crossing for the duration of the contract. She hadn’t counted on the only accommodation left in town being the first floor of the house the TRED CEO owns. Neither had he.

After his father’s heart attack, Taylor Randolph was named CEO of TRED, the family’s nationally renowned land development company. Focused on expanding the environment-nature-friendly brand of the company, he’s spending most of his time at their newest development, Peaceful Lake Acres. He’s also hoping the small-town atmosphere of Nature’s Crossing brings him some peace. But when he’s forced to share his house with Rylie, he has more to keep under control than the recurring flashbacks from his time in the military.

Ope’s Opinion: This was an easy, enjoyable read. The characters were realistic, the story fun, and the setting felt like a little get away for me. I especially enjoyed the sisters relationship. This was the second in the series, but I did not feel like I was missing anything. It felt like a stand alone book.

As you know my take on romance books – I could have enjoyed this more if the explicit scenes were left out of this book. I felt like the story could have been complete without this part of the book, but I also know this part of some romance books.

There was a small twist at the end of the book that added to the story. I would like to read another book by Claudia Shelton.

Summer Reads

These are the books that I purchased and hope to read this summer.

These were purchased on our beach trip.
Now I hope to have some quiet time and get to reading.

What are you reading this summer? I am always looking for a good read.

Surf Puzzle

This is the box that this Master Pieces puzzle came in.

This is the poster that came with this puzzle.

The Surf Puzzle finished. It is 750 pieces. It is a little below average puzzle – the pieces are a bit thick. The colors are great! I might try Mater Pieces puzzle again.

Willow

Author: Grace Parks
Publisher: Author Collective 20
Genre: Romance
Source: Author Collective 20 ( Netgalley )

Goodreads: Willow Lawson is a fun loving social media expert, who helps companies stand out from their competitors. Yet, despite her bubbly personality, her social life is mostly work-related, and her love life is non-existent. That’s when she starts The Pepper Lane Club, a chance to get away once a month from her maddening life and reconnect with her friends. It’s at this very first meeting that she meets Thomas Greer, who owns the café. He’s everything she’s not. He’s serious, unsociable, unfashionable, and dead set against social media. She decides to take him on as a client despite his refusals. She wants the challenge, and she wants to prove to him that he needs her help. He frustrates her, but there’s something about his old fashioned ways that also intrigues her.

Six women. Six stories. Six chances of love. One café.
The Pepper Lane series tells the stories of six women, who agree to meet once a month at their local café. They promise to meet no matter what life throws their way, and, as we soon find out, life throws a lot more than any of them expected. Friendships are forged, and deepened, as the women get to know each other. It’s only once a month, but they soon realize how important this little club has become to each of them. They might be an unlikely group of friends, but it takes all types to form a tribe.

Ope’s Opinion: This is in the romance genre and there was some romance in this book, but the female friendship is really at the center of the story. The females are strong, independent woman with other things in their lives along with the romance. This is the first book of the series.

It was a very good read that engaged me from the beginning and made me want to carve out more time to get back to reading it. I liked being introduced to all six woman and getting to know a little about their personalities. This book focused on Willow. She was a bit all over the place – that is just her personality, I enjoyed her.

I am looking forward to getting to know the other woman. I hope in the next book ( about Riley ) will include some about where Willow is too. I felt like her story wasn’t quite done.

Forever Starts Now

Author: Stefanie London
Publisher: Entangled: Amara
Genre: Romance
Source: Entangled Publishing, LLC ( Netgalley )

Goodreads: What happens when two people who’ve given up on forever find it in each other…?

Single men are as scarce in Forever Falls as a vegetarian at a barbecue. That is, until Ethan Hammersmith moves in. After his fiancée gave him an ultimatum, he left Australia and never looked back. He isn’t in America to find a new girlfriend, though. He’s searching for the father he never knew. But now it’s like he has a flashing sign above his head that says “available.” Thankfully, the manager of the local diner is willing to give him cover—if only she weren’t so distractingly adorable.

Monroe Roberts, town misanthrope and divorcée, knocked “forever” permanently off her wish list ever since the love of her life skipped town with the cliché yoga instructor. And good riddance. She’s got this struggling diner to keep her busy, trying anything to boost sales…until a hot Australian strolls in and changes everything. Monroe’s restaurant is packed full of women who aren’t there to order food, unless Ethan is on the menu. This could sink her business faster than ever. So—light bulb—what if they pretend to be together?

It sounds like the perfect plan. Until they realize there is some very real chemistry in this fake relationship. But is it enough to heal two hearts that have been so deeply wounded?

Ope’s Opinion: If you like steamy romance with details on the sex scenes – this book is for you. I like the romances that are called closed doors – I don’t care for those details. I am more interested in the story. I also had trouble connecting to the idea of faking a relationship when the main characters are already attracted to each other.

I really liked the setting being in a small town. I like when people have a history and care about each other. It was a quick, easy summer read.

The One You’re With

Author: Lauren K. Denton
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Genre: Women’s Fiction
Source: Margaret at Harper Collins

Goodreads: Written in Lauren K. Denton’s signature Southern style, The One You’re With tells a story of marriage, choices, and what a good life really looks like.

High-school sweethearts Mac and Edie Swan lead a seemingly picture-perfect life in the sleepy-sweet community of Oak Hill, near Mobile, Alabama. Edie is a respected interior designer, Mac is a beloved pediatrician, and they have two great kids and a historic home on tree-lined Linden Avenue. From the outside, the Swan family is the definition of “the good life.” And life is good—mostly. Until a young woman walks into Mac’s office one day. A young woman whose very existence threatens all Mac and Edie have built and all they think they know about each other.

Nineteen years after a summer apart, with a family and established lives and careers, the past that Mac and Edie thought they left behind has come back to greet them. For the first time, constants in their lives are called into question: their roles as parents, their reputation as upstanding members of the community, and the very foundations of their marriage. As they wade through the upheaval in both their family and professional lives, they must each examine choices they made long ago and chart a new course for their future.

Ope’s Opinion: Now is when I wish I were a writer, not just an avid reader. I am struggling to find the words to express how wonderfully woven this is story is. The past and present perspective of Mac and Edie made it just flow from the beginning to the very imperfectly perfect end.

Without giving too much away, this story is about choosing who you love regardless of what happens. It is an in-depth look at marriage from the inside. This was a difficult time for Mac and Edie, but it was written in such a positive, uplifting way.

I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys family stories. I am really looking forward to Lauren K. Denton’s next book. I will read whatever she writes.

A Brambleberry Summer

Author: RaeAnne Thayne
Publisher: Harlequin Special Edition
Genre: Romance
Source: Harlequin ( Netgalley )

Goodreads: A new season leads to a new beginning in New York Times bestselling author RaeAnne Thayne’s latest heartwarming romance!

Will the secrets of her past…

Prevent her from having the future she’s always wanted?

Rosa Galvez’s attraction to Officer Wyatt Townsend is as powerful as the moon’s pull on the tides. But with her past, Rosa knows better than to act on her feelings. When Wyatt and his adorable son become Brambleberry House’s newest tenants, Rosa finds her resolve slipping. Her solo life slowly becomes a sun-filled family adventure—until dark secrets threaten to break like a summer storm.

Ope’s Opinion: RaeAnne Thayne did it again – she wrote an amazing story with well developed characters and a twist to keep you on your toes. Although this was a short story, she did not sacrifice depth of characters or story line.

I am looking forward to the next Brambleberry book.