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In November I hope to read….

Publication Date: November 15, 2021
Publisher: Bookouture

Goodreads: When Laurel loses out on her dream job in New York she has no idea what she’s supposed to do next. So when her father asks her to return home to Lake Summers to look after his inn for the holiday season, she can’t believe her luck. The Cranberry Inn, with its grand fireplace, twinkly lights and candlelit hallways, is the perfect place for her and her eight-year-old son to enjoy a stress-free Christmas

But Laurel is shocked to return home to find her father gone and the inn in disrepair. Seeing the worn-out wooden bannisters and faded paint she immediately recruits her childhood friend, brooding local carpenter Joel, to help her transform it before any guests arrive. As Laurel and Joel get closer tending to the rickety old house, Joel admits that Laurel was his first crush, and one beautiful moonlit night she is sure she is falling for him.

Until Laurel uncovers a card with beautiful ornate writing amongst her father’s things and she learns the real reason he disappeared. Worse still, Joel knew the truth all along. Laurel thought she’d never leave The Cranberry Inn again, but will this secret and the actions of the man she loves send her back to New York for good?

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

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

Christmas in Peachtree Bluff

Author: Kristy Woodson Harvey
Publisher: Gallery Books
Genre: Holiday
Source: Gallery Books ( Netgalley )

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.

Ope’s Opinion: It was nice to spend some time in Peachtree Bluff with familiar characters. Kristiy Woodson Harvey had a clever way of writing in some of the history of these characters so you didn’t feel lost. It also helped me to remember the past books I read.

This was a really great way to start my holiday reading. KWH knows how to weave a story that keeps me wanting to read even when life is calling me to do other things. A wonderful escape! The ending was everything I wanted. I hope we get to visit Peachtree Bluff again.

As always, I am looking forward to her next book.

The Social Graces

Author: Renee Rosen
Publisher: Berkley
Genre: Historical Fiction
Source: Purchased

Goodreads: The author of Park Avenue Summer throws back the curtain on one of the most remarkable feuds in history: Mrs. Vanderbilt and Mrs. Astor’s notorious battle for control of New York society during the Gilded Age.

In the glittering world of Manhattan’s upper crust, where wives turn a blind eye to husbands’ infidelities, and women have few rights and even less independence, society is everything. The more celebrated the hostess, the more powerful the woman. And none is more powerful than Caroline Astor—the Mrs. Astor.

But times are changing.

Alva Vanderbilt has recently married into one of America’s richest families. But what good is money when society refuses to acknowledge you? Alva, who knows what it is to have nothing, will do whatever it takes to have everything.

Sweeping three decades and based on true events, this is a gripping novel about two fascinating, complicated women going head to head, behaving badly, and discovering what’s truly at stake.

Ope’s Opinion: To be fair, I must start my review by saying I rarely read historical fiction, so when you read my review, you might want to look at what other people say. I did enjoy this read. It was interesting to read the authors notes at the end too. She let the reader know where the facts were and where she added her own ideas of how it might have been at that time.

The story was told from Alva, Caroline and Society’s perspective. I didn’t think the Society perspective added much to the rest of the story. Alva was one strong, determined woman. She did not give up. I do enjoy a strong woman in any story. Caroline on the other hand, did not have to fight for her position in society. It was written so you understood both woman, each representing different parts of society in that time.

Riverbend Gap

Author: Denise Hunter
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Genre: Romance
Source: Thomas Nelson ( Netgalley )

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.

Ope’s Opinion: Another good read from Denise Hunter. This is the first in a new series I hope to continue to read. The setting was near where I went to college, so I could picture it. The small town was great to read about. Kate and Cooper had an attraction to each other from the beginning.

This is a Christian fiction and God is definitely a part of their lives, but it is not preachy and doesn’t feel fake – it felt natural – a part of the characters lives. They showed grace and forgiveness to each other the way God showed it to them.

As in most romance books, you know where the story is going to end. This one did not disappoint!

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.