Coming Soon…

…. On a Bookshelf near you!

In December I hope to read….

Publication Date: December 7, 2021
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

Goodreads: Dare Me meets Black Swan and Luckiest Girl Alive in a captivating, voice-driven debut novel about a trio of ballerinas who meet as students at the Paris Opera Ballet School.

Fourteen years ago, Delphine abandoned her prestigious soloist spot at the Paris Opera Ballet for a new life in St. Petersburg––taking with her a secret that could upend the lives of her best friends, fellow dancers Lindsay and Margaux. Now 36 years old, Delphine has returned to her former home and to the legendary Palais Garnier Opera House, to choreograph the ballet that will kickstart the next phase of her career––and, she hopes, finally make things right with her former friends. But Delphine quickly discovers that things have changed while she’s been away…and some secrets can’t stay buried forever.

Moving between the trio’s adolescent years and the present day, The Ballerinas explores the complexities of female friendship, the dark drive towards physical perfection in the name of artistic expression, the double-edged sword of ambition and passion, and the sublimated rage that so many women hold inside––all culminating in a twist you won’t see coming, with magnetic characters you won’t soon forget.

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

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

Thanksgiving Traditions

I am thinking of starting a new tradition at Thanksgiving. I enjoy doing puzzles and after we eat, we are all in food coma, so puzzling is a doable activity. Here is one I did that would be appropriate for Thanksgiving.

This is the box cover.

The poster.

The finished puzzle.
What are your traditions?

The Christmas Wedding Guest

Author: Susan Mallery
Publisher: HQN
Genre: Holiday Romance
Source: HQN ( Netgalley )

Goodreads: “This two-in-one romance starts a new series that Mallery’s many fans will devour like a Christmas cookie.”—Booklist

Susan Mallery, author of the Fool’s Gold romances, cheerfully invites you to Wishing Tree, where Christmas comes to life…

The Somerville sisters believe in love, but they’ve lost faith it will happen for them. Reggie hasn’t been home since the end of the world’s shortest engagement. When her parents decide to renew their vows, she buffs up her twinkle to help with the Christmas wedding. Unexpectedly, Toby, her first love, is back too, and the spark between them shines as brightly as ever. In the spirit of the season, will they let go of past hurts and greet the New Year together?

Done waiting for the one, Dena is pregnant and on her own—on purpose. But then a gorgeous, sad-eyed songwriter checks in to a room at her inn. Micah, unable to write since he lost his wife, finds inspiration in Dena’s determination to be a mom. One snowflake-speckled kiss and he’s a goner. But Dena is afraid to believe that a rock star could fall for a cookie-cutter small-town girl like her.

As the Christmas wedding draws closer, these two sisters just might unwrap the most treasured gift of all—love.

Ope’s Opinion: This story of sisters in a small town was a wonderful read for this time of year. The town was a charming place that would be fun to visit. The romances were perfectly paced. All the characters had their flaws, but were very likable. This is the start of new series – I am excited about going back to Wishing Tree. I do hope to see updates on these characters when we visit Wishing Tree again.

The ending was exactly what you would expect and want from a holiday romance.

Talk Bookish to Me

Author: Kate Bromley
Publisher: Graydon House
Genre: Romance
Source: Purchased

Goodeads: Inspiration can come from the most unlikely—and inconvenient—sources.

Kara Sullivan’s life is full of love—albeit fictional. As a bestselling romance novelist and influential bookstagrammer, she’s fine with getting her happily-ever-after fix between the covers of a book.

But right now? Not only is Kara’s best friend getting married next week—which means big wedding stress—but the deadline for her next novel is looming, and she hasn’t written a single word. The last thing she needs is for her infuriating first love, Ryan Thompson, to suddenly appear in the wedding party. But Ryan’s unexpected arrival sparks a creative awakening in Kara that inspires the steamy historical romance she desperately needs to deliver.

With her wedding duties intensifying, her deadline getting closer by the second and her bills not paying themselves, Kara knows there’s only one way for her to finish her book and to give her characters the ever-after they deserve. But can she embrace the unlikely, ruggedly handsome muse—who pushes every one of her buttons—to save the wedding, her career and, just maybe, write her own happy ending?

Ope’s Opinion: This was the perfect beach book! This is where I read it!

This rom-com was fun from the beginning to the end. The only thing I could have lived without was a couple of steamy scenes. The main characters were ones you root for, they had a bit of a history, and a couple of twists along the way made this a great read.

The end is what you expect and what you really want when you start rom-com.

The Cranberry Inn

Author: Barbara Josselsohn
Publisher: Bookouture
Genre: Holiday
Source: Bookouture ( Netgalley )

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?

Ope’s Opinion: This a sweet holiday story. The cover really drew me in and it just got better from there! The more I read the more I wanted to visit this Inn for the holidays.

As usual, I enjoyed the renovations of the Inn. It was a nice way to have Laurel and Joel meet up and spend time together. The romance was very slow moving, which is how I like it. During this busy time of year, this was a great get away that was easy to pick after I needed to put it down.

The Toy Town Store Puzzle

This the box this puzzle came in.

This puzzle was larger than I usually attempt. It was a challenge in more than one way. There are more pieces, the snow over the whole picture and the shinny ( glossy ) finish on the pieces all added to the challenge. This helped get me into the holiday mood.

The Secret of Snow

Author: Viola Shipman
Publisher: Graydon House
Genre: Holiday
Source: Graydon House ( Netgalley )

Goodreads: As comforting and familiar as a favorite sweater, Viola Shipman’s first holiday novel is a promise of heartfelt family traditions, humorously real experience, and the enduring power of love and friendship.

Sonny Dunes, a SoCal meteorologist who knows only sunshine and seventy-two-degree days, is being replaced by an AI meteorologist, which the youthful station manager reasons “will never age, gain weight or renegotiate its contract.” The only station willing to give the fifty-year-old another shot is one in a famously nontropical place—her northern Michigan hometown.

Unearthing her carefully laid California roots, Sonny returns home and reacclimates to the painfully long, dark winters dominated by a Michigan phenomenon known as lake-effect snow. But beyond the complete physical shock to her system, she’s also forced to confront her past: her new boss, a former journalism classmate and mortal frenemy; more keenly, the death of a younger sister who loved the snow; and the mother who caused Sonny to leave.

To distract herself from the unwelcome memories, Sonny decides to throw herself headfirst into all things winter to woo viewers and reclaim her success. From sledding and ice fishing to skiing and winter festivals, the merrymaking culminates with the town’s famed Winter Ice Sculpture Contest. Running the events is a widowed father and chamber of commerce director, whose genuine love of Michigan, winter and Sonny just might thaw her heart and restart her life in a way she never could have predicted.

Ope’s Opinion: Sonny’s life was turned upside down and she ended up going home to her mother’s house. She was partly to blame for her situation, yet she seemed awfully whiney about it. A few times I wanted to tell her to be grateful for what she did have.

All through the book, Sonny was taken back to her childhood – memories of her sister kept coming to mind. This helped her to face her past, so she could move on. I liked how the author wrote those parts into the story. Her antagonistic relationship with Lisa never made sense to me and I thought they were both immature about it.

The winter setting was wonderful to read about this time of year. It made me feel as if I were there and was wishing for snow for the holidays.

My Best Friend’s Wedding

AuthorTilly Tennant
Publisher: Bookouture
Genre: Romance
Source: Bookouture ( Netgalley )

Goodreads: Falling snow, sparkling champagne, and an ex that Libby would rather forget…

As chief bridesmaid, Libby knows she should be having the time of her life at her best friend’s snowy Christmas Eve wedding. But she’s at the mercy of three bossy little flower girls and she’s not looking her best in an enormous fuchsia dress. Which is a shame, as it is the first time she’s going to see her ex Rufus. The man she was supposed to marry. The man who left her alone at the altar…

As the dancing begins, and Libby does her best to avoid her ex, the snow outside falls faster and faster, making it impossible for the guests to leave. Snowed in at Lovage Hall, Libby is charmed by American Noah with his dark cropped hair and dimpled cheeks, and the two of them share their dreams and a very passionate kiss.

But when the morning comes, and the snow melts, a shocking revelation about Noah comes to light and Rufus reveals the desperately sad reason he ended their relationship. As Rufus begs for another chance, Libby’s head tells her to trust the man she’s known for years, but her heart can’t quite let go of the spark she had with Noah. Will she make the right decision for her own happy ending?

A gorgeous, romantic heart-warming read with characters that will find their way into your heart and stay there. Perfect for fans of Jill Mansell, Shari Low and Jenny Colgan.

Ope’s Opinion: This book did remind of Jenny Colgan’s books. There was a lot of details about the wedding. I am a slow reader, so some times all those details distract me from the story. I did like that the romance which was a slow moving one.

I like a closed door romance, so this one suited me in that way. If you are look for steam and details, this book won’t be for you. I also really liked a Christmas eve wedding – just seemed so romantic.

The ending sort of ticked me off – don’t want to go into details, but I felt like Libby had two standards – one for herself and one for the guy she used to date.

Eight Perfect Hours

Author: Lia Louis
Publisher: Atria/ Emily Bestler Books
Genre: Romance
Source: Atira ( Netgalley )

Goodreads: In this romantic and heartwarming novel, two strangers meet in chance circumstances during a blizzard and spend one perfect evening together, thinking they’ll never see each other again. But fate seems to have different plans.

On a snowy evening in March, 30-something Noelle Butterby is on her way back from an event at her old college when disaster strikes. With a blizzard closing off roads, she finds herself stranded, alone in her car, without food, drink, or a working charger for her phone. All seems lost until Sam Attwood, a handsome American stranger also trapped in a nearby car, knocks on her window and offers assistance. What follows is eight perfect hours together, until morning arrives and the roads finally clear.

The two strangers part, positive they’ll never see each other again, but fate, it seems, has a different plan. As the two keep serendipitously bumping into one another, they begin to realize that perhaps there truly is no such thing as coincidence. With plenty of charming twists and turns and Lia Louis’s “bold, standout voice” (Gillian McAllister, author of The Good Sister), Eight Perfect Hours is a gorgeously crafted novel that will make you believe in the power of fate.

Ope’s Opinion: If you took out the unnecessary foul language, this could be a Hallmark movie. The unlikely hood of these two constantly meeting up was actually done really well. It was nice to see Noelle and Sam like each other, but not instantly in love.

If it had not been for the winter setting, this would actually be a really good summer read. It was light, fluffy and a quick read. The cast of characters were some times a distraction and didn’t add to the story line.