Coming Soon…

…. On a Bookshelf near you!

In November I hope to read….

Publication Date: November 29, 2022
Publisher: Berkley

Goodreads: When an army vet becomes a firefighter in small-town Colorado, the flames of an old love reignite in this sweet romance by bestselling author Shelley Shepard Gray

In Woodland Park, a small town nestled in the foothills of Pikes Peak, Anderson Kelly and Chelsea Davis were once the high school “it” couple–the star quarterback and the valedictorian. They broke up when Anderson joined the army and one poor decision at a fraternity party changed Chelsea’s life. Now, she works long shifts in a senior center to support her nine-year-old son, Jack.

After multiple tours in Afghanistan, Anderson has changed, too–physically scarred but mentally strong–and he decides to move back to Woodland Park. Anderson and Chelsea steer clear of each other to avoid reopening old wounds, until they are forced to reconnect through the senior center. They soon discover that the love they once shared never completely vanished. But it will take a fire, a dangerous collision, and the love of one little boy to help Anderson and Chelsea see that the future they’ve always yearned for is in sight…

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

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

In the Mail

This is amazing!! I can’t wait to read another Colleen Hoover book.

Publisher: Atria Books
Publication Date: October 18, 2022

Goodreads: Before It Ends with Us, it started with Atlas. Colleen Hoover tells fan favorite Atlas’s side of the story and shares what comes next in this long-anticipated sequel to the “glorious and touching” (USA TODAY) #1 New York Times bestseller It Ends with Us.

Lily and her ex-husband, Ryle, have just settled into a civil coparenting rhythm when she suddenly bumps into her first love, Atlas, again. After nearly two years separated, she is elated that for once, time is on their side, and she immediately says yes when Atlas asks her on a date.

But her excitement is quickly hampered by the knowledge that, though they are no longer married, Ryle is still very much a part of her life—and Atlas Corrigan is the one man he will hate being in his ex-wife and daughter’s life.

Thank you Simon and Schuster for sending a wonderful book with lots of extras!

Before I Go

Author: Colleen Oakley
Publisher: Gallery Books
Genre: Fiction
Source: Purchased

Goodreads: A heart-wrenching debut novel in the bestselling tradition of P.S. I Love You about a young woman with breast cancer who undertakes a mission to find a new wife for her husband before she passes away.

Twenty-seven-year-old Daisy already beat breast cancer three years ago. How can this be happening to her again?

On the eve of what was supposed to be a triumphant “Cancerversary” with her husband Jack to celebrate three years of being cancer-free, Daisy suffers a devastating blow: her doctor tells her that the cancer is back, but this time it’s an aggressive stage four diagnosis. She may have as few as four months left to live. Death is a frightening prospect—but not because she’s afraid for herself. She’s terrified of what will happen to her brilliant but otherwise charmingly helpless husband when she’s no longer there to take care of him. It’s this fear that keeps her up at night, until she stumbles on the solution: she has to find him another wife.

With a singular determination, Daisy scouts local parks and coffee shops and online dating sites looking for Jack’s perfect match. But the further she gets on her quest, the more she questions the sanity of her plan. As the thought of her husband with another woman becomes all too real, Daisy’s forced to decide what’s more important in the short amount of time she has left: her husband’s happiness—or her own?

Ope’s Opinion: The first part of the book read quickly for me and was very interesting. Everyone handles death differently, it was interesting how the author had each character deal with it. The middle drug on a bit for me as Daisy was obsessed with finding her husband a spouse. I thought that was such a sad waste of the time she had left. Instead of concentrating on leaving her husband the best memories, she was busy watching woman to see if they would be right for him.

I thought the subject and story were sad, but not to evoke tears – just sort of sad.

Out Now!

Goodreads: What would you do if ‘the one that got away’ turned up the night before your wedding?

Head-in-the-stars Audrey is about to marry down-to-earth Josh. Though they are polar opposites, they have a healthy, stable relationship; Josh is just what Audrey needs. But romance should be unpredictable and full of fireworks, and as the big day approaches, Audrey’s found herself wondering if Josh really is The One.

So, when Josh’s sister shows up to the rehearsal dinner with Fred, Audrey’s What If? guy–the man she met six years ago and had one amazing day with–Audrey finds herself torn. Surely Fred’s appearance the night before she is due to get married can’t be a coincidence. And when everything that could go wrong with the wedding starts to go wrong, Audrey has to ask herself: Is fate trying to stop her from making a huge mistake? Or does destiny just have a really twisty sense of humour? 

I hope to read this one soon!

Summer Island Romance

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

Amazon: Broadway star, Wind Lively, steals the show whenever she enters the room, but when her childhood flame decides she’s too much for him to handle her spark goes out.

Damon Reynolds returns to Summer Island for peace and quiet after a decade of descent into his ex-wife’s political parties and painful propaganda only to collide with his boisterous and beautiful childhood sweetheart.

But when Damon is put in charge of set design for the church passion play that Wind is directing, his life turns anything but tranquil.

Ope’s Opinion: Although this was a short story, it was packed with fully developed, amazing characters and a wonderful story. This was a fast, easy read. I finished it in two days and I am a slow reader.

This was a second chance romance, but it was also about a small town who cared about each other. They worked together to help special needs children feel great about themselves. It was nice to read about characters that were not self-centered.

I will continue to read Ciara Knights books.

Not My Daughter

Author: Kate Hewitt
Publisher: Bookouture
Genre: Fiction
Source: Purchased

Goodreads: Anna’s hands tense on Alice and she hesitates. In that endless pause, I see all I need to know. She doesn’t want to give Alice to me – not now, and not ever. And part of me doesn’t even blame her…

Milly always dreamed of being a mother. Adopted herself, she has always imagined a powerful intimate connection with a child of her own. So when she and her husband Matt are told they can’t have children, her dreams are shattered.

But then their loved ones offer the ultimate gift – Milly’s best friend Anna and Matt’s brother Jack will be donors so that Milly can carry a child and finally have a chance to be a mother. And with everyone accepting and open, Milly believes that nothing could could go wrong.

Except none of the four people involved are prepared for the feelings that will threaten their most important relationships as their precious, longed-for daughter Alice grows up and receives a heartbreaking diagnosis.

Then those who love her best will have to decide what it means to be a parent, and to make decisions with far-reaching and devastating consequences… for Alice, and for themselves. 

Ope’s Opinion: I have read a couple of Kate Hewitt books and enjoyed them. This one did not disappoint my expectations. She writes a story that feels so real and possible. There were a few turns in this story – one of them I saw coming, but the others were a surprise.

There is a love story, a friendship, and a lot of emotions that will yank at your heart. The story is sensitive to people who have dealt with infertility, postpartum depression and other difficult situations.

I will be looking forward to reading more books by Kate Hewitt.