Coming Soon…

…. On a Bookshelf near you!

In March I hope to read….

Publication Date: March 30, 2021
Publisher: Hqn

Goodreads: She knows what’s best for everyone but herself…

With a past like hers, Jessica Clayton feels safer in a life spent on the road. She’s made a career out of helping others downsize–because she’s learned the hard way that the less “stuff,” the better, a policy she applies equally to her relationships. But a new client is taking Jess back to Cape Sanctuary, a town she once called home…and that her little sister, Rachel, still does. The years apart haven’t made a dent in the guilt Jess still carries after a handgun took the lives of both their parents and changed everything between them.

While Jess couldn’t wait to put the miles between her and Cape Sanctuary, Rachel put down roots, content for the world–and her sister–to think she has a picture-perfect life. But with the demands of her youngest child’s disability, Rachel’s marriage has begun to fray at the seams. She needs her sister now more than ever, yet she’s learned from painful experience that Jessica doesn’t do family, and she shouldn’t count on her now.

Against her judgment, Jess finds herself becoming attached–to her sister and her family, even to her client’s interfering son, Nate–and it’s time to put everything on the line. Does she continue running from her painful past, or stay put and make room for the love and joy that come along with it?

 

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

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

She Gets that From Me

Author: Robin Wells
Publisher: Berkley
Genre:Fiction
Source: A gift from my daughter Kristi

Goodreads:  Quinn never expected that her best friend’s courageous decision to be a single mother by choice would end up transforming her own life in this poignant novel from USA Today bestselling author Robin Wells.

When Quinn Langston’s best friend unexpectedly passes away, Quinn embraces Brooke’s three-year-old daughter Lily and elderly grandmother Margaret as the family she’s always wanted. She’ll do whatever it takes to help them heal, but she didn’t anticipate Lily’s biological father would be part of the plan. Margaret is old-fashioned, though, and she has no compunction about finding a way to reach Lily’s dad, a sperm donor. After all, he’s a blood relative, and she believes family should raise family.

Zack Bradley doesn’t know what to expect when he finds out he has a child. Sperm donors don’t usually get to meet their…well, he’s not sure what to call Lily yet, but he’s certain he wants to get to know her. There’s just one of problem: he’s about to move to Seattle with his wife, Jessica, who’s undergone multiple infertility treatments, desperately wants a family of her own and can’t stand the idea of Zack playing daddy to another woman’s child.

Together, they’ll all learn that the human heart is infinitely expandable and there are many different roads to family. 

Ope’s Opinion: This book was a very original story line that I throughly enjoyed. I liked all the different perspectives that moved the story along really well.  This book makes you reevaluate what makes a family and how is it created.  

A large part of the book is about infertility, sperm donors, and single parenthood.  If these are difficult subjects for you as a reader – you may want to pass on this one.  If not, you will enjoy this book.  There is romance in the book, but it is not the focus of most of the story. The end was exactly what I wanted.

This book made me want to read her other book on my shelf.

Vote for Remi

Author: Leanna Lehman
Publisher: She Writes Press
Genre: Fiction
Source:  Kristin of Kritters Ramblings

Goodreads:  Fiery US government teacher Remi Covington is relentless in her desire to impart the genius of the democratic process to her students. Her so-called “academically challenged” high school seniors sometimes find her enthusiasm more than a little annoying—so, in an effort to teach her a lesson, they execute a brazen, high-tech, social media blitz touting her as the newest candidate in the upcoming US presidential race. Much to everyone’s surprise, Remi plays along with her students’ ruse—and in a nation weary of politics and career politicians, she unexpectedly finds herself the darling of the American public. As the campaign takes on a life of its own, Remi is forced to confront a myriad of long-held social biases and cultural clichés, and realizes she isn’t quite the woman she thought was. Vote for Remi is about a would-be a presidential candidate who, despite being all wrong—the wrong gender, the wrong party, and certainly the wrong social status—discovers that she might be exactly what America needs: someone with a passion for doing what is right.

Ope’s Opinion:  You would have thought I had enough politics with all that has been going on lately – but I wanted a positive spin on it and I got it!  

It was  great to see a teacher so good at her job, she motivated her students to want her to be president.  The campaign, the politics and the students all seemed believable.

I enjoyed the read.  If you like to root for the underdog – you will enjoy this one.

A Puzzle Gift

My granddaughter ( Emma) picked out this puzzle for me for Christmas.
This one was a bit of a challenge since  it has 2000 pieces.
Then I fell on ice and broke my right shoulder and right wrist.
Yes, I am right handed.
This added a challenge and hours of time while recovering – the perfect gift.

This is the beginning of the puzzle.

This puzzle was a gift
This puzzle is a Buffalo brand.
2000 pieces
There is a poster included.
The quality is above average –
the pieces are thick enough to be able to handle,
but not so thick to be clunky.
the pieces fit together well.
This particular puzzle had a lot of brown and green,
but  they were well shaded, so it was fun to
figure it all out.

 

Put a Ring on It

Author: Beth Kendrick
Publisher: Berkley Books
Genre: Chic Lit
Source: Kristin of Kritters Ramblings

 

Goodreads: The author of New Uses for Old Boyfriends returns to the Delaware seashore town of Black Dog Bay, where one woman learns to put passion before practicality…

Brighton Smith doesn’t do outrageous. As an insurance actuary, it’s her job to assess risk and avoid bad investments. But when her fiancé calls to confess he’s married someone else on a whim (“I looked at her and I just knew!”), she snaps…

That night, at a local bar, Jake Sorensen—hot, rich, and way out of her league—buys Brighton a cocktail. At midnight, she kisses him. And by dawn, they’re exchanging vows at a drive-through chapel.

Brighton knows Jake is a bad bet, but she doesn’t care. After a lifetime of playing it safe, she’s finally having fun. Until the whirlwind romance gives way to painful reality…and Brighton finds out the truth about why a guy like Jake married a girl like her. With her heart on the line and the odds stacked against them, Brighton must decide whether to cut her losses or take a leap of faith that this love affair is one in a million.

Ope’s Opinion: This is the third in the Black Dog Bay series.  Although it could be read alone, it is so much more fun to start at the beginning.  I enjoyed this read, but not as much as the first two.

I really like the small town setting.  It was great to see some “old friends” from the previous books – that is kind of how they feel – like seeing someone you haven’t seen in a while.  This story line was a bit different from the first two, but I like that she ( Beth Kendrick ) isn’t using a formula to write each book.

I liked how the story was wrapped the up.  Thanks to my daughter, I have the next one on my shelf – I will be reading it soon.

In the Mail

This is what came in.

Author: Lauren K. Denton
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: July 6, 2021

Goodreads:  High-school sweethearts Mac and Edie Swan lead a seemingly picture-perfect life in the sleepy-sweet community of Spring Hill, near Mobile, Alabama. Edie is a respected interior designer, Mac is a beloved pediatrician, and they have a historic home on tree-lined Linden Avenue, two great kids, and an orange cat named Ramona. 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.

Thank you Margaret of Harper Collins!

My Way to You

Author: Catherine Bybee
Publisher: Montlake Romance
Genre: Romance
Source: Kristin of Kritters Ramblings

Goodreads:. 

A woman’s journey through tragedy leads to the discovery of love in a novel about hope and survival by New York Times bestselling author Catherine Bybee.

When a wildfire nearly destroys Parker Sinclair’s family home, it’s just one more disaster to add to her mountain of stress. For the past two years, she has shouldered the responsibility of raising her younger brother and sister after their parents’ untimely deaths. Forced to leave college for a crappy job that barely pays the bills, Parker manages her family property, which consumes every aspect of her life. Now winter is coming and the forecast isn’t spreading sunshine on the dark cloud over her head. The last thing Parker needs is a mudslide destroying everything she has worked so hard to maintain.

Colin Hudson’s job as a public works supervisor is to protect Parker’s property and neighborhood from further damage. But it’s a little hard when the owner of the land is a control freak who tries to do everything herself. The hardworking, attractive young woman is far from the “hot mess” she claims to be. In fact, her tight grip of control is one of the things that attract him the most. It’s also the hardest to crack. Now Colin’s working overtime to help Parker open up her heart, trust him, and let him in.

As Parker and Colin work together to keep her home and neighborhood safe, they may be in for another disaster. Or they may just realize that sometimes it takes destruction to create something new.

Ope’s Opinion:  I am well aware that this book is in the romance category.  I enjoy romance books and this is a really good one.  There is a great, realistic story with characters you will root for.  So why a four chair and not a five – I do not think explicit steamy scenes are necessary to feel the sexual tension between the characters.

Catherine Bybee really knows how to weave a story with great characters.  I will read her again, I will just skim the steamy parts.

 

Coming Soon….

…. On a Bookshelf near you!

In February I hope to read….

Publication Date: February 9, 2021
Publisher: HQN

Goodreads:  Step into the vineyard with Susan Mallery’s most irresistible novel yet, as one woman searches for the perfect blend of love, family and wine.

Mackenzie Dienes seems to have it all—a beautiful home, close friends and a successful career as an elite winemaker with the family winery. There’s just one problem—it’s not her family, it’s her husband’s. In fact, everything in her life is tied to him—his mother is the closest thing to a mom that she’s ever had, their home is on the family compound, his sister is her best friend. So when she and her husband admit their marriage is over, her pain goes beyond heartbreak. She’s on the brink of losing everything. Her job, her home, her friends and, worst of all, her family.

Staying is an option. She can continue to work at the winery, be friends with her mother-in-law, hug her nieces and nephews—but as an employee, nothing more. Or she can surrender every piece of her heart in order to build a legacy of her own. If she can dare to let go of the life she thought she wanted, she might discover something even more beautiful waiting for her beneath a painted moon.

 

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

Out Now

Do you need a cozy mystery
to warm you up during this cold winter?

Goodreads:  A young winemaker is over a barrel when her new boyfriend is accused of murder in this delightful cozy mystery.

It’s fall in Boulder, Colorado, and the leaves aren’t the only things changing. Parker Valentine, owner of Vino Valentine, is finally settling in to her winery and her new relationship with Reid Wallace, a local chef. But their delicate pairing is endangered when Reid’s estranged family comes into town to celebrate the opening of his new restaurant.

Reid and his family are immediately at loggerheads, given their often acidic temperaments, but Parker still wants to make a good first impression. However, her efforts might be in vain when Reid’s sous chef is found dead in the alley behind the restaurant, and Reid is implicated in the murder. In order to save Reid, Parker will have to find the real killer, even if the truth is difficult to swallow.

You may want to start with the first one Killer Chardonnay –
it’s not necessary, but would be more fun!