Hooked On You

Author: Kathleen Fuller
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Genre: Christian Romance
Source: Purchase

Goodreads: When her grandmother injures herself sliding into third base, Riley McAllister must return to her small hometown to help run the family yarn store in this sweet, lighthearted romantic comedy.

Riley McAllister left the small Arkansas town of Maple Falls after graduating high school, hoping to make it big in New York as a mixed media artist. She’s still pursuing her dream when her grandmother begs her to come home and help her manage the store while she recovers from a broken leg she got after sliding into third base during a church softball game (she was safe, by the way). Riley agrees, planning to convince her grandmother to sell the old shop and retire so Riley can get back to the big city. New York is where she belongs, not some hick town that doesn’t even have a decent coffee shop.

Hayden Price’s life hasn’t turned out as he expected either. He still works in the hardware store his family has owned for several generations after his chance to make it out of Maple Falls ended when he blew out his pitching arm during a minor league game. Stuck with debt from college and a broken engagement, he decides to make the best of things when he comes back to Maple Falls and puts together the town’s first church softball team–with him as coach, of course.

Riley and Hayden went to high school together but ran in totally different circles. In fact, it’s safe to say they hated each other. Will that change when the softball team unexpectedly brings them together? Or will the pain and disappointment of their past failures keep them from discovering love in Maple Falls?

Ope’s Opinion: I read book two a couple of weeks ago. Now I read book one. They can stand alone, but I do wish I had read them in order. Getting to know the town, Erma and her friends, and Riley’s friends would have been better if I had done it in order.

I enjoyed this book a bit more than book two, but they are very similar. They are very light, easy reads. These are good to save for your next beach trip.

Book three is coming out August 2. If you enjoyed one or two keep your eye out for number three.

Out Now!

Need a book to curl up with during this cold weather?

Goodreads: The New York Times bestselling author of The Lost and Found Bookstore returns to Perdita Street with a can’t-miss tale of friendship, hardship, redemption, and love between a San Francisco baker and a barbecue master from Texas.

Jerome “Sugar” Barnes learned the art of baking in his grandma’s bakery, also called Sugar, on historic Perdita Street in San Francisco. He supplies baked goods to the Lost and Found Bookshop across the street.

When the restaurant that shares his commercial kitchen loses its longtime tenant, a newcomer moves in: Margot Salton, a barbecue master from Texas.

Margot isn’t exactly on the run, but she needs a fresh start. She’s taken care of herself her whole life, pulling herself up by her fingernails to recover from trauma, and her dream has been to open a restaurant somewhere far, far from Texas. The shared kitchen with Jerome Sugar’s bakery is the perfect setup: a state-of-the-art kitchen and a vibrant neighborhood popular with tourists and locals.

Margot instantly takes to Jerome’s grandmother, the lively, opinionated Ida, and the older woman proves to be a good mentor. Margot thinks Jerome is gorgeous, and despite their different backgrounds their attraction is powerful–even though Jerome worries that Margot will simply move on from him once she’s found some peace and stability. But just as she starts to relax into a happy new future, Margot’s past in Texas comes back to haunt her…

Susan Wiggs is a good author that is easy to read.
Pick it up now!

Craft Room Puzzle

This is the box the puzzle came in.

The poster was large and very helpful, especially with some of the small items in the puzzle.

This is the finished puzzle.
The shinny finish did reflect the light ( as you can see ),
so some times it was hard to see if the pieces fit together.

Much Ado About a Latte

Author: Kathleen Fuller
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Genre: Christian Romance
Source: Taylor at Harper Collins

Goodreads: She’s loved him for years, but now he’s her biggest competition. Is this town big enough for two coffee shops?

The Sunshine Diner has been Tanner Castillo’s home away from home for years, and his place behind the counter is a fixture in the small town of Maple Falls. After years of working there and saving every penny, he is able to purchase the diner and make the necessary renovations to bring it into the 21st century. Growing up poor, Tanner’s always felt like he’s needed something to his name before he could ask out Anita Bedford.

Due to some savvy business investments, Anita’s parents have been able to provide her and her siblings with everything they’ve ever needed or wanted. But Anita doesn’t have the same ambitions as her doctor brother and lawyer sister. She’s always been happy to work as a waitress at the diner, especially since it kept her close to Tanner, whom she’s been crushing on since middle school.

When her father decides to open a coffee shop and bakery, he puts Anita in charge, making her the direct competition to Tanner’s Sunshine Diner. After working side-by-side for years, can working against each other finally be the thing that brings these two lovebirds together?

Ope’s Opinion: I really like Christian romances because they move slow, although this one may have moved a bit too slow. The whole book built up to Anita and Tanner admitting to themselves and each other that they were more than friends.

The two main characters in this book are frustrating some times, but I was rooting for them. However, Anita’s mother was awful. She may have had good intentions, but that was not clear in the book.

This book is part of a series – this number two. I have not read number one, but I do want to go back and read it. Knowing this part of series helped with the ending being sort of left open in this book. I would like to read the next one in the series to see where everyone ends up.

First Book of the Year

I like to start the year with a book I am sure to enjoy. This year, this the one!

Publication Date: March 29, 2022
Publisher: Gallery Books

Goodreads: The New York Times bestselling author of Under the Southern Sky and the Peachtree Bluff series brings “her signature wit, charm, and heart” (Woman’s World) to this sweeping new novel following four women across generations, bound by a beautiful wedding veil and a connection to the famous Vanderbilt family

Four women. One family heirloom. A secret connection that will change their lives—and history as they know it.

Present Day: Julia Baxter’s wedding veil, bequeathed to her great-grandmother by a mysterious woman on a train in the 1930s, has passed through generations of her family as a symbol of a happy marriage. But on the morning of her wedding day, something tells her that even the veil’s good luck isn’t enough to make her marriage last forever. Overwhelmed and panicked, she escapes to the Virgin Islands to clear her head. Meanwhile, her grandmother Babs is also feeling shaken. Still grieving the death of her beloved husband, she decides to move out of the house they once shared and into a retirement community. Though she hopes it’s a new beginning, she does not expect to run into an old flame, dredging up the same complicated emotions she felt a lifetime ago.

1914: Socialite Edith Vanderbilt is struggling to manage the luxurious Biltmore Estate after the untimely death of her cherished husband. With 250 rooms to oversee and an entire village dependent on her family to stay afloat, Edith is determined to uphold the Vanderbilt legacy—and prepare her free-spirited daughter Cornelia to inherit it—in spite of her family’s deteriorating financial situation. But Cornelia has dreams of her own. Asheville, North Carolina has always been her safe haven away from the prying eyes of the press, but as she explores more of the rapidly changing world around her, she’s torn between upholding tradition and pursuing the exciting future that lies beyond Biltmore’s gilded gates.

In the vein of Therese Anne Fowler’s A Well-Behaved Woman and Jennifer Robson’s The GownThe Wedding Veil brings to vivid life a group of remarkable women forging their own paths—and explores the mystery of a national heirloom lost to time.

This is such a good way to start the new year!

New Year, New Goals

A little background:
November – my daughter Kristin of Kritters Ramblings lent me her Kindle to see if I enjoyed e-
reading.
December – I fell on the ice in my driveway and broke my shoulder and wrist. Holding a book
(when reading is all I could do) was very difficult. The Kindle was perfect!
Fast forward to May – I bought myself a Kindle ( I did need to return my daughters! ). I started on
Netgalley and read almost exclusively ebooks.

New Goal – to balance my e-reading and my physical reading of books. As much as I am enjoying
all my ebooks, I do want to keep up with my physical books too.

Coming Soon….

…. On a Bookshelf near you!

In January I hope to read….

Publication Date: January 4, 2021
Publisher: Thomas Nelson

Goodreads: She’s loved him for years, but now he’s her biggest competition. Is this town big enough for two coffee shops?

The Sunshine Diner has been Tanner Castillo’s home away from home for years, and his place behind the counter is a fixture in the small town of Maple Falls. After years of working there and saving every penny, he is able to purchase the diner and make the necessary renovations to bring it into the 21st century. Growing up poor, Tanner’s always felt like he’s needed something to his name before he could ask out Anita Bedford.

Due to some savvy business investments, Anita’s parents have been able to provide her and her siblings with everything they’ve ever needed or wanted. But Anita doesn’t have the same ambitions as her doctor brother and lawyer sister. She’s always been happy to work as a waitress at the diner, especially since it kept her close to Tanner, whom she’s been crushing on since middle school.

When her father decides to open a coffee shop and bakery, he puts Anita in charge, making her the direct competition to Tanner’s Sunshine Diner. After working side-by-side for years, can working against each other finally be the thing that brings these two lovebirds together? 

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

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

My Darling Husband

Author: Kimberly Belle
Publisher: Park Row
Genre: Thriller
Source: Park Row ( Netgalley )

Goodreads: Bestselling author of DEAR WIFE and THE MARRIAGE LIE, Kimberly Belle returns with her most heart-pounding thriler to date, as a masked home invader reveals the cracks in a marriage.

Everyone is about to know what her husband isn’t telling her…

Jade and Cam Lasky are by all accounts a happily married couple with two adorable kids, a spacious home and a rapidly growing restaurant business. But their world is tipped upside down when Jade is confronted by a masked home invader. As Cam scrambles to gather the ransom money, Jade starts to wonder if they’re as financially secure as their lifestyle suggests, and what other secrets her husband is keeping from her.

Cam may be a good father, a celebrity chef and a darling husband, but there’s another side he’s kept hidden from Jade that has put their family in danger. Unbeknownst to Cam and Jade, the home invader has been watching them and is about to turn their family secrets into a public scandal.

With riveting twists and a breakneck pace, My Darling Husband is an utterly compelling thriller that once again showcases Kimberly Belle’s exceptional talent for domestic suspense.

Ope’s Opinion: I accepted this book without reading the synopsis closely because Kimberly Belle is an amazing author. The book had me holding my breath most of the time. It was intense from beginning to the very end. There were a few twists and turn along the way.

Had I known the extensive involvement of the children in this story I may have decided not to read it. This is the second book in this genre that involved children that I have read recently – I do not enjoy reading this type of story. The ending also left me wanting more or maybe a different outcome. Now this is just me and my thoughts – please read other reviews. Also, let me say, I would read Kimberly Belle again. She is an amazing writer.