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.

Coming Soon…

…. On a Bookshelf near you!

In October I hope to read….

Publication Date: October 4, 2022
Publisher: HQN

Goodreads: With twinkling humor and heartfelt Christmas spirit, two friends find love in a town called Wishing Tree…

Until Camryn Neff can return to her “real” life in Chicago, she’s in Wishing Tree to care for her twin sisters. She’s not looking for forever love, not here. But handsome hotelier Jake Crane is a temptation she can’t resist, so she suggests they pair up for the season. No golden rings, no broken hearts. At his side, she sees her hometown through Christmas-colored eyes. The cheer is cheerier, the joy more joyful. She thought she had put her future on hold…but maybe her real life was here all along, waiting for her to come home.

New in town, River Best is charmed by Wishing Tree’s homespun traditions and warmhearted people. When she’s crowned Snow Queen, she’s honored but wary. Dylan Tucker, her king, seems like the stuff of sugarplum dreams, but she can’t shake the feeling that he’s hiding something big. As they perform their “royal” duties—tasting cookies, lighting trees—Dylan’s good humor and melty kisses draw her to the brink of love. But she can’t let herself fall until she uncovers his secret, even if her lack of faith means losing him forever.

What is coming soon …. to a bookshelf near you?
Let me know – I am always looking for a good read!

Lucky Streak

Author: Tif Marcelo
Publisher: Montlake
Genre: Romance
Source: Montlake ( Netgalley )

Goodreads: From the USA Today bestselling author of Know You by Heart comes a spirited romance set in the Heart Resort universe—a love story about fate, family, and second chances.

I never thought I’d see her again. What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, right? But five years later, my casino fling is my new next-door neighbor.

A lot’s happened since we got acquainted in that hotel room. I finished out my military career, took a job with my estranged father, moved to the beach…the only thing that hasn’t changed is that Beatrice has always been on my mind. I can’t let her get away again. Lucky for me, she feels the same way.

Not so lucky, though, is our families’ business rivalry—and our resorts’ competition for the same property.

As much as I want to ride off into the sunset with Beatrice on the back of my bike, we want to make this work. And that means smoothing things out between our families.

If we thought finding each other after our night in Vegas was a long shot, this feud is about to give impossible a whole new meaning.

Ope’s Opinion: I have read several of Tif Marcelo books. I do enjoy her writing and I do enjoy that she writes about her culture.

The beginning of the story almost made me stop reading it. It started out with too much drama for me. The story did improve and I did like the main characters. The pace was a little on the slow side. I did like that Beatrice and Jackson had a bit of a history before their love story began. Second meetings are one of my favorite genres.

Where the Grass is Green and the Girls are Pretty

Author: Lauren Weisberger
Publisher: Random House
Genre: Fiction
Source: Purchased

Goodreads: A seat at the anchor desk of the most-watched morning show. Recognized by millions across the country, thanks in part to her flawless blond highlights and Botox-smoothed skin. An adoring husband and a Princeton-bound daughter. Peyton is that woman. She has it all.

Until . . .

Skye, her sister, is a stay-at-home mom living in a glitzy suburb of New York. She has degrees from all the right schools and can helicopter-parent with the best of them. But Skye is different from the rest. She’s looking for something real and dreams of a life beyond the PTA and pickup.

Until . . .

Max, Peyton’s bright and quirky seventeen-year-old daughter, is poised to kiss her fancy private school goodbye and head off to pursue her dreams in film. She’s waited her entire life for this opportunity.

Until . . .

One little lie. That’s all it takes. For the illusions to crack. For resentments to surface. Suddenly the grass doesn’t look so green. And they’re left wondering: will they have what it takes to survive the truth? 

Ope’s Opinion: It was interesting to read a fictionalize story about the college scams. The story had a lot of realistic aspects to it. The two sisters were opposites, but both lead privileged lives that are a little hard to relate to. Being in the public eye, as Peyton is, makes dealing with the fall out of the scandal more difficult.

I wish the author had made Peyton a little sympathetic. I found it very hard to feel sorry that she got caught, she wasn’t willing to own up to, and acted above most people. The end is the only thing that saved it from a two chair to a three chair for me.

Our Stolen Child

Author: Melissa Wiesner
Publisher: Bookouture
Genre: Fiction
Source: Bookouture ( Netgalley )

Goodreads: I grip my husband’s hand tight. The doctor is frowning. “Mr and Mrs Marcello… I’m so sorry.” She tells us there’s been a terrible mistake. Our last embryo—our last chance—was accidentally given to someone else. The child we made four years ago calls another woman “Mommy.”

Quinn cries silent tears as she folds a tiny knitted cardigan, bought in a moment of hope, and packs it away. All she’s ever wanted is to be a mother. Although her husband James brings her comfort, the knowledge they have no embryos left, and that their child is out there being raised by another family, is tearing them both apart.

When the lawyers tell them there’s a chance to get custody, James is unsure. But Quinn knows she has to take it: if only to look her little girl in the eyes, just once. Meeting Emily and the woman who raised her, Quinn’s heart cracks wide open. Emily looks just like Quinn, right down to her curly hair. And when the little girl flings her arms around Quinn’s waist, she can’t shake the feeling this is where Emily is meant to be.

As the two families reckon with an unimaginable decision, a secret from James’ past surfaces… one that forces Quinn to question everything she thought she wanted. But how will they decide what’s right for the little girl they all love so dearly? And where does Emily truly belong?

An absolutely unputdownable, heart-wrenching read about two families torn apart by one terrible mistake. Anyone who loves Jodi Picoult’s My Sister’s Keeper, Diane Chamberlain and Catherine Ryan Hyde won’t be able to put this down.

Ope’s Opinion: I thought this was going to be a long drawn out court case, similar to a Jodi Picoult book. It did have a court case and it did pull at my heart strings, but the actually court time was short – this made me like the story even more.

This is the age old question, what makes a someone a mother, the DNA or time spent raising a child. In this story I was pulled back and forth as to who the “mother” should be. There were some other relationships that were involved in the struggle too. I am being vague because I do not want to spoil the story.

The ending was satisfying, but the epilogue was tied up in a neat bow that was a little too neat!

Magnolia Library Puzzle

This is the box of the Magnolia Library puzzle.

This puzzle was one of the hardest puzzles I have ever done. All the book colors are similar, so it was hard to see where the pieces belong. All the gray shelves were close to some of the book colors too. If you are in for a very hard challenge – buy it from Target.

Out Now!

Goodreads: I grip my husband’s hand tight. The doctor is frowning. “Mr and Mrs Marcello… I’m so sorry.” She tells us there’s been a terrible mistake. Our last embryo—our last chance—was accidentally given to someone else. The child we made four years ago calls another woman “Mommy.”

Quinn cries silent tears as she folds a tiny knitted cardigan, bought in a moment of hope, and packs it away. All she’s ever wanted is to be a mother. Although her husband James brings her comfort, the knowledge they have no embryos left, and that their child is out there being raised by another family, is tearing them both apart.

When the lawyers tell them there’s a chance to get custody, James is unsure. But Quinn knows she has to take it: if only to look her little girl in the eyes, just once. Meeting Emily and the woman who raised her, Quinn’s heart cracks wide open. Emily looks just like Quinn, right down to her curly hair. And when the little girl flings her arms around Quinn’s waist, she can’t shake the feeling this is where Emily is meant to be.

As the two families reckon with an unimaginable decision, a secret from James’ past surfaces… one that forces Quinn to question everything she thought she wanted. But how will they decide what’s right for the little girl they all love so dearly? And where does Emily truly belong?

An absolutely unputdownable, heart-wrenching read about two families torn apart by one terrible mistake. Anyone who loves Jodi Picoult’s My Sister’s Keeper, Diane Chamberlain and Catherine Ryan Hyde won’t be able to put this down.

I am reading this now – review to come soon.
Pick this one up today!

The Wedding Promise

Author: Susan Hatler
Publisher: Hatco Publishing
Genre: Fiction
Source: Purchased

Goodreads: When Carrie is reunited with her childhood neighbor Lucas at a friend’s engagement party, it’s obvious why she—and every other girl in school—had a crush on him growing up. In fact, he’s even more handsome and charming than ever.

With her thirtieth birthday approaching, she recalls their teenage promise to marry if they are both still single—a promise she doesn’t know if he remembers and she still dreams might come true.

From a New York Times bestselling author, don’t miss this sweet reunion of soulmates in THE WEDDING PROMISE. 

Ope’s Opinion: This is the fifth in a series, but it read like a stand alone. It was a short book in page count only. It has deep characters that you root for and can relate to. This quick, easy read makes me want to go back and read the series from the beginning.

I have not read Susan Hatler before, but I will be looking for her next book.