Lawyer for the Dog

Author: Lee Robinson
Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books
Genre: Fiction
Source: Kristin of Kritters Ramblings

Goodreads:  One of the sharpest attorneys in Charleston, S.C., Sally Baynard isn’t your typical southern belle. She’s certainly not what her mother hoped she’d grow up to be, especially since she divorced her husband, Family Court Judge Joe Baynard, and his historic family with their historic wealth and historic houses. Maybe Sally was never going to be a proper society lady, but her success as a public defender and family lawyer have been enough for her. She’s represented murderers, burglars, drug dealers and lately has taken on some of the thorniest divorces, all cases closed with her Sally Bright Baynard wit, charm and brains.

Or have they? One case she’s never successfully closed is her marriage. And when Judge Joe assigns her to one of his divorce cases by appointing her as the Lawyer for the Dog — Sherman, a miniature schnauzer– she’s forced into close quarters with him again. Juggling the needs of the dog, the angry owners, her amorous but uncommunicative ex-husband, her aging, Alzheimer’s-ridden mother, and the expectations of the court is more than Sally could have imagined. And as rascally Sherman digs his way into Sally’s heart, he brings along his charming vet Tony, a man who makes Sally question her views on love and marriage. 

Ope’s Opinion: This was a delightful read.  If you like to read about dogs and their relationship to people, you will definitely enjoy this book.  You can read this book on two levels.  It is a fun read about the custody of a dog and it also has all the underlying relationships that are so much deeper.   It is a quick, enjoyable read.

 

In the Mailbox

I found

Publication Date: March 17, 2020
Publisher: Lake Union Publishing

Goodreads:  A page-turning novel of suspense about the perfect family, and the perfect lies, by the bestselling author of When I’m Gone and The Waiting Room.

Adopted by her controlling foster mother at the age of eight, twenty-year-old Tara has seen little of the outside world. Lonely, punished for the slightest offense, her only distraction comes from watching the Feely family’s online videos. They’re an affectionate vlogging quintet and an internet sensation. Most important, they are Tara’s mental refuge. Then the opportunity arises for them to be something more. When Tara accepts an internship with the close-knit clan, they’re her escape.

Daring to run away, and defying Mother’s rules, Tara is welcomed into the loving fold. But the more Tara gets to know them, the more she realizes that not everything is as it seems. As secrets slowly surface, the image of the perfect family begins to crack. For Tara, it’s another trap.

To claim a life of her own, she’ll need a new escape plan. Because as the show’s popularity explodes, reaching even more fascinated viewers, Tara can’t shake the feeling that Mother is among their ranks. She’s watching. She’s waiting. She’ll never let her go.

Thank you Ellen at JKS Communications
for sending this book my way!
Can’t wait to read it.

Meg & Jo

 

Author: Virginia Kantra
Publisher: Berkley Books
Genre: Retelling Fiction
Source: Kristin of Kritters Ramblings

 

Goodreads:  The timeless classic Little Women inspired this heartwarming modern tale of four sisters from New York Times bestselling author Virginia Kantra.

The March sisters–reliable Meg, independent Jo, stylish Amy, and shy Beth–have grown up to pursue their separate dreams. When Jo followed her ambitions to New York City, she never thought her career in journalism would come crashing down, leaving her struggling to stay afloat in a gig economy as a prep cook and secret food blogger.

Meg appears to have the life she always planned–the handsome husband, the adorable toddlers, the house in a charming subdivision. But sometimes getting everything you’ve ever wanted isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.

When their mother’s illness forces the sisters home to North Carolina for the holidays, they’ll rediscover what really matters.

One thing’s for sure–they’ll need the strength of family and the power of sisterhood to remake their lives and reimagine their dreams.

Ope’s Opinion:  If you are a fan of Little Women – you will definitely want to pick this book up.  I just saw Little Women in the theatre, so it was interesting to read this book right after that.   I enjoyed comparing the movie to the book in my head while I was reading it.

Virginia Kantra wrote a sequel called Beth & Amy.  I am not sure if the story picks up where this one left off or are we going to see the same story from Beth & Amy’s perspective?  I think I would have preferred to have all four little women in one book.

Coming Soon….

…. On a Bookshelf near you!

In March I hope to read….

Publication Date: March 17, 2020
Publisher: Lake Union Publishing

Goodreads: A page-turning novel of suspense about the perfect family, and the perfect lies, by the bestselling author of When I’m Gone and The Waiting Room.

Adopted by her controlling foster mother at the age of eight, twenty-year-old Tara has seen little of the outside world. Lonely, punished for the slightest offense, her only distraction comes from watching the Feely family’s online videos. They’re an affectionate vlogging quintet and an internet sensation. Most important, they are Tara’s mental refuge. Then the opportunity arises for them to be something more. When Tara accepts an internship with the close-knit clan, they’re her escape.

Daring to run away, and defying Mother’s rules, Tara is welcomed into the loving fold. But the more Tara gets to know them, the more she realizes that not everything is as it seems. As secrets slowly surface, the image of the perfect family begins to crack. For Tara, it’s another trap.

To claim a life of her own, she’ll need a new escape plan. Because as the show’s popularity explodes, reaching even more fascinated viewers, Tara can’t shake the feeling that Mother is among their ranks. She’s watching. She’s waiting. She’ll never let her go.

 

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

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

The Key to Happily Ever After

Author: Tif Marcelo
Publisher: Galley Books
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Source: Purchased

Goodreads:  One of BuzzFeed’s “Books Coming Out This Summer That You Need to Seriously Read” * One of Bustle’s “New Romance Novels to Make Your Spring Reading Even Dreamier Than You Imagined”

A charming romantic comedy about three sisters who are struggling to keep the family wedding planning business afloat—all the while trying to write their own happily-ever-afters in the process.

All’s fair in love and business.

The de la Rosa family and their wedding planning business have been creating happily ever afters in the Washington, DC area for years, making even the most difficult bride’s day a fairytale. But when their parents announce their retirement, the sisters—Marisol, Janelyn, and Pearl—are determined to take over the business themselves.

But the sisters quickly discover that the wedding business isn’t all rings and roses. There are brides whose moods can change at the drop of a hat; grooms who want to control every part of the process; and couples who argue until their big day. As emotions run high, the de la Rosa sisters quickly realize one thing: even when disaster strikes—whether it’s a wardrobe malfunction or a snowmageddon in the middle of a spring wedding—they’ll always have each other.

Perfect for fans of the witty and engaging novels of Amy E. Reichert and Susan Mallery, The Key to Happily Ever After is a fresh romantic comedy that celebrates the crucial and profound power of sisterhood.

Ope’s Opinion:  This was a fast, easy read.  The sisters and the weddings  were the center of the story.  Their personal romances were important and affected their other relationships, but the sisterhood was most important.  The setting ( Old Town Alexandria ) is near me, so I enjoyed reading about places I have been.

The cover ( which I love ) gave me the impression that it would be a rom-com.  It is a light romance, no comedy.  The Filipino family influence is obvious, including a couple of words I had to look up the meaning to understand.  The family drama was a little over the top between Mari and Pearl at times, but believable.

If you enjoy reading sister stories, this definitely is one you should pick up.  The ending was satisfying, but I wouldn’t mind a sequel to see where everyone is now!

Meet Me on Love Lane

Author: Nina Bocci
Publisher: Galley Books
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Source: Kristin of Kritters Rambligns

Goodreads:  From the USA TODAY bestselling author of On the Corner of Love and Hate comes a romantic comedy about a woman who grudgingly returns home to small-town Pennsylvania, only to find herself falling in love—not only with the town, but with two of its citizens.

Charlotte Bishop is out of options in New York City. Fired, broke, and blacklisted by her former boss, she’s forced to return to her hometown of Hope Lake, PA to lick her wounds. Although she’s expecting to find a miserable place with nothing to do, she is pleasantly surprised to discover it is bustling and thriving.

She’s only supposed to be in Hope Lake temporarily until she can earn enough money to move back to New York. She’s not supposed to reconnect with her childhood friends or her beloved grandmother. She’s not supposed to find her dream job running the local florist shop. And she’s definitely not supposed to fall for not one but two of Hope Lake’s golden boys: one the beloved high school English teacher, the other the charming town doctor.

With a heart torn between two men and two cities, what’s a girl to do?

A perfect blend of humor and heart, Meet Me on Love Lane is the second in a new series from USA TODAY bestselling author Nina Bocci that is sure to charm fans of Josie Silver and Sally Thorne.

Ope’s Opinion:  Another really good read from Nina Bocci.  Her writing just flows, the story is believable, easy to read and the characters are people you know or want to know. I had a wonderful grandma, but I would have loved to have had Gigi too.  It was great to see Emma and Cooper again.  

Although this can be read alone, I highly suggest you go back and read book one.  It is worth your time and gives you insight to those in the town.

Some times life gives you enough – so you look for an easy escape.  This book is one of the best escapes I have read recently.  Just take me away to a place that is happy, relaxing and funny ( at times ).

She ( Nina Bocci ) makes me feel close to the characters, she makes me laugh and at the end she makes me want the next book!

Ask Again, Yes

Author: Mary Beth Keane
Publisher: Scribner
Genre: Fiction
Source: Book Expo 2019

 

Goodreads:  How much can a family forgive?

A profoundly moving novel about two neighboring families in a suburban town, the bond between their children, a tragedy that reverberates over four decades, the daily intimacies of marriage, and the power of forgiveness.

Francis Gleeson and Brian Stanhope, two rookie cops in the NYPD, live next door to each other outside the city. What happens behind closed doors in both houses—the loneliness of Francis’s wife, Lena, and the instability of Brian’s wife, Anne—sets the stage for the explosive events to come.

Ask Again, Yes is a deeply affecting exploration of the lifelong friendship and love that blossoms between Francis and Lena’s daughter, Kate, and Brian and Anne’s son, Peter. Luminous, heartbreaking, and redemptive, Ask Again, Yes reveals the way childhood memories change when viewed from the distance of adulthood—villains lose their menace and those who appeared innocent seem less so. Kate and Peter’s love story, while tested by echoes from the past, is marked by tenderness, generosity, and grace. 

Ope’s Opinion: Reading the synopsis, I thought this was going to be more about police life then it was.  There were police officers and their families, but the story could have happened to any family.  

If you enjoy reading family drama – this book is for you.  Two families are tied up with each other in many ways.  For me, the character Kate saved the book.  I had a hard time connecting to the parents – the slow pace may have effected my opinion.

The message of messing up and still being loved came through at the end.