This Just In…

From Kristin of Kritters Ramblings.

once upon a wine

Published:  July 26, 2016
Publisher: NAL

Goodreads:  From the “sharp, sassy, [and] surprisingly emotional”* author of Put a Ring on It, New Uses for Old Boyfriends, and The Week Before the Wedding, a new novel set in the charming seaside town of Black Dog Bay, Delaware…
 
Cammie Breyer needs a big glass of cabernet—her restaurant failed and her chef boyfriend left for a hotter kitchen. Just when she thinks she’s hit rock bottom, her Aunt Ginger calls with a surprise. She’s bought a vineyard—in Delaware. At Ginger’s command, Cammie returns to Black Dog Bay, the seaside town where she spent her childhood summers with her aunt and her cousin, Kat.

The three women reunite, determined to succeed. There’s only one little problem: None of them knows the first thing about wine making. And it turns out, owning a vineyard isn’t all wine and roses. It’s dirt, sweat, and desperation. Every day brings financial pitfalls, unruly tourists, romantic dilemmas, and second thoughts.  But even as they struggle, they cultivate hidden talents and new passions. While the grapes ripen under the summer sun, Cammie discovers that love, like wine, is layered, complex, delicious, and worth waiting for…

I have read Black Dog Bay 1 and 2 – they were both awesome reads, so I can’t wait to read 3 and now this 4!  Thanks Kristin.

From Christi Sheehan of HarperCollins.

free fall

Published:  July 26, 2016
Publisher: Mira

Goodreads:  CRISIS IN THE SKIES 

Pilots with no control… 

High above the Adirondack Mountains, a commuter flight to New York City turns into a rolling, twisting nightmare, plunging from the sky before the crew regains control. Then, in London, a jetliner crashes into the runway, killing fifteen people.

Investigators with no answers… 

Reporter Kate Page believes something beyond mechanical—or human—error is behind the incidents that have air investigators baffled. But the mystery deepens as teams scramble to pinpoint a link between the tragedies, and Kate receives an untraceable message from someone boasting responsibility and threatening another event.

A looming disaster… 

As Kate, the FBI and the NTSB race to find answers, the shadow figures behind the operation launch their most devastating plan yet, and time ticks down on one of the greatest tragedies the world has ever known.

This is not my usual read.  I am excited to try something new!  Look for the review to see if I enjoyed a new genre.

From William Morrow
home field

Published:  July 26, 2016
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks

Goodreads:  The heart of Friday Night Lights meets the emotional resonance and nostalgia of My So-Called Life in this utterly moving debut novel about tradition, family, love, and football.

As the high school football coach in his small, rural Maryland town, Dean is a hero who reorganized the athletic program and brought the state championship to the community. When he married Nicole—the beloved, town sweetheart—he seemed to have it all—until his troubled wife committed suicide. Now, everything Dean thought he knew about his life and the people in it is thrown off kilter as Nicole’s death forces him to re-evaluate all of his relationships, including those with his team and his three children.

Dean’s eleven-year old son Robbie is acting withdrawn, and running away from school to the local pizza parlor. Bry, who is only eight, is struggling to understand his mother’s untimely death. And nineteen-year- old Stephanie has just left for Swarthmore and is torn between her new identity as a rebellious and sophisticated college student, her responsibility towards her brothers, and feeling like she is still just a little girl who misses her mom. As Dean struggles to continue to lead his team to victory in light of his overwhelming personal loss, he must fix his fractured family—and himself. And what he discovers along the way is that he’ll never view the world in the same way again.

Transporting you to the heart of small town America, Home Field is an unforgettable, poignant story about the pull of the past and the power of forgiveness.

Doesn’t this sound like just a great home grown read?

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New Uses for Old Boyfriends

Author: Beth Kendrick
Publisher: NAL Trade
Genre: Contemporary Women’s Fiction                 new uses
Source: Booksparks

 

 

 

Goodreads:  After growing up in privilege and marrying into money, Lila Alders has gotten used to the good life. But when her happily-ever-after implodes, Lila must return to Black Dog Bay, the tiny seaside town where she grew up. She’s desperate for a safe haven, but everything has changed over the past ten years. Her family’s fortune is gone—and her mother is in total denial. It’s up to Lila to take care of everything…but she can barely take care of herself.

The former golden girl of Black Dog Bay struggles to reinvent herself by opening a vintage clothing boutique. But even as Lila finds new purpose for outdated dresses and tries to reunite with her ex, she realizes that sometimes it’s too late for old dreams. She’s lost everything she thought she needed but found something—someone—she desperately wants. A boy she hardly noticed has grown up into a man she can’t forget…and a second chance has never felt so much like first love.

Ope’s Opinion:  It was fun to revisit Black Dog Bay.  Lila’s story was a fun, fresh read.  I couldn’t believe how fast I read it. I am a slow reader and I went through this book in no time.  

I really liked Lila and Daphne’s relationship.  They are what I think  a typical mother – daughter is really like.  They love each other, support each other, but don’t always agree or get along.  I enjoyed seeing an adult child and a mother relationship.  All the women (and there are a lot of them) in the book are strong independent people, good examples.

I like how Lila’s male relationships ended up.  I don’t want to spoil it, but it did have a few curves along the way to keep it interesting and it was very positive.

I would read another Beth Kendrick.  She writes such easy fun reads.

Rating: Four Chairs – I like this book so much I know several friends to share it with.
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Cure for the Common Breakup

summer read

cure

 

Author: Beth Kendrick
Publisher:  NAL Trade
Genre: Chick Lit
Source:  BookSparks

 

 

Goodreads:  Welcome to Black Dog Bay, a tiny seaside town in Delaware known as “the best place in America to bounce back from your breakup.” Home to Better Off Bed-and-Breakfast, the Eat Your Heart Out bakery, and the Whinery bar, Black Dog Bay offers a haven for the suddenly single.

 

Flight attendant Summer Benson lives by two rules: Don’t stay with the same man for too long and never stay in one place. She’s about to break rule number one by considering accepting her boyfriend’s proposal—then disaster strikes and her world is shattered in an instant.

Summer heads to Black Dog Bay, where the locals welcome her. Even Hattie Huntington, the town’s oldest, richest, and meanest resident, likes her enough to give her a job. Then there’s Dutch Jansen, the rugged, stoic mayor, who’s the opposite of her type. She probably shouldn’t be kissing him. She definitely shouldn’t be falling in love.

 

After a lifetime of globe-trotting, Summer has finally found a home. But Hattie has old scores to settle and a hidden agenda for her newest employee. Summer finds herself faced with an impossible choice: Leave Black Dog Bay behind forever, or stay with the ones she loves and cost them everything..

 

Ope’s Opinion:  Save this book for your trip to the beach this summer.  It is a very light, easy beach read!  It is a predictable ending with a few twists along the way.

The main character Summer is fun to follow through her transformation from globe trotter to finding a home.  She is often snarky and keeps people at a distance.  You do want her to find happiness.

There is a cast of other characters that add interest to the story.  They are realistic and fun to get to know.  It would be great to have a sequel that focused on one of the other people in Black Dog Bay or another person who comes to town like Summer did.

Rating:  Three Chairs – I like the book enough to suggest it to a friend or two.

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