A Summer in Somoma

Author: Robyn Carr
Publisher: MIRA
Genre: Romance
Source: My friend Mary Ann

Goodreads:  They’ve been best friends since seventh grade. But this summer, on the threshold of thirty, four women are going to need each other more than ever.

Cassie has sworn off romance. Yet deep down, she’s still looking for Mr. Forever. A long-haired biker doesn’t figure into her plans, so where’s the harm in touring the back roads of Sonoma on a Harley with Walt Arneson?

Julie married her high school sweetheart—who can get her pregnant with a mere glance—too young and now wonders how her life became all about leaky faucets and checkbook balances. Maybe love isn’t enough to sustain the hottest couple in town.

Marty’s firefighter husband has forgotten all about romance, and an old flame begins to look mighty tempting.

Beth, a doctor trapped in a body that’s betrayed her yet again, is becoming a difficult patient and a secretive friend.

Life can change in an instant…or a summer. And having friends to lean on can only up the chances of happily ever after.

Ope’s Opinion: This story has four strong women that have a wonderful friendship. They support each other through thick and thin.  They each have their story in this book, they each have issues – men, money or health.  Although, I had my favorite story line, all of the stories were fun to follow. 

One of these women is probably someone you could relate to as you read their story.  The difficulties these women faced are things a lot of people face.  It is enjoyable to see them solve their issues.

The ending was satisfying – it was positive.

 

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Lies, Love, and Breakfast at Tiffany’s

Author:  Julie Wright
Publisher: Shadow Moutain
Genre: Romance
Source:  Kristin of Kritters Ramblings

Goodreads: 

The Lie
Women in Hollywood are just pretty faces. But Silvia Bradshaw knows that’s a lie, and she’s ready to be treated as an equal and prove her worth as one of Hollywood’s newest film editors.

The Love
She and Ben Mason had worked together as editors before Silvia got her big break, so he’s the perfect person to ask for feedback on her first major film. But even as their friendship begins to blossom into something more, a lawsuit surfaces, jeopardizing both Ben and Silvia’s jobs—as well as their fledgling romance. Audrey Hepburn once said: “The most important thing is to enjoy your life—to be happy—it’s all that matters.” Silvia agrees. Or she used to. It’s one thing to risk her job and her heart, but can she really risk Ben’s, too? Does she have the right to make decisions for her own happiness when they affect so many other people?

The Breakfast
With everything to lose, Silvia meets Ben for breakfast at his favorite diner, Tiffany’s, for one last conversation before the credits roll on true love.

Ope’s Opinion:  At the beginning of this book you learn that Silvia looses an eye to cancer  ( not ruining the story ).  I understand the cancer coming into her life – it has a lot of impact and influence in her life.  I do not understand why the author chose to have Silvia loose an eye.    It never became clear to me what that had to do with the rest of the story.

Putting that aside, I loved the rest of the story.  I liked hearing about the editing of movies, I liked hearing a women’s fight to be seen and heard in a man’s world, and I liked that Silvia made her career a priority.  I also really, really liked Silvia and Ben’s relationship – their miscommunications and banter were fun to read.

Two-thirds of the way through the book I thought I knew where the story was going, then there was a breath taking twist, then a couple of more twists.  I thought the author made the relationships feel real.  The ending brought it all together and was very satisfying.

Thank you Kristin for sharing another great book with me.

 

 

 

One Day in December

Author: Josie Silver
Publisher: Broadway Books
Genre: Holiday, Romance
Source: Purchased

 

Goodreads: A love story about what happens after you meet, or rather, don’t meet the one.

Laurie is pretty sure love at first sight doesn’t exist anywhere but the movies. But then, through a misted-up bus window one snowy December day, she sees a man who she knows instantly is the one. Their eyes meet, there’s a moment of pure magic…and then her bus drives away.

Certain they’re fated to find each other again, Laurie spends a year scanning every bus stop and cafe in London for him. But she doesn’t find him, not when it matters anyway. Instead they “reunite” at a Christmas party, when her best friend Sarah giddily introduces her new boyfriend to Laurie. It’s Jack, the man from the bus. It would be.

What follows for Laurie, Sarah and Jack is ten years of friendship, heartbreak, missed opportunities, roads not taken, and destinies reconsidered. One Day in December is a joyous, heartwarming and immensely moving love story to escape into and a reminder that fate takes inexplicable turns along the route to happiness.

Ope’s Opinion: This was so much fun to read!  Seeing the story unfold from both Laurie’s and Jack’s perspective gave another dimension to it.  This would make a good Hallmark Christmas movie.

The friendships are really the center of this book.  Seeing them each care about the other more then what they want for themselves brought the holiday spirit into the story.

The journey to the end that you want and expect took a lot of turns along the way. A very satisfying read!

His Promise

Author: Shelley Shepard Gray
Publisher: Avon Inspire
Genre: Amish, Holiday, Suspense
Source:  Molly at Harper Collins

 

Goodreads:  New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Shelley Shepard Gray’s latest Christmas novel in her Amish of Hart County series.

It’s set to be a white Christmas in Hart County, and Grace King is pet-sitting in a beautiful home with only a difficult dachshund for company. Just as she starts to miss the bustle of her large Amish family, Grace runs into a familiar face. Living right next door is John Michael Miller. He’s a fireman now, but five years ago, he had courted her older sister, then broke her heart. Seeing him again stirs Grace’s anger, but also reminds her of deeper feelings she’s done her best to deny.

The infatuation John Michael once saw in Grace’s eyes is long gone, though his complicated attraction to her remains. He had walked away all those years ago when he realized he was falling in love with the wrong sister. Now, as suspicious fires are set in their community, that’s not an option. Grace dismisses his warnings, and John Michael vows to keep an eye on her. But he can’t help wondering if he’s reconnected with Grace, only to risk losing her again.

Now all John Michael wants for Christmas is to keep Grace safe, in the hopes that they can one day have a future together.

Ope’s Opinion: I had not read a book about Amish people before, so I was a little surprised by some of the words used – gut ( good ) and Jah ( yes ), etc.  It wasn’t hard to understand just felt like the author was trying to make sure we knew it was Amish.  She also mentioned several times either Amish or English to make sure the reader knew there was a difference.

The writing seemed simplistic to me – at times choppy,  short sentence, as if written for a beginner reader.

The story had one basic romance in it, the major part of the story was suspenseful, which I enjoyed. The ending was exactly what you expected and wanted.  A good one for the Christmas season.

Snowfall on Lighthouse Lane

Author: Joann Ross
Publisher: HQN Books
Genre: Holiday, Romance
Source:  Claire at Little Bird Publicity

 

Goodreads:  Lose yourself in the magic, charm and romance of Christmas in the Pacific Northwest as imagined in JoAnn Ross’s heartwarming Honeymoon Harbor series.

Growing up on the wrong side of the tracks, Jolene Harper is forever indebted to the mother who encouraged her to fly—all the way to sunny LA and a world away from Honeymoon Harbor. Although Jolene vowed never to look back, returning home isn’t even a question when her mom faces a cancer scare. Which means running into Aiden Mannion all over town, the first boy she ever loved—and lost—and whom she can barely look in the eye.

Aiden’s black-sheep reputation may have diminished when he joined the marines, but everything he’s endured since has left him haunted. Back in Honeymoon Harbor to heal, he’s talked into the interim role of police chief, and the irony isn’t lost on the locals, least of all Aiden. But seeing Jolene after all these years is the unexpected breath of fresh air he’s been missing. He’s never forgotten her through all his tours, but he’s not sure anymore that he’s the man she deserves.

Despite the secret they left between them all those years ago, snow is starting to fall on their picturesque little town, making anything seem possible…maybe even a second chance at first love.

Ope’s Opinion: As I started reading this book, I felt I had walked into the middle of a conversation.  A lot of people were talking and I didn’t know their relationships.  This is the second in a series and I had not read the first one, so maybe that would have made a difference.

Aiden talking to Bodhi seemed a little strange to me.  I had to keep reminding myself that Bodhi wasn’t really there.

I did like that it was set in the North West.  I liked the romance, although it took a long time come together.  I liked that the ending was what I was expecting.

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Snowfall on Lighthouse Lane (Honeymoon Harbor, #2)

Goodreads:  Lose yourself in the magic, charm and romance of Christmas in the Pacific Northwest as imagined in JoAnn Ross’s heartwarming Honeymoon Harbor series.

Growing up on the wrong side of the tracks, Jolene Harper is forever indebted to the mother who encouraged her to fly—all the way to sunny LA and a world away from Honeymoon Harbor. Although Jolene vowed never to look back, returning home isn’t even a question when her mom faces a cancer scare. Which means running into Aiden Mannion all over town, the first boy she ever loved—and lost—and whom she can barely look in the eye.

Aiden’s black-sheep reputation may have diminished when he joined the marines, but everything he’s endured since has left him haunted. Back in Honeymoon Harbor to heal, he’s talked into the interim role of police chief, and the irony isn’t lost on the locals, least of all Aiden. But seeing Jolene after all these years is the unexpected breath of fresh air he’s been missing. He’s never forgotten her through all his tours, but he’s not sure anymore that he’s the man she deserves.

Despite the secret they left between them all those years ago, snow is starting to fall on their picturesque little town, making anything seem possible…maybe even a second chance at first love.

Thank you Claire at Little Bird Publicity for this one!

The Last One Home

Author: Debbie Macomber
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Genre: Romance
Source: Purchased

 

Goodreads:  Growing up, Cassie Carter and her sisters, Karen and Nichole, were incredibly close — until one fateful event drove them apart. After high school, Cassie ran away from home to marry the wrong man, throwing away a college scholarship and breaking her parents’ hearts. To make matters worse, Cassie had always been their father’s favorite — a sentiment that weighed heavily on her sisters and made Cassie’s actions even harder to bear.

Now thirty-one, Cassie is back in Washington, living in Seattle with her daughter and hoping to leave her past behind. After ending a difficult marriage, Cassie is back on her own two feet, the pieces of her life slowly but surely coming together. Despite the strides Cassie’s made, she hasn’t been able to make peace with her sisters. Karen, the oldest, is a busy wife and mother, balancing her career with raising her two children. And Nichole, the youngest, is a stay-at-home mom whose husband indulges her every whim. Then one day, Cassie receives a letter from Karen, offering what Cassie thinks may be a chance to reconcile. And as Cassie opens herself up to new possibilities — making amends with her sisters, finding love once more — she realizes the power of compassion, and the promise of a fresh start.

Ope’s Opinion:  This was probably a 3.5.  I loved the part of the story that centered around the sisters and their relationships.  The romance was predictable and okay, but not really all that exciting.

I really liked the cover and the title of this book.  It fit the story line so well.  I liked that Cassie picked herself up and figured things out on her own before the rest of her life came together.

I would read another Debbie Macomber book, if I was looking for something quick and easy to read.