Tuesday, June 18, 2024

THE WAY BACK

MY THOUGHTS:

It was summer and like all those before it was going to be a memorable one. That’s exactly what Laney Jacobs’s and her best friend Maddie, thought the summer before their senior year of high school.  As they stood at the edge of the cliff side by side anxious to jump into the water below, Laney knew Maddie was scared but they jumped together.  When Laney surfaces and when Maddie does not, Laney knew something was terribly wrong and life will never be the same.  Laney’s reliance on God to bring her through the hardest of times and the buried family secrets that surface, was very refreshing.  The only way to truly heal is through forgiveness.  My favorite line in the whole book is use  “Lots of grace, being quick to forgive, praying like crazy” a great avenue to healing and sound advice.


I was so happy to get this book in my hands and author Heidi Chiavaroli did not disappoint.  The Way Back is a thought-provoking story of moving past tragedy, and finding hope, faith, family and forgiveness.  I absolutely loved the characters in this book and Chiavaroli has a wonderful way of describing beauty of Maine and making it a place to add to your bucket list of places to visit.  I loved the author’s portrayal of the solitude of the lighthouse by the sea and the ray of hope it resembled.  This is a beautiful and heartwarming story that needs to be at the top of your to be read pile.  This is the first installment in the Lights of Acadia and I am looking forward to the next book in the series.  I highly recommend this amazing book.


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Rating: 5 out of 
THE WAY BACK
Author: Heidi Chiavaroli

Publisher:  Hope Creek Publishers
Publication Date: June 18, 2024 
Pages: 353 
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Young love means everything . . . until it leaves you with nothing.

The summer before her senior year of high school, Laney Jacobs and her best friend jump from a six-story beachside cliff in an attempt to impress their boyfriends. Laney rose from the water. Her friend did not.

Six years later, when Laney’s troubled mother’s memoir hits the bestseller list airing the family’s destructive secrets, Laney is forced to relive the trauma, this time in the public eye. To escape the scrutiny, she seeks shelter at her estranged grandmother’s seaside inn. But she can’t reconcile the loving woman with the heartless parent in her mother’s book. As she looks for answers, the ex-boyfriend who’d witnessed her darkest days reappears, stirring up both pain and hope. 

When her mother's vindictive fans threaten her grandmother's livelihood and the lighthouse Laney has come to love, she turns to the century-old words of a young lighthouse keeper to help her find the courage to move forward. But once truths from the past come to light and old love finds new beginnings, will Laney discover that forgiveness is the only way toward true healing?

ABOUT HEIDI CHIAVAROLI

Heidi Chiavaroli (pronounced shev-uh-roli…sort of like Chevrolet and ravioli mushed together!) wrote her first story in third grade, titled I’d Cross the Desert for Milk. It wasn’t until years later that she revisited writing, using her two small boys’ nap times to pursue what she thought at the time was a foolish dream. Despite a long road to publication, she hasn’t stopped writing since!

Heidi writes women’s fiction, combining her love of history and literature to write split time stories. Her debut novel, Freedom’s Ring, was a Carol Award winner and a Christy Award finalist, a Romantic Times Top Pick and a Booklist Top Ten Romance Debut. Heidi loves exploring places that whisper of historical secrets, especially with her family. She loves running, hiking, baking, and dates with her high-school sweetheart and husband of seventeen years. Her latest dual timeline novel, The Orchard House, is inspired by the lesser-known events in Louisa May Alcott’s life. Heidi makes her home in Massachusetts with her husband and two sons.Heidi is represented by the Natasha Kern Literary Agency.

Saturday, June 08, 2024

THE GRANDDAUGHTER’S IRISH SECRET

MY THOUGHTS:

Rose Fleury has a major breakup with her boyfriend and is need of a fresh start.  She leaves her job and everything behind in Dublin and returns home.  Her grandmother Sylvia offers Rose the gatehouse at Magnolia Manor so she has a place to stay.  She welcomes the offer so that she can get back on her feet.  Rose is invited to the wedding of a friend.  She holds in her possession a beautiful family heirloom topaz necklace.  She takes the priceless necklace to be cleaned for the wedding.  She wants its true beauty to be seen.  But, when she picks it up from being cleaned she is devastated to discover that it is a fake.  She can’t bear to tell her grandmother the truth about the necklace, so she asks Noel Quinn to help her find the real necklace.  When the trail to the real gem leads to a local family, the truth begins to surface and it could tear apart everything she loves about her past.


The Granddaughter’s Irish Secret written by author Susanne O’Leary is a beautifully written story.  It is filled with intrigue, heart-warming romance and historical mystery.  I loved this fast-paced story that kept my interest from cover to cover.  The author is amazing and her detailed description of Ireland and it makes me want to travel.  I loved everything about this story especially Rose and Sylvia.  I loved how Rose wanted to do everything she could to protect her grandmother from the heartbreaking truth about the necklace.  This is the second installment in the Magnolia Manor series  but it can be read as a standalone.  I am loving this series and I highly recommend it.  


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Rating: 5 out of 5.

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THE GRANDDAUGHTER’S IRISH SECRET
Author: Susanne O’Leary 
Publisher: Bookouture 
Publication Date: June 5, 2024
Pages: 248
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Rose places her hand protectively on her grandmother’s necklace and looks up at Magnolia Manor’s vine-covered walls. The jewels are her most precious possession, but she is terrified to tell her family the truth about where they really come from… 

Standing in the doorway of her grandmother 
Sylvia’s home, Rose Fleury thought returning here was the answer to all of her problems. She has no job and a broken heart, but Sylvia reminds her that Fleury women of the past were strong and independent, and she can be too. Clutching a family heirloom – a beautiful topaz necklace – Rose promises to be brave like her relatives. Until she finds out that the jewels hide a terrible secret…

Someone in town is claiming the necklace is fake. Rose knows Sylvia will be devastated by this news, and it could shatter their family’s reputation. For the sake of her grandmother, Rose is determined to find the real necklace and discover why it was replaced – and quickly convinces handsome local lawyer 
Noel Quinn to join her. Though Noel’s broad shoulders in his suit and tie remind Rose of her ex-boyfriend, he seems just as fascinated by the mystery, and she finds her heart fluttering every time he catches her eye…

But when Rose traces the real necklace to another family, and another ancestral home in a nearby village, she’s shocked to discover a forbidden love that once tore her family apart – and that Noel is connected to it. 
Can she really trust the man she’s been growing so close to? And will the truth about the Fleury family cause a rift between Rose and Sylvia that is impossible to repair?

ABOUT SUSANNE O’LEARY

Susanne O’Leary is the bestselling author of more than twenty novels, mainly in the romantic fiction genre. She has also written three crime novels and two in the historical fiction genre. She has been the wife of a diplomat (still is), a fitness teacher and a translator. She now writes full-time from either of two locations, a ramshackle house in County Tipperary, Ireland or a little cottage overlooking the Atlantic in Dingle, County Kerry. When she is not scaling the mountains of said counties, or keeping fit in the local gym, she keeps writing, producing a book every six months.

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Tuesday, May 28, 2024

AN INVITATION TO THE COTTAGE BY THE LOCH

MY THOUGHTS:

Deb Sutherland is an event planner that is recuperating from a hysterectomy.  She receives an email invitation from the Laird of Loch Cameron asking her to plan the annual Spring Fling.  Without hesitation she packs up as many items she can fit in her car and heads for the Highlands.  She is anxious for the opportunity to find out everything she can about her Scottish roots.  While working around the beautiful castle she runs into Kyle Abernathy a property developer.  He is very arrogant but she enjoys the walks and talks that they share, along with sipping wine while gazing over the beautiful loch.  Deb finds an old tattered map among the cottage archives and looking at it she gasps in awe.  Did Deb just discover a long lost family secret about the cottage, did it really belong to her family all those years ago and was Kyle hiding the truth from her all along?


An Invitation to the Cottage by the Loch written by author Kennedy Kerr is an absolutely lovely story.  I enjoyed this story from cover to cover and felt heart-broken for Deb.  I was saddened by her medical issues and having to go through it alone.  But as the story went on I really enjoyed the mystery of the tale.  When she found the old map I was rapidly flipping pages anxious to see what she discovered.  I am always happy to return to Loch Cameron,  as the beautiful description of the Highlands always makes me feel like I have returned home.  This cozy romance story with family history and a little mystery was exactly what I needed.  I have loved this wonderful series and look forward to the next installment.  I highly recommend this book.  


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Rating: 5 out of 
AN INVITATION TO THE COTTAGE BY THE LOCH
Author:  Kennedy Kerr
Publisher: Bookouture 
Publication Date: May 28, 2024
Pages: 275 
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High on the hills above the wide blue loch, Deb pulls the torn, sepia photograph out of her pocket, tracing her thumb over the girl pictured playing happily amongst the heather. Her grandmother hid this secret for decades…

After losing her sense of self recovering from a serious operation, event planner 
Deb Sutherland is desperate to reconnect with her family and start living again. So, when an email arrives from the Laird of Loch Cameron asking her to plan his annual Spring Fling, Deb packs her life into her car and makes for the rolling hills of the Highlands. This could be her chance to explore the Scottish roots her beloved grandmother refused to speak about.

Auditioning bands and designing decorations at the Laird’s grand castle, Deb runs into property developer 
Kyle Abernethy on the edge of the manicured gardens. Kyle is maddeningly arrogant, but Deb can’t deny how his icy blue eyes make her stomach flip. And as they share a bottle of wine overlooking the glittering loch, Deb finds herself laughing like she hasn’t in years.

But when Deb finds an old map of tumbledown worker’s cottages in the castle archives, her heart stops. She remembers how tearful her grandmother would get when asked about her childhood. Was Loch Cameron her home before her family was tragically torn apart? Has Kyle been hiding this truth from her all along?


As the Spring Fling approaches, should Deb run from Loch Cameron for good? Or will confronting her heart-breaking family history mean she can finally move forward with Kyle by her side?

ABOUT KENNEDY KERR

Kennedy Kerr is a British fiction author. She adores beaches, lochs and stone circles, and loves writing about small communities, mysteries and family secrets. She has a very cuddly cat called Twinkle who spends her days sleeping: Kennedy aspires to having Twinkle’s nap schedule one day.

Kennedy also loves cooking and baking all types of food, which is almost as much fun as eating it. Her favourite foods include (but are not limited to) Indian food, Victoria sponge, breakfast pastries with coffee and sushi. The only thing she’s not particularly keen on is artichoke, and she’d eat it, anyway.

Sunday, May 26, 2024

FLY AWAY SUMMER

MY THOUGHTS:

Chef Lana Kelly just completed culinary school and turned her late father’s old fish market into a very successful restaurant.  Her family lost their Cape Cod inn and it was always her dream to expand the inn and keep it in the family. Finally, the inn goes up for sale and Lana immediately puts in an offer.  But Hunter Graham, a property developer in New York City out bids her and wants to make it into an event venue.  She is struggling to keep her restaurant going, and as the inn slowly slips through her fingers, so do the summer days and her hopes and dreams.


Fly Away Summer written by author Lindsay Gibson is an absolutely lovely delightful story.  I was drawn into this story by not only the beautiful cover but the turn of every page kept my attention.  I was cheering for Lana as she kept moving forward, no matter the setbacks.  Gibson is amazing at describing Cape Cod with its cool summer breezes and the bay waters lapping the shore. I felt like I wanted to walk on the sandy beach and dip my toes in the bay. I loved the story of Lana and Hunter.  This heartwarming story with its fabulous characters and notes of love, loss, new friends and new beginnings is exactly what I needed.  Get swept away with this amazing story.  Lindsay Gibson is an auto buy author for me and I look forward to reading many more of her stories.  I highly recommend this ten star read…I loved it.


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FLY AWAY SUMMER

Author:  Lindsay Gibson
Publisher:  Harpeth Road Press
Publication Date: May 15, 2024
Pages: 300
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After losing her beloved family’s Cape Cod inn right after culinary school, chef Lana Kelly converts her late father’s old fish market next door into a successful restaurant. However, over the years, she’s kept her eye on the inn with dreams to expand. She also hopes she can acquire the property for her grandad so he’ll know it’s back in the family before his dementia causes the memory to vanish for good.

When the inn goes up for sale, she rushes to put in an offer. But 
Hunter Graham of Graham Property Development in New York City snapped it up and plans to transform it into an event venue. With competition on the Cape continuing to rise, Lana worries about how to keep her little restaurant growing. And she isn’t so thrilled about her new neighbor.

Next to the lapping waters of the bay and the summer breezes, Lana is forced to face the truth. But will that truth be losing the inn forever or finding something more?

A heartwarming summer romance that will sweep you away to the sparkling New England coast. An incredible story that you will not be able to put down, full of healing, family ties, and best of all, love.

ABOUT LINDSAY GIBSON

Lindsay’s first book, her memoir, Just Be: How my Stillborn Son Taught Me to Surrender, won the Book Excellence finalist award in 2018. She has been featured in Elephant JournalGreen Child Magazine, and Self Magazine.

 

Lindsay now writes emotional romantic fiction, full of heartfelt love, good friends, and family, sprinkled with humor and tender warmth, where her characters discover that love is the reason for everything. Her debut romantic fiction novel The Christmas Promise with Harpeth Road Press, set in a charming New England town at the holidays is now available.

 

When not writing fiction, she is working on her exclusive weekly newsletter Love is the Reason about all things love, food and healthy living. She spends the rest of her days chasing her three daughters around their hometown in Connecticut and hanging out with her Irish husband whose brogue still makes her blush.

Lindsay is available for book talks, speaking engagements and interviews both online and in person


Friday, May 24, 2024

A HELPING HAND FOR THE VILLAGE NURSE

MY THOUGHTS:

Ottilie Oakcraft recently lost her husband Josh.  She needs a new beginning and so she had taken a job as a nurse in the beautiful and quaint village of Thimblebury. She has found the perfect home with the perfect setting.  Wordsworth Cottage that sits right next to a flowing river, Ottilie knows this is exactly where she wants to be. She loves the villagers and is especially drawn to an older lady named Flo.  Flo and Ottilie love to meet and chat over a cup of tea.  Flo helps Ottilie through her grief, and Ottilie feels as if she may just make it through this season of her life.  But just as she feels like she is going to be ok, she is about to lose her new cottage due to a severe storm that causes the river to burst it’s banks.  The water floods her cottage and she feels once again that she has lost everything.  But, Flo’s grandson Heath refuses to let that happen.  He spends day and night to help repair the cottage.  The entire village steps in to help.  As Ottilie opens up to Heath about the pain of losing her husband Josh, Heath opens up to Ottilie about the heartbreak he suffered from his marriage.  Heath and the villagers provide a small ray of hope for Ottilie as she feels once again that this is exactly where she needs to be.


A Helping Hand for the Village Nurse authored by Tilly Tennant is a lovely little story about love, loss and new beginnings.  I absolutely loved the village of Thimblebury and my favorite part was the people.  The tea time chats between Flo and Ottilie were so touching and made me feel like I was sitting with them.  Tennant is great at pulling the reader into her stories.  I loved everything about this phenomenal story from the first page to the last.  It hit all the feels and the details of the village and the people made it extraordinary.  I am so happy that this is the first book of a new series, I can’t wait to read the next installment.  Thank you Tilly Tennant for such a sweet wonderful story that made my heart happy.  I highly recommend this absolutely fabulous book.


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A HELPING HAND FOR THE VILLAGE NURSE
Author:  Tilly Tennant 
Publisher: Bookouture 
Publication Date: May 24, 2024
Pages: 418 

Among the emerald hills of the Lake District sits the village of Thimblebury and Wordsworth Cottage, its garden bursting with wildflowers. It is the perfect place for village nurse Ottilie to make her brave new start…

Ottilie Oakcroft never thought she’d live in a place like Wordsworth Cottage. Nestled close to the river, her new home in the tiny village of Thimblebury means all her patients are just a stone’s throw from her front door. As they drop in for cups of tea and cosy chats she ignores all the jobs on her to-do list and gets to know her new neighbours.

Yet maybe keeping busy is just what Ottilie needs, even if she’s barely had a minute to unpack her suitcase. Heartbroken after the death of her husband Josh, as she offers advice and hot soup from her kitchen to the villagers who clearly need a helping hand, she starts to feel part of a community again.

But disaster strikes when a terrible storm causes the river to burst its banks and flood Ottilie’s ramshackle cottage. She has sunk every penny she has into what she’d hoped would be her forever home, and now she’s faced with the prospect of losing it.

But the villagers have other ideas. They can’t bear to lose Ottilie and they make a plan to save her house. Leading the effort is handsome 
Heath, and as he rolls up his sleeves to get involved in the repairs, he and Ottilie start to open up to each other. Ottilie tells him about her loss, and he shares the pain of a marriage that ended in heartbreak for him.

Ottilie hasn’t talked to anyone like this since Josh’s death and while it scares her, a tiny grain of hope begins to grow. Could Heath be the man to make her feel life is worth living again – not just for her patients, but for herself?

ABOUT TILLY TENNANT

Tilly Tennant was born in Dorset, the oldest of four children, but now lives in Staffordshire with a family of her own. After years of dismal and disastrous jobs, including paper plate stacking, shop assistant, newspaper promotions and waitressing (she never could carry a bowl of soup without spilling a bit), she decided to indulge her passion for the written word by embarking on a degree in English and creative writing. She wrote a novel in 2007 during her first summer break at university and hasn’t stopped writing since. She also works as a freelance fiction editor and part-time lecturer.

Hopelessly Devoted to Holden Finn was her debut novel; published in 2014 it was an Amazon bestseller in both the UK and Australia. In 2016 she signed to the hugely successful Bookouture and is currently working on her fifteenth Tilly Tennant novel. Christmas bestseller A Very Vintage Christmas has just been made into a movie for Lifetime Channel.

Tilly also writes young adult fiction as Sharon Sant.

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Tuesday, May 21, 2024

BAYOU REDEMPTION

MY THOUGHTS:

Elizabeth Keller is a cardiac surgeon and desires a new start, a fresh beginning.  It is a very difficult task being a member of a family full of scandals.  She works and lives in the same town she grew up in. The residents of Cypress Bayou can’t seem to forget the kind of person she was when she was younger.  Dr. Charlie Beaudoin arrives in Cypress Bayou trying to escape his past.  Leaving New Orleans behind, he is ready for a new beginning, a fresh start.  Elizabeth and Charlie are co-workers but Elizabeth, fears that he may be there to replace her.  When a hurricane is threatens the Bayou, with mass destruction to the town and the hospital, Elizabeth and Charlie join forces to protect the residents of the town.  Romance between the two is unavoidable and the storm is shaking up more than just the town.


Bayou Redemption authored by Susan Sands is a wonderful unputdownable story about love, new beginnings and second chances.  I loved the flip of every page of this book.  I love the character of Elizabeth and that she would go to great lengths to save her patients.  She loved the town and was invested in the people of the town.  I also really enjoyed the story of Charlie he was looking for a new beginning and in the process found love.  The twists and turns and the suspense of this story was a welcome surprise.  I couldn’t wait to get to the end.  I have enjoyed this series so much, it is a favorite of mine.  I love the description of the Bayou and felt like I lived there.  Sands is amazing at pulling the reader into the story and not letting them go.  This is the fourth book and final installment in the phenomenal Louisiana Series.  You could read this as a standalone novel but my suggestion is begin at book one and read the entire series.  It is so good and you will want to follow the characters through the whole series.  This is one that will stay with me for a while.  I highly recommend this ten star read.


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Rating: 5 out of 5.

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BAYOU REDEMPTION
Author:  Susan Sands 
Publisher: Tule Publishing
Publication Date: May 21, 2024
Pages: 252
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She wants to find Mr. Perfect, but first she needs to fine tune her own Ms. Perfect…

Skilled cardiac surgeon Elizabeth Keller is determined to turn over a new leaf. Not easy when you live and work in the same small town where you grew up and your family’s rocked by scandals. Plus there’s the painful fact everyone remembers your brilliant, beautiful, blonde mean girl adolescence. But Elizabeth doesn’t give up easily. Ask anyone including the new hot surgeon gunning for her job.

When Dr. Charlie Beaudoin arrives in Cypress Bayou, he’s relieved to put the past and New Orleans behind him. His new partner is as gorgeous as she is captivating, and definitely suspicious of his professional intentions. At first Charlie works to establish respect, trust and friendship with Elizabeth because he needs the job. But when a hurricane threatens the town and hospital, he and Elizabeth pull together to create a safety plan and soon the lines between professional and personal blur.

But when the skies clear and secrets and threats surround them, will their budding romance and fragile trust survive?


ABOUT SUSAN SANDS

A self-described late bloomer, Susan Sands began writing her first novel at age forty. She compares her challenging journey to publication as “raising another child—a difficult one.”

Susan has published five southern, contemporary women’s fiction novels set in Alabama. She describes her humorous small-town stories as fun, romantic, and filled with big family love. Susan also writes authentic place-as-a-character southern fiction with a humorous voice in addition to her Alabama series.

Susan has three grown children and lives with her dentist husband in Roswell, GA. She has a degree in elementary education, is a member of the Georgia Romance Writers, the Romance Writers of America, the Atlanta Writer’s Club,  Womens Fiction Writers of America (WFWA), and the Broadleaf Writers Association. She participates in book festivals, book clubs, and writer’s conferences around the South. Susan is the recipient of the 2017 Georgia Author of the Year award for romance.