Wednesday, August 6, 2014

"An Accidental Woman"

Heather Malone has made her home in Lake Henry for the last fourteen years. Known for her kind, gentle nature, she lives with Micah Smith, a widower, and his two young daughters. When the FBI takes her into custody on charges of flight to avoid prosecution, purportedly for a murder that took place in California, the local reaction is stunned disbelief. Yet, when those closest to her, including Micah, think back over the time they have known her, they realize that they have learned virtually nothing about her earlier life. 

Poppy Blake is Heather's closest friend. A lifelong resident of Lake Henry, Poppy is confined to a wheelchair, the result of a snowmobile accident nearly a dozen years prior that left her a paraplegic and killed her male companion. Since then, she has worked hard to rebuild her life. Currently, she runs a local telephone messaging service out of her specially equipped house on Lake Henry. Fiercely independent, Poppy refuses to let her physical limitations break her spirit. However, it is her guilt over past mistakes, more than her present disability, which is holding her back from pursuing a future that includes a husband and family. 

Writer Griffin Hughes originally traveled to Lake Henry to investigate a national news story involving Lily Blake, Poppy's older sister. What keeps him coming back is his attraction to Poppy. However, a chance comment made to his brother, an FBI agent, provides the thread that leads the law to Heather. To redeem himself, Griffin is compelled to solve the mystery of Heather's past. Along the way, he becomes key to freeing Poppy from her own past and helping her see the possibilities of a richer future. 

Setting her story against the backdrop of a picturesque New England town during the maple syrup harvesting season, when the harshness of winter yields to the sweet promise of spring, and when the whole town is involved in the race to process the sap before the thaw sets in, Barbara Delinsky has written a tightly knit and compelling story that celebrates the values of community, friendship, and the redemptive power of love.

My Thoughts...

I always enjoy a Barbara Delinsky story, and I haven't read one in a year or two. Therefore, yesterday while visiting the local library I noticed this book and decided to read it. I found it to be a feel good story to read, so much so I awarded it 4 'accidental' stars. 

Sunday, August 3, 2014

"Taking the Reins"

Brooklyn Prescott (if that's even her real name) is the new girl at The Rosewood Academy for Academic Excellence, now that she's moved back to the States after two years living in London. Rosewood, a boarding school for children of the rich and famous and known for its celebutantes, is missing just one element important to any junior's education: boys. But luckily for Brooklyn, and the rest of the Rosewood girls, there's a boys' boarding school, The Westwood Academy, just a few miles away. 

On her very first day, Brooklyn meets Will, a gorgeous and flirty boy on campus to help with move in. But is he who she thinks he is? And what about Brady, the cute stable boy? Or Jared, the former child actor with his grown-up good looks who can always make her laugh? As Brooklyn settles in at Rosewood, she's faced with new friends, new challenges and new opportunities to make herself into the girl she always wanted to be. Whoever that might be. "Taking The Reins" is the first installment of The Rosewoods, an exciting new Young Adult series for readers who love fun, flirty love stories.

My Thoughts...

I didn't realize until I started reading this book it was a YA novel. Nevertheless, it is a cute little story about young kids and the fun of the school years of studies, dances and the teenage angst of being young. I felt like a kid again. It brought back many fond memories of many moons ago when I was young! I realize this isn't a book for everyone, but all-in-all it was a fun read.

I found this book on, it was a freebie so no complaints about the price. It is a part of my Kindle library, and I must say I enjoyed it enough to award it 4 'young-at-heart' stars.

Monday, July 21, 2014

"Mountain Laurel"

"The perfect, page-turning romance to read at the beach..." ebookluver 

So what if Laurel Morgan hadn't had a date since the senior prom? If all it would take to convince her teenage sister to consider college was to go on a few dates and have some fun, it was a bet she could beat. And before she could change her mind, sexy forest ranger Michael Walker agreed to play the part of her ardent admirer! 

Laurel never expected Michael's acting abilities to be quite so convincing. Whenever her sister was watching, Laurel found herself wrapped in a heady embrace with a passionate kiss on the way. Her captivating cohort promised a performance that would win her the wager, but when the curtain closed, would she lose the only man she would ever love?

My Thoughts...

I always look forward to reading Ms. Fasano's books. I think this is the tenth book by her I've read. What can I say...

Donna Fasano knocks it out of the park again! I was drawn into the story from the very beginning, and what a surprise when I found the setting to the story was written around the area of Western Maryland where I lived until 16 years ago when hubby and I retired from farming and moved to Iowa. 'Loved it!'

Anyone who enjoys a feel-good story with some light-hearted romance will be delighted with this fun "Mind Cotton Candy" happily-ever-after kind of romantic tale. Again I was not disappointed and I found it quite entertaining, so much so that I awarded it 4 Sweet Cotton Candy Stars.

This book is a part of my Nook library.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

"Summertime Blogging Break"

With Summertime here, I've decided to take a break from blogging for the Summer. I will still be reading, but not posting any reviews. I hope all have a fun and enjoyable summer. Until August, Enjoy Your Summertime Fun.

Friday, May 23, 2014

"Falling In Love With Her Husband"

Todd Brothers loves Ann Statesman with a love that is tender and passionate. He would do anything for her, so when she asks him to take her with him to Jamestown, North Dakota, his heart cannot refuse her, though he knows she marries him to get out of Virginia where the memory of Kent Ashton and Rebecca Johnson's engagement will finally escape her mind. Todd hopes that given time, she will learn to love him, so he determines to be the kind of husband God wants him to be. In his desire to be patient for her heart to open up to him, he allows her to wait until she's ready before consummating their marriage, for he longs for her to want him. Though the waiting period is rough, he learns that love means putting her needs before his own. Todd will be patient with her. 

Just when he believes she has finally given her heart fully to him, Kent returns and threatens to shatter the hopes he had that she might want to be with him instead of Kent. When he sees her kissing Kent, he wishes to believe that Kent forced the kiss, but can he dare to hope she tells the truth and does love him? Or will their fragile marriage be torn apart?

This book is a part of my Nook library.

Monday, May 19, 2014

"All I Want Is You"

Vintage Boutique owner Venus Smith is stunned to realize her newest acquisition comes with a larcenous legend. Stolen years ago, the antique mermaid brooch belongs to the Clayworth family. The right thing to do would be to return it, but that means facing Connor Clayworth O'Flynn, the sexy department store heir Venus has had an unrequited crush on since childhood~~and the man who helped ruin her father.

Connor knows that Venus has never forgiven him for what happened between their families. But business isn't personal, even though Venus's father's betrayal still cuts him like a knife. So when Venus proposes a deal~~she'll return his family's brooch if he helps clear her father's name~~he reluctantly agrees. As action-packed days turn into flirtatious fall nights, it isn't long before old memories resurface...and new desires ignite. Can two young lovers leave the past behind? Or must they first admit that all they've ever really each other?

My Thoughts...

This is the first book I've read by this author, Sherrill Bodine. This was one of those light, bubbly romance novels with an underlying mystery to solve, which made it a very enjoyable read. "All I Want Is You" was a rousing good time...dishy, delicious, and utterly delightful.  I'm a fool for romance with a bit of mystery thrown in so I found this book quite entertaining. 

I won this book a year or two ago from another book blogger, but sorry I can't remember who. The book is now a part of my personal library and I enjoyed it enough to award it 3 lovely stars.

Friday, May 16, 2014

"Murder on the Red Carpet"

The last thing Arlena Madison and Penelope Sutherland expect to find while searching for their runaway dog, Zazoo, is a beautiful young girl buried in the snow on the side of the road. When the police discover that the murdered girl was obsessed with Arlena, an up-and-coming actress, questions arise about possible connections between the victim and the legendary Madison family. Arlena has just been cast as the lead actress in iconic film director Salvatore Marco's next movie. If she can prove herself as a serious actress, it might just be her ticket out of the cut-rate horror movie world.

Penelope has just gotten her big break, too. Her company, Red Carpet Catering, has booked its first real job on the Marco movie, cooking every meal during filming. She can't believe her luck, working with the famous director and also with her best friend, Arlena. But when serious accidents begin threatening the lives of the cast and crew, the whole production is in danger of being shut down.

Detective Joseph Baglioni, a childhood friend of Penelope's, tracks the killer who lurks among the stars. His search leads him into the world of celebrity stalkers, aggressive paparazzi, crazed fans, and Hollywood deal makers, all with agendas of their own. In a desperate race to catch a killer, he discovers that past mistakes don't always stay buried and the lies people tell have the power to undo them.

My Thoughts...

Shawn Reilly Simmons has written a fun cozy mystery with a heroine who is a caterer, some romance, plenty of intrigue, suspense and a cute little doggie, Zazoo thrown into the mix.

The novel was a fun, fast, cozy read that kept me entertained right up to the surprise ending. It was a delightful treat to read.

This is the first book by Ms. Simmons, and I thought it was a wonderful book for her debut book. I don't know if it is going to be a series or not, but if there is another one in the series I will be willing to read it.

This book is part of my Kindle library and I enjoyed it so much I awarded it 4 "Red Carpet" stars.