Friday, July 21, 2017

Suddenly Engaged by Julia London

Suddenly Engaged is an engaging story and I liked every bit of it except the title.  I'm just not sure where the suddenly comes in to play.  So pay no attention to the title, put on your beach hat, and enjoy the story of Kyra, Dax, and six years old Ruby Coconuts.

Kyra is the hard working single mother of precocious Ruby.  Dax is the grumpy neighbor whose wife left him for his partner, and Ruby is the red headed, pigtailed, bundle of cuteness.

The story is well crafted and the characters are nice to get to know. The plot has a few unexpected turns that keep the reader interested and, if you are like me, wanting to read more from the author.

Thoroughly enjoyable book.

Monday, July 10, 2017

A French Affair

This is my fourth book by Katie Fford and it may just be my favorite.  I say may be because I think she writes the perfect summer/beach read and this really is a feel good summer read.

Gina and her sister inherit their aunt's antique stall in The French House and a small amount of money, with the stipulation that if they make a profit there will be a bit more.  Gina jumps wholeheartedly into learning the business with the help of Matthew, the owner of The French House.  As she learns the antique business, she also uses her PR background and suggests ways to improve the business for all the vendors.

The plot of this book is well crafted, with several twists and turns to keep the reader interested from the first chapter to the last.

I was given a copy of this book from NetGalley in return for an honest review.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Late Bloomer by Barbara Lohr

First year teacher meets student ten years later and sparks fly.  I liked the book, but I think Carolyn, the teacher, was more of a late bloomer than Brody, the student.  It was also a little off putting how Carolyn would "school" Brody on things, like she was still the teacher and he was her student.  Or like the people on Facebook who feel the need to correct the grammar of other people, including strangers.

Still this was a good love story, if a little slow at times, and Carolyn and Brody seem good together.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Our Chance

Our Chance by Natalie Ann is a book that I think will tug at your heart strings.  It is the story of the Lake Placid B and B owner, Celeste, and her mysterious neighbor, Caleb.
Celeste is a two-time cancer survivor with a positive attitude, a twin brother named Cole who saved Celeste's life when she was a teen, and the best cookies in Lake Placid.  Caleb is a rich, retired, software inventor, who keeps to himself until his dog, Sparky decides to play matchmaker.
I love this author's stories.  This is her third series and I have read all of the books within those series.  And while all of the books within each series has recurring characters, they are all standalone books.  I do think this may be the first one to make me get all teary eyed.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Hospitality and Homicide

Hospitality and Homicide by Lynn Cahoon is the latest installment in the Tourist Trap series and is a well-crafted cozy mystery. The author has good characters with great personality quirks, some you love and some you love to hate.

In Hospitality and Homicide there are two mysteries. A murder and a young boy who has gone missing without a clue after being shot out to sea on a sneaker wave.  Town psychic/police dispatcher insists the young boy is still alive giving the family hope that is not shared by the police chief/boyfriend of the main character/sleuth, Jill.

I enjoyed this book. I plan to go back and read some of the others in the series, but the great thing is that even though I haven't read them all, they definitely are standalone books.

I was given this book by NetGalley in return for an honest review.