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.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Mother's Little Helper by Karen MacInerney

Mother's Little Helper is the latest, and I think greatest, addition to this series.  Margie has come to terms with the fact that her soon to be ex-husband is in love with a female impersonator and is ready to move on. Unfortunately it appears that internet dating and friend recommendations might just not be the change she's looking for.  Sure adds entertainment for the reader though.

On the mystery side, Margie gets embroiled in several. The first being the sock clad streaker at the senior center which leads to Margie's daughter's pet pig going missing, and the second being the sudden death of a personal trainer in the bedroom of a fellow PTA member.

Karen MacInerney writes funny cozy mysteries.  Her characters are hilarious and react as you or I might if put into the situations that come their way.  I always root for Margie and her two kids and hope the kids will soon escape from the organic food preparing grandma.  I look forward to each new book as I am hoping Margie will find love or perhaps just have a successful date.

Thank you to NetGalley for a copy of this book in return for an honest review.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Design Your Own Crochet Projects by Sara Delaney

As a long time crocheter and knitter, I have never been adventurous enough to branch out into the art of designing my own patterns.  This book is actually a confidence builder for a person like me.  The instructions are clear and the templates the author supplies are very useful (and welcome), also she gives permission to copy them for personal use.

There are also some great patterns to make with techniques that can carry through for a new designer.  Instructions are clear for everyone.

NetGalley supplied a copy of this book in return for an honest review.