Monday, July 25, 2016

New Releases - July 18 - 23

Dear Readers,

It is summer time and life is suppose to be easy, right?  Well with all the new titles arriving and soon to arrive, I am not sure that is correct.  I guess I need to take the next month off and just read.

Happy Reading,

Esther - Rebecca Kanner - (backcover) This is a story of finding hidden depths of courage within one's self.  Of risking it all to stand up for what is right.  This is the story of a Queen.

The Second Half - Lauraine Snelling - Mona and Keith Sorenson are looking forward to a quieter slower paced life.  Keith is retiring from his position as Dean of Students, Mona is building a business of her own and they plan on traveling.  One phone call from their son changes it all and they find themselves taking in their two young grandchildren.

Claiming Noah - Amanda Ortlepp - Catriona and James struggle to have a baby, when Catriona finally through in-vitro, carries a baby to term they decide to donate their frozen embryo.  Diana and Liam receive the gift of one of the embryo and also have a son.  But when one of the boys is kidnapped, the two families find themselves tied together in more ways than they ever dreamed of.

Fetching Sweetness - Dana Mentink - What should have been an easy trip retrieving a manuscript turns into a hunt for the reclusive author's dog, Sweetness.  Stephanie just want to get the job done and get promoted, but when Sweetness makes a break for it, Stephanie's dream of being a literary agent disappear along with the dog.  Will she be able to get Sweetness back?

To Follow her Heart - Rebecca Demarino - The Southold Chronicles - #3 - 1664 and Captain Jeremy Horton's shipwrecks on the coast of Barbados.  No survivors.  Patience Terry is devastated as she had hoped that Jeremy would give up the sea for her someday soon.  But Jeremy is unaware of the news of his death and is secretly sailing to New Amsterdam to claim it for Britain.

The Things We Knew - Catherine West - Can the Carlisle family survive the past?  12 years ago after their mother's death all but Lynette left town.  Now with their father's failing health and financial concerns, they are returning.  Secrets are beginning to surface, will they be able to forgive each other?

Thursday, July 21, 2016

New Release - No Way Up - Mary Connealy

No Way Up - Mary Conneally - #1 The Cimarron Legacy

Cover ArtThe Fight for the Cimarron Ranch Has Just Begun!
When Cimarron Ranch patriarch Chance Boden is caught in an avalanche, only the quick actions of hired hand Heath Kincaid save him. Before leaving by train to receive treatment to save his leg--and possibly his life--Chance demands that Heath read the patriarch's will and see its conditions enforced immediately. If Chance's three bickering adult children, Justin, Sadie, and Cole, don't live and work at the ranch for an entire year, ownership of the ranch will pass to a despised distant relative. 

Before long, however, Heath discovers that the avalanche may have been intentionally set--and that more danger lurks ominously. Finding his own future--and a desired future with Sadie--locked up in saving the Cimarron Ranch, Heath and the Boden siblings must work together against outside forces that threaten them all.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Kristin Hannah

Dear Readers,
Image result for the nightingale by kristin hannahThis review has a couple different things about it.  First it is for a book I wouldn't normally carry here in the store, but just might now.  Secondly it is an older book.   The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah released back in 2015 but I have just begun to hear about it now.  The reviews I was getting from readers I know were overwhelming. When I had 3 people ask me about it in one day I decided to check it out.  All I can say is wow!
I have read more WWII books than I can remember this past couple of years.  I really didn't think there would be much difference in this one.  I was very wrong.  If I can say it once, I will repeat myself a couple times, read this book.  If you are interested in WWII this is a good read, if you just like a good story, READ THIS BOOK.  
I became emotionally attached to the characters, not so much that it made me cry, but I did find myself arguing with them and talking to them as if they were sitting beside me.  I am sure that is why I found this book so good.  The characters could easily been my family and friends.  
Vianne lives in the quiet little town of Carriveau, France.  When WWII arrives at France's doorstep Vianne's beloved husband goes to battle for their country.  Instead of the expected quick finish to the war, he is imprisoned along with many of the soldiers and Vianne is left to survive the war herself.  
Isabelle, Vianne's rebellious sister, is a different matter.  She is ready to fight herself.  Though only 18 at the start of the war, she quickly grows up and is willing to do whatever it takes to get the Germans out of France.  Even at the risk of her own life.  
That is a short look at what is the basis of this book, but the story is so much more than that.  I don't want to say more as you should discover it for yourself, just as I did.  Maybe that is what I loved about this book is how much stayed hidden until found by reading it.  The Nightingale was not at all what I expected, but so much more.  Do yourself a favor and go find a copy and go fight a few battles in France. 
Happy Reading, 

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

New Release - Forever and Forever - Josi S. Kilpack

Forever and Forever - Josi S. Kilpack 

The Courtship of Henry Longfellow and Fanny Appleton. 
It's 1836, and nineteen-year-old Fanny Appleton, a privileged daughter of a wealthy, upper-class Boston industrialist, is touring Europe with her family. Like many girls of her day, she enjoys the fine clothes, food, and company of the elite social circles. But unlike her peers, Fanny is also drawn to education, literature, and more intellectual pursuits.Published author and poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow is also touring Europe, but under much different circumstances. 

Recently widowed, he is gathering research for a new publication that he hopes will secure his professorship at Harvard College.Befriended by the Appleton family while visiting Switzerland, Henry is introduced to Fanny and sees in her a kindred spirit, a lover of language and literature and high ideals. He is in love. Fanny, however, is uncertain. He is from a much lower social class and is older than she is. How could such a relationship ever thrive?Could a book of Henry's poetry, personally delivered, persuade Fanny to believe in a love that 

Monday, July 18, 2016

New Releases - July 11-16

Dear Readers,

How are you doing on your summer reading?  Working your way through the pile?  Here are few new titles to add to that list.

You are welcome. :-)

Happy Reading,

A Beauty Refined - Tracie Peterson - Sapphire Brides #2 - Phoebe Von Bergen is a daughter of a German count and looking forward to her first visit to the United States with her father.  Little does she know what her father's true intentions for her are.

Missing - Lisa Harris - Nikki Boyd files #2 - Nikki is not usually called for a murder, but when 2 murders and 2 missing show up, she's ready to help.  What she finds is a twisting maze that leads her to her friends boat and another dead body.  She needs to unravel the clues and stay ahead of the killer who will stop at nothing to keep her quiet.

Forever and Forever - Josi S. Kilpack - A historical proper romance - The Courtship of Henry Longfellow and Fanny Appleton - Fanny Appleton is touring Europe with her family.  She meets Henry Longfellow and he is soon smitten with her.  She on the other hand is unsure because of their age and class differences.

Almost like being in Love - Beth K. Vogt - A Destination Wedding novel #3 - Caron and her boyfriend are not engaged and when she breaks the news that she has won a destination wedding.  When Caron's ex reenters her life, will she be able to focus on her wedding or will she be distracted by "what if?"

No Way Up - Mary Connealy - The Cimarron Legacy #1 - Patriarch Chance Boden is caught in an avalanche.  With his leg and possibly his life at risk he boards a train for treatment.  But he demands that the terms of his will are enforced immediately.  The terms?  His adult children must live on the ranch for 1 year to inherit.  Otherwise a distant relative will inherit.  But is there more going on?  Are more lives at risk?  Who is behind the danger that is lurking.

The Loyal Heart - Shelley Shepard Gray - A Lone Star Hero's Love Story #1 - Robert Truax promised his fellow soldier, Phillip Markham, that he would take care of Phillip's wife if anything happened to him.  When Robert arrives in Galveston, he is taken with Miranda's beauty and grace.  But he knows a secret that could destroy her. 

Thursday, July 14, 2016

New Release - What Matters Most - Kellie Coates Gilbert

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What Matters Most - Kellie Coates Gilbert

Just when she can't take it anymore, Leta finally catches a break. But when things seem too good to be true, they often are.
Finding her dream job went right out the window when Leta Breckenridge had to quit school to help care for her mother suffering from dementia. When a delinquent account may force her mother into a less desirable facility, Leta is thrilled to land a high-paying job at an Austin public relations firm. But her seemingly ideal job turns into a nightmare when she learns the firm is a front for a political opposition organization--and that the research she's been collecting will be used against Nathan Emerson, the handsome senator she's swiftly falling in love with.

Nathan is a rising political star being pressured to run a bid to unseat the current governor of Texas. He's already in a relationship with a woman much better suited to be a politician's wife, but he's never met anyone like Leta. Could this feisty woman hold the key to his heart--and his future?

With emotional depth and keen insight into what drives us, Kellie Coates Gilbert offers a salient story that calls us to consider what we value most in this life.