Review of The Bookshop at Water’s End

 

The Bookshop at Water’s End

Patti Callahan Henry

Berkley Publishing

July 11, 2017


BlurbThe women who spent their childhood summers in a small southern town discover it harbors secrets as lush as the marshes that surround it…

Bonny Blankenship’s most treasured memories are of idyllic summers spent in Watersend, South Carolina, with her best friend, Lainey McKay. Amid the sand dunes and oak trees draped with Spanish moss, they swam and wished for happy-ever-afters, then escaped to the local bookshop to read and whisper in the glorious cool silence. Until the night that changed everything, the night that Lainey’s mother disappeared. Continue reading

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Review of Together

 

Together

Linda Lael Miller

Avon

July 25, 2017


Blurb from GoodreadsFor the first time in over ten years comes New York Times bestselling author Linda Lael Miller’s breathtaking stories filled with the promise of love. 

Five unforgettable tales, Together in one volume… 
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Review of Some Kind of Hero

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Some Kind of Hero

Suzanne Brockmann

Ballantine Books

July 11, 2017


Blurb from Goodreads: Navy men don’t come tougher than Lieutenant Peter Greene. Every day he whips hotshot SEAL wannabes into elite fighters. So why can’t he handle one fifteen-year-old girl? His ex’s death left him a single dad overnight, and very unprepared. Though he can’t relate to an angsty teen, he can at least keep Maddie safe—until the day she disappears. Though Pete’s lacking in fatherly intuition, his instinct for detecting danger is razor sharp. Maddie’s in trouble. Now he needs the Troubleshooters team at his back, along with an unconventional ally. Continue reading

Review of Our Broken Pieces

Our Broken Pieces

Sarah White

 HarperTeen

August 8, 2017


Blurb from GoodreadsFrom Wattpad phenom Sarah White comes a steamy teen romance about one girl’s quest to find herself after a traumatic breakup.

The only thing worse than having your boyfriend dump you is having him dump you for your best friend. For Everly Morgan the betrayal came out of nowhere. One moment she had what seemed like the perfect high school relationship, and the next, she wanted to avoid the two most important people in her life. Every time she sees them kiss in the hallways her heart breaks a little more. Continue reading

Review of The Art of Hiding

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The Art of Hiding

Amanda Prowse

Lake Union Publishing

July 18, 2017


Blurb from Goodreads:

Nina McCarrick has it all: a loving husband, two beautiful boys, a well-appointed home and more time than she knows what to do with. Life is perfect. Until her husband, Finn, is killed in a car accident and everything Nina thought she could rely on unravels.

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Review of Dress Codes for Small Towns

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Dress Codes for Small Towns

Courtney Stevens

HarperTeen

August 22, 2017


Blurb from Goodreads: As the tomboy daughter of the town’s preacher, Billie McCaffrey has always struggled with fitting the mold of what everyone says she should be. She’d rather wear sweats, build furniture, and get into trouble with her solid group of friends: Woods, Mash, Davey, Fifty, and Janie Lee.

But when Janie Lee confesses to Billie that she’s in love with Woods, Billie’s filled with a nagging sadness as she realizes that she is also in love with Woods…and maybe with Janie Lee, too. Continue reading

Review of Once and for All

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Once and for All

Sarah Dessen

Viking Books

June 6, 2017


Blurb from Goodreads:

From Sarah Dessen, the beloved New York Times bestselling author of SAINT ANYTHING and JUST LISTEN, comes a new novel set in the world of wedding planning!

Is it really better to have loved and lost?  Louna’s summer job is to help brides plan their perfect day, even though she stopped believing in happily-ever-after when her first love ended tragically.  But charming girl-magnet Ambrose isn’t about to be discouraged now that he’s met the one he really  wants.  Maybe Louna’s second chance is standing right in front of her. Continue reading

Review The Secret History of Us

A few years back I had a bias against young adult books. I thought they were written for, well, young adults and I was so beyond that stage. I had this vision of them being immature and appealing to readers who thrive on a character’s self-piteous meltdowns. However, someone loaned me a ya paranormal and I became engrossed and then my bias vanished.

I realize that there are still some of you readers out there who are unconvinced, but I hope that you might give one a try, especially one of the two (or both) of the books that I’m going to be reviewing this afternoon. Continue reading

Review of Wilde Horses

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Wilde Horses

Jannine Gallant

Lyrical Press

May 23, 2017


Blurb from Goodreads: The Wilde brothers may be attracted to all things fast and furious. But their spirited sister can’t be tamed when it comes to matters of the heart . . .

The beautiful vistas and peace and quiet on her family’s Wyoming ranch are a balm for Eden Wilde’s soul—and inspire a gentle touch when it comes to breaking the wild horses she loves. Though there’s no hope on the breathtaking horizon for her love life. Until her sanctuary is invaded by a movie studio shooting their latest blockbuster starring Hollywood’s man of the moment. Continue reading

Review of Dimestore

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Dimestore

A Writer’s Life

Lee Smith

Algonquin Books

Reprint edition: April 4, 2017


Blurb from Goodreads: For the inimitable Lee Smith, place is paramount. For forty-five years, her fiction has lived and breathed with the rhythms and people of the Appalachian South. But never before has she written her own story.

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