June 20, 2018

The Cottages on Silver Beach. RaeAnne Thayne

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Published: HQN Books
Format: e-ARC
Pages: 384
Genre: Contemporary Romance
4 stars                           Add to Goodreads
For the sake of her brother’s children, innkeeper Megan Hamilton has put her entire life on hold to become their guardian. The last person she wants to ever see again is Elliott Bailey, who she feels is responsible for her brother’s current predicament. But the heat between them is undeniable, and she agrees to help Elliott investigate the cold case that tore their family apart…as long as they keep their attraction under control.

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With the  the scent of  pine and spruce and the picture of lake and mountains in my imagination as I read the first chapters of The Cottages on Silver Beach, I was hooked into another small town contemporary romance. I'd enjoyed the previous couple of books in the Haven Point series and so it was with anticipation I read into this story.

I liked very much Elliot Bailey the wounded FBI hero, who has carried all the expectations on his shoulders of being the eldest in the family, someone who doesn't want to disappoint his family and maybe reveal that his halo has slipped... or has it.  I loved his values and totally agreed with him on many points, but none more on an important decision he took and his reasons why.   He is as well as being a FBI agent - a crime writer and I really enjoyed seeing him embarrassed by the fan base he has engendered.

Megan the heroine is a talented photographer who also manages the family Inn. She has a difficult family background and many times doubts herself too often.  When she is placed in close proximity to Elliot a long time attraction has time to develop between them. Mostly its a good one, with some great personal sharing, yet when the chips are down some disappointing miscommunications happen. I so hate that, but have to be honest and say in real life it happens so I can't be too hard on my bookish characters!

A mystery of what happened to  Megan's brother Luke's wife threads its way through the book,  she has been gone for many years. Luke has many a time been blamed for her murder, but what really happened. Well guess who can't keep out of that one. Elliot makes it his business to pursue it. 

The final chapter had me looking forward in great anticipation to Luke's story and how that is going to pan out. So just lets say I am hooked into making that an auto read in my reading future!  That's quite a turn around for me as some of this present book is set in Hope's Crossing and well... I just did not connect with the first book in that series and ditched the whole series. I just may have made a mistake!

June 19, 2018

Heaven Adjacent Catherine Ryan Hyde

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Published:  Lake Union Publishing
Date:  June 19th 2018
Format: e-ARC
Pages: 316
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Source: Little Bird Publicity via NetGalley
4 stars                         Add to Goodreads
Roseanna Chaldecott spent her life as a high-powered lawyer in Manhattan. But when her best friend and law partner dies suddenly, something snaps. Unsure of her future, Roseanna heads upstate on one tank of gas and with no plans to return.

In the foothills of the Adirondacks, Roseanna discovers the perfect hideout in a ramshackle farm. Its seventy-six acres are rich with possibilities and full of surprises, including a mother and daughter squatting on the property. Although company is the last thing Roseanna wants, she reluctantly lets them stay.

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Heaven Adjacent is a thought provoking novel filled with quirky characters.  

Roseanna is a high flying attorney until she up and leaves it and everyone behind. A life changing moment happens when her attorney friend Alice dies before she can experience the joy of retirement and doing all those fun relaxing things she plans to do.  However Roseanna leaves behind one irate partner in the business who isn't impressed by her departure. He plans revenge! I didn't like him at all!

When Roseanna settles down on a farm she just comes across she finds that there are already some people living on her property and along come more. As well her son finds her because of a reporter who stops by and writes about what Roseanna has been involved in along with the little girl on the property.

Over a few years Rosie finds herself being challenged and while what might have began as a 'pretend' living off the land, becomes a reality. She finds out that it is not too late to change and to become the someone she would like to be towards herself and others. 

There's an old man, a dog and a horse with a mind of its own, a young man with no where to go until now and a little girl who is persistent but low key.  

There are poignant moments and moments filled with humour. And times where family really counts.

June 18, 2018

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?


It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week.  It's a great post to organise yourself. It's an opportunity to visit and comment, and er... add to that ever growing TBR pile! So welcome in everyone. This meme started with J Kaye's Blog   and then was taken up by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn at the Book Date. And here we are!

Jen Vincent, Teach Mentor Texts, and Kellee of Unleashing Readers decided to give It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? a kidlit focus. If you read and review books in children’s literature – picture books, chapter books, middle grade novels, young adult novels, anything in the world of kidlit – join them!
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I am on the road again for a few days as I am travelling to Rotorua as I am one of the executors of my sister's will. I'll meet up with Bernadette my sister in Wanganui about two hours drive from here and then we will go on in her car.  The weather is quite moderate so there should be no snow around and we will be up and back before we know it.   No doubt I'll still get some time to visit your blogs and do a little reading.

I am thinking of changing over to Google+ for commenting as it does work a little like Wordpress in that commenters get notified of comments returned, although I am not so sure how it works if you don't have a Google+ profile.  Any thoughts on that?  I might turn it on for a week after this post and see how it goes.                                            

What I read last week:

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What I am reading at present:

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And still listening to the Joe Biden memoir. Should finish that on the road trip for the section I am driving by myself.

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A  book right off my own self. Alleluia!

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Last Weeks Posts
Herons Landing   JoAnn Ross   Review and Giveaway - still open last day 20th
Lighthouse Beach    Shelley Noble
Lady of the Night   Emilie Richards
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June 15, 2018

Lady of the Night Emilie Richards

Published: Emilie Richards
Date:  June 15th 2018
Format:  e-ARC
Pages:  276
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Source: Author
4 stars                         Add to Goodreads
The fragile young woman, lying comatose in the ward of City Hospital in New Orleans, has no name and no memories. When she finally awakens, the one thing she can remember is a man's voice calling her back to consciousness.

In all his years of training, no one has touched psychologist Joshua Martane in the same way, and he is determined to help her. Suspected prostitute. Near victim of a serial killer. Mystery surrounds who she is–and who she isn't.

One thing is certain. Joshua realizes he has become entranced with the woman he names Maggie. Therapists should never be involved with their patients, but Maggie quickly becomes more to him. Whatever her secrets, Joshua knows he has to help her find answers. For both their sakes.

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Lady of the Night is the first of three in the series New Orleans Nights.   I loved reading this one and I certainly look forward to the next two. 

This book tells the story of a young woman who awakes in the city hospital, with no memory of who she is, after experiencing terrible trauma. She has been in a coma for so long that they have put her in a psych ward and pretty much given up hope. Except for one psychologist who spends time talking to her, and when she awakes goes into bat for her against the establishment.

The opening chapter immediately sucked me in and I was wondering about this mystery, questions of who, where, what, why, how arose and I wanted them all answered. And eventually they were!

Joshua is the psychologist who helps Maggie as they name her.  He is a compassionate man, a passionate and good therapist. In the face of challenge he can be strong, and calls a spade a spade and tells it like he sees it. But... he has an achilles heel as a result of a past experience, so... he is imperfect and human!  Which makes him a bit frustrating as well.

Josh has two friends from his youth, and both are interesting so I anticipate we will also have Sam's and Skeeter's stories to relish along the way. Sam was a bit of a nuisance to begin with but after awhile I liked him.  However it is Skeeter I felt really drawn to... yeah he's an insightful artist and seems to dabble still in a little 'crime' like all three did in their youth.

Maggie's story is heartbreaking, but once she starts to heal there is no stopping her, and often I thought she was as gifted with insight as Josh or even had more. Sometimes I had to stop and think who was the psychologist!

There is a nasty character as well, of course there is! And he is out to get Maggie. So the plot moves along really well with good pace until all is sorted!  All very satisfying! I just might have bought a paperback copy to put on that keeper shelf!

June 14, 2018

Lighthouse Beach. Shelley Noble

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Published: William Morrow
Date: May 29th 2018
Format: e-ARC
Pages: 400
Genre: Mainstream Fiction
Source: Publisher via Edelweiss
4 stars                          Add to Goodreads
When Lillo Gray pulls up to Kennebunkport’s most exclusive hotel wearing a borrowed dress and driving a borrowed VW van, she knows she’s made a big mistake. She’s not even sure why Jessica Parker invited her to her posh wedding. They haven’t seen each other since they were unhappy fourteen-year-old girls at fat camp. And now they’re from two completely different worlds. There’s no way Lillo fits in the rarefied circles Jessica travels in.

Jess isn’t sure she’s ready to go through with this wedding, but she’s been too busy making everyone else happy to think about what she wants. But when she and her two closest friends, Allie and Diana, along with Lillo, discover her fiancĂ© with his pants down in the hotel parking lot, she’s humiliated…and slightly relieved. In a rush to escape her crumbling life, Jess, Allie, and Diana pile into Lillo’s beat-up old van and head up the coast to Lighthouse Island. Once there, she hopes to figure out the next chapter in her life.

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Visit Lighthouse Beach and you'll never be the same according to a notice at the entrance to the town. For a group of friends that certainly seems to ring true.  Lighthouse Beach is set in Maine in a small town that is sort of dying. No longer can the fishermen find the kind of work they once had.

Lilla has come back to live here, once her parents had a camp but they sold it to fund her education at medical school. So why is she wasting away on Lighthouse Beach? Mystery number one!  After being invited to Jessica's disastrous wedding, she ends up with three visitors. I thought these three women would be rich snobs but that was really quite the opposite. They all fit into Lilla's small cottage and adjust well to a week at the beach.

Jessica had come to Lilla's parents' camp so has known Lilla for a long time. She doesn't seem to have much of a backbone when it comes to her terrible parents and her ghastly father. Jessica has had to weather rich, manipulative, judgemental parents. It's left her with issues! Well to be honest many of the characters have issues.  Allie has lost her husband and has a five year old waiting for her at home. Diana has had two divorces. They are all intelligent, gifted and mostly successful women. 

As well in this town there is Mac, growing old but still wanting to watch over the lighthouse. And Dr. Clancy who wants to watch over Mac.  Doc (Ned) rides into town every so often to provide medical care with Dr. Clancy. As well there is Ian the vet... yes you guessed it, he has issues too!

Much happens in a week, the background to Lilla and Ian especially is revealed, and the anguish and guilt they experience.  As I read on I see how Lilla and Jessica have both in a way experienced similar consequences to each other of other people's behavior. 

I loved the final chapters of the book as the action heated up and stands were made. Life issued a challenge and those challenges were taken up.

The story left me a little dissatisfied. I wanted to know more about Allie. Where to for Lillie and Jessica and Diana. Yes I could finish off their stories in the way I'd like for them in my imagination. However... surely there has to be another book in there somewhere from Shelley Noble about them.

June 12, 2018

Herons Landing. Joann Ross. Review and Giveaway.

Published: HQN Books
Date:  June 1st 2018
Format: e-ARc
Pages: 384
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Source: TLC Tours via NetGalley
4 stars                        Add to Goodreads
Working as a Las Vegas concierge, Brianna Mannion is an expert at making other people’s wishes come true. It’s satisfying work, but a visit home to scenic Honeymoon Harbor turns into a permanent stay when she’s reminded of everything she’s missing: the idyllic small-town charm; the old Victorian house she’d always coveted; and Seth Harper, her best friend’s widower and the neighborhood boy she once crushed on—hard. After years spent serving others, maybe Brianna’s finally ready to chase dreams of her own.

Since losing his wife, Seth has kept busy running the Harper family’s renovation business and flying way under the social radar. But when Brianna hires him to convert her aging dream home into a romantic B and B, working together presents a heart-stopping temptation Seth never saw coming. With guilt and grief his only companions for so long, he’ll have to step out of the past long enough to recognize the beautiful life Brianna and he could build together.

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Herons Landing is #1 in JoAnn Ross' new series Honeymoon Harbor. It is a contemporary small town romance with all the right elements for a reader like myself.

It is set in the Pacific North West of the USA and the beautiful scenery and wildlife is brought to life in such a way that it had me wanting to visit.

The two main characters were very likeable - Brianna has decided to escape her high flying job and return home to the place she really loves, even though at one stage in her life she left to test her wings.    Seth is an excellent builder and has completed a number of renovations in the small town and the place that Brianna sets her heart on - well it just so happens he loves as well. Seth lost his wife to war and he is not ready to risk loving again, and then losing that love.

There are a number of other characters, all of whom added much to the story. I especially loved Seth's Dad and the lengths he was prepared to go to win his 'lost love' and I was also taken by the two twins who run the dress shop. 

This is my first taste of a JoAnn Ross book and I will certainly be looking out for #2 in the Honeymoon Harbor series.

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Author's website: JoAnn Ross

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Purchase Links

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Giveaway  - Open to USA and Ca readers.

Open from 12th June to 20th June. Winner will be chosen randomly and name and address sent to TLC Book Tours.

Review Tour Stops:

Monday, May 21st: Books a la Mode – excerpt
Tuesday, May 22nd: A Holland Reads
Wednesday, May 23rd: Becky on Books – excerpt
Thursday, May 24th: Into the Hall of Books
Monday, May 28th: I Wish I Lived in a Library
Tuesday, May 29th: Bookmark Lit
Wednesday, May 30th: Stranded in Chaos
Thursday, May 31st: @read.write.coffee
Monday, June 4th: Moonlight Rendezvous
Tuesday, June 5th: Running Through the Storms
Wednesday, June 6th: Diary of a Stay at  Home Mom
Thursday, June 7th: Why Girls are Weird
Monday, June 11th: From the TBR Pile
Tuesday, June 12th: Book Date
Wednesday, June 13thWhat is That Book About – excerpt
Monday, June 18thPalmer’s Page Turners
Tuesday, June 19thThe Romance Dish
Wednesday, June 20thJathan & Heather
Monday, June 25thBooks & Bindings
Wednesday, June 27thRomancing the Book
Thursday, June 28thWritten Love Reviews
Monday, July 2ndDeborah Blanchard

June 11, 2018

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?


It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week.  It's a great post to organise yourself. It's an opportunity to visit and comment, and er... add to that ever growing TBR pile! So welcome in everyone. This meme started with J Kaye's Blog   and then was taken up by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn at the Book Date. And here we are!

Jen Vincent, Teach Mentor Texts, and Kellee of Unleashing Readers decided to give It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? a kidlit focus. If you read and review books in children’s literature – picture books, chapter books, middle grade novels, young adult novels, anything in the world of kidlit – join them!
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This week was a great reading week... until I noticed I had two books with bookshop in the title and I had noted only one in my reading calendar! Somehow they had morphed into one book in my mind! Generally that calendar keeps me straight, but of course human error creeps in obviously!

This past week I signed up for the July commenting challenge, which actually goes from June to August, and I've chosen July to participate.  Full details are with Alicia at A Kernel of Nonsense    or  Lonna at Flylef for the sign up.  Each person is paired up with another blogger for that month and let the commenting begin.
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What I read last week:

Two review books, both good.

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Library book which I enjoyed. I hadn't heard of Katherine Center until all the hype about How to Walk Away so while I am waiting for that at the library I decided to read this one. Worth it.

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As its audiobooks month I decided I'd make more of an effort to listen most days instead of floating in my beloved silence! Therefore I powered through this 14hour listen over about 8 days which is good for me.  Short review to follow.  It's a light, fun romance and part of a series.

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What I am reading at present:

I am listening to this memoir. After the romance listen I needed a change up. I think this one qualifies!
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I am reading this debut novel, has started a little slow for me so hoping it grabs me soon.

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Up next:

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Last Weeks Posts
The Summer I Met Jack   Michelle Gable
Someone to Care   Mary Balogh

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