I couldn’t stop reading this psychological thriller by Alabama gulf coast native, Michelle Richmond. How many things sound wonderful on the surface, but turn out to be evil? Newlyweds, Jake and Alice, receive an invitation to The Marriage Pact. It has rules that sound good such as, whenever you get a call from your spouse, stop whatever you’re doing, and take the call. Give your spouse a gift monthly. Plan quarterly trips together. Never, ever, allow work to interfere with home and family. The problems come when one (or both of you) breaks the rules. The punishment is draconian. The pact becomes more invasive in your lives. It’s the club you can join, but can never leave. To read my full review, click right here.
I just found my newest favorite author — I have so many nowadays. Donna Kauffman’s series, The Brides of Blueberry Cove, sizzles with romance and a little mystery. This book, Sea Glass Sunrise, is the first in the series. Kauffman included recipes at the end. Those who enjoy a good romance will love this book. I give it five stars. To read my full review, click right here.
You know those books you stay up late to finish, because you just can’t put it down? For those of us who love cozy mysteries, this is one of those books. It’s funny, sexy, and mysterious, and it’s by award-winning author, Susan M. Boyer.
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I’ve been reading cozy mysteries lately — most recently, The Antique House Murders. What’s a cozy mystery? Well, it’s a murder mystery where the hero and/or heroine are never seriously hurt, but that doesn’t mean no one tries to kill them. This one was especially entertaining with a crumbling mansion full of priceless antiques, greedy land developers and politicians, and a community group protesting the proposed development. The antiques auctioneer ends up dead in the mansion, and there are lots of suspects. Then there are two more murders and, as they say, the plot thickens. Of course, the local civilian sleuth solves the crime.
If you enjoy a good who-done-it, you will love The Antique House Murders. To read my review, click right here.
Based on the cover of a muscle-bound, shirtless man wearing a kilt, this could be just another cheap romance novel. I took the time to delve a little deeper, and I’m glad I did. The Highland Duke was one I couldn’t put down. It was a quick, easy read, and finished it in record time. If you enjoy historical fiction, particularly that set in 17th-century Scotland, you will love The Highland Duke. Click right here to read my full review.
Tobacco Sun, by Lorna Hollifield, was sent to me by Pen Name Publishing. It left me with both happiness and sadness for the characters. In the post-war years after World War II, Tobaccoville, North Carolina, like much of the rural United States, was a poverty-stricken area. Many found ways to leave to ensure a financially secure future. Many stayed.
Hollywood starlet, Sydra Parramore, was one who left. Her sister, Jimmi-Lyn, stayed. Shell-shocked Vanse Newland returned from the war to Tobaccoville. Tobacco Sun is a story of redemption, but life will never be the same for any of them. To read my review, click right here. If you enjoy Southern fiction,
We’ve had a lot of much-needed rain lately, and there’s nothing better than cuddling up with a good book in a comfy chair on a rainy day. It was even better when reading a book from one of my favorite authors, Mary Alice Monroe. Her newest book, Beach House for Rent, is due in stores on June 20, 2017.
Of course, I loved this book. You can read my review by clicking right here.
The third in a trilogy about the second female president of the United States, Samantha “Sam” Harrison, Presidential Conclusions was one I could not put down. His characters come to life on the page with outstanding descriptions of their individual personalities and idiosyncrasies, particularly the misogynistic Putin.
Mr. Wood’s PR company asked me to review this book, but because it was the last in a series, they sent all three books, and I’m so glad they did. This is a series not to be missed. If you enjoy political drama and geopolitical intrigue, you will be awakened, highly entertained, and perhaps, a bit frightened. To read my complete review, click right here.
Don’t you just love sweet children’s books that teach them good things — important things, without them ever realizing that they’re learning? I always bought educational toys for my daughter, and was thrilled (and impressed) when, on her first birthday, she mastered one of those wooden puzzles with large pieces for tiny hands before the end of that day. Of course, I went out and bought more.
Wonderful Things reinforces the love of the parent for the child, and shows children they can be anything they want to be. To read my full review of The Wonderful Things You Will Do, click right here.
Leaps and Bounce, follow a frog’s life from the egg to a grown-up frog. It’s a delightful, exuberant view of growing up in this big world. To read my full review of Leaps and Bounce, click here.