Madeleine was trapped in a life she agreed to but never wanted. She tamps down her ambitions to paint by becoming a museum docent, and tries to live up to her domineering husband, critical mother, and memory of her elegant and reserved grandmother, but she begins to understand from where her black sheep tendencies come when she discovers her grandmother's diary and learns that she spent one brave, carefree, and exciting summer in 1920s Paris - supporting herself, writing in cafes, dreaming, falling in love, and inspiring Madeleine to embrace her own life and passions. If you missed Eleanor Brown's visit this week, we have signed copies of this charming and not-to-be-missed book.
An Amish settlement in rural upstate New York has long been headed by a charismatic but largely shadowy man, but when rumors of child endangerment start leaking out the traditionally closed society, the sheriff recruits Kate Burkholder - formerly Amish herself and still the Chief of Police of her hometown - to go undercover. Her boyfriend, State Agent John Tomasetti, is very much against the assignment, as Kate's communication and backup will be dangerously limited, but Kate knows her skill set is uniquely suited to infiltrating the secretive group. This is Castillo's eighth book in the series, and she still keeps her characters and mysteries fresh.
I used to reread my favorite books quite often, but that was before I began working here, and the advances, author visit titles, and new releases started piling up at an alarming rate. It's a great problem to have, but I rarely find time to revisit old and much-loved books. This week though, I've become eleven again as I indulge in the Anne series, and actually have gained a greater appreciation for the flowery descriptions and literary references I had no patience for as a preteen. But the red-haired orphan heroine is every bit as fanciful and charming, Prince Edward Island as beautiful, and Anne's nemesis-turned-true-love as clever and handsome as ever, and I will never ever get through chapter 37 without tears. Grab a childhood favorite - Anne or otherwise - and enjoy a visit with an old friend.
Mel and I have subscribed to the "Bitchy Waiter" blog for a long time. He's really, really funny, irreverent, snarky, foul, and spot-on when he expounds upon Tales, Tips, & Trials from a Life in Food Service (coincidentally, that's the subtitle of the book). So when Mel happened across his live Facebook event, and when fans were clamoring for autographed copies, and Darron wasn't sure how to make that happen, Mel messaged him and said that we've done it for other authors and that we would be happy to make it happen for him, too. Several phone calls and a couple of drop-ships later, and - YEA! - we have exclusive autographed copies! This has become a new bookstore favorite, and we're shipping several a day across the country. This is perfect fun for anyone who has worked in the food service industry, or really for anyone who has ever eaten in a restaurant.
The start of Riley Griggs' summer on the idyllic island of Belle Isle isn't going well. Her husband hasn't shown up for the last ferry, she was served with what she assumed were divorce papers, and she and her daughter have been locked out of their summer home - which has foreclosure papers nailed to the door. Her friends and family are helping her navigate her difficulties, but when Riley's husband washes up on the island's shore, well, now she has even bigger problems. A little romance, a little mystery, a lot of beach, and Mary Kay Andrews’ signature humor make this a terrific summer novel.
Celebrity chef Deacon Thorpe died suddenly and tragically, leaving three wives, three children, an exclusive restaurant, a pile of debt, and a dilapidated Nantucket summer cottage.
While their children all get along well, Laurel, Belinda, and Scarlet could not be more different, and their only commonalities are their grief and dislike of each other. As they gather to mourn Deacon and carry out his will, they're forced to take stock of themselves, their marriages, and each other. Hilderbrand's Nantucket settings make the reader feel as though they're on an endless summer vacation themselves, and while her endings are satisfying, they're not necessarily easy. This novel combines beach-read breeziness with enough meat to feel substantial. Perfect!
Jane and Bonnie have been unlikely friends since college. Bonnie has always been a bit of a wild woman, and bounced from relationship to relationship for two decades while Jane has had a seemingly perfect marriage and a seemingly perfect life. All that begins to unravel when - at her own Christmas party - Jane takes off her clothes and shoes, and lies down in the snow in her backyard. From then on nothing is the same for anyone. This is a novel of complex emotion that explores the nature of human love and compassion. I thoroughly enjoyed She Poured Out Her Heart.
Up-and-coming pastry chef Sophie Bernstein and her chef fiancé Dexter had a deal - he was financing their new restaurant and she would initially pay for their wedding until he gained control of his trust fund. Sophie spent months planning the wedding of her dreams, only to have Dexter leave her at the altar to marry tanorexic socialite Cookie.
Fifty thousand dollars in debt, homeless, and jobless, Sophie takes refuge at her grandmother Bubble's home and in the neighborhood bakery whose owner Herman hopes that she'll help keep the struggling and dated business afloat. Complications arise, of course, in two more weddings, a bad girlfriend, the Cake Goddess, a charming and witty pen pal, and a reluctant wedding advice column, but that just adds to the fun of this light and breezy book.
This charming intermediate-level 'fairy tale' has everything a good story needs - a scheming king, a sad princess, a pickpocket squirrel, mistaken identities, grand adventure - and a heroine named Maggie. Maggie is lame and outcast, but so brave and spunky that when she finds a magic mirror that sends her on a journey to the royal city, you'll cheer her on. This new book will appeal to those who enjoyed Ella Enchanted or The Princess Bride.
Nick Mason was five years into his twenty-five year sentence in a maximum security prison when he was offered immediate release, a new townhouse, a cool vintage car, and plenty of money every month. The caveat? He must answer his cell phone, day or night, and immediately follow any order given. To pay for his freedom - and the chance to see his daughter again - Nick is at the command of Darius Cole, a fellow prisoner and criminal mastermind who continues to run his empire while serving two life terms. As Cole's orders escalate in danger, Mason will have to risk everything to stay alive, go straight, and break free. This is unlikely to happen soon, and I'm happy for that, because I can't wait for more in this fun new Chicago-based series by award-winning, bestselling, Michigan-favorite author Steve Hamilton.