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.
Tina Fontana is thirty years old, excellent at her job, appreciated by her media mogul boss - and still wracked by student loan debt. Robert spends more on a single bottle of wine than Tina spends on the monthly rent for her squalid apartment, so when an error on his expense account leaves her with almost the exact amount of her loan balance, she hesitates. Although she's always played by the rules, what is pocket change to him is a life change to her. She pays off the loan. And then Emily in accounting sees what she did and wants help writing off her student debt...This well-crafted novel is wry and funny, and triumphant in its satisfaction for over-educated, hard-working assistants everywhere.
Isabel and Edward are both at a crossroads when they meet - her marriage is a shambles and he was so happy in his that his grief over his wife's death is still overwhelming. Isabel thinks that she's doing her good friend Valerie a favor by looking in on her ninety-plus year old father, but their weekly dinners prove cathartic to them both as they bond over wisdom and experience shared, and glorious food lovingly prepared. This gentle book is a tribute to an unlikely friendship, simple pleasures, and the joy of slowing down enough to embrace both.
As all y'all probably know by now, I love a good southern author or book. In this, I get both. I first read My Sunshine Away quite a long time ago as an advance for the hardcover, and I fell in love with Walsh's lovely descriptions of a quiet neighborhood in Baton Rouge, Louisiana as seen through the eyes of the teenage narrator during the summer of 1989. His neighbor, the perfect golden girl Lindy, was attacked and raped near her home, and while the neighborhood was horrified, it also recognized that it was home to several suspects. My Sunshine Away just released in paperback, and it is a treat.
We have been excited about this new business book by John Addison. The nine practices that lead him to both professional and personal success are simple and attainable for anyone interested in leading and living with purpose, and he shares them with enthusiasm. And the leaders of Gaylord seem to agree.