Would you like to spend your summer weekends as a character in a Renaissance Faire? That is just want Stacy does. Every summer to trades her work clothes for tavern wench clothes, but she is starting to think that maybe there is more to life then staying in her small town. She does enjoy pouring drinks and she does like spending time with her summertime fling Dex MacLean, who looks like a Scottish God.
As the town starts to plan for next years Faire, Stacy gets ,a tender email from the usual monosyllabic kilt wearing Dex and she doesn’t know what to make of it. As the two starts sharing emails and text they share secrets and desires. When the Faire return to Willow Creek, Stacy is shocked to discover that the man who has been wooing her isn’t Dex at all, but someone she barely knows.
I laughed-out—loud as the story unfolded. To answer the question above. Yes, I think it would be fun to dress up as a Renaissance Faire,
Grab a blanket and cuddle in as you read The Children’s Blizzard by Melanie Benjamin (The Aviators Wife). Based on actual oral histories of survivors of what is known as the Children’s Blizzard, this unforgettable story follows Raina and Gerta Olsen, sisters who are both schoolteachers in the Dakota territory and the storm that changed many lives forever.
As homesteaders started their day on January 12, 1988 they were excited for a warm, beautiful day following a cold spell. Children went off the school, farmers went out in their fields dressed for the spring day like conditions. As the school day finished a black cloud enveloped the area with a fast-moving blizzard. Ill prepared for the serve conditions, the students were released from school to make the terrifying walk home.
Benjamin has written a fast paced novel that shows the spirit and tenacity of those that lived in this hard, unrelenting part of America. As I read this book I was cold. I felt like I was walking in the shoes of the characters as they couldn’t see, were cold and each step was painful. I always enjoy historical fiction when I can learn. I not only learned about this dark day in history but how the railroad companies and their boosters hired writers to embellish how beautiful and profitable this pitiless land was to lure European immigrants to the territory.
The last time that I attended the American Booksellers Associations convention I had the pleasure of meeting and talking with Nicholas Sparks. I will admit I had a little crush on him as a writer so having that opportunity made my day. I have been very lucky in the past to meet lots of talented authors and thank Jill and Saturn Booksellers for allowing me in attend these events.
His newest novel, The Return, didn’t disappoint. When we first meet Trevor Benson as he is attending a wedding of someone very special to him in 2019, but we don’t know who. The next chapter we are back in 2014 and Trevor is in New Bern, NC living in his deceased grandfathers cabin while he is recovering from injuries that he received in Afghanistan. While there he tends to his grandfathers bees. I found it very interesting to learn more about this amazing species as the story has Trevor befriend and educate deputy sheriff Natalie Masterson and a sullen teenager, Callie about bees and honey collecting.
If you are looking for the perfect book to give as a gift look to further.
How much do I enjoy any Rom-com book from author Sophie Kinsella? I enjoy them so much that I close the door to my bedroom. Make sure that I have some cool drinks and snacks and read,read,read. When Sophie flew into Traverse City a couple of years ago for a Traverse City Writers Series event I had a seat in the front row and after the event had all my books signed along with stock for Saturn Booksellers. I was able to have a few glasses of wine and hang out with her and it was AWESOME.
Her newest book, Love Your Life, was so much fun to read. What happens when you fall in love at a writers retreat where you can’t tell anyone about your real self? Well for Ava, she thinks it is the best thing ever and she just knows that the compatibly that her and Matt have will carry on once they return to England. When the plane touches down on English soil things start to change, Matt really is rich, really, really rich. He isn’t the construction workers that she thought ? And did he just order a hamburger…that can’t be right…he ate only vegetarian at the retreat. Who cares if only vegetarian was served, who can eat meat.
Get ready for a fun-filled read…and remember to have stacks by our side because you will not be putting this book down.
The story for Holly and Gerry didn’t end with PS, I Love You, it continues in the beautiful novel, Postscript. Fast forward seven years after Holly’s journey reading and fulfilling Gerry letters is done. This novel has Holly helping others write letters to they love ones before they pass away after she agrees to tell her story on a podcast and revisits the messages the Gerry left. The story is beautiful and shows the reader that life goes on even after you loss a loved one and that if those loved ones have time they don’t want you to suffer they want you to LIVE
YAY!!! The next installment of the Paradise series by author Elin Hilberbrand is available…and it is GOOD. As the weather is starting to great cooler her in Michigan, travel to the bright and sunny shores of St. John, where the alcohol is flowing and the fish are biting.
Book three in the series finds Irene Steele evicted by the FBI from the house that her husband owned while living his double life. As evidence starts to mount that the helicopter crash that killed Russ might not have been an accident, she starts to believe that she and her sons could also be in danger . Does the mystery person following them think they know more then they do? Did Russ or his lover Rosie hid evidence that could put his old boss in jail? And when St Johns is in the path of a hurricane will everyone make it out in one piece.
Put on your flip flops, grab a Pina Colada and enjoy Troubles in Paradise.
Kate is depressed. Her husband ,Luke, of twenty-eight years has died suddenly. She has pushed away her circle of friends, lost her job and doesn’t feel motived to clean, cook or even take a shower. Maybe if she has one more drink she will feel better? When Kate wakes up she is in the wrong place and the wrong body…..well really not the wrong body just her eighteen year old body. As she looks around, the place is from her past also..her college room in 1992. This is orientation day. The day she meets all her friends and Luke. She knows that he already had the brain tumor when they meet, it just wasn’t known about until he died. This is her time to save him, to tell him about the tumor and have it removed so he doesn’t die. Can they fall in love again? Can you change history? And if you change one part of history does other things change also. Come Again is a witty and clever novel that you will devour.
Meg and Jo is the contemporary retelling of the timeless classic Little Women. This updated version is heartwarming, sweet and a must read for anyone who loves Little Women.
The March sisters are all grown up and pursuing their separate dreams. Jo follows her love of writing to live in New York City, where she is writing a secret food blog as she is a prep cook for the dynamic Eric Bhaer. Meg is married with twins and not only tries to keep her family household running but also helps her mother on the family farm. Beth and Amy are both spreading their wings performing music and art.
All sisters to the outside world have what they always wanted, but somethings getting everything might not be what you really need. When their mother falls ill before the holidays the sisters come home to discover what really matters…the bonds of family and sisterhood.
The next installment of the popular In Death series, Shadows in Death, is as good as it gets. While being called to a murder scene, Lieutenant Eve Dallas’s husband Roarke, recognizes a face from the past. The face is of assassin Lorcan Cobbe, and he is the man who wants Roarke dead. The two men grew up in the streets of Dublin and Cobbe always wanted the title of first born son of Patrick Roarke, which has ruled his drive to kill. Knowing that Cobbe is the man who murdered her victim, Eve and her fellow cop officers must prove who hired him. Was it her lover, her husband or a business rival? But this crime has other consequences…it has put both Eve and Roarke in the path of this killer.
Eve is desperate to protect her husband at any cost, just as Roarke is desperate to protect Eve. With law -enforcement agencies from around the world connecting the dots on how to find Cobbe, Eve knows it will come down to her to bring him down, even if it is far outside her jurisdiction.