The Viscount Who Loved Me is the second novel in the Bridgerton series of books by Julia Quinn. In this installment eldest brother and Viscount Anthony Bridgerton has decided that this London season he will find a bride. He has his eye on the beautiful Edwina, not because of the beauty and charm, but because he knows he would never love her. He doesn’t want someone who he will love or who will love him, he just wants someone who will make a good wife and mother to his children. What he doesn’t except is Edwina’s sister Kate Sheffield, a spirted, meddlesome woman who thinks of him as a rake, but who he dreams about.
Grab your copy and start reading. This novel will also be the bases for the next season of Bridgerton on Netflix.
Are you looking for the next great book club selection? Look no further than All Girls by Emily Layden. When Atwater, a girls boarding school is rocked by allegations of a sexual assault 20 years ago the student body starts looking at the traditions and procedures in a different light. Each section of this novel is told from a different students eye throughout the school year, from move in day to graduation.. As a reader you are taken on an engrossing ride watching these young women find their voices as they navigate the complex world they have inherited. This novel would have so much to discuss: the schools responsibility to the students, the schools openness and transparency , and cast of rich, multilayered characters.
When Everly Dean wakes up on her birthday she just knows that this year will be different then past years. Some of her worse birthdays was an emergency tonsillectomy, which was better than the birthday that her parents decided to split up ( for the first of many times). She is so excited to surprise her boyfriend on her way to work, but poor Everly is who is surprised when she finds her boyfriend in bed with another women.
When her radio station co-worker accidently keeps the airwaves open as Everly freaks out and tells about her horrible morning, she finds that those listening are lining up to date her or ready to kick Simons ass. When the very handsome station manager suggests they host a “Bachelorette” radio event where those listening can vote on who Everly should date the sparks really fly.
Get ready to smile and laugh as you read about Everly and her ten rules of faking it.
Whenever a J.D. Robb book comes out I put it at the top of my “to read” pile. The in death series of books are set in the future and boy what a future it is. People still murder people and homicide officer Eve Dallas will work for the dead to figure out just who took their lives. In the newest installment an up and coming artist is found dead but who would want her dead? Was it a jealous lover? A competing artist? And who is the Natural Order and why does this organizations name keep popping up during the investigation. Dallas and her police division along with her husband Roarke just quickly chip away at the layers of lies and deception to unmask the killer.
Author Allie Reynolds has knocked on off the ski hill with the debut triller, Shiver. Set at a deserted French exclusive ski resort, five old friends that were competitive snowboarders , meet up for a reunion. As soon as they get to the mountain top resort they realize something is off. The cable cars stopped working, their cell phone have been stolen and an ice breaker game draws out secrets that remind them of the sixth friend of their group who has been missing for ten years and is presumed dead. When the friends start to distrust each other and they start to hear things they know that their lives are in jeopardy.
Told in alternating chapters of the present and ten years ago the author has you on the end of your seat and turning the pages faster then a snowboarder flying down a run. This is a brilliant, gripping thriller that has you thinking “Who is the killer” until the very end.
Have you watch Bridgerton on Netflex, and read the books? Are you in need of another regency romance ? Look no further than Notorious by Minerva Spencer. You will be cheering for both Drusilla and her best friends brother, Gabriel ,as they find themselves in the clutches of a scandal. The reader will be shouting at the couple to just “communicate already’ instead of jumping to conclusions. Can Dru keep her sharp-tongue from issuing barbs to Gabriel? Can he keep his temper under control? If they can save their future..and lives…they will need to trust each other. This is the first book in the authors newest historical fiction series and it doesn’t disappoint.
As I finished The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah (The Nightingale) I needed to take a moment to just reflect. As I took that moment it was clear that our history in America can sometimes mirror what is happening in our county today.
The Four Winds is set in Texas during one of America’s most defining times, the Great Depression. The farms and families who thrived growing wheat found life much harder when they encountered four years of drought and the Dust Bowl era.
During this time, Elsa Martinelli was like other farmers who loved and worked their land. Living with her in-laws and raising two children, she tirelessly worked to care for family and farm. When the conditions of dust storms filled her young sons lungs with sand, she realized that she would have to leave for the promise of healthy air and steady work in California. What she found there was discrimination, low wages, unjust employers and migrant camp living.
To reach her American Dream, she knew she had to stand up for herself and her fellow workers. She had to fight for better working, living and education even though it was considered socialism.
Throughout this book the reader is able to watch Elsa go from wallflower to warrior who will sacrifice much for her ideals and those she loves. Even months after reading I still reflect about how situations can put our lives on a different path and how we need to come together to help and learn from others and history.
In January I was honored to participate in a Zoom book chat with Kristin Hannah and six others with ties to the book world. It was an amazing hour and we laughed, cried and enjoyed discussing this novel.
What did I do with my Saturday? I read The Star-Crossed Sisters of Tuscany cover to cover and felt like I was back in Italy. When a great aunt invites two of her second-born nieces to accompany her to Italy she promises that the family “curse” to be broken when she meets the love of her life on her eightieth birthday on the steps of a cathedral.. The two hundred year old Fontana family curse is that not one second-born daughter will find lasting love. Emilia is happy being a baker for the family deli and thinks the curse is odd coincidence, but her cousin Lucy is desperate for love and insist the curse is real. As the trio travel to the canals of Venice, the beautiful countryside of Tuscany and an enchanting Amalfi Coast village , Emilia and Lucy discover their destinies, find romance and uncover a family secret all while their aunt Poppy tells her story of love.
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.