Hello, Summer by Mary Kay Andrews has just released in paperback and is ready to go into your beach bag. I was transported to the warm weather of gorgeous Florida, and I could imagine the warm breeze on my face and feel the sand on my toes. This fun and flirty novel has journalist Conley Hawkins becoming home as her big city job falls apart, and working for the Silver Bay Beacon, her families small town newspaper that runs engagements, social gatherings, local gossip and the police blotter. When Conley witnesses an accident of a local congressman, her investigating reporting instincts take over and she must find the “ Real” answer. To complicate matters her sister is mad at her, her spunky Grandma health is failing, the beach house is literally falling apart and an ex-boyfriend causes trouble. Pull out your beach chair and get ready to laugh.
When you hear someone say Guinness, what do you think of? Well, I think of beer. Really good Irish beer. The Glorious Guinness Girls fictionalizes the lives of three descendants of the founder of Guinness beer: Aileen, Maureen and Oonagh growing up privileged, beautiful, and the darlings of the press.Enter Felicity “Fliss”, a poorer relation of the family that comes to live with the girls. When she arrives at Glenmaroon, the family estate, she knows that she will be in the classroom with the girls, but isn’t sure if she is part of the family or a member of staff. Throughout the next decade she shares the secrets, experiences and sacrifices of the family as they move from Ireland to England.I always find it interesting to read a historical fiction novel based on real historical figures and this novel didn’t disappoint. I even used the internet to view pictures of the family , especially the three girls during their time as Bright Young People.Grab a Guinness and enjoy!
Would your dream job be professional bridesmaid? In Katy Birchall's first adult novel The Secret Bridesmaid, that is exactly what Sophie Breeze does for a living. Who needs to hire a wedding planner that the quest knows plan the whole wedding when you can hire a bridesmaid to ensure that the wedding goes off without a hitch with no one the wiser. Sophie is the hero to every bride that she has helped, but when Lady Victoria reaches out for Sophie to help with her daughter Cordelia's wedding it is a nightmare. Cordelia doesn't want help and makes impossible demands on Sophie, knowing that the agreement is if Sophie can't follow through on all her wants, she has to quit. The high jinks are hilarious, and you can't help but cheer on Sophie to do the impossible, like learning to be a swan whisperer or breaking and entering.This novel had me laughing out loud and staying up almost all night to finish. I'm already hoping that someone makes a series on television based on this book., it would be so fun to watch.
The Hideaway, by Nora Roberts has just released in paperback and I enjoyed every word, every sentence and every chapter of the emotional suspense novel. Meet the Sullivan’s, Hollywood royalty. As they gather in Big Sur for a celebration of life, the family is changed forever when 9 year old Caitlyn is kidnapped. Who is behind the kidnapping? And is a nine year old Cate a pampered princess or a smart, fighter?When the police inform the family that they discovered a shocking betrayal, a person that Cate loved is sent to prison. Years later the kidnapping, and all those involved, is still in the news and is still impacting the Sullivan family.
It’s summer!!! I always know that it is the start of summer when author Mary Kay Andrews releases a new beach read, which always has a little mystery within its storyline. The newest novel that needs to find a way into your beach tote is, The Newcomer.
When Letty Carnahan travels to The Murmuring Surf Motel after she discovers her sister ,Tanya, dead body she knows that she needs to protect herself and her niece, Maya . Her sister warned her that if anything ever happened to her it would be because of her slimy ex Evan.
Out running both the law, who believe kidnapped Maya and killed her sister, and Evan, Letty believes that the sleepy hotel is the perfect hideaway. She doesn’t count on the nosey, close-knit, quirky retirees and snowbirds who live at “The Surf” or the owners handsome son Joe to be a police detective. With the land sharks circling to learn her secret she starts to unravel her sister’s shady past and hopefully find out the truth to keep Maya safe and maybe finding a place to call home.
This is a must summertime read….it didn’t disappoint.
Make sure you have a light on as you read author Jennifer McMahon, The Drowning Kind. This supernatural thriller about two sisters, their families ancestorial home, and a black watered haunted pool that is believed to fulfill wishes. What the pool and its natural springs don’t tell you is that for the wishes granted there is a sacrifice.As children elder sister Lexie seemed to overshadow her sister Jackie. Lexie would dare Jackie and their childhood friend at every turn, including dares in the pool. When during her teenage years Lexie was diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder of the bipolar type, Jackie knew that she needed to distance herself from her sister or find herself forever is her sisters orbit. When Lexie’s body is found dead in the pool, after trying to reach Jackie by phone multiple times, Jackie flies to the ancestorial home to organize the house. What she finds is that her sister and family had secrets, secrets that make her feel that she also is losing her mind.The author did an amazing job that wove together the story of Lexie and Jackie with alternating chapters about a woman named Ethel Monroe who stayed at the spring in 1929. The authors ability to craft creepy atmosphere, weave together legends and secrets will have the reader pulling the blanket over their heads as they turn the pages. BRAVO.
I lived in Boyne City during the first years of marriage. I was so excited when I read a review that Early Morning Riser was set in this small northern Michigan town and of course had to buy myself a copy. The author did a great job showcasing this beautiful town on the shores of Lake Charlevoix, and the businesses that were there during the span of the 17 years that this novel is set starting in 2002. The cast of characters is hilarious, quicky and fun to get to know and love.
Starting in 2002,26 year old Jane moves to Boyne City to teach second grade and promptly starts a relationship with Duncan, a woodworker and jack of all trades. Duncan has also either dated, sleep or has unfinished furniture projects with almost every women in this small-town. After am accident, Jane takes responsibility of Jimmy, a young man who works for Duncan and is labeled “slow learning”. The accident bring the cast of characters together to show that life in Northern Michigan is not only about the family you are born to but also the family of community members helping each other.
This novel is funny, and the author has real comic timing in her writing. As the reader you will laugh out loud at the characters, be it be Freida, the mandolin playing best friend of Janes, to the waitresses, hairstylist and other residents of this town.
Enjoy, and then plan a trip to go eat in Boyne City and get some candy from Alpine Chocolat Haus.
I was so excited when I found out that one of my favorite authors, Linda Castillo, released a book with six of her short stories featuring her Painters Mill police chief, Kate Burkholder. It was great to read one short story in a day or two and feel that I accomplished so much as Kate and her team solved murders in Amish county. One of the stories even featured Kate when she was a young Amish teen. After each of the stories I kept wishing that she would have turned that story into one of her novels. Castillo’s next novel releases this July, but if you need a little Kate and Tomasetti fix then this is the short story collection for you.
Oh Florence, the city that I fell in love with, you made a beautiful location for Tasha Alexanders newest Lady Emily mystery, The Dark Heart of Florence. In this new release, Emily and her husband Colin travel to Florence, when in 1903 tensions between Britain and Germany are starting to loom. Colin is there to discover who is breaking into his daughters palazzo while on a mission for the Crown. On their first night a man is thrown off the roof, but not just any man, an informant to Colins colleague Darius. Finding herself excluded from the investigation ,Emily and her friend Celine start to uncover clues about the murder and into the history of a missing treasure that is linked to the palazzo. Told in two different time periods, the late 1400 and 1903, the story of what the treasure is and where it is hidden is uncovered. The question is: will Emily uncover the treasure before more people are found dead? Read and find out.
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.