The Lost and Found Bookshop by Susan Wiggs ~ 5⭐

Genres: Historical & Friendship Fiction ~ Released July 7, 2020

REVIEW: I was offered the opportunity to listen to the audio version of The Lost and Found Bookshop by Susan Wiggs. I haven’t listened to an audio book since I retired and I have to say I truly enjoyed it. I was lost for hours in another world in my head. I forgot to plan for dinner and live my own life. Honestly, this was such a good story and the narrator was fabulous.

I immediately fell in love with Natalie and her grandfather Andrew who was suffering from dementia. He was such a sweet man. Then there was the good looking handy man and his cute little daughter. Oh! There was the bookstore that resided in a building owned by Andrew’s family that was actually a few other businesses through the years. 

This was a lovely story filled with history of family and San Francisco. Natalie experienced a few romantic relationships on her way to finding true love and happiness. If you like romance and historical fiction, I think you will love this book as much as I did. 

SYNOPSIS: In this thought-provoking, wise and emotionally rich novel, New York Times bestselling author Susan Wiggs explores the meaning of happiness, trust, and faith in oneself as she asks  the question, “If you had to start over, what would you do and who would you be?” 

There is a book for everything . . . 

Somewhere in the vast Library of the Universe, as Natalie thought of it, there was a book that embodied exactly the things she was worrying about.

In the wake of a shocking tragedy, Natalie Harper inherits her mother’s charming but financially strapped bookshop in San Francisco. She also becomes caretaker for her ailing grandfather Andrew, her only living relative—not counting her scoundrel father.

But the gruff, deeply kind Andrew has begun displaying signs of decline. Natalie thinks it’s best to move him to an assisted living facility to ensure the care he needs. To pay for it, she plans to close the bookstore and sell the derelict but valuable building on historic Perdita Street, which is in need of constant fixing. There’s only one problem–Grandpa Andrew owns the building and refuses to sell. Natalie adores her grandfather; she’ll do whatever it takes to make his final years happy. Besides, she loves the store and its books provide welcome solace for her overwhelming grief.

After she moves into the small studio apartment above the shop, Natalie carries out her grandfather’s request and hires contractor Peach Gallagher to do the necessary and ongoing repairs. His young daughter, Dorothy, also becomes a regular at the store, and she and Natalie begin reading together while Peach works.

To Natalie’s surprise, her sorrow begins to dissipate as her life becomes an unexpected journey of new connections, discoveries and revelations, from unearthing artifacts hidden in the bookshop’s walls, to discovering the truth about her family, her future, and her own heart.

Lured Into Love by Melanie Martins ~ 5⭐

Genre: Contemporary Romance ~ Released February 14, 2021

REVIEW: A while ago I read Blossom in Winter by Melanie Martins and really enjoyed it. When I saw the next book in the series called Lured Into Love was soon to be released, I contacted Melanie and requested to be one of her reviewers. I’ve already expressed an interest in the next two books due out later this year. I had to! 

I’ll tell you right off there are some explicit sex scenes in her books. The author tells you that right up front. I don’t think she wants to shock anyone. I don’t find the scenes to be crude. I think in her books they are there for a purpose. If you can’t tolerate that, then these books won’t be for you. I think they are an added dimension to the tale she weaves. We are reading about a young woman named Petra who falls deeply in love with her godfather Alex. For her age, I think she is quite mature and I don’t doubt the relationship although, there are many who do. 

Her characters are believable and well rounded. Her writing style is a little different and I find it easy to follow. I felt the heartache, love and angst of the characters. When I picked up this book after reading Blossom in Winter so long ago, I fell right back into the story line. She didn’t constantly remind you of the previous plot and who everyone was but, the author somehow made it so easy to remember everything and everyone. 

I can’t wait to continue the love story of Petra and Alex! I am a little jealous of Petra. I’ve fallen head over heals in love with Alex. Yum. What’s not to love? 

I received a copy of this book from the author for a fair and honest review. Thank you for the experience Melanie Martins! 

SYNOPSIS: “It’s a nasty kind of love. The kind you can’t escape from even if you want to.”

Petra should’ve known better. But her heart has always beaten for the one man that she can’t have: her beloved godfather, Alexander Van Dieren.

And despite the firm disapproval from her mother, the rising politician and activist, Tess Hagen, Petra is determined to take her life into her own hands and fight for him, no matter the price.

But she can only do so if Alexander will go just as far for her. So after waking up from her coma, she asked him one question. He gave her one answer. And from there, nothing will ever be the same…

This book is for mature audiences.

The Roommate by Kiersten Modglin ~ 5⭐

Genre: Domestic Suspense/Thriller ~ Releases: March 2, 2021

REVIEW: As you’ve probably figured out by now, Kiersten Modglin has quickly become my go to author for Thriller/Suspense novels. If you want to be scared, get your heart pounding and love sitting on the edge of your seat, you need to pick up any one of her books. I finished The Roommate last night and I can assure you it lives up to her reputation.

This book was a little different than the others I’ve read. It gave me a sense of impending doom from the beginning. The climax came at the end of the book. There were a few instances I felt the need to scream at Wes and shake his wife Addy. Then there was Elias. He was just creepy and I will never eat a Twizzler again without thinking of him. Trust me on this, you’re gonna have to read the book! Oh! Brody! Nevermind… read the book. 

I love all things Kiersten Modglin. She is prolific and you never have to wait long to get another fix. She never seems to write from a formula and all her books seem to be wildly different. She is a momma and a wife. Down to earth and lives for her books. She is awesome!  If you haven’t picked up one of her books yet, you better hurry up! What are you waiting for? 

I received a copy of this book from the author for a fair and honest review. Thank you! 

SYNOPSIS: He thought his life couldn’t get any worse…

Wesley Gates is down on his luck. 

He’s drowning in debt.

His demanding career isn’t letting up. 

And, to top it all off, after years of ignoring their failing marriage, his wife has had enough.

Heartbroken and in desperate need of a place to stay while he gives his wife the space she’s asked for, Wes is shocked when he runs into a familiar face from his past. As they catch up, Wes quickly learns his old classmate has an extra room and a non-existent social life. He can’t help feeling grateful to spend time with someone who remembers who he was during their glory days, long before his life fell apart. So, when Elias offers to rent out his spare bedroom, it seems like the answer to all Wes’s problems. Wes takes his old friend up on the offer without hesitation. 

Living with someone you barely know is better than living with a stranger… Isn’t it?

But soon, Wes realizes moving in with Elias may have been a mistake.

Between the wild mood swings, strange occurrences, and total disregard for his new roommate’s privacy, Wes begins to wonder if Elias will be his savior or his worst nightmare.

When his wife reveals devastating news that destroys the final bit of shaky ground Wes was standing on, his new roommate may be all he has left.

Maybe that’s what Elias wanted in the first place… 

Or maybe it’s all in Wes’s head.

Elias invited him in…

Will Wes ever be able to leave?

Too Good to Be True by Carola Lovering ~5⭐

Genre: Domestic Thriller ~ Releases: March 2, 2021

REVIEW: Have you ever had mixed feelings about a book, then about half way through fell in love with it and couldn’t put it down? That is what happened to me in Too Good to Be True by Carola Lovering. I will be recommending this book for a long time! 

I hated Burke Michaels, I loved Skye Starling and felt sorry for Heather Michaels. About halfway through my understanding of what I was reading suddenly changed. I don’t know how the author lead me to this realization because it was very subtle. She is a genius. I love a book that plays with my mind. There were so many subtle hints and twists along the way. Not only was I engrossed in the story, I was trying to figure everything out along the way. 

I love a good Thriller. Some of them smack you in the face with the twists and like I mentioned earlier, this one is very subtle. I really liked the love story. That was definitely a big plus. Her writing was so easy to follow. Her characters were down to earth and most of them were likable. See if you can find the character that I hated throughout the entire story. 

I received a copy of this book from the publisher and Netgalley for a fair and honest review. Thank you! 

SYNOPSIS: ONE LOVE STORY. TWO MARRIAGES. THREE VERSIONS OF THE TRUTH.

Too Good to Be True is an obsessive, addictive love story for fans of Lisa Jewell and The Wife Upstairs, from Carola Lovering, the beloved author of Tell Me Lies.

Skye Starling is overjoyed when her boyfriend, Burke Michaels, proposes after a whirlwind courtship. Though Skye seems to have the world at her fingertips—she’s smart, beautiful, and from a well-off family—she’s also battled crippling OCD ever since her mother’s death when she was eleven, and her romantic relationships have suffered as a result.

But now Burke—handsome, older, and more emotionally mature than any man she’s met before—says he wants her. Forever. Except, Burke isn’t who he claims to be. And interspersed letters to his therapist reveal the truth: he’s happily married, and using Skye for his own, deceptive ends.

In a third perspective, set thirty years earlier, a scrappy seventeen-year-old named Heather is determined to end things with Burke, a local bad boy, and make a better life for herself in New York City. But can her adolescent love stay firmly in her past—or will he find his way into her future?

On a collision course she doesn’t see coming, Skye throws herself into wedding planning, as Burke’s scheme grows ever more twisted. But of course, even the best laid plans can go astray. And just when you think you know where this story is going, you’ll discover that there’s more than one way to spin the truth.

Love at First by Kate Clayborn ~ 4⭐

REVIEW: I never get tired of getting lost in a great love story. Love At First by Kate Clayborn was one of those stories for me. I was immediately sucked in and happily went along for the ride. What a ride it was! 

I think every character in this book was in some way damaged by love. Either their parents couldn’t show them proper love or they were spoiled by the love they had and lost. There were many kinds of love. Love between family, friends and friends that became family. 

One of the main characters in the book is an apartment building with six apartments. One apartment was recently vacated when it’s owner died. One apartment was left to the owners granddaughter who spent many summers there. The other four apartments  have older inhabitants. They all have a love for their home that has brought them together as family. I loved the character and feel of the old building that plays a strong part in the story. 

If you’re like me and love family, generational love stories, I highly recommend this book. This is my first novel by Kate Clayborn and it certainly has me interested in reading more of her books. 

I received a copy of this book from the publisher and #Netgalley for a fair and honest review. Thank you!

SYNOPSIS: Sixteen years ago, a teenaged Will Sterling saw—or rather, heard—the girl of his dreams. Standing beneath an apartment building balcony, he shared a perfect moment with a lovely, warm-voiced stranger. It’s a memory that’s never faded, though he’s put so much of his past behind him. Now an unexpected inheritance has brought Will back to that same address, where he plans to offload his new property and get back to his regular life as an overworked doctor. Instead, he encounters a woman, two balconies above, who’s uncannily familiar . . .

No matter how surprised Nora Clarke is by her reaction to handsome, curious Will, or the whispered pre-dawn conversations they share, she won’t let his plans ruin her quirky, close-knit building. Bound by her loyalty to her adored grandmother, she sets out to foil his efforts with a little light sabotage. But beneath the surface of their feud is an undeniable connection. A balcony, a star-crossed couple, a fateful meeting—maybe it’s the kind of story that can’t work out in the end. Or maybe, it’s the perfect second chance . . .

Do No Harm by Christina McDonald ~ 5⭐

Genre: Crime and Psychological Thriller ~ Releases: February 16, 2021

REVIEW: Oh my Goodness! I have never been so glad to finish a book in my life. Do No Harm by Christina McDonald was the paramount of nail bitters. This book brought a heavy blanket of doom to my life. Even as I tried to go to sleep last night, I couldn’t get the feeling off my chest that something was wrong. 

Something was wrong alright! Everything was wrong. The doctor who took a hipocratic oath, married to a police detective gets involved in selling opioid prescriptions to fund the life saving treatment for her son with a rare cancer. How far would you go to save your child? The book raises that question in your mind. Honestly, I couldn’t think that far. I was so wrapped up in all the lies and cover up. There were times I had to take a break because my heart was racing, my mind was racing and I simply had to slow it all down. 

If you love a good Psychological Thriller, then this book is for you. I loved the first two books by Christina McDonald but, I have to say she has knocked this one out of the park. This was not only a home run it was a grand slam. You’ll be hearing the cheers for this novel. Take my word for it! 

I received a copy of this book from the publisher and Netgalley for a fair and honest review. Thank you! 

SYNOPSIS: From the USA TODAY bestselling author of Behind Every Lie and The Night Olivia Fell comes an unforgettable and heart-wrenching novel about the lengths one woman will go to save her son.

Emma loves her life. She’s the mother of a precocious kindergartener, married to her soulmate—a loyal and loving police detective—and has a rewarding career as a doctor at the local hospital.

But everything comes crashing down when her son, Josh, is diagnosed with a rare form of cancer.

Determined to save him, Emma makes the risky decision to sell opioids to fund the life-saving treatment he needs. But when somebody ends up dead, a lethal game of cat and mouse ensues, her own husband leading the chase. With her son’s life hanging in the balance, Emma is dragged into the dark world of drugs, lies, and murder. Will the truth catch up to her before she can save Josh?

A timely and moving exploration of a town gripped by the opioid epidemic, and featuring Christina McDonald’s signature “complex, emotionally intense” (Publishers Weekly) prose, Do No Harm examines whether the ends ever justify the means…even for a desperate mother.

Redemption by Wendy Million ~ 5⭐

Genre: Romantic Suspense ~ Released: February 1, 2021

REVIEW: Wendy Million has done it again! First came Retribution, then there was Resurrection and now comes Redemption. So far, there are three books in this series. I’m not sure if there are going to be more but, if there is, I’m in. These books are so good! 

When I first read Retribution, I wondered what I got myself into. Not my kind of book. I said I would review it so…I read it. I’m telling you, I wasn’t too far in and I was hooked. I gave it a 5 star rating. Then came Resurrection and I had to read it to see what was happening with the characters I was so drawn to. Another 5 star rating. I heard about Redemption and wrote to Wendy to make sure I was on her review team. I didn’t want to miss out on an opportunity to review her new book in the series. 

Finn Donaghey is the main character and his lady is Carys Van de Berg. She is one lucky woman. Finn is a bad boy and a hunk to boot. It has to be a great series to rope me in as far as I am. I never thought I would like books with the FBI, CIA and the PLA but I do! Give this series a chance. You might like it as much as I do. 

I received a copy of this book from the author for a fair and honest review. Thank you Wendy Million! 

SYNOPSIS: Finn Donaghey turned himself into the FBI to protect Carys Van de Berg, the love of his life. Now serving multiple life sentences, he can’t save her from the dangers lurking outside.

Carys won’t accept a life without Finn in it. While she plots to break him out of jail, other shadowy figures seek ways to take them down.

After Carys is injured in an explosion, Finn teams up with unlikely allies to hunt down the perpetrators.

In pursuing retribution, can he finally find redemption?

An Ordinary Life by Amanda Prowse ~ 5⭐

Genre: Historical WWII Fiction ~ Releases: February 9, 2021

REVIEW: An Ordinary Life by Amanda Prowse was a beautifully written book I didn’t want to end. I have read a few other books by her and enjoyed each one in it’s own way. This one had a whole different flavor for me.

The story starts out at the end of Molly’s life, goes back to her late teens and progresses back to the end. It was poignant, heartbreaking and deliciously satisfying. It is centered in England and partially takes place during World War II. I love Historical Fiction and this was a plus. Her characters were dealing with War on their home front, recovery after the war and difficulties in relationships during that time period. I loved Molly and her siblings they were warm and loved each other. I didn’t like her mother. Not one bit! 

Amanda Prowse always has something for us to look at in a new way in her books and An Ordinary Life was not different. Her books always draw me in, make me sympathize with the characters and give me a new understanding at the end. I don’t have to read a synopsis of her book too know if I want to read it. If it is written by Amanda Prowse, I want to read it! 

This book releases February 9, 2021. If you love Historical Fiction or family drama, I’m sure you’re gonna love this novel. 

I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher and Netgalley for a fair and honest review.

SYNOPSIS: From the bestselling author of The Girl in the Corner comes a tale of love, loss—and one last extraordinary dance.

Christmas Eve, 2019. Ninety-four-year-old Molly lies in her hospital bed. A stroke and a fall may have broken her body—but her mind is alive with memories.

London, 1940s. Molly is a bright young woman, determined to help the war effort and keep her head up despite it all. Life becomes brighter when she meets and falls in love with a man who makes her forget everything with one dance. But then war forces her to make an unforgettable sacrifice, and when she’s brought to her knees by a daring undercover mission with the French Resistance, only her sister knows the secret weighing heavily on Molly’s heart.

Now, lying in her hospital bed, Molly can’t escape the memories of what she lost all those years ago. But she is not as alone as she thinks.

Will she be able to find peace—and finally understand that what seemed to be an ordinary life was anything but?

To Forgive, Divine by Melissa Leedom ~ 5⭐

Genre: Contemporary Christian Romance ~ Released 2020

REVIEW: Heartwarming comes to mind when I think of the book written by Melissa Leedom named To Forgive, Divine. It is a story about Bonnie, a Christian woman who was widowed and left with two young boys. By the way, she has a good looking pastor who is also widowed. Can you guess where this is going?

I loved her characters! I think I’ve met every one of them at some time in my life. The most fun and aggravating is the nosey neighbor across the street from the pastor. Oh! Then there is the traveling salesman who happens to be married to the beautiful new woman in town. This story had me chuckling out loud at all the mishaps and missteps along the way.

There is a serious side to this novel. It is about learning to listen to God when he speaks to you and being his child and servant. I loved the witnessing and caring way of these characters. It made me remember that God put us here for each other. 

I really loved this book. It is a story of many different kinds of love. Valentines is just around the corner and this would be a great gift for your loved one or a treat for yourself. 

I received a copy of this book from the author for a fair and honest review. Thank you! 

SYNOPSIS: Bonnie Callaway: Since the accident that killed her husband two years ago, Bonnie’s had no room in her heart for new love. She certainly didn’t plan to fall for her also-widowed pastor!

Jeff Wells can’t wait to see Bonnie again. But nosy neighbor Clara Adkinson informs him that he isn’t the only man in Bonnie’s life! Who is this other guy?

As their story unfolds in To Forgive, Divine, close friends (and closer enemies!) realize that things aren’t always as they appear. Even when they discover the truth, feelings of betrayal and distrust seem to destroy any hope of rekindling the love Bonnie and Jeff had started to feel for each other.

Enter a young boy who desperately needs help that only Bonnie and Jeff can give him, an embittered young woman who learns about forgiveness from these two people who can’t seem to forgive each other, and an estranged couple who need just a little push from reluctant lovers Bonnie and Jeff to re-write their own ill-fated love story. Bonnie and Jeff can’t avoid seeing each other even when they try!

As Bonnie and Jeff watch lives transformed all around them by the love and forgiveness of Jesus, they must confront their own failure to forgive. How can they recommend Christian love to everyone else and deny it to each other?

When Robin’s Appear by Densie Webb ~ 5⭐

Genre: Women’s Fiction ~ Released October 20, 2020

REVIEW: Have you ever read a book you were drawn to and not sure why? When Robin’s Appear by Densie (not Denise) Webb was one of those books for me. I picked the book up yesterday and finished it before going to sleep. I honestly can’t tell you why my tablet stayed glued to my hands. This book had such a profound effect on my mood and feelings. This morning, I feel broken.

The story is kind of a typical story if you don’t look at it too deeply. About half of it was a love story between 17 year old Amanda and 20 year old Graham. The other half is her family life with her mom, Deb and her Dad, Richard. I fell in love with this beautiful family. There is so much heartache underneath the story and as I sit here I think of all the little hints along the way. The little things you don’t want to pay attention to because you want all the happiness. 

Densie has magic in her to be able to write a book this powerful. I look forward to reading more from her. This is her first Women’s Fiction novel which was released in October of 2020. I certainly hope she continues to write such moving stories. Do yourself a favor and pick up a copy of this book. It’s a safe bet you’ll love and appreciate it as much as I do. 

I received a copy of this book from the author for a fair and honest review. Thank you, Densie!

SYNOPSIS: With a lucrative freelance career and a loving family, Deborah Earle has a life many women would envy. But her daughter, Amanda, is heading to college soon, and Deborah worries about having an empty nest. She thinks another child might be the answer. Her husband, Richard, however, may not be willing to start over so late in life.

Amanda is excited about attending NYU next year, but she meets Graham, a handsome older boy, falls hard, and considers postponing her education to stay close to him. Her mother takes an instant dislike to Graham, but Amanda refuses to let her keep them apart.

As Deborah watches her daughter rush headlong toward heartache on an all-too-familiar path, the secrets lurking in Deborah’s past continue to echo in her present. When tragedy strikes, Deborah faces a future she could never have imagined.