Dear Jane, by Marissa Clarke

 

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Marissa Clarke’s, Dear Jane, is an off the chart humorous romance with enough heat to leave you fanning yourself. I actually read book two first and loved it so much, that I went back to read book one. This is a book that you need to clear your afternoon or evening for. I read it in two nights before bed. If I had picked it up during the daytime, I would have finished it in one sitting. I love the author’s humor and warm descriptions of her characters falling in love. The tone of the story is a mixture of, Ten Ways to Lose a Man and The Ugly Truth, two beautiful humorous romance movies that most women love. I look forward to reading all Clarke’s books!

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My First Murder, by Susan P. Baker

 

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Loved this first book in the Mavis Davis Mystery Series! Set in the hot, humid city of Houston, TX, newbie PI, Mavis, is approached by a concerned restaurant owner, Carl, who may have a crush driving his desire to know the truth about a murdered waitress. 

Mavis is quick to discover that things don’t add up in this supposed serial murder. Against all beliefs of the local authorities and warned to stay out of the investigation by everyone including her boyfriend, Ben, Mavis goes snooping and even breaks a few laws along the way. She needs cash to keep the agency’s doors open and pay her eccentric female staff., but money isn’t the only thing driving Mavis’ unorthodox snooping. She soon heads off to the Dallas area to find out what really happened to the victim, Doris and risks becoming a victim herself. 

Never a dull moment plenty of twist and turns, lots of suspects and a few moments of, “ Is this broad crazy!” Don’t miss this , Murder She Wrote , style Who-done-it!

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Liane Moriarty’s, Nine Perfect Strangers

 

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It’s no secret that since I read, The Husband’s Secret, Liane is one of my favorite authors. I am surprised to see anything less than five stars for her current novel. This is a great book! I listened to the audible, since I love the reader’s accent and my mom and I like to listen to books together in the car. It was original, dynamic, humorous and a bit surprising at the end. I love this author’s ability to turn out different stories with the same voice that I love. I think people that gave this less stars must be hard to please. Never a dull moment, Liane takes us on an emotional ride of what if, and would they really?

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Waterwight, by Laurel McHargue

 

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A fantasy world for children and adult readers alike. I think it’s a great tool to prepare youngsters for the unexpected in life. As humanity expands and life becomes more complicated, this adventure could be a future guide for youth. In this imaginative story about a young girl who can fly and talk to animals, there has been a devastating event. Destroying parts of the earth, most people and places, the event changes Celeste’s surroundings and gives powers to the earth’s leftover inhabitants. Celeste has a positive view on her long journey and dictates a lot of messages that are great for young people to hear. Themes like, not blaming yourself for bad things that happen and that are beyond your control, building friendships where they grow, helping who you can and being proud of what you are capable of accomplishing. It reminds me of a powerful Disney animation with strong and fun characters that save the day. Laurel McHargue teaches children and adults alike how to survive against surmountable odds.

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Storm Crossed, by Dani Harper

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This is my first book to read by this author. I actually listened to the Audible while driving or exercising. I loved the reader’s voice and ability to portray so many characters. I applaud the author’s ability to world build, develop interesting characters and keep the action going. Most of all I loved the way she showed Fox’s disability as a super power. I thought it would be all fantasy, but as Trahern takes up with the Wild Hunt, he finds himself on a different journey in the human world. Drawn to Lissy and her small, yet powerful son, Fox, Trahern makes a blood oath to protect them from harm. As beautiful as the fairy world seems, evil lurks in the fabric of both worlds. Uplifting and entertaining with lots of heartfelt romance. Women who love fantastic fantasy with romance will love Dani Harper.

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The Last Humans, by Steven M. Moore

 

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What would you do if it was the end of the world? Penny Castro is the unlucky lotto winner to survive the apocalypse. A bio terror attack on the US has gone wrong, and the attacker didn’t calculate the jet stream dumping toxins worldwide. Hazardous chemicals deployed by missiles lead civilization to a rapid demise. 

When Penelope Castro, ex-navy diver, goes underwater for the sheriff’s department, she has no clue everything will change when she surfaces. Picking through the puzzle of what has happened to the world is only part of the major challenges she will face. Food, water, shelter and cannibalism are some of her immediate obstacles .

I like this author’s website and newsletter, so I wanted to test out his latest novel. I am not a fan of doom and gloom and worried I would not enjoy this story.  After reading the sample, I had to download the book. Passages such as… “Spotted Mulholland drive. Remembered how it used to look like a string of pearls at night with traffic moving along it—white pearls anti-parallel with bright red rubies like some starlet’s million-dollar necklace.”

The authors depiction of a strong female character paired with the post apocalyptic California landscape gave a gritty sense of urgency to find out what caused the meltdown and how survivors could sustain the aftermath. 

I found Penny’s character unbreakable, at times cynical, yet believable. I found myself cheering for the under dog and wanting the Last Humans to find enough hope to survive. There is a hint of romance, intrigue, government conspiracy and inspiration for a new start. No spoilers here! You’ll Just have to read it for yourself. 

A thoughtful, expansive look into what could very well be our future. Don’t miss, The Last Humans.

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The Girl Who Loved Caravaggio, by Belle Ami

 

Belle Ami has done it again! I couldn’t say enough good about book one, but book two is a continuation of this intriguing story. Blending past, present and now future, Angela and Alex are on a new journey that is just as fascinating as the first.

Art history, time travel, romance and the ability to overcome fear are some of the high points of this second novel in the Out of Time Thriller Series. I loved the descriptions of Rome, Naples, Florence and the California West Coast. I have walked the cobbled streets of Italy and knew the writer had truly been there. Her breath taking descriptions of the landscape and the exotic food were just a few of the high points that engrossed me in this adventure.

I loved delving into the rich history of Caravaggio’s life of art, chivalry and the love of his mistress. Don’t miss the twists and turns that expose the inner core of Alex and Angela’s eternal love in the hunt of another famous masterpiece.

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Check out Yvonne Rediger’s newest release!

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Charlotte “Lottie” Fistbinder is cocky on the outside and guilt ridden on the inside. With the changes in the hierarchy of the Vancouver Island Clan, her shapeshifter alpha promoted her to head of security, and now the safety of the entire pack is on her shoulders. Trouble is, she’s not sure she’s fit for the job. She worked alongside a whacko and never knew it until it was almost too late. What other serious threat is she missing? So, she’s thrilled when her alpha brings in help to train her and the security team…or is she?

Zavier Koering is intrigued by Charlotte the moment he sees her file picture. Meeting her for the first time at night in the woods, and in the flesh, is everything he’s hoped for. Especially their first kiss. She’s beautiful, feisty, and gives him as good as she gets. But he has a job to do before he can get her between the sheets. Then her pack is threatened, and all hell breaks loose.

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Werewolf Nights, by Mari Hamill

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Who knew love could be so hairy! This is a fun, love story filled with plenty of curious events, twists and turns. True love is never forgotten. Hardworking bakery owner, Catherine, finds herself caught up in several fascinating love affairs after a long stint alone as a widower. She takes one for team Wereville, giving up her day job to become a local Hollywood film’s leading lady. Punchy, mysterious and entertaining, Werewolf Nights has a fresh bite on romance.

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The Lost Kitchen, by Miriam Green

 

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The Lost Kitchen is a book of recipes, poems, and a heartfelt story of a woman working through the pains of losing her mother to Alzheimer’s. I didn’t know what I would think about the layout of this very different book, but it flows incredibly well. Mixing all the ingredients of the three subjects together, the author bakes up the perfect complex map of what it’s like to be with an individual battling Alzheimer’s. Miriam’s love and respect for her family is immense, and she tells the reader just how to weather the storm of loss, savoring the days for what they are.

 If you know someone, or have a loved one who has this illness, you will identify with Miriam’s plight. I lost a loved one to Alzheimer’s. This book touched my heart, made me laugh, cry and contemplate the meaning of each poem. (Frog in My Throat is one of my favorites.)I am not a huge fan of poetry, but I loved these funny, heartfelt, meandering sentiments that truly described the confusion and frustration of all given parties. I even bought another copy of the book for my sister in-law as a gift. I found it very therapeutic and inspiring to read.

With scrumptious recipes that have awakened my desire to try new things, Miriam Green makes things seem simple. Warm and inviting Cauliflower soup, Bubalehs, to peanut butter-chocolate cake, she shares recipes from across the Atlantic while describing her exotic location in Israel. I’m not Jewish but found her explanation of the food and culture interesting. The book is filled with enticing chapters of food, family, and  how her faith related to cooking. With humor and strength, Miriam shares the warm memories of her family together, in the kitchen of their past and present.

With respect, dignity and love, Miriam Green’s book is inspiring, humbling and teaches that we are all humans with the same essential needs. Savor the moment you are in and find a place in your heart to remember with love.

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