The Rendezvous in Paris (The Blue Coat) is the first book in an intriguing new series that holds all the mysticism of time travel, romance that spans generations and historical details of World War II. Author of the award winning Out of Time Series, Belle Ami has crafted a well told story with an intricate plot and rich characters. When Rose loses her dear grandmother to cancer and is bequeathed all her worldly treasures, she has no idea about the true value of the possessions she inherits. A tattered coat doesn’t seem like much, but paired with a beautifully crafted heirloom, its energy is more than transforming. Taken in by a league of sisterly Holocaust survivors and friends of her belated grandmother, Rose is asked to assume the position her grandmother held in fighting anti-Semitism and a new rising world order. Though she doesn’t understand her role or the cryptic dreams that call her to take a stand, she can’t ignore what must be done. A mysterious stranger appears on her grandmother’s stoop on the first day of shiva, making a lasting impression on Rose and fueling her mother’s distrust. Though she hardly knows the handsome, young man that says he knew her grandmother, Rose is compelled to reach out to him when she needs help. A trip across the world will shed light on the past and the future, but will it be enough to stop the evil that targets the Jewish population and covers the world in a blanket of hate once more. If you enjoyed The Girl Who Loved Da Vinci or The Girl who loved Caravaggio, don’t miss this trip back in time to the siege against The Third Reich in The Blue Coat Saga. The Rendezvous in Paris is the first book in Belle Ami’s brave new series that captures the reader’s imagination and instills hope in humanity.
I bought this book as an audio for my book club. When I read the blurb, I thought, ugh! It sounded like one of my grandpa’s old westerns, and I thought I would be bored to tears, but I also read that Tom Hanks was due to play Captain Kidd’s part, and so away I listened…. I was intrigued from the very first paragraph as the history of Texas unfolded through the eyes of the older gentleman and war veteran, Captain Kidd. Traveling around from town to town reading the news, this old-timer was the equivalent of today’s social media. Picking and choosing newsworthy stories to tell the people from near and far, he brought more to the patrons than what news he read from the papers. Kidd was recognized as entertainment and enlightenment for rural populations, that were still trying to find their footing during a post civil war Texas. He read to people of all classes, and the fee was only a dime. After losing his print shop and taking to the road, he finds himself burdened with the task of helping a young ten-year-old girl return to her German family near San Antonio. The journey is long and the trials of their travels are many. I thought the description of the night sky, the Irish woman’s explanation of the girl’s psyche, and the way the captain assessed his role as a messenger in life are wonderful highlights in the book, showcasing the authors talents. Her ability to balance history, story and description of the landscape and it’s inhabitants was five star!
I first picked this series based on the beautiful cover and the reincarnation premise of the book. The profound historical aspect and the travel to exotic locations was a bonus for me. Alex and Angela share a love that transcends many lives and a passion for art that might be their Achilleas heal. Angela’s talents place her under the FBI’s radar when a Rembrandt painting goes missing, but Alex and his family are right by her side. The masterpiece is tied to one of Angela’s prior lives, but what role does Alex play in Rembrandt’s history? With a mystery to solve and a wedding to plan, they are again swept up in their timeless love affair. In book two, Angela predicts the theft of a valuable painting that belongs to Alex’s family friends. In the third book, the famous work is absconded to Mexico and is placed in the hands of a notorious drug lord. While Alex and Angela explore the history of Rembrandt’s stolen painting in Amsterdam, the thief is weaving his own past, present, and future in Mexico, but love always complicates things. Does he share a part of the provenance and has his deed to please his uncle opened up Pandora’s box? I appreciate the historical and descriptive details given by the author. The dedication she has to place the reader in the right environment to understand art history is an art in itself. With a splash of detail here and a snippet of description there, Belle Ami paints an exciting story, spinning just the right amount of facts to weave into the steamy plot. This book is romantic, mind-opening, and a great adventure to right the wrongs of the past. Don’t miss this riveting third book in Belle Ami’s Out of Time Series and learn how the future is tied to the past.

I was told I should read this book years ago, but somehow I never got around to it. I think it seems fitting that I should discover it now with Covid and heated politics at its height. The book is a little depressing, since it is about the oppression of women and freedom in society. It’s set in the future, which correlates with today. Toxic waste and other environmental and social variables have made men impotent and women barren. With the population declining and modern technology making things simpler to abscond freedom, Ofred finds herself as a Handmaid to a prominent couple, who can’t have children. Separated from her husband and child, since all first marriages are considered null and void, Ofred has few other choices under the new regime. Chilling and thought provoking, it’s a must read for the philosophical mind.

Belle Ami’s, Escape, Tip of the Spear Thriller Series is action packed, sexy, and will leave the reader thrilled that they picked it! I love that this author does her research. Steeped in political espionage that feels like the stuff of Tom Clancy, mixed with the heat and romance of her Out of Time Series, Belle Ami spins a tale deep in the Middle East that will have you sitting on the edge of your seat. Layla Wallace is an intelligent, young university student who fancies herself on the brink of first love. Ignoring her father’s warnings about the turbulent waters of the region, she finds herself swept away by her Middle Eastern young admirer to Dubai. Meeting his parents might feel important, but the opulence of the much-awaited trip leaves Layla feeling empty and flat. Because of her hosts wealth, Layla and her boyfriend are targeted and kidnapped by an Iranian faction to raise money. It’s only afterward that she is identified as the daughter of a renown nuclear scientist and professor, Aleck Wallace. Terrified and worried for her own safety as well as her boyfriend, she is horrified to find out that she’s been abandoned in an Iranian prison. Captured by one political group and then taken by a higher faction just before things come to the point of no return, Layla doesn’t know how to feel about her abductor and savior. Is she suffering from some sort of Stockholm syndrome, or is Cyrus Hassani more than he’s telling her? I have to say, I was taken in by the intrigue of the story and the careful plotting of the author. There is nothing left untold and the weaving of the many threads from beginning to end will make you want to hold on to your seat and enjoy another ride. The twist and turns make you think things are finished just when they start again. Pay close attention to the lead in to this book because it will surprise you in the final wrap. I love the chemistry of Layla and Cyrus. Starting book two in the series now!

Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine: A Novel

  This book was recommended by a friend who absolutely loved it. I loved Eleanor’s quirky character and elusive background. At first, I thought this was women’s fiction leaning toward romance, but really it’s a self discovery book. Though Eleanor is thirty, it’s a coming of age story set in Scotland. Due to the life experiences of this strong, no-nonsense young woman, she is driven to explore the boundaries of her inner confines. Without giving anything away, you will laugh, cry, relate in so many ways to the explorations of Eleanor (Some you probably wouldn’t share openly.) Checking the inspirational, heartfelt, and a great ‘day in the life of’ boxes, Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, is a perfect example of a good book. Wonderfully written and recorded, I loved listening to the audio.

  Level up brings college romance to an all new level. The characters are real the situations are steamy and there is a fun plot filled with teasing banter. Admittedly, I am not a gamer, but even so, this was a real page turner. Taking me back to the days of first love or infatuation. College exploration and learning how to level up is what it’s all about. Don’t miss this sexy series by Alexa Sommers.

Emerson Lane finds herself in a terrible storm with her life tossed to the wind. Her job situation at the university is on the rocks and returning home to Twin Creeks is bitter-sweet. At the tender age of sixteen, Emerson Lane was taken in by her Uncle Wayne when she lost both of her parents to a car wreck. She loved her dear mother’s brother, but back then, moving to the small town, on the heels of so much loss, wasn’t an easy transition. Hormones raging and grief stricken, Emerson was hell bent on running in all the wrong directions to find herself. Hitting on Uncle Wayne’s student, Justin Lomax (Max), seemed like a good idea at the time. Now, stuck out in the rain and having to walk the road to her uncle’s home, she feels like she is running away again. Greeted by a scared German Shepherd and the one and only, Sheriff Justin Lomax, Em hopes for the floor to open up and swallow her. Max rejected her affections seven years ago, and now he is acting like she has something to do with her uncle’s disappearance. Em tries to rein in her rattled emotions and focus on what’s in front of her, but Max is just as gorgeous as she remembers. Emerson stands tall as she finds herself in the middle of two storms, a literal one that makes her as nervous as her uncles’ German Shepard, Thor, and the figurative one that has her back in Max’s arms. Her uncle missing and leaving her to work closely with Max on the upcoming town celebration is more than just uncomfortable, it’s downright embarrassing. Max’s accusatory attitude, Uncle Wayne’s MIA status and her situation with her job puts her between a rock and a hard place. All she wants, more than anything, is to find her uncle and make up for the past. Will she ever find Wayne and will the tempest inside her turn into clear skies? Will Max finally see the woman she’s become? Don’t miss this intriguing mystery about love and finding the threads that weave together a small town, lost love and a promise for the future. Lainee Cole had me from the first page. Incredibly well-written and engaging, her characters were quick witted and likable. Storms of the Heart, is a quick read, packaged with love, mystery and a happy ending.

A great reincarnation story about pets for all reading ages. This story made me think about my nephew, who has his first beloved dog. Losing something you love is one of the hardest parts about living, but the gift of what love brings to our lives makes it all worth it. Miley, a feisty little Terrier, and Ebony, a black and tan dachshund will steal your heart as you learn about Annie and Stewart’s love for their small pets. Like most loving canines, they get into all kinds of mischief, but the final stroke of bad luck is a misfortune of grief and misery for the entire family. I loved the warmth of the story, the loving characters and the explanation of the gift of life. Because of my own beliefs in reincarnation and the stories I write, I was drawn to, The Dogs Who Came Back From Heaven. I wanted to see what path the author would take in explaining the exit and re-entrance to our lives. Helene Minto does an amazing job of weaving a warm tale full of heart and hope. Don’t miss the collection of quotes at the end of the book. There are many enlightening sources to discover on the subject. Well written and well received, I hope to see more life adventures from this author! ~ Minette L The Villa, by Rosanna Ley, is an engaging story about a single mom in England who inherits a villa in Sicily. Wrapped in the shrouded past of her mother’s familial history, Tess is intrigued by the prospect and possibilities in Italy. As the pages of her life flicker by, Tess finds herself questioning her choices for herself and her daughter. Unable to pry the past from her mother’s lips, she answers the solicitors request. In order to inherit the beautiful estate, she must see it in person, but the daunting trip is filled with trepidation of the unknown, a past that reveals itself in time and the power to open her heart. I listen to this book on Audible and loved the reader as much as the story. I will definitely read more of Ley’s books. A fabulously written and intricately woven tale.
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