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Low Country Hero by Lee Tobin McClain

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Low Country Hero by Lee Tobin McClain comes out later this month.  The author is new to me, although a quick look at her blog page show a number of series prior to this one.  I enjoyed the storyline, characters and the warmth of the area. (Not just because it is cold here!) Lee Tobin McClain novel also includes spousal abuse, not an easy subject to add into a novel.  

Sean O’Dwyer and his brothers, Liam and Cash were left in Safe Haven by their mother and suspicious circumstances.  The town helped each of them find a home and helped them grow into the men they are. Low Country Hero focuses on Sean O’Dwyer, a contractor, who has come home to Safe Haven to work on some cabins by the sea.  He’s hoping that being home and having family around him will help him.

Anna George with her five year old twins, Hayley and Hope are running away. Anna’s ‘husband’ was an abuser and Anna knew she had to leave. She chose to drive from Montana to Safe Haven, South Carolina, specifically to a set of cabins by the sea that she remembers from a childhood vacation.  Anna found the cabin’s closed and managed to pry open a window and planned to camp out there until she found another solution. 

Sean found her there and went to check out the unknown cause of lights.  Pepper Spray was a part of their first meeting. He lets her stay and after seeing the twins and beginning to understand she was hiding, let her stay and gave her a job.  

Sean and Anna spark and things get interesting….and then ‘he’ shows up.   Other things are happening in the small town and old secrets might be coming closer to being solved.  I enjoyed the book and look forward to more stories in this series. Low Country Hero by Lee Tobin McClain is a great read.

Thanks Harlequin for the great read.

Window on the Bay by Debbie Macomber

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Window on the Bay is a new stand alone novel by Debbie Macomber.  The book according to all the blurbs is about Jenna Boltz and her life now she has an empty nest.  However, I would state the the book is also about her best friend Maureen and how she also is moving on.  The chapters often went back and forth between Jenna and Maureen. Each story was well written about the two best friends.  

Originally Maureen and Jenna were college roommates and had planned a trip to Paris. However life got in the way.  Both were married, had children, found careers and rebuilt their lives after divorces. It is after all this that the story starts.  Jenna’s mother fell and broke her hip. She is operated on by Dr. Rowan Lancaster, who has a thing for Jenna. Jenna and Rowan begin to move tentatively forward.

Meanwhile Maureen, a librarian, has a customer come in every week to get a new book.  He always wants her to choose the book he reads and often stops and talks about the books.  Logan is a plumber and as far away from Maureen’s usual type as possible, yet they both feel attracted to each other.

Window on the Bay is so named after Jenna’s view from her house. I liked the stories of beginning again.  I liked how both women needed to rethink their position and sought out each other and their daughters to help them.  I didn’t like how Jenna and Maureen reacted to some situations, but if they were written that way so we could see imperfect character, it was effective.  I was disappointed that the men did not seem to have similar growth experiences. Despite that I enjoyed the story. Window on the Bay by Debbie Macomber was a good read. 

Rogue Most Wanted by Janna MacGregor

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Rogue Most Wanted by Janna MacGregor is the fifth book in the Cavensham Heiress Series.  In each book we find interesting female leads with sometimes rather bold ideas for the times and the men who fall totally in love with the women despite their efforts.  In this particular novel, Lady Theodora Worth needs to marry but after being raised away from the ton and appropriate society’s activities she is unprepared. Her nearest neighbor would love to help her prepare to enter society as a lady to help her marry, but she would prefer her to marry Lord William Cavensham (the nearest neighbor’s nephew and heir).   What a tangled web that turns out to be…


Lady Theodora Worth wants to be married, but also wants to make sure she does not lose her home.  She needs help to save her property and a husband. Lord William Cavensham does not want to love anyone!  He learned his lesson years ago and will not be drawn into that again. The story is a lark to read. I love how both agree that they shouldn’t wed, but they can’t stay away from each other.  Rogue Most Wanted by Janna MacGregor was a fun romantic read!



Kassie's Cowboy by Lindsay McKenna

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Kassie’s Cowboy is a novella from Lindsay McKenna’s series Wind River Valley.  The book takes the owner of the popular eatery from Wind River, Kassie. As she was driving back from a funeral, she spun out and hit her head as a blizzard was coming in.  Luckily, Travis Grant saw lights flicking from his house and went out to investigate. Kassie and Travis have always had strong feelings for each other. Now they are stuck in Travis’s house until the blizzard passes.

Kassie and Travis are a fun couple.  Lindsay McKenna writes about veterans who struggle with PTSD. Her ability to give information intertwined within the romance is unparallelled.  Kassie’s Cowboy is a fun, short read.


The Summer of Sunshine and Margot by Susan Mallery

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The Summer of Sunshine and Margot by Susan Mallery was another great read.  Sunshine and Margot are fraternal twins. They are each other’s support, go-to, and family. The writing made me believe in them and hope for the best.  

Margot is in an unusual business - she is an etiquette coach.  She has been hired to help an aging movie star become more familiar with the diplomatic needs of her soon to be husband.  As a client Bianca is a wildcard; always unpredictable with the ability to be totally shocking. Margot is expected to live with Margot in her son, Alec’s huge mansion (that used to be a monastery). 

Declan, Connor and live-in nanny Sunshine are a good match.  Sunshine has always been the wild girl, drop everything, leave in a moment girl, but is trying to change her ways.  She is beginning to take college classes and is committed to staying with Connor. She is determined to begin a new turn in her life.

Susan Mallery is one of my always read authors.  Her books show the characters with a depth of emotion and personality that others do not.  I felt attached to both Margot and Sunshine and wanted to cheer for each of them. I loved the leading men Declan and Alec.  Both men are thoughtful and scarred. Margot and Sunshine are as well, so you know they are going to have to work their way through those scars.  The Summer of Sunshine and Margot by Susan Mallery was a good read.


Barefoot Beach by Debbie Mason

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Barefoot Beach by Debbie Mason was a new author and series for me.  I enjoyed the book and while I had not read any of the previous books, I did not find the story was difficult to follow.  

Theia Lawson, a former navy pilot and current small plane pilot is in Harmony Harbor on a secret mission for a friend.  She is determined to help her friend to buy up stock in the Greystone Manor with a future goal to tear up the old manor and replace it with new modern condos.  She does have mixed feelings about that, but is motivated by money that she feels she needs to pay off a secret debt. Theia is a mixed character, well developed but easily swayed by her feelings about the family of Greystone Manor.  

She meets Firefighter Marco DiRossi when he comes to save her from the fire on her plane.  Too bad the intelligence on the fire was off and he didn’t need to come in with hoses spewing water.  Marco is trying to stay clear of the marriage mart, but there are too many older characters who are pusing Marco into someone’s arms. Theia has a secret and Marco is falling for her, as she is for him, but you know how secrets just cause issues.

The story also includes an old ghost, a black cat who is a familiar to the ghost and various other hijinks including a serious bad guy.  The story does wind up to an exciting ending.

Barefoot Beach by Debbie Mason was a good read.

To Tame A Wild Lady by Ashlyn Macnamara

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To Tame A Wild Lady by Ashlyn Macnamara is a wild ride.  A proper lady and an improper estate agent.  A woman mad for horses and riding with no desire to be wed.  A bastard with no family, but an upbringing allowing him to make a living.  She wants to ride and hunt and he needs to sow and harvest the fields. Together they are fire, when in reality they should be servant and lady. Together they solve a couple of puzzles and set fire to their love.  Lady Caroline Wilde and Adrian Crosby… To bad they can’t be together.

Sold on a Monday by Kristina McMorris

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Sold on a Monday by Kristina McMorris was a thoughtful novel about the unexpected consequences of a photo.  The idea of selling children is the abhorrent event that starts off a series of events that are chilling and fascinating, sometimes in the same breath.  The story holds your attention even when you are hoping truly that the series of events are not accurate (but they are). One of the other themes that is prevalent is that of guilt for what happened even though no guilt should be applied.  

Ellis Reed snaps a photograph of two boys next to sign - 2 children for sale.  The photograph was never meant to be part of a story, but Lily Palmer found the photo and that starts a series of events.  Lily and Ellis are thrown together while working through the situation and their secrets come out. Ellis is marred by the outcome of the photo despite the situation.  Lily is marred by the children being given up by the mother. And then we start hearing about what happens to children who are sold. The story really grips at the heart of the reader.

Sold on a Monday by Kristina McMorris was a good read.  

The First Kiss of Spring by Emily March

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Emily March is a new author for me, so reading one of her books from the middle of her series was a bold adventure.  The First Kiss of Spring was a lovely read.  There was angst, heat, love, secrets and a town full of family.  What more could you ask for?  For Caitlin, a long term relationship ending in marriage and children. For Josh Tarkington, friends (maybe with benefits) but NO long term commitments...ever!

Caitlin has decided that her life needs to change!  She want to live in a small town working with children.  She wants a long term relationship called marriage and children.  So it is time to change.  However, it is hard to change when your family is questioning your wisdom or your choices, especially the choice of Josh…

Josh has started over again.  He thinks he is the original bad luck person of all time. He does not want to love again - it hurts too much! He just wants his garage, his little house and the small town where no one knows his background and maybe more time with Caitlin, but not love…=

Surprises and secrets are the reality in a relationship where everyone does not share the truth. Caitlin hates that.  Josh needs to save her but pushing her away…  The First Kiss of Spring by Emily March is a good read!


The Holiday Cottage by the Sea by Holly Martin

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The Holiday Cottage by the Sea by Holly Martin was a contemporary fun read with some humor and some heat. The setting is a small town in the southwestern corner of England.  The small oceanside town is one of the few places where heart berries are grown.

Tori Graham is on vacation at Blossom Cottage in Sandcastle Bay.  The vacation is badly needed and in exchange for staying at Blossom Cottage she is going to help work on a berry farm picking heartberries. She chose this place as her best friend Melody lives there and it has been too long since they have spent time together.   

The owner of the cottage is Aidan Jackson, one HOT farmer.  He is the person she is going to be working for and according to his elderly aunt, marry and have five children with.  The cottage comes with some curious features like a dog who comes with the cottage.

I enjoyed the reading this book.  I loved the entrance that Tori made coming into town…it made me giggle.  I saw the dilemma with starting a relationship when worrying about the future.  The townspeople were characters and I enjoyed spending time with them.

The Holiday Cottage by the Sea by Holly Martin was a good read filled with humor and heat!


There's Something About Sweetie by Sandhya Menon

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There’s Something About Sweetie by Sandhya Menon is a YA book about two people who were matched by their parents - kind of.  It is the second book in the series called Dimple and Rishi #2 but can be read as a stand alone. The story is about two Indian - American young adults and their relationship.

Sweetie’s mother did not want Sweetie matched, she thought that nobody would date her daughter as she was too fat.  Ashish’s mother did not see the problem and stated so. Luckily, Sweetie took matters in her own hands and contact Ashish herself.  From there the story takes off.  

There’s Something About Sweetie was an interesting book.  I learned more about the Indian - American culture as well as met two interesting main characters.  I enjoyed reading There’s Something About Sweetie by Sandhya Menon.


All Things New by Lauren Miller

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All Things New by Lauren Miller was a good read!  The main character, Jessa was really good at presenting an image to the world, she thought.  But inside she was a mass of anxiety with panic attacks that were barely in control.  She struggled everyday and found her relationship with Wren, her boyfriend, a saving grace.  Left to live with her mother and her mother’s new husband and their twins Jessa didn’t feel like she belonged except with Wren.  

Until Jessa found out he was cheating on her and others knew about it.  Until Jessa was in a horrible car accident and her world imploded.  Now Jessa has a new chance to start again, living with her dad and going to a new school.  No one has to know about the panic attacks - and the other problems brought on by her head injury. RIght?

I enjoyed this book.  I like how some things were interwoven so seamlessly within the story.  Jessa’s dad’s patience with her was another element that I liked.  Jessa and her friends were well drawn characters and I felt the story was well done.  I feel the book was mislabeled and should be labeled as Christian as well as Young Adult and Contemporary.  I enjoyed reading the book and hope others who read this learn how debilitating panic attacks can be.  


The Summer Guests by Mary Alice Monroe

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The Summer Guests by Mary Alice Monroe was a departure from her usual stories.  Not the power of the story or the characters, but a new setting in the hills of North Carolina.  The story also deviates from the turtles and dolphins to horses and dogs. I found the change interesting even though I am not a horse person.  

Grace and Charles Phillips have a huge horse farm and when they recognize a huge, potentially devastating hurricane is on the way, they invite several people to their farm with their horses to help keep them safe from the hurricane.  Some of group do not really know each other well while others have been friends forever. As each set of visitors appears with various animals and needs the situations change, with the movement of the horses and people. It is interesting as more information about each person is revealed that we find out more and more about them, we also begin to see the changes that they cause each other.  

I learned about jumping and dressage, events I knew about, but not a lot about.  I enjoyed reading about the horses and love how they were incorporated as if they were characters within the story.  What I didn’t like was the quick bites from characters from the beach, as much as I enjoy them, I didn’t feel they were needed to help carry the story over to the new setting.  

The Summer Guests by Mary Alice Monroe, was a good read. 

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10.06 | 12:03

The news Jacquelyn Winespear is on my summer reading list.
Looking forward to another Maise Dobbs

24.12 | 00:28

Always look forward to your weekly blog, Marti ... safe travels this week. Merry Christmas!

01.10 | 16:20

Happy Birthday! I remember when book club started when you turned 50. OMG! 100% agree with political status. So disappointing. Happy Foliage!

27.05 | 23:23

Outraged, too! It is just getting coverage. This government is shameful under this leadership.

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