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Low Country Christmas by Lee Tobin McClain

Low Country Christmas by Lee Tobin McClain🙂🙂👍👍

Low Country Christmas by Lee Tobin McClain is the third book in the Safe Haven series.  The novels are about the O’Dwyer Brothers.  The novels are written around the O’Dwyer brothers and their finding their loves.  There is also another storyline about how the brothers finally meet their mother, who was taken from them when the are young.  


Cash O’Dwyer is the last of the unattached brothers.  He feels he is not capable of relationships like his brothers.  Holly Gibson is raising her niece quite unexpectedly. She is searching for help from her niece’s biological father, but Cash does not know about his daughter.  Holly has learned not to rely on anyone and Cash is constantly trying to understand Holly’s stubbornness about her need for work.  


This story takes place around the holidays and the spirit of the holidays is part of the charm of the book.  I enjoyed reading this novel about Cash and Holly, despite their lack of communication about their feelings and desires.  Low Country Christmas by Lee Tobin McClain was a good read.


Low Country Dreams by Lee Tobin McClain

Low Country Dreams by Lee Tobin McClain 🙂🙂👍👍

Low Country Dreams by Lee Tobin McClain is the second book in the Safe Haven series.  The novels are about the Dwyer Brothers. This book focuses on Liam O’Dwyer and Yasmin Tanner.  Liam is a police officer in the town of Safe Haven.  He was in a relationship with Yasmin that ended. He was working the night shift and in line to be considered for the next chief, but something has happened to change that.  Lastly his landlord has demanded he find a new place to live as his puppy is larger that what the landlord has deemed acceptable. A woman has determined that he is her son and there is the murder in town that he is not allowed to solve. 

Yasmin runs the Safe Haven’s women’s center in town.  She is concerned about money as the center is running in the red.  She is concerned about her brother and his medical needs. Her mother was unable to handle him, so Yasmin had to take over.  Yasmin has taken in Rocky, a teenager seemingly abandoned by his mother. To top it off Yasmin is concerned that her brother and Rocky know something about the murder of an unknown person found in the water nearby.  

All this angst means that both Liam and Yasmin need to find common ground.  Their worries and responsibilities are interwoven if they can just allow each other to help the other.  Low Country Dreams by Lee Tobin McClain is a good read.  

Low Country Hero by Lee Tobin McClain

Low Country Hero by Lee Tobin McClain 🙂🙂❤❤👍👍

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

Window on the Bay by Debbie Macomber🙂🙂❤❤👍👍

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

Rogue Most Wanted by Janna MacGregor🙂🙂❤❤👍👍

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!



The Merry Viscount by Sally MacKenzie

The Merry Viscount by Sally MacKenzie🙂🙂👍👍

The Merry Viscount by Sally MacKenzie is a romance story set around Christmas.  The author has brought back Miss Caroline Anderson a character from earlier books from Puddledon Manor’s Benevolent Home.  Caroline is the brewer of Widow’s Brew a type of ale.  It is their hope that selling the ale to more places will increase the monies available at Puddledon Manor’s Benevolent Home.  After all, it will allow them to help save more women from being out on the street with babies.  The problems with Caroline’s adventure were many. The owner of the bar tried to take advantage of her. It is the Christmas season and the snow is coming down hard. The coach she is riding in is full of people, there is a young mother has a crying baby and the coach is in the ditch.  Caroline braves the weather and walks up the driveway to the nearest house.

Viscount Oakland, aka Nick owned that house.  He was having a Christmas party, with some interesting characters when Caroline shows up.  They immediately offer to help the people on the coach - and that is when things become even more interesting.  There is a history between Caroline and Nick. They know each other. Then other complications happen…

I enjoyed the story and how the people interacted with each other.  Caroline and Nick’s romance was not a surprise, but enjoyable. The Merry Viscount by Sally MacKenzie was a fun read. 

Kassie's Cowboy by Lindsay McKenna

Kassie's Cowboy by Lindsay McKenna🙂🙂❤❤👍👍

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.


A Fire Sparkling by Julianne MacLean

A Fire Sparkling by Julianne MacLean🙂🙂❤❤👍👍

A Fire Sparkling by Julianne MacLean was a story within a story type of book.  While part of the story revealed was during WWII, the rest was during present day.  Gillian thought she had it all, a great job and boyfriend, until she came across him with someone else.  She left and showed up at her family’s house where her dad and grandmother lived in Connecticut. That’s when her father dropped a surprise on her too - pictures of her grandmother and a Nazi during 1939.  Her grandmother shared the information about the picture, which rearranged her narrative of her life. Between the two surprises Gillian realizes that she needs lots of answers to figure out her life. She goes searching for them.

Stories like this either can be great or horrid.  In this case I totally bought into the storyline and wanted to know answers to the questions I had!  Gillian finds some answers and more questions. I love how she was able to reframe her fears and consider the various aspects of the story.  I think the story had some powerful moments that made the book a worthwhile read. Coming to grips with yourself and your past is not always easy.  

A Fire Sparkling by Julianne MacLean invites us to be amazed by the stories of bravery from WWII and how precious life really is.  The story was a good read with lots of poignancy.


Meant to be Your by Susan Mallery

Meant to be Yours by Susan Mallery🙂🙂👍👍 

Meant to be Yours by Susan Mallery was a great read today.  The book is a happy (after all it is from happily inc) light read romance.  The storyline includes Renee and Jasper. Renee is a wedding planner at Out of the Box and Jasper is a writer.  

Renee is relatively happy with her life.  She is so wonderfully detailed orientated and is able to pull off even the most difficult wedding.  However, her own life is more ho hum. On Monday night, she meets Jasper at the board games. She and Jasper hit it off.  Both feel they are damaged souls and will not commit to anything more than friends with benefits. Jasper survived his military experience but has PTSD and Renee struggled with - her mother’s extraordinary gift of hearing animals.  

The storyline sounds like an unlikely mixing of people and stories, so I wasn’t sure the storyline would work out - but Susan Mallery pulls off a fun, can’t put it down book!  Meant to be Yours by Susan Mallery was a great read.


The Conspiracy by Kat Martin

The Conspiracy by Kat Martin🙂🙂❤❤👍👍

The Conspiracy by Kat Martin is a thriller of a read.  The fact there is a love story within the plot line just makes the book better.  This is going to be the first novel of a new series about the business called Maximum Security.  Chase Garrett is in the business of finding, helping and protecting people, even under unusual circumstances.  It doesn’t hurt that the business is full of hot men. Kat Martin introduced the series in a couple of different novellas before this book came out.


Chase Garrett is approached by Harper Winston to help find her brother, Michael.  Michael left on a sailboat to sail the Carribean, island hopping and enjoying himself.  He promised to contact his sister every couple of days, which he did at first - but now it had been several days and Harper is scared.  From this beginning, the story takes off with Chase and Harper searching for Michael. The search takes them into a hostile country, car chases, guns blazing and the obligatory FBI agents and lots of bad guys.  


I enjoyed the book and found the book exciting enough that I did not want to put it down until I had completed the novel.  It was a roller coaster ride, especially with every person having a different stake in the situation. I liked Chase and his “men” and liked Harper’s role and determination. The Conspiracy by Kat Martin was a good read.

Christmas in Harmony Harbor by Debbie Mason

Christmas in Harmony Harbor by Debbie Mason🙂🙂👍👍

Christmas in Harmony Harbor by Debbie Mason is a wonderfully positive and hopeful Christmas novel.  In Harmony Harbor, once again the Gallaghers are under siege by Emily Elliot via her grandson, Caine Elliot.  Caine has come to Harmony Harbor to close down Holiday House and then to take over the Galagher’s Mansion. A few things stand in his way, like Evangeline Christmas and three holiday wishes to resolve.  Then there is the pressure from his grandmother and cousin.  

The story is well written and thoughtful.  The novel is the ninth book in the series called Harmony Harbor.  It can be read as a stand alone and as a wonderful Christmas story.  Christmas is a wonderful time of the year for the setting. It is going to take the town to help save both Caine and the Gallagher Family.  Christmas in Harmony Harbor by Debbie Mason is a fun read.

Sold on a Monday by Kristina McMorris

Sold on a Monday by Kristina McMorris 🙂🙂❤❤👍👍

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.  

There's Something About Sweetie by Sandhya Menon

There's Something About Sweetie by Sandhya Menon🙂🙂❤👍👍

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.


The Yankee Widow by Linda Lael Miller

The Yankee Widow by Linda Lael Miller🙂🙂❤❤👍👍

The Yankee Widow by Linda Lael Miller was awesome.  The book looked at the choices and strength of Caroline during the Civil War.  From tracking down her husband, keeping the farm going, saving her family and finding her own power.  The story was poignant, nuanced and held the power to move the reader to tears more than once.  


The Civil War was a horrid time during our history.  Family fighting family. Both struggling to save home and family while soldiers struggle to survive the carnage and butchery of the battles.  Into this background comes Caroline, a young wife of a Yankee soldier. She struggles to raise their young child and maintain the farm. Even when overrun during the battle of Gettysburg, she continued to work fearlessly to save the farm and her family.  Caroline was a woman who struggled emotionally with the war and the people, but maintained a strong facade in the most difficult of situations.  


I loved the flow of the book, even when I wanted Caroline to move forward and stop stalling.  I loved meeting both Bridger and Rogan. Their convictions and devotion to each other and their cause was well written.  The Yankee Widow by Linda Lael Miller was a wonderfully written piece of historical fiction with quality characters and a well developed plot line.


The Taming of Lord Scrooge by Renee Ann Miller

The Taming of Lord Scrooge by Renee Ann Miller🙂🙂👍👍

The Taming of Lord Scrooge by Renee Ann Miller is a novella about refinding a lost love.  Julien Caruthers, the Earl of Dartmore has been forced to “Christmas” with his family and every debutante from the season this year.  He is horrified, but knows he has to stick it out, but he can at least go for a horse ride. Too bad he didn’t plan on what happened while riding.  When he comes to, he realizes that he is not at home and in the home of one tenant. 


Evangeline Breckenridge is horrified when she realizes that the man that passed out on her doorstep was Julien Caruthers, her sweetheart from the past.  He disappeared and she married another, had a child and was widowed. To top it all off, she has been writing him scathing letters about how much he has taken away from his tenants.   


Who knows what will happen with Julien Caruthers and Evangeline Breckenridge snowed in for a few days before Christmas.  The Taming of Lord Scrooge by Renee Ann Miller is a hot, fun, Christmas Novella.


The Summer Guests by Mary Alice Monroe

The Summer Guests by Mary Alice Monroe🙂🙂❤❤👍👍

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. 

Seven Letters by J P Monninger

Seven Letters by J P Monninger🙂🙂👍👍

Some books take you on a slow journey into the life of a novel.  The book becomes the lifeline for you to read despite the highs and lows of the story, and the actions of the characters.  Seven Letters by J P Monninger is such a book. A book that brings you to the heart of the characters, allowing you to join their journey.  

Kate Moreton teaches at Dartmouth College.  She is presently working on her research into the Blasket Islands where her family once came from.  It is while in Ireland doing her research, she meets Ozzie Ferriter, a fisherman. Both fall into the relationship and into love with each other.  Until his demons and her fear run into each other.

I loved the characters of Kate and Ozzie, with their flaws and foibles.  Thinking that they were able to live on an island of their love without recognizing each person is much more complex. The book did not grab me right away and I needed to give it a bit of time.  I love how the Irish legends and poetry are woven within the story. I think this story, while not my traditional love story, is such a powerful and beautiful story. Seven Letters by J P Monninger is a fabulous book.  


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25.11 | 11:05

Much media suggest teachers teach only subjects, but really: "... our job as teachers to help her learn to read, understand and think critically on her own."

29.08 | 02:19

I love reading. I will start reading Rough Ride by Kristen Ashley after my and hope it would be interesting.

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!

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