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The Cowboy's Daughter by Jamie K Schmidt

The Cowboy's Daughter by Jamie K Schmidt🙂🙂❤❤👍👍

The Cowboy’s Daughter is the first book in a series called Three Sisters Ranch by Jamie K Schmidt.  The book set on a ranch in Texas called Three Sisters Ranch. The father has sent a message to all three of his daughters telling him he is going to lose the ranch and they need to come home.  Kelly left home five years ago when her father threw her out of the house for being pregnant and not sharing the father’s name.

Kelly is living in NYC with her daughter Alissa and her aunt.  She comes rushing back to the ranch with a plan to help save it with a new business, only to find Trent Campbell has rented part of the ranch for his training business.  He was Kelly’s infamous one night stand that produced her darling daughter Alissa. Too bad he doesn’t care (or so she thinks), because she can still feel the sparks. Trent has had a very serious accident since he was with Kelly that has taken him years to heal and now he is ready to start a new business.

The story is a simple love story with some hot scenes.  Everything seems to move too quickly, as it does with a number of books like this.  The father of Kelly seems to be a rather nasty creature who seems to be deliberately cruel and I suspect is hiding a some secret.  

I enjoyed the story and will look for the next books in the series.  The Cowboy’s Daughter by Jamie K Schmidt was a good read.

Someone Knows by Lisa Scottoline

Someone Knows by Lisa Scottoline🙂🙂❤❤👍👍😲

Lisa Scottoline has done it again!  She has written a kick butt book that kept me on the edge of my seat.  OH MY. Someone Knows is a novel that makes you realize how many parts there are to everyday life - especially when there are secrets involved!

Allie was suffering.  Her life was stuck on something that happened twenty years ago.  She has never been able to move beyond that day. The four of them in the woods until another joined them, a stupid game and suddenly life has changed. Each of them living with the consequences, but someone knows…

Great book.  Great ending…  Someone Knows by Lisa Scottoline. 

Wyoming Special Delivery by Melissa Senate

Wyoming Special Delivery by Melissa Senate is the second book in the Dawson Family Ranch series.  I have to admit, I have not read the first book in the series, but now that I have read this novel, I have bought the previous novel.  

Daisy Dawson has had a busy day and to top it off, she is in labor beside a rural road and does not have a phone to call for help.  Luckily a passerby, stops to help her.  He calls for help, but ends up delivering her baby.  He is Harrison McCord, a man Daisy has yet to meet even though he is staying at her family’s ranch Dawson Family Guest Ranch.  Even more upsetting, when Daisy finds out, he believes that he owns her family’s guest ranch.  

I enjoyed the story and found myself wanting to know what happens to the rest of the family.  Luckily this is a series and I will find out - when the next books - come out.  Wyoming Special Delivery by Melissa Senate was a good read. 

Almost Just Friends by Jill Shalvis

Almost Just Friends by Jill Shalvis🙂🙂👍👍

Almost Just Friends by Jill Shalvis was a great read.  The book made me laugh and cry, sometimes at the same time. As always, the story included characters that you would like to know and be friends with.  The book is part of the Wildstone Series, but certainly can be read as a standalone novel. The book should come with a warning - difficult to put down! 

 

Piper Manning has had a hard life with lots of knocks.  She was left with her two siblings to raise when she was young.  It was hard for all of them, but they persevered. Piper finally thinks she is ready to do what she wants now and that is to go to school to become a PA.  Only her siblings suddenly show back up and things are in flux. And there are secrets.

 

Camden Reid is the man she meets next door, when she comes over to check on his dad.  Cam is handsome, and hot. Piper who does not like to show emotions feels something new.  Cam is on leave from his job and his deployment to spend time with his dad. Maybe he can be temporary, because she can maybe do temporary.

 

Jill Shalvis is a go to author for me.  I always want to read her books. I love her characters and how they are so real.  This storyline had a lot of great characters that made the story even better. Almost Just Friends by Jill Shalvis was a fab fun read. 

 

The Summer Cottage by Viola Shipman

The Summer Cottage by Viola Shipman🙂🙂🙂❤❤👍👍👍

The Summer Cottage by Viola Shipman was one of the best books I have read this spring - perhaps for even longer.  Each Viola Shipman novel, I have read has been wonderful. What blows my mind about them is Viola Shipman is a pen name for a man!  Each of the three books ( I have previously read The Recipe Box and The Hope Chest.) were beautifully written from a woman’s point of view with such feeling and understanding.

 

Adie Lou Kruger every summer was at the Summer Cottage with her parents and grandparents.  They were very important times for her and the fun rules they cottage had were part of the fun.  However Adie is all grown up, has a job and a son and her life is about to take a huge turn. She is divorcing her husband (his choice) and has decided to start all over at the Summer Cottage making it a bed and breakfast.  There are many challenges ahead of her, especially to get everything done before the season is open. She is determined to succeed, but there is so much to do and it takes so much money.

 

I loved how the cottage rules are chapter headings.  I loved how her son and best friend were such a help to her.  I loved her determination and positiveness. I loved how empowered I felt when I finished the novel.  I loved how the lake was woven into the tale. The Summer Cottage is definitely one of the best novels I have read.  It is a great read.

The Recipe Box by Viola Shipman

The Recipe Box by Viola Shipman🙂🙂❤❤👍👍

The Recipe Box by Viola Shipman is a very special book.  So special that I would consider it a 5 star read (something I do rarely).  The book highlights what is truly important in life; love and family. Viola Shipman has written a book that is universal in its message.

The main character,  Sam was trying to find herself and how she fit in life. She comes home to her family orchid after losing a job.  Her connections with her mother and grandmother are shared when they bake together and discuss life while baking.  Stories unfold from the different recipes from the Recipe Box (full of family recipes from the past). Each recipe brings warmth and love and stories that help illuminate the family, love, life and the strength of that.  

I loved the book.  Viola Shipman’s book is one I wholeheartedly suggest as a read for everyone. Bakers will love the old family recipes that are shared. Readers will connect with the characters as they show how they love and laugh.   The Recipe Box by Viola Shipman is a fantastic read.

 

 

 

The Hope Chest by Viola Shipman

The Hope Chest by Viola Shipman🙂🙂🙂👍👍👍💔

Viola Shipman’s book, The Hope Chest is one of the most wonderful stories I have read.  It is a story that ties three people together, people who are struggling with hope.  Mattie has ALS and is nearing the end.  Don, her husband is floundering and overwhelmed.  Rose is hired as a home health aide and with her comes her precious and precocious daughter, Jeri.  Together, they find love and hope and family even in the midst of Mattie’s battle with ALS.  The story pulls on your heartstrings and reminds you of how each of us not only depend on each other, but grow and thrive with the comfort of family and friends.  

My mere words cannot possibly give this book the depth and passion it so deserves.  I can only tell you that to me The Hope Chest is a must read, however I would suggest that a cuppa tea and a box of tissues be your guide to enjoying the book.  Viola Shipman and The Hope Chest gives us a truly marvelous story that reminds us that home and hope are only a letter apart.

The Lost Rider by Harper Sloan

The Lost Rider by Harper Sloan 🙂🙂❤❤👍

The Lost Rider by Harper Sloan is a new series about family ranch in Texas called Coming Home. The father recently died and the brother who has been gone for so long returns.  Maverick Austin Davis is home from the rodeo.  He has been told to give up riding or give up living. Unfortunately it is the only thing that has given him any pleasure these last years.

Leighton Elizabeth James runs a shop called the Piehole.  It is famous for its wide range of pies. Leighton has put all her love and hard work to the shop since her parents died.  She is feeling alone, but glad for the shop.  She has always been in love with Maverick, but once he is home, she is pretty sure she hates him!

There are secrets to be uncovered and lies to be challenged.  There are two lonely people who have only loved each other suddenly put together.  The character of Maverick is not an easy character to like.  He is rude, crude, and brash.  Leighton smooths him out, but he still has stories to tell.

The Lost Rider by Harper Sloan is a good read.

The Ancient Nine by Ian K. Smith

The Ancient Nine by Ian K. Smith🙂🙂❤❤👍👍

The Ancient Nine by Ian K.Smith was a very interesting read.  I was unprepared for the curiousness of the “club” atmosphere in Harvard. I did not know about the “punch” entertainments and the various “secretive measures’ the clubs took. However, having said all that, I am hopeful that the book embellished parts of the story to make the story better. (Call me a Pollyanna.)

Spencer Collins, a kid from the wrong side of Chicago was going to Harvard to play basketball and to study pre-med.  He knew he was different than many of the other students there, but he worked hard to earn his spot and planned to keep it.  He is friends with Dalton Winthrop, a student, whose family members had gone there before him.  

Spencer and Dalton hung out together and Spencer was often invited with Dalton to his home for dinners.   Spencer was asked to join one one of the clubs and while Dalton did not want anything to do with the clubs he supported him and wanted to help him.  The boys were curious about several rumors about the clubs and the secrets that seemed to abound. Dalton’s great uncle was even a legacy member of Delphi and had spoken highly about it to Dalton.  There were strange happenings and Spencer and Dalton found themselves digging deeper and deeper into the club as Spencer was going through the “punch” time.

I found myself enjoying the intrigue and twists of the novel The boys were quite dogged in their pursuit of the truth, which I admired, but felt concerned for them. I felt the fear that began to surface as more information became available. I was a bit disappointed in the ending as it could have had more zing to it, but it ended in a way that did satisfy my curiosity.  The Ancient Nine by Ian K. Smith was a good read.

 

The Perfect Daughter by Joseph Souza

The Perfect Daughter by Joseph Souza takes place on the coast of Maine.  It is a lobstering town that has struggled with the health of the town moving forward.  It uses the issue of newcomers coming in and buying up all sorts of land and then locking it off to the town’s people as a backdrop in the town of Shepard’s Bay.

The story starts with a young man from town, one of the newcomers, Dakota is missing.  Isla and her daughter, Katie are the two main characters.  Everyone is concerned but it isn’t until Katie and her best friend Willow go missing for several days that the town’s fears grow.  Luckily Katie is found, but with no memory of what happened.  Isla is determined to discover what happened.  Katie is struggling with the memories, but concerned with what she is remembering.  Meanwhile, Isla’s husband has disappeared for days and is not at all helpful, her youngest son has diabetes that fluctuates rapidly and her own father with dementia. 

Into this family maelstrom, are all the elements rolled into a confusing time and mystery of what is happening in town.  The story slowly twists with revelations and people struggling to find the truth.  The division in the town between “have a lot” and” struggling to get by” add to the drama.   The story is better reading than the plot suggests and you can feel the struggles and strengths of the characters. The Perfect Daughter by Joseph Souza is a good read.

The Look-Alike by Erica Spindler

The Look-Alike by Erica Spindler🙂🙂👍👍

The Look Alike by Erica Spindler is a lovely creepy mystery. The elements of an unsolved murder, a mother with paranoid delusions and a young female who is so uncertain lead to a curious mixture of people.  Sienna Scott is the main character. She has come back home after living away for 10 years, but it's hard to come back home. Sienna figures it's her turn to take care of her mother since her stepbrother, Brad has been doing it alone for a lot of years. She wants to open her own restaurant and to live her life, but there were several things getting in the way including a murder that happened 10 years ago. 

 

The murderer, to my mind, had to be one of three people. Of course Sienna has everything to do with all three people. I liked the twists and turns the book took. I did like Sienna as a main character however I do not think she was a strong character. A couple of times I did get a little creeped out with Sienna’s decisions but that was part of the novel.  The Look-Alike by Erica Spindler was a good mystery and did keep my attention the entire way through.

Blessing in Disguise by Danielle Steel

Blessing in Disguise by Danielle Steel🙂🙂👍👍

Blessing in Disguise by Danielle Steel was an unexpected read for me. I had not read a book of hers for a long time, so reading this one was a surprise. I enjoyed the book more than I expected and found the main character and her story interesting. I did find the story seemed to be a bit like a recitation a couple of times, which surprised me and then there were sections that had some poignancy to it that allowed us to see Isabelle as a more rounded character

Isabelle McAvoy is an art expert and works first for a gallery and later for herself. She has found herself pregnant and determined to live and raise her baby. The story follows her as she marries, has another baby and then marries again and has another baby. Isabelle finds herself raising three daughters by herself. Despite it all, she has managed to find her way forward. Even with all her daughters grown and all running their own life, Isabelle finds her life busy but misses them. A series of incidents caused things to change and she and her daughters face obstacles but find their way around them and with it some surprises...blessings in disguise.

I enjoyed the book and found the twists and turns of Isabelle’s life interesting. Her struggles and the realities of life reminded me that we all have some struggles that have given us gifts afterward. Blessing in Disguise by Danielle Steel was a good read.

Rescuing Emily by Susan Stoker

Rescuing Emily by Susan Stoker🙂🙂❤❤👍👍

Rescuing Emily by Susan Stoker is the second book in her series called Delta Force Heroes.  The books are all about armed services men and how they meet their significant others. There is always an element of rescuing the girl by a group of hot alpha males….sigh…

Emily is looking for a place for herself and her daughter to live.  She is uncomfortable where they live now and is looking for a place that will keep them safe and near everything.  Cormac Fletcher has a small apartment over his garage and once he meets Emily, he immediately drops the rent and offers it to her.  Emily is so relieved, especially when she finds out how cheap the rent is! Emily and Annie move right in and thing seem good for a while. Until Fletch leaves for a mission.  Suddenly, her new dream place becomes a nightmare and she begins to struggle to take care of both of them. Both Fletch and Emily are confused by the reaction of the other to what is going on and since neither of them directly ask questions, the misunderstanding gets bigger and bigger…

Rescuing Emily is all about big strong alpha men coming in and saving the day.  It is not meant to be real (especially since --- well I don’t really want to share my one reservation with the storyline as it gives too much away.) but it is meant to be hot and STEAMY.  Susan Stoker’s book Rescuing Emily is a hot, fast read.

A Vineyard Summer by Jean Stone

A Vineland Summer by Jean Stone🙂❤👍🤔

A Vineyard Summer by Jean Stone is a cross between a cozy mystery and a family drama.  Annie has felt alone for a long time, but over the winter, she has found a place for herself in Chappaquiddick Island on the Vineyard.  She has finished her book and only needs to complete the editing. She has a boyfriend, and she enjoys spending time with him. His family has also embraced her and she is feeling positive about her life.  Finding her birth mother also helped move beyond the loneliness.

Of course with the season starting, Annie knows seeing John, a detective will become more difficult with all the tourists.  Little does she expect that he will have to leave the island for one of his children. Her landlord just told her that she had to leave her small cottage as a family member needs it and Annie is upset knowing finding a place on the Vineland this time of year is almost impossible.  That is when she finds an almost dead bridesmaid on her side yard.

All these events and more, mean Annie is spending more time trying to uncover a mystery and find a home, while tourists are flocking in for vacation than working on her book.  The story’s facts are slowly leaked out as Annie asks questions and puts facts together. She would love to share it with John and ask for his help, but his absence becomes even more tenuous.  The questions abound as more interesting things happen and facts become even more elusive.

A Vineyard Summer by Jean Stone was an interesting read.  I enjoyed the mystery and found myself hoping for a resolution to my liking.  I found some of the twists hard to accept, but living in a small town where most everyone knows everyone and gossips is universal to all small towns. A Vineyard Summer is an interesting cozy mystery with lots of family drama to confuse and obscure the facts.

 

Not That I Could Tell By Jessica Strawser

Not That I Could Tell by Jessica Strawser🙂🙂❤❤👍👍😮

Not That I Could Tell by Jessica Strawser was a gripping psychological thriller that sent chills up my spine during the climax.  The story focused around a neighborhood and a group of woman in the neighborhood who were sitting around a fire pit one night swapping stories and the next day one of them was gone.  Gone, with her children, without any clues and a confused ex husband looking for her and the children. The rest of the woman were questioned again and again. Various theories were spouted but without evidence...there was no closure for the women.

The book is written in various voices mostly Clara and Izzy, although some of the thoughts are from Kristen (the missing mother).  The story goes back and forth opening up various avenues for the reader to ponder. What I found most remarkable is that I was glad I was along for the ride.  I was enjoying the story so much and was wondering so much about what was going to happen, that I really didn’t want the book to end and I read it very slowly (for me).  It is a rare occurrence in my world to have that happen. I liked the slow reveal and the main characters. I

Not That I Could Tell by Jessica Strawser was a great read, with good writing, characters and a plotline that built suspense as the book moved along!  

Willow's Way by Sharon Struth

Willow's Way by Sharon Struth🙂🙂❤❤👍👍\

Willow’s Way by Sharon Struth was a charming second chance at love read.  The story takes Willow, who has always believed that she was unlovable because she was not skinny, to a place who realizes she is good the way she is! I love that in a story, especially when the cause of the self disgust is a person, I love to hate!  

Willow started her own company, Pound Busters with a philosophy about how to get and stay thin.  She was a prime member and proud of her self control. Then her husband of many years leaves her, her financial advisor steals all of the company’s and her personal money and her life spirals out of control.  The final straw, she was caught eating pizza - reallys shoveling it in her face by a photograph gone viral. The company’s board of directors want to fire her and she needs money. That is when she discovers she owns land and a home in the Cotswold in England, a very picturesque location.

Willow leaves to go there thinking of selling it and staging a comeback.  However what she finds is Owen Hughes and his daughter, a family history and a chance to find her way.   Willow’s Way by Sharon Struth was a good read.

 

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18.05 | 09:26

If you want a REAL macabre horror story do some research on how black flies actually "bite you." Just a hint it involves saws and tongues, stay inside and read!

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30.03 | 13:05

Nice thoughts, yes, hope and grace. I am appropriately reading Gentleman in Moscow who is confined at the Metropol Hotel. Eery coincidence!
Be safe and well.

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23.03 | 10:13

Kurt Vonnegut I think? In an insane world a sane person will appear insane....

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16.03 | 11:36

LOL, serious , but a run on toilet paper?
Guess we missed Bojhalian.
Be well! Happy reading!

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