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Thread the Halls by Lea Wait

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The Mainely Needlepoint Series by Lea Wait has added another book!  Thread the Halls is about Christmas in Haven Harbor, Maine including a side of murder and snowstorms.  Needle pointing plays a part in all these novels, but not to the extent that it is burdensome.  I love the quotes at the beginning of each chapter.

The story begins when Angie Curtis was having a small Christmas party for the Mainely Needlepointers and a couple of others. Patrick’s mother calls and drops a bombshell! She and her castmates are coming for Christmas and could Patrick arrange a couple of things.  By the end of the phone call, the reader knows it is going to be a complete assault on Haven Harbor and its resources. Angie and others chip in to help Patrick and the house is completely transformed into a Christmas Dream.  Within hours of their arrival, there is a murder and fingers are pointed every which way.  Angie and Patrick do not get a break as the situation gets even dicier with confusion and mix-ups.  

Thread the Halls by Lea Wait is an entertaining, cosy mystery.  

 

Emma in the Night by Wendy Walker

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Emma in the Night by Wendy Walker is a twisted story about mothers and daughters.  Cass and Emma are sisters and live with their mother, her new husband and his son.  The girls were constant pawns in their mother’s twisted reality with her personality disorder.  Then one night the girls disappear and three years later Cass reappears.  Dr Abigail Winter a forensic psychiatrist with the FBI was one of the people on the case and not finding the girls was something she could never let go of.  

Cass tells the story of what happened to Emma and Cass over a series of days to FBI. Abigail Winter tells the story of the investigation and her questions from the past and present.  As the story goes back and forth between Cass and Abigail, pieces of the story are presented, leading to a conclusion that is just a shock to the system.  

Emma in the night was a thriller with twists and turns, madness and mayhem and a crazy mother.  I loved the characters with Cass and Abigail’s voices.  I felt that Abigail in her role of knowledge and understanding explained Mrs. Martin’s personality disorder beautifully.  I thought, Emma in the Night was a great read.

 

To Catch a Bride by Gina Welborn and Becca Whitham

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To Catch a Bride by Gina Welborn and Becca Whitham is a quick read.  The novella is about a strong woman who needs a husband and so she takes the lead in finding a husband. Marilyn Svenson’s husband died suddenly and she is left alone on the Montana prairie.  Alone and with no help, she is left with few options. The local judge would not allow her to claim head of household, so she can’t even sell the land. To top it all off, she discovered that she was pregnant. So what does Marilyn decide to do. Get remarried, of course. Of the two men in town that she would choose from, David Pawlikowski is the better choice, only he does not want to get married. He is still traumatized from his prior marriage. Marilyn knows that she is not for everyone, she isn’t a normal wife.  She constantly is trying to new things and many people do not understand her. But David does understand her, she just needs to change his mind.  To Catch a Bride by Gina Welborn and Becca Whitham was a pretty good read.  

The Memory of You by Catherine West

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The Memory of You by Catherine West reminds us of how tenuous life is at times.  It is hard to move forward and become who you are meant to be.  Catherine West’s book is poignant and emotional.  

Facing the past is always always hard.  Natalie Mitchell has to go back to the Winery that her family owns in Sonoma.  Her father asked, really demanded, she go back and shut the place down.  He felt it was time and needed since they were losing money.  Natalie had not been back since her twin had died.  Memories and a case of PTSD swarmed her at every turn…

The story was heart wrenching with all the horror of the loss and the memories, nightmares and panic attacks.  Natalie has much to do to move forward and figure out her next mood.  Having an old friend Tanner Collins the vintner does not help, but Natalie is the main shareholder and she needs to move forward.  The story is listed as Women’s Fiction but a better description is that of a contemporary Christian romance.  

Dreams of Falling by Karen White

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Dreams of Falling is like a slow reveal with details eeking out at intervals allowing the reader to slowly put together a story of a night long ago where everything changes.  Karen White’s newest book brings us back to the south in Georgetown, South Carolina to a family in need. The mother, Ivy is in a coma and her daughter, husband, and best friends are all trying to help.  Ivy was found at the family’s mansion dilapidated and ruined from a fire long ago. As Larkin (daughter) returns to a place she worked so hard to leave, she begins to unwind the her past and her family’s past.  

I love reading Karen White’s books.  There is always a twist that you may or may not expect. There is always family, whose decisions might not be the best, but it wasn’t for lack of caring. The families are always imperfect and bumpy - just like reality. I like how Karen White makes the climate and southern location almost another character with her love of the natural beauty of the area.  And I love the slow but sure drawing back the curtains of time reminding us how the past and the future connect. Mostly, I love her understanding that, “love is messy.”

Dreams of Falling by Karen White was a great read.

 

The Night the Lights Went Out by Karen White

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Karen White’s newest book brings us to a story about starting again, choices from the past, and friendship. The Night The Lights Went Out brings us to a small southern town, Sweet Apple outside of Atlanta. The town has slowly been going through changes with new fancy mansions with the old farmland gone to new developments. 

It is into this world that we meet Marilee, a new divorcee who is renting a house from Sugar Prescott. Her two children are going to a new private school and she is beginning again a new life. Sugar Prescott is an elderly lady who can be caustic and does not hold back any punches. Together they seem to form an unlikely friendship. Enter Wade the hunky bachelor who as a favor helps out Sugar, even though he runs his own corporation of building new houses. Heather Blackford is the charmed wife of the doctor. She seems to take Merilee under her wing, and offers her all sorts of opportunities. Sugar and Wade both feel Heather is up to something but Merilee welcomes having a new friend. All these characters and the slow revealing of stories from the past draw you in. You are just waiting for the shoe to drop and when it does - WOW - it is a kicker!!

I enjoy Karen White’s books. Her stories are well thought out with interesting events and characters. Her stories make me want to move slowly through the heat and humidity as the storm clouds gather. The “southernisms” also make me laugh and nod with their wisdom. 

The Night The Lights Went Out by Karen White was a great read.

Playing His Way by Erika Wilde

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Playing His Way is the fourth book in the Player’s Club series.  It is not for everyone, as it is unabashedly erotic. The storyline is about a “Player’s Club” were all sorts of kink occurs.  It has been bought by Mac and is being refurbished by Stephanie.

Stephanie is hired to make several guest rooms into “fantasy” rooms.  She is quite excited by the project. The problem is that Stephanie has a thing for Mac thinks he does not.  Mac thinks she is hot, but wants nothing long term and Stephanie is long term. That is before they decide to “check out” each of the fantasy rooms with the deal that when the rooms are done - they are done…  Right. HOT HOT HOT

Playing His Way by Erika Wilde is hot, hot, hot.

 

An Earl in Wolf's Clothing by Emily Windsor

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I love finding new authors that I can enjoy!  The newest find is Emily Windsor and her book An Earl in Wolf’s Clothing.  I enjoyed the book. This is the first book in a series Rules of the Rogue and I am looking forward to reading more books in this series!  

Miss Sophie Beckford has put up with six seasons in London and she is done.  The noise, confusion, and pretenses have driven her mad. She is ready to leave London and has decided on marrying Bram, Earl of Kelmarsh.  She feels for him as he seems to be always laid back, sleepy and doesn’t seem to be present, but he too longs for the country.  Sophie is hopeful until she needs to find him and overhears a conversation that she misinterprets, and so the story begins.

That is when things get complicated.  Bram, the Earl of Kelmarsh is a spy. He is from a family of spies and it is all he knows.  What is overheard is Bram attempting to avoid a certain spy trying to force him back into her net.  Sophie leaves and suddenly Bram is left behind. A year later, when Sophie returns Bram, with the dubious help from friends and acquaintances tries to get Sophie to trust him and marry him.   

Having well rounded and delightful characters just made the story better. I was glad that Sophie had the gumption (and family backing) to stand up for what she wanted.  Sophie’s cousin Aideen was a hoot. Bram’s background really made opening up a hazard, so watching his character grow (and grovel) made him more likable.

An Earl in Wolf’s Clothing by Emily Windsor was a fun read.  

Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate

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Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate checked all my boxes: great characters, interesting plot line, a little mystery, and lots of questions. I was not prepared for the anger I would feel toward one of the characters, nor was I prepared for how much I would care about the other characters. The story is well written and planned. Quite frankly the idea that the story is based on a what really happened in Tennessee makes it feel even more important of a read. The story is told a series of chapters back and forth between the older story and the newer story.

The Foss children in 1939 living with their parents a subsistence life on the river were happy, loved and cherished. A cruel twisted reality had them kidnapped and forced away from their family. The modern day story introduces us to Avery Stafford, a young lawyer engaged to a long time friend living at home and slowly being indoctrinated into the life in the public eye as a Senator.

One day, she meets an older woman at a nursing home and Avery’s journey into the past begins. She finds herself wanting to discover who the woman really is and what if anything does she have in common with Avery’s grandmother. Clues are slowly revealed and Avery’s need to understand, just might take her political future away.

A wonderful book! Inspiring and full of emotional highs and lows! A top read for the summer! Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate is a fabulous read!

To Die But Once by Jacqueline Winspear

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To Die But Once is the fourteenth of the Maise Dobbs novels.  Jacqueline Winspear has once again brought us to the brink of World War II.  Maise Dobbs has been asked to investigate a young man who is missing and was who was working on a secret project for the government.  She also had to figure out how to move forward with Anna. AND then there is Dunkirk and the horror of that!

Somehow, Jacqueline Winspear has managed to once again top herself.  The way she manages with so few words allow us to learn about Dunkirk with the visceral responses of her characters.  I also liked the way she shared the information about how the different supplies were not always safe for people. She reminded us about the preciousness of life with the flotilla of boats trying to save the soldiers and the trial of the new paints.  

I love the Maise Dobbs books.  To Die But Once is another great book by Jacqueline Winspear.

 

Tracker's Canyon by Pam Withers

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Tracker’s Canyon was a great adventure story for many students.  The book is well written and keeps the reader’s attention as the stakes become higher for Tristan. The book is based on a sport called canyoneering; something I have never heard about.

Tristan is 16 years old.  His father, who disappeared in Swallow’s Canyon, was never found and presumed dead.  His mother is a mess, his uncle tries to help, but things just seem to keep getting worse.  Tristan’s father taught him all about tracking and canyoneering, but taking care of his mother and no money meant he was trapped at home.  When an opportunity comes up to go into Swallow’s Canyon, he jumps on it. Not everything is what it seems and Tristan needs to use all of his skills to survive and find out what happened with his father.

Tracker’s Canyon is an excellent adventure story and a great read!

Shade's Lady by Joanna Wylde

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Shade’s Lady by Joanna Wylde is the newest of the Reaper’s MC series.  Shade is the president of the Reaper’s MC - not just the regional chapter - but the whole club.  He is presently hanging out with one of the smaller chapters when he meets Mandy.  He wants her, but is not a settling down guy.  Mandy is trying to help her sister and her nieces survive and get out of probation safely. Then things get twisted up even more.  Shade gets what he wants - mostly - Mandy doesn’t want a relationship or even Shade - who is HOT.

LOVED Shade’s Lady.  I bet Mandy is thankful for dropping her phone in the toilet….

Great read - more hot MC!

Rome's Chance by Joanna Wylde

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Rome’s Chance by Joanna Wylde was a fun visit with the Reapers.  The Reapers live in Hallies Fall where there was a large wildfire and many people in the town left after all their homes and possessions burned.  That is what Randi’s family did. Rome had one date with her and recognized her innocence and wanted to take it slow. Then they left. Randi came back for her 10th class reunion to find her mother and younger siblings in need and Rome.  He ran into her at the grocery store and asked her out. Only to have so much happen… and then a second date and even more happened… The story was a great short read and I really really liked Rome. He made a great book boyfriend.

 

Rome’s Chance by Joanna Wylde was a great read, but short :(

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Great interview!

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

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At first I thought it said spa season. Either way it is a sign of rejuvenation! On a Kristin Hannah kick, loved Winter Garden. Happy reading!

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Cities are fun but exhausting. Like you the quiet is needed.

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