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Leaving Yesterday by Zoe Dawson

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Zoe Dawson is a wonderful new author to me! I just read Leaving Yesterday, the first book in her new series about Laurel Falls. I enjoyed how she introduced the new characters to us as well as the small town. The book was a great find for me and I enjoyed it

Rafferty has left Manhattan and is driving across country. She has been tasked by her father to look at some land in Montana for one of their new hotels. Unfortunately (or really fortunately) she breaks down in Laurel Falls and has to have her car fixed. There she meets the very hot mechanic Trace Black. Needless to say the parts for the car have to be special ordered. The town takes her in and she falls in love with both the town and Trace!

This was a fun story and I can not wait for the next ones to come out. Already I can envision some of the love stories coming out of Laurel Falls!

A Christmas Cody by Jacki Delecki

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A Christmas Code by Jacki Delecki was an historical romantic novella. The book featured Lady Gwyneth Beaumont who has been in love with Viscount James Ashworth since she was a small girl.   Ash has returned from being gone for three years and Gwyneth is not going to let anything stand in her way.   The problem is that Ash still has an assignment  to deal with before he feels he will be free to pursue Gwyneth.  She is not waiting and enters into his world wholeheartedly bound and determined to help him spy.  Ash is worried about her safety and she is worried about his and that is when things get interesting!


A Christmas Code by Jacki Delecki was a fun, quick, holiday read!


Blue Prints by Barbara Delinsky

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Blueprints by Barbara Delinsky is the newest book in her collection. Once again, she has brought us into a new world and new characters with great skill. Jamie and Caroline are mother and daughter who work together in a family company that designs and builds houses and as part of a TV Show. Jamie is an architect and Caroline is a builder. Both think their life is all planned out – like a blueprint until the accident changes everything. Suddenly their world changes and they need new plans. 

For me, Barbara Delinsky’s novel Blueprints reminded me of how life is not static it changes again and again. Resilient people learn to change with it even when it is hard. Jamie and Caroline have to move forward and find their way in among life’s confusion. Addressing how life changes, mother/daughter relationships and love in one book is quite a feat, something that Barbara Delinsky is able to do while weaving in an interesting story that will capture the reader’s attention. I did not want to stop reading or put the book down! 

An awesome read!

Tragedy Girl by Christine Hurley Deriso

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Tragedy Girl by Christine Hurley Deriso is a new young adult novel offered by Flux. It is a compelling young adult novel.  The themes of love, friendship, loss and grief are interwoven within the story seamlessly.  

Anne has lost both of her parents in a tragic accident.  She has been taken in by her aunt and uncle, but is having trouble getting used to her new life.  On top of that she is going to a new school where friendships are already formed. Anne feels adrift until she meets Blake.

Blake is struggling with loss as well.  His girlfriend disappeared one night swimming during the summer and he is grieving as well.  Blake gives Anne someone who understands what is happening with her.

There seems to be more though.  More questions and  suspicions just add up to more confusion for Anne.  She has always thought of herself as being practical and focused on schooling.  Now she is unsure about what happened that summer night with Blake and why no one seems to want to leave her alone with Blake.

Tragedy Girl is a good read by Christine Hurley Deriso.  The book is well written and interesting.  The characters are well drawn.  The plot line moves right along and brings you on the the ups and downs of a new relationship and starting over.  This is a book I would recommend to students.  

Trouble in High Heels by Christina Dodd

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Trouble in High Heels by Christina Dodd was a fun read! I enjoyed to story line and the characters! Christina Dodd’s books are well written and fun to read!.

Brandi Michaels moves to a new city to be closer to her fiance. She gets a phone call from him only to be told that her was having an affair and flew to Vegas to marry her. What a slap in the face for her. Brandi knew she needed to mix things up and fast! She pawns her engagement ring for a fabulous outfit and spa day. She goes to a party to meet her fellow co-workers at her uncle’s house. It is there she meets Roberto and her life changes dramatically!

Now she is being chased by killers. Roberto seems to be a jewel thief and her job seems to be in jeopardy. What more could happen? Trouble in High Heels by Christina Dodd is a great read!

The Woman Who Couldn't Scream by Christina Dodd

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The Woman Who Couldn’t Scream by Christina Dodd was excellent.  Once again we are in Virtue Falls with Kateri Kwinault, who is the newly elected sheriff of Virtue Falls.  She is currently recovering from a gunshot wound and busy chasing down the criminal who did that.  The newest character is Merida Falcon, an old friend of the sheriff.  

Merida had a mixed up life, once a foster child, later a college graduate, a trophy wife and now finally someone she chooses to be.  She has tried to disappear from her old life and reinvent herself only to have an old boyfriend (who tried to kill her) and an old bodyguard (from her trophy wife time) show up and mix up everything. Plus someone is killing women in Virtue Falls and the clues are minimal.  Kateri has her hands full with her old friend and the new crimes and her new boyfriend.

I really enjoy Christina Dodd’s books.  She is a great writer who really manages to weave real and unreal and great characters together into a book I cannot put down once I start reading!

The Woman Who Couldn’t Scream by Christina Dodd is a great read!


Because I'm Watching by Christina Dodd

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Because I’m Watching by Christina Dodd was awesome!  So awesome, I totally lost track of time and didn’t finish anything else but the book! The premise and the characters caught me almost immediately.  The situation that sets up the book, certainly starts things off with a bang.  I don’t normally like creepy, but I locked all the doors and kept on reading.  I have to admit - I might have yelled at the character once or twice.

Jacob Denisov came back from war, changed forever.  He was slowly killing himself, while wallowing in grief and guilt, until Madeline Hewitson drives her car right into his living room.  The shock of it caused Jacob to break out a little and allow Mad Maddie into his world and visa-versa.  I was mesmerized by the interplay between the two and their stories. Jacob has no front wall and still he sits in his living room watching what happens in the neighborhood. Unusual and unfortunate incidents keep happening and Maddie is beginning to look more and more crazy, but is she?

Because I’m Watching by Christina Dodd is a fabulous book.  I hope others enjoy it as much as I did.  I now have to go back and read the first two.  WOW


Dead Girl Running by Christina Dodd

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Dead GIrl Running by Christina Dodd comes out next month.  I enjoy this author, so I was very happy that Harlequin changed their mind and allowed me to preview the book.  I found the story interesting and it kept me on the edge of my seat. I look forward to reading more books in this series.

Kellen Adams works for a hotel on the Pacific Coast in a place called Yearning Sands.  She was the assistant manager left in charge while the owners went on vacation. As a main character, she is a complicated person.  Kellen survived an abusive husband, a missing year, living on the streets, a stint in the army and eventually a new place to live and be at home.  Meanwhile, not all is easy going at the hotel, smuggling, a murder, and a murder mystery weekend, flashing lights and missing people. So many twists and turns made the story intense.  Information is slowly leaked out as the story moves between the past and the present.

Dead Girl Running by Christina Dodd is the first book in a new series called Cape Charade. I liked many of the characters. The book takes place near Virtue Falls, another series by the same author.  There was a small overlap of a character, but certainly not enough take away from the story if you haven’t read any other of her novels. Dead Girl Running by Christina Dodd is a good read!


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26.03 | 16:01

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!

19.03 | 14:10

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

30.08 | 21:25

Have loved reading every one of Lisa Scottoline's books. Can't wait for the next one to arrive on bookshelves. Thanks for sharing your remarkable talent!

28.08 | 06:12

August snow days! What a fantastic idea! I've been reading Martin Walker's Bruno series set in rural France full or recipes. Yum

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