Great Book Releases on the last day of the year!
The Moonshiner’s Daughter by Donna Everhart debuts today!
Sealed Off by Barbara Ross debuts today!
The Beautiful Love Lettering by Kate Clayborn debuts today!
Matchmaking Can Be Murder by Amanda Flower debuts today!
And do not forget Good Girls Lie by J.T. Ellison which came out yesterday!
Our last day of the year for reviews. But don’t worry because January starts out with a Bang!
Cassie Chambers is proof that a determined woman can do anything. Raised in Owsley, Kentucky by an entire family whose lives have been rooted deep in the Appalachians.
Her grandmother had married and had seven children and she worked from sun up to sun down to put food on the table for her family. Her daughter Ruth was the best tobacco worker in the fields. Besting any man. Her other daughter, Cassie’s mother, took a different path and while she married young, her family helped raise Cassie so her parents could get an education and get out of the cycle of poverty.
They did such a good job that Cassie followed their footsteps and ended up graduating with two Ivy League degrees. And while the opportunities were endless, Cassie decides to go home. She has seen what the courts do to women in the hills and she wants to help.
Owsley County is one of the poorest counties in Kentucky and the entire country. There is no more coal, no more tobacco, and yet these Hill Women are finding new ways to keep their families fed and healthy. These women are subjected to more domestic violence, lack of healthcare and education.
This book broke my heart so many times. Even my husband was hooked on the story and ended up digging into the state and the county. I learned a lot and I felt humbled. This was a well researched and well-written book. I think everyone should read it!
NetGalley/January 7th, 2020 by Ballantine Books
Monday. Not my favorite day. It should be in the high 60’s today so I am not complaining.
I cracked my Goodreads Goal. 205! Never again. This weekend I read a most touching and informative book called Hill Women. This is the fourth book this year I have read within the Appalachians. Powerful and strong women getting things done with very few resources. It was humbling.
I also binge-watched The Witcher and now will wait a year for more! But I loved it. Especially the Witcher. A man of few words and a lot of Hmmm. Every once in a while he just pops up with a good “Hmmm”. Since men of few words are my favorite type of men, I loved it.
That pesky Anxiety Fairy popped her head in this weekend heralding my fancy holiday anxiety that is now in full swing. Who knows why? Sometimes it’s a specific thing and other times it’s just a general buzz under my skin just thinking about holidays and expectations. Not to mention crowds. At least I shall be spared the fiasco at OU Boy’s family gathering as they are still not speaking to us since the great summer vacation scandal where I aired all of their dirty laundries. Their words, not mine. I never mentioned names and I assumed they knew their son was a tweaker and drug addict. Especially since they had an intervention a few weeks later. He’s still tweaking.
My family is up in the frozen tundra of the Dakota’s. I love you but I have no intention of going north of Oklahoma. Ever. I don’t have that type of blood. And I’m probably not invited there either after this weekend group text where my one sister asked what we were all doing for Christmas Day. Apparently, my reply of Not Being Impeached did not go over well with my Border Patrol sister.
I have one Blog Tour left this year and it is for J.T.Ellison’s Good Girl’s Lie. Wicked good fun! Have a great whatever you celebrate and tune in tomorrow for our favorite reads of 2019.
A Maine Clambake Mystery #8
In Sealed Off, we are back in Busman’s Harbor, Maine visiting with the Snowden family and their Clambake Business. It’s October and they are finishing up for the year with only six bakes left.
Julia has hired her boyfriends’ brother, recently released from prison, to help with the fires. Lately, she has been noticing that there is a bit of tension in their close-knit group. Not one but two men are vying for Emmy’s attention and it’s beginning to feel awkward.
When Julia and Sonny find one of the interested parties dead in the woodpile, it’s not looking good for the ex-con.
At the same time work is continuing on the family manor although that turns up more mystery. A secret room, a secret diary and enough curiosity to kill several cats! Julia and friends get down to solving both mysteries, sad as they both may be.
I love this series. Barbara Ross is a wonderful storyteller alone or with her writing partners in crime! About the only thing, I love more than murder and mayhem is a good historical mystery! Secret rooms? Diaries from the 1800s? Sign me up!
NetGalley/ December 31st, 2019 by Kensington Publishing Corporation
In this warm and witty romance from acclaimed author Kate Clayborn, one little word puts one woman’s business—and her heart—in jeopardy . . .
Meg Mackworth has a special relationship with letters. Hand -lettering is what gave her the nickname Planner of Park Slope. Meg is the person who designs all those lovely planners, calendars and invitations in the most lovely and appropriate fonts. She sees the hidden meaning in signs, and even sneaks some into her work. And that is what will get her in trouble.
A year after Meg customized wedding invitations for Reid and Avery, Reid has tracked her down wanting to know the meaning of the word he found hidden in the invitation.
You see, Reid is a numbers guy. Seeing patterns in numbers. He has questions and Meg doesn’t have time for them. But maybe she could help him and maybe he could help Meg unblock her creative brain before her huge deadline.
He seems very uptight and regimented. Which he is, but he is also a genius who graduated from college at 15. Little by little he and Meg form a bond. Just when everything is looking up she and Reid encounter Avery, the former fiance’ and daughter to Reid’s boss. It’s at that point that Meg believes Reid isn’t over Avery and she backs off.
In an explosive turn of events, Meg could lose everything she has worked so hard to achieve and her chance at love. But everything is not what it seems and Meg and Reid both will have to step way out of their comfort zones to have any chance of a life together.
A romance with a bit of a kick at the end. I wanted to read this book because of the lettering. And it did not disappoint.
NetGalley/ December 31st, 2019 by Kensington Books
A Farm-to-Fork Novella
Chef Angie and her helpers from The County Seat are catering a private dinner in a huge house in the mountains for a celebrity with the deal being the crew get to stay in the house for a week, to think up new menu items and try them out.
This should be a good New Year for them all. Should be. Until the drummer is found with a drumstick in his chest. With a snowstorm on the way in and the entire crew and band stuck in the same house, tensions escalate quickly! These were some seriously nasty people.
Angie and her crew put on their sleuthing caps and try to figure out which one of the people they are living with is a killer. Who would want our drummer dead? Turns out quite a few people!
I love the idea of the holiday-themed novellas that Ms. Cahoon does. We get a little update on our favorite characters and series while waiting for the new full-size books.
Out of all the series, she writes this is the one I was on the fence about. And now it’s one of my favorites. The characters and settings are so real I fully expect to drive into Idaho and have lunch!
NetGalley/December 3rd, 2019 by Lyrical Underground
Gareth Russell has done his research. Uncovering previously unpublished sources and including photographs. Russell tells the story not just of the sinking of the Titanic, but of six well-known and well-heeled passengers and the role they played in history.
He is a gifted writer and puts the event in context with what was going on in the world. Especially the Americans and the British. With the Edwardian Era ending, war on the horizon and changes in the social norms, technology, politics, Irish Home Rule, the class system, this was a major time of change for the world.
We follow the stories of six of those passengers on the Titanic and how their lives changed. The description of the sinking, minute by minute, the different ways Americans and the British handled the tragedy. Not everyone was chivalrous or brave. And for some that would haunt them for the rest of their lives.
For me personally, this was the best book I have read on the subject. And that was because it was so well researched and written. Myths were shown for what they were. Facts and journals told stories never heard before. The pictures were priceless in creating an image in your head of who these people were and how they behaved.
I would have no problem recommending this book as a definitive look at this point in our history.
Extremely Well Done!
NetGalley/ November 19th, 2019 by Atria Books