Hello Friday! You are looking especially nice today!

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We made it to Friday!! Woo-Hoo! The sun is shining brightly and I am wearing shorts. Okay, they are gym shorts but they count.

This has been a week. I have not watched any anxiety-inducing news shows. I have started Season 6 of Schitt’s Creek. Finished The Witcher, and Dracula. I wasn’t impressed with Dracula. I like my vampires more refined.

I just finished An Everyday Hero by Laura Trentham from St. Martin’s and I am so happy I was home alone because I cried like a baby! This one has all the feels and is so timely.

We are already looking toward Valentine’s Day and Mardi Gras. Photoshoots are coming together for both. Since OU Boy’s birthday is February 21st, it will be a King Cake birthday!

We lost his aunt this week. She is about 59 or was. This one I didn’t know too well. All I know is she has been dying for the 17 years I’ve known the family and I still don’t know why. His sweet Uncle Kevin was in a diabetic coma for a bit but is doing some better. Turns out he found out he was a diabetic a while back and never told anyone, including his wife! I would not want to be around when she gets done with him!

There has been a lot of sadness this week, so this weekend just blast the world with love.

Enjoy and be kind.

xx P

 

Under a Firefly Moon by Donna Kauffman

Under a Firefly Moon

Blue Hollow Falls may be a small Blue Ridge Mountain town, but it’s big on love—and second chances . . .

We are back at Lavender Blue Farm! A place for healing, hope and as many chances as you need to find your way home.

This is number four in the series. The women who own the farm are like family to each other and they have all suffered in their lives. But here they have found safety and their own inner strength and are all following their dreams.

This is Chey’s turn. The former barrel racer has worked hard to forget the pain of her past and what she lost. She has found healing at Lavender Blue and is perfectly content. She let her shot at love go willingly and regretted it instantly. She misses her two besties from her life growing up on the rodeo circuit. Wyatt Reed left the rodeo after she put him in the friend zone. Her other BFF, Tory, did as well.

This is the story of what happens when Tory pokes her little nose into the lives of her friends. She finds Wyatt’s horse in very bad shape and who does she know that rehabs horses? Yes! Chey. Chey is happy to take Buttercup but when Tory shows up to stay, she brings Wyatt Reed right smack into Chey’s life. But not the same Wyatt. A different, calmer and gentler Wyatt.

Will, she let him walk away again? Or will they fall in love under the firefly moon?

What did I like about this one? All of it. This series is a powerful look at what women can do when they support each other. These are stories of hope and a reminder to all of us that we can get back up and change our reality.

Kauffman is the Queen of all the Feels!

NetGalley/January 28th, 2020 by Zebra

 

 

CARTIER’S HOPE by MJ ROSE

 

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It’s 1910 in New York and wealthy socialite, Vera Garland is determined to make it as a reporter. Not the society page, but real, honest and investigative reporting.

Going undercover as Vee Swan, she uncovers the abysmal conditions in the tenements on the Lower East Side. And almost loses her life in the process. Recovering from her injuries and dealing with her father’s sudden death so soon after her Uncle Percy, she is taking a break from both of her identities.

While working on the mystery of her father’s death as well as marching for equal rights and pay for women, she hears that the Hope Diamond is in New York at Cartier’s! The rumors surrounding the stone are legendary. But how much is just hype to entice a better price?

Vera is intent on proving the bad luck theory or disproving it. It doesn’t hurt that it has brought her to an obnoxious magazine publisher who is also a blackmailer and could be responsible for her fathers’ death. 

For her plans to all come together she will need help. When she goes to Cartier’s to visit Pierre’s Russian jeweler for assistance, she finds out there is even more intrigue to come and she may not come out of this with the story she wants nor the man.

First, let’s talk about this cover! Absolutely stunning. The story was so real, with all of the ugliness of the women’s rights movements and the men who were violent and did their best to keep the women where they belonged. Allegedly. This is a historical fiction book that speaks to many of the same issues today. Still no equality across the board. But there will always be a Vera out there pulling us along and shouting until our voices are heard.

I loved all of the historical bits about Cartier and the Hope Diamond. It has a long and well-documented history.

Very Well Done!

NetGalley/ January 28th, 2020 by Atria Books

 

THE LITTLE BOOKSHOP ON THE SEINE by REBECCA RAISIN

The Little Bookshop on the Seine

Sarah Smith is a small-town girl. Opening her own bookshop at 19, she lives between the pages of romance books. She has great friends, and a hot journalist boyfriend as well.

One day out of the blue, her friend Sophie from Paris, calls to suggest they swap places for six months! Running each other’s shops and taking a break from their own lives to experience what the other is lacking. It doesn’t take long for Sarah to hop on a plane for Paris and dive into Sophie’s shop, Once Upon A Time.

Upon arrival, her bag, luggage, and passport are lifted. The shop is in disarray and one girl, in particular, is out to get her. The shop is doing awful financially and Beatrice is not helping the situation at all. No one has a schedule, books are taken at will, and her hot boyfriend is on assignment and nowhere near Paris!

So far she feels out of her comfort zone and hated by the entire staff. But with help from a couple of good guys and gals, she just may pull off making a go of the shop and a go of her relationship.

Paris, the city of lights, love, and possibilities! Are there struggles? Oh, yes. But in the end, I think it may work out just fine.

A pleasure to read.

NetGalley/ January 07, 2020 Harlequin

 

 

 

 

2020. It’s Game Time!

Another year has come and gone. 2019 was an interesting year. All the tantrums, lies, name-calling, and bullying. And that was just in the White House.

A clean slate, a second chance, you’ve practiced enough. It’s Game Time! And the game is Life. You decide who and what you want to be in 2020. Make it count!

 

CHRISTMAS ANGELS by NANCY NAIGLE

Christmas Angels

Liz has the best memories of her grandparents’ inn in the town of Angel’s Creek and was heartbroken when it was sold. But while looking at inns on the internet she sees her Inn. For sale!

Thanks to a great job and tidy little savings, she not only puts in a bid, but she is also the winning bid! Alas, the place was gutted to put in an art gallery and now the place looks nothing like what she remembers.

Matt is just hoping the new owner isn’t planning on the same thing. And when he sees her, his childhood friend and crush, he knows he is going to help her re-build the inn to its former self.

What a great story with all of the feels. Hope, Loss, Joy, Love. Matt and Liz are great characters and I hope we see more of them.

A perfect holiday read!

NetGalley/October 15th, 2019 by St. Martin’s Griffin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Love Lettering by Kate Clayborn

Love Lettering

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.

Well Done!

NetGalley/ December 31st, 2019 by Kensington Books