It was raining when I went to bed and it just now stopped. More is forecasted and we do really need some rain. And it’s Friday the 13th so it’s a mood setter.
This morning I’m sipping on this lovely new tea I found at Barnes and Noble when I was picking up my copy of The Testaments by Margaret Atwood. This Harney & Sons tea is so delicate and full of ginger and lemon flavor. Great for the tummy and the book, well, we’ve waited a long time for this one!
So I’m all set for the weekend. What will you be doing? Or reading?
Miss Charli Ava is coming over today to try on a dress and see her new bedroom. I’m so excited. I’ve been working hard on this room and it all came together last night. Charli and I are going to buy scrapbook supplies to make her a book of her life. As most of you know, we didn’t get her until she was two, so no baby pictures at all. But never fear, I found someone to send me those and I can’t wait for her to see them. This is on her second birthday. The day we met her.
One of the loves of my life! It’s going to be a fun day! I hope yours is as well. Enjoy your weekend and be kind today. It’s free.
In small towns, no one lets the facts get in the way of juicy gossip…
In the small town of Summer Hill, Virginia, Terri Rayburn has a reputation that hangs over her like a black cloud.
Summer Hill is a town divided. The lake people and the town people. The lake property is mainly Terri’s fathers and she lives on the lake in her family home. She works hard at everything from repairing a boat motor to dragging tourists out of the water. She knows her place and it is the lake.
When she returns home to find a man in her house, she smells a rat. Are her father and uncle trying to fix her up with a man? A man who is engaged to the Mayor’s daughter?
Nate is a good man. He gets along with everyone and is very good at what he does. But now he’s out of that business and looking to settle down. But with who? As Terri and Nate settle into a friendship that sizzles, Nate is hearing some nasty rumors about Terri and her mother, who disappeared long ago. Nasty rumors have always circulated about what happened.
With the help of a lot of good people, Nate discovers the truth about Terri’s mother and it will change everything. But will he find out who he is and who he wants?
A great summer read with a strong female lead. The characters were great and I hope we hear more from them all!
NetGalley/ September 17th, 2019 by MIRA
Christmas from the Heart has helped so many people in the small town of Pine River, Washington, and Olivia Berg is carrying on the tradition of her mother and her grandmother and great-grandmother. Running a non-profit is difficult at the best of times, but Christmas seems to be the time they all are asking for donations.
This year they are falling short. Times are tough everywhere and this year their major donor must say no.
Guy Hightower is at his wits end with his two older brothers lack of planning and control of their company. Being the youngest makes it hard to get your voice heard over your older brothers. Cuts must be made if this company is to succeed. They’ve all gotten used to living the high life and driving expensive cars. And this year their donations went to more high profile charities. It’s just business.
But Olivia has no intention of taking no for an answer as she hounds the man and his poor secretary. What’s a girl to do?
Much like a Hallmark Movie, the poor guy winds up in Pine River, stranded by his Masarati in the snow and guess who is driving by and offers him a ride? Yep. He uses a fake name once he realizes who she is and then they proceed to bring joy and happiness to the town. Until she finds out who he is.
Olivia could be a bit of a bully, but this was a nice read with a cup of holiday tea and it made me laugh a lot. So many misunderstandings, but also a lot of forgiveness and love.
September 24th, 2019 by Mira Books NetGalley Reads
Secrets, Betrayals, lies, and half-truths. This beautiful story is told through the eyes of Dorothy, mother to June and Ruth, as well as the two daughters. From the past and in the present.
Dorothy has led a hard and sometimes unfair life. Her parents lived and worked for a wealthy family and Dorothy grew up with their son Edward. But when she gets in the family way she is quickly kicked to the curb. Even as she marries a good man, she is still waiting for Edward to come for her.
Dorothy is a woman who doesn’t understand how to show love and affection to her children. She loves them terribly but has never learned how to show them.
Everyone has a point of view in this one. June thinks Ruth stole her soul mate. Ruth thinks June gets everything she wants and is the favorite. Now Ruth is living the farm life with John who has sleeping sickness. She hates her life and wants Junes. June wants her soul mate back but has instead settled with a rich doctor and is one of the “Bettys” of the Crocker plant.
When Dorothy calls June home, she comes and brings her husband who may have a cure for the sleeping sickness. But if John wakes up, how much of what has been happening will he know?
With 3 sisters of my own, I recognize this story! We all wanted what the other one had. Until we lost it and found out all we really wanted was to be loved and content with what we had. But as Dorothy would say, “We aren’t dead yet.”
Full of heartbreak, love, forgiveness and the love of family, this was a beautifully written book!
NetGalley/ September 10th, 2019 by Gallery Books
“Whatever comes your way, find happiness in it.”
Hope Carpenter and her husband, Rick, are at a crossroads. Hope has raised their four children and is going back to teaching. They are where they want to be.
In the blink of an eye, they are suddenly out of jobs and the financial and emotional stress is affecting them both. Selling their home and moving closer to their only daughter along with Rick’s severance package has given them a bit of financial security but they both are feeling unsteady and afraid, which leads to quite a bit of tension.
Hope is determined to find a job and contribute financially and feel useful. She didn’t think that the job would be teaching female inmates in prison. After some initial trepidation, she finds herself loving the job and the young women.
Hope finds that teaching these young women to quilt will have a dramatic effect. They are learning to be normal. To think, plan, pour their hearts into something they can feel ownership over and pride in themselves.
This one has all of the feels in it. I laughed, I cried, I was indignant! Bostwick always gives us such beautiful stories. I always learn something I needed to learn.
Very Well Done!
There is no recipe for life.
Elle, owner, and baker extraordinaire is thinking seriously about opening a second bakery.
She has put her heart and soul into her business leaving her husband in second place and looking elsewhere for comfort. He cheats. She doesn’t understand why and turns to what she knows best. Baking.
All of Elles’ recipes bring memories. Some more comforting than others. Confused, and not sure what to do she has her own little fling and may lose her husband in the end.
The story is told in the present, the months and years before she knew about the fling and the time afterward. That was a bit confusing, but not much. The recipes were to die for in this book. Elle wasn’t a very likable character for me.
To be honest, if I were her husband, I would have left too. She had a one-track mind and it was only on one thing. Her bakery. The marriage didn’t come with a recipe and Elle has no idea what the ingredients of one are. But can she find them? Or will it be too little too late?
I anxiously await her next book! Seriously Elle may have been clueless about marriage, but the woman knows how to bake!
NetGalley/ July 1st, 2019 by Lake Union Publishing
A heartwarming story of two very strong and independent women. Jenna and Maureen have been best friends forever. Their dream was to go to Paris together after graduation from college. At the last minute, Maureen gets pregnant and has to get married. A short-lived event. Jenna, a nurse, marries Kyle, a surgeon. Bad idea. After having been a single mom for 20 years, she is now an empty nester.
Neither of the friends is into dating. But the house is awfully quiet now. Maybe it’s time to re-create themselves. Plan that trip to Paris now. Until each of them stumbles awkwardly into men they wouldn’t have looked twice at until they did.
Debbie always looks at the bright side of things in her books. Yes, there is heartbreak, misunderstandings, and dreams deferred, but in the end, I was crying like a baby. Because that is what her books do. They make you feel. The characters are so very human and make mistakes, but they are good people. I always feel as if I just had a true heart to heart with my grandmother after one of her books.
NetGalley/July, 16th 2019 by Ballantine Books