THE WITCHES OF CAMBRIDGE by MENNA VAN PRAAG

The Witches of Cambridge: A Novel by [van Praag, Menna]

For fans of Alice Hoffman, Sarah Addison Allen, and Adriana Trigiani, The Witches of Cambridge reveals an astonishing world where the heart’s deepest secrets give way to the magic of life-changing love.

Be careful what you wish for. If you’re a witch, you might just get it.

Amandine Bisset has always had the power to feel the emotions of those around her. It’s a secret she can share only with her friends—all professors, all witches—when they gather for the Cambridge University Society of Literature and Witchcraft. Amandine treasures these meetings but lately senses the ties among her colleagues beginning to unravel. If only she had her student Noa’s power to hear the innermost thoughts of others, she might know how to patch things up. Unfortunately, Noa regards her gift as a curse. So when a seductive artist claims he can cure her, Noa jumps at the chance, no matter the cost.

Noa’s not the only witch who’s in over her head. Mathematics professor Kat has a serious case of unrequited love but refuses to cast spells to win anyone’s heart. Kat’s sister, Cosima, is not above using magic to get what she wants, sprinkling pastries in her bakery with equal parts sugar and enchantment. But when Cosima sets her sights on Kat’s crush, she conjures up a dangerous love triangle.

As romance and longing swirl through every picturesque side street, the witches of Cambridge find their lives unexpectedly upended and changed in ways sometimes extraordinary, sometimes heartbreaking, but always enchanting.

Magical Realism is what the author calls her writing. I call it really, really good! This author was recommended by a lovely lady over at insearchofitall

Now that I know about this author and her books, I’ve ordered them all! That is how much I loved this book. It’s smart, funny, heartbreaking and a well written story. My next one to read is The Dress Shop of Dreams.

Now to get back to the TBR pile….maybe it will magically disappear!

xx Patricia

 

The Writing Desk by Rachel Hauck

The Writing Desk

Tenley Roth’s first book was a literary and commercial success. Now that her second book is due, she’s locked in fear. Can she repeat her earlier success or is she a fraud who merely found a bit of luck?


With pressure mounting from her publisher, Tenley is weighted with writer’s block. But when her estranged mother calls asking Tenley to help her through chemotherapy, she packs up for Florida where she meets handsome furniture designer Jonas Sullivan and discovers the story her heart’s been missing.

Born during the Gilded Age, Birdie Shehorn is the daughter of the old money Knickerbockers. Yet her life is not her own. Under the strict control of her mother, her every move is decided ahead of time, even whom she’ll marry. But Birdie has dreams of her own. She wants to tell stories, write novels, make an impact on the world. When she discovers her mother has literally destroyed her dreams, she must choose between submission and security or forging a brand new way all on her own.

Tenley and Birdie are from two very different worlds. Yet when Tenley discovers Birdie’s manuscript, their lives intersect. Birdie’s words help Tenley find a way home. Tenley brings Birdie’s writing to the world.

Can two women separated by time help fulfill each other’s destiny?

And that is what you are going to have to read for yourself! Rachel’s books have a way of calming the soul. Bringing things into perspective if you will. And this one is no different in that regard.

Tenley comes from a line of successful writers, or so she believes. Was her first book just dumb luck or because of her last name? Or is she a one hit wonder?

Told from two different time periods, now and the Gilded Age, we follow along with both of them until in the end so many people and things had to come together just so to end with a very satisfying AH!

This may be under Christian Fiction, but that part of the story was not overwhelming or shoved in your face. The book is chock full of really interesting characters that I really hope will spin-off!

Release Date is July 10, 2017

TWO NIGHTS A Novel by Kathy Reichs

Two Nights

Blurb: #1 New York Times bestselling author Kathy Reichs steps beyond her classic Temperance Brennan series in a new standalone thriller featuring a smart, tough, talented heroine whose thirst for justice stems from her own dark past.

Meet Sunday Night, a woman with physical and psychological scars, and a killer instinct. . . .

Sunnie has spent years running from her past, burying secrets and building a life in which she needs no one and feels nothing. But a girl has gone missing, lost in the chaos of a bomb explosion, and the family needs Sunnie’s help.

Is the girl dead? Did someone take her? If she is out there, why doesn’t she want to be found? It’s time for Sunnie to face her own demons because they just might lead her to the truth about what really happened all those years ago.

As a fan of Reich’s Temperance Brennan series, as well as the television show ‘Bones”, I was excited to see this new stand alone book introducing an entirely new cast of characters.

Sunday Night is a woman with a past. Scarred emotionally and physically. Living like a hermit on Goat Island, just a tiny spit of land off the coast of Charleston. No cars, no amenities.

We know she is former military and former Charleston PD. And that is about all we know about her.  When she is contacted about a missing person case, the details are a little too close to her past, which is why she says yes and goes full throttle after who ever has taken this girl and killed innocent people.

In all honesty I have to say I was disappointed in this one. All the ingredients were there, but there was a shallowness to the information on the characters and their motivations.

This book is set for July 11th release. Give it a try and let me know what you think!

xx Books,BooksandMoreBooks

The LITTLE FRENCH BISTRO BY NINA GEORGE (CROWN/NY)

The Little French Bistro

From the New York Times and internationally bestselling author of The Little Paris Bookshop, an extraordinary novel about self-discovery and new beginnings.

Marianne is stuck in a loveless, unhappy marriage. After forty-one years, she has reached her limit, and one evening in Paris she decides to take action. Following a dramatic moment on the banks of the Seine, Marianne leaves her life behind and sets out for the coast of Brittany, also known as the end of the world.

Here she meets a cast of colorful and unforgettable locals who surprise her with their warm welcome, and the natural ease they all seem to have, taking pleasure in life s small moments. And, as the parts of herself she had long forgotten return to her in this new world, Marianne learns it s never too late to begin the search for what life should have been all along.

With all the buoyant charm that made The Little Paris Bookshop a beloved bestseller, The Little French Bistro is a tale of second chances and a delightful embrace of the joys of life in France.

After 41 years with a man who has cheated on her, never let her make one decision on her own, at the age of 60, she makes her first one. To end her life.

Death may not be quite ready for Marianne though. As terrified as she is at striking out on her own with nothing she is determined to let this old life die and find one she loves and that loves her back.

Something in a painted tile she finds calls to her and she sets out to find Kerdruc. It’s here that she remembers who and what she is, where she is free to be who she wants and to love who she wants.

Second chances are a big theme throughout the story. Ms. George is masterful at painting a picture with language! I can’t wait to see what she has in store for us next!

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Dinner Chez Moi by Elizabeth Bard

Dinner Chez Moi: 50 French Secrets to Joyful Eating and Entertaining by [Bard, Elizabeth]

Tips, tricks and recipes to make your feasts and fetes more French, from the New York Times bestselling author of Lunch in Paris and Picnic in Provence
When Elizabeth Bard, a New Yorker raised on Twizzlers and instant mac and cheese, fell for a handsome Frenchman and moved to Paris, she discovered a whole new world of culinary delights. First in Paris, then in a tiny village in Provence, Elizabeth explored the markets, incorporating new ingredients and rituals into her everyday meals and routines.

After 15 years of cooking in her own French kitchen, making French friends–and observing her slim and elegant French mother-in-law–Elizabeth has gathered a treasure trove of information that has radically changed her own eating habits for the better. She realized that what most Americans call “dieting”–smaller portions, no snacking, a preference for seasonal fruits and vegetables, and limited sugar–the French simply call “eating.” And they do it with pleasure, gusto, and flair.

With wit, sound advice, and easy-to-follow recipes, Bard lets her readers in on a range of delightful–and useful–French secrets to eating and living well, including hunger as the new foreplay, the top five essential French cooking tools and 15 minute meals popular throughout France, and the concept of benevolent dictatorship: why French kids eat veggies, and how to get yours to eat them, too. Whether you’re ready for a complete kitchen transformation or simply looking for dinner party inspiration, Dinner Chez Moi is a fun, practical, and charming how-to guide that will add a dash of joie de vivre to your kitchen–and your life!

Ms. Bard is a very interesting woman! I have her books Lunch in Paris and Picnic in Provence, both full of France, food and love.

She is not a fussy chef. She is a cook, who after being raised on the typical American Fare,adjusted her sails and learned how to cook and eat like the people around her do.

This book is full of basic and easy recipes utilizing the 50 Secrets of a French kitchen. And they could not be any simpler. This new book came out in April.

Charming and Delicious, it’s a win-win!

xx Patricia

Hospitality and Homicide: Book 8 in the Tourist Trap Mysteries by Lynn Cahoon *Release Day*

Hospitality and Homicide (A Tourist Trap Mystery #8)

Welcome back to South Cove! A beautiful little seaside town in California. This is the 8th book in this series. And things are coming along very well.

Jill Gardner, owner of Coffee, Books and More, is getting ready for Nathan Pike to return and do a signing at her shop while he is in town shadowing her hot cop boyfriend, Greg, for a week while working on his newest novel.

There are a lot of changes going on at the shop as workers come and go and Jill is still trying to finish up her business degree, run the shop, interview new employees and now it looks as though there is going to be a murder to solve. As well as answer a question posed by said hot cop.

Someone has killed a local B&B owner in the same manner as a character in Nathan’s new book. Who wanted this man dead? And who knew what Nathan was writing?

In this close knit community there is no shortage of odd citizens. And of course our girl Jill isn’t one to sit quietly on the sidelines whiler her man handles the detective work.

I really enjoyed this one! The characters continue to surprise me and are very well developed.

I have no problem recommending this book to all of you Cozy Mystery fans!

Thank yout to Netgalley and Kensington for this early copy! The book release date is May of 2017.

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xx Patricia

Fatality By Firelight (A Cat Latimer Mystery) by Lynn Cahoon Release Day!!

Fatality by Firelight by Lynn Cahoon
Back into the world of the Warm Springs Writers’ retreat, housed in the old Victorian that was left to Cat Latimer. She is a writer of a YA witchy series and when her ex-husband died, leaving her the house, it’s what she wants to do. Provide a place where writers can enjoy the Colorado scenery and be inspired to write.
The group this week is a diverse bunch. A poet, a nonficton author, a romance writer and a history writer. With the local college providing library resources and the ski slopes just up the hill, it’s the perfect spot for inspiration.

 

Our story begins with the theft of a rare Hemingway book from the library. Cat’s Uncle Pete, the local law, is keeping an eye on the houseguests, as he should because some of them are just a bit off.

When a body is found at the ski lodge and the last person seen with him is one of the guests, Cat puts on her detective hat and tries to get to the bottom of the crime. While at the same time, getting her own book written and still trying to figure out if there was more to her ex-husbands’ death than meets the eye. And also who is this new handsome stranger showing up in town knowing her name?

Between Cat, Shauna and Seth they are sure to come up with some wild speculations and probably solve a crime!

We are loving the Cat Latimer mystery series. There are strong women here. They are just really interesting and good characters, well thought out.

In Book Club this is one of our favorite series and one of our favorite cosy mystery writers! And it’s not just the amazingly well described food, although that Shauna can cook something fierce. We always learn a little something too. The books leave us feeling warm and satisfied! Good Job Ms. Cahoon!

Thank you to Netgalley and Kensington for this early copy. Release Date is Today!