Snowflakes at Lavender Bay

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Snowflakes at Lavender Bay is such an endearing story of two people searching for something to bring fulfillment to their lives. They find each other but lies of omission, fears and insecurities work together to stop and start what could prove to be the fulfillment they seek.

The House at Flynn’s Crossing

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The synopsis I read on The House at Flynn’s Crossing sounded like something I would enjoy reading. However, as many times as I tried to get into the book, I found it to be an OK novel that covers the same ground repeatedly and becomes rather tedious. Perhaps that method was to accentuate the slow progress the character of Antonia Farris is making to readjust to life after having been abducted and hidden for five years in a horrible situation.

I am sure many will find the book rich and enjoyable but for me, it was just not happening.

Not Quite Over You

Not Quite Over You

Susan Mallery novels are always a delight and captivating. She has a certain flair for probing the why’s of a relationship: why they once failed; why they would not work or work again; why are these two people butting heads when love is right there waiting for them.

In Not Quite Over You, the reader sees the complexity of the past and present for Silver Tesdal and Drew Lovato. Their teen love was abandoned when he went to college and the seemingly dead flame was not quite thoroughly extinguished. Twelve years later and a dilemma for Silver cause them both to look at the future and all its unknowns in their relationship and see if there is something called love waiting for them.

A True Cowboy Christmas

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This is a novel to read slowly and savor to the hilt. It is sweet but also intense, mesmerizing and absorbing as you wade the waters of the lives of Gray Everett and Abby Douglas and the relationship that develops between them. His back story, her back story and how they combine, antagonize and blend creates an enthralling story to slowly enjoy as it unfolds. Both Gray and Abby have compelling stories of their own verbally abusive parents and of how they both valiantly fought to rise above while harboring demons from the deep cuts that parents can inflict.

It is a novel well worth your time to read and enjoy.

The Military Wife

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The Military Wife has entered the small domain of my To Be Reread Many Times books. It is a small list of books that have touched me down deep and that call to me to read them. There is so much to love about The Military Wife: characters that resonate emotions and deep seated fears, a plot that is real and relatable (regardless of the military aspect), struggles that anyone can either relate to or empathize with, and excellent writing that draws the reader in completely and holds them throughout the entire book.
To summarize, Harper Lee Wilcox was left widowed and pregnant when her SEAL husband was killed on deployment. She has managed to raise a wonderful five year old boy, maintain a lackluster job and come out of her grief. She does not recognize that her life is lacking until she connects with her military wife friend, Allison, and they hatch a plan to help other military wives. A chance mention by Allison, moves Harper to contact Bennett Caldwell, the SEAL teammate that was with Harper’s husband when he died. They begin to develop feelings for each other but the shadowy presence of her husband flits back and forth between them.
Reading about the determination of both Harper and Bennett and their respective hesitations is stirring and unforgettable.

Forget You Know Me

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Intense! Simply intense! What a fabulous, twisting, nerve wracking novel Forget You Know Me turned out to be. Secrets abound and fears mount for Molly, Daniel and Liza as they traverse rocky and treacherous ground. Each of them is dealing (poorly) with events that have happened to them separately. It all begins when Liza sees a stranger in Molly’s house while they are video chatting and goes downhill fast from there. The real question is whether any of them will face their dilemmas and seek solutions before it all gets too far out of hand.

Cleaning her House

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Defiantly charged by her sister, Bossy Betsy, to clean out their mother, Patricia’s, house, Elinor Goggins finds herself way overwhelmed by the multitude of boxes filled with stuff, by the tarps covering junk on the lawn, by the overstuffed garage and basement and by the pure filth all over the house. Patricia is a massive hoarder. Complaints have been piling up against her. A stroke forces her to rehab and the opportunity to clean out all the junk opens.

Cleaning her House takes an impressive look into hoarding and how it affects others. More to the story is how the level of junk amassed by Patricia almost pales in comparison to the levels of emotional junk both Elinor and Betsy deal with in their lives. Elinor has walled off her heart and when she meets Race-inspector and home contractor, he challenges her heart and her developing tendency to hoard, too. Betsy is fighting a battle with her husband over their son’s life decisions. As the junk get sorted and cleared, so does the junk Elinor and Betsy horde.

My Favorite Half-Night Stand

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Right away I have to mention that I have loved everything written by Lauren Christina. My Favorite Half-Night Stand is right up there with their other books!

It is a funny and imaginative novel bringing to life the story of dating in the times of online partnering and all it entails.

Five professor friends, Millie, Ed, Reid, Chris, and Alex are all dateless for the big Dean’s Banquet-a plus-one affair. They contrive as a group to try online dating to find someone to bring. All the guys get responses (especially after Millie writes their bios) but Millie is at zero responses…until she creates her alter-ego and gets connected with Reid (who has had a connection to Millie since they met.)

Needless to say, it all goes awry for Millie as she continues her alter-ego communication with Reid. After all, the best laid plans of mice and of men do go astray!

Stuck in Manistique

Stuck in Manistique

Stuck in Manistique is simply a delightful book chock filled with humorous events and characters around every corner. I found the book to be very funny within the pages, comical at times and serious at others. Silly lies, misinterpretations, cloudy intentions abound. I actually loved the book!

Winter in Paradise

Winter in paradise

If you enjoy a great story with complications and messy relationships, you must read Elin Hildebrand’s novel, Winter in Paradise! It is chock full of crazy connections, brother competitions, a secret life and family trying to pull things together amid silent, disappearing people and tight lipped natives on St. John’s Island, USVI.

The story is compelling and draws the reader into a strange but lovely island where a dead husband has created a love nest for himself and an island woman. As the story unfolds, there are so many imaginative relationships that develop that you will be eager to not just read the next chapter but the next page.

I thoroughly enjoyed and savored Winter in Paradise!