Then Came You

Just Came You

Then Came you is such a moving book. There is struggle on each of the main character’s sides, struggles of insecurity and doubt for personal reasons.

Mia and her nephew Ben moved to Compass Cove to live with her Nana. She wants to provide a better and more secure home for Ben in a small town. She has been unfairly criticized by her mother her entire life and is haunted by never living up to her mother’s ideal.

Adam Miller is an ex-NFL player and a formerly reckless playboy. He coaches football at the local college where Mia works. After a horrific car crash, Adam straightened up and is remaking his whole life. He is haunted by his past and wonders if anyone will forget how he was and accept how he is now.

When Adam and Mia meet, there is an instant chemistry. Mia has trouble believing Adam could even care about her and Ben. He feels like he’ll fail both her and Ben. But, Mia is changing and finally growing secure in herself and can only hope Adam will stay around. Adam is in the same boat-hoping Mia will stay and see him in his new light.

I look forward to the next book in the series to see who is next to find true north in Compass Cove.

Always You

always You

I do not think a love story can get any better or sweeter than that of what is told in Always You. The writing is not too sentimental in telling the story of Matt and Anna’s past and is just enough for one to begin to really care about what unfolds as they face each other. They are in different lives and places than they were after college when Anna fled to London to escape her forever mourning mother and left Matt in the lurch, engagement ring in hand. Anna ruptured his heart and time has not completely healed it. Matt never anticipated seeing Anna again, much less with a son, but fate brought them together to face the past and possible forge a future.

Not in Her Wildest Dreams

Not in Her Wildest Dreams

I loved this book because of the many layers to each character’s story that are interrelated and spun together to make a whole picture.

Sterling and Paige are at the center of a journey to pull together their respective family’s joint business problems both to their chagrin. They have a hard history together that has constructed an impenetrable wall around each of them. Working together is not going to be easy or amiable. They are jolted by family secrets that randomly appear and are purposely thrown in their paths. Underneath is all is a current of love that could have been and might just still be if only it was allowed to surface and ride above the river of doubts and hurt.

I found myself loving both Paige and Sterling as they worked toward each other, are torn apart and start back again. There is so much hidden to be uncovered as the whole story progresses that to keep reading is a must.

Before Ever After

Before Never After

This is an absolutely incredible book-well written, engaging, thoughtful and compelling. It tells the story of a man whose life is not as it seems, of the woman who loved him and of the grandson who is seeking to find him. All this is tied into the telling of a story within of the lives this man, Max, has lived and of the story those lives really tell.

In the opening chapter is Shelley, widow to Max, meeting a man who claims he is Max’s grandson. Paolo, the grandson, is the age Max was when he died five years prior. From this point, the story of Shelley and Max unfold in the telling of the memories Shelley has of her meeting and falling in love with Max. The stories are of the history of places Max leads people to in his small tour business in Europe. Paolo has heard each one but as a child growing up as Max raised him. Confusion and, finally, understanding come to Shelley and Paolo as they travel to a remote Philippine island in search of Max.

There are colorful tales of Max’s historical past written with a passion to convey Max’s emotions in each. The stories become the ultimate path to Max.

Enigma

Enigma

Novels by Catherine Coulter draw you into the story in the first chapters and hold you there, spellbound and filled with suspense until the last word. Enigma is right there with captivating stories that drive the novel to the end.

One story is of the actions of an escaped convict with blackmail and freedom as motivations. Manta Ray was convicted of bank robbery. He managed to hide the contents of the safe deposit box he took and when his successful escape happens, he puts into motion his plans to get rid of any person in his way to money and freedom.

In the second parallel story, a baby has been kidnapped from the hospital after a hostage situation with his mother and a deranged man who is claiming he is only protecting the baby. He ends up in the same hospital as the mother, in a coma. Savich and Sherlock, FBI agents are quick to action to work on uncovering the mystery of the unconscious man and the kidnapped baby.

Magnolia Nights

Magnolia Nights

This is a fast paced book, wonderfully written to convey the emotions of the characters in true form

Charleston, SC is the setting in this mystery/romance of a woman seeking answers to lost memories, memories that have plagued her for decades. Ellie has only fragmented and horrible memories of her early childhood fraught with the recall of a tyrannical grandmother and a sickly mother. The only saving grace is a loving housekeeper who managed to inject some love and warmth into Ellie’s lost, lonely existence.

When Ellie is notified that she has inherited the estate of her wretched grandmother in Charleston, she travels back there and back into a time of lost memories, of before she was sent to live with a father she did not know existed. There is a horribly wrong story in Ellie’s past that she bravely seeks to learn.

The Almost Sisters

Almost Sisters

This is a heart wrenching story filled with the love of family and friends that will bring tears to your eyes and unrest to your heart. It is about Birdie, Wattie, Leis and Rachel and the relationships that have ruled or ruined their lives. The scene is modern day Alabama and the sadness that is residual racism flourishing under the town cover.

The secret hiding in Birdie’s attic brings it all front and center as Leia tries to cope with it and make sense of so many events that shake up her world.

The Almost Sisters is well worth your time to read.

Merry and Bright

merry and bright

I thoroughly enjoyed this light hearted story of two people experiencing and meeting on a dating web site. The relationship of Merry and Jay involves many online chats before they take the plunge to meet face-to-face. Complications to meeting ensue for both of them and some irrational mistakes almost ruin everything.

A Cowboy Rides Away

the cowboy rides away

A Cowboy Rides Away is book three of the Marvells of Montana series by Jeannie Watt. It is the story of Megan Marvel and Jason Mann. I loved this book because of the sheer grit exhibited by Megan. She has been a peace maker all her life, avoiding confrontation at all costs. When the love of her life, Jason, appears after a two year absence, Meg draws in her fears and finds a way to put herself back in his life. She wants closure to his abrupt departure and needs to find out what really happened.

Unbeknownst to Meg, Jason has very personal deeply hidden reasons for leaving her even though it has left an unfillable void in him. As Megan shows a different and new aspect of herself, will Jason be led to face his demons and be honest or will he run again? Meg is determined to try and try again to reach the inner core of his heart.

Hot Touch

Hot touch

This is a reissue of an earlier book by Deborah Smith that I had never read. No matter how old the book, if it’s by her, it will be captivating, engaging and inspired. Every word, every sentence draws the reader deeply into a compelling story filled with emotion.

Hot Touch is such a story. A woman who detests her heritage is called to work in the heart of what she hates. Caroline Fitzsimmons is an animal trainer gifted at reaching animal actors when all else fails. Deep in the Cajun country of Louisiana is a wolf that won’t cooperate with his owner, Paul Belue. He’s never encountered such behavior from Wolf and believes no outside trainer can do anything. Caroline is not an average trainer Paul soon learns. Plus, there is something more present drawing them together, even as Caroline fights it.

The story artfully unfolds as the tenuous relationship grows. Caroline is hiding the truth of her hatred of all things Cajun and of her unique gift. Paul is determined to uncover the why’s.