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 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!
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!
Tiny House in the Trees is such a cute story about a young woman struggling to finish her master’s thesis while finding so man financial roadblocks in her way. Molly has good intentions but really sabotages herself so many times by her honest attempts to move forward. She is in love with a face (Quinn) and missing the whole person (Bale). Cringing at all her mishaps is common place as you read and really root for Molly to find a way to succeed.
Sadly, I was not too taken by A Lot of Fuss about a Duck. The story felt like it would unravel too many times with attempts to pull the threads back together. It has a third person voice that fell flat and felt more like a verbal story than a written one.
What’s Left Unsaid is an apt title for this intense novel about the things people hide or lie about in order to just keep going in life. Sasha is a mother of teenage Zak, facing his teen attitude uneasily and worriedly as he shuts her out on a daily basis. Her upbringing was without love from her mother, Anna, who is slipping quickly into dementia. Anna slips in her memories to Zak, opening a can of worms that Sasha has avoided. The truths that are revealed are devastating but somehow bring Sasha and Zak to a better understanding of each other and of the past.
The Space Between Us is not an easy read but it is a very worthwhile one. It is a novel that is very hard to put down because the story is deeply engrossing and draws you into the turmoil that the main characters, Nora and Jascha, endure.
Nora and Jascha have always been there for each other but an ocean apart from being emotionally well to survive a relationship. Nora is reeling from the death of her husband from leukemia and Jascha’s family was killed in a car wreck that he still suffers emotionally from. The healing takes place for both of them as they separate intentionally to allow for it to happen, never losing sight of the love that awaits them when the healing is complete.
What’s Love Got to Do with It is such a cute and delightful book. There are a myriad of great characters that add to the mix and to the push me-pull you relationship that forms between journalist, Kayla, and town mayor, Greyson. A series of some completely hysterical scenes involving Kayla’s Aunt Jill will leave you laughing. Life in the tiny town of Heber Springs, Arkansas is about to liven up!
Gut Feeling is a cute book about doubting yourself, your feelings and your significant other. It moves at a comfortable enough pace that allows the reader to understand the why’s of the doubts and to hope for a happy ending.
The main female character, Ashleigh, stayed in London when her family moved to the US. Her reason for staying was to be with her boyfriend but he dumps her and leaves her devastated. Enter Dave who she meets when he comes to fix a window at her work. They hit it off but complications and misunderstandings mar the path to a whole relationship.
Seeking a fresh start in her life, Ella leaves her home in Melbourne on an adventure in recapturing herself in Paris in this enjoyable novel. Ella faces life head on as she seeks a job and an apartment in the city. What she finds is a love interest and the best fromagerie in Paris. What she does not realize is that the fromagerie may also have the best love interest in the city, too. All the best and all the worst happen as Ella passes the year in the City of Lights.