Things We Never Said

Things we never said

Things We Never Said is a fascinating, tear evoking, heartfelt story that is hard to put down as you become more and more involved in it. Widowed Sean is left a box of pictures and voice message tapes from his just deceased wife. The contents of the box chronicle their lives, both together and apart. You read the happy, the sad and the hurtful of their relationship and marriage. As you continue, you see the grief process in Sean evolve as it plays out against his wife’s memories. This is a very touching and skillfully written book.

At the Wedding

At the Wedding

At the Wedding is such an engaging book loaded with quirky people, funny incidents, head trips, and perfect match-ups in personalities. Tons of stuff goes off the rails as six friends gather for a surprise (for the groom) wedding in Barcelona. The air is rife with personal doubts and quandaries. The only true things are the wedding venue and time. You can expect topsy-turvy decisions until the very end.

It All Comes Back to You

It all comes back

It All Comes Back to You is a totally captivating and engaging novel on several levels. The life of Violet Louise Thompson is seen through the eyes of Ronni who is writing Violet’s biography at Violet’s request with the telling of the actual stories by Violet.

Adding flavor to the story is the relationship building between Ronni and Rick which is tossed about on the waves of his ex-wife’s meddling.

Christmas in Evergreen

Christmas in evergreen

Christmas in Evergreen is yet another endearing novel by Nancy Naigle wrapping love and Christmas spirit in the hearts of two people struggling with decisions and with life. In the town of Evergreen in northern Vermont, Allie Shaw is preparing to change her life and move to Washington, DC. Her maybe again boyfriend, Spencer, lives in DC and is intent on them trying again. Allie is excited to move but torn at leaving the town that she loves so much. Ryan Bellamy lost his wife the year before and he is determined to make this Christmas so much better for his daughter, Zoe. When their plans (and Ella’s) turn south due to weather, both Ryan and Ella get the gift of a Christmas neither one could have seen coming. Cute and sweet story!

Dear Santa

Dear Santa

Dear Santa is the first book I have read by Nancy Naigle and I just loved the melody of the writing and the engaging story. It is love evolving in unsuspecting hearts wrapped within the Christmas holidays. Of course, love starts off on all the wrong footing as Angela Carson and Geoff Paisley find themselves on opposite sides of the retail business coin. She runs a small, family owned Christmas business on its last leg. He owns the new, major retailer, Christmas Galore, which has become the last straw in Angela’s business’s existence. Letters from Santa, written by Geoff become a big factor in Angela’s life-both business and love.

Chasing Shadows

chasing shadows

I loved this novel about a woman determined to strengthen herself after a horrible attack and to find the person who did it. Avery is a strong woman but her defenses were shattered after the attack, along with her nose. A chance meeting at a local bar after her Krav Maga class leads her to Liam. He is intrigued by Avery and becomes her fighting partner. As romance blooms, so does Avery’s memories of the attack and her determination to travel back to New York to the scene of her attack. She tells Liam nothing about her search leaving him to wonder about their relationship and her whereabouts. The ending will take you by surprise but melds well with the rest of the novel.

Forgetting Ophelia

ophelia

I was drawn into Forgetting Ophelia from the first chapter and did not put it down until the last. The great writing excellently captures all of the emotions and turmoil Ophelia (Lia) experiences as she progresses through a downright terrible time. Her husband abruptly and with no explanation leaves her on her thirty-fifth birthday and their fifth anniversary. She later learns the reason and is torn by his actions. You read how her life progresses through her discordant childhood and over a series of life denting events. All the while, Lia grows, adapts and finds herself.

Chuckerman Makes a Movie

chuckerman

Oh, my gosh! Chuckerman Makes a Movie is hilarious at times, seriously retrospective at others. I literally laughed out loud at many of the scenes. Other scenes were thoughtful and reflective. It is a perfect combination of funny and serious wrapped up in the story of David Melman and Laurel Sorenson. David has been told his is floundering in both love and life. His sister, Marcy, strongly suggests he takes a course in screen writing. Her friend, Laurel (The Mormon Rodeo) teaches it and feels it will help him in life. He falls for her; she falls for him. But, a pristine, ancient Cadillac stands in the middle.

A Brand New Ending

brand new

I did expect a great offering by Jennifer Probst and A Brand New Ending brings it. It is a touching, endearing and heartrending novel of Kyle and Ophelia and of the struggles Kyle makes to bring them back together after ten years apart. It is about teens with ideals and dreams. He succeeds. She runs away from him and his lack of understanding her.

Ten years later, Kyle returns to her to try and rekindle what once was a flaming love. She is adamant: no rekindle, thus no flame. But, the embers are still too hot to self-extinguish. Kyle, however, needs to truly understand why Ophelia left him if he wants to recapture and hold onto what they could have again.

Plus, Kyle needs to resolve the bitter memories of growing up with a belligerent, cruel and loveless father is Kyle is really to progress and thrive. Although he forgives Ophelia for leaving him, he finds she is not the one who needs forgiveness. It is he who needs her to forgive him.

The Secrets We Keep

secrets we keep

The Secrets We Keep is a deep novel delving into the bruised psyches of the two main women Tessa McIntyre and Rebecca Finlay who have both escaped with their families minus spouses to the Finger Lakes. Both are staying for the summer and both have very personal reasons for leaving their homes. It is a wreck waiting to happen as the summer progresses as the choices they make take dramatic turns for each of them and for their children.