Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Meant to Be

Joe Kingsley is the “It” guy of the eighties. Born into a high achieving, wealthy family - Joe always had that special something. Carrying the memory of his father, an astronaut and American hero who perished a tragic death, Joe is smothered with love from his stylish, well bred mother. With his all American good looks, athleticism and natural charm Joe finds it’s smooth sailing to pretty much get whatever and whomever he wants. His mother repeatedly reminding him that as the receiver of many gifts, much is expected. The pressure of being a Kingsley and barrage of unwanted publicity leaves Joe constantly on the search for true happiness and often his next adrenaline rush. One day, on a windy beach in the Hamptons, he stumbles upon a photo shoot and meets the most stunning woman he has ever seen. After continuous begging and pleading Cate finally agrees to a date. And just as Cate feared there is no turning back. Their pasts cannot be more different. Cate grew up in another world, a dysfunctional home filled with dread and disappointment. Until Joe, Cate never dreamed there was a love this great. Succumbing to the terrifying paparazzi and harsh public opinion, Cate cannot resist her full heart and Joe’s eternal optimism. Their romance is one people write books about.  Loosely (very loosely!) based on the Kennedy’s these characters were easily imaginable and beloved. This “what if” novel is beautiful all on its own - but with JFK Jr’s handsome face in mind, Meant to Be comes instantly to life and melted my heart. This imaginative, well written, captivating love story is unputdownable and the absolute PERFECT summer read! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Tuesday, May 10, 2022

An Island Wedding

On the remote island of Mure, between Scotland and Norway, Flora MacKenzie is planning her wedding. After a stint in London she is once again living on the island she was raised with her fiancé Joel and their baby Douglas who is soon to turn one. Flora is finally ready to tie the knot surrounded by beloved family and friends. While she manages the beautiful local hotel with her brother, she could think of no better place to take her vows. Then Olivia MacDonald shows up. Having left the island ten years ago in search of a bigger shinier life the breathtakingly beautiful Olivia returns instagram famous and engaged to a wealthy man. She is in Mure to plan her wedding (fancy planner in tow) and rub her success in the faces of her past. To further complicate matters Olivia wants to hold the affair the same time and place as Flora. When Joel who suffered a difficult lonely childhood decides he prefers a small simple ceremony Flora is unsure whether she can juggle the two simultaneously. This fifth book of a series can easily stand alone - say “I Do” to this enchanting arm chair travel to the Scottish Isles. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

The Wedding Crasher

Speak now or forever hold your peace? Solange Pereira, a beautiful Brazilian-American firecracker is helping her wedding planner cousin Lina with a fancy affair when she unexpectedly overhears a conversation in the stairwell. Unable to keep quiet during the ceremony, this wedding crasher becomes the wedding destroyer and stops this very sweet handsome groom from making the biggest mistake of his life. Little did she know that the couple had an odd agreement and Dean (sexy groom) does not believe in true love. This business-like arrangement checked all his boxes and that was that. Feeling absolutely mortified that she ruined his special day Solange cannot refuse Dean when he asks for a great big favor in return. As he fights for partnership in the law firm where he works, Dean must help recruit a woman from a well connected family. He needs Solange to “pretend date” him to accomplish this task. One rom-com mishap after another leads these adorable characters and their fake romance to finally acknowledge their very real chemistry. For these two career driven hotties giving real love a chance means putting to-do lists and meddling family aside and facing their own beating hearts. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Thursday, April 28, 2022

The Book Woman's Daughter

The packhorse librarians hold a special place in the heart of the majestic Kentucky mountains. Cussy Lovett, a Blue, was one of the very first women to enter these hills and spread the love of literacy to many simple folks who had few luxuries in their lives. Back breaking work in the mines and hunting in these remote hollers left the women at home often taking care of numerous children, ramshackle homes and elderly relatives with very little income. Honey Lovett, Cussy’s daughter is only 16 years old when her beloved parents are arrested for miscegenation. They are sentenced to prison and Honey struggles to find freedom and a way to carry on her mother’s legacy as a packhorse librarian, her true calling. Always ready to help a neighbor Honey carries the same deep beliefs and honor as her mother. She knows that learning to read and write unquestionably changes lives. Befriending Pearl, the new female forestry fire-watcher, Honey learns first hand how deeply the prejudices and suppression runs against Blue’s and women in general. Finding the strength through newfound sisterhood and books the two women attempt to establish their valuable place in the community. This wonderful sequel can easily stand alone. What a joy to climb back into the Appalachia Mountains and characters of Troublesome Creek. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Saturday, April 23, 2022

Take My Hand

In 1973 Civil Townsend is a brand new nursing school graduate. Raised from a long line of black physicians, a rarity in Montgomery Alabama, Civil is excited to start her first job at the Montgomery Family Planning Clinic. As she meets the other nurses and starts to get her bearings, Civil is asked to see some patients farther outside the city who are not able to get to the clinic. Her first home visit are two young girls named Erica and India. The Williams sisters are 11 and 13 years old and Civil is to administer a shot of Depo-Provera, a new and controversial form of birth control. Rule follower Civil does not question her superiors methods or motives. Because she is attending to black families, they do not question her. After months of following these protocols and growing great affection for these girls and their family Civil, along with her fellow nursing friend Alicia and lifelong friend Ty begin to question why the FDA has not approved this drug and why these poor, mostly illiterate folks are being treated and sterilized within consent. On a mission with the help of a clever young attorney, these everyday people bravely take on the United States government to expose and rectify a great injustice. Loosely based on true events and narrated by Civil then and now we are taken back to human and civil rights issues our country faced decades ago and sadly continue to battle every day. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Mr. Wrong Number

After losing her job, her boyfriend and burning down her building Olivia is back in Omaha. She is a penniless hot mess with very few options. Her older brother Jack offers her a months reprieve on an old air mattress in his swanky apartment so she can get her act together. Fancy pants Colin Beck is Jack’s roommate. He has known Olivia since childhood and they share an obnoxious teasing banter that only old family friends could tolerate. Handsome Colin who is perfection on paper gives her a hard time every chance he gets. One day as Olivia, a witty and talented writer is searching for a new job she receives a strange text from an unknown number asking her what she is wearing. Unable to deny her wordy self a comical comeback she replies. And thus begins a texting relationship between Mr. Wrong Number and Miss Misdial. The stranger becomes the only ally she has at the moment and their humorous exchanges brighten her darkest days. As a misguided attraction ensues, Colin puts the pieces together - Olivia is Miss Misdial. Stringing along this secret texting addiction Colin is shocked to realize he is falling for his best friends off-limits little sis. This delightful, laugh out loud romcom may be the reality break you are longing for. Absolutely adorable and looking forward to more from this entertaining author. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Thursday, April 21, 2022

Cover Story

NYU student Lora Ricci snags a summer internship she has spent her life dreaming about. She is going to work at Elle magazine and is one step closer to becoming an actual writer. When she arrives Lora quickly finds herself in the beauty closet stocking supplies BUT she is at Elle, she is climbing the ladder and that is all that matters. Determined to shine Lora befriends the beautiful and exotic contributing editor, Cat Wolff. She begins to complete small tasks for Cat and quickly is taken under her very stylish wing. When the end of summer nears Cat offers Lora the opportunity to collaborate on a writing project she is certain will be published. Lora drops out of NYU, moves into Cat’s suite at The Plaza Hotel and begins a year long extravaganza of the whirlwind that is Cat’s glamorous life both personal and professional. Her parents disappointment keeps Lora from telling anyone her struggles or plans, she is laser focused only on getting published. Without any funds of her own Lora is constantly at the beck and call of every decision Cat makes, often leaving her confused and slightly suspicious of Cat’s true identity. As the pieces of this mysterious puzzle begin to fall apart so do Lora’s dreams. The format of writing lends itself to one giant binge read that you cannot put down. May remind you of Inventing Anna but even better with a twist - this is the absolute perfect read to take you away! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Frontier Follies

Ree Drummond lives on a ranch in Oklahoma. While her life is beyond busy helping on the ranch (not to be mistaken for a farm) raising her four children, running a successful blog and business complete with her own cooking show - this woman finds the time to share her hilarious, heartfelt and often wise essays about marriage and motherhood. After college Ree who had grown up in a more metropolitan lifestyle marries her blue eyed dreamy cowboy, Ladd. The day begins early on the Drummond Ranch and it took some time for Ree to consider waking in the dark “morning.” Over an hour to any grocery store and UPS hesitating to come out that far, Ree had to quickly learn bulk buying, time management and a way to extract humor in the daily oddities of ranch living. Always putting family first this dynamic woman can bring laughter to a tired table with ease. While supporting the business and all her children’s endeavors she somehow found a way to build The Pioneer Woman, never daring to dream it could reach the success story it is today. This delightful read had me smiling all the way through. Written with great finesse, Ree manages to smooth the bumps of every day life into a continuous and grateful celebration of family. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Monday, April 11, 2022

The Lioness

Katie Barstow is an A-list actress in 1964. Katie grew up on the stage with Broadway parents and entered Hollywood life to finally escape the clutches of her abusive manipulating mother. She is set to marry her brother’s best friend David, whom they grew up with, and planning a safari honeymoon only the very wealthy could consider. Katie’s companions include her brother and his pregnant wife, fellow starlet Carmen Tedesco with her privileged husband, Terrance a handsome actor she often works with and her infamous agent. They land in Africa excited to experience the Serengeti and all it offers. Gazing at herds of magnificent animals and photographing idyllic scenes seem to be right out of the movies. While these entitled guests drink gin and are waited on hand and foot they are worried about the wrong enemies. While cautious of their distance to wild animals of which they’ve been warned they are confronted by Russians with rifles. Escorted to Land Rovers and tied up in huts the Americans have no idea what these kidnappers want. Survival is the key to figuring out what is behind this brutal attack. Told from the many many many different voices of each character this story dragged. I adored the author’s beautiful descriptive writing but in the end I couldn’t figure out if there was too much backstory or not enough. The whole plot just fell flat. I have loved all of this authors books and enjoyed numerous novels of Africa, unfortunately this one was not for me. ⭐️⭐️

Dating Dr. Dil

Dr. Prem Verma is a successful doctor in addition to having his own southeast asian community tv show. A practical man, Dr. Dil neither believes in “love marriages” or risking a broken heart. Kareena Mann is a local attorney who nearing thirty has all the aunties circling the marriage matches on her behalf. She has focused on school and caring for her younger sister, beloved father and their precious home since her mother’s untimely passing. Kareena is beautiful, outspoken and successful but she may be ready to swipe online as she is well on her way to being considered an old maid. After a meet cute that fails miserably, Prem and Kareena decide to join forces and get what they truly want. He, the much needed investors for his community health center and Kareena is desperate for a downpayment to buy her childhood home as her father plans retirement. Even though their views on love and marriage are night and day, the young couple cannot deny their sizzling chemistry. Fighting fate is not easy when her younger sister is an actual bridezilla and Prem is running out of excuses to fend off his beating heart. Absolutely the cutest, wedding romcom filled with steamy scenes and hilarious dating mishaps. The theme of arranged marriage is common in many cultures and the aunties data spread sheets are not that different than signing up for the latest app. Highly recommend this perfect beach read! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

The Impossible Us

This is a love story like no other. Nick, a struggling writer whose wife just left him for his best friend - sends off a scathing email to a client who owes him money. Bee receives said email and although completely out of character, she responds to this stranger to let Nick know he’s got the wrong email. What ensues is a back and forth (You’ve Got Mail) flirtation that leads to a truly meaningful friendship. Finally, finally the two decide to meet in person. But Nick never shows, Bee never appears. Angry and hurt at first, the two later begin to dive back into the hundreds of messages sent between them and red flags are everywhere. They are somehow not in the same time/universe. Desperately wanting to meet but also filled with a strong desire to somehow make everything right they go out on a limb and commit to things that seem utterly impossible. I absolutely loved this alternative world (almost time travel -ish) premise. You have to roll with it because it can be confusing but it is superbly original and filled with wonderful quirky, witty characters. Beautifully written, this romance is a lot of fun and will fill you with wonder.  ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

When We Let Go

Working at the magnificent Vizcaya Museum and Gardens in Miami, Avery Beckett is surrounded daily by beauty and calm. She focuses on the tours and gardens that need her constant attention. The day Jude shows up, on one knee, ring in hand Avery panics. As much as she truly loves him, she has not been honest and should have revealed her secret past long ago. Jude, a handsome widow, father of three and successful surgeon is devastated that Avery does not accept his proposal. After receiving a call that her father is ill, Avery heads back to North Carolina and their family farm. She has not been back in many years, has not spoken to her once beloved sister Willow in all that time.  Avery realizes that to have any sort of happy future she must face the horrific past. Little did she expect Elle, Jude’s surly and difficult teenage daughter, to secretly hitch a ride and upend all of her plans. Battling her own demons, Elle’s outward anger is only masking her pain. Together these women form new bonds that teach them all a lesson about family, both the one you are born into and the one you choose. This beautiful, tender story is filled with love, friendship and hope. I was simple taken away by the stunning descriptions of the mountains and rivers of North Carolina. I even want to try fly fishing! (That’s a first!) Highly recommend this perfect summer read! Release date: May 17, 2022! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Wednesday, March 30, 2022

The Love of My Life

Emma loves her husband Leo more than anything in the world. They have a beautiful daughter and have spent the past decade building a lovely marriage and home. Emma has recently gone into remission and the couple are reminded of their deep connection and gratitude for her current health. Leo is an obituary writer for the city’s newspaper and Emma is a well known marine biologist and spokesperson on BBC. He can’t seem to resist his nature of soothing his fears by writing a column for Emma hopefully to not be published for many years to come. As he quietly digs deeper Leo finds pieces of a puzzle that do not fit together. It doesn’t take long before his anxiety has him exposing horrifying emails and text messages. He begins to doubt if he knows his wife at all. When a well known actress goes missing Emma appears to have a secret and unexpected relationship with the woman’s husband, an outspoken rather brash radio host named Jeremy. The more Emma tries to explain each finding, the more twisted her lies become. The truth is nowhere in sight. A mysterious love story that could make even the most mundane details appear sinister. Unique, fast paced thriller kept me guessing until the very end. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

The Christie Affair

On December 3, 1926 famed mystery writer Agatha Christie is told by her husband Archie that he is in love with another woman. The couple quarrels after he makes this devastating announcement and leaves to spend the weekend with his mistress, not his wife. Later that evening Agatha, devastated by the news, packs a few things and leaves their estate in her precious sports car. She is not seen or heard from again for 11 days. During this time Archie appears shocked while the household staff points fingers at him. His girlfriend quietly leaves town. The police are called as the entire country begins a massive search for the famed author, mother and wife. Was this news story fodder for her latest book release? A public relations scandal to hold onto a crumbling marriage? The Christie Affair is cleverly narrated by Nan O’Dea, Archie’s mistress. Nan has her own agenda and personal history that has been well hidden. When Nan’s backstory crosses paths with the present search party she can no longer deny her unexpected role in the Christie’s life. This fictionalized account of what could have been, might have been - of one of the greatest unsolved mysteries of all time is positively mesmerizing. A novel not unlike one of Agatha’s own creations. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

56 Days

56 days ago Ciara and Oliver meet while waiting on line at a small grocery shop in Dublin. He admires her NASA tote bag, a quick conversation starter of rockets that leads to a walk, some coffee and invitation for a date. Ciara cannot believe her luck. She is rather shy, new to Dublin and Oliver is extremely handsome and charming. Days later Ireland is threatening official lockdown for the COVID virus. It jeopardizes their newfound friendship, something they desperately crave as pandemic restrictions of isolation continue to escalate. Very quickly, most likely too quickly, Ciara moves into Oliver’s apartment so they can work remotely and continue to get to know each other. To avoid confrontation Ciara doesn’t tell her sister or friends. Oliver appears quite content in their little bubble. He is more at ease than she has seen him since their initial meeting. Their romance blossoms but small clues Ciara can no longer ignore present themselves daily and she begins to snoop. Weeks later when a neighbor complains of a horrifying smell emanating down the hall the detectives arrive. A decomposing body is discovered in the bathroom. The apartment is wiped clean. As Oliver’s identity comes to light this perfect storm sheds new focus on a story that was buried long ago. Highly recommend this fast paced thriller, twists and turns until the bitter end.  ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Thursday, March 24, 2022

The Suite Spot

Rachel Beck is out of work, out of money and out of options. As a single mom with a sweet but useless on-off again boyfriend she is staying with her own mother but searching for a way out. When a friend of a friend hooks her up with a job opportunity at a hip new brewery hotel Rachel is torn. Lake Erie is a long way from South Florida, another world, far from anything she has ever known. Deciding that Mason, the owner, sounded decent on the phone and the fact that she has no other offers, Rachel hits the road. Feeling positive and hopeful she arrives with her little girl to a breathtaking location … with no hotel in sight. Mason didn’t mention on the phone interview that the hotel is under construction and he is desperate for help. She has nothing more to lose and dives right in. Rachel is organized and creative and it just so happens that moody Mason is extremely cute. As the two slowly become friends, the hotel vision comes alive and it is everything she ever wanted. When her ex starts some trouble it is up to Rachel to redesign her own future as well. Adorable, fun romcom with a sexy creative cast. Rachel is the sister from The Float Plan (which I loved!) but you do not have to read in order to enjoy.  ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

One Italian Summer

Katy’s entire life has fallen apart. She has no taste for food, she cannot sleep and no longer knows if she is meant to be married to Eric. The illness and passing of her beloved mother has left her completely empty, devoid of any feelings except utter sadness. On a whim she decides to take the trip they had always dreamed of going on together - to retrace her mother’s memorable summer in Positano, Italy. When she arrives, itinerary in hand, she is immediately swept away with sunshine and memories that are not hers but those her mother described in breathtaking detail over the years. One day there is a woman at the front desk mailing a package and against everything Katy ever believed or understood, by some magical twist of fate, it is her mother Carol. Only she is 30 years old, not 60 and she is healthy and beautiful. Shocked but grateful the two become fast friends. While enjoying the idyllic surroundings and mouth watering food, Katy begins to see her mother in a new light as an independent woman who desires things she never knew about. As the days speed by too quickly Katy is desperate to figure out her own reality. I often imagine what a wonderful thing it would be if children could see that their parents have dreams and hopes - not just as parents but as people. Simply adored this armchair travel to the most beautiful setting folded between the pages of a mother-daughter love story. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Sunday, March 13, 2022

Woman on Fire

Jules Roth has always wanted to be a journalist. After completing graduate school she finds her way into the newspaper office of Dan Mansfield, famous investigative reporter and idol. Dan is quickly impressed with Jules’s gumption and gives her a chance to help him with a private matter he is researching for his close and very famous friend, designer Ellis Baum. They set off in search of a painting the Nazi’s stole when he was a young boy, almost 80 years ago. It is a painting featuring his mother who perished in their filthy hands. Woman on Fire by Ernst Engel is the only picture of her in existence and Ellis must have it before he leaves this world. Unfortunately, they are not the only ones desperately seeking to obtain this painting. Margaux de Laurent is beautiful, wealthy and one of the most famous gallerists in the world. She is the granddaughter of a man who hid and saved artwork from German hands, she is also a manipulating psychopath. From her powerful position it is a race to find this painting recently stolen from a Nazi heir that had been hiding priceless artwork for many years. This fast paced thriller takes us from Chicago to the hills of France and Germany. Leaving no stone unturned this small group slowly uncovers the mysterious and dangerous trail that leads them to the truth. Filled with history, art, romance and mystery - Woman on Fire will keep you guessing until the very end. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

the Next Thing You Know

Nova Huston is a death doula, someone whose job it is to help an individual transition at the end of life. Ranging from emotional support, medical advocate to family mediator and more - Nova fills in whatever gaps the terminally ill patient needs. It is not an easy job to navigate but together with her boss and mentor Kelly they run a small successful practice in Cincinnati, Ohio. One day Mason Shaylor a handsome musician walks into her office. With shaky hands and apparent surgical scars, Mason is much too young to be looking at his final days. Remaining guarded and reluctant to fill out any of the necessary paperwork that new patients usually require, it is hard for Nova to figure out what Mason truly desires. As the two spend more time together, their connection and chemistry is undeniable. Nova encourages Mason to find forgiveness, acceptance and even if he cannot play guitar like he used to, his remaining days can be filled with love and even music. This beautifully written, heartbreaking and heartwarming story of family, love and trust is both hard to read and necessary. End-of-life is part of life - and very few of us understand how to approach this knowingly. Choosing to live is as important as choosing to die with dignity. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Saturday, March 5, 2022

Our American Friend

Sofie Morse is a young journalist working in NYC. For the past four years she has been the newspaper’s White House correspondent. Living a dual life and traveling frequently between DC and the city - Sofie decides if President Caine wins a second election, it is time for her to move on. As much as she adores her mentor and boss Vicky, that moment has arrived. She leaves her position and receives the most surprising phone call from the White House. The aide to First Lady Lara Caine has requested a meeting. This utterly glamorous Russian woman offers Sofie the career changing opportunity of writing her biography. As the public knows very little about Lara Caine and her mysterious past, it is a job Sofie cannot refuse. They meet regularly and develop an intimate friendship. Lara confides things that have never been revealed and are certainly controversial to her husbands position. With no NDA in place, Sofie is completely baffled when months into their diligent work, Lara stops returning her calls. As this political thriller begins to unravel it becomes quite clear that everyone involved is at great risk. Clever, well written and original - this novel is loosely based on you-know-who and filled with a fast paced game of espionage that will keep you on the edge of your seat. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Tuesday, March 1, 2022

A Dance in Donegal

Having never traveled outside of Boston, Moira Doherty spent her entire life listening to her mother’s endearing stories of home in Ireland. In the summer of 1920 her mother passes and Moira is left all alone with only one hope. Before her mother’s death she applied for Moira to become the schoolteacher in the small village of Ballyman where she was raised. Terrified of starting a new life in a faraway land, Moira leans on her faith and courage to make the long difficult journey. She has completed all her teaching certificates, loves working with children and has dreamed of visiting the land where her ancestors were born. Upon her arrival, Moira discovers an unfamiliar superstitious culture, not always welcoming to newcomers. Slowly making friends and getting settled, an Irishman named Sean comes to thatch the roof of her cottage. Immediately struck by his warm and handsome smile, Sean becomes her greatest supporter as she struggles to fit in. When whispers float around town it can no longer be denied that something in her mother’s past caused her to leave in a hurry. Moira cannot move forward with her own dreams until she uncovers the secrets of the past. This brave young woman who has traveled a long way leans into her faith to find her true calling. Sweet, thoughtful, simple story bringing every detail of Ireland’s magnificent landscape, food and language to life. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Lucky Leap Day

When aspiring screenwriter Cara Kennedy arrives in Ireland her luggage is lost, it’s pouring rain and she is unexpectedly alone after being dumped by her no-good boyfriend. Her uber driver Finn takes pity on her by giving a quick tour of the city and the sweater off his back. Not only is he sweet and kind but his sexy brogue has Cara melting into puddles on the back seat. Imagining she will never see him again, Cara enjoys a bit of friendly flirting as Finn directs her to the best sites to see during her quick 3 day trip. Finally having a much needed break from her demanding Los Angeles job, Cara squeezes in as much on her list as possible. On the very last day Finn is once again her tour guide. Coincidence or fate? Cara will never know but on this lucky Leap Day and one too many whiskeys she finds herself on a plane home with her new husband, Finn. Since the fifth century, it is Irish tradition that only on Leap Day women can propose marriage to men. Too drunk to remember the details, she hurry back for a career changing meeting while introducing Finn to California living. With the luck of the Irish, her handsome hunk gets discovered and their worlds are turned upside down. Filled with delightful characters, this fast paced light-hearted romance will have you dreaming of a ticket to Dublin! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Monday, February 28, 2022

Fake

Emma Caan is a copyist, not a forger - there’s a difference. She copies masterpieces for clients and signs the back. She is not trying to fool anyone except herself as she hasn’t created her own work in years. Ever since graduating from Yale Emma’s confidence has faded. To support herself in high-priced New York City she works for a company that copies art for the most reputable museums and collectors in the world. One day a repeat client, billionaire Russian oligarch Leonard Sobetsky would like to meet his copyist. Emma is warmly greeted and instructed to call him Lenny. Quickly invited to Lenny’s mansion and invited to his inner circle, Emma is manipulated by an offer she cannot refuse. She will leave her tedious job and difficult boss to work for the most prestigious gallery in NYC. On the side she will continue to copy paintings for only Lenny and icing on the cake, she will live rent free in his magnificent temperature controlled studio. As Emma is swept away into Lenny’s extravagant lifestyle of private jets, art shows in Hong Kong, drug dealers and glamorous dinner parties, she begins to question the very hand that feeds her. With her pyrophobia nightmares keeping her awake, Emma spends countless nights trying to puzzle out exactly what is going on. Her newly crafted life begins to crumble as the truth is revealed behind the pretty layers. Fast paced suspense sets the art world on fire. Could not put this one down. Thank you author Erica Katz for another best seller! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Rules of Arrangement

Struggling to pay college tuition on her own, Adelaide Wright creates a little side gig. It pays more than babysitting or blending smoothies off campus. She writes papers on every subject imaginable for a hefty price. And business is going rather well. Realizing this risky service could jeopardize her college degree, Addie keeps a low profile at all times. When Declan, her childhood next door neighbor approaches her for some writing she has no idea her world is about to be turned upside down. Declan, an artist, is also a TA and seemingly knows way too much about the extra cash she is earning. Threatening to turn her in, he blackmails her to help retrieve art that was stolen from him a few years prior. The gallerist Jack Nolan is her target and with Declan’s background information on hand it takes no time at all to weasel her way into his life. Problem is, once she gets to know this incredibly sexy, handsome powerful man, Adelaide cannot resist her burning desire to be part of his world. Literally sweeping her off her feet in a Fifty Shades-like manner Adelaide must find a way to keep Declan at bay, avoid expulsion and repair her complicated relationship with her siblings. Ten Years after the Fifty Shades series someone has FINALLY published a well written version that I simply devoured in one sitting. Well done Maren MacKenzie - we will be waiting for more! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Sunday, February 20, 2022

Good Girl Complex

In the small town of Avalon Bay there are two groups of young people. The preppy privileged Garnet College students and the townies who serve them. Rarely crossing the line unless its to break up a fight, bad boy Cooper Hartley has a run in that cost him his side gig at the local bar. He vows to get even. When his friends challenge him to steal away the troublemaker’s girlfriend, all bets are on. Cooper uses his achingly good looks and charm to get to know the very pretty Mackenzie “Mac” Cabot and the clock starts ticking. But Mac isn’t like the other college girls. With a father in politics and a mother who only focuses on how things look, Mac and Cooper have more in common than one would believe. They both feel alone in the world. They work hard and want to run their own businesses. As Mac and Cooper get closer the sparks ignite and there is no denying the amazing chemistry they share. Unfortunately trust fund kids don’t get to bring tattooed boys like Cooper home for the holidays and Cooper’s friends are secretly aware their relationship was based on an insulting bet. Filled with steamy scenes and beach bon fire vibes this opposites attract romance is a quick delicious read. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

The Rebound

Suddenly single, jobless and homeless Abby Reynolds finds herself on the first  plane back to Ireland. Having spent her childhood doing everything in her power to leave this tiny village where everyone knows your business and nothing exciting ever happens, Abby is on her sister Louise’s doorstep of their once childhood home that she hasn’t seen in years. Instantly at odds with each other, as usual, she wakes the next morning instructed they are having guests for lunch. When the very handsome man who gave her a ride - and she may have flirted with - shows up she is oddly speechless. Standing there is Luke Bailey, the boy next door who most certainly is not a little boy any more. Instantly turning all shades of red and furious why no-one mentioned that Luke grew up into an absolutely gorgeous, sexy man. Needing these next few weeks to find a new job and get over her ex Abby works hard to be civil with her sister and ignore the electrical sparks she feels whenever Luke is around. This town may not be New York City and Abby won’t be wearing any of her fancy corporate clothes but it doesn’t take long to start to feel at home again. Digging deep to find out what this next chapter has in store brings heartwarming surprises and sisterly love. Give me a romcom with an Irish brogue and I am quickly swooning. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

The Golden Couple

Avery Chambers is an unorthodox therapist who lost her license. And she has no regrets. Now she has the ability to create a ten session plan that may be out of the box but is guaranteed to work. Practicing near D.C. she found a way to twist the media into a positive and now has more clients than she ever expected. Keeping busy is a priority since her husband passed away and with her latest set of clients there is no room to ponder the paths not taken. Marissa and Matthew Bishop light up a room when they arrive. Beautiful, stylish, unquestionably successful. Marissa made the appointment under the guise to help their 8 year old son with a school bully. Unbeknownst to her controlling husband she is there to confess she had a one night fling. Initially, Avery is unsure whether Marissa wanted to soften the blow or truly repair their declining marriage. When she begins their therapy sessions Matthew’s controlling demeanor slowly begins to fade. Almost too easily he concedes and tries to give his wife the attention she has quietly been craving the last few years. As Avery becomes a pseudo detective to get to know the couple better, it is clear the characters involved in their every day activities are far from innocent. Mind-boggling twists and turns will keep you on the edge of your seat with this latest thriller from one of my favorite writing duo’s. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Part of Your World

Swerving to avoid a raccoon, Alexis Montgomery finds herself in a ditch on a country road, in the middle of nowhere. When her knight in shining armor arrives in a beat up truck it is game over. Daniel Grant, her tattooed, bearded savior is the hottest guy she has ever laid eyes on. The meet cute quickly turns into more than a grilled cheese sandwich and up all night kind of sleepover. Completely out of character for this conservative ER doctor from Minneapolis, Alexis cannot stop thinking about this sweet, kind, sexy guy. Her über wealthy successful parents would be appalled, her shallow friends and chief of surgery ex-boyfriend would laugh out loud. But Alexis has been unhappy for a long time. After months in therapy since ending an emotionally abusive relationship she tortures herself while negotiating with her mind and heart. Finding herself making the long trek back and forth to this tiny quiet town Alexis gets to know Daniel, his friends, relatives and neighbors never revealing much about herself. It’s undeniably another world, one where she can finally breathe. There is no resisting the explosive chemistry between Daniel and herself. Forced to accept this is more than a a one night stand, Alexis must choose between her career, familial expectations and true happiness. Put on lots of lotion for this steamy hot beach read because once you start it, you will not be getting out of your seat any time soon. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Monday, February 14, 2022

The Summer Place

When Ruby and Gabe announce that they have set a date for their wedding, Sarah is thoroughly surprised but smiles as a good stepmother should. It will be held at her childhood summer home on Cape Cod. Eli apparently has little to say. The dependable, handsome endodontist - who would normally have an opinion regarding his only daughter getting married at 22 - can barely pay attention to the conversation. Gabe is lovely and has spent a year during the pandemic living with the Danhausers in Brooklyn while he and Ruby finished college online. But Gabe resembles a sweet overenthusiastic puppy with little direction and zero skills unlike Ruby who has always been a determined, focused student. Sarah cannot understand how Eli has changed over the past year. It’s clear they were all getting on each others nerves during quarantine but she and their two young boys have forged ahead while everything Eli does grates on her very last nerve. Wondering whether her husband is having a midlife crisis, an affair or both - Sarah is at her wits end to save their marriage as she plans Ruby’s. Out at the beach Sarah is constantly reminded of the power of first love, the loss of her father and conflicting childhood memories of her own mother. The Cape Cod home, with its big beating heart is at the very center of the Danhausers lives. Three generations face many of life’s difficult decisions and reveal the untold secrets that challenge the true meaning of family. Drama with a dash of humor at its best, another winner by Jennifer Weiner. Available May 10, 2022. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

The Magnolia Palace

Alone and devastated months following her mother’s death, Lillian Carter finds herself destitute. After escaping her apartment building when her smarmy landlord tries to involve her in his wife’s murder, Lillian has no money, no home and no plan. Walking past the front gate of the infamous Frick mansion, Lillian is accidentally brought in for an interview as personal secretary for Helen Frick. Initially trying to explain the misunderstanding, this beautiful former artist’s model is mesmerized by walls full of magnificent art. Having spent the majority of the last few years in studios, Lillian is exceptionally knowledgeable and passionate about these paintings and sculptures and quickly impresses her potential employer. Then and there she puzzles out the perfect plan. She will fudge her way through the job and save enough money to escape to California and become a film star. Helen Frick is a demanding overbearing employer but clever Miss Lilly finds ways to appease her and realizes she is very good at this job. The longer she works at the Frick mansion the more she is involved in the daily lives of this temperamental wealthy family. In the mid 1960’s Veronica, an English model is at the Frick Museum, part of a photo shoot, when she is left behind on the eve of a blizzard. Trapped for the weekend with a handsome young intern, the two uncover a thread of hidden messages that they cannot resist following, uncovering truths of the past and secrets never meant to see the light of day. Narrated by the voices of the past, talented author Fiona Davis easily transports the reader to another time with characters both real and fictional. This book is unputdownable and I cannot wait to get back to New York and visit the Frick in person! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Friday, February 11, 2022

Black Buck

Twenty two year old Darren is the best Starbucks manager in Midtown Manhattan. After 4 years this handsome young man can juggle every job in the store and is loved by his loyal employees and customers as he never forgets a face or a drink. Content living at home with his mother in Bed-Stuy and down the street from his sweetheart Soraya, this valedictorian from Bronx Science is in no rush to figure out what he really wants to do with his life. One day an opportunity stands in line at the coffee shop. On a whim Darren convinces a self absorbed demanding executive to try a different drink and Rhett Daniels, CEO of Sumwun, one of the hottest startups in NY is simply mesmerized. Like a dog with a bone, Rhett will stop at nothing until Darren accepts his invitation to join his team. Unable to resist, Rhett introduces his new protege to the team 36 floors above. Renamed “Buck” he looks around to find he is the only black person in the company and enters into sales training hell week scared out of his mind. As he quickly outsells beyond their wildest dreams Buck must learn to navigate this new world without losing every single person and ethical value he has ever had. A fast moving satire of the bizarre startup technology craze, racism in corporate America and one young man’s longing to change the world. Witty, clever, controversial comedy sometimes leaving me unsure if I was allowed to laugh. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Tuesday, February 1, 2022

Reminders of Him

Kenna Rowan is back in town. She has spent five long years dreaming of the day she can finally meet her daughter Diem for the very first time. While everyone in town despises her very name for what she has done, the only local that is kind to her turns out to be Ledger Ward, ex pro-football player and as life long devoted friend of Scotty, the father of her child. Complicated doesn’t begin to explain it as Kenna scrapes by trying to survive in town long enough to beg forgiveness from Scotty’s parents. Her immediate chemistry with Ledger is both predictable and delicious. He is a gem of a friend and fierce protector of Diem who is a gorgeous and precocious child. As Ledger allows Kenna to slowly unravel her story, his heart softens when he learns that the truth often has two sides, maybe three. Trying hard not to disappoint Scotty’s parents and help Kenna do the right thing Ledger is confronted with the most difficult choices he has ever faced. If you are a Colleen Hoover fan, and even of you’re not! - this steamy hot, fast moving romance is another great read to add to your TBR this month! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Weather Girl

Since Ari Abrams was a little girl, she has been obsessed with the science of weather. Rain, her favorite forecast. Snow day, a dream come true. After college and landing her dream job at Seattle news station KSEA, Ari is working for her longtime idol, Torrance Hale. But Torrance and her ex, who runs the station fight incessantly and the tension in the office has reached all time record lows. Everyone in the office tiptoes around this stormy couple. When Ari befriends the very cute blue eyed sportscaster named Russell, the two come up with a plan to get Torrance and Seth back together hence, bring peace back to the newsroom. The more successful their scheme’s become, the harder it gets to ignore their own electricity with every innocent encounter. Always sunshine and smiles on TV Ari finds that with Russ she can really be herself. When their well intended manipulations start to rain on her parade, Ari’s lifelong emotional battles with depression show up front and center. If the adorable couple truly want a chance at sunny skies they must find a way to tell the whole truth to their bosses and each other. With Valentine’s Day approaching and dreary winter weather still in the forecast, there is no doubt this sweet, funny romcom will brighten any day. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Thursday, January 27, 2022

Just Haven't Met You Yet

Laura tells the best love stories. Her online interviews of “how did you meet?”are one of the most popular columns for Love Life magazine. Laura’s upcoming story will feature her parents historic and most romantic meeting on Jersey in the Channel Islands. After a bit of a rocky morning Laura arrives at her hotel only to realize she has grabbed the wrong suitcase off the carousel. Calling back Ted, the grumpy taxi driver with the unkempt beard - they head to the airport to straighten out the mix-up. Unfortunately, the airline does not have the case, nor will they divulge passenger information. Searching the bag for clues Laura realizes fate has intervened as this man has her most favorite novel, sheet music for none other than her most favorite Phil Collins and clothes that she instantly imagines only the most handsome, sexy man would wear. With a number found on the tag Laura has left messages for her new soulmate and awaits their eventual meet-cute. Grumpy Ted becomes Laura’s personal tour guide as she attempts to retrace the steps her parents took on this quaint island years ago. As she hunts for lost luggage lover this adorable character finds trouble at every turn. Together with the now shaved and shockingly handsome Ted, Laura slowly discovers the painful truth about her family and herself. Perfect, fast moving and sweet, this romcom is the perfect Valentine’s treat. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Becoming

Growing up in the South Side of Chicago, Michelle Obama may not have had many luxuries but she was rich with enormous love and support from her strong parents, older brother and memorable extended family. Always fastidious in her work, Michelle strove from a young age to excel in school and reach for the stars. Achieving student accolades and entrance to the prestigious Princeton University followed by Harvard Law School, she ultimately returned to Chicago to work in a prominent corporate law firm high in the sky. Michelle realized quickly that although her bank account was enjoying this newfound freedom, her heart was not fulfilled. On the day she was asked to mentor a young associate for the summer he was late. When Barack finally arrived he was as charming and handsome as the rumors claimed. Friends at first, it didn’t take long for the young couple to begin their journey and beautiful romance. Through tumultuous political campaigns and growing their family Barack remained the steady anchor while Michelle reinvented her career more than once. Between his eternal optimism and her fastidiousness there was nothing this dynamic duo could not accomplish. Thoroughly engaging and emotional ride through the Obama presidency with an honesty I have sorely missed. These pages are well written and graciously filled with love, family and hope. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Monday, January 17, 2022

Honor

Journalist Smita is summoned away from her vacation in the Maldives to assist her coworker and friend Shannon in India. She has had an accident that requires surgery. Shannon needs Smita’s assistance finishing a chilling series that is approaching its dramatic finale. Meena, a poor Hindu girl from a small village married her true love Abdul, a Muslim. Furious at this forbidden match, Meena is never to enter the village or contact her family again. When she becomes pregnant the young couple naively believe that Meena’s brothers will find forgiveness. They proceed to destroy her. The judge is days away from his final verdict and Smita, accompanied by Shannon’s good friend Mohan, set out to uncover the truth. Smita struggles as she faces the heartless and medieval ways that still exists in these small villages. While she has covered wrongdoing all over the world, the depth of unnecessary hatred and lawless violence is astounding. As she and Mohan get to know each other, Smita slowly reveals why her family left India many years ago. While India’s familiarity deeply touches her emotions, the painful memories of her family’s departure can never be forgotten. Author Thrity Unmrigar simply mesmerizes the reader with the sights, sounds and tastes of this colorful nation, slowly building a story that is equally captivating and heartbreaking and cannot be put down.  ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Saturday, January 15, 2022

One Night on the Island

Cleo writes a dating column for one of the top women’s online publications in London. She cleverly calls the man she is searching for her “flamingo” as they mate for a lifetime. While most matches amount to nothing, Cleo has not given up on the idea of true love. As her 30th birthday approaches the editor in chief suggests a publicity stunt that sends Cleo’s world upside down. Cleo is to marry herself to signify independence and self love. She is sent to an idyllic island off the Irish coast where she intends to write a series and search for life’s hidden meanings. Unfortunately, when Cleo arrives on the island the weather is brutal and her simply adorable cottage is not empty. Cleo is greeted by Mack, an American whose distant cousin owns the property. Accompanying Mack is a mountain of baggage that rivals her own and the two find themselves in a stubborn standoff deciding who gets to stay. Due to the inclement weather and no alternative lodgings - a line is visibly drawn and Cleo and Mack have to figure out how to coexist in this small space. Naturally a meet cute ensues. Always a fan of everything Irish, this romcom dragged just a wee bit but was saved by the quirky adorable cast of characters. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Monday, January 10, 2022

Finding Freedom

At an age where she could barely reach the stove, Erin French was helping her dad at the family’s local diner. The small town of Freedom, Maine had but one eating establishment and people liked what they liked just fine. Change was not welcome. At first she was an annoying kid in her dad’s way but very quickly he began to enjoy the tiny bit of assistance Erin offered. She gave him break to drink on the back porch with his buddies and made a few bucks to put in her pocket. All Erin wanted to was earn her way off the farm and out of Freedom to the real world. She succeeded in getting to college only to make a u-turn back to her parents house pregnant and ashamed at 21. Searching for a better way to raise her son Erin only knew and loved one thing - food. She got jobs in restaurants and with catering companies in nearby towns and started to make a name for herself as a hard worker and an excellent cook. After a horrible marriage and stint in rehab Erin is pulled back to Freedom, where she ironically cannot seem to get away. Reinventing herself once again Erin searches for the life she deeply desires. With her loving mother by her side Erin pulls on her apron strings and finds The Lost Kitchen. This creative, hardworking, inventive, honest cook shares her story and passion for food in this magnificent memoir. You will laugh, you will cry and most likely get very hungry! If you love reading and eating, this one is absolutely delicious. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Saturday, January 8, 2022

Raised near Homer, Alaska Jewel Kilcher grew up singing and yodeling with her parents. Always a writer and natural performer Jewel was happiest when she was creating music, art and poetry. Her parents divorced when she was young and her father struggled to raise the children alone while facing difficult family relationships. After leaving home to attend an arts school in Michigan, Jewel then found herself on the road alone, at a young age, performing in bars and clubs, living out of a car and falling in love for the first time. Her folksy, poetic lyrics and soft clear voice instantly connected with the audience and Jewel was signed by Atlantic Records. In this memoir Grammy Award winning Jewel draws on memories from life on the road during her Spirit World Tour. She beautifully shares the vivid details of her experiences through words and song. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

How to Love Your Neighbor

Grace Travis has her priorities in order. Finish college, quit her many part time jobs as coffee barista, dog walker and Morty’s house helper and begin a brand new career as an interior designer. Having been on her own for as long as she can remember Grace is shocked to learn she has inherited the small beach home of her grandparents - whom she never met. Having broken ties with her conniving, manipulative mother long ago, Grace considers grumpy old Morty and his girlfriend Tillie her family now. Bumping into new next door neighbor Noah Jansen changes everything. Breathtakingly handsome, wealthy and completely full of himself, Grace refuses to fall for his tricks. She will not sell him her property so he can build a pool. She will not fall for those sexy biceps and beach wavy hair. She is an independent woman who refuses to fall in love on a whim. When the hottest home magazine wants to feature Grace redesigning Noah’s property it is 100% renovation romance and her heart doesn’t stand a chance. Adorable hate-to-love romcom to start off the new year. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Monday, January 3, 2022

With Love from London

At thirty five, Valentina Baker never dreamed she would be completely reinventing herself. Finding out that Nick is having an affair sent their marriage into an irreparable spiral. As the divorce and separation proceedings move forward Valentina receives the unexpected news that her long lost mother has passed away and she is the heir to her estate. This quiet Seattle librarian never expected to find herself alone, on a plane to London. She is equally surprised to find her mothers quaint apartment is located above The Book Garden, the most perfect bookstore she has ever encountered. And now, when it seems she has lost everything, a new beginning appears on the horizon. Primrose Hill is a lovely storybook neighborhood and Valentina quickly falls in love with the various shopkeepers and her mother’s best friend Millie who may hold the answers to her past. With the small notes she finds scribbled in her favorite novel Valentina begins to unravel this literary mystery which is the story of her life. Absolutely dreamy read for any book lover. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Saturday, January 1, 2022

The Divorce Party

Gwyn Huntington is beautiful, wealthy and about to celebrate her 35th wedding anniversary. But the day that should have been one of love takes a turn for the worse. Gwyn is planning her divorce party. The new thing among the wealthy set, Gwyn and Thomas have decided that what is best for their family and to end their marriage in a positive way instead of tragic would be to memorialize the happy years they had surrounded by their loved ones. Thomas does not know that Gwyn has secretly hired his mistress to cater the event. Nate and Georgia, their grown children will be attending. Georgia, nine months pregnant, unmarried and desperately trying to hang onto her unpredictable boyfriend. Nate brings Maggie, his fiancé and business partner to meet his parents for the very first time. They all gather at the Huntington estate in Montauk. This multigenerational story about love and family was a little off for me. While the character portrayal was excellent the theme got lost somewhere in the shuffle. I really like Laura Dave’s more recent novels and reached back to check out this one from 2008. ⭐️⭐️⭐️