Sunday, December 31, 2023

The Expatriates


An expatriate is someone who gives up residence in their homeland to live abroad. Mercy, Margaret and Hillary have this one thing in common. They are American women living in Hong Kong. Mercy is a beautiful young Columbia University graduate whose Korean-American parents barely make ends meet in New York. For years all of their hopes and dreams have all been placed on Mercy’s delicate shoulders. Although she excelled in school Mercy ran with a fast privileged crowd and never quite figured out that she needed to earn a living. Margaret is a lovely mother of three. Her successful husband works long hours and her identity and daily life revolves around her children. Hillary, a bit younger than Margaret, is also the wife of busy man but has not been blessed with motherhood. It is all she can think about. As her loneliness skyrockets and she contemplates adoption, Hillary realizes her marriage is crumbling and she must bear these life changing decisions on her own. Out of cash, Mercy offers to help Margaret with the children on vacation and sadly becomes part of a nightmare the family must endure. All three women connect as victims of their own making. Putting on the perfect lipstick and designer clothes for the popular crowd at the club will not eliminate the private pains they each face. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

The Heiress


Most people have not heard of the tiny town of Tavistock, North Carolina. But if you were from these parts you most certainly knew the McTavish family. When Ruby McTavish Callahan Woodward Miller Kenmore passes away, her long lost son Camden returns after a decade of living his life withdrawn from the family drama. Ruby was North Carolina’s richest woman. She was famous for being kidnapped as a small child and later for being widowed four separate times. Her adopted son Camden is sole heir to her estate leaving some family members very unhappy. The clan resides in Ashby House, Ruby’s family estate - one that does not hold many good memories for Camden. When he was finally old enough Camden moved as far as possible to the west coast. He got married young and lives a quiet existence as a teacher in Colorado. His pretty wife Jules encourages him to return when the family begs for his intervention in repairing the crumbling estate and ironing out details that hold the fortune in his hands. Jules is a little too eager to meet this conniving bunch and she quickly appears in control of the twisted secrets that come to light with each passing day. Narrated by Cam, Jules and letters written by Ruby, this suspenseful thriller is simply unputdownable. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Expiration Dates


Every time Daphne meet a new potential love interest a message meanders its way into her life. The paper always has a name on it and a number. The number represents how long their romance will last. It could be 1 day or 3 months, but since Daphne was a young girl these notes have never, ever been wrong. She is always up for the experience but knows exactly when it will end. One day Daphne is about to go on a blind date and she receives a note with no number. It could only mean one thing. Finally, she will meet her forever match. Excited and nervous she takes extra care getting ready to meet Jake at the restaurant. He is adorable and smart and they get along perfectly. There is no doubt that Jake must be the one and she couldn’t be happier. Hugo, her handsome once boyfriend and current best friend is not pleased. He encouraged Daphne to meet up with Jake but suddenly his jealousy and suspicions are getting the better of him. As Daphne reminisces through her past romances she realizes what went wrong each time. Jake seems perfect, and that scares her more than it should. As the truth comes to light she must decide if it is fate or ultimately our own manipulations that truly bring two people together. A little bit of magical realism and a lot of love, this romance is surprisingly filled with heartbreak and hope. Releases March 2024. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Tom Lake

It is the summer of the pandemic and as everyone’s lives have been turned upside down. Lara and Joe have their three daughters back at the cherry orchard for a few months and Lara could not be happier. Busy young adults, she never imagined they would have the opportunity to spend this intimate time together again as a family. As memories flood their long, hot days picking cherries the girls beg their mom to tell them the story of her life. How she was once - and only for a short while - a successful actress in Hollywood. How she spent one of her young summers performing in community theater at Tom Lake, alongside Peter Duke who went on to become famous. Really famous. Since time naturally slows on the farm Lara begins at the very beginning. Her childhood and especially highschool, where she had the kind of best friend you never really get again, a boyfriend you probably shouldn’t have bothered with and starred as Emily in the local production of Our Town, a singular experience that changed her life forever. This story narrates between past and present so delicately that at first the reader is not sure it is happening. It ebbs and flows with Lara’s hopes and dreams, along with those of each of her daughters. The concept of learning about and visualizing your mother as a young woman, an individual person before you arrived is a dream in itself. I loved this book and I am even tempted to try the audible which is narrated by Meryl Streep and I heard is perfection. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Tuesday, December 26, 2023

Recipe for Happiness

Desperate to help Seren find a match, she is signed up for another useless app called Yorkshire Dating. Her tenacious brother Andrew is only trying to help, but it feels like since he got married he is laser focused on his sister doing the same. Raised by Andrew after their parents tragically passed away, he often acts more like a worried father than a brother. Seren has a passion for cooking and works at an elder care day center where she entices the patrons with comfort food, delicious baked treats and some serious rounds of scrabble. Seren lives above the center in a small flat. Her world has become very small and that is just the way she likes it. Seren has never been able to overcome the severe anxiety she experiences with new things and crowded places. Determined to force Seren into some sort of hobby, Andrew arranges for her to assist his friend at a dog training group. That is when Kez, a fluffy and adventurous Collie enters her life. At the same time her new colleague Ned, a rather mysterious fellow, slowly brings Seren out of her shell. The older folks she has grown so fond of continue to teach her the most important life lesson of all, it is up to you to find the joy every single day. Scattered with delicious recipes and set in the charming English countryside, this is a heartwarming read you will not want to miss! ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Monday, December 11, 2023

Meet the Benedettos

After a reality show made them famous for being famous the beautiful Benedetto sisters (think Kardashian) find themselves at a crossroads. With their parents falling deeper and deeper into debt the five sisters are finding it hard to ignore the fact that none of them brings in an income and their spending habits far exceed their meager means (an outdated Italian restaurant their father still owns). As their McMansion falls under disrepair and dinner consists of overpriced take out, Lilly (pluckiest and second eldest) seems to be the only daughter facing the harsh truth. Lilly has never recovered from her fiancĂ©’s death and as their family’s reputation precedes her, she struggles with her dream of writing professionally. When super famous action hero Charlie Bingley moves into the ritzy neighborhood with his agent sister and thespian best friend, the Benedetto girls cannot resist the opportunity to rub shoulders with a little bit of A-list luck. Charlie falls for June, the eldest and sweetest of the bunch and Lilly begins a cantankerous friendship with Will, the best friend. As we recognize the Pride (the Benedetto’s refuse to believe their five minutes of fame is over) and Prejudice (the rest of the world judges them based on preconceptions) - the love story and Kardashian 5 sister twist makes this laugh-out-loud read an absolute winner. I truly did not know what to expect but author Katie Cotugno most certainly did. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Saturday, December 9, 2023

The Fairytale Life of Dorothy Gale

Dee Gale has just arrived at Trinity College in Dublin. Upon registration she is shocked to learn her advisor died in a tragic accident; a house being transported on the road fell on her. Dee (Dorothy) is from Kansas. Her Aunt Em and Uncle Henry raised her and her sister Toni on a farm after their mother passed away. Having completed her undergraduate degree at KU, Dee wandered off the academic brick road when she fell in love with (and was later publicly destroyed by) Grayson Kettering, a  professor in the very same English department where she was supposed to be working on her dissertation. Two years wasted while she focused on Gray instead of herself, Dee was lucky to find this opportunity in a land far away from her troubles. Now Dee must get to work, not only on her education but figuring out what kind of writer she is meant to be. While typing her fingers to the bone to impress a wicked new graduate advisor, Dee also finds fabulous new friends and a completely unexpected romance. This modern retelling of The Wizard of Oz is a delightful, completely original and unputdownable read. Loved every single clever reference connecting Fairytale Life to it’s classic inspiration. I truly did not want it to end! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Monday, December 4, 2023

A Great Country

The sun is shining, the sky a brilliant blue. Just another beautiful day in Southern California. The Shah family has been working their fingers to the bone to build a business, buy a home and provide the very best American life for their three children. Finally “making it” all the way to Pacific Hills, an upscale gated community near the ocean. One Saturday evening while attending a lovely dinner, the Shahs receive a confusing call that their youngest son Ajay (12 years old) is being held at the Orange County jail. Terrified, they race there as quickly as possible to find he is not the victim but is under arrest. Tall for his age, with no I.D. (why would a 12 year old have ID?) and on the spectrum, Ajay struggled to explain to the police why he was near the airport with a backpack of electronics. Roughing him up because he “resisted” arrest the frantic parents find Ajay bruised and battered, frightened and mute. In order to defend their actions the officers push forward with charges and the Shah family is set on an unimaginable rollercoaster that tips the scales of everything they ever believed about the American dream. Supported by a few good friends the Shah’s navigate the complicated procedures their child faces and deep racism they had long held themselves apart from. Friends, family, traditions and trust. This book dives deep beneath the surface forcing the reader to empathize with issues our country battles with every day. Since reading The Namesake (twenty years ago!) I have been enthralled by immigrant family themes, especially from India. The challenges of holding on to treasured cultural values while trying to assimilate and succeed in their new home is an emotional journey. Absolutely must put this one on your reading list in March 2024! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Thursday, November 30, 2023

Recipe for Second Chances

Stella Park is an associate editor at a fancy gourmet magazine. She has a passion for all things food and two fabulous best friends, one of whom is getting married. Samuel Gordon, a lawyer, is the grooms best friend and Stella’s one that got away. Stella and Sam had a whirlwind romance during college that ended very badly and they haven’t seen each other since. Although that feels like a lifetime ago Stella has not forgotten the pain of her sisters divorce and the promise she made to protect her heart at all costs. Still single - by choice! - it has been nine long years and Stella never felt that special spark again. She wouldn’t dare let anyone get close enough to even try. And then there is Sam - a guest at the wedding that she didn’t expect to see in the beautiful Italian countryside - looking more handsome than ever. Stella was terrified then and she is terrified now. Every look from Sam turns her stomach upside down. Dancing, eating and drinking their way through this romantic venue is too much to resist. Maybe she can keep trying this one particular recipe until it comes out just right. Delectable, mouthwatering cuisine and a huge Indian/Italian wedding with all the traditional trimmings is a rollercoaster of fun and laughter. Fabulous debut author who needs no introduction as she is already a well known cookbook author and TV personality. Reading and eating, sounds perfect to me! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Recipe for a Charmed Life

Running her own kitchen in Paris has been Georgia’s goal since she was ten years old. As a little girl, desperately lonely after her mother disappeared, Georgia loved to cook and follow Julia Child religiously. At 18 she could not get away from the dusty old ranch quick enough and headed to culinary school. Now, after twelve years in Paris she has the chance for her dreams to come true. When she finds her boyfriend/boss Etienne in the walk in fridge with their new pastry chef it all comes tumbling down. The owner of the restaurant assures Georgia she is still in the competition but there is no hope unless she can get her “spark” back. Angry and heartbroken about Etienne she also discovers her unique sense of taste has mysteriously disappeared. When Georgia receives a cryptic message to visit her long lost mother in the San Juan Islands she realizes this may be her chance to finally get the answers to questions that have plagued her for thirty years. With time running out she travels back to America and arrives on a magical island. Greeted by her beautiful mother Star and a local oyster farmer named Cole (who looks like a super model), it is clear that she has come the right place. Never one to give up, Georgia follows what she already knows - faith, hope, love and luck - the recipe for a charmed life. Don’t miss this delicious romcom filled with food, love and family. Releases Jan 2024. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Wednesday, November 29, 2023

Maybe Next Time

One evening Emma returns from a busy day at work to the frenzy and chaos of home: kids, dinner and the dog needs a walk. She eyes the envelope perched on the counter.  Oh no! She has done it again - forgotten their anniversary and the letter writing tradition they have long treasured. Dan is angry, the kids appear sullen. Dan escapes by taking the dog out and a few minutes later Emma hears the ear splitting screech of brakes and crushing metal that can only mean one thing. She races to the scene and finds Dan lying in the street, he is gone. Devastated she returns home, attends to the kids and speaks to the police. When she wakes the next morning Dan is lying next to her. Speechless, Emma grabs her phone and sees that it is Monday, again. Hoping this was all just a bad dream Emma goes about her day only to experience the same evening again. She doesn’t know if she is losing her mind or is stuck in some weird time warp. The big question is whether she can change the outcome by changing the scenario. Every day she tries again but to no avail. On repeat her frenzied job becomes pointless and she finally realizes how she neglected everyone she loves. I have read “groundhog day” tropes many times and this one did not stand out. The main character was exhaustingly erratic while the secondary characters were trying too hard to be funny. Didn’t love, just okay in my book. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Tuesday, November 28, 2023

The Women

Frances “Frankie” McGrath is twenty years old when her brother Finley ships off to Vietnam. Growing up in beautiful Southern California, they shared a charming childhood, surfing at the beach and riding bicycles throughout their bucolic neighborhood. Their father spent his time at work while mother doted on them between martinis and lunches at the club. Now, out of nursing school Frankie is determined to make a difference. She shocks her family by enlisting with the Army Nurse Corps. With little experience, Frankie is instantly overwhelmed. Upon arrival at the hospital tent, her two roommates quickly become mentors and sisters. Through countless exhausting nights filled with the blood curdling screams of injured soldiers, Frankie becomes a top surgical nurse executing procedures she never imagined. At the same time, her compassion is endless - understanding that sometimes holding a patients hand through his last moments is all she can do. After two tours she returns to California a different person. The public is protesting the war as they spit on the returning Vietnam Vets. Frankie is left with parents that do not recognize her sacrifice and hard work, who will not accept that a woman could contribute. Frankie suffers through excruciating nightmares. As a nurse she recognizes her PTSD but with no-one to help her navigate the pain she turns to pills and alcohol, a slippery slope to the bottom. This novel highlights the heartbreak of war for those who serve, their loved ones left behind and the hardship veterans face upon returning to civilian life. Sadly, a history that continues to repeats itself. Well researched and expertly narrated, author Kristin Hannah’s latest novel releases February 2024. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Sunday, November 26, 2023

Chess Story

World champion of chess, Mirko Czentovic is traveling by ocean liner from New York to Buenos Aires. An unfriendly and surprisingly uneducated man, he mostly keeps to himself. A group of passengers offer the champion money to play against them. While losing each match and all their money, another passenger quietly observing begins to subtly hint to the opponent calculating moves that ultimately win the match. Shocked that this mysterious man called Dr. B should possess such skills, the audience cannot help but wonder how he learned to play with such precision. While these matches continue, Dr. B’s anxiety noticeably heightens and the narrator slowly describes the shocking tale that led this shy gentleman to this precise moment in time. Originally called The Royal Game, this German novella was written by Austrian author Stefan Zweig in 1941, just months before he and his wife die by suicide. Despite its length, this powerful story became the inspiration for the production of multiple artistic endeavors such as an opera, stage production and multiple movies over the last 80 years. Gripping and emotional, you most definitely do not need to be a chess player to appreciate each and every strategic move. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Thursday, November 16, 2023

Eight Dates and Nights

When Hannah Levin shows up at her grandmother’s ranch in Rosenberg, Texas she is not prepared to feed the horses and chickens. A city girl through and through, Hannah is sad she will miss Hanukah with her parents and friends in New York City, as it was her turn to visit grandmother whom she hadn’t seen in years. Missing the lattes and latkes from home Hannah is determined to manage through the next few days and get right back on that plane in time for the last few night’s of holiday celebrations. One day in town she meets Noah, most likely the only other Jewish teenager in the town. Noah is working hard to save his grandfather’s historic deli that has been struggling to make ends meet. Many years ago this small town had an active Jewish community but it is long gone as the younger generations moved on to explore opportunities in the big city. After an awkward meet cute Hannah knows it would be a mitzvah (good deed) to help Noah for a few days. She takes advantage of a surprising winter storm and savvy social media skills to bring the old fashioned deli into the present. This cozy YA holiday romance is filled with family love, delicious treats and eight nights of fun. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

The Intern

Harvard Law student Madison Rivera had been offered the most prestigious internship available. After hearing Judge Kathryn Conroy speak at her Catholic Prep high school 10 years ago Madison never imagined she would someday be chosen to work in her chambers. After a whirlwind interview the job is hers as long as she can find a way to fill out the lengthy paperwork involved. There is one problem. How can she possibly expose family background when her brother Danny has been recently incarcerated on drug charges and presented in front of the very same Judge? Madison believes Danny is innocent, she really does. But his convoluted stories involving mobsters, corrupt prosectors and attorneys sounds farfetched, especially insinuating that Madison’s idol, Judge Conroy, is implicated. As Madison snoops her way through court records and locked filing cabinets, the scandalous pieces of the puzzle begin to fall into place. Nothing is as it appears. This fast paced legal thriller turns into a race to prove Danny’s innocence, save Madison’s future and find out the ugly truth that has been buried for decades. Captivating, intriguing mystery that you will not be able to put down! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Monday, November 13, 2023

Midnight at the Christmas Bookshop

Managing the Old Town bookshop for Mr. McCredie has been a dream job for Carmen Hogan. There is nothing she enjoys more than helping customers find the perfect read. The only problem is the bookshop still has barely enough money in the till to pay the bills. At the same time an evil local developer has been turning every nearby business into a tacky souvenir shop and Mr. McCredie has been offered an opportunity of a lifetime to trace his family history on an historic voyage to Antartica. The trip costs a lot of money and Carmen is determined to help this sweet old man who believed in her when no-one else did. While missing her ex boyfriend Oke terribly since he left Scotland and her sister Sophia passive aggressively nudging her out of the family basement Carmen once again finds herself at a confusing crossroads. As the lights in Edinburgh begin to glow, past holiday memories lay heavy on her mind. Carmen completely throws herself into reinventing the bookshop and her personal life as well. Filled with our favorite characters from The Christmas Bookshop (and some fabulous new ones!) this delightful sequel is the perfect read for some quirky bookshop love this holiday season. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Queen of Katwe

As a young, poor child living in one of the harshest slums of Katwe in Uganda, Phiona Mutesi did not have any dreams for her future. Always hungry, nine year old Phiona followed her brothers in search of food. What she discovered would change her life forever. Phiona met an extraordinary man named Robert Katende. He was an educated missionary who worked with the Sports Outreach Institute teaching soccer and motivating children of the slums to strive for a better life. On colored cardboard with bottle cap pieces Robert Katende decided to teach a small group of children chess. It motivated and challenged them to think differently. When Phiona joined they had 25 players. At first the girls were separated. When she won all the girls, she moved on to beat all the boys. With a natural gift and unimaginable patience, Phiona became a champion. Strategizing her way through a tough game came naturally, it was a survival instinct she learned young. Robert became her coach and chess her escape from the harsh realities that surrounded their daily lives. Chess would be Phiona’s ticket to a world far outside of war torn Uganda. In 2010, 14 year old Phiona was selected to represent Africa at the World Chess Olympiad in Russia and this was only the beginning. A magnificent story of hope and faith, Phiona is truly an inspiration. A wonderful book and Disney movie adaptation - I loved them both! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Find the Good

Only about 2000 people live in remote Haines, Alaska. Heather Lende writes the obituaries for this small town’s newspaper, The Chilkat Valley News. She is a mother, grandmother, wife, sister and friend to many. But in this tiny town, she is something more. Heather is the keeper of memories as she does her best to honor those who have passed. Even the grumpiest, quietest and most troubled souls are often misunderstood. They too have a life worth remembering and this author digs deep to find that special something for each person she memorializes. As in most small towns, everyone knows each other and life often revolves around helping those in need. Daily tasks and routine can bring joy and comfort to the people you meet every day. Yes, a simple hello to a neighbor CAN change someones day. As this series of emotional and often laugh-out-loud essays teaches beautiful life lessons, Heather also shares the daily growth we experience as we get older, simple things people take for granted until the end looms near. Her warmth, wisdom and faith is contagious. Getting back to basics reminds us to be grateful for what we have, not what we don’t. Read this book and pass it on, the gift that keeps on giving. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Friday, November 10, 2023

Almost Everything


“Notes on Hope” is a candid, sensitive and honest series of essays about life. The writings reflect the authors experiences but it is interesting how easily the reader can often see themselves in the mirror of her truth. Exploring childhood and parental expectations, struggling later with relationships, alcohol abuse and the author’s deep and ever expanding belief in God and Christian faith that guides much of her storytelling. Always grateful afterwards for the hard lessons that probably saved her life, Anne grew an even deeper desire to share with the world her very personal journey. Carrying out her religious calling not only pushes Anne to share very private struggles through writing but she will just as quickly offer the shirt off her back or to hold the hand of a person in their final breaths of life. The humor that continues to fill her Sunday mornings teaching a young group of students are magical as we all know kids say the darnedest and most frighteningly honest things! This book is an easy, beautiful read filled goodness and light and most importantly hope. Anne is a well known novelist and non-fiction writer whose words have the power to heal. She famously quotes, “The opposite of faith is not doubt; it’s certainty.” ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Tuesday, October 31, 2023

Elon Musk

At 52 years old Elon Musk has accomplished things most people deemed impossible. There is probably not a person on earth that does not know his name. Possibly on other planets as well. After a rough childhood in Pretoria, South Africa Elon moved to Canada with his mother, brother and sister. After college he and his brother Kimball began work on what would become their first start up. With his background is physics and computer science it was quickly apparent to Elon and anyone around him that he needed to run his own company. His ideas were plentiful and his curiosity and brilliance unmatched. Elon’s strong personality and unstoppable drive were both a gift and a curse. He can be difficult to work for, but is usually right. Most of his employees would rather be stimulated by his enlightenment than bored working for anyone else. He demanded their full attention and every moment of their day - there is no time for vacations or breaks when you are trying to change the world. After making his mark with Paypal, he transferred his boundless energy to creating Tesla which led to batteries and AI, Space X, Boring and X. It appears he did this single handedly. While Elon surrounds himself with droves of brilliant scientists and engineers there is no doubt he is the driving force of it all. Elon struggles with some social awkwardness and can be misunderstood, his unfortunate relationship with his abusive father left marks that are still painful. It is obvious that Elon’s lofty goals are not focused on dollar signs but unyielding determination to change how we live and save humanity. This biography is expertly written by Walter Isaacson. It’s a long book but the way the chapters are divided makes it easier to read. I devoured every word and honestly don’t know how he juggles six companies. I’m ready for a nap just reading about it. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Wednesday, October 18, 2023

The Love Plot

Star Shine Meadows is performing as a character actor at a child’s birthday, one of the many jobs she juggles to make ends meet. A very handsome man stares at her from across the room, but it is not a friendly glance. Rafe Whitman is a sexy albeit grouchy veterinarian that happens to be the uncle of the birthday girl and he is obviously having a really bad day. A week later their paths cross again and Rafe comes up with a brilliant plan. He offers the free spirited Star to put aside her money making gigs and he will pay her an enormous fee to be his fake girlfriend. Apparently his wealthy family is trying to get him to settle down, that marriage is the answer to all his problems - and are driving him crazy. If they think he has a girlfriend maybe they will back off. Too good to pass up and in need of extra cash Star accepts insisting a no strings attached scenario as Star was raised by hippie parents who do not believe in monogamy or getting married. As she always sees the glass half full, Rafe is constantly surprised what fun Star is to be around, how the light she shines can brighten his day. Beautiful and smart, Rafe has her escort him to various events sure it will drive his family crazy. Neither of the two lovebirds expected the fireworks that exploded after their first kiss. Easy breezy and a little steamy. Definitely recommend this adorable romcom. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Tuesday, October 17, 2023

Going Infinite

    Sam Bankman-Fried is 31 years old and he is currently facing seven criminal counts for defrauding his customers. As the trial is underway I decided to read this recent release by Michael Lewis and here is what I learned.

    Sam grew up in California. His parents are both law professors at Stanford. From a very young age it was clear that he thought differently from other children his age and did not have any friends. When he went to math camp he finally met others he felt a kinship with. After attaining an MIT degree in physics he used his extraordinary math and thinking skills to obtain a job with a very high caliber private equity fund in New York. It did not take long for him to learn about cryptocurrency and realize he could easily perform similar trading skills in this realm as well. He moved on to create a world he shared with a few key people where they created computer code that bought and sold cryptocurrency faster than any human trader could possibly imagine. Even if they acquired small profits per trade, the volume was so enormous they were making millions. Then billions. Alameda and FTX, his two trading companies quickly grew to unimaginable proportions for a group of “kids” that had little experience and scary accounting practices. And then it all came tumbling down. There is no doubt Sam is brilliant. I do not know how this trial will end but completely understand the depths of the unique and sensitive relationship author Michael Lewis built with this young entrepreneur years before any criminal charges were made. Highly recommend this easy to read synopsis of history as it is being made. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Monday, October 16, 2023

Love, Holly

One day Holly receives a “Dear Stranger” letter from the lonely hearts holiday club. An older woman called Emma finds herself distraught as the holidays approach. In addition to having lost her husband, son and grandson many years ago she has recently been given a grave diagnosis. Holly understands all too well how depressing loneliness can feel. It’s been three years since the accident that changed all that was meaningful in her life. As the anniversary of that fateful day approaches Holly cannot forget the Christmas Eve that stole away everyone she loved. Strangely, Emma resides in the very same small village where the accident occurred. Call it fate or chance - but Holly decides to find Emma and see if there is any way she can make this one person feel a little less sad on the holidays. Not only do they become fast friends but Holly learns that Emma’s very handsome grandson Jack is her one that got away. Holly decides she must track him down and reunite Jack and Emma even if it means risking her own heart to love again. Sad yet hopeful, this beautiful story is perfect for the holidays. Filled with one of life’s most important lessons, forgiveness. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Sunday, October 8, 2023

Lost and Found in Paris

Growing up with a supermodel mother and famous father, Joan Blakely was not looking for the spotlight. Working at a prestigious museum in Los Angeles, Joan preferred to be behind the scenes. After her father tragically died in 9/11 her mother became a recluse and Joan kept his legacy alive in the world of art. When she learns her handsome photographer husband is a cheat and a liar Joan must reexamine her job and her future. An opportunity arises for her to transport some very prestigious pieces of art to Paris. It is a chance for Joan to clear her head and see her dearest friend who lives there. On the plane Joan meets Nate, an introverted tech guy on his way to a conference. With a taste of freedom she agrees to a romantic dinner upon arrival and a completely unexpected night of passion.When she wakes, Nate has gone to his conference. The art work which was expertly hidden is missing. The buyer is not responding and her security team needs answers. Joan and Nate put on their detective hats and are determined to track down the thief. I was pulled into this quickly only to lose all my interest 1/3 into the story. I loved the art and complicated relationships initially but as these two turn in Sherlock Holmes it became silly and unrealistic. The characters were not likable enough to hold my attention and it became one of those books I forced myself to finish.  ⭐️⭐️

The Lover

Allison is a graduate student from Canada studying for a few months at Tel Aviv University. This petite, blonde young lady is asked about her identity from the moment she arrives, “You don’t look Jewish” the taxi driver questions her. Allison studies words, ancient texts and languages. She has a strained relationship with her sister and an unexceptional one with her parents. Allie wants to explore the world, she dreams of falling in love. One day on a bus ride a soldier sits next to her. Eyal strikes up a conversation and although he is clearly younger, their chemistry is undeniable. They fall passionately in love. Despite their age difference it is probably the most profound feelings either of them has ever had. His family quickly folds Allie into their comfortable nest and she has never been happier. As she tries to find a grant to extend her stay, Allie befriends a fellow student at the University who is Palestinian. To Allie she is exotic, beautiful and mysterious and with no ill intent initially, Allie is compelled to get closer to her. At the same time Eyal must go on a dangerous mission into Gaza. As Allie examines the complicated emotions that heighten with Eyal and her new secret friendship, she cannot deny that her sister’s harsh criticisms are making more sense. The writing is exquisite in this heartfelt, meaningful look at self exploration in a not so perfect world. I truly could not put this one down. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Saturday, October 7, 2023

Don't Forget to Write

Marilyn Kleinman got caught making out with the rabbi’s son in front of the whole community. It is 1960 and Marilyn does not exactly follow her parents strict rules and regulations. She is a strong independent woman studying in college and has absolutely no intention of marrying this boy just because everyone witnessed their brief rendezvous. As a last resort and summer punishment Marilyn is sent to live in Philadelphia with her Aunt Ada, an older woman who never married but is a wildly successful businesswoman. As Ada and Marilyn get acquainted they head to her home on the Jersey Shore. Marilyn must assist Ada in her matchmaking business. Frankly, she prefers to lay on the beach, meet cute boys and use her spare time writing her novel. Falling for the boy Ada explicitly forbids her from socializing with, Marilyn sneaks out against Ada’s wishes only to learn her Aunt was right all along. To Marilyn’s surprise Ada is not what she expected. She is fashionable, smart, funny and has lived an extraordinary life. As the two women get closer Marilyn learns more about love and family than she ever dreamed possible. Loved the characters, the setting and every moment of this unputdownable read written with the humor of Mrs. Maisel and many lessons of the heart. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Three Holidays and A Wedding

As the holidays approach Maryam and Anna find themselves seatmates on a flight from Denver to Toronto. Maryam is traveling with her family for her sister’s last minute wedding and Anna is spending Christmas with her boyfriends family where she is pretty sure he is planning to pop the question. The weather takes a turn for the worse and the flight makes an emergency landing in a small Canadian town far from their final destination. Snow Falls is a quaint, charming town that looks like it could be featured in a holiday romcom. The icing on the candy cane - it secretly is the location that a popular movie is currently being filmed! A local inn takes in the stranded passengers but they are frantic. Wedding plans need to be postponed and as they are in the month of Ramadan, Maryam’s  family needs to eat and fast according to schedule. Her childhood crush Saif is part of their wedding entourage and showers Maryam with the attention she has dreamed about her entire life. Anna’s finds herself watching hockey and being consoled at a local bar by a very adorable young man who she probably shouldn’t be crushing over, while her boyfriend is furious she is not in Toronto for the festivities his wealthy family has planned. Christmas, Hanukah, Ramadan and a wedding all rolled into one in a small town that spreads kindness and welcomes diversity. It may seem too good to be true but this read is the perfect holiday happy ending for everyone. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

The Sun Does Shine

Anthony Ray Hinton loved his mama more than anything in the world. He loved his church and he loved his best friend Lester. He loved women, good southern food and living in Alabama. His life was simple and he hoped to get married, have children and teach them how to play baseball, something he was very good at in high school. One day in 1985, at 29 years old Ray was cutting his mama’s lawn and was confronted by two Alabama deputies. What began as a few questions led to Ray being tagged for two counts of capital murder and one attempted murder. They found an old gun that had not been fired in 25 years in his mama’s home. They did not care that he was working the night of the attempted murder 15 miles away and that these murders did not share the same bullets. None of this mattered to the courts. His appointed attorney had made it quite clear. The jury would be white. The judge would be white. Unless Ray and his family could come up with some money for his defense, there was nothing he could do to stop this train wreck from happening. The jury gave him life, the judge overturned the sentence - eager to send him to Death Row. Ray spent the next 28 years fighting for his life through appeal after appeal. Ray watched his fellow inmates walk to their death, the smell lingering for days afterward. Keeping faith and hope alive under the most dire circumstances was not easy. One day g-d sent Ray an angel by the name of Bryan Stevenson who reopened the case and won Ray his freedom. At 60 years old Ray’s life was just beginning and this magnificent memoir is his story. Expertly written with the help of Lara Love Hardin (The Many Lives of Mama Love) I was mesmerized by the sunshine that fills this man’s heart. The hope he shares after being wrongfully incarcerated is astounding and a lesson to us all.  ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Wednesday, September 6, 2023

A Wish for Christmas

Noel and Jonah are a NY power couple. She is an editor at a large publishing firm, gunning for a top promotion and Jonah is a Wall Street wonder working 24/7. One snowy day Noel and Jonah are walking their huge dog, Elliott, a 200 pound Mastiff, through New York City. Or rather he is walking them! The slobbering but lovable dog slips off his leash the first chance he gets. They chase Elliott into a charming shop where the Santa-like owner is happily feeding him dog treats and offers the couple a reprieve from the cold. With no children of their own and too busy with work Noel and Jonah are the least festive people you could possibly meet. Fully in the Christmas spirit, this kind old man gifts them a beautiful snow globe which will grant them a holiday wish. The next day the couple wakes up in separate beds. They are not married. They are in the charming small town where they both grew up. And then they meet for the first time. Although Noel and Jonah sense familiarity, this feels new. Their eyes sparkle, a simple touch sends electricity through their bones. Maybe this is a chance to start over. To remember why they ever fell in love in the first place. Christmas magic at its best. This delightful holiday romance is filled with love, family and the funniest dog ever! Releases November 14, 2023. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Thursday, August 31, 2023

The Good Part

The chilly drip from Lucy’s bedroom ceiling wakes her each morning, a job with a London television production company where she receives no recognition and little pay. Lucy is exhausted from chasing adulthood only to find her bank account empty and the last croissant long gone. Late one evening after a rough day at work and an even worse hook up, Lucy stumbles into a small shop to get out of the rain. An older Scottish woman offers her a turn in the wishing booth, a machine tucked away in the back corner. With little to lose, she humors the woman by accepting. As Lucy closes her eyes there is nothing she wants more out of life than to get to the “good part.” The next day she wakes in a strange bed with a man she does not know. Realizing she drank quite a bit the previous night she hobbles to the bathroom to snap out of this dreamlike state. When Lucy glances in the mirror she is petrified. Lucy is an older version of herself, 42 to be exact. This is her gorgeous house, and very handsome husband. She is the mother to Felix aged 7 and little toddler Amy. She is even the boss at work! Go Lucy! But she cannot recall how she got here. This may be the “good” part, even the best part but Lucy has lost 16 years of her life and is terrified they are gone forever. This beautiful, entertaining romance includes so many life lessons. When things gets hectic it is hard to live in the moment and not rush or wish away everyday stress. It is hard to remember that the days are long but the years are short - and it all goes much too fast. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Sunday, August 27, 2023

The Road to Dalton

Life appears relatively quiet in this small rural community in Maine. Everyone has known each other forever and they think they know everything about each other too. But they don’t, the secrets are hiding in plain sight. Rose is married to a bully and arrives at her job in the police station unsuccessfully hiding her bruises. The attentive town doc, Richard Haskell, knows a lot about your blood pressure and indigestion but may be missing the emotional clues right in front of his face. His wife Trudy is the town librarian who is secretly in love with her best friend Bev. Bev’s son is a sweet, kind cop called Nate, married to Bridget, a darling girl secretly struggling with severe PPD. These are just a few of the endearing characters in the fictional town of Dalton, Maine. Each one is connected through invisible ties that weave a wonderful story of small town life. A little Olive Kitteridge simpleness with even more added to the imagination. As the characters realize there is more to the story, the reader does too. Quiet, well written and a most enjoyable read. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

The Fiction Writer

Book number one was a relative success, book number two only sold a few thousand copies and her latest novel can’t even make it to print. Add in a severe case of writer’s block along with boyfriend breakup, Olivia Fitzgerald has seen better days. When her agent offers her a gig as a ghostwriter she is amazed. An all expense paid trip to Malibu to write for a rich billionaire who was voted People’s Sexiest Man Alive - (twice!) - its a no brainer. Arriving in Malibu Olivia is initially shy when she first meets Henry Asherwood and even more tongue tied when this handsome charming man demands she call him ”Ash”. He has hired her to write the story of his beloved grandmother Emilia, who died years ago in a tragic fire. Ash discovered a series of her journals written in French and sent them to be authenticated and translated. He believes Daphne du Maurier, the famous author of Rebecca stole his grandmother’s story. Being the last and only heir of this mega wealthy family, Ash wants to vindicate his grandmother by publishing the truth. Strangely, every time they attempt to work Ash is easily distracted and they are off on an outing that feels a lot like a date. They talk about everything except the book and mysteriously a week later the journals still haven’t arrived. Olivia thinks the housekeeper is suspicious and her coffee may have been drugged as Ash continues to irresistibly woo her. Olivia doesn’t know if she is losing her mind or just her nerve. This book within a book within a book is a deliciously twisted mystery that I could not put down. Wholly original and superbly written, this five star fiction writer is a MUST READ! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

What You Do to Me

Rolling Stone journalist Cecelia James lives and breathes music. Every song since her childhood captures a small piece of her heart. When things were good growing up, her dad Don lovingly shared his passion and record collection - when things were not so good Cecelia mourned the loss of her mother through melodies. For years Don has struggled to bring resistant Cecelia into the fold of his new family. Just before taking a romantic cruise with her longtime photographer boyfriend, Pete, she gets an unexpected lead on a story, her first byline. Making the hard choice to follow her instincts Cecelia criss crosses the country from Miami to Los Angeles on the hunt to track down mega rock star Eddie Vee who disappeared years ago leaving the world wondering who he wrote his hit love song for. Turns out Sara and Eddie’s early teen romance was a heartbreaking affair, innocent and pure but ultimately destroyed by over protective adults. She becomes obsessed with reuniting these lost loves. As Cecelia digs deeper into the past, she also discovers the truth about herself. Music, romance, family drama and a little bit of mystery - this novel really is a mixtape of love. Highly recommend the fabulous fall release! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Saturday, August 26, 2023

What Wild Women Do

After leaving LA, nothing feels right. Seth hasn’t worked on his novel in ages and Rowan still has zero response from her last screenwriting submission. Their writing dreams feel stalled while exasperating vlog (video channel) retakes have become Seth’s obsession. Hoping to rejuvenate some creative juices they decide to spend a month at a cabin in the Adirondacks. It is quiet and beautiful with minimum distractions and as their cash flow is practically non existent - its’ cheap. Rowan stumbles upon an old deserted camp in the woods. It is a huge piece of gorgeous property with crumbling structures that appear deserted. Curious, Rowan dives deep into the history of the original owner, socialite and feminist Eddie Calloway who ran a women’s camp many years earlier. She mysteriously disappeared in 1975 without a trace. Slowly putting the pieces together, Rowans imagination runs wild. She discovers an old canister filled with clues and is compelled to follow each and every one of them. It seems Eddie Calloway summered at this camp as a child with her eccentric, loving and extremely wealthy family. With everyone long gone and a marriage that fell apart Eddie finds herself at a crossroads and reinvents her life’s purpose developing an infamous and often controversial camp for women. Narrated in dual timelines it is easy to fall in love with Rowan and Eddie, both strong women on a mission to follow their hearts. Filled with mystery, intrigue and the beauty of the natural world, this wholly original and heartfelt novel is a journey of the soul. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

The Rom Con

Writing for Siren, the coolest online women’s publication is an awesome job and one that Cassidy Sutton does very well. Supporting other women and calling out the negative nonsense printed on the Brawler web site keeps her focused and very busy. Cassidy ignores the fact that she dreams of writing a novel and settling down with Mr. Right. One bad boyfriend after another, Cassidy has all but given up on these dating apps and it’s a running joke that she is always the bridesmaid and never the bride. One day her dear 90 year old grandmother surprises her with an edition of a 1950’s dating guide and a Good Housekeeping article, 125 Tips to Hook a Husband. Cassidy has a good laugh and decides to turn this age-old advice into her new pet project. With a little help she will morph into 1950’s “Betty” and create a hilarious column for Siren. Insisting on a chaperone, no kiss until the third date and having dinner on the table for her man - who knows, maybe this can even be the book she has always imagined! After Cassidy literally bumps into a smoking hot guy at a media event, she realizes Jack Bradford the co-creator of their rival Brawler, is the perfect male specimen for this experiment. Donning full skirts, high heels and even a frilly apron from the local resale shop, Cassidy easily falls into full Betty character and surprisingly, it works. Jack is smitten. Problem is, somehow her heart didn’t get the memo. Fall in love with this laugh-out-loud delicious enemies to lovers rom con! Releases November 7. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Wednesday, August 23, 2023

Check & Mate

Mallory Greenleaf hasn’t touched a chessboard in four years. Obsessed throughout childhood, too many bad memories linger to face those 16 pieces again. The loss of her father, her mother’s health issues and her two younger sister’s demands are more than enough to fill her days. As her best friend Easton is preparing to leave for college she begs Mallory to help with a fundraiser situation she has gotten herself into. A chess match to raise money for a good cause, how can she say no? As luck would have it, Mallory is seated across from Nolan Sawyer, alarmingly handsome and currently ranked #1 in the world. And she proceeds to crush him. Shocking the audience, she quickly makes a comeback and receives offers she cannot refuse. Mallory is once again pulled into the electrifying world of chess. But the closer she gets to victory, the more guilt haunts her. Painful memories push any chance of joy aside. As Mallory focuses on taking care of her family, Sawyer becomes harder and harder to ignore. Maybe its a win-win. Absolutely mind-blowing how chess, which I know little about, could be a page turner - but author Ali Hazelwood pulls us in with delicious quirky characters and a birds eye view of one of the oldest games in the world. Intelligent, fun and just a little spicy, don’t be fooled by the YA genre or chess, if thats not your jam. I couldn’t put this one down! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Friday, August 18, 2023

A Shot in the Dark

Back in Brooklyn after a self exile of almost a decade, Ely Cohen is ready to start a new life. Renting a room with two artsy characters she met online, Ely will begin a prestigious summer photography program with none other than Wyatt Cole, an infamous yet reclusive artist. In honor of her first night back east her roomies take her dancing at a queer nightclub nearby. She proceeds to have a very hot one night stand with a gorgeous man, never even learning his name. When Ely arrives at class the next morning Mr. Hottie does too … as her teacher. Not a great start to Ely’s new life. Disowned years ago by her religious family, struggling to stay clean after years of drug addiction - Ely is good at one thing, photography. Wyatt quickly convinces Ely it would be unfair and unethical to remain her teacher but he can be her friend and mentor. Wyatt has his own complicated past after coming out as transgender and leaving behind everyone from his early life. As Ely flourishes with her art and faces the challenges of her religious background, she deeply questions her beliefs and ability to be loved. This author found a magical way to connect the reader deep into the lives of these multifaceted extremely likable characters. I found myself mesmerized by the powerful connection Ely and Wyatt experienced while facing challenges I knew little about. Highly recommend this well written and beautiful love story. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Thursday, August 17, 2023

Strange Sally Diamond

“Put me out with the bins,” he said, regularly. Well, Sally didn’t know that he didn’t actually mean it. When her ill father doesn’t wake one morning Sally did just that. But then she remembered her beloved father incinerated organic trash instead of waiting for it to be picked up, so she quietly made a fire in the back field and proceeded to burn his body. It didn’t take long for her small Irish village to catch wind of her actions and the local police to knock at the door. Sally Diamond who is painfully honest and literal answered their questions with the help of Angela, a family friend and physician who worked very closely to her mother. After this stressful ordeal Angela is determined to get Sally out in the world. She struggles socially, with noise levels and crowds. Her father, a former psychiatrist believed she could choose isolation and rarely forced Sally out of her comfort box. As a lovely woman now at 43 with both parents deceased it is time for Sally to finally overcome her fears and put her smarts and talents to use. One day as she is just beginning to progress with therapy Sally receives a package and note from a stranger on the other side of the world. After all these years the truth of Sally’s childhood comes out of the dark shadows and she must decide who she loves, needs and most importantly - who she can trust. There is so much more to this compelling fast paced psycho thriller. It is hard to say more without giving away spoilers! A must read written by an incredible Irish writer. This is undoubtedly FIVE STARS!!!! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Wednesday, August 9, 2023

An American Immigrant

Melanie Carvajal is a struggling journalist at the Miami Herald. At just twenty five years old Melanie has always yearned to be a writer. She studied journalism in college and is ready for her career to flourish. When a big story breaks in Colombia she volunteers to take the assignment. Although her mother is from Colombia, she herself has never been there and in all honesty spent her childhood wishing away her latin heritage. Growing up in Maryland in a tiny apartment, Melanie always wished she had better clothes, more money and parents that spoke English. She didn’t care for the smell of foreign food that filled her lunchbox and aunts who spoke too loudly. Since her Grandmother Alba’s birthday is approaching she decides to meet her mother for a celebration before heading to Bogota for work. Overly concerned about her safety, food and even water - Melanie is hesitant to allow herself to enjoy the visit. As she slowly loosens up and begins cooking with Alba, dancing with cousins she had never met and reading her mother’s old journals, Melanie has a change of heart. For the very first time she can see her familia in a new light; their generosity and kindness so unlike the violence in Colombia that she has been drilled into her brain via tv and newspapers. Devouring her mother’s journals she learns of the struggles and sacrifices she made so her children could have a better life and it is only then that Melanie finally finds her story. American immigrant novel filled with culture, community and the gift of family. Writing pretty simple and straight forward, would be perfect for a YA reader. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️


Recently retired English professor Antonia Vega is struggling after the death of her beloved husband Sam. Having grown up in the Dominican Republic, English is her second language but platitudes from her favorite authors swirl through her mind and like fortune cookies as she doles out wise words garnered from years of studying. Favorite students and books have nurtured her life while Sam, a compassionate physician, took care of the rest of the world. As she contemplates her suddenly solitary life in this quiet Vermont farming town Antonia begs Sam for a sign and channels his choices and feelings - always easier to say what Sam would do? One day a sad pregnant teenager, the girlfriend of a local migrant worker from the farm next door shows up at her house. She is pregnant, terrified and Mario has all but abandoned her. As one of the only Spanish speaking locals how can Antonia send her away? To further add to her distress Antonia’s eldest and often erratic sister, Izzy, never arrives at the birthday celebration sending the remaining three sisters on a wild goose chase. A teacher, wife, sister and immigrant, her once ordered world has been turned upside down. Deciding who comes first - Antonia must dig deep in her heart to figure out who she will be in this after life. A sensitive and fast paced story of family, diversity and self identity narrated in poetic prose by internationally bestselling Dominican- American author Julia Alvarez. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Monday, August 7, 2023

The Many Lives of Mama Love

Lara Love is going to jail. It has always been in the back recesses of her mind as she furtively swiped credit cards from unsuspecting neighbors and fancy cars in the school parking lot. She is a blonde, attractive, mother of four and appears as a typical soccer mom carrying snacks for the game. The truth was that Lara and her husband, DJ, spent every waking moment getting money - to get the drugs - to shoot up H every chance they got. They are addicts barely functioning as parents. They have drained their business, savings and any resources or credit  they had in the white collar world. Growing up in a dysfunctional unloving home, Lara dreamed of becoming a writer and a mother, to be able to give her kids the things she hungered for in this world. Now it is too late. The jig is up. She is going to jail with 32 felony counts and so is DJ. Her youngest, who is only three, is stunned as the police drag Lara away from his flailing arms. Determined to get through this nightmare and keep her kids, Lara must quickly figure out this complicated and bizarre hierarchy called prison. Terrified at first, Lara learns a lot about herself through these women, most who have been abused and bullied their entire lives. They just want to be heard and she is a good listener, hence the new nickname - Mama Love. When she is finally released Lara must create a new life for herself and her children with little support and no money, but most importantly she must face life without the addiction that nearly destroyed her. This smart, sensitive, beautifully written memoir is an honest retelling of a life worth living. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Sunday, July 30, 2023

Sammy Espinoza's Last Review

The online rumor mills insist that Max Ryan, who hasn’t performed in seven years is preparing for a comeback. Once a heartthrob, this gorgeous talented rockstar was crooning to massive stadium sized audiences and then poof! after two extraordinary tours, he disappeared. But, he actually didn’t. Max has been tucked away in his hometown of Ridley Falls (think Virgin River) working on a brand new solo album. Sammy Espinoza thought she had it all together. Working in Seattle as a music critic, her thriving career abruptly imploded. Sammy’s most recent reviews misled her fans. The truth is she was unsuccessfully trying to hang on to her rocky relationship. Now, single and with her job on the line Sammy comes up with the perfect solution. To save her column she convinces her boss that a trip to Ridley Falls - the town where her parents grew up - would give her access to Max Ryan and the interview of a lifetime. What Sammy has not fully disclosed is that she and Max met eleven years ago before he was a household name and when he flew off to follow his dreams her heart shattered into a million pieces. Sammy is willing to expose her painful past for a chance to learn the truth.This melodious romance is filled with all kinds of love, friendship and family. It is the mixtape of life. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Friday, July 28, 2023

Here, Kitty

Kitty Kittrick lives in the quaint town of Hillsdale, Massachusetts. It’s the kind of community where charming Netflix series are set, everyone knows your name and what you did in the third grade. Kitty walks into the local country club one day intent on playing tennis. This blue eyed blonde appears tall and strong and has never picked up a racket in her life. But Kitty is filled with a remarkable confidence at 16 years old that Peter has never encountered. To everyones surprise (except Kitty’s), she is spectacular and Peter, with his retired high school coach immediately begin training her for an upcoming tournament. Kitty isn’t the only one with a curious personality. Peter’s best friend Dave - whose parents own the club - manages the pro shop and will comfortably describe his autism spectrum to you along with his likes and dislikes, honesty that most find brutal and refreshing. While Kitty’s older sister Nina has dedicated her life to caregiving, a long buried secret returns to Hillsdale that may destroy them. At the same time, Dave’s parents announce they are retiring to the rat’s mouth and the race is on to win the tournament and save the club. This quirky cast of characters endure dysfunctional parenting, neurodiversity and online hookups - they will steal your heart and have you laughing out loud from the very first page. Highly recommend this dazzling new novel by local Key West author Hays Blinckmann. I cannot wait to see what she comes up with next! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️