Six-year-old Kate Kindrick is not like most little girls. Born with the magical ability to read people’s hearts, Kate is tiny, but mighty in her awareness and blessed with many gifts. When Kate was born, her dear grandmother, Grammy Mer, gave her a beautiful angel doll named Etta Ebella, that only rarely leaves Kate’s sight, but the doll has magical qualities and at times is very much alive. Etta Ebella becomes a silent staple in the story as much of what transpires in Kate’s life and her families is closely connected to the angel. Author Sherry Maysonave builds a strong main character in a child, one that remains poised and strong, while still remaining a little girl, filled with trust, wonderment and belief.
The Regulars by Georgia Clark is a hilarious and a witty novel. A light and entertaining read, the book explores the society’s obsession with beauty and its unrealistic standards for women.
Evie, Krista, and Willow are best friends in their mid-twenties living in New York. They’re normal, everyday people with average lives and average looks. As many normal people do, the women experience crises pertaining to their love and work lives. Unlike normal people, however, they come across a magic potion called Pretty that can make them “beautiful.” The potion makes the three best friends gorgeous, tall, and curvy with beautiful hair.
Single mother Sian Bishop has just moved from the busy city to a quiet country town with her son Rory. Determined to create a new life for her son, Sian busies herself with organizing their small rented cottage. She soon meets her new neighbor Fiona, whom she immediately bonds with, and Fiona works to get Sian acquainted with her neighborhood and the characters within it.
Sian is shocked to encounter Rory’s father when he turns up at a dinner party, and it is announced that he is Fiona’s son. Having not seen him since their one night together several years ago, Sian agonizes over telling him and Fiona the truth about Rory’s connection to them. Will she tell them the truth? And if she does, will she lose them forever?
Cecil and John are two old friends who reconnect at their 50th high school reunion and rekindle their long lost friendship in Gloria Hanson’s short novel, Two Guys in America. As teenagers they had lost touch when John’s family moved to a new neighborhood. Now closing in on their 70s, these men find they have a lot of catching up to do as they pick up where they left off and continue to build a stronger bond than ever.
So much can happen in 50 years, as John and Cecil soon find out. But despite the many tragedies, trials and tribulations that each man has faced, and despite the racial differences (John is white, Cecil is black), they discover that it’s not too late for them. Now that they are older, wiser, and more experienced, they are able to be more honest with each other than they could be as teenagers back in the 1950s.
Reviewed by Amanda Schafer
I loved this book! ‘Nuff said. Even though that’s all you should need to go out and grab this book, I’ll tell you more.
What would you do if you were going about your day, living a happy life, only to discover that your husband has been cheating on you? And then, once you find that out you’re involved in a major accident and know nothing else until you wake up from a year-long coma? This is the life of Annie Rush. She wakes from a coma only to discover that her husband has divorced her (while she was in a coma!) and moved her out to a care facility near her parents (and across the country from him). As Annie begins her road to recovery, she discovers that some things haven’t changed: her love for her family’s maple syrup farm, her love of cooking, and her love for Fletcher Wyndham.
I love the stories of Susan Mallery. That said, however, Daughters of the Bride didn’t quite do it for me. It had the aura of having been assembled by a committee, some of whom weren’t always present in the resolution meeting.
There are actually five women playing major roles here: Maggie Watson, the bride-to-be; her daughters – divorced Rachel, too-often engaged Sienna, and Courtney, the under-appreciated. In addition to these four, there is Joyce, who could almost be Maggie’s mom – she’s old enough. But while not that, she is definitely a very good friend to Maggie, plus being Courtney’s boss and mentor.
Mary Waters-Sayer’s beautiful novel, The Blue Bath, is an intimate look into a life of love, memories, searching, passion and betrayal. Kat Lind is an American living in London, raising a small son while her husband, Johnathan, manages their very successful business, usually from very far away. Kat quietly seems to be looking for something as the novel begins, having just lost her mother and planning large scale renovations at her home, but it’s not clear just what she is seeking. The novel begins with a bit of a restless feel, that perfectly sets up the story. Kat is on the treadmill watching the BBC, when her past literally flashes before her eyes on the television screen. Her ex-lover, Daniel Blake, is now a famous artist with a show opening in London.
When I saw Hot in Hellcat Canyon, a contemporary romance published with Avon Books, I was excited. I’ve always loved sitting down, putting my feet up, and relaxing with a good romance novel—one that isn’t in any way, shape, or form erotic. I like being able to forget the outside world for a while, especially with everything happening in it lately. This book did not disappoint. Not only was I able to escape into a different world, but I also enjoyed the actual story line.
When John Tennessee McCord arrives in Hellcat Canyon with a broken truck, a career that is tanking, and a recent breakup, he doesn’t expect to be staying very long. However, when he sets eyes on Britt Langley, a waitress at the local tavern, his expectations are all by dashed.
Rowan Winter is the first person we meet in Keep You Close, and thus she is established as the main character in this psychological thriller. Her mother died when she was a toddler, and her globe-trotting father was seldom available until after he’d married again. But she did have one very close best friend, from their elementary school years, Marianne Glass. Marianne was part of a welcoming family, which brought Rowan into their home and treated her as one of their own. The sprawling, boisterous artistic Glass family was a world unknown to the solitary Rowan. She was thus totally lost when as young adults, she and Marianne have a major falling out.
Although there has since then been no communication between them, Rowan has never given up hope of a reconciliation.
Corinne. What happened to Corinne?
Ten years ago Nicolette (Nic), her brother, and their friends lived through a terrible ordeal. One night, their friend Corinne mysteriously disappeared. No one knows why. No one knows who. No one knows anything but what Nic and her friends had told the police. But they were keeping secrets…Corinne was keeping secrets. Could these secrets be the reason she is gone?
Ten years after Nic’s best friend, Corinne, disappeared, Nic is forced to go back to Cooley Ridge to help her brother deal with their father and the vacant house that was once their childhood home.