The Lost and Found Bookshop by Susan Wiggs @harpercollins @susanwiggs #review #fiction

Overview

There is a book for everything . . . 

Somewhere in the vast Library of the Universe, as Natalie thought of it, there was a book that embodied exactly the things she was worrying about.

In the wake of a shocking tragedy, Natalie Harper inherits her mother’s charming but financially strapped bookshop in San Francisco. She also becomes caretaker for her ailing grandfather Andrew, her only living relative—not counting her scoundrel father.

But the gruff, deeply kind Andrew has begun displaying signs of decline. Natalie thinks it’s best to move him to an assisted living facility to ensure the care he needs. To pay for it, she plans to close the bookstore and sell the derelict but valuable building on historic Perdita Street, which is in need of constant fixing. There’s only one problem–Grandpa Andrew owns the building and refuses to sell. Natalie adores her grandfather; she’ll do whatever it takes to make his final years happy. Besides, she loves the store and its books provide welcome solace for her overwhelming grief.

After she moves into the small studio apartment above the shop, Natalie carries out her grandfather’s request and hires contractor Peach Gallagher to do the necessary and ongoing repairs. His young daughter, Dorothy, also becomes a regular at the store, and she and Natalie begin reading together while Peach works.

To Natalie’s surprise, her sorrow begins to dissipate as her life becomes an unexpected journey of new connections, discoveries and revelations, from unearthing artifacts hidden in the bookshop’s walls, to discovering the truth about her family, her future, and her own heart.

Review

Natalie has just been promoted and is having a party in her honor. Her mother is supposed to be there. Come to find out, there has been a tragic plane crash and Natalie’s mother and boyfriend have been killed. Natalie moves back home to help take care of her grandfather and to sort out her mothers book shop.

Natalie discovers the book shop is in horrible financial woes. The historical building is in terrible shape and the book store is in debt. Plus, her grandfather has the beginnings of dementia. He refuses to sell the historical building because there is a hidden treasure lost in it somewhere (and yes there is…you MUST read this to find out what!)

I adore this book. I love everything about it. I love the quirkiness of the characters. The setting of the California Bay Area had me researching. I actually sent a text to a friend of mine who lives there and told him he had to go the the Tower Library Bar and take pictures. Oh…and the mystery of the hidden treasure and the book references. This is the perfect read for a bibliophile!

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Sky Queen by Judy Kundert – BOOK SPOTLIGHT

Sky Queen

By Judy Kundert

Genre: Women’s Fiction


It’s 1967, and Katherine Roebling is a Chicago-based stewardess caught between the hold of highflying travel and the call of her Native American ancestors just as the women’s movement is taking the US by storm. As she vacillates between an ever-present mystical ancestral feather and her alluring stewardess life of excitement and travel, she embarks on a journey from one adventure to the next―each episode bringing her closer to her predestined calling. A chance meeting with a college student from Athens, Greece at a Chicago Playboy Mansion Press Party and her visit to the Oracle of Delphi intertwine with Katherine’s discovery of the treasure inside herself. Ultimately, she gains wings that allow her to glide over society’s barriers; she abandons the so-called glamorous life she’s been living, creates her own path, and embarks upon a new career at the Smithsonian in DC―one that will take her on a miraculous experience of personal growth and uncharted paths.

About the Author

Judy Kundert, a recipient of the Marquis Who’s Who Excellence in Authorship award, loves storytelling, from folk and fairy tales to classics for elementary school children. She authors award-winning middle-grade novels designed to inspire and intrigue children. After she left her career as a United Airlines stewardess, she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Loyola University, Chicago and a Master of Arts from DePaul University, Chicago. Most recently, she completed a master’s Certificate in Public Relations and Marketing from the University of Denver. For fun, she likes reading (usually three or four books at a time), watching movies from the oldies to the current films, traveling, biking, and hiking in the vast Colorado outdoors with her husband. Learn more at http://www.judykundert.com.

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No One Saw by Beverly Long @harlequinbooks #fiction #suspense #review

NO ONE SAW

Author: Beverly Long

ISBN: 9780778309659

Publication Date: June 30, 2020

Publisher: MIRA Books

Book Summary:

Detective team A.L. McKittridge and Rena Morgan are back on their beat after solving the brutal Baywood serial killings, but crime doesn’t rest for long in their small Wisconsin town. In book two of Beverly Long’s electrifying A.L. McKittridge series, NO ONE SAW (MIRA Mass Market Paperback; June 30, 2020; $7.99), a child seemingly vanishes from a day care into thin air and A.L. and Rena must race to bring her home before time runs out.

Baywood police department detective A.L. McKittridge is no stranger to tough cases, but when five-year-old Emma Whitman disappears from her day care, there isn’t a single shred of evidence to go on. There are no witnesses, no trace of where she might have gone. There’s only one thing A.L. and his partner, Rena Morgan, are sure of—somebody is lying.

With the clock ticking, A.L. and Rena discover their instincts are correct: all is not as it seems. The Whitmans are a family with many secrets, and A.L. and Rena must untangle a growing web of lies if they’re going to find the thread that leads them to Emma… before it’s too late.

Review

Five year old Emma is missing from her day care. Detectives A.L. McKittridge and Rena Morgan have been called in to investigate. Time is not their friend at the moment and they must hurry to unravel the mystery and find Emma as quickly as possible.

I am impressed with A.L. and Rena’s deductions. Both are intelligent and take no crap. They navigate all the lies and secrets, which is not easy feat, to uncover the true story!

This story started slow…but then it gradually built into a twisted, wicked tale. I was captivated and just kept trying to guess what actually happened.

Need a good story full of secrets and lies….don’t miss this one!

I received this novel from the publisher for a honest review.

About the author

Beverly Long’s writing career has spanned more than two decades and twenty novels, including TEN DAYS GONE, the first book of her A.L. McKittridge series. She writes romantic suspense with sexy heroes and smart heroines. She can often be found with her laptop in a coffee shop with a cafe au lait and anything made with dark chocolate by her side.

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June Escapes and Escapades #junewrapup #wrapup

Escapades!

Well! Y’all! I actually ate in two restaurants this month! The excitement abounds!

A friend and I went to Memphis to get some patio furniture…yes we wore our masks. But, my reading chairs in my outdoor reading spot were crumbling. So…you see…there was a sale! I came home with this…

The green one is my new one and it is just heavenly! So, of course we had to eat lunch and we ate at my favorite place..Grisanti . It was divine.

This same friend and I also traveled to the Mississippi Delta to visit McCartys Pottery and Peters Pottery. We ate in the tea room at Mcartys Pottery. If you are not familiar with this pottery, check them out. Their pottery is made from Mississippi mud and I just love it!

Now on to my Escapes!

Escapes!

I don’t think I have ever had a month with so many 5 star reads. It was truly an amazing reading month. The best book of the month…heck the best book of the year is Saving Ruby King.

Saving Ruby King

Little Tea

You Can’t Catch Me

The Last Train to Key West

We Came Here to Shine

The House of Long Ago

Of Literature and Lattes

Lowcountry Boondoggle

Her Last Flight

What book was your favorite of June? Inquiring minds want to know!

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My Audible Reads for June #audible #audiobooks #audiblebooks

I had a good month for audible books. Even though I only finished two, I enjoyed them both.

Especially this first one!

I am slowly working my way through Diane Chamberlain’s books. And I have yet to run across one that is not superb!

The Lies We Told

I can honestly say, if I had read this as a book and not listened to it, I probably would have put it aside. I have more patience if I listen to a book than if I physically read it. This book has a wonderful premise and is unique. But, it is a tad slow moving.

The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle

What did you listen too this month?

Inquiring minds want to know!

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Her Last Flight by Beatriz Williams @wmmorrowbooks @authorbeatriz #review #historicalfiction

Overview


In 1947, photographer and war correspondent Janey Everett arrives at a remote surfing village on the Hawaiian island of Kauai to research a planned biography of forgotten aviation pioneer Sam Mallory, who joined the loyalist forces in the Spanish Civil War and never returned. Obsessed with Sam’s fate, Janey has tracked down Irene Lindquist, the owner of a local island-hopping airline, whom she believes might actually be the legendary Irene Foster, Mallory’s onetime student and flying partner. Foster’s disappearance during a round-the-world flight in 1937 remains one of the world’s greatest unsolved mysteries. 

At first, the flinty Mrs. Lindquist denies any connection to Foster. But Janey informs her that the wreck of Sam Mallory’s airplane has recently been discovered in a Spanish desert, and piece by piece, the details of Foster’s extraordinary life emerge: from the beginnings of her flying career in Southern California, to her complicated, passionate relationship with Mallory, to the collapse of her marriage to her aggressive career manager, the publishing scion George Morrow.

As Irene spins her tale to its searing conclusion, Janey’s past gathers its own power. The duel between the two women takes a heartstopping turn. To whom does Mallory rightfully belong? Can we ever come to terms with the loss of those we love, and the lives we might have lived?

Review

Irene Foster is a female pilot back in the 1930s and 40s. She learned under one of the bests, Sam Mallory. Sam Mallory disappeared in the Spanish Civil War. Janey Everett, a photo journalist, is obsessed with finding out exactly what happened.

Irene Foster or Lindquist as she is known in Hawai’i, is an amazing woman. She is a pioneer in the field of aviation. Sam Mallory is a complete risk taker where flying is concerned. These two set the world on fire with their antics on and off the airfield.

Janey Everett is determined to find out about these two. She is a piece of work. She is no nonsense and does not hold back in her quest for the truth.

Wow! What a fabulous tale! I enjoyed the characters and the history! This story had some major twists at the end. I figured one out and one was a complete surprise. Now, this book is wordy as all Beatriz William’s books are. BUT! This is a fabulous read….DO NOT MISS THIS ONE!

I received this novel from the publisher for a honest review.

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Lowcountry Boondoggle by Susan M. Boyer @henerypress @susanmboyer #review #fiction

Overview

Private investigators Liz Talbot and Nate Andrews thought they’d put Darius Baker’s troubles to rest—then his recently discovered son ropes him into a hemp farm investment with his college buddies. When a beloved Charleston professor—and potential investor—is murdered, Liz and Nate discover Darius keeps the PIs on speed dial. 

A shocking number of people had reasons to want the genteel, bowtie wearing, tea-drinking professor dead. Was it one of his many girlfriends or a disgruntled student? Or perhaps Murray was killed because his failure to invest meant the hemp farm trio’s dreams were going up in smoke?

Though Liz’s long-dead best friend, Colleen, warns her the stakes are far higher than Liz imagines, she is hellbent on finding the no-good killer among the bevy of suspects. But will the price of justice be more than Liz can bear?

Take a virtual vacation to Charleston in Susan M. Boyer’s latest Southern charmer, Lowcountry Boondoggle. It’s a trip you don’t want to miss.

Review

Liz and her husband are private investigators. They have been hired by the rich and powerful Darius Baker. Darius Baker’s son has started a hemp business. When one of the investors, a sweet Charleston professor, is murdered, it opens up a whole new can of worms!

I have loved this series since the very beginning. These books are great for an easy and fun, summer read. And this one fits perfectly into this series. I love the setting of Charleston and the author incorporates the right amount of history into this mystery.

And the characters….as always, Liz’s family is a hoot, especially her dad. I laughed out loud at the Alexis dilemma. Then there is the ghost…yes you heard me…ghost named Colleen. Her antics are sure to leave the reader in stitches.

Need a great, cozy mystery for a vacation…THIS IS IT!

I received this novel from the publisher for a honest review.

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Our Friendship Matters by Kimberley B. Jones – Cover Reveal

Our Friendship Matters

By Kimberley B. Jones

Genre: Young Adult

About the Book

Sasha and Leah are living the good life. They have money, good looks, great boyfriends, loving families, supportive friends, good grades, and, most importantly, they have each other. They do everything together, from playing sports to planning for their big prom night, and they share a bond of trust and loyalty almost as if they were sisters. However, beneath the surface neither their lives nor their friendship are as untroubled as they seem. When a friend from Sasha’s past becomes the victim of police brutality, their friendship is put to the test as both girls are forced to confront their values and what it means to be privileged in American society.

About the Author

Kimberley B. Jones is a professional early childhood educator. She was born in the small town of Saint George, South Carolina, on September 12, 1982. She graduated from Woodland High School in 2000, Benedict College in 2004 with B.S., Child & Family Development, and Ashford University in 2013 with a Masters in Early Childhood Education. After receiving her education and being a military spouse, she held several jobs as a preschool teacher and a preschool director, but she wanted to use her education by writing children’s books. She wrote her first book in college for a children’s literature course. She has since self-published several books that can be found on Amazon. Currently, she is branching off into writing fiction YA, NA, and A novels on issues in society. She loves writing and would change it for nothing in this world. She is now representing Rhetoric Askew, a great publishing company. Kimberley is the author of “Our Friendship Matters,” soon to be released and so much more coming soon.

Website: www.kimberleybjones.com

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That Summer in Maine by Brianna Woodson – Book Spotlight and Excerpt @harlequinbooks #briannawolfson #bookspotlight #excerpt

THAT SUMMER IN MAINE
By Brianna Wolfson
On Sale: June 23, 2020
MIRA
CONTEMPORARY FICTION/Sisters/Family/WomensFriendship/MothersandDaughters 978-0778351238; 0778351238
$16.99 USD
320 pages


About the Book
A novel about mothers and daughters, about taking chances, about exploding secrets and testing the boundaries of family
Years ago, during a certain summer in Maine, two young women, unaware of each other, met a charismatic man at a craft fair and each had a brief affair with him. For Jane it was a chance to bury her recent pain in raw passion and redirect her life. For Susie it was a fling that gave her troubled marriage a way forward.
Now, sixteen years later, the family lives these women have made are suddenly upended when their teenage girls meet as strangers on social media. They concoct a plan to spend the summer in Maine with the man who is their biological father. Their determination puts them on a collision course with their mothers, who must finally meet and acknowledge their shared past and join forces as they risk losing their only daughters to a man they barely know.


About the author
Brianna Wolfson is a New York native living in San Francisco. Her narrative nonfiction has been featured on Medium, Upworthy and The Moth. She buys a lottery ticket every Friday.
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Excerpted from That Summer in Maine by Brianna Wolfson © 2020 by Brianna Wolfson, used with permission by MIRA books.

ONE YEAR AGO

All mothers wish a perfect love story upon their daughters. The wish that their daughters will grow up wrapped in love and that one day they will go on to wrap others in love. They wish for their love to be simple and pure and uncomplicated.

As a single mother, Jane did everything she could to uphold that perfect love for her daughter, Hazel. At least, she’d tried.

Today, Jane gave birth to twin boys with a man she had recently fallen in love with and married. In the postbirthing haze, Jane could taste the salt on her upper lip where her sweat was now dried. The fiery heat deep within her body was starting to subside and her spine still felt sore and twisted. Jane held one twin against her bare chest while the other was tucked into the crease of her husband Cam’s arm. Jane motioned for him to come closer and embrace the start of their family. “I love you,” she said and kissed him and then the two babies gently. She looked up to see if she could find her daughter. The back of Hazel’s shoulder was just visible in the doorway as she stood cross-armed, looking away from the room. Hazel, at fourteen years old, looked both young and old for her age all at once standing there. 

“Come in, honey, and meet your brothers,” Jane said gently. 

Hazel turned around slowly, her black hair like a veil in front of her eyes. She shuffled toward her mother without lifting her feet and leaned over her bed. Jane brought her free arm up toward Hazel’s face and tucked her daughter’s hair behind her ear, revealing her eyes of different colors. Her lashes were damp, and her eyes—one green and one hazel—were clear and dewy. A mother can always tell when her child has been crying. Jane leaned over to kiss Hazel’s cheek, but her sudden movement startled her newborn, who let out a brief wail that ended when Jane returned her body to its original position. 

Hazel’s shoulders fell. Hazel wanted that kiss. Perhaps needed it. 

“Meet your brother Griffin,” Jane whispered to Hazel, tilting her arm ever so slightly so that her daughter could see her brother’s face. “And that’s Trevor over there.” Cam took a few steps toward Hazel and smiled with pride. 

“I thought we were going to name him August,” Hazel challenged. 

Jane chuckled. 

“Last-minute change. Give them both a big kiss, big sis.” 

Hazel rolled her eyes and placed her lips on each baby and then huffed out of the room without another word. To Jane, her family finally felt full. But she could tell that for Hazel, something had emptied. 

In her happiness of sharing this moment with Cam and welcoming her two new healthy babies, Jane had neglected to consider the impact on Hazel’s perfect love story. Cam came over and kissed her forehead. 

“I love this family,” he said. 

Jane let that sink in. Deep. And then wondered if he was including Hazel in his definition of family. And couldn’t deny a shift within her own heart. It had expanded and made room for two more babies. And these two new sons deserved their own pure, simple, uncomplicated love story. And Jane would give it to them wholeheartedly. She felt resolute and focused about it. 

Indeed, she forgot to wonder what it would mean for Hazel’s happiness. For her sense of family and her sense of self.

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Of Literature and Lattes by Katherine Reay @Katherine_Reay @ThomasNelson #bookreview #fiction @gosparkpoint

Overview

Return to the cozy and delightful town of Winsome, where two people discover the grace of letting go and the joy found in unexpected change.

After fleeing her hometown three years earlier, Alyssa Harrison never planned to return. Then the Silicon Valley start-up she worked for collapsed and turned her world upside down. She is broke, under FBI investigation, and without a place to go. Having exhausted every option, she comes home to Winsome, Illinois, to regroup and move on as quickly as possible. Yet, as friends and family welcome her back, Alyssa begins to see a place for herself in this small Midwestern community.

Jeremy Mitchell moved from Seattle to Winsome to be near his daughter and to open the coffee shop he’s been dreaming of for years. Problem is, the business is bleeding money—and he’s not quite sure why. When he meets Alyssa, he senses an immediate connection, but what he needs most is someone to help him save his floundering business. After asking for her help, he wonders if something might grow between them—but forces beyond their control soon complicate their already complex lives, and the future they both hoped for is not at all what they anticipated.

With the help of Winsome’s small-town charm and quirky residents, Alyssa and Jeremy discover the beauty and romance of second chances.

Review

Alyssa Harrison has come home with her tail between her legs. She has no job, no money and believe it or not, with only the clothes on her back. This is NOT what she had planned at this point in her life.

Jeremy has come to Winsome to open a coffee shop and be nearer to his daughter. However, the coffee shop has not turned out as well as he expected. Plus, there is a twist where his daughter is concerned.

There is a good deal of friction in this novel and BOY, this really keeps you reading and rooting for these special characters. Alyssa’s situation is unique and involves the FBI. Jeremy gets arrested and it goes viral on Instagram. And the twists just keep coming!

What a sweet, enjoyable read. As most of you know…I am not a huge fan of Christian Fiction. I find it overly dramatic and pushy. I had no idea this was Christian Fiction till I finished this book. It has flawed characters, romance and life circumstances. I did not feel any judgement or preaching…it was just and all around good, wholesome read! Plus, throw in some literature references and I am HOOKED. I have never read this author before, but I have already added her books to my tumbling TBR list!

If you need a quick, compelling read for vacation, THIS IS IT!

I received this novel from SparkPoint Studios for a honest review.

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Katherine Reay is the national bestselling and award-winning author of Dear Mr. Knightley, Lizzy and Jane, The Brontë Plot, A Portrait of Emily Price, The Austen Escape, and The Printed Letter Bookshop. All Katherine’s novels are love letters to books, contemporary character-driven stories with a bit of classical flair that examine the past as a way to find one’s best way forward. Katherine holds a BA and MS from Northwestern University, graduating Phi Beta Kappa, and is a wife, mother, former marketer, and avid chocolate consumer. After living all across the country and a few stops in Europe, Katherine now happily resides outside Chicago, IL. You can read more about her at www.katherinereay.com.  

Praise for Of Literature and Lattes:

·        “The subplot about Alyssa and her mother is deeply emotional, and the colorful townsfolk make for a memorable supporting cast. The love story is sweet, but it’s the close-knit small-town setting that wins the day.” Publishers Weekly

·        “In her ode to small towns and second chances, Katherine Reay writes with affection and insight about the finer things in life.” —Karen Dukess, author of The Last Book Party

· “Reay has penned another poignant tale set in Winsome, Illinois, weaving truth, forgiveness, and beauty into a touching, multilayered, yet totally cozy story. You’ll root for these characters and will be sad to leave this charming town.” —Lauren Denton, bestselling author ofThe Hideaway and Glory Road

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