The Inn At Walker Beach

A dream years in the making becomes reality with the inaugural meeting of The Barefoot Sisterhood…

Jenna Wakefield has been through a lot in her twenty-seven years—losing her mother, becoming a teen mom, and battling depression, just to name a few. And working a dead-end job, barely paying her bills, and fighting unrequited feelings for her boss aren’t exactly part of the life she always imagined.

With her six children grown and her husband constantly traveling for work, Elise Griffin finds herself utterly without purpose for the first time ever at age sixty-three. But “retirement” isn’t as wonderful as it might sound—it gives her far too much time to think about the affair her husband had a year ago … the one she’s never told anyone about.

When both women are invited into the mysterious Barefoot Sisterhood and asked to help restore an old beachside inn for a good cause, they find themselves supported and encouraged in new and exciting ways. This inspiration leads to dream seeking … and new romance as well.

Discover what happens when women give each other the space to finally dream—and in doing so, make the world a better place. 

My Rating: 5 Stars

Oohh this one is giving me all the feels! After meeting Jenna in Lindsay’s earlier book “All At Once” I really wanted Jenna to have her own story and HEA. This is that book! So I obviously loved that Jenna got her story told. I also love the premise of this new series about bringing together a group of women with scars in their pasts for friendship and restoring an old BnB to help battered women find a safe place. What an awesome idea for a series! In this book we meet a group of about seven women brought together to be a part of the Barefoot Sisterhood, and it focuses primarily on two of the women: Jenna and Elise. Their stories intertwine beautifully and make for a charming and sweet read as we get Jenna’s story and Elise and her husband’s story as well, all while working on restoring the BnB. A fantastic read! Can’t wait for book two! I need it NOW!

I received this book as a member of the launch team and was not required to post a positive review. All thoughts are my own.

The Secret Keepers Of The Old Depot Grocery

Present Day. After tragedy plunges her into grief and unresolved anger, Sarah Ashby returns to her childhood home determined to finally follow her long-denied dream of running Old Depot Grocery alongside her mother and grandmother. But when she arrives, her mother, Rosemary, announces to her that the store is closing. Sarah and her grandmother, Glory Ann, make a pact to save the store, but Rosemary has worked her entire life to make sure her daughter never follows in her footsteps. She has her reasons–but she’ll certainly never reveal the real one.

1965. Glory Ann confesses to her family that she’s pregnant with her deceased fiancé’s baby. Pressured into a marriage of convenience with a shopkeeper to preserve the family reputation, Glory Ann vows never to love again. But some promises are not as easily kept as she imagined.

This dual-timeline story from Amanda Cox deftly explores the complexity of a mother-daughter dynamic, the way the secrets we keep shape our lives and the lives of others, and the healing power of telling the truth.

My Rating: 5 Stars

After reading and loving Amanda’s debut novel last year, this one was high on my priority read list for this year. Trust me when I say, this one is even better than “The Edge Of Belonging” and that one was superb. “The Secret Keepers of Old Depot Grocery” is a beautiful story of hope, redemption and family. I couldn’t read this one fast enough! The ending was lovely and the story is one I devoured. I purchased an audible copy and the narration was very good. This will definitely make my top 2021 read list no question. It’s destined for my keeper shelf.

I received this book from the publisher(while purchasing my audible copy) and was not required to post a positive review. All thoughts are my own.

The House At The End Of The Moor

What Can a London Opera Star and an Escaped Dartmoor Prisoner Have in Common?
Opera star Maggie Lee escapes her opulent lifestyle when threatened by a powerful politician who aims to ruin her life. She runs off to the wilds of the moors to live in anonymity. All that changes the day she discovers a half-dead man near her house. Escaped convict Oliver Ward is on the run to prove his innocence, until he gets hurt and is taken in by Maggie. He discovers some jewels in her possession—the very same jewels that got him convicted. Together they hatch a plan to return the jewels, clearing Oliver’s name and hopefully maintaining Maggie’s anonymity.

My Rating: 5 Stars for Goodreads, otherwise it gets ALL the stars!!

I have had a good run of reading some truly excellent books lately. This is another title that languished on my NetGalley shelf for FAR too long. If I’d had an more of an inkling at the greatness of of this book, I’d have read it MUCH sooner. As it is, I am sorry it took me so long to read it. This book has it all, a regency timeline(which is a favorite of mine!), great characters, a couple of truly evil villain’s that need stopped, a couple of wonderful surprises at the end and romance that is completely swoonworthy. Basically I can sum up this review by saying I adored this book!!!

I received this book from NetGalley and was not required to post a positive review. All thoughts are my own.

Almost Home

With America’s entrance into the Second World War, the town of Blackberry Springs, Alabama, has exploded virtually overnight. Workers from all over are coming south for jobs in Uncle Sam’s munitions plants–and they’re bringing their pasts with them, right into Dolly Chandler’s grand but fading family home turned boardinghouse.

An estranged young couple from the Midwest, unemployed professors from Chicago, a widower from Mississippi, a shattered young veteran struggling to heal from the war–they’re all hoping Dolly’s house will help them find their way back to the lives they left behind. But the house has a past of its own.

When tragedy strikes, Dolly’s only hope will be the circle of friends under her roof and their ability to discover the truth about what happened to a young bride who lived there a century before.

Award-winning and bestselling author Valerie Fraser Luesse breathes life into a cast of unforgettable characters in this complex and compassionate story of hurt and healing.

My Rating: 5 Stars

What an absolutely PHENOMENAL story! This one came out in 2019 and I regret it took me so long to get to it. I adored this book from its cast of characters which stole my heart(this group of characters was absolutely perfect!) to its historical mystery, to its sweet storyline, I can’t say enough good things about this book! I will be getting a copy for my keeper shelf and I will revisit this one again. It’s just the sweetest story. Definitely a favorite read for 2021!! It might just get top spot for my 2021 reads!

Undercurrent of Secrets

Two women, a century apart, are bound by a haunting secret aboard a legendary steamboat.

Walk through Doors to the Past via a new series of historical stories of romance and adventure.

As wedding coordinator for the 100-year-old steamboat The Belle of Louisville, Devyn Asbury takes pride in seeing others’ dreams come true, even though her engagement had sunk like a diamond ring to the bottom of the Ohio River. When the Belle becomes a finalist in the Timeless Wedding Venue contest, Devyn endeavors to secure the prestigious title with hopes to reclaim some of her professional dreams. What she hadn’t planned on was Chase Jones showing up with a mysterious photo from the 1920s.

A century earlier, Hattie Louis is as untamable as the rivers that raised her. As the adopted daughter of a steamboat captain, her duties range from the entertainment to cook. When strange incidents occur aboard the boat, Hattie’s determined to discover the truth. Even if that means getting under First Mate Jack Marshall’s handsome skin.

My Rating: 5 Stars

Sigh. I adored this story!! The dual timelines were fantastic and worked together perfectly to weave a compelling mystery and swoon worthy romance with a perfect ending. This is definitely going to be a favorite 2021 read for me as well as one for my keeper shelf. This is an utterly charming story that you don’t want to miss!

I received an ebook copy of this book for review. I purchased my own paper copy by choice and was not required to post a positive review. All thoughts are my own.

Under the Texas Mistletoe: A Trio of Christmas Historical Romance Novellas

Spend Christmas in Texas this year with these charming holiday novellas from bestselling historical romance author Karen Witemeyer, whose writing is spiced with her signature blend of humor, thrilling frontier action, and sweet romance.

In this 3-in-1 novella collection, Witemeyer presents the new story “A Texas Christmas Carol,” where a town’s wealthy, Scrooge-like bachelor finds his world invaded by a woman set on earning his donation for helping the local poor, and the penetrating questions of three mysterious visitors. It also includes, for the first time in print, “An Archer Family Christmas.” When the Archer clan gathers for the holiday, they encounter an unexpected request for help that will require all their effort and a Christmas miracle to see them through. In previously published “Gift of the Heart,” a widow uses the family brooch as collateral for a loan from the local resort owner. But the more she comes to know the man behind the stern businessman, the more she hopes for a second chance at love this Christmas.

My Rating: 5 Stars

This collection is fantastic! The stories are wonderful, and the added bonuses of a Christmas devotional, recipes, and a bit of history on some cherished Christmas traditions sprinkled between the novella stories make this a can’t miss book for anyone who loves Christmas! The first story in the collection is a take on Charles Dickens “A Christmas Carol” and it’s absolutely charming. Evan Beazer is a perfect representation of a Scroogelike character and Felicity is a charming foil to his cranky miserly self. A truly fun story about someone learning what is truly important during the Christmas season. In “An Archer Family Christmas” we get a new visit with the beloved Archer family. It’s a fast paced and exciting Christmas Eve story with a couple of sad bits but a happy ending. I loved getting to see the Archers again! The last story is actually one that released previously in the novella collection “The Christmas Heirloom” with three other authors. It has an adorable little girl and a spunky cat which makes for a fun sweet story, which is basically the type of stories Karen is known for writing. It is a great story and full of Christmas spirit. This is a set I will read over and over, there is no doubt. A completely charming set of stories guaranteed to put you in the Christmas spirit, no matter what time of year!

I did receive a copy from the author for review, however, I also purchased the audio copy of this book as well as an additional paper copy to get a special edition with a bonus story not found in the regular edition. All thoughts are my own.

The Nature Of Small Birds

In 1975, three thousand children were airlifted out of Saigon to be adopted into Western homes. When Mindy, one of those children, announces her plans to return to Vietnam to find her birth mother, her loving adoptive family is suddenly thrown back to the events surrounding her unconventional arrival into their lives.

Though her father supports Mindy’s desire to meet her family of origin, he struggles privately with an unsettling fear that he’ll lose the daughter he’s poured his heart into. Mindy’s mother undergoes the emotional roller coaster inherent in the adoption of a child from a war-torn country, discovering the joy hidden amid the difficulties. And Mindy’s sister helps her sort through relics that whisper of the effect the trauma of war has had on their family–but also speak of the beauty of overcoming.

Told through three strong voices in three compelling timelines, The Nature of Small Birds is a hopeful story that explores the meaning of family far beyond genetic code.

My Rating: 4 Stars

The Nature of Small Birds is a very unique story. Told in three different POVs and timelines, they work together to tell the story of Minh, a child adopted from Vietnam in the mid 1970’s. I liked how the story flowed easily and was not hard to keep the timelines and POVs straight. Minh’s adoptive father Bruce was a favorite character of mine throughout the novel. I liked his way of looking at life and his gentle nature. Linda, Minh’s adoptive mother brought a relatable thread to the time when Minh came to live with their family. The third storyline is that of Sonny, the oldest daughter of Minh’s adoptive family, her storyline set in the late 80’s when she is about to graduate high school showed the family dynamic once Sonny and Minh are teenagers, and it was done really well. I enjoyed this sweet story about a family through several decades and dealing with how a child from another culture might fit in to an American family. Enjoyable read.

I received this book from the publisher and was not required to post a positive review. All thoughts are my own.

Beyond The Tides

When Meg Whitaker’s father decides to sell the family’s lobster-fishing business to her high school nemesis, she sets out to prove she should inherit it instead. Though she’s never had any interest in running the small fleet–or even getting on a boat due to her persistent seasickness–she can’t stand to see Oliver Ross take over. Not when he ruined her dreams for a science scholarship and an Ivy League education ten years ago.

Oliver isn’t proud of what he did back then. Angry and broken by his father walking out on his family, he lashed out at Meg–an innocent bystander. But owning a respected fishing fleet on Prince Edward Island is the opportunity of a lifetime, and he’s not about to walk away just because Meg wants him to.

Meg’s father has the perfect solution: Oliver and Meg must work the business together, and at the end of the season, he’ll decide who gets it. Along the way, they may discover that their stories are more similar than they thought . . . and their dreams aren’t what they expected.

Bestselling author Liz Johnson invites you back to Prince Edward Island for a brand-new series about family, forgiveness, and the kind of love that heals all wounds.

My Rating: 4 Stars

A solid and lovely start to this new series featuring the Ross brothers. This first story focuses on Oliver and Meg. who have been enemies since high school. Their history and feud made for a good backstory and gave them a lot to overcome within the pages of the story. Their relationship and working through their past history moved at a realistic pace and made for a good and solid story. Meg is dealing with a lot in the book and Oliver is trying to overcome a lot from his past so they really were perfect for each other which was sweet. I also liked how the author laid the groundwork for the next book in the series which looks to feature Oliver’s brother Eli. I am very much looking forward to that book and what is going in Eli’s life that brings him back to Prince Edward Island.

I received this book from the publisher and was not required to post a positive review. All thoughts are my own.

Aspen Crossroads

To protect those most vulnerable, Haven Haviland must trust her heart–and her regrets–to a mysterious newcomer in this moving contemporary romance.

Few in the community of Whisper Canyon have actually met Jace Daring, a handsome recluse who lives at Aspen Crossroads, the farm at the edge of town. But that doesn’t stop the rumors about the multiple women who live with him. He must protect the truth–that his farm-to-table restaurant will provide new livelihoods for women rescued from human trafficking–or he risks the safety and futures of those relying on him. But he can’t do it alone.

Haven Haviland has always been everyone’s safe place to fall until one mistake closes her counseling practice and leaves her open to the town’s gossip. Trusting men has gotten her in trouble before. However, accepting Jace’s job offer to mentor the rescued women seems like the perfect way to right her wrongs.

When the mayor’s campaign to clean up Whisper Canyon targets Aspen Crossroads, the restaurant comes under fire, dangers from the women’s pasts are awakened, and Haven’s sins are exposed for all to see. Jace would sacrifice himself to save Haven and the women under his care, but his efforts might not be enough. And in the end, it might not be the women most in need of saving after all.

My Rating: 4 Stars

This story packs a wallop in its pages for sure. First of all, this has one of the best meet cute scenes ever! It was adorable and definitely one of my favorite parts of the entire book. Jace and Haven are great characters and I really enjoyed their budding relationship. There are difficult elements to the story though, from the back stories of the girls Jace is trying to help, to the town villain and his evil schemes and in Jace’s and Haven’s histories as well. These made me so so sad. The end of the story is really good and has a happy ending which I really enjoyed. It’s a beautiful story overall.

I received this book from the author and was not required to post a positive review. All thoughts are my own.

Hostile Intent

Ava Jackson entered the military shortly after high school, but her mother’s illness has forced her to request an early discharge. She already lost her father while deployed, and there’s no way she’s going to let her mother die alone. But after a visit to the nursing facility where her mother lives, Ava is attacked walking back to her car. Fortunately, FBI Special Agent Caden Denning arrives in time to help fight off her attacker.

Caden reveals to Ava that she may hold the key to the murders of three families, and he needs her help before anyone else is harmed. The hits show a pattern, and clearly the killer has an agenda. But if Caden and Ava can’t discover what it is, Ava may be next on the hit list.

Bestselling author Lynette Eason concludes her latest suspense-filled series with a bang as secrets are revealed and the guilty are brought to justice.

My Rating: 4 Stars

An excellent finale to the Danger Never Sleeps series. The mystery is very good with several threads to unravel and multiple exciting and dangerous moments. It’s fun to see familiar faces pop up in the story as well. My only complaint with the book is the crimes committed have a level of brutality that I had trouble stomaching, i.e. who some of the victims are went a little far for my tastes. I understand why for the overall plot of the story, but it was still hard for me to read those elements. All in all, though I did enjoy the story and thought the ending was exciting. Good read.

I received this book from the publisher and was not required to post a positive review. All thoughts are my own.

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