This week it’s my daughter’s *** birthday! It seems like yesterday that I was teaching her to walk and now she’s a mother with an almost-grown son of her own. Where does the time go?
This is one of my favorite pictures of her as a baby- isn’t she cute? 🙂
I’ve read a couple of interesting contemporary romances from NetGalley, a wonderful middle-grade mystery from blogger, Darlene Foster, as well as a suspense from Jan Sikes.
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Interior designer Lucy is a workaholic, and it ends up costing her when she takes her job to a wedding stagette, ruining the night for everyone. To make amends, Lucy gets drunk and sends out a group email with demeaning comments to all her high-end clients and loses her business, as well.
As if that’s not enough, her family home goes on the market, and she can’t afford to buy it back. Until a sexy, sarcastic yoga instructor offers to share the mortgage and hijinks ensues!
This is a fun enemy-to-lovers romance with plenty of witty repartee, a hunky hero, and a sassy heroine. My only critique is the slow start to the story. It took too long to get to the good stuff and almost made me quit reading- I’m glad I didn’t!
Elodie is the face of her family’s famous empire and as such, she is always on display, a puppet pulled by her mother’s strings. Her escape is books. So, when she learns of the pending foreclosure of a beloved library from her past, Elodie goes undercover to save the business and maybe, find herself in the process.
This is a sweet, uplifting book about second chances, friendship, and learning to speak up for what you believe in.
An enjoyable read!
Amanda is invited to Paris with her best friend Leah, and Leah’s Aunt Jenny while she does some research. They stay in the famous Shakespeare & Company Bookstore in trade for a few hours of volunteer work (called tumbleweeds), and visit many of the city’s famous sites.
Amanda meets a young man who offers tickets to see a play at the Notre Dame Theatre, but a fire breaks out endangering lives and priceless artifacts. Scared and horrified at the destruction, Amanda, Leah, and Aunt Jenny help the locals by joining a relay line to remove what they can before it burns.
Is the fire caused by arson, or is it accidental? Amanda is drawn into the mystery when a man they met briefly at the bookstore keeps showing up at odd moments, and Leah is drawn to a rough-looking teen with a shadowy past.
The tension rises as the girls step out of the city to visit the golden Versailles Palace and run afoul of a rough group of boys.
This is a fast-paced mystery with plenty of wow moments- I loved it!
Veteran Vann Noble is a wounded soldier who wants nothing to do with the outside world. He’s comfortable in his cabin in the woods and rarely ventures into town for anything except supplies for him and the stray dog he’s taken in.
On one such trip, a young woman dashes in front of him, terror on her beautiful face. When she collapses on the side of the road, Vann helps her to his vehicle and takes her home to recover.
Nakina awakens in a stranger’s cabin, but the threat that’s been after her for days is gone. She feels safe with the quiet Vann Noble and his protective Shepherd and soon relays the story of why she’s on the run. Vann insists on helping her even though it places him, and the family he loves, in danger.
Though they barely know each other, Vann is determined to protect the mysterious woman he’s drawn to even if she could never love him in return. The loss of his leg and the PTSD he carries is more than he can expect her to live with.
This is an inspirational love story with a touch of metaphysical. I connected most with Vann. He’s been through physical and emotional trauma, and even though he doesn’t see it in himself, his actions throughout the story proves he’s a hero.
Excellent summer read!
Before I go, I have to show you our apple tree. It’s only three years old, but it’s loaded! These are Honey Crisp apples. We also have four other varieties growing on this tree; Macintosh, Braeburn, Gala, and Fuji. I can’t wait until they’re ripe for the picking, lol