Friday, June 30, 2023

The Sweetheart List by Jill Shalvis


When Harper Shaw’s life falls apart, she knows it’s time for a change. She removes everything that doesn’t spark joy—from her soul-sucking job to eating kale to making lists—and sets off for the last place she was happy, Lake Tahoe (who wouldn’t feel good there, right?) to fulfill her dream of opening her own bakery.

With her Sugar Pine Bakery in between a tavern, owned by sexy, grumpy Bodie Campbell, and a bookstore, run by her new BFF, she feels a peace she’s never experienced since…well, forever.. Then she meets Ivy, a teenage runaway, who barrels into her heart. She sees a lot of herself in Ivy and takes her under her wing, but the teenager has secrets…

When those secrets explode, it changes Harper’s new world, and she’ll learn, it’s never too late to start over, it’s never too late to figure out your life, and best of all, it’s never too late to let yourself believe in love.

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Multiple New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Jill Shalvis lives in a small town in the Sierras full of quirky characters. Any resemblance to the quirky characters in her books is … mostly coincidental. Look for Jill’s bestselling, award-winning heartwarming and full of humor romance novels wherever books are sold and visit her website for a complete book list and blog detailing her city-girl-living-in-the-mountains adventures. Her newest Sunrise Cove novel is THE SWEETHEART LIST!

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Thursday, June 29, 2023

Our Place on the Island by Erika Montgomery

 For decades, the Campbell women have reunited at the family’s rambling seaside cottage known as Beech House to celebrate life’s many occasions. But this year, they will be called back to Martha's Vineyard for a celebration of a different sort: their beloved matriarch Cora is getting remarried. And all the town gossips are calling him the one who got away, years ago…

For renowned chef Mickey Campbell, this wedding isn’t just a welcome excuse to return to the place she first learned to cook at her grandmother’s side. It’s also a chance to regroup while she figures out a way to tell her smoldering head chef boyfriend that she’s mismanaged their restaurant into the red.

Mickey’s mother, Hedy, is still mourning the passing of her adored father three years earlier, and she isn’t sure she’s ready to welcome a new man into the fold―and she’s not certain her own thorny relationship with her mother will weather the storm of her upcoming marriage.

But everyone knows a woman’s heart holds more than meets the eye. For Cora, drawing her daughter and granddaughter back to Beech House isn’t just about a ceremony, but a chance to reveal a history she has kept close to her heart for decades. As the days leading up to the wedding unfold, secrets of Cora’s past come to light-- a secret that will cause three generations of Campbell women to question marriage, motherhood, and ultimately learn to savor the delicious joy of following your own heart.

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A card-carrying cinephile and native New Englander, novelist Erika Montgomery currently lives with her family in the Mid-Atlantic. 

My Thoughts...
My first read by Montgomery but nor my last. I really enjoyed this read. Hands down even with the little bit of drama, I mean keeping secrets, this book kept me turning pages. I love a good weeding with good food, and I love two Chefs at the top of their game. this is a must read.
The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required, and all views expressed are our own.

Wednesday, June 28, 2023

Welcome to Beach Town by Susan Wiggs


Every town has its secrets...

In idyllic Alara Cove, a California beach town known for its sunny charm and chill surfer vibe, it’s graduation day at the elite Thornton Academy. At Thornton, the students are the worldly and overindulged children who live in gated enclaves with spectacular views. But the class valedictorian is Nikki Graziola, a surfer’s daughter who is there on scholarship. To the shock of everyone in the audience, Nikki veers off script while giving her commencement address and reveals a secret that breaks open the whole community. As her truth explodes into the light, Alara Cove will face a reckoning.

Nikki Graziola’s accusation shakes the foundation of Alara Cove, pitting her against the wealthy family whose money runs the town. Her new notoriety sends Nikki into exile for years, where she finds fame—but not fortune—overseas as a competition surfer...until a personal tragedy compels her to return to Alara Cove.

 As Nikki struggles to rebuild her future, she finds that the people of the town have not forgotten her. But time has changed Alara Cove, and old friendships, rivalries, and an unexpected romance draw her back into the life of the beach town she’s never quite forgotten, and where joy and redemption may be possible after all.

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I like to believe I am the person my dogs think I am.

I phone my parents every day, as they are elderly and adorable, and they read me stories every day of my freakishly normal childhood. I was a writer before I learned to read, by creating scribbles on paper and dictating the stories to my saintly mother. You can see examples here:

Untold eons later, I still read and write everyday and I've gotten very good at it. I live in a ridiculously gorgeous place in the world--an island in Puget Sound, Washington where we have a lot of the same flowers you grow in the UK. But bigger slugs. Much bigger slugs.

I have lots more to tell you, so please join me on Facebook and check out pictures of my dogs and tell me what's on your mind.

Tuesday, June 27, 2023

Amish Friends one -Pan Wonders Cookbook

 When you are busy and don’t want the hassle of a multi-step, multi-dish meal, keep it simple and put it all in one pan. A brand-new compilation of recipes from Amish cooks will help you manage mealtime with ease.

Over 200 recipes include:
  • Breakfasts
  • Soups
  • Casseroles
  • Sheet pan meals
  • Skillet meals
  • Salad as main dish 
  • and even some desserts

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Wanda always has someone get the recipes and put the cookbook together then her name goes on the cookbook.

My Thoughts...
One pan meals are great they are easy and not much clean up. This cookbook is nice as it has some colored pictures. Most of the recipes are all ingredients you already have on hand in your pantry and freezer.
The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required, and all views expressed are our own.  

Monday, June 26, 2023

The River Remembers by Linda Ulleseit

 Samantha Lockwood, Day Sets, and Harriet Robinson come to Fort Snelling from very different backgrounds. It’s 1835 and the world is changing, fast, and they are all struggling to keep up. After she refuses another suitor he’s chosen for her, Samantha’s father banishes her to live in the territory with her brother. He, too, tries to take over her marriage plans—but she is determined to find her own husband, even when her choices go awry. 

Day Sets demands that her white husband create a school to educate their daughter, supporting her father’s belief that his people must learn the ways of the white man in order to ensure the tribe’s future. Until events prove her father wrong. 

Harriet’s life in the territory is more like that of a free person than anywhere she’s lived. She even falls in love with Dred Scott and dreams of a life with him. But they are both enslaved, and she keeps being reminded of how little control she has over her own fate. 

As their cultures collide, each of these three women must find a way to direct her own future and leave a legacy for her children.

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I have always loved to write stories. Somewhere I have a story written in crayon on lined newsprint paper from elementary school. It's about a pig. I know that because there's a pink circle with a curly pink tail. My stories have evolved quite a bit since then!

I wrote secretly for many years, through middle school, high school, and college. I became a teacher and remember telling my sixth graders, "Everyone has a story. Of COURSE you can write it! You need perseverance first, to finish it. Then we'll talk about making it better." Hmmm, I thought. Maybe I should practice what I preached. So I finished On a Wing and a Dare, which I'd been working on for five years. I was very proud of it. Beta readers ripped it apart. It took two more years of polishing before I published it.

Now I can say I write stories empowering unknown women in history. Bringing these voices to life is my passion. UNDER THE ALMOND TREES does this, as well as THE ALOHA SPIRIT and THE RIVER REMEMBERS.

Linda Ulleseit was born and raised in Saratoga, California, and is a retired elementary school teacher. She has an MFA in writing from Lindenwood University, is Marketing Chair of Women Writing the West, and a founding member of Paper Lantern Writers. She enjoys cooking, cross-stitching, reading, and spending time with her family. 

My Thoughts...
Sad, Hardship, historical, redemption are just a few words that come to mind after reading these women's stories.
I hope that you have this on your to be read pile.
The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required, and all views expressed are our own.  

Friday, June 23, 2023

The Bookshop by the Bay by Pamela Kelley


Jess loves her work as a high-profile lawyer in Charleston. But when her marriage implodes, she retreats to her childhood home on Cape Cod with her thirty-year-old daughter, Caitlin, hoping to regroup with her longtime best friend, Alison.


Alison’s career has taken a hit after twenty years as an editor for the magazine Cape Cod Living. But when she learns her beloved bookstore on the Cape is looking for new ownership, a new dream starts to form.


As the two friends reopen the bookstore, they also open themselves up to the magic of second chances.

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Pamela M. Kelley is a USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of women's fiction, family sagas, and suspense. Readers often describe her books as feel-good reads with people you'd want as friends.

She lives in a historic seaside town near Cape Cod and just south of Boston. She has always been an avid reader of women's fiction, romance, mysteries, thrillers and cook books. There's also a good chance you might get hungry when you read her books as she is a foodie, and occasionally shares a recipe or two.

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My Thoughts...

I love books about books and I love books about friends. So this was the best of both worlds. If you have not read Kelley's book yet this one would be perfect for your first book. I really enjoyed it. The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required, and all views expressed are our own.

Thursday, June 22, 2023

The Wild One by Colleen McKeegan

 Amanda Brooks is a born-and-bred New Yorker with an envious life that isn’t as picture perfect as it seems. For over a decade she’s been hiding a dark secret—a secret that goes back to that summer at Camp Catalpa when a man died in the woods. Fellow campers Catherine and Meg were there, too, and in the years since, not one of them has ever spoken about what happened that day.

Until Amanda slips up—and the truth threatens to explode the tightly controlled façade of her life. When her past begins to poison her present, Amanda has no one to turn to except the two women who know her most monstrous self. Reuniting with Catherine and Meg one last time, Amanda is desperate to put the demons of that twisted summer to rest.

But when trusting anyone, even one another, starts to feel like a wildly risky proposition, just how far will these three go to keep the truth from emerging—and their lives from unraveling?

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Colleen McKeegan is a writer and editor who’s held roles at Marie Claire, where her work was nominated for a National Magazine Award, Bloomberg, and Fortune, among others. A native of Allentown, Pennsylvania, and a graduate of Georgetown University, Colleen now lives with her family in New York. Her debut novel, The Wild One, will be published by Harper in 2022.

Wednesday, June 21, 2023

Death is Distressing by S.J. Sims


Annie Stone is stunned by the untimely death of Henrietta Pimsley, a coworker with whom she shares a complicated past.

As Henrietta draws Annie deep into her tumultuous life, Annie confronts a dark labyrinth of secret conspiracies, broken promises, and unanswered prayers.

Annie’s no detective, even if her boyfriend is a police officer, but only Annie discovers the evidence that brings Henrietta’s hidden killer to justice.

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Tuesday, June 20, 2023

What Remains by Wendy Walker

 She saved his life. Now he'll never let her go.

Detective Elise Sutton is drawn to cold cases. Each crime is a puzzle to solve, pulled from the past. Elise looks for cracks in the surface and has become an expert on how murderers slip up and give themselves away. She has dedicated her life to creating a sense of order, at work with her ex-marine partner; at home with her husband and two young daughters; and within, battling her own demons. Elise has everything under control, until one afternoon, when she walks into a department store and is forced to make a terrible choice: to save one life, she will have to take another.

Elise is hailed as a hero, but she doesn't feel like one. Steeped in guilt, and on a leave of absence from work, she's numb, even to her husband and daughters, until she connects with Wade Austin, the tall man whose life she saved. But Elise soon realizes that he isn't who he says he is. In fact, Wade Austin isn't even his real name. The tall man is a ghost, one who will set off a terrifying game of cat and mouse, threatening Elise and the people she loves most.
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  Wendy Walker is the author of the psychological suspense novels All Is Not Forgotten, Emma In The Night, The Night Before, Don't Look For Me, What Remains and American Girl. Her novels have been translated into 23 foreign languages, topped bestseller lists both nationally and abroad and have been optioned for television and film. Prior to her writing career, Wendy practiced both corporate and family law, having earned her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center and her undergraduate degree from Brown University. Wendy also worked as a financial analyst at Goldman, Sachs & Co. Her latest novel, What Remains, will be released in June, 2023.

Monday, June 19, 2023

Once we Met by Annabelle McCormack

 For years, Avery Moretti has envisioned getting married at the Serendipity Lake Lodge in Brandywood, Maryland. It's her home away from home, the vacation spot where her family has been coming for decades. But when she arrives two weeks before her wedding to finalize the details, she's met with a huge shock: the Serendipity is under new ownership and construction and her planned wedding isn't on the books. And the worst part? The new owner is the first guy she ever fell for-and never quite got over.

Buying the Serendipity was supposed to be Dan Klein's "fresh start" after leaving the police force. Things seem to be going pretty well until Avery arrives at his doorstep. Now he's tasked with trying to make the lodge work for Avery's wedding, a job he doesn't relish. After all, Avery broke his heart, and badly. Plus he's never really forgiven what happened that summer so long ago, so why can't he help the desire to help her anyway?

As Avery and Dan face one disaster after another trying to salvage her wedding, unresolved feelings seem to be simmering to the surface once again. But some things are better left in the past-aren't they?
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 Annabelle McCormack loves to write the types of novels she always wants to read: 1) epic historical adventures that don’t skimp on the thrills or romance, and 2) contemporary love stories that have heart, depth, emotion—and don’t fade out when you get to the good parts.

Born in Costa Rica and raised (mostly) in Maryland, she graduated from the Johns Hopkins University’s M.A. in Writing Program. She’s worked in cancer research, as a schoolteacher, actress in SAG/AFTRA, wedding vocalist, professional photographer, government contractor, and did a one-day stint as a restaurant hostess after which she asked her sister to call and quit for her. (She hates both the phone and disappointing people.)

She lives in Maryland with her husband, five home-schooled children, and two boxer dogs, where she is still patiently waiting for the magical cleaning fairy from her childhood to show back up again. Sometimes, she pretends she’s funny.

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My Thoughts...                                                                                                 
I love second chance romances and love the way the whole series pulls you in and you can't stop reading. This book can be read as a standalone but why would you the whole series is good. I love the lime green cover it just screams summer read.
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Friday, June 16, 2023

Texas Summer Nights series by Kristi Copeland

 After a dramatic break-up, Landscape Architect, Lanie Green is determined to make a fresh start. When a residential developer in Texas offers her a position, she jumps at the chance to further her career and follow her heart.

Third-generation cattle farmer, Max Walker, daydreams of becoming a Nashville star, but his father has other ideas for his future. Working long days on the family farm is quickly becoming monotonous and he longs to find his purpose.

Sparks fly when the northerner and the cowboy cross paths on a lonely dirt road, somewhere outside of Sunset. Lanie captivates Max on that early summer day and he inspires her to look forward to the Texas summer nights.

Lanie’s new position is far from what she imagined but she refuses to fail. Besides, telling Max the truth about her job’s expectations might damage their budding relationship. Determined to follow his life-long dream and keep Lanie by his side, Max makes her an offer she can’t refuse.

Veterinarian Julia Baker left her troubled past in Michigan to start a new life in small-town Texas. The desire to break the cycle of family turmoil is evident in every choice she makes. Her love for animals keeps her occupied and out of the dating scene.

Startled by a knock on her door at 4:00 a.m., she is caught off guard by a handsome stranger who needs her help. She immediately shifts into doctor mode to save a Great Pyrenees; the emergency at hand is the only reason she can concentrate.

Butcher Brad Daniels is known for his award-winning deli and meat market. Now that he has made a name for himself in Paradise, Texas, he would like to find that adventurous someone who shares his love of the outdoors.

The tense initial meeting leaves both Julia and Brad stunned; while Julia denies the attraction, Brad embraces the unintentional draw. After their second chance meeting, at the wedding of Max and Laney Walker, Brad finds any excuse to be near Julia.

Even though Julia does everything she can to suppress the attraction and her growing feelings for Brad, she continues to fall. Her friends attempt to convince her that real love does exist. If she can’t let go of her past, she could miss out on her own happily ever after.

Failed relationships left Brad questioning exactly what he wants in a partner. He is determined to win Julia's heart and convince her that love will carry them through any situation. After all, she checks every box on his list of perfection. He has finally found the woman of his dreams and refuses to let her go.

Audacious Pam Waite moves from Dallas to the small town of Loving, Texas for a change of pace. Some would describe her as too adventurous, like that was somehow a bad thing. She simply loves life and wants to check off as many bucket-list items as she can.

Groomed to be a rancher, Jason Payne is content with his daily routine, although he secretly strives to break out of his self-depicted boring streak. Dependable and safe, he focuses on caring for his animals, family, and friends—in that order.

Intrigued by living in the country, Pam buys the house next door and Jason is astonished by their undeniable connection. It doesn’t take long for her to convince him that excitement can be found in your own back yard.

As their growing attraction becomes more and more addictive, their differences become more and more seemingly unsurmountable; Pam’s risky ways threaten to disrupt Jason's carefully planned life. He denies his true feelings to save his heart; after all, the wild child probably won’t stay in one place very long anyway.

But after withdrawing, he's left wondering if he may have made the worst mistake of his life. 

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All my life, writing, sharing experiences through story-telling, and intensive research has interested me. Finally, with my first novel, all of these loves have been combined to give my readers an experience through the written word.

Like so many of my favorite books have done for me, I sincerely hope to connect with you through my writing. A simple communication style brings words off the page to a vision in your mind.

Everywhere I look, I see someone begging me to write about them. Even my husband’s dreams inspire ideas about new books! Join me as I create scenarios that could happen to anyone…and probably have. Maybe me, maybe you.

Thursday, June 15, 2023

The Woman Inside by M.T. Edvardsson,


Bill Olsson, recently widowed, is desperate to provide for his daughter, Sally. Struggling to pay rent, he welcomes a lodger into their home: Karla, a law student and aspiring judge, who works as a housekeeper to make ends meet. Her clients are the Rytters, an incredibly wealthy couple who hide behind closed doors. The wife is ill and hasn’t left the house in months. The husband is controlling and obsessive. Is he just a worried husband, concerned for his wife’s health? Or is there something more sinister at play?

As Bill’s situation becomes more dire, Karla is forced to make a difficult choice. And when the Rytters wind up dead, and Karla is pulled in for questioning, she’s made to defend some parts of her past she’d rather not revisit.

Every person in The Woman Inside is hiding something, but could any of them really have been driven to kill?

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M. T. Edvardsson is an author and teacher from Trelleborg, Sweden. He is the author of three previous novels and two books for young readers in Sweden. He lives with his family in Löddeköpinge, Sweden.

Wednesday, June 14, 2023

Where Wildflowers Grow by Ha Dinh

 A beautifully moving picture book that reminds us that wherever we move—across the sea or across the neighborhood—we can always keep growing . . . just like wildflowers.

After being uprooted from their home in Vietnam, young Hà is happy with her new life at the refugee camp. But today is Moving Day! And while the rest of the family is excited to head to their "forever home" in America, Hà doesn’t want to leave.

Leaving means saying goodbye to her best friend, her loving teacher, and the beautiful wildflowers she picks daily. She's not ready for yet another change. Who will play the game Ô Ăn Quan with her? What if she can't master speaking English? 

Can Hà carry the best parts of her beloved camp with her? Can wildflowers grow in America too? 

Inspired by the author's childhood, 
Where Wildflowers Grow explores the emotional struggle of moving and the joy in discovering there's always hope in new beginnings.

Look in the back of the book for pictures and details about the author’s journey to America, as well as rules to play the game featured in the story! 

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Hà Dinh wanted to be an author from the moment she first held a book in her hands. She is the wife of her high school sweetheart, a mother of two, the founder of the Happy Days in First Grade teaching blog, and an elementary school teacher. Hà seeks to inspire kids to share their own stories and make a positive impact in the world.

Tuesday, June 13, 2023

This Train is Bound for Glory by Alice Dungan


The vivid illustrations and snappy text in 
This Train Is Bound for Glory bring the Glory Train to life as it welcomes singing passengers. The excitement is palpable as the train clicks and clacks through scenic deserts, over lush mountains, and across sparkling bridges. Under the guidance of the watchful Conductor, the heaven-bound train bops and bounces from Earth to the stars until it reaches the pearly gates, where passengers dance with thrilling joy. 

This train is bound for Glory—this train!
This train is bound for Glory—this train!
This train is bound for Glory.
Everybody here is a-rocking and a-rolling.
This train is bound for Glory—this train!

The history of “This Train is Bound for Glory” dates back to 1922 as a popular recording. The lyrics have evolved across the ages. At the end of the book, readers are invited to write their own version of the song in a spirit of hope, joy, and love for a new generation. The world needs more light. Sing on! 

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Alice Faye Duncan writes books for young readers and adults. HONEY BABY SUGAR CHILD is a mother's love song to her baby. The lyrical text sings and swings just like music.

MEMPHIS, MARTIN AND THE MOUNTAINTOP (The 1968 Sanitation Strike) is a lyrical combination of poetry and prose that explores Dr. King's assassination and his last stand for economic justice. The illustrator is Caldecott Honor recipient, Gregory Christie.

12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS IN TENNESSEE is a child's travel guide across the Volunteer State (GO VOLS!). Two cousins in ugly holiday sweaters visit important landmarks throughout the state, while traveling in a mini-van called the "Reindeer Express."

A SONG FOR GWENDOLYN BROOKS is the first picture book biography to explore the life and times of Chicago poet--Gwendolyn Brooks. In 1950, Miss Brooks was the first African American writer to receive a Pulitzer Prize.

Alice's book--JUST LIKE A MAMA made its debut on Mother's Day (2019). The illustrator is Charnelle Pinkney Barlow. This book was a 2021 NAACP Image Award Nomination for BEST BOOK IN CHILDREN'S LITERATURE.

Monday, June 12, 2023

Identity By Nora Roberts


Former Army brat Morgan Albright has finally planted roots in a friendly neighborhood near Baltimore. Her friend and roommate Nina helps her make the mortgage payments, as does Morgan's job as a bartender. But after she and Nina host their first dinner party―attended by Luke, the flirtatious IT guy who'd been chatting her up at the bar―her carefully built world is shattered. The back door glass is broken, cash and jewelry are missing, her car is gone, and Nina lies dead on the floor.

Soon, a horrific truth emerges: It was Morgan who let the monster in. "Luke" is actually a cold-hearted con artist named Gavin who targets a particular type of woman, steals her assets and identity, and then commits his ultimate goal: murder.

What the FBI tells Morgan is beyond chilling. Nina wasn't his type. Morgan is. Nina was simply in the wrong place at the wrong time. And Morgan's nightmare is just beginning. Soon she has no choice but to flee to her mother's home in Vermont. While she struggles to build something new, she meets another man, Miles Jameson. He isn't flashy or flirtatious, and his family business has deep roots in town. But Gavin is still out there hunting new victims, and he hasn't forgotten the one who got away.

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Nora Roberts is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than 200 novels, including Shelter in Place, Year One, Come Sundown, and many more. She is also the author of the bestselling In Death series written under the pen name J.D. Robb. There are more than five hundred million copies of her books in print.