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It’s Monday (December 9, 2019)!
What Are You Reading! #IMWAYR
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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? hosted by Kathryn at Bookdate is a weekly post to share what you’ve recently finished reading, what you’re currently reading, and what you plan on reading this upcoming week.

 

So here is what I just read, am reading, and what I plan to read next:

 

What I Read Last Week:

 

Title: Virgin River (Virgin River #1)

Authors: Robyn Carr

Immediate Thoughts: Dramatic, romantic, and emotional!

Rating: 8/10

Publication Date: October 22, 2019

 

 

Title: Consumed (Firefighters #1)

Authors: J. R. Ward

Immediate Thoughts: Consuming, passionate, and suspenseful!

Rating: 8/10

Publication Date: October 2, 2018

 

 

Title: Husband Material

Authors: Emily Belden

Immediate Thoughts: Sweet, Witty, and Charming!

Rating: 8/10

Publication Date: December 30, 2019

 

 

Title: No Mercy

Authors: Martina Cole

Immediate Thoughts: Dark, pacey, and gritty!

Rating: 8/10

Publication Date: December 24, 2019

 

 

Title: Arctic Heat (Frozen Hearts #3)

Authors: Annabeth Albert

Immediate Thoughts: Compelling, slow-burning, and sweet!

Rating: 8/10

Publication Date: September 23, 2019

 

 

Title: Forever Friends (Cranberry Cove #1)

Authors: Sarah Mackenzie

Immediate Thoughts: Heartwarming, charming, and uplifting!

Rating: 8/10

Publication Date: December 10, 2019

 

 

What I’m Currently Reading:

 

Goode girls don’t lie…

Perched atop a hill in the tiny town of Marchburg, Virginia, The Goode School is a prestigious prep school known as a Silent Ivy. The boarding school of choice for daughters of the rich and influential, it accepts only the best and the brightest. Its elite status, long-held traditions and honor code are ideal for preparing exceptional young women for brilliant futures at Ivy League universities and beyond. But a stranger has come to Goode, and this ivy has turned poisonous.

In a world where appearances are everything, as long as students pretend to follow the rules, no one questions the cruelties of the secret societies or the dubious behavior of the privileged young women who expect to get away with murder. But when a popular student is found dead, the truth cannot be ignored. Rumors suggest she was struggling with a secret that drove her to suicide.

But look closely…because there are truths and there are lies, and then there is everything that really happened.

J.T. Ellison’s pulse-pounding new novel examines the tenuous bonds of friendship, the power of lies and the desperate lengths people will go to to protect their secrets.

 

What I’m Reading Next:

 

Acclaimed author Colleen Oakley delivers a heart-wrenching and unforgettable love story about a woman who must choose between the man she loves and the man fate has chosen for her in a novel that reminds us that the best life is one led by the heart.

Mia Graydon’s life looks picket-fence perfect; she has the house, her loving husband, and dreams of starting a family. But she has other dreams too — unexplained, recurring ones starring the same man. Still, she doesn’t think much of them, until a relocation to small-town Pennsylvania brings her face to face with the stranger she has been dreaming about for years. And this man harbors a jaw-dropping secret of his own—he’s been dreaming of her too.

Determined to understand, Mia and this not-so-stranger search for answers. But when diving into their pasts begins to unravel her life in the present, Mia emerges with a single question—what if?

 

Have you read any of my upcoming reads? What do you have coming up?

It’s Monday (November 25, 2019)!
What Are You Reading! #IMWAYR
#Books #Reading #TBRList

 

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? hosted by Kathryn at Bookdate is a weekly post to share what you’ve recently finished reading, what you’re currently reading, and what you plan on reading this upcoming week.

 

So here is what I just read, am reading, and what I plan to read next:

 

What I Read Last Week:

 

Title: The Life We Bury (Joe Talbert, Max Rupert #1)

Authors: Allen Eskens

Immediate Thoughts: Creepy, intelligent, and twisty!

Rating: 8.5/10

Publication Date: October 14, 2014

 

 

Title: An Unwanted Guest

Authors: Shari Lapena

Immediate Thoughts: Dark, tense, and twisty!

Rating: 8/10

Publication Date: August 7, 2018

 

 

Title: The Woman Left Behind (GO-Team #2)

Authors: Linda Howard

Immediate Thoughts: Dramatic, passionate, and suspenseful!

Rating: 8/10

Publication Date: March 6, 2018

 

 

Title: Gentlemen Prefer Curves (Perfect Fit #3)

Authors: Sugar Jamison

Immediate Thoughts: Cute, lighthearted, and enjoyable!

Rating: 7.5/10

Publication Date: September 30, 2014

 

 

What I’m Currently Reading:

 

On Christmas Eve in 1988, seven-year-old Alfie Marsden vanished in the Wentshire Forest Pass, when a burst tyre forced his father, Sorrel, to stop the car. Leaving the car to summon the emergency services, Sorrel returned to find his son gone. No trace of the child, nor his remains, have ever been found. Alfie Marsden was declared officially dead in 1995.
Elusive online journalist, Scott King, whose ‘Six Stories’ podcasts have become an internet sensation, investigates the disappearance, interviewing six witnesses, including Sorrel, his son and his ex-partner, to try to find out what really happened that fateful night. He takes a journey through the trees of the Wentshire Forest – a place synonymous with strange sightings, and tales of hidden folk who dwell there. He talks to a company that tried and failed to build a development in the forest, and a psychic who claims to know where Alfie is…
Intensely dark, deeply chilling and searingly thought provoking, Changeling is an up-to-the-minute, startling thriller, taking you to places you will never, ever forget.

 

What I’m Reading Next:

 

In this “thrilling, seductive, and utterly absorbing” (Paula Hawkins, #1 New York Times bestselling author) historical suspense novel in the tradition of Agatha Christie’s Death on the Nile and Ruth Ware’s The Woman in Cabin 10, pre-war tension and forbidden romance abound, and not everyone will survive the journey…

The ship has been like a world within itself, a vast floating city outside of normal rules. But the longer the journey continues, the more confined it is starting to feel, deck upon deck, passenger upon passenger, all of them churning around each other without anywhere to go…

1939: Europe is on the brink of war when young Lily Shepherd boards an ocean liner in England, bound for Australia. She is ready to start anew, leaving behind the shadows of her past. The passage proves magical, complete with live music, cocktails, and fancy-dress balls. With stops at exotic locations along the way—Naples, Cairo, Ceylon—the voyage shows Lily places she’s only ever dreamed of and enables her to make friends with those above her social station, people who would not ordinarily mingle with her. She even allows herself to hope that a man she couldn’t possibly have a future with outside the cocoon of the ship might return her feelings.

But Lily soon realizes that she’s not the only one hiding secrets. Her newfound friends—the toxic wealthy couple Eliza and Max; Cambridge graduate Edward; Jewish refugee Maria; fascist George—are also running away from their pasts. As the glamour of the voyage fades, the stage is set for something sinister to occur. By the time the ship docks, two passengers are dead, war has been declared, and Lily’s life is irrevocably changed.

 

Have you read any of my upcoming reads? What do you have coming up?

It’s Monday (November 18, 2019)!
What Are You Reading! #IMWAYR
#Books #Reading #TBRList

 

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? hosted by Kathryn at Bookdate is a weekly post to share what you’ve recently finished reading, what you’re currently reading, and what you plan on reading this upcoming week.

 

So here is what I just read, am reading, and what I plan to read next:

 

What I Read Last Week:

 

Title: Snowflakes over Moondance Cottage

Authors: Rosie Green

Immediate Thoughts: Encouraging, warm, and emotive!

Rating: 8.5/10

Publication Date: November 15, 2019

 

 

Title: The Little Bookshop on the Seine 

Authors: Rebecca Raisin

Immediate Thoughts: Cosy, heartwarming, and sweet!

Rating: 8.5/10

Publication Date: January 7, 2020

 

 

Title: Instacrush (Rookie Rebels #2)

Authors: Kate Meader

Immediate Thoughts: Spicy, romantic, and downright addictive!

Rating: 10/10

Publication Date: December 10, 2019

 

 

Title: The Room on Rue Amélie

Authors: Kristin Hamel

Immediate Thoughts: Powerful, moving, and inspiring!

Rating: 9/10

Publication Date: March 27, 2018

 

 

What I’m Currently Reading:

 

College student Joe Talbert has the modest goal of completing a writing assignment for an English class. His task is to interview a stranger and write a brief biography of the person. With deadlines looming, Joe heads to a nearby nursing home to find a willing subject. There he meets Carl Iverson, and soon nothing in Joe’s life is ever the same.

Carl is a dying Vietnam veteran–and a convicted murderer. With only a few months to live, he has been medically paroled to a nursing home, after spending thirty years in prison for the crimes of rape and murder.

As Joe writes about Carl’s life, especially Carl’s valor in Vietnam, he cannot reconcile the heroism of the soldier with the despicable acts of the convict. Joe, along with his skeptical female neighbor, throws himself into uncovering the truth, but he is hamstrung in his efforts by having to deal with his dangerously dysfunctional mother, the guilt of leaving his autistic brother vulnerable, and a haunting childhood memory. 

Thread by thread, Joe unravels the tapestry of Carl’s conviction. But as he and Lila dig deeper into the circumstances of the crime, the stakes grow higher. Will Joe discover the truth before it’s too late to escape the fallout?

 

What I’m Reading Next:

 

An astonishing novel from the acclaimed author of Keepsakethat pushes the boundaries of storytelling. At turns shocking, provocative, and heart-wrenching, and inspired by a true story The Whole Golden World forces us to ask the question “How well do we really know our children?”

To the outside Dinah and Joe have a perfect family-three lovely children, a beautiful home, and a café that’s finally taking off. But their world is rocked when it’s discovered that their oldest daughter, 17-year-old Morgan is having an affair with her married teacher, TJ Hill.

Their town rocks with the scandal. When the case goes to trial, the family is torn further apart when Morgan sides not with her parents-as a manipulated teenage girl; but with TJ himself-as a woman who loves a 30-year-old man.

Told from the perspectives of Morgan, Dinah, and TJ’s wife, Rain, this is an unforgettable story that fully explores the surprising, even shocking, events that change the lives of two families.

 

Have you read any of my upcoming reads? What do you have coming up?

It’s Monday (November 11, 2019)!
What Are You Reading! #IMWAYR
#Books #Reading #TBRList

 

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? hosted by Kathryn at Bookdate is a weekly post to share what you’ve recently finished reading, what you’re currently reading, and what you plan on reading this upcoming week.

 

So here is what I just read, am reading, and what I plan to read next:

 

What I Read Last Week:

 

Title: Crushed

Authors: Kate Hamer

Immediate Thoughts: Gloomy, tragic, and consuming!

Rating: 8/10

Publication Date: June 7, 2019

 

 

Title: A Madness of Sunshine 

Authors: Nalini Singh

Immediate Thoughts: Tender, charming, and sweetly romantic!

Rating: 8/10

Publication Date: October 22, 2019

 

 

Title: The Sun Sister (The Seven Sisters #6)

Authors: Lucinda Riley

Immediate Thoughts: Informative, expressive, and engaging!

Rating: 8.5/10

Publication Date: October 31, 2019

 

 

Title: Bringing Down the Duke (A League of Extraordinary Women #1)

Authors: Evie Dunmore

Immediate Thoughts: Lighthearted, charming, and fun!

Rating: 8/10

Publication Date: September 3, 2019

 

 

Title: The Artist and the Soldier

Authors: Angelle Petta

Immediate Thoughts: Compelling, poignant, and emotional!

Rating: 9/10

Publication Date: May 1, 2018

 

 

Title: Tough Guy (Game Changers #3)

Authors: Rachel Reid

Immediate Thoughts: Sensitive, alluring, and heartfelt!

Rating: 8.5/10

Publication Date: January 13, 2020

 

 

Title: Rancher’s Wild Secret & Hold Me, Cowboy

Author: Maisey Yates

Immediate Thoughts: Spicy, engaging, and downright steamy

Rating: 8.5/10

Publication Date: October 22, 2019

 

 

What I’m Currently Reading:

 

It’s The Holiday on the Champs-Élysées in a great big love letter to Paris, charming old bookstores and happily-ever-afters!

When bookshop owner Sarah Smith is offered the opportunity for a job exchange with her Parisian friend Sophie, saying yes is a no-brainer—after all, what kind of romantic would turn down six months in Paris? Sarah is sure she’s in for the experience of a lifetime—days spent surrounded by literature in a gorgeous bookshop, and the chance to watch the snowfall on the Eiffel Tower. Plus, now she can meet up with her journalist boyfriend, Ridge, when his job takes him around the globe.

But her expectations cool faster than her café au lait soon after she lands in the City of Light—she’s a fish out of water in Paris. The customers are rude, her new coworkers suspicious and her relationship with Ridge has been reduced to a long-distance game of phone tag, leaving Sarah to wonder if he’ll ever put her first over his busy career. As Christmas approaches, Sarah is determined to get the shop—and her life—back in order…and make her dreams of a Parisian happily-ever-after come true.

 

What I’m Reading Next:

 

When Jess Rigby lost her dad, the family coped in different ways, alone in their grief. Now, her mum seems to be going off the rails and her sister, Isla, who moved to France, is now back and determined to get the old family home on the market. But the last thing Jess wants this Christmas is for renovations to start on the house. It’s sure to stir up old memories she’s desperate to forget. And to make things worse, Isla seems to have hired the most obnoxious builder in the world to do the work. Jess could ignore the fact that women seem to be putty in his hands. But what she finds harder to ignore is the frisson she gets every time she squeezes past him in the mess that is now their beloved family home! Soon, the house begins to give up its secrets, some of them shocking. Can the family finally start talking and find a way to move on from the past this Christmas?

 

Have you read any of my upcoming reads? What do you have coming up?

 

It’s Monday (November 4, 2019)!
What Are You Reading! #IMWAYR
#Books #Reading #TBRList

 

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? hosted by Kathryn at Bookdate is a weekly post to share what you’ve recently finished reading, what you’re currently reading, and what you plan on reading this upcoming week.

 

So here is what I just read, am reading, and what I plan to read next:

 

What I Read Last Week:

 

Title: It Ends With Us

Authors: Colleen Hoover

Immediate Thoughts: Raw, heartwrenching, and beautifully written!

Rating: 10/10

Publication Date: August 2, 2016

 

 

Title: A Madness of Sunshine 

Authors: Nalini Singh

Immediate Thoughts: Atmospheric, gritty, and suspenseful!

Rating: 9/10

Publication Date: December 3, 2019

 

 

Title: The Cactus

Authors: Sarah Haywood

Immediate Thoughts: Leisurely, unique, and lighthearted!

Rating: 7/10

Publication Date: May 7, 2019

 

 

Title: Man Cuffed (Man Hands #4)

Authors: Sarina Bowen & Tanya Eby

Immediate Thoughts: Spirted, sexy, and laugh-out-loud funny!

Rating: 9/10

Publication Date: November 19, 2019

 

 

Title: One Day in December

Author: Josie Silver

Immediate Thoughts: Heartbreaking, heartwarming, and utterly absorbing!

Rating: 10/10

Publication Date: October 16, 2018

 

 

What I’m Currently Reading:

 

When her husband mysteriously disappears and rumors swirl about his loyalties, a mother must rely on the remarkable power of friendship in war-torn Hawaii

It’s 1944, combat in the Pacific is intensifying, and Violet Iverson and her daughter, Ella, are piecing their lives back together one year after her husband vanished. As suspicions about his loyalties surface, Violet suspects Ella knows something. But Ella refuses to talk. Something—or someone—has scared her.

Violet enjoys the camaraderie of her friends as they open a pie stand for the soldiers training on the island for a secret mission. But even these women face their own wartime challenges as prejudice against the island Japanese pits neighbor against neighbor. And then there’s the matter of Sergeant Stone, a brash marine who comes to Violet’s aid when the women are accused of spying. She struggles with her feelings of guilt but can’t deny the burning attraction—or her fear of losing another man when Stone ships out for Iwo Jima.

Set amid the tropical beauty of Hawaii, Island of Sweet Pies and Soldiers offers a fresh perspective on World War II as it presents timeless depictions of female friendship, the bond between a mother and her child, and the enduring power of love even in the darkest times.

 

What I’m Reading Next:

 

He’s come to Gold Valley with a hidden agenda…

not to fall for his enemy’s daughter!

Emerson Maxfield is the perfect pawn for rancher Holden McCall’s purposes. She’s engaged to a man solely to win her father’s approval, and the sheltered beauty never steps out of line. Until one encounter changes everything. Now this good girl must marry Holden to protect her family—or their desire could spell downfall for them all…

 

 

Have you read any of my upcoming reads? What do you have coming up?

It’s Monday (October 28, 2019)!
What Are You Reading! #IMWAYR
#Books #Reading #TBRList

 

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? hosted by Kathryn at Bookdate is a weekly post to share what you’ve recently finished reading, what you’re currently reading, and what you plan on reading this upcoming week.

 

So here is what I just read, am reading, and what I plan to read next:

 

What I Read Last Week:

 

Title: The Christmas Party

Authors: Karen Swan

Immediate Thoughts: Beguiling, quaint, and heartwarmingly festive!

Rating: 9/10

Publication Date: November 1, 2019

 

 

Title: Mrs. Everything

Authors: Jennifer Weiner

Immediate Thoughts: Raw, timely, and emotional!

Rating: 8/10

Publication Date: June 11, 2019

 

 

Title: Trying to Score (Hot Jocks #3)

Authors: Kendall Ryan

Immediate Thoughts: Sensual, Sassy, and Seductive!

Rating: 9/10

Publication Date: November 12, 2019

 

 

Title: Be My Guest

Authors: Priya Basil

Immediate Thoughts: Eloquent, pensive, and rich!

Rating: 8/10

Publication Date: November 15, 2019

 

 

Title: Woman on the Edge

Author: Samantha M. Bailey

Immediate Thoughts: Feverish, intense, and engrossing!

Rating: 9/10

Publication Date: November 26, 2019

 

 

What I’m Currently Reading:

 

Sometimes it is the one who loves you who hurts you the most.

Lily hasn’t always had it easy, but that’s never stopped her from working hard for the life she wants. She’s come a long way from the small town in Maine where she grew up
— she graduated from college, moved to Boston, and started her own business. So when she feels a spark with a gorgeous neurosurgeon named Ryle Kincaid, everything in Lily’s life suddenly seems almost too good to be true.

Ryle is assertive, stubborn, maybe even a little arrogant. He’s also sensitive, brilliant, and has a total soft spot for Lily. And the way he looks in scrubs certainly doesn’t hurt. Lily can’t get him out of her head. But Ryle’s complete aversion to relationships is disturbing. Even as Lily finds herself becoming the exception to his “no dating” rule, she can’t help but wonder what made him that way in the first place.

As questions about her new relationship overwhelm her, so do thoughts of Atlas Corrigan — her first love and a link to the past she left behind. He was her kindred spirit, her protector. When Atlas suddenly reappears, everything Lily has built with Ryle is threatened.

 

What I’m Reading Next:

 

The heart-pounding debut from the creator of the hit Scandinavian television show The Killing.

If you find one, he’s already found you.

A psychopath is terrorizing Copenhagen.

His calling card is a “chestnut man”—a handmade doll made of matchsticks and two chestnuts—which he leaves at each bloody crime scene.

Examining the dolls, forensics makes a shocking discovery—a fingerprint belonging to a young girl, a government minister’s daughter who had been kidnapped and murdered a year ago.

A tragic coincidence—or something more twisted?

To save innocent lives, a pair of detectives must put aside their differences to piece together the Chestnut Man’s gruesome clues.

Because it’s clear that the madman is on a mission that is far from over.

And no one is safe.

 

Have you read any of my upcoming reads? What do you have coming up?

It’s Monday (October 21, 2019)!
What Are You Reading! #IMWAYR
#Books #Reading #TBRList

 

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? hosted by Kathryn at Bookdate is a weekly post to share what you’ve recently finished reading, what you’re currently reading, and what you plan on reading this upcoming week.

 

So here is what I just read, am reading, and what I plan to read next:

 

What I Read Last Week:

 

Title: The Family Upstairs

Authors: Lisa Jewell

Immediate Thoughts: Creepy, dark, and unsettling!

Rating: 9/10

Publication Date: November 5, 2019

 

 

Title: The Butterfly Girl (Naomi Cottle #2)

Authors: Rene Denfeld

Immediate Thoughts: Poetic, horrifying, and beautiful!

Rating: 8/10

Publication Date: September 15, 2019

 

 

Title: Verity

Authors: Colleen Hoover

Immediate Thoughts: Dark, disturbing, and absolutely gripping!

Rating: 10/10

Publication Date: December 7, 2018

 

 

Title: Nothing More Dangerous

Authors: Allen Eskens

Immediate Thoughts: Impactful, atmospheric, and hauntingly real!

Rating: 9/10

Publication Date: November 12, 2019

 

 

Title: This Earl of Mine (Bow Street Bachelors #1)

Author: Scarlett Jameson

Immediate Thoughts: Scandalous, seductive, and entertaining!

Rating: 8.5/10

Publication Date: October 29, 2019

 

 

What I’m Currently Reading:

 

The Sun Sister is the sixth epic story in the Seven Sisters series by the number one international bestseller Lucinda Riley.

To the outside world, Electra d’Apliese seems as though she is the woman who has everything: as one of the world’s top models, she is beautiful, rich and famous. But beneath the veneer, and fuelled by the pressure of the life she leads, Electra’s already tenuous control over her mental state has been rocked by the death of her father, Pa Salt, the elusive billionaire who adopted his six daughters as babies from around the globe. Struggling to cope, she turns to alcohol and drugs to ease the pain, and as those around her fear for her health, Electra receives a letter from a complete stranger who claims to be her grandmother . . .

In 1943, Celia Arundel arrives in Nairobi, Kenya, to join her new husband on his family coffee plantation. After a sheltered upbringing in England, she is astounded and horrified by the antics of her fellow ex-pats in the infamous Happy Valley set. Then Bertie, her husband, brings home the daughter of the Chieftain of the local Maasai tribe to live under his protection due to kidnap threats from a neighbouring tribe, and a strange bond begins to form between them . . .

 

What I’m Reading Next:

 

The only child of a single mother, Nina has her life just as she wants it: a job in a bookstore, a kick-butt trivia team, a world-class planner and a cat named Phil. If she sometimes suspects there might be more to life than reading, she just shrugs and picks up a new book.

When the father Nina never knew existed suddenly dies, leaving behind innumerable sisters, brothers, nieces, and nephews, Nina is horrified. They all live close by! They’re all—or mostly all—excited to meet her! She’ll have to Speak. To. Strangers. It’s a disaster! And as if that wasn’t enough, Tom, her trivia nemesis, has turned out to be cute, funny, and deeply interested in getting to know her. Doesn’t he realize what a terrible idea that is?

Nina considers her options.

1. Completely change her name and appearance. (Too drastic, plus she likes her hair.)
2. Flee to a deserted island. (Hard pass, see: coffee).
3. Hide in a corner of her apartment and rock back and forth. (Already doing it.)

It’s time for Nina to come out of her comfortable shell, but she isn’t convinced real life could ever live up to fiction. It’s going to take a brand-new family, a persistent suitor, and the combined effects of ice cream and trivia to make her turn her own fresh page.

 

Have you read any of my upcoming reads? What do you have coming up?

It’s Monday (October 14, 2019)!
What Are You Reading! #IMWAYR
#Books #Reading #TBRList

 

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? hosted by Kathryn at Bookdate is a weekly post to share what you’ve recently finished reading, what you’re currently reading, and what you plan on reading this upcoming week.

 

So here is what I just read, am reading, and what I plan to read next:

 

What I Read Last Week:

 

Title: The Perfect Fit (Love in the Dales #2)

Authors: Mary Jayne Baker

Immediate Thoughts: Funny, warm, and entertaining!

Rating: 8/10

Publication Date: September 21, 2018

 

 

Title: The Poppy Wife

Authors: Caroline Scott

Immediate Thoughts: Poignant, insightful, and profoundly moving!

Rating: 10/10

Publication Date: November 5, 2019

 

 

Title: Right after the Weather

Authors: Carol Anshaw

Immediate Thoughts: Slow burning, sobering, and forlorn!

Rating: 7/10

Publication Date: October 1, 2019

 

 

Title: No Judgments (Little Bridge Island #1)

Authors: Meg Cabot

Immediate Thoughts: Cute, breezy, and atmospheric!

Rating: 7/10

Publication Date: September 24, 2019

 

 

Title: The Wicked Lord’s Mistress (The Lord’s Seduction #2)

Author: Scarlett Jameson

Immediate Thoughts: Mischievous, suspenseful, and rousing!

Rating: 7/10

Publication Date: September 9, 2019

 

What I’m Currently Reading:

 

From the New York Times bestselling author and master of “bone-chilling suspense” (People) comes another page-turning look inside one family’s past as buried secrets threaten to come to light.

Gifted musician Clemency Thompson is playing for tourists on the streets of southern France when she receives an urgent text message. Her childhood friend, Lucy, is demanding her immediate return to London.

It’s happening, says the message. The baby is back.

Libby Jones was only six months old when she became an orphan. Now twenty-five, she’s astounded to learn of an inheritance that will change her life. A gorgeous, dilapidated townhouse in one of London’s poshest neighborhoods has been held in a trust for her all these years. Now it’s hers.

As Libby investigates the story of her birth parents and the dark legacy of her new home, Clemency and Lucy are headed her way to uncover, and possibly protect, secrets of their own. What really happened in that rambling Chelsea mansion when they were children? And are they still at risk?

 

What I’m Reading Next:

 

After captivating readers in The Child Finder, Naomi—the investigator with an uncanny ability for finding missing children—returns, trading snow-covered woods for dark, gritty streets on the search for her missing sister in a city where young, homeless girls have been going missing and turning up dead.

From the highly praised author of The Child Finder and The Enchanted comes The Butterfly Girl, a riveting novel that ripples with truth, exploring the depths of love and sacrifice in the face of a past that cannot be left dead and buried. A year ago, Naomi, the investigator with an uncanny ability for finding missing children, made a promise that she would not take another case until she finds the younger sister who has been missing for years. Naomi has no picture, not even a name. All she has is a vague memory of a strawberry field at night, black dirt under her bare feet as she ran for her life.

The search takes her to Portland, Oregon, where scores of homeless children wander the streets like ghosts, searching for money, food, and companionship. The sharp-eyed investigator soon discovers that young girls have been going missing for months, many later found in the dirty waters of the river. Though she does not want to get involved, Naomi is unable to resist the pull of children in need—and the fear she sees in the eyes of a twelve-year old girl named Celia. Running from an abusive stepfather and an addict mother, Celia has nothing but hope in the butterflies—her guides and guardians on the dangerous streets. She sees them all around her, tiny iridescent wisps of hope that soften the edges of this hard world and illuminate a cherished memory from her childhood—the Butterfly Museum, a place where everything is safe and nothing can hurt her.

As danger creeps closer, Naomi and Celia find echoes of themselves in one another, forcing them each to consider the question: Can you still be lost even when you’ve been found? But will they find the answer too late?

 

Have you read any of my upcoming reads? What do you have coming up?

It’s Monday (October 7, 2019)!
What Are You Reading! #IMWAYR
#Books #Reading #TBRList

 

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? hosted by Kathryn at Bookdate is a weekly post to share what you’ve recently finished reading, what you’re currently reading, and what you plan on reading this upcoming week.

 

So here is what I just read, am reading, and what I plan to read next:

 

What I Read Last Week:

 

Title: Moonlighter (The Company #1)

Authors: Sarina Bowen

Immediate Thoughts: Humorous, romantic, and suspenseful!

Rating: 9/10

Publication Date: October 22, 2019

 

 

Title: When It’s Real

Authors: Erin Watt

Immediate Thoughts: Feel-good, sweet, and fun!

Rating: 8/10

Publication Date: May 30, 2017

 

 

Title: The Summer Queen

Authors: Margaret Pemberton

Immediate Thoughts: Fascinating, complex, and compelling!

Rating: 9/10

Publication Date: September 3, 2019

 

 

Title: The Deception (Maximum Security #2)

Authors: Kat Martin

Immediate Thoughts: Suspenseful, steamy, and action packed!

Rating: 7.5/10

Publication Date: September 10, 2019

 

 

Title: Love on Lexington Avenue (Central Park Pact #2)

Author: Lauren Layne

Immediate Thoughts: Humourous, delifghtul, and heartfelt!

Rating: 10/10

Publication Date: September 17, 2019

 

What I’m Currently Reading:

 

Escape to the frost-sparkling Yorkshire Dales for some festive fun under the mistletoe! A saucy comedy-romance with more than a sprinkle of Christmas spice – this will lift your spirits and your excitement level!

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas for costume shop owner Becky Finn. Leaving London to move back home to the twinkly rural village of Egglethwaite, she plans to build a new life for herself with fiancé, Cole.

Keen to raise funds for the struggling village hall she loved as a child, Becky finds herself at the head of a colourful group aiming to revive the Egglethwaite Christmas pantomime. But when that festive feeling sets in, she discovers there’s more to panto than innuendo and slapped thighs.

Falling in love was not in the script! But as opening night grows closer, she starts to wonder if the panto will ever make it to the stage and, with handsome co-star Marcus on the scene, if she has chosen her right leading man…

 

What I’m Reading Next:

 

In the tradition of Jennifer Robson and Hazel Gaynor, this unforgettable debut novel is a sweeping tale of forbidden love, profound loss, and the startling truth of the broken families left behind in the wake of World War I.

1921. Survivors of the Great War are desperately trying to piece together the fragments of their broken lives. While many have been reunited with their loved ones, Edie’s husband Francis is still missing. Francis is presumed to have been killed in action, but Edie knows he is alive.

Harry, Francis’s brother, was there the day Francis went missing in Ypres. And like Edie, he’s hopeful Francis is living somewhere in France, lost and confused. Hired by grieving families in need of closure, Harry returns to the Western Front to photograph soldiers’ graves. As he travels through France gathering news for British wives and mothers, he searches for evidence his own brother is still alive.

When Edie receives a mysterious photograph that she believes was taken by Francis, she is more certain than ever he isn’t dead. Edie embarks on her own journey in the hope of finding some trace of her husband. Is he truly gone, or could he still be alive? And if he is, why hasn’t he come home?

As Harry and Edie’s paths converge, they get closer to the truth about Francis and, as they do, are soon faced with the life-changing impact of the answers they discover.

An incredibly moving account of an often-forgotten moment in history—those years after the war that were filled with the unknown—The Poppy Wife tells the story of the thousands of soldiers who were lost amid the chaos and ruins in battle-scarred France; and the even greater number of men and women hoping to find them again.

 

Have you read any of my upcoming reads? What do you have coming up?

It’s Monday (September 30, 2019)!
What Are You Reading! #IMWAYR
#Books #Reading #TBRList

 

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? hosted by Kathryn at Bookdate is a weekly post to share what you’ve recently finished reading, what you’re currently reading, and what you plan on reading this upcoming week.

 

So here is what I just read, am reading, and what I plan to read next:

 

What I Read Last Week:

 

Title: Well Met

Authors: Jen DeLuca

Immediate Thoughts: Cute, unique, and charming!

Rating: 9/10

Publication Date: September 3, 2019

 

 

Title: All the Flowers in Paris

Authors: Sarah Jio

Immediate Thoughts: Heartwrenching, hopeful, and moving!

Rating: 8/10

Publication Date: August 13, 2019

 

 

Title: The Bromance Book Club

Authors: Lyssa Kay Adams

Immediate Thoughts: Quirky, humorous, and refreshing!

Rating: 8.5/10

Publication Date: November 5, 2019

 

 

Title: A Family by Christmas

Authors: Viv Royce

Immediate Thoughts: Amusing, sweet, and delightfully festive!

Rating: 8/10

Publication Date: October 14, 2019

 

 

Title: Sidelined

Author: Suzanne Baltsar

Immediate Thoughts: Spirited, spicy, and sexy!

Rating: 8/10

Publication Date: August 27, 2019

 

What I’m Currently Reading:

 

For fans of What Belongs to You by Garth Greenwell and The Futures by Anna Pitonia, a soul-piercing debut that explores the ways that past and present intertwine, queerness, and coming of age in uncertain times.

In WILLA & HESPER, two young women fall in love. When they fall apart, they unwittingly take the same path to heal from their breakup, seeking answers in the lands of their ancestors. From Tbilisi, Georgia to the war sites of Germany, they discover what can break and what can mend when you look to the past to understand your present.

Willa’s darkness enters Hesper’s light late one night in Brooklyn. Theirs is a whirlwind romance until Willa starts to know Hesper too well, to crawl into her hidden spaces, and Hesper shuts her out. She runs, following her fractured family back to her grandfather’s hometown of Tbilisi, Georgia, looking for the origin story that he is no longer able to tell. But once in Tbilisi, cracks appear in her grandfather’s history-and a massive flood is heading toward Georgia, threatening any hope for repair.

Meanwhile, heartbroken Willa is desperate to leave New York that she joins a group trip for Jewish twentysomethings to visit Holocaust sites in Germany and Poland, hoping to override her emotional state. When it proves to be more fraught than home, she must come to terms with her past-the ancestral past, her romantic past, and the past that can lead her forward.

Told from alternating perspectives, and ending in the shadow of Trump’s presidency, WILLA & HESPER is a deeply moving, cerebral, and timely debut.

 

What I’m Reading Next:

 

In a small town where loyalty to family and to “your people” carries the weight of a sacred oath, defying those unspoken rules can be a deadly proposition.

After fifteen years of growing up in the Ozark hills with his widowed mother, high-school freshman Boady Sanden is beyond ready to move on. He dreams of glass towers and cityscapes, driven by his desire to be anywhere other than Jessup, Missouri. The new kid at St. Ignatius High School, if he isn’t being pushed around, he is being completely ignored. Even his beloved woods, his playground as a child and his sanctuary as he grew older, seem to be closing in on him, suffocating him.

Then Thomas Elgin moves in across the road, and Boady’s life begins to twist and turn. Coming to know the Elgins-a black family settling into a community where notions of “us” and “them” carry the weight of history-forces Boady to rethink his understanding of the world he’s taken for granted. Secrets hidden in plain sight begin to unfold: the mother who wraps herself in the loss of her husband, the neighbor who carries the wounds of a mysterious past that he holds close , the quiet boss who is fighting his own hidden battle.

But the biggest secret of all is the disappearance of Lida Poe, the African-American woman who keeps the books at the local plastics factory. Word has it that Ms. Poe left town, along with a hundred thousand dollars of company money. Although Boady has never met the missing woman, he discovers that the threads of her life are woven into the deepest fabric of his world.

As the mystery of her fate plays out, Boady begins to see the stark lines of race and class that both bind and divide this small town, and he is forced to choose sides.

 

Have you read any of my upcoming reads? What do you have coming up?

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