Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Sleepless in Manhattan

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Synopsis (from Amazon):  Cool, calm and competent, events planner Paige Walker loves a challenge. After achildhood spent in and out of hospitals, she’s now determined to proveherself—and where better to take the world by storm than Manhattan? But when Paigeloses the job she loves, she must face her biggest challenge of all—going it alone.

Except launching her own events company is nothing compared to hiding heroutrageous crush on Jake Romano—her brother’s best friend, New York’smost in-demand date and the only man to break her heart. When Jake offers Paige’sfledgling company a big chance, their still-sizzling chemistry starts giving her sleeplessnights. But can she convince the man who trusts no one to take a chance onforever?





One (or more) Sentence Summary: First book in the series and I hope the others are just as good. Fun romance with some steam! Looking forward to book 2 - Sunset in Central Park.



Sarah Morgan is a USA Today and Sunday Times bestselling author of romance and women's fiction. She has sold over 18 million copies of her books and her work has received starred reviews from Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and Booklist.

Sarah lives near London, England with her family and when she isn't writing or reading, she likes to spend time outdoors hiking or riding her mountain bike.  

Join Sarah's mailing list at www.sarahmorgan.com for all book news. For more insight into her writing life follow her on Facebook at www.facebook/AuthorSarahMorgan and on Instagram at @sarahmorganwrites Contact Sarah at sarah@sarahmorgan.com


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Monday, November 23, 2020

The Perfect Neighbors


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Synopsis (from Amazon):  How well do you ever really know the family next door?

Bucolic Newport Cove, where spontaneous block parties occur on balmy nights and all of the streets are named for flowers, is proud of its distinction of being named one the top twenty safest neighborhoods in the US. It’s also one of the most secret-filled.

Kellie Scott has just returned to work after a decade of being a stay-at-home mom. She’s adjusting to high heels, scrambling to cook dinner for her family after a day at the office—and soaking in the dangerous attention of a very handsome, very married male colleague. Kellie’s neighbor Susan Barrett begins every day with fresh resolutions: she won’t eat any carbs, she’ll go to bed at a reasonable hour, and she’ll stop stalking her ex-husband and his new girlfriend. Gigi Kennedy seems to have it all together—except her teenage daughter has turned into a hostile stranger and her husband is running for Congress, which means her old skeletons are in danger of being brought into the light.

Then a new family moves to this quiet, tree-lined cul-de-sac. Tessa Campbell seems friendly enough to the other mothers, if a bit reserved. Then the neighbors notice that no one is ever invited to Tessa’s house. And soon, it becomes clear that Tessa is hiding the biggest secret of all.

One (or more) Sentence Summary: Very entertaining. Desperate Housewives meet The Perfect Neighbors.  Great characters that were easy to relate too. Well-written and a quick read.  Just keep in mind.....how well do you really know your neighbors?


Sarah Pekkanen is the internationally-bestselling author of THE WIFE BETWEEN US and the upcoming AN ANONYMOUS GIRL, cowritten with Greer Hendricks. 

THE WIFE BETWEEN US - an instant New York Times bestseller - is a twisty psychological tale that has been optioned for film by Amblin Entertainment. Sarah and Greer are penning the screenplay for Amblin.

AN ANONMYOUS GIRL is currently in production as a television series by eOne,with Sarah and Greer serving as executive producers.

Sarah is also the author of eight solo novels.

Please find Sarah on Facebook, Instagram and twitter @sarahpekkanen 

BIO: Sarah is the mother of three boys, which explains why she wrote part of her debut novel at Chuck E. Cheese. Seriously. Sarah penned her first book, Miscellaneous Tales and Poems, at the age of 10. When publishers failed to jump upon this literary masterpiece (hey, all the poems rhymed!) Sarah followed up by sending them a sternly-worded letter on Raggedy Ann stationery. Sarah still has that letter, and carries it to New York every time she has meetings with her publisher, as a reminder that dreams do come true. Please visit www.sarahpekkanen.com



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Saturday, November 21, 2020

Behind Closed Doors

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Synopsis (from Amazon): Everyone knows a couple like Jack and Grace. He has looks and wealth; she has charm and elegance. He’s a dedicated attorney who has never lost a case; she is a flawless homemaker, a masterful gardener and cook, and dotes on her disabled younger sister. Though they are still newlyweds, they seem to have it all. You might not want to like them, but you do. You’re hopelessly charmed by the ease and comfort of their home, by the graciousness of the dinner parties they throw. You’d like to get to know Grace better.

But it’s difficult, because you realize Jack and Grace are inseparable.

Some might call this true love. Others might wonder why Grace never answers the phone. Or why she can never meet for coffee, even though she doesn’t work. How she can cook such elaborate meals but remain so slim. Or why she never seems to take anything with her when she leaves the house, not even a pen. Or why there are such high-security metal shutters on all the downstairs windows.

Some might wonder what’s really going on once the dinner party is over, and the front door has closed.



One (or more) Sentence Summary:  Wow. The first novel by B.A. Paris!  Just wow!  So mind-blowingly good.  So happy to have this new author on my must-read her books list. Don't let Jack fool you....he is an evil man!



B A Paris is the internationally bestselling author of Behind Closed Doors, The Breakdown and Bring Me Back. Having sold over one million copies in the UK alone, she is a Sunday Times and New York Times bestseller as well as a number one bestseller on Amazon and iBooks. Her books have sold in 40 territories around the world. She has worked in both Finance and as a teacher. Having lived in France for many years, she recently moved back to the UK. The Dilemma is her fourth novel.


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Thursday, November 19, 2020

My Grandmother Asked Me To Tell You She's Sorry

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Synopsis (from Amazon):  A charming, warmhearted novel from the author of the New York Times bestseller A Man Called Ove.

Elsa is seven years old and different. Her grandmother is seventy-seven years old and crazy—as in standing-on-the-balcony-firing-paintball-guns-at-strangers crazy. She is also Elsa’s best, and only, friend. At night Elsa takes refuge in her grandmother’s stories, in the Land-of-Almost-Awake and the Kingdom of Miamas, where everybody is different and nobody needs to be normal.

When Elsa’s grandmother dies and leaves behind a series of letters apologizing to people she has wronged, Elsa’s greatest adventure begins. Her grandmother’s instructions lead her to an apartment building full of drunks, monsters, attack dogs, and old crones but also to the truth about fairy tales and kingdoms and a grandmother like no other.

My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry is told with the same comic accuracy and beating heart as Fredrik Backman’s bestselling debut novel, A Man Called Ove. It is a story about life and death and one of the most important human rights: the right to be different.



One (or more) Sentence Summary:   I found this in my draft folder and I am not sure how I overlooked it.  I read My Grandmother Aksed Me To Tell You She's Sorry when it first came out.  I still recommend it to people who haven't read it.  Absolutely loved it.  It is a MUST-READ.  A beautiful and amazing book that will make you laugh and cry.  In such awe of Fredrik's talent!


Fredrik Backman, a blogger and columnist, is the New York Times bestselling author of A MAN CALLED OVE and MY GRANDMOTHER ASKED ME TO TELL YOU SHE'S SORRY. Both were number one bestsellers in his native Sweden and around the world, and are being published in more than thirty five territories. His latest novel is BRITT-MARIE WAS HERE. He lives in Stockholm with his wife and two children. Visit him online at his blog: FredrikBackman.com, on twitter @backmanland, or on instagram @backmansk.



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Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Bear Town

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Synopsis (from Amazon): People say Beartown is finished. A tiny community nestled deep in the forest, it is slowly losing ground to the ever-encroaching trees. But down by the lake stands an old ice rink, built generations ago by the working men who founded this town. And in that ice rink is the reason people in Beartown believe tomorrow will be better than today. Their junior ice hockey team is about to compete in the national semi-finals, and they actually have a shot at winning. All the hopes and dreams of this place now rest on the shoulders of a handful of teenage boys.

Being responsible for the hopes of an entire town is a heavy burden, and the semi-final match is the catalyst for a violent act that will leave a young girl traumatized and a town in turmoil. Accusations are made and, like ripples on a pond, they travel through all of Beartown, leaving no resident unaffected.

Beartown explores the hopes that bring a small community together, the secrets that tear it apart, and the courage it takes for an individual to go against the grain. In this story of a small forest town, Fredrik Backman has found the entire world.



One (or more) Sentence Summary:  A fan of Backman's novel. Last year I listened to Beartown on my drive from Ohio to New York for a hockey game!  I really, really loved this book as I could relate to so much of it.  Hockey has been son's life since he was five.  He is starting his second year of junior hockey.  A wonderful, wonderful book that is full of great characters.  Absolutely loved it.  Have recommended it to so many people



Fredrik Backman, a blogger and columnist, is the New York Times bestselling author of A MAN CALLED OVE and MY GRANDMOTHER ASKED ME TO TELL YOU SHE’S SORRY. Both were number one bestsellers in his native Sweden and around the world, and are being published in more than thirty five territories. His latest novel is BRITT-MARIE WAS HERE. He lives in Stockholm with his wife and two children. Visit him online at his blog: FredrikBackman.com, on twitter @backmanland, or on instagram @backmansk.


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Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Vanishing Time

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Synopsis (from Amazon): Cama Truesdale’s ex-husband and young son leave Boston for a "boys only" fishing trip in South Carolina’s Low Country. In the early morning hours, Cama is jolted awake by a phone call. There’s been a fire on board the boat. Her ex-husband is dead. Her son is missing and presumed dead. As she sets off for South Carolina, Cama's belief that her son Tate is alive is unwavering. But her frantic search soon stirs up painful memories that send her reeling back to her childhood and the mysterious car crash that killed her Gullah mother and white father. As the clock ticks down, exhausted, haunted by dreams, and stymied by the police and local community, she enters a world in which she must rely on instinct over fact, and where no one and nothing is what it seems—not even the boundary between the living and the dead.Vanishing Time is a tale about how grief can shape reality and the power of a mother’s love.




One (or more) Sentence Summary: When a mother is convinced that her son is still living even though all the evidence goes against her, look out because it creates a good book to read.  Toss in her own childhood trauma that is linked to present day and you have a great book to read!  I was on pins and needles to the very end and was shocked by the time I got there.  I wasn't able to figure out the links from past to present but they unfolded very well.  I really enjoyed Vanishing Time.



Would I Read Other Books by the Author:  I have read other Katharine Britton books in the past and have enjoyed everyone of them.  You can see my reviews on Little Island and Her Sister's Shadow.  Katharine always has the most beautiful covers too!



Katharine has a Master’s degree in Creative Writing from Dartmouth College. Her screenplay "Goodbye Don’t Mean Gone," on which "Vanishing Time" was based, was a Moondance Film Festival winner and a finalist in the New England Women in Film and Television contest. When not writing, Katharine can often be found in her Vermont garden, waging a non-toxic war against slugs, snails, deer, woodchucks, squirrels, chipmunks, moles, voles, and beetles. Katharine’s defense consists mainly of hand-wringing after the fact. Also by Katharine Britton: "Her Sister's Shadow" and "Little Island."


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Sunday, November 15, 2020

Minor Dramas and Other Catastrophes

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Synopsis (from Amazon):  When a devoted teacher comes under pressure for her progressive curriculum and a helicopter mom goes viral on social media, two women at odds with each other find themselves in similar predicaments, having to battle back from certain social ruin.
 
Isobel Johnson has spent her career in Liston Heights sidestepping the community’s high-powered families. But when she receives a threatening voicemail accusing her of Anti-Americanism and a liberal agenda, she’s in the spotlight. Meanwhile, Julia Abbott, obsessed with the casting of the school’s winter musical, makes an error in judgment that has far-reaching consequences for her entire family.
 
Brought together by the sting of public humiliation, Isobel and Julia learn firsthand how entitlement and competition can go too far, thanks to a secret Facebook page created as an outlet for parent grievances. The Liston Heights High student body will need more than a strong sense of school spirit to move past these campus dramas in an engrossing debut novel that addresses parents behaving badly and teenagers speaking up, even against their own families.



One (or more) Sentence Summary:  Minor Dramas and Other Catastrophes reminded me of Where'd You Go Bernadette Go? (which was a great movie on Hulu).  It was a really great read with relateable characters.  We all know a helicopter mom or two. Very entertaining! I can't wait for her second novel!



Kathleen West is a veteran middle and high-school teacher. She graduated with a degree in English from Macalester College and holds a Master's degree in literacy education from the University of Minnesota. She lives in Minneapolis with her family. Minor Dramas & Other Catastrophes is her first novel.



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