I have read so many amazing books over the past week, but I also got a little behind on my TBR list. If you have requested a review and wondering where it is, I promise I am catching up! Unfortunately, I also got trigger happy on NetGalley this week so added a ton more to my list! Here is what I am planning on reading and reviewing over the next week:
Whole Again, by Colleen S. Myers
Publication: Kindle Press; April 18, 2017
About the book:
John Lawrence loved Vicki Masterson his entire life. They grew up together. But it wasn’t meant to be.
After John is disabled in Iraq, that couldn’t be more obvious. He struggles to start a new career while dealing with a prosthetic leg. Vicki recovers from divorce along with her own paralyzing self-doubt.
Enter “Growing Strong” Vicki’s grandmothers landscaping business and a new start for both of them. Can they get over themselves and their own insecurities to build a life together?
The Good Widow, by Liz Fenton & Lisa Steinke
Publication: Lake Union Publishing; June 1, 2017
About the book:
Elementary school teacher Jacqueline “Jacks” Morales’s marriage was far from perfect, but even in its ups and downs, it was predictable, familiar. Or at least she thought it was…until two police officers showed up at her door with devastating news. Her husband of eight years, the one who should have been on a business trip to Kansas, had suffered a fatal car accident in Hawaii. And he wasn’t alone.
For Jacks, laying her husband to rest was hard. But it was even harder to think that his final moments belonged to another woman—one who had left behind her own grieving and bewildered fiancé. Nick, just as blindsided by the affair, wants answers. So he suggests that he and Jacks search for the truth together, retracing the doomed lovers’ last days in paradise.
Now, following the twisting path of that fateful road, Jacks is learning that nothing is ever as it seems. Not her marriage. Not her husband. And most certainly not his death…
The Summer House, by Jenny Hale
Publication: Bookouture; June 9, 2017
About the Book:
Callie Weaver and best friend Olivia Dixon have finally done it: put their life savings into the beach house they admired through childhood summers, on the dazzling white sand of North Carolina’s Outer Banks. They’re going to buff the salt from its windows, paint its sun-bleached sidings, and open it as a bed and breakfast.
Callie’s too busy to think about her love life, but when she catches the attention of local heartthrob Luke Sullivan, his blue eyes and easy smile make it hard to say no. He’s heir to his father’s property empire, and the papers say he’s just another playboy, but as they laugh in the ocean waves, Callie realizes there’s more to this man than money and good looks.
Just when true happiness seems within reach, Callie and Olivia find a diary full of secrets… secrets that stretch across the island and have the power to turn lives upside down. As Callie reads, she unravels a mystery that makes her heart drop through the floor.
Will Callie and Luke be pulled apart by the storm it unleashes, or can true love save them?
The Summer House is an absolutely gorgeous, heart-warming summer romance, about the importance of family, not keeping secrets, and learning how to open your heart.
Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore, by Matthew Sullivan
Publication: Scribner; June 13, 2017
About the book: When a bookshop patron commits suicide, his favorite store clerk must unravel the puzzle he left behind in this fiendishly clever debut novel from an award-winning short story writer.
Lydia Smith lives her life hiding in plain sight. A clerk at the Bright Ideas bookstore, she keeps a meticulously crafted existence among her beloved books, eccentric colleagues, and the BookFrogs—the lost and lonely regulars who spend every day marauding the store’s overwhelmed shelves.
But when Joey Molina, a young, beguiling BookFrog, kills himself in the bookstore’s upper room, Lydia’s life comes unglued. Always Joey’s favorite bookseller, Lydia has been bequeathed his meager worldly possessions. Trinkets and books; the detritus of a lonely, uncared for man. But when Lydia flips through his books she finds them defaced in ways both disturbing and inexplicable. They reveal the psyche of a young man on the verge of an emotional reckoning. And they seem to contain a hidden message. What did Joey know? And what does it have to do with Lydia?
As Lydia untangles the mystery of Joey’s suicide, she unearths a long-buried memory from her own violent childhood. Details from that one bloody night begin to circle back. Her distant father returns to the fold, along with an obsessive local cop, and the Hammerman, a murderer who came into Lydia’s life long ago and, as she soon discovers, never completely left. Bedazzling, addictive, and wildly clever, Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore is a heart-pounding mystery that perfectly captures the intellect and eccentricity of the bookstore milieu and will keep you guessing until the very last page.
Married This Year, by Tracey Pedersen
Publication: Daring Online Adventures; 1 edition; December 31, 2016
About this book:
Jordan Parker is so sick of men who don’t live up to her standards. Which is pretty sad, since her standards are outrageously low! All she wants is a good man with a sense of humor, who’ll treat her right. That’s not so much to ask, is it?
This New Year’s Eve is as disastrous as any other for Jordan. Her date is a douche canoe, her best friend just announced she’s getting married and even the bartender takes pity on her and buys her a drink.
But Jordan is an achiever. She doesn’t fail at LIFE!
So she makes a plan. 365 days from now, she’ll be married, come hell, or high water. Some quick notes on a serviette, a new goal setting phone app and she knows she’s onto a winning idea. The perfect man is out there waiting for her somewhere, and no matter what awful dating shenanigans she has to endure, she’s going to find him and make him hers. For good.
If only she hadn’t overindulged last night, she might know if the hot stranger in her bed right now has any chance at being ‘the one’.
If you like funny books that make you laugh out loud, outrageous dating scenarios and a romance to make your heart melt, then you’ll love Tracey Pedersen’s brand new romantic comedy.