Thursday, March 5, 2015

Books read Mar 5

The Vineyard by Michael Hurley
Wanted to read this book after hearing the title and I recall liking the author's previous book. This one is about Martha's Vineyard, an island in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of New England.
I grew up on an island and immediately connected to the characters in the book and like them I can see them on the island I was raised on, fitting right in.
Island life is like no other. This book starts out with 3 college friends reuniting for the summer months, all for different reasons. They do have the poacher in common, he's also known as the fisherman.
Love all the nautical descriptions and island life.  Love the turn of events that really turns the whole book around. Just when things are flowing along smoothly mayhem happens and you just don't see it happening.
Love the connections they share once they all hear of the past secrets, they do unite as a united whole and form an even stronger bond.  Tragedies and miracles make them rally towards one another as they get over the fears and troubles.
They are all out for one another, in their time of need.
I received this book from the author in exchange for my honest review

Double Fudge Brownie Murder by Joanne Fluke
Love the Hannah Swansen series. In this one the girls all travel to Las Vegas where Doc Knight has set up all the arrangement for the wedding of Delores.
A surprise best man also shows up and Hannah and he rekindle their love for one another since their college days. Delores heads out to a cruise to Alaska with Doc.
Girls travel back to Eden and Hannah shows up at the courthouse to tell the judge what happened the night she ran into a person along the side of the road and he died.
Problem is the judge is killed and she learns later of her outcome with the case. Many meals with Norman and Cuddles and Mike and other family members. She investigates by asking others about different aspects of the judge's life.
Love all the new recipes to try, especially the baked donuts! Ross shows up in town and the girls fear with Mike and Norman and Ross that a fight will break learning new things about produce.
Love that she gives you cookies made with ketchup or other weird combination and that you too can experiment with your own likes to create your own. I create a new one each year myself, love the ability of one's imagination. Cats are always up to mischief as in this book...
I received this book from The Kennsington Books in exchange for my honest review

The Love List Collection
This is an anthology consisting of 4 books based upon the town of Vine Grove in eastern Washington state.
The 4 woman have formed a book club but soon after their meetings rename it the love list club. They put a man's name down on a piece of paper and each of the woman selects a name.
Each of the stories focuses on one of the connections.

Love Uncorked by Jennifer Conner
Tegan runs a shop in town and is slated to meet up with Richard at the winery. Before she arrives she runs into a ditch avoiding animals in the road. Her savior is August, a farmer who works at the winery. She meets him again and Richard really puts them both down and she doesn't want to pressure him into going to the club dance with her...
Fire that burns her business is handled with help from the community and August comes to her rescue, yet again...

Love Found Me  -  Sharon Kleve
This part is about Chloe who had picked Roy, the animal shelter attendant. She runs a day spa right next to the wine shop of Tegan. Her friend Roy introduces her to Mitch Broden who now has a bunch of newborn kittens.
He works at the prison and likes what he sees and wants to take her out for dates....he asks Roy for advice where to take her...
The community and friends come together to help with his emergency...

Blind Tasting by Angela Ford
NYC, Becca is a doctor and works many shifts.  She is engaged to Blake...she finds him with her best friend and leaves to go to Vine Grove.
Her friends there have her pick a name: Turner Chase for a date. Local firefighter and lady's man.
A misunderstanding may keep them apart...

Building up to Love by Joanne Jaytanie
This story is about Laura and her pick is Travis Jerome. She is converting her old huge house into a B&B and cafe and needs help.
He is a handyman living with his aging grandparents, caring for them and running errands. He applies for the job she has just posted in her front window.
They run into issues and they fall through the floor with injuries.
Good reads and story lines, enjoyed the books and the Pancake Club is next in the series.
I received this book from Library Thing in exchange for my honest review.

Evergreen by Susan May Warren
Wanted to read this book because it's about a married couple who are now empty nesters and it's the holiday season.
He has a secret trip for her and she's in the dumps and just can't find the holiday cheer as all the kids will not be around for the holiday.
We have experienced this ourselves and try to make the best of it. Interesting to see the chain of events, very similar to ones we have had in the past. Further crises occur and you wonder if they will ever have a happy holiday again.
Enjoy hearing of the picnics on the benches while watching the game.
Real start to Christmas is told and the live nativity and much more does happen...Other works by the author are highlighted at the end.
I received this book from Tyndale Publishers  in exchange for my honest review.

Reflections of Yesterday by Debbie Macomber
This book sounded interesting and was glad I was picked out of 500 to get a free copy for an honest review.
Starts out with Angie who is in love with Simon, ever since high school. Over time she learns from his mother now that he's at college she needs to move along and he has other interests. She even pays her to leave. She broke them up once and now her father is keeping them apart.
Medical emergency surgery with her father leads her to call Simon to help comfort her. ...surprised at the hints of sex as this author is one who doesn't 'go there'.  Simon has the solution to the problem and she agrees with him....things don't go according to plan  ....
Excerpt from Last One Home is included. Other works by the author are also highlighted at the end.
I received this book from the author in exchange for my honest review

Due for Discard by Sharon St. George
Wanted to read this book to find out more what a forensic librarian does. The story goes into some job details but I wanted more indepth.
The story wraps itself around Aimee who has been hired to be the new forensic librarian and she has to earn her keep and substantiate her position at the hospital.
A woman is found murdered, body in a dumpster and she attempts to help clear Harry, her brother of charges. There are many others who come to her aide and give her clues to help solve the mystery of who the woman really was. Liked learning about the llamas and other wildlife.
Lots of secrets surrounding the plot til it builds up at the very end when we discover who it was, but with help from others. I found there were way too many people involved-taking time away from the main characters and the plot.
Enjoyed the book and want to read more from the author.
I received this book from Tribute Books in exchange for my honest review.

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