Publication Date: July 2019
ARC from Ballantine Books and Netgalley.com
Excerpt: “No matter what the weather, my window on the bay never failed to soothe me.”
When best friends and single moms, Jenna, an emergency room nurse, and Maureen, a librarian, find themselves with empty nests, the reality of a trip to Paris finally seems like it is on the horizon. As they plot and plan for their trip, life interferes in the most unexpected ways. As the women work their way through the unforeseen events, they each meet a man along the way.
The novel tells the story in alternating chapters of each woman’s struggle with her challenges and the men they meet. Jenna, who has sworn off doctors as a result of her ex-husband, meets a kind, decent man who happens to be a surgeon, and Maureen, a quiet and rather staid librarian at the local library, becomes acquainted with a good looking construction worker who is a bit rough around the edges but has a definite interest in books and life. Have the two women finally met compatible men after all these years? Can they juggle elderly parents, grown children, and new relationships?
The story is pretty predictable and a bit slow in places. The book makes a nice, easy paced read for those who enjoy a clean story without a lot of excess drama.
This copy was received from Ballantine Books and Netgalley. The above thoughts and opinions are wholly my own.
Publication Date: July 17, 2018
ARC from Ballantine Books and Netgalley.com
Excerpt: “Still, the cottage by the sea was the one place she could remember where she’d been completely happy. She didn’t know if she’d ever find that sense of peace again, but Annie was determined to try.”
In search of peace, Annie Marlow packs her bags and moves to the tiny beach town of Oceanside. As a physician’s assistant, Annie could have chosen from a vast array of locations, but she was searching for peace and a place to rebuild her life after a terrible tragedy. Going back to a familiar spot from childhood, Annie moves back into a cottage her family rented for many years.
This novel is all about the characters and their eccentric range of personalities. Seth Keaton, a gentle giant of a man, paints rooms and houses by day and quietly paints beautiful murals around town when no one is looking. Soft spoken, awkward and shy his crush on Annie has lasted for years unbeknownst to her. Melody Johnson, rude, ill-mannered and extremely anti-social, never leaves the old house behind Annie’s cottage. As Annie’s landlord, Melody and Annie have an uncomfortable working relationship which Annie is determined to better. A cast of minor characters play a role in Annie’s life and her battle to find her happy place again at Oceanside.
I enjoyed the quirkiness of the characters as well as the comfortable pace of the story. The book is one to read and enjoy slowly in spite of its rather serious tone and nature. Travel Annie’s journey with her to find her serenity and her happy place. Good beach read for the summer for those who want a little depth to their story!
This copy was received from Ballantine Books and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. The above thoughts and opinions are wholly my own.
Starry Night by Debbie Macomber
Publication Date: October 2013
“Yes?” Her heart was in her eyes. Could it be possible that he would ask her to stay? Did it seem wrong to him as it did to her that they should part now? Surely he felt the very things she did.
Leaning in close, he kissed her one last time and then said, “Don’t write the article.”
How does a newspaper reporter choose between love and the biggest story of her career? The decision Finn Dalton, an eccentric reclusive author, forces Carrie Slayton, society page writer, to make is a difficult one. To compound the issue, Finn lives in Alaska and Carrie works for the Chicago Herald. Utilizing her best sleuthing skills, Carrie hunts down Finn and ends up trapped in Alaska during a snow storm.
Since this is Debbie Macomber’s 2013 Christmas novel, the setting has to have snow and the time frame covers Thanksgiving and Christmas. Of course, a slightly eccentric reclusive author would bear a resemblance in personality to the Grinch. The fun begins during the snowstorm and continues through to the Christmas holidays.
The books is a delightful story full of family, fun, love, and the holidays. The characters are entertaining and give the reader a spectrum of emotion. The plot is a bit predictable, but isn’t that why we read Christmas romance to begin with! I liked this book. A fun holiday read that put me in just the right mood to start prepping for Thanksgiving and the upcoming holidays!