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Connect 5 Friday Books : May flowers

Welcome to my Connect 5 Friday! It’s been a little while since I joined in -life got a little busy. But this Friday I am sharing some favorite books about Flowers. May Flowers….. Lisa

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Love can be a thorny business.

When Tanglewood flower shop owner Leanne enters Budding Stars – a floristry TV competition – she’s shocked to make it through to the televised stages where the pressure grows to prove herself a success.

Luckily for Leanne, new Tanglewood park ranger, Rex, is a rose among the thorns as he provides support and friendship that could blossom into something more…

But Rex’s ex-girlfriend appears with some shocking news, and between busy schedules and the occasional mountain rescue, Leanne can’t see how romance could possibly bloom. And with a new job opportunity suddenly sprouting up, will she need to uproot her life and leave Tanglewood entirely?

This uplifting romance is perfect for fans of Daisy James, Holly Martin and Portia Macintosh.

Praise for The Tanglewood Flower Shop

‘An addictive read from the very first page, I really didn’t want to put this down … full of adorable characters that you really root for, a lovely romance without too much trauma, happiness in book form.’ 5* Reader review

‘I loved this book. It’s heartwarming, entertaining and engrossing.’ 5* Reader review

‘This is a story of love but also personal life development and needing the right moments to align to find true happiness. It was such a feel-good and uplifting story.’ Reader review

‘The storyline was refreshing, and something slightly different to what I usually read. A really lovely and lighthearted read that I thoroughly enjoyed.’ 5* Reader review

Great story, brilliantly written highly recommend it.’ 5* Reader review

‘With a community feel and likeable characters, this warm romance is a lovely read.’ Reader review

‘I really enjoyed this book and read it in one sitting. Great characters and a great plot line. I would highly recommend this book to anyone.’ 5* Reader review

An extravagant wedding to plan. A blossoming childhood crush. And a secret ready to uproot everything… 

She grows flowers.
He raises bees for honey.
They help each other out,
because that’s what neighbors do…

“Sarah Jio weaves past and present in this eminently readable novel about love, gratitude, and forgiveness. I tore through the pages!”—New York Times bestselling author Christina Baker Kline

From New York Times bestseller Eloisa James, a new Regency-set novel in which a heiress with the goal of being a wallflower engages a rugged American in a scorchingly sensual, witty wager that tests whether clothing does indeed make the man—or the wallflower! A perfect companion story to Eloisa’s My American Duchess.

Miss Cleopatra Lewis is about to be launched in society by her aristocratic grandfather. But since she has no intention of marrying, she visits a costume emporium specifically to order unflattering dresses guaranteed to put off any prospective suitors.

Powerful and charismatic Jacob Astor Addison is in London, acquiring businesses to add to his theatrical holdings in America—as well as buying an emerald for a young lady back in Boston. He’s furious when a she-devil masquerading as an English lady steals Quimby’s Costume Emporium from under his nose.

Jake strikes a devil’s bargain, offering to design her “wallflower wardrobe” and giving Cleo the chance to design his. Cleo can’t resist the fun of clothing the rough-hewn American in feathers and flowers. And somehow in the middle of their lively competition, Jake becomes her closest friend.

It isn’t until Cleo becomes the toast of all society that Jake realizes she’s stolen his fiercely guarded heart. But unlike the noblemen at her feet, he doesn’t belong in her refined and cultured world.

Caught between the demands of honor and desire, Jake would give up everything to be with the woman he loves—if she’ll have him!

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This week is National Garden week- so I am sharing Garden themed books today. I plan on working on mine this week if the weather is good. Lisa

Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil is a sublime and seductive reading experience. Brilliantly conceived and masterfully written, this enormously engaging portrait of a most beguiling Southern city has become a modern classic.

Present day: Emma Lovett, who has dedicated her career to breathing new life into long-neglected gardens, has just been given the opportunity of a lifetime: to restore the gardens of the famed Highbury House estate, designed in 1907 by her hero Venetia Smith. But as Emma dives deeper into the gardens’ past, she begins to uncover secrets that have long lain hidden.

1907: A talented artist with a growing reputation for her work, Venetia Smith has carved out a niche for herself as a garden designer to industrialists, solicitors, and bankers looking to show off their wealth with sumptuous country houses. When she is hired to design the gardens of Highbury House, she is determined to make them a triumph, but the gardens—and the people she meets—promise to change her life forever.

1944: When land girl Beth Pedley arrives at a farm on the outskirts of the village of Highbury, all she wants is to find a place she can call home. Cook Stella Adderton, on the other hand, is desperate to leave Highbury House to pursue her own dreams. And widow Diana Symonds, the mistress of the grand house, is anxiously trying to cling to her pre-war life now that her home has been requisitioned and transformed into a convalescent hospital for wounded soldiers. But when war threatens Highbury House’s treasured gardens, these three very different women are drawn together by a secret that will last for decades.

Return to Blossom Street with this engaging tale of a woman uncovering family truths and rediscovering herself, only from #1 New York Times bestselling author Debbie Macomber.

It was the year that changed everything. When Susannah Nelson turned eighteen, she said goodbye to her boyfriend, Jake—and never saw him again. She never saw her brother again, either; Doug died in a car accident that same year.

Now, at fifty, she finds herself regretting the paths not taken. Long married, a mother and a teacher, she should be happy. But she feels there’s something missing in her life, although she doesn’t know exactly what. Not only that, she’s balancing the demands of an aging mother and a temperamental twenty-year-old daughter.

Her mother, Vivian, a recent widow, is having difficulty coping and living alone, so Susannah goes home to Colville, Washington. In returning to her parents’ house, her girlhood friends and the garden she’s always loved, she also returns to the past—and the choices she made back then.

What she discovers is that things are not as they once seemed. Some paths are dead ends. But some gardens remain beautiful

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Poppy desperately wants to pay off her debts, quit her dead-end job, find her missing father… oh, and keep a plant alive. But she knows that these are just hopeless dreams. Then a mysterious letter arrives and Poppy finds that she’s inherited a cottage garden nursery – complete with romantic climbing roses, scented herbs, a bossy ginger cat.. and a dead body!
Now she must solve the mystery or risk losing her new home and the chance for a fresh start. But who would want to murder a gardener in a sleepy little village? Could a reclusive inventor have something to do with the killing? What about the brooding crime author next door? And why is her long-lost cousin so desperate for her to sell the cottage?
Poppy might not know her pansies from her petunias, but that doesn’t stop her digging for clues. The only problem is – she could be digging her own grave too…

This book follows British English spelling and usage.
Clean read: no graphic violence, sex, or strong language.
Genre: cat mystery / cozy mystery series / gardening cozy mystery / women amateur sleuth / British detective mystery

A lonely widow finds new purpose in life when she and her senior friends help solve a murder in their small Midwestern town.

“If you like Christian cozy mysteries that keep you guessing until the end, you’ll love the Garden Girls Mysteries!”

Who Murdered Mr. Malone? – Garden Girls Cozy Mysteries Book 1

Connect 5 : Christmas Songs

I was out running errands and every where I went the Christmas Songs were playing ! So that my idea for Connect 5 Friday !! Is it too early for Christmas music or Not???

In their first acclaimed work of collaboration, Mary Higgins Clark, the Queen of Suspense, and her daughter, bestselling author Carol Higgins Clark, create an exciting and entertaining story of a holiday kidnapping.

Get into the Christmas spirit with this fan favorite classic romance novella from #1 New York Times bestselling author Debbie Macomber.

A yuletide treat of four heartwarming, holiday romance stories from the beloved pen of the #1 New York Times-bestselling author of Spirit of the Season.

“Comfort and Joy”

A collection of heartwarming holiday stories from today’s stars of passionate romance!

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Continuing in a festive annual tradition, Debbie Macomber returns with a new original holiday novel full of romance and cheer—and the magical prospect of finding love in the most unexpected places.

Non Fiction November : Cookbooks

. I am not much of a Non Fiction reader but i am am avid Cookbook reader and collector. Today as I get ready for the USA Thanksgiving -I am looking for new recipes from the Library collection of books- Here’s my 5 ….. Lisa

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY EATER.COM

From one of America’s finest food writers, the founder of The New York Times Cooking sectioncomes a definitive, timeless guide to Thanksgiving dinner—preparing it, surviving it, and pulling it off in style.

Gluten-Free and Vegan Holidays

Celebrating the Year with Simple Satisfying Recipes and Menusby Jennifer Katzinger

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • From one of the world’s most renowned chefs, 110 essential recipes that celebrate the beauty, simplicity, and elegance of vegetables
“The latest cookbook from the chef of Le Bernardin focuses on simple, but stunning recipes for seasonal produce. . . . What a delightful approach, especially with summer on the horizon.”—The New York Times
NAMED ONE OF THE BEST COOKBOOKS OF THE YEAR BY PUBLISHERS WEEKLY 

Bestselling author and avid hunter Steve Chapman (A Look at Life from a Deer Stand, more than 280,000 copies sold) teams up with his wife, Annie, to offer delicious recipes for wild game, along with complementary side dishes and desserts. Sprinkled among the more than 190 recipes are hints for preparing wild game, cooking tips, hunting quotes from Steve’s popular books, and wildlife line drawings.

  Michele Evans knows there is nothing so satisfying to a hostess as a happy, well-fed crowd. She also knows that even the most confident cook might easily be intimidated by the idea of cooking for more than a handful of guests. The thought of a buffet dinner for sixteen can bring visions of pots bubbling out of control or a menu of tired standbys such as roast beef and three-bean salad.

Connect 5 Friday

It’s time once again for Connect Five Friday, hosted at Book Date by Kathryn – the meme where we share five book/reading things that connect in some way.

Today here it’s Rainy and cloudy and gloomy. So I thought I would curl up with a New romantic Comedy to lift my spirits. I think I found some great ones this Friday… Lisa

Aiden Shaw is the smuggest, most infuriating man I’ve ever met. Ever. He’s also my next door neighbor. 

We’ve been at war for four bitter years. But last night, Aiden crossed a line.

Once upon a time people called me the holiday queen. But catching my husband under the Christmas tree with another woman kind of did something to me. Like make me digitally crop him out of all our wedding photos and post them online. Who knew that post would go viral? Thanks to all the requests I

From USA Today bestselling author of The Highland Fling comes a brand new romantic comedy about a desperate billionaire seeking to find a fiancée. This modern day take on Pretty Woman is brilliantly clever and hilariously page-turning.

From award-winning author Rachel Lacey comes a playful romance about a Manhattan bookstore owner and a reclusive author who love to hate—and hate to love—each other.

Books are Rosie Taft’s life. And ever since she took over her mother’s beloved Manhattan bookstore, they’ve become her

A sizzling, standalone, feel-good holiday romance from Tessa Bailey, New York Times bestselling author of It Happened One Summer.

Connect 5 Friday

This Friday I am celebrating National Black Cat Day with Cozy Mystery with Black Cats…

A Friday List Link Up.

So the five can be connections of any kind. Books can have been read last year or any year. Books can be used more than once.They may not have been read yet. They might be ones you just bought or want to buy.  It can be as simple or as complicated as you like. Maybe it’s not a list of actual books, but things connected to books – e.g. favourite book shops, recipes etc. It might even be five movies related to books or five poems or five poets or five bookish moments, five thoughts about reading – be creative!https://thebookdate.wordpress.com/friday-five-link-up/

Sabrina Tate and her cat, Hitchcock, must sort through the clues when a librarian is killed and justice is overdue . 

From her Brooklyn bookstore, Darla Pettistone not only sells mysteries, but solves them, aided by her big-boned black cat, Hamlet—who has suddenly pounced into the spotlight after unleashing his fists of furry

Stuck in a snowstorm is a nightmare . . . caught with a killer is deadly!

With the roads impassable and the power out, real trouble arrives at the Blackbird Bed and Breakfast

Welcome to Coventry

Kinsley Skeenbauer never thought she would go home. At seventeen, she’d left Coventry and didn’t look back. But after a messy divorce, she packed up her stuff and drove toward the only place that she knew would accept her.

Life hadn’t been easy for Kinsley since she left town. Despite wanting a family desperately, she was childless. She had a college degree but had just been fired… again…

In the first in this cat-filled cozy series, aspiring mystery author Sabrina Tate is about to discover that when it comes to solving murders, her new feline friend Hitchcock is a master of sleuthing…

Connect 5 : Football ,Soccer, Rugby

Thanks for stopping in this Friday. And it’s College Home Coming weekend with a big Football game and tail gate party happening. But I know in other parts of the the World- Football can mean Soccer or my hidden passion Rugby.

I am a big fan of this authors books :

Audie nominee, Best Romance Audiobook, 2015Everyone needs to be rescued sometimes. Everyone but Hannah Montgomery, that is. She just needs a vacation. Three weeks in New Zealand to sort out her life, figure out what she wants, seems just right. Oh, and to relax

The Hooker and the Hermit is a collaboration between authors L.H. Cosway and Penny Reid, is a full length 110k word novel, and is a standalone.

Not all players deserve a second chance… no matter how hot their first chance was.

You know the hot neighbor boy you crushed on all your teenage years? Imagine seeing him ten years later and he turns out to be a complete jerk, then you know how I feel.

Vanessa Mazur knows she’s doing the right thing. She shouldn’t feel bad for quitting. Being an assistant/housekeeper/fairy godmother to the top defensive end in the National Football Organization was always supposed to be temporary.

Want more Football books https://www.goodreads.com/shelf/show/football-romance

Friday Connect 5 : Halloween Bingo

This October I am playing Book Bingo . It’s a great way to discover new books and authors. So play along with me:

Sweet Candy Romance :

Halloween on Mackinac Island is a season of fun tricks, but finding a corpse is no treat for fudge shop owner Allie McMurphy . . .
 
NIGHT OF THE REALLY DEAD
 
It’s late October, off-season for tourists, but locals are up and lurching for the annual zombie walk charity event. Though everyone’s living it up, trouble is just a few pawprints away. Allie follows the bloody tracks of her calico cat, Carmella, to a body in the alley behind the Historic McMurphy Hotel and Fudge Shop. Unlike the island’s other walking dead, this one’s flatlined for good. It seems that someone is using the zombie fest as the perfect backdrop for murder. Now amateur sleuth Allie and dreamboat officer Rex Manning must use every trick in their treat bag to unmask a killer in disguise.

Title starts with an O

Gothic romance : book review on my blog.

There a murder

Book review on my blog.

Orange or Black cover

A wizard detective arrests Lina for witchy crimes. She has to prove her innocence and learn to control her magic. 
Killer cupcakes seem improbable to Lina, but when an attractive detective snaps cuffs on her and accuses her of witchy crimes she’s forced to reconsider.

Published in October

Halloween Boo is the first novella in the Holiday Hunks series. This steamy Halloween treat is chock full of paranormal romance, insta-love, over-the-top Halloween magic, and enough Hocus Pocus nods to make you cackle like a sexy witch in between moaning for more. A Sarah Spade HEA guaranteed!

Connect 5 – Egg

Hi Friday readers- today’s Connect 5 I am celebrating the Egg. It’s National Egg day~ and thought it might be fun to feature some Egg books. For all us Egg Heads !!

Suzanne Dietz, co-owner of the Cackleberry Club Café, is visiting her fiancé, Dr. Sam Hazelet, when a masked gunman bursts into the emergency room. He shoots two people and would probably have done more damage had Suzanne not brained him with a thermos full of chili. Still, the gunman manages to escape. Now the ladies of the Cackleberry Club are determined to find the killer before he finds them.

Robbie Jordan’s rustic country store is growing in popularity. But when a dead body appears, it turns out that Robbie’s home-style cooking attracts hungry customers—and murder!

Hens and homicides in a cozy slice of paradise.

It’s time to face the music. When Saffron plans an event that lands her at the mansion of an eccentric millionaire with a rock band that

In the fifth in Vivien Chien’s Noodle Shop delectable mystery series, Egg Drop Dead, the Ho-Lee Noodle House takes its business to the next level—only to end up in hot water.

Chef Olivia Paras has too many eggs in one basket-and is feeling like a basket-case…

Need an Egg recipe : Lisa Everyday Life ….

Connect 5 : Coffee

Happy International Coffee Day ! And my Friday Connect 5 is all about Coffee- Four great cozy mysteries and a tasty cookbook. Enjoy with your morning coffee. Lisa

There’s a killer on the loose again in Mills Township, but this time, it’s personal. What are the Sweet sisters supposed to do when they find themselves forced into the middle of another murder investigation?

Welcome to the Bean Hive Coffeehouse where the coffee is as hot as the gossip!

“Fabulous fun and fantastic fried food! Kappes nails small town mystery with another must-read hit. Don’t miss this one!”

A charming Christmas cozy filled with murder and mischief…. You better watch out, sometimes Santa isn’t who you think he is.

Autumn, Apples, and Murder

Autumn has always been one of Connie’s favorite times of the year.

Are you a huge coffee lover willing to experiment with flavors? Do you want to make the best iced lattes and save money on takeouts? If you are ready to enter the fun world of coffee making, then these Coffee Bar Recipes are all you need. In no time, you will master the best coffee recipes for your enjoyment.