Posted in Book Spotlight, cozy mystery

Death by Chocolate Frosted Doughnut

When a pirate festival blows into their small town, bakeshop owners Jacobia “Jake” Tiptree and her best friend Ellie White expect they’ll be busy baking up a storm, but instead they find themselves marooned in a new murder investigation after someone kills a well-known food writer and TV personality . . .
 
Everything is shipshape at Jake and Ellie’s new waterfront bakery, The Chocolate Moose, especially now that the annual Pirate Festival is dropping anchor in their quaint island village of Eastport, Maine. Jake and Ellie are ready for the bounty of tourists sure to flood their shop. But their plans quickly sink when the body of celebrity foodie, Henry Hadlyme, is discovered in the Moose’s basement.
 
Jake and Ellie are horrified, but their shock turns to dismay when Jake is pegged for the murder. Now, to clear Jake’s name and save the shop, Jake and Ellie must swashbuckle down and figure out who among Henry’s numerous enemies scuttled him in the cellar. Was it a long-ago jilted sweetheart’s vengeful relative? His long-suffering personal assistant? Or perhaps some bitter-as-dark-chocolate unknown enemy, now aboard the mysterious ship lurking in Eastport’s harbor?
 
Alas, dead men tell no tales, so Jake and Ellie will have to get to the bottom of the case on their own and find the real killer before anyone else is forced to walk the plank . . .
 
Includes a Recipe!

Net Galley Book

It’s a lovely small town cozy mystery with Jake and Ellie who are a bit of a “Lucy and Ethel” pair of sleuths. The difference is that they are capable women who manage to get themselves out of their sometimes hare-brained plans. This time they cut it very close. I always enjoy the supporting characters whom I have become to know so well. Ellie’s ever-expanding family in the big old house on Key Street plays a part in this story as well. A great addition to this yummy series….. Lisa

Posted in Recommended by lisa, Review

The Sunday Potluck Club

recipe for living . . .

New friends can be found in unexpected places. For Bridget and Amy, that place was the cancer ward of an Anchorage hospital. Now, as each struggles to overcome loss, they lean on each other for support—sharing suppers, laughter and tears.
 
Bridget and Amy aren’t about to let hardship knock them down—Bridget plans to return to her veterinarian school studies, Amy to her position as a second-grade teacher—but neither feels quite ready. And so the Sunday Potluck Club is born, a way for Bridget, Amy, and other women who have lost a loved one to find solace and understanding. Savoring favorite dishes while sharing memories and the comfort of connection, the members of the Sunday Potluck Club nourish body and soul.
 
As weeks go by and the group grows in unforeseen ways, both Bridget and Amy are inspired to find greater purpose.  Amy reaches out to a student whose father bravely faces his own struggle. Bridget volunteers at the local animal shelter, rehabilitating dogs whose unconditional love will bring others a chance to heal. And with the help of two special men, Bridget and Amy are realizing that there’s always room at the table for love and rekindled joy . . .

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 Even though there is grief and loss, 4 friends stick together through thick and thin… friendship, love and even dogs bring a smile to my face. Easy and enjoyable read. Perfect stay at home book and just what I need today… Lisa

Posted in Book Spotlight, Review

Heartbreaker (Montana Justice Book 2

He’ll risk everything to rescue her…

Ex-military man Thorn Grayson has debts to pay. So when a plane crashes in the mountains near his cabin, he’s hired to find the wreckage—and the kidnapped woman believed to be the sole survivor. But when he locates Geneva, or “JJ” as she insists on being called, she’s not at all what he expected.

JJ isn’t sure she can trust the mysterious man who’s come to her rescue. But she has secrets of her own—secrets she’ll do anything to keep. So she’ll follow his instructions and keep her distance to get off this mountain alive without blowing her cover. As dangerous conditions force them together—and the undeniable chemistry between them ignites—he’ll protect her at any cost. But when the morning light comes, will the truth tear them apart?

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Heartbreaker by B.J. Daniels, the second novel in her Montana Justice series.JJ and Thron are great characters. BJ Daniels never disappoints. Suspense, love and Montana. You can’t go wrong in this newest book. Lisa

Posted in Book Spotlight, Review

Sisters by Choice: A Novel (Blackberry Island Book 4) Kindle Edition by Susan Mallery

From the New York Times bestselling author of California Girls comes an all new original Blackberry Island novel told with Susan Mallery’s trademark humor and charm. Sisters by Choice is a heartfelt tale of love, family and the friendships that see us through.

Cousins by chance, sisters by choice…

After her cat toy empire goes up in flames, Sophie Lane returns to Blackberry Island, determined to rebuild. Until small-town life reveals a big problem: she can’t grow unless she learns to let go. If Sophie relaxes her grip even a little, she might lose everything. Or she might finally be free to reach for the happiness and love that have eluded her for so long.

Kristine has become defined by her relationship to others. She’s a wife, a mom. As much as she adores her husband and sons, she wants something for herself—a sweet little bakery just off the waterfront. She knew changing the rules wouldn’t be easy, but she never imagined she might have to choose between her marriage and her dreams.

Like the mainland on the horizon, Heather’s goals seem beyond her grasp. Every time she manages to save for college, her mother has another crisis. Can she break free, or will she be trapped in this tiny life forever?

Net Galley Book Review :

SISTERS BY CHOICE is another engaging women’s fiction by Susan Mallery. Here, we follow cousins who were raised like sisters and like all women go through daily life and struggles. Sophie-the independent business owner, Kristine – the wife and Mom wanting to be more and Heather wanting a life without taking care of her Mom troubles. Real women we can re late to and make for am interesting book. Lisa

Posted in Book Spotlight, Historical romance, Review

The Earl and The Enchantress (An Enchantress Novel Book 1

Not all scars can be healed with a kiss.

Sebastian Lancaster, Earl of Roddam, harbors a family secret so dark he has forsaken marriage to hide the past. When fate introduces him to Lizbeth, he believes he has met his perfect match—a woman with whom he can share passion without commitment.

Lizbeth Trethow risks everything to follow her heart until Sebastian’s past returns to haunt them. Desperate to hide the blood on his hands, he sabotages their happiness. Everything depends on Lizbeth unraveling the truth and turning this villain into a hero.

This is the love story of Lizbeth and Sebastian as they battle metaphoric ghosts born of murder and enlightenment to be together.

Net Galley Review :

This book is a Georgian Romance set in 1790, a time period that few romance authors seem to write about. The author wonderfully described the events, the landscape, the struggles, and the passion within this story. I truly enjoyed this book with clever characters and a slow burn attraction between an outspoken spinster and a brooding beast in a castle, then you will love this story. Lisa

Posted in Holiday Book Review

WHAT STIRS IN WINTER

WHAT STIRS IN WINTER: A Pioneer Romance

Katie O’Keefe sailed to America to mend her broken heart, but traveling to Oregon puts her in danger of its going to smithereens again.

Frontiersman Léon is a complicated man who needs to be alone, but this lively tender-hearted girl puts him at serious risk of losing his coveted freedom.

As they are thrown together in perils of all description, including solving a mystery involving the wagon-master’s terrified children, how can they be safe from each other?

Net Galley Book Review :

This book is filled with history of The Oregon trail, the Irish Potato famine and more. As we watch Leon and Katie’s romance blossom as they battle hardship of crossing the United States in 1846 in a wagon and still manage to fall in love with each other. Hope to see more about these two amazing characters.

Posted in Book Spotlight, Holiday Book Review

When You Find Love by Wilia Blair

When Scottish antiques appraiser Caitlin Paterson accepts a commission in the Hamptons, ’tis the season for Christmas miracles. Too bad she doesn’t have one handy.

Successful businessman Holt Ridley resents being forced by his great-aunt’s bequest to winter at the family estate he has hated since childhood. Still, the enticing appraiser he finds there is an unexpected holiday gift—or is she?

Among the furnishings Caitlin is tasked with evaluating, she discovers the key to a centuries-old heartache that plagues Holt’s family. Caitlin longs to help Holt find the happiness that eluded him his entire life—but this secret could destroy everything.

Net Galley book review:

When You Find Love is a beautiful romance filled with Christmas magic. It’s an interesting story with a few surprises, a family curse which serves to cleverly interweave Scottish history and customs with the American way of life making this the perfect Christmas romance. So grab a cup of cocoa and enjoy Holt and Caitlin story . .

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Today, Tomorrow, Always (A Match Made in Heaven Book 2

Lawyer Cathleen O’Dowd wants to break free from her boring image. Widowed young, she’s toed the good-girl line but now wants a little fun and laughter in her days…and nights. Living in a small town, though, she can’t do anything that would tarnish her professional reputation.

Mac Frayne’s tragic past has turned him into a sullen loner. In town to write a book on the city’s founder, his plan is to get it done, then head home to his solitary existence.

When circumstances force them to work together, their opposing personalities clash, but the sexual attraction between them is palpable.

Can a simple affair with an end date be just the thing to brighten up their lives?

Net Galley Book Review :

Today, Tomorrow, Always is the second book in the A Match Made in Heaven series by Peggy Jaeger. This author delivers a well written, interesting book filled with characters who love with all their hearts after finding the one they truly love. It might take a little match making help but they both find there happy ever after the second time around.

Posted in Book Spotlight, Holiday Book Review

Book Review * The Wedding Dress Christmas:

Small Town Romance) (The Wedding Collection

The Wedding Dress Christmas

December comes to quaint Hearts Bend, Tennessee, with a blanket of white and the glitter of Christmas lights.

For JoJo Castle there is no place like home. Her onetime love of adventure ended when her life in the big city came crashing down. Now that she’s home, she never wants to leave again.

Country music sensation Buck Mathews has charmed the world with his smile and his music. However, news of his mother’s illness brought him home to Hearts Bend for the holiday season.

Working with her cousin Haley in The Wedding Shop, JoJo has no aspirations of love. But when her high school crush returns to town, her buried feelings surface.

Busy with his career, Buck hasn’t had time for family and friends, much less love. Seeing JoJo in The Wedding Shop reminds him there are things more important than his career.

But JoJo and Buck have opposing life goals, and there’s no middle ground. Can love, especially the kind that touches hearts at Christmas, overcome her fears and his quest for greatness?

With the help of a very special wedding dress, there just might be a Christmas miracle.

My Net Galley Review :

This Christmas novella is such a sweet addition to Rachel Hauck’s Wedding Collection series of books. . It was fun to “visit” the close-knit community of Hearts Bend again, especially during the Christmas season but if this is your first time reading this series you will be drawn into the magic of this book. The characters are warming and giving and the romance just right for this holiday season. A book you must include in your holiday reading list…..Lisa

Posted in Book Spotlight, Holiday Book Review

A High-Country Christmas: Romance Collection – Inspirational historical Christmas romance (Series: High-Country Christmas)

Two sweet tales of mishaps, memories, and emotions that test the mettle of two Western couples in the Colorado high country at Christmas.

Just in Time for Christmas
Abigale Millerton is seventeen with a ranch to run, a fear of heights, and a cowboy intent on stealing her heart.

Snow Angel
As a four-year-old, Lena Carver lost something precious at Christmas. Twenty years later, she’s about to lose her heart.

Net Galley Book Review:

Two wonderful Christmas stories that will get you in the mood. With amazing characters and and a touch of Angel magic these two stories will keep you smiling even after you have finished the books. Take a minute from your busy holiday season and read this book… Lisa