Friday, October 31, 2014

"Summer In a Small Town"

Two unforgettable towns, two touching stories...

Welcome to Icicle Falls by Sheila Roberts

It's the 1960s and Muriel loves the beautiful town of Icicle Falls, Washington. Life is good, except that her father expects her to run Sweet Dreams, the family chocolate company, when he retires. But she has sweet dreams of her own, dreams about a handsome stranger who comes to town....

Decades later, Cass Wilkes lands in Icicle Falls as a single mom with little money. But this small town has a way of giving people second chances they don't expect!

Treasure Beach by Emilie Richards

Life on Happiness Key is lonely for eleven-year-old Olivia Symington, so when she finds a message in a bottle on Treasure Beach, her interest is piqued. Someone needs help, and she knows what that's like. Maybe by helping she can even find a friend.

The women of Happiness Key are worried about Olivia and her fascination with the message. But they know how isolated she feels, so they set out to help her find the mystery correspondent--and maybe a little happiness of her own along the way.

My Thoughts...

This is a book of two short stories, one by Emilie Richards, and one by Sheila Roberts...Since I have read all the "Icicle Falls" books in the series,by Sheila Roberts, when I noticed this book I just had to read it to find out what I missed if anything in Icicle Falls. It was another fun read about some of the characters in the series.

The other short story in this book is by the author, Emilie Richards, I've never read any books by her before. It too, was an enjoyable read. All-in-all I would read another book by her.

This book is part of my Nook library and I enjoyed it enough to award it 3 "Summer" stars.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

"Paper Phoenix"

First comes divorce, then comes murder…

…or at least sweet thoughts of murder. Maggie Longstreet has plenty of them after slimy, ambitious Richard trades her in for a more recent model. She’s so depressed she can barely get out of bed when Larry Hawkins, a seemingly not-at-all depressed acquaintance, commits suicide out of the blue. Suddenly Maggie goes on high alert, remembering something her evil ex said about Larry—something highly suspicious.

And from there, it's just a short segué to a bracing new development:

“When some women get divorced they go back to school, I thought. Some do volunteer work at the hospital, or join communes and learn to birth calves. Some have affairs with inappropriate men. My new interest is burglary. Maggie Longstreet, former wife and mother, past president of the Museum Guild, now starting a career as a second-story woman.”

Fortunately, Maggie isn’t alone in her adventure—a very attractive, much younger man proves a lot more fun than Richard ever was. In fact, the real delight of this witty, sly mystery is seeing Maggie come alive again after a suffocating marriage. Set in the’70s, it has a bit of that Mad Men feel of women on the brink of something big. And completely unexpected.

You know Maggie’s going to be okay when she says: “I’d rather have had one of those cute little guns with a mother-of-pearl handle, but this (diamond pin) would have to do. I concealed it in my hand. At least now I was armed—or pinned.”

My Thoughts....

This is the first book I've read by this author. It was also a freebie that I found on so I didn't know what to expect. However...

I found it most entertaining, it moved along swiftly, and kept my attention right to the end. I enjoyed it enough to award it 4 'Paper' stars. This book is now a part of my Kindle library.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014


When Daniel Rush wakes up in the hospital after suffering a gunshot wound to the head, the last person he expects to see at his bedside is his ex-wife Jessica. Their marriage disintegrated after the death of their infant son Gabriel, and Daniel gave Jessie what he thought she wanted: the freedom to start over with someone else. But Daniel never updated his emergency contact information, and Jessie is the one who receives the call with the devastating news.  

Daniel was Jessie’s one true love. Together since college, Jessie had dreams of raising a family with Daniel, and growing old together. When Gabriel died, Jessie buried those dreams with her beloved son and shut everyone out, including Daniel.  

Daniel faces months of grueling rehabilitation and he’s going to need some help. Jessie is the last person anyone expects to volunteer, but this is her one chance to make amends, giving her and Daniel a shot at getting things right this time.

The road to recovery will be long and arduous. But with Jessie leading the way, Daniel just might be able to get his old life back. 

Daniel knows how to covet. But can Jessie help him remember how to cherish? 

My Thoughts...

I haven't read a book by this author, Tracey Garvis Graves, that I haven't enjoyed. Although it was recommended to read "Covet" first, I bypassed that book mostly because I didn't want to spend the $10.00. However, I couldn't wait to  read this short novella that was a follow-up to Covet. 

It was a delightful afternoon treat to be able to set down and read a book so entertaining. It moved along swiftly, and didn't have so much added filler, that sometimes to me seems to slow down the storyline and puts me to sleep. Give me a good storyline anytime, over a lot of wordiness. 

This book is a part of my Nook library and I enjoyed it enough to award it 4 'cherished' stars.

Friday, October 24, 2014

"Scorched Eggs"

In Laura Childs’s New York Times bestselling mystery series, Suzanne, Petra, and Toni—co-owners of the Cackleberry Club Café—are equally good at serving up breakfast and serving up justice. This time they turn up the heat on a deadly firebug…

As Suzanne is getting her hair colored at Root 66, she’s stunned to witness the County Services office next door suddenly go up in flames. Concerned neighbors throng the streets, and the fire department does their best. Unfortunately, their best isn’t enough to save longtime civil service worker—and friend to the Cackleberry Club—Hannah Venable.

Soon enough, it’s discovered that an accelerant was used to fan the flames. Someone set the fire on purpose—was Hannah the intended victim? Suzanne, Petra, and Toni vow to smoke out the culprit.

Unfortunately, the list of suspects is as varied as the Cackleberry Club’s menu. When Suzanne finds a possible connection between the fire and the nearby Prairie Star Casino, she comes to realize that the arsonist wanted something very big and bad kept secret. And if the ladies aren’t careful, they may be the ones gambling with their lives…

My Thoughts...

So far this has been my favorite "Cackleberry Club" #6 mystery. What a fun time this time around with the three ladies, Suzanne, Petra, and Toni. There is never a dull moment when they are around. This time....

A deadly fire in downtown Kindred sparks Suzanne and the ladies of the Cackleberry Club to launch an investigation. But there are suspects galore, weddings gone awry, lost baby owl, killer clowns, and a dinner theater production of "Blithe Spirit" at their restaurant. Still, Suzanne has to figure out if it was arson or cold-blooded murder. It was like an enjoyable and exciting visit with a few old friends you haven't seen for a year or so.

I actually enjoyed it enough to award it 4 "Scorched Eggs" stars. 

A big THANK YOU goes out to the author, Laura Childs, for the surprise gift of this book to read and give an honest review. Thank you Laura for a few fun filled days of reading your new novel. 

I think it will be published December 2, 2014. So all you 'cozy mystery' readers be on the lookout for this book in your favorite bookstores. 

I did not receive any type of compensation for reading and reviewing this book. While I receive free books from publishers and authors, I am under no obligation to write a positive review.

Monday, October 20, 2014

"Update: What Have I Been Reading?"

This is a picture of my dog Joey in my Reading Nook. This month I have become very lazy about posting about the books I've read. Oh! Yes! I have been reading just not posting about the books I've read. Here is a list of the books I've read so far this month...
1. "Sundance, Butch and Me" by Judy Alter.
2. "Arsenic and Old Cake" by Jacklyn Brady.
3. "The Bungalow" by Sarah Jio.
4. "The Silent Sister" by Diane Chamberlain.
5. "Mister Darcy's Dogs" by Barbara Silkstone.
6. "What Would Judge Judy Say" by Judge Judy Sheindlin.
7. "Mrs. Darcy's Diamonds" by Jane Odiwe.
8. "Frosted Shadow" by Nancy Warren. 
9. "Scorched Eggs" by Laura Childs. 

So as you can see, I've been busy, but lazy, also...

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

"The Bungalow"

A sweeping World War II saga of thwarted love, murder, and a long-lost painting. 

In the summer of 1942, twenty-one-year-old Anne Calloway, newly engaged, sets off to serve in the Army Nurse Corps on the Pacific island of Bora-Bora. More exhilarated by the adventure of a lifetime than she ever was by her predictable fiancé, she is drawn to a mysterious soldier named Westry, and their friendship soon blossoms into hues as deep as the hibiscus flowers native to the island. Under the thatched roof of an abandoned beach bungalow, the two share a private world-until they witness a gruesome crime, Westry is suddenly redeployed, and the idyll vanishes into the winds of war.

A timeless story of enduring passion from the author of Blackberry Winter and The Violets of MarchThe Bungalow chronicles Anne's determination to discover the truth about the twin losses-of life, and of love-that have haunted her for seventy years.

My Thoughts...

I hadn't read a Sarah Jio novel for quite awhile and was missing her. I thought I had read all of her novels, but went and checked anyway and found I hadn't  read this one "The Bungalow" I have no idea how I missed it. Nevertheless, I downloaded it, read it. Sarah hit another one out of the park. Like all the rest of her novels I loved this one as well. I liked it enough to award it 4 hibiscus stars. Now I can't wait until her new book is published...

This book is part of my Nook library.